Laguna Art-A-Fair Seeks Artists for Summer Season 2018 Fine Art Festival

All Artists-International, National & Local are invited to submit your application for the 52nd Annual Laguna Art-A-Fair in Laguna Beach California

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA, USA, January 14, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Laguna Beach, Calif. (January 13, 2018) – Laguna Art-A-Fair marks its 52nd year in scenic Laguna Beach canyon in 2018. The juried fine art exhibit provides opportunities for 120 established and emerging artists to present their works to thousands of art lovers each summer. Jury Day for the 2018 festival is on Sunday, February 11 at Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club (1085 Laguna Canyon Road) when applications and submissions can be hand delivered between 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Submitted work must be picked up between 4:00 and 4:30 pm on February 11 and artists will be notified of their selection that day. Digital submissions must be posted by January 30, 2018. Applications and other details are available at www.art-a-fair.com/call-for-artists-2/

Laguna Art-A-Fair is a nationally recognized fine art exhibition featuring original works across all mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, pencil, drawing, mixed media, photography, ceramics, wood, glass, jewelry, gourds, leather, sculpture and digital art. Run as an artist cooperative, Art-A-Fair participants produce the annual exhibition in various volunteer positions.

All fine artists are welcome to participate in Laguna Art-A-Fair as there are no residency restrictions. Prospective artists must submit three original works of art within the same medium. A registration fee of $40 per medium is required and separate booth fees are determined by the size of booth selected.

Laguna Art-A-Fair Preview Night is June 27 and the festival is open to the general public from June 29 through September 2. Festival grounds are shared with the award winning restaurant Tivoli Too! located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

For more information, call (949) 494-4514 or visit www.art-a-fair.com.

About Laguna Art-A-Fair

Laguna Art-A-Fair is one of Orange County’s premier fine art festivals connecting fine artists and art enthusiasts from around the world in Laguna Beach each summer since 1967. A juried art exhibit, Laguna Art-A-Fair has set and maintained a standard of excellence that is respected both internationally and by the local art community. Arranged as an artist co-op, each participant plays a role in producing the annual exhibit that features 120 art exhibits, workshops, food & wine and live music in a scenic Laguna canyon setting. Unlike other local art shows, Laguna Art-A-Fair does not have residency restrictions so they draw a geographically diverse group of artists with works rich in quality yet diverse in content.

This year’s Laguna Art-A-Fair – known as the Gem in the Canyon – will present a new feature connecting fine art with luxury home design. Festival promoters Gina Waggener and Jo Beth Prudhomme partnered with interior design expert Nancy Vengoechea of Vengo Design International to showcase an expansive new luxury home display area and home design-related workshops to help festival goers envision fine art in their own homes. UC Luxury Home Mortgage (uclux.com), a division of Union Choice Enterprise, will offer advice on how redesign increases home values and options for utilizing home equity for improvements. For more information contact: Gina@unionchoice.com

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Dr. Martin Luther King’s Meeting with President Trump

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WPCNR THE BIG EXTRA. News & Comment by John F. Bailey. January 15, 2018:

You know what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would do if he were alive this morning?

You know what Dr. Martin Luther King would say, don’t you, in your heart, local leaders? You know what he’d do?

After the single worst thing any American President has ever said last week that has embarrassed every decent American, what do you think Dr. Martin Luther King would have done?

I can see him now, joining the women marching to Washington to protest harassment of the nation.

I see him now marching down to the White House, walking up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White Wolf’s Lair (The White House), slowly in that dignified gait, arms linked with women, men, of all colors and nationalities, with swelling crowds growing behind him. They are not taking selfies. They are serious. This is not about them it is about saving America, and  they are  shouting slogans:

“EQUALITY, LOVE, COMPASSION FOR ALL–NOW”

“EQUALITY, LOVE, COMPASSION FOR ALL–NOW”

“NO HATE.”

“NO HATE.”

“NO HATE”

“NO COLORS

“NO TAXATION WITHOUT EQUALIZATION”

“BOYCOTT THE BARONS”

”DON’T KILL THE SICK. KILL THE CUTS.”

“”LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.”

I can hear  the crowds roaring behind him now.

When the guards stop him at the White House Gate. Washington is at a standstill.

He would give the greatest speech of his life. The crowds would continue to gather marching from sea to shining sea to flood Washington with a human flood of decency, goodness and honor and respect…and gather until the President would agree to see Reverend King. The east coast would be jammed with traffic to Washington.

And if the President had the courage to meet Dr. King in the Oval Office. Mr. King would shake the President’s hand

Then Dr. King would raise his right hand in his trademark style and point to President Trump and say to his face:

“Mr. President, with all due respect, I am here on behalf of the American people in the name of God and out of your respect for America to withdraw your remark and apologize for your terrible remark which insulted every immigrant in this country, every Latino, every Muslim, every Irishman, Jew, German, every son and daughter of slaves.

By those words you shattered America, you broke my heart and those of millions of not only Americans, but those around the world. America was the place people could hope would welcome them and give them shelter from the storms tyranny and genocide.

Your apology will not undo the damage that terrible remark made but I call on you to make it as a start. I and thousands of Americans and even those who think that remark was justified (but know it was not justified or true in their consciences), know you must apologize, or the America we once knew will be lost for decades.

You must immediately Mr. President undo the damage your hurtful words have done with visits the countries your words have hurt and shamed with that remark.

I call on what is decent in you to forget the forces that shaped you into a person who would feel this way to make that remark. It is not too late to reach into your heart and find the love in it that for some reason was denied you long ago that has compelled you to say this thing and adopt so many attitudes and policies that appear to hurt millions in this country and around the world.

We the American People have been embarrassed by your words. Millions respect you as a leader, but I assure you a leader does not gain respect by the hurtful disrespect you showed last week.

I respectfully, Mr. President, ask you to apologize now and I will convey it to the American People and the World and accompany you on a crusade to heal this rift and restore the hope America once held to the world.

May I have your apology, Mr. President?”

The great Martin Luther King, Jr. is not alive today to make that powerful argument to the President in person.

He was killed in 1968 because he was that persuasive, dangerous to the establishment of the time (and he would have written a much better speech to confront Mr. Trump than I imagined above).

I can only shake my head in deep sorrow about an America I thought was gone  that has returned  viciously in the last year with all the excuses and reasons: segregation, redlining, slums were allowed to exist for a hundred years after the Civil War.

Another Civil War grew this last year: The New Robber Barons in $5,000 suits and the white shirts have returned from the grave to say what is good for them is good for America. That immigrants fleeing tyranny and death in their homelands are no longer welcome here. That children born as U.S. citizens of immigrants arriving here illegally can no longer stay.

We have evil men and women running Washington now, and no congressmen especially Republicans have any moral conscience or decency.

We have neo-Nazi-Fascists running the country, who are following Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kamp  strategies: Stack the courts, suspend constitutional rights, curtail the right to vote, but at least they haven’t started pulling persons that disagree with them out of their shops and places of business ( remember Kristallnacht? 1938, 80 Years ago–Nazi Germany).

The Congresses have passed a tax bill which will steal from the poor and give to the rich. They want to cut social security and medicaid this year. They have crusaded against a free press. They have repealed environmental laws. Network neutrality laws What’s next? Food standards??

Like it was good for us in the days of rotten meat, snake oil medicine,  unsafe railroads, segregated lunch counters, segregated schools, toney private schools. Unequal funding of schools. Cultivation of college for the elite.

But  now Jim Crow America is back, joined by Jose Crow, and Mohammed Crow.

Hatred of the different is back. So back. It is sickening.

Disdain for the downtrodden, the  unlucky and the underpaid is back. Disrespect for women is back. Violence against women is encouraged by the sick men who make our films, filmed in grisly detail.

If you want to see reality where America is headed: Watch the Nazi death camp films. The piles of bodies. The children’s shoes. The piles of bones. That’s who is running the government these days. Small-minded, greedy little rich boys and debutantes who have never loved anyone but themselves. They have the values of the Nazis, the Mongols, The Huns, The Romans. The Czars of Russia. The KGB.

I wonder on his birthday what Dr. Martin Luther King, the greatest equalizer of them all, would have said or done in reaction to what America’s Worst President Ever has done in 359 days.

There are no champions like Dr. Martin Luther King today — anywhere across this land. Some speak but they do not act.

Where is the boycott–the nonviolent Dr. Martin Luther King strategy that starved the bigoted South out by not buying local retail products in segregated towns–and forced them to desegregate the schools.

How about boycotting Exxon, Mobil, and taking mass transit.

Boycotting the drug companies and the doctors writing prescriptions for death with opioids just for the money of it. How about boycotting the hospital profiteers who condone running up Medicaid bills, and the doctors who make hundreds just for sticking their heads in a hospital room. I know this happens.

How about withholding your taxes and demanding being paid as independent contractors when you take a job? I’m just throwing out ideas here to give pain to Hurt, Incorporated — the crimes against humanity syndicate, the real life SPECTRE-of our time that is running America now and ripping it apart.

Look what they are doing, people: Refusal to help the afflicted because they are not “our” responsibility is back. If one of those stuffed shirts born with money from the brokerages and the corporations of shame ever had to trek miles, live in refugee camps in tents, they wouldn’t be able to take it for a day. They are weak. But in a concentration camp, your money will not help you.

The powerful are weak and insecure. When they fail they are the first to ask for help, declare bankruptcy, and get their loans reduced.

The weak and insecure always strike out at those weaker than they are. You know why? It makes them feel good.

Disrepect for women is back. It was demonstrated disgracefully  every day in the media  in 201  by “candidates for President” who said they want to make ” America Great Again.” And when Mr. Make America Great Again became President,  he escalated the war on women, here is how he is doing it:

How is disrespect for women, not wanting equal pay for an equal job going to make America great? It’s not. Women have to work in America today because the corporations do not pay the men enough to pay the cost of living set by the very corporations, banks, and services, and taxes laid on them by the governments themselves.

And where are the men and women of the cloth today, (as Dr. Martin Luther King did to his everlasting courage and credit),  to refute and fight this horrible message accepted by the media and congressmen and senators as “positions,” “policies,”.

Now a lot of columnists and editors are fighting it and thank goodness they are having some effect.

For the ministers, rabbis, preachers, and society leaders today to be not speaking out against the Republican message of Fascist hate is a disgrace. Many Christian ministers are supporting such thinly disguised hate by not speaking out.

The Pope has spoken out and perhaps is the only one I can think of that has. Evangelists and ministers supporting some of the extravagant anti-women, anti-immigrant policies, and tax oppression policies should get a refresher course in Christianity.

Turn in your collars, gentlemen and ladies of the cloth. You are not worthy if you’re not marching.

The last 9 years have seen a revival of the Republican Party that resembles a revival of the Ku Klux Klan more than the Party of Lincoln.

They were lead by the sixteen  low standard bearers who are educated enough to know better, kowtowing to the frightened, the fearful and the superior and the insecure– making popular once again hatred of the black man, the Jew, the Muslim, the Haitian, the Latino,  the person who speaks Spanish, the immigrant, the refugee all those “threats” to America who work like dogs to survive because they believe in the American Dream.

The white establishment today like their version of the dream, which survives on Capitalism of exploiting the populace to make money by eliminating competition. Making deals. Creating investments without value. Using other people’s money. Using Russian help.

The real threat to America are the “leaders” the Sessions, the Grassleys, the Ryans, the Grahams who pour out this message to appeal to ignorance as Hitler poured it out to Germans in the 1920s and 1930s coming to power, blaming inferiors for Germany’s problems.

That fills me with a great melancholy. I wish there was ONE Martin Luther King today. ONE. Raise your hand stand up! Shout out! Before Trump makes it a crime to oppose government policy. Hitler did that.

Where is one Democratic elected official who would stand up for their President. Where are Democrats who will stop feeling sorry for themselves and articulate “A New Deal,” “A New Frontier,” “A new War on Poverty,”  ”Not a War for Poverty.”

ONE religious leader, white, or black, Hispanic, or Muslim who would stand up as that Muslim woman stood up in a Trump rally and the big, brave man Trump threw her out of the rally. Trump is not brave he is a coward. It is so easy to hurt people. It takes no courage to be mean, all it takes is a mean spirit. It’s so easy with A gun and a club in your hand.

And how smart are all the business leaders who have been manipulated by Mr. Trump for decades. What geniuses, and now they are listening to him. Smart, not by a long shot.

Personally I hope they do shut the government down. Because for every day the government is closed,that is one day less the government will have to hurt you big time, hurt the environment, hurt the weak, punish those only wanting to live a peaceful, safe life.

“The Administration from Munich” efforts will be extolled by many as reforms long needed. What its supporters will not say, is why, because any progress in uplifting the poor and disenfranchised is greeted by the Republican with roadblocks and opposition.

I guarantee you Dr. Martin Luther King would have been in the faces of Mr. Trump’s Hate Chorus a long time ago IF he were alive today. That’s essentially why Dr. King was assassinated.

Donald Trump. Ted Cruz, every member of the Cabinet without hearts and compassion and, yes, our own Senators and representatives are cold people. The Supreme Court is hiding behind the semantics of what the constitution says and not ruling with their intelligence or hearts or conscience.

Today,  the man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is being remembered.

I am not that familiar with Dr. King’s life, but I do know that he, like other great men of America who have their days, Dr. King’s name stands for a value that America holds dear — or we like to think we do.

George Washington stands for honesty.

Abraham Lincoln for freedom

Columbus for discovery,

Dr. King’s name stands for Opportunity.

Let me add to that  DR. KING stands for fairness. Compassion. A willingness to help and recognize wrong. To stop by the wayside, like Jesus did and mingle with the Lepers. There is no one running Washington today who would stop and mingle with the Lepers. Certainly not our President.

We would not have the civil rights laws Mr. Trump wants to overturn if not for Dr. King.

What would Dr. King say if he addressed the group honoring him today at the Crown Plaza?

What would he say about “leaders” who would be leaders of this country standing for the death penalty; standing for no health care for the uninsured; standing for less regulation of the greediest, most corrupt businesses on earth?

The greed just piles up like a malignancy. Greed is cancer. Greed is not ambition. Greed destroys a nation as cancer destroys the body organ by organ.

You know what Dr. Martin Luther King would say, don’t you, in your heart, local leaders? You know what he’d do?

In about a week thousands of women are going to protest in Washington about sexual harassment.

Join that march. Speak truth to the weak, insecure, little men (very little men) who run America today. Join stand up march on down. I have it easy I just write this column and feel smug, that I am doing something to stop the march to First American Reich.

But I cannot see Dr. King heading  the march I described at the start of this column, because someone shot him  down in 1968.

Since then no African-American or Latino-American or white man or woman has stepped forward to fill his voice with the same reason, the unswerving ability to tell it like it is. To shame us into doing what is right.

When I think of Dr. King, I think of the Selma march, I think of Birmingham, I think of Little Rock, Arkansas, where he lead the African-American community in demonstrations asking for the right of equal opportunity in America: a seat on a bus wherever they chose; a restaurant or hotel of their choice; the right to apply for a job without being turned down because you were black.

Blatant in-your-face-discrimination was publicized by Dr. King and America was shown it was not right. 

It took fearlessness to do that.

Who today has that fearlessness that Dr. King and his followers showed all of America?

Where are the black and Latino and white, yes white leaders and journalists of today  (Paul Krugman, Nicolas Kristof, Charles Blow, Gail Collins are)who will stand up and point these outrages out?

Dr. King would. That cost him his life.

Losing Dr. King has come home to roost. There are no Dr. Kings today.

When I write those sentences I just wrote, it seems incomprehensible to me that someone would deny another person the right to liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness.

When you think about it, it is an awful situation to think about. In the 50 years since Dr. King was murdered, the nation has come a long way in breaking down the visible barriers of racism based on creed and the color of one’s skin.

In one year, the Nazis in the White House have ripped that apart.

We’re going backwards now.

Today, though, the language one speaks and where you are from are the prejudices practiced today.

Somehow the sons and daughters of immigrants whose ancestors were immigrants have forgotten their roots.

Dr. King would point his finger at every person in that ballroom Monday and say they should be ashamed for sacrificing the futures of those who have no futures unless we help them have one– and that is not giving them free internships then not supplying jobs — that, I am sorry is slavery.

And you know what? That’s what they do.

There are too many in Washington D.C. who want to throw them out of the country.

Today the barriers to Equal Opportunity are not subtle any more.

What would Dr. Martin Luther King say about that education disgrace if he were speaking to us Monday morning?

Plenty.

They are children, you simply cannot throw  them away because they do not speak English.

This discrimination Dr. Martin Luther King would find hard to take. Ears would be ringing Monday morning.

He would bristle at lowering standards for minorities, because he would see right through that argument, saying:

“When are you going to raise the standards for my people? Because you don’t have to work any harder at educating them, if you do not raise your expectations for them.”

I think Dr. King would look around today and appreciate how Blacks and Whites, Hispanics and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Muslims and other races mingle together in today’s America. Mingling nicely is not enough

But, if he was alive today he would never let the Republican candidates and the Democratic leadership in Washington get away with the prejudiced stereotyping of the hungry, the poor, America’s illegal residents that I have heard the last year

I think he’d observe we are all becoming more appreciative and respectful of each other– again with concern about the confrontation rhetoric

But, I do not think he would like today’s buzz word :”diversity” and our smugness about our diversity.

He would say that’s nice, but let’s keep our eye on the prize, to borrow the wonderful motto of the White Plains Department of Public Safety, let us treat all with integrity, professionalism, respect, and to that add opportunity.

He’d shame the banks now refusing to give mortgages to many. He’d point out the hypocrisy of holding students to pay off hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans, while giving away money to Wall Street, the banks, and oil companies

He’d save particular scorn for the bloated banks paying dividends to shareholders while foreclosing on persons who have lost their jobs. Where is the outcry of leaders of any stripe today on THAT outrage? There has not been such an outcry, because it’s still going on.

Would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. approve?

He’d remind us that Jesus Christ chose to minister to the “hardcore” of his time. He went into their midst. He healed them and made them fishers of men.

Today there are no fishers of men. Today we throw men, women, children back into the sea to drown. We ignore Puerto Rico because it is a Latino nation–and right now it is creating a health crisis for the rest of the country because electricity is not all on yet and pharmaceutical a plants are shut down..

The way to honor Dr. King Monday is to honor the afflicted, help the troubled with dignity, not humiliate them, not shun them, not “throw  them out.” 

The way Dr. King would view our world today?

He’d observe that “we need a lot of work.”

He’d point that out with his long finger pointing right at us.

He’d say, “I still have a dream. But  you are tearing it apart.”

He’d be pointing his finger at the double-standard of justice for the minority youth and the wealthy institutions that exists today.

He’d be calling upon all to keep our eyes on the prize and not on the power, the prestige, and the people who would steer us away from what needs to be done.

We need to make the comfortable uncomfortable, and comfort the afflicted.

Trump celebrates lowest African American unemployment on record

by By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

Mitt Romney (Photo: KUTV file photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Former 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was treated for prostate cancer last year.

That’s according to a Romney aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to discuss a sensitive health issue publicly. The aide said Monday that Romney was diagnosed with “slow-growing prostate cancer” last year. The cancer was removed surgically and found not to have spread beyond the prostate, the aide said.

The news comes as Romney, 70, weighs whether to run for a Utah Senate seat currently occupied by Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch. Hatch announced last week that he would not seek another term this fall.

Hartford, Connecticut Dentist Selected to the “America’s Best Dentists” 2017 Directory

Dr. Jagdeep Sibia

Dr. Jagdeep Sibia, DMD, Listed as Top Dentist in Cosmetic, Family & Implant Dentistry

Dr. Jagdeep Sibia Selected as Top Dentist for Cosmetic, Family & Implant Dentistry”

— TodaysBestDentists.com

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT , UNITED STATES, January 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Hartford, Connecticut dentist, Dr. Jagdeep Sibia has been selected to the “America’s Best Dentists” registry for 2017. Selections were made by the National Consumer Advisory Board, an organization that identifies top professionals in their fields. Dr. Sibia practices Cosmetic, Family & Implant Dentistry at 342 North Main Street in Hartford, serving patients in West Hartford and surrounding areas.

Services include: Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implant Restorations, Crowns, Bridges, Veneers, Invisalign and Extensive Restorative treatments.

Dr. Sibia received her DMD degree from Boston University School of Dental Medicine. She then completed a Residency Program at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. Dr. Sibia is heavily involved in continuing education and takes numerous hours of advanced training each year.

She is a member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association and Connecticut State Dental Association. Dr. Sibia is widely known for her excellent care. She has an exceptional chair-side manner and hundreds of satisfied patients.

For more information, please go to www.TodaysBestDentists.com or contact Dr. Jagdeep Sibia, DMD directly at 860-233-0552 or www.whfdentistry.com.

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FITCLOUDCONNECT LAUNCHES “GREEN INITIATIVE” AROUND ANYWHERE FITNESS STREAMING PLATFORM

FitCloudConnect Green Initiative

New Initiative Helps to Inform Fitness Consumers of the Eco-Benefits of AnyWhere Fitness Streaming.

Our green initiative is about awareness and informing people that even the smallest change in behavior can make impactful change”

— Brad Weber, CEO FitCloudConnect

OTTAWA, ON, CANADA, January 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — FitCloudConnect “The AnyWhere Fitness Connection TM” , the fitness industry’s leading Online Fitness Streaming Platform to help fitness clubs / studios, wellness providers and equipment manufacturers to quickly and easily kickstart their online streaming presence, today announced their FitCloudConnect Green Initiative.

The Virtual Fitness and Fitness Streaming markets having been gaining momentum this past year and as the industry spends more time investigating the technologies and the benefits, there are inevitably new suggestions and findings. “Our Green Initiative is not about telling you not to go to your club or anywhere else for that fact. Life is busy and requires us to be out and about. The green initiative is about awareness and informing people that even the smallest change in behavior can make impactful change” states Brad Weber, CEO of FitCloudConnect. “With strong market players like Peloton driving the anywhere fitness consumer craze, fitness clubs will inevitably jump on board and offer fitness streaming and we have the technology platform to help them do it.”

Fitness Clubs have spent the last decade “Going Green” by using recycled materials, reducing water use, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, and implementing low energy lighting and equipment. Anywhere fitness enables members to engage with the club on an even more frequent basis and perhaps make 1 less trip per week to the club.

“We all know that the clubs traditionally have wanted members in the club but with fitness streaming becoming more mainstream, clubs are recognizing that consumers can be just as happy paying their membership fees and renewing each year while enjoying a hybrid (in-club and online) club experience. Consumers will never stop going to the club as an online streaming experience is not going to fulfill the entire needs of a fitness club member who enjoys the equipment, atmosphere, and social aspects. Many will add AnyWhere Fitness to their membership to enjoy the flexibility and choice of fitness streaming and now they can feel socially responsible when doing it” concludes Weber.
Fitness streaming is a win/win for consumers and fitness clubs and now also a win for the earth we live on.
For more information on the initiative visit https://www.fitcloudconnect.com/green-initiative .

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NOVEL THERAPEUTIC STRATEGIES IN NEUROSCIENCE

Brain Stimulation During Brainpaths EEG

IMPROVE MEMORY & COGNITIVE SKILLS

Brainpaths device is a hard, textured disk which, when pressed upon, provides substantial stimulation to the somatosensory system.”

— Dr. Jeffrey Lewine

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES, January 14, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The development of novel therapeutic strategies for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are major critical goals for neuroscience. Much attention has been given to the development of disease modifying pharmacological strategies targeting a-Beta and/or p-tau accumulation, but to date, all relevant clinical trials have failed. This had led to a resurgence of interest in the development of tools for reducing disease burden and slowing disease progression. Of particular interest are noninvasive device based strategies, which, through mechanisms of neuromodulation and neuroplasticity, can increase the efficiency of information processing by the brain. Synaptic dysfunction has been established as a core anatomical correlate of cognitive deficits in MCI and AD, with synapse loss preceding cognitive decline and cell death in AD.
The electroencephalogram (EEG) is generated by extracellular current sources and sinks established by synaptic currents. As such, the EEG is a potential, noninvasive index of the integrity of synaptic activity. The normal resting EEG is dominated by the posterior 8-13 Hz alpha rhythm. Longitudinal studies show that the peak resting-state frequency is relatively stable during most of adulthood, but, for normal ageing beyond 60 years, it starts to diminish by about 0.08 Hz/year. However, in patients with MCI/AD, rapid decline in peak frequency is often seen, with theta dominance (4-8 Hz activity) becoming dominant as dementia progresses. This raises the possibility that therapeutic interventions aimed at maintaining synaptic stability as indexed by higher peak EEG frequencies might be of clinical benefit.
One such intervention may be the Brainpaths device. Briefly, the device is a hard, textured disk which, when pressed upon, provides substantial stimulation to the somatosensory system. In a single subject pilot study it was found that during use of the device there was a substantial increase in alpha peak frequency, as shown in figure 1. The device is very inexpensive, and it is easy and fun to use, so it has the potential to make a widespread impact on the aging community.

Several key issues must be addressed to provide a viable scientific evidence base and foundation for promotion of this device. The proposed research will address the following:

1. Can the acute impact of the use of Brainpaths on EEG activity be replicated in a larger normal aging population, and can it be extended to MCI and AD populations?
2. Does consistent daily use (20 minutes) of Brainpaths over the course of one month lead, through mechanisms of neuroplasticity, to a persistent baseline increase in alpha peak frequency that is seen even when the device is not being used during the EEG recording?
3. Are there clinically meaningful changes in cognitive abilities or mood that are associated with use of the device?
4. Are any persistent changes that are seen device specific, or can they be achieved with a placebo (non-textured) device.

Dr. Jeffrey David Lewine, Ph.D. Professor of Translational Neuroscience & Director of Business Development, MRN Mind Research Network, Director of Neuroscience, Lovelace Scientific Resources 1101 Yale Blvd Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-272-5028. Research is ongoing at MRN, Albuquerque, New Mexico, while other University Medical Research Programs add Brainpaths research to their studies.
Brainpaths: USPTO Utility Patent 9,132,059 and FDA 2018 Registration 3010937782: Brainpaths is a Medical Device exempt from 510K testing. Patricia Derrick, Brainpaths Inventor, President, Founder; 702-804-9997 Brainpaths.com, Brainpaths@gmail.com.

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MLK DAY: Pastor denounces Trump remarks with Pence in pew

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — 3:15 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is present at the Civil Rights March in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.

With Vice President Mike Pence sitting in the pews, a Maryland pastor denounced President Donald Trump’s vulgar description of African nations.

Maurice Watson, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo, delivered the sermon Sunday while Pence was visiting.

Watson called Trump’s remarks — in which he reportedly used an obscenity to describe African nations and Haiti during an immigration discussion with Congressional leaders — “dehumanizing” and “ugly.”

The pastor said “whoever made such a statement” is wrong and should be held accountable.

Watson said he felt “led by God to do it” and noted many of his congregants come from African nations.

Worshippers stood and applauded as Watson spoke.

WUSA-TV reports Pence became red-faced at times during the sermon, though Pence’s office denied that in an email Monday to The Associated Press.

___

12:45 p.m.

The Cherokee Nation says Principal Chief Bill John Baker decided that the tribe should honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year because of ongoing racial tensions nationwide and because the tribe is seeking to make amends with slavery.

Cherokee Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said Monday that the tribe is working to come to terms with its own history with African-American slavery and is welcoming descendants of former slaves, known as Freedmen.

A federal court ruled last year that the Freedmen had the same rights to tribal citizenship, voting, health care and housing as blood-line Cherokees.

Hoskin visited the Martin Luther King Community Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma and spoke how King’s message of civil rights resonates with Native Americans.

___

12:15 p.m.

King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, urged people to remember her father by doing “an act of kindness toward someone of another race” between now and April 4, the day the Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968.

She asked hundreds of people gathered Monday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where her father once preached, to “connect and find a sense of humanity in each other.” And she reminded those at the service to honor the slain rights leader by remembering that “we are one people, one nation, one blood, one destiny.”

The younger King also joined others who criticized President Donald Trump and told the crowd that their collective voice “must always be louder than the one who sometimes does not reflect the legacy of my father.”

And she said it’s time for what she called a “New Year’s revolution of values in our souls” and to honor her father by finishing the work “that he was not able to finish.”

___

11:30 a.m.

Haitians angered by comments President Donald Trump is said to have made about their country are engaged in a shouting match with pro-Trump protesters down the street from the president’s Mar-a-Lago retreat.

Video posted by WPEC-TV showed several hundred pro-Haiti demonstrators yelling from one side of the street Monday while waving Haitian flags. The Haitians and their supporters shouted, “Our country is not a shithole,” referring to comments the president reportedly made last week during a meeting with senators about immigration. Trump has said that is not the language he used.

The smaller pro-Trump contingent waved American flags and campaign posters and yelled, “Trump is making America great again.” One man could be seen telling the Haitians to leave the country. Police kept the sides apart.

The corner is across the bridge that leads to Mar-a-Lago. Trump has been at the resort for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and his motorcade usually passes that corner. Monday would have been King’s 89th birthday.



___

11:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump says the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a colorblind society is the American dream.

Trump dedicated his weekly address to King, the civil rights leader who was assassinated 50 years ago in April. Trump spent Monday’s King federal holiday in Florida with no public appearances on his official schedule, but he tweeted the radio and video address to his followers.

Trump says in the address that King’s dream of a colorblind society offers dignity and hope to every American, regardless of color or creed.

He is marking his first King holiday in office buffeted by claims that he used a vulgarity to describe African countries and questioned the need to allow more Haitians into the U.S.

Trump declared Sunday night that “I’m not a racist.”

___

11:20 a.m.

LeBron James says honoring the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is more important than ever because “we’re … divided right now by somebody.”

James was referring to President Donald Trump, whom the Cavaliers star has openly criticized in the past. James spoke Monday in Ohio as he and his teammates prepared to host Golden State in one of 11 NBA games played on the national holiday for the civil rights leader who was assassinated 50 years ago.

James credited the league for playing games as a tribute “for a man who stood for more than himself.”

James noted that king “gave up his life for the betterment of all of us.”

Trump has drawn international criticism for disparaging remarks he is said to have made about African countries during a discussion with congressional leaders about immigration.

___

10:40 a.m.

With Vice President Mike Pence sitting in the pews, the pastor of a Maryland church denounced the vulgar word President Donald J. Trump is said to have used to describe African nations.

Maurice Watson is pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo, Maryland. He delivered the sermon Sunday while Pence was visiting the congregation.

Trump reportedly used an obscenity to describe African nations and Haiti during an immigration discussion with congressional leaders. Trump has denied making the remark.

Watson called the remark “dehumanizing” and “ugly.”

The pastor said “whoever made such a statement … is wrong and they ought to be held accountable.”

Watson said he felt “led by God to do it” and noted many of his congregants come from Haiti or African nations.

Worshippers stood up and applauded as Watson spoke.

WUSA-TV reports that Pence became red-faced at times throughout the sermon.

___

10:30 a.m.

A South Korean Pentecostal pastor says the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words and actions have inspired him to dream of better relations with North Korea.

The Rev. Young Hoon Lee spoke Monday in Atlanta at Ebenezer Baptist Church where King once preached. His remarks came during a commemorative service for the slain civil rights leader on what would have been his 89th birthday.

Using words from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the pastor said he dreams “that little boys and girls from North and South Korea will join together as brothers and sisters.”

The pastor’s short speech came after the Dreamer Children’s Choir from the South Korean-based Yoido Full Gospel Church performed “Amazing Grace” and “Christ You are the Fullness.”

King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, will be the keynote speaker at the service.

___

9 a.m.

The pastor of the Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King once preached is describing as “madness” the disparaging words President Donald Trump is said to have made last week about African nations and Haiti.

At a service Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Ebenezer Baptist Church pastor the Rev. Raphael Warnock also took issue with Trump’s campaign slogan to “Make America Great Again.”

Warnock said he thinks America “is already great … in large measure because of Africa and African people.”

He urged people in the audience to speak out against such remarks about other countries, noting King’s own words that “silence is betrayal.”

Trump has denied making the statements and says he is not a racist.

King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, will be the keynote speaker at the service.

___

7:10 a.m.

Anti-poverty activists in New Mexico and a groundbreaking Cherokee Nation declaration about the tribe’s role in promoting equality are part of the focus of Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations.

At gatherings across the nation, activists, residents and teachers are honoring the late civil rights leader ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.

Officials of the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation are recognizing the holiday for the first time and plan to openly address the tribe’s history as slave owners. Months ago, a federal judge ruled Cherokee Freedman have the same rights to citizenship as native Cherokees.

In Atlanta, the Rev. Bernice King, will be the keynote speaker at a commemorative service honoring her father at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Near Detroit, organizers will hold a peace walk and celebration.

UPDATE: Pastor denounces Trump remarks with Pence in pew

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — 3:15 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is present at the Civil Rights March in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.

With Vice President Mike Pence sitting in the pews, a Maryland pastor denounced President Donald Trump’s vulgar description of African nations.

Maurice Watson, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo, delivered the sermon Sunday while Pence was visiting.

Watson called Trump’s remarks — in which he reportedly used an obscenity to describe African nations and Haiti during an immigration discussion with Congressional leaders — “dehumanizing” and “ugly.”

The pastor said “whoever made such a statement” is wrong and should be held accountable.

Watson said he felt “led by God to do it” and noted many of his congregants come from African nations.

Worshippers stood and applauded as Watson spoke.

WUSA-TV reports Pence became red-faced at times during the sermon, though Pence’s office denied that in an email Monday to The Associated Press.

___

12:45 p.m.

The Cherokee Nation says Principal Chief Bill John Baker decided that the tribe should honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year because of ongoing racial tensions nationwide and because the tribe is seeking to make amends with slavery.

Cherokee Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said Monday that the tribe is working to come to terms with its own history with African-American slavery and is welcoming descendants of former slaves, known as Freedmen.

A federal court ruled last year that the Freedmen had the same rights to tribal citizenship, voting, health care and housing as blood-line Cherokees.

Hoskin visited the Martin Luther King Community Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma and spoke how King’s message of civil rights resonates with Native Americans.

___

12:15 p.m.

King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, urged people to remember her father by doing “an act of kindness toward someone of another race” between now and April 4, the day the Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968.

She asked hundreds of people gathered Monday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where her father once preached, to “connect and find a sense of humanity in each other.” And she reminded those at the service to honor the slain rights leader by remembering that “we are one people, one nation, one blood, one destiny.”

The younger King also joined others who criticized President Donald Trump and told the crowd that their collective voice “must always be louder than the one who sometimes does not reflect the legacy of my father.”

And she said it’s time for what she called a “New Year’s revolution of values in our souls” and to honor her father by finishing the work “that he was not able to finish.”

___

11:30 a.m.

Haitians angered by comments President Donald Trump is said to have made about their country are engaged in a shouting match with pro-Trump protesters down the street from the president’s Mar-a-Lago retreat.

Video posted by WPEC-TV showed several hundred pro-Haiti demonstrators yelling from one side of the street Monday while waving Haitian flags. The Haitians and their supporters shouted, “Our country is not a shithole,” referring to comments the president reportedly made last week during a meeting with senators about immigration. Trump has said that is not the language he used.

The smaller pro-Trump contingent waved American flags and campaign posters and yelled, “Trump is making America great again.” One man could be seen telling the Haitians to leave the country. Police kept the sides apart.

The corner is across the bridge that leads to Mar-a-Lago. Trump has been at the resort for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and his motorcade usually passes that corner. Monday would have been King’s 89th birthday.



___

11:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump says the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a colorblind society is the American dream.

Trump dedicated his weekly address to King, the civil rights leader who was assassinated 50 years ago in April. Trump spent Monday’s King federal holiday in Florida with no public appearances on his official schedule, but he tweeted the radio and video address to his followers.

Trump says in the address that King’s dream of a colorblind society offers dignity and hope to every American, regardless of color or creed.

He is marking his first King holiday in office buffeted by claims that he used a vulgarity to describe African countries and questioned the need to allow more Haitians into the U.S.

Trump declared Sunday night that “I’m not a racist.”

___

11:20 a.m.

LeBron James says honoring the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is more important than ever because “we’re … divided right now by somebody.”

James was referring to President Donald Trump, whom the Cavaliers star has openly criticized in the past. James spoke Monday in Ohio as he and his teammates prepared to host Golden State in one of 11 NBA games played on the national holiday for the civil rights leader who was assassinated 50 years ago.

James credited the league for playing games as a tribute “for a man who stood for more than himself.”

James noted that king “gave up his life for the betterment of all of us.”

Trump has drawn international criticism for disparaging remarks he is said to have made about African countries during a discussion with congressional leaders about immigration.

___

10:40 a.m.

With Vice President Mike Pence sitting in the pews, the pastor of a Maryland church denounced the vulgar word President Donald J. Trump is said to have used to describe African nations.

Maurice Watson is pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo, Maryland. He delivered the sermon Sunday while Pence was visiting the congregation.

Trump reportedly used an obscenity to describe African nations and Haiti during an immigration discussion with congressional leaders. Trump has denied making the remark.

Watson called the remark “dehumanizing” and “ugly.”

The pastor said “whoever made such a statement … is wrong and they ought to be held accountable.”

Watson said he felt “led by God to do it” and noted many of his congregants come from Haiti or African nations.

Worshippers stood up and applauded as Watson spoke.

WUSA-TV reports that Pence became red-faced at times throughout the sermon.

___

10:30 a.m.

A South Korean Pentecostal pastor says the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words and actions have inspired him to dream of better relations with North Korea.

The Rev. Young Hoon Lee spoke Monday in Atlanta at Ebenezer Baptist Church where King once preached. His remarks came during a commemorative service for the slain civil rights leader on what would have been his 89th birthday.

Using words from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the pastor said he dreams “that little boys and girls from North and South Korea will join together as brothers and sisters.”

The pastor’s short speech came after the Dreamer Children’s Choir from the South Korean-based Yoido Full Gospel Church performed “Amazing Grace” and “Christ You are the Fullness.”

King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, will be the keynote speaker at the service.

___

9 a.m.

The pastor of the Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King once preached is describing as “madness” the disparaging words President Donald Trump is said to have made last week about African nations and Haiti.

At a service Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Ebenezer Baptist Church pastor the Rev. Raphael Warnock also took issue with Trump’s campaign slogan to “Make America Great Again.”

Warnock said he thinks America “is already great … in large measure because of Africa and African people.”

He urged people in the audience to speak out against such remarks about other countries, noting King’s own words that “silence is betrayal.”

Trump has denied making the statements and says he is not a racist.

King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, will be the keynote speaker at the service.

___

7:10 a.m.

Anti-poverty activists in New Mexico and a groundbreaking Cherokee Nation declaration about the tribe’s role in promoting equality are part of the focus of Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations.

At gatherings across the nation, activists, residents and teachers are honoring the late civil rights leader ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.

Officials of the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation are recognizing the holiday for the first time and plan to openly address the tribe’s history as slave owners. Months ago, a federal judge ruled Cherokee Freedman have the same rights to citizenship as native Cherokees.

In Atlanta, the Rev. Bernice King, will be the keynote speaker at a commemorative service honoring her father at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Near Detroit, organizers will hold a peace walk and celebration.

Altering A Species: Darwin’s Shopping List

Darwin sits in front of Shrewsbury Library in England, which was formerly a school he attended.
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Darwin sits in front of Shrewsbury Library in England, which was formerly a school he attended.

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By genetically modifying organisms, we can now create glow-in-the-dark cats and fish, mice with singing voices, less flatulent cows, carbon-capturing plants, humanized cow milk, and even trademark pigs that poop environmentally-friendly feces.

Scientists are hard at work trying to grow human organs in labs and are even considering altering cattle’s genome so that they feel less or no pain.

CRISPER/Cas9-based methods can target the genome of living cells, and new CAR-T gene therapies for treating cancer have opened up entirely new horizons in medicine.

If you could make anything, what would you create?

Few scientific discoveries have caused as much excitement and fear as that of editing our genes to match our very own specifications. Yet we owe some of the most stunning wonders around us today to old-fashioned breeding practices.

Charles Darwin was in such awe of breeders who could alter flora and fauna in the span of 30 or 40 years that he used the word “plastic” to describe the extreme pliability of reproductive species. “Breeders,” he wrote in On the Origin of the Species, “habitually speak of an animal’s organization as something quite plastic, which they can model almost as they please.”

During Darwin’s time, husbandry was more of an art than a science. Making perfect matches concerned the haute bourgeoisie as much as the breeders who worked for the landed gentry.

Could Dawin push nature’s plasticity further than they had by approaching it scientifically?

“The pear,” he wrote, “though cultivated in classical times, appears, from Pliny’s description, to have been a fruit of very inferior quality.” Since ancient times, the fruit had been slowly bred to become much more juicy and savory. Botanists plumped up the gooseberry over generations, created many admirable varieties of strawberries, and enhanced the beauty of cultivated flowers. According to his biographer Janet Browne, Darwin looked at nature as would an “all-seeing farmer in the sky.”

The masters of this ancient art sold their genetic wonders at a pretty penny. Their very livelihood depended on keeping the secrets of their practice out of scientific journals.

Darwin speculated about the possible existence of a being who could produce even more wonderful creations than those so far created by European breeders. This being could adapt “living beings to his wants — may be said to make the wool of one sheep good for carpets, of another for cloth.” Darwin offered few details about how such a talented being would go about his business, since no one, not even he, knew the precise laws governing genetic inheritance. “Your imagination must fill up very wide blanks,” he told the American naturalist and Harvard professor Asa Gray, with whom he discussed this possibility.

For Darwin, breeding was a magical craft that not only gave us delicious fruit, dairy, meat, and soft materials with which to clothe ourselves, but also canine companions, such as King Charles’s spaniel. The Royals’ lapdog obsessed him as much as the finches of the Galapagos Islands he encountered during the voyage aboard the Beagle.

Figuring out the laws of pedigree had a scientific and personal importance for Darwin. Soon after reaching the conclusion that “a wife is better than a dog,” Darwin married his first cousin Emma Wedgwood. He started reproducing copiously (as a healthy Victorian gentleman was wont to do) fathering William, Anne, Mary, Etty, George, Elizabeth, Francis, Leonard, Horace and Charles, but three of his children would die in childhood.

Designer babies were yet to come, but designer pigeons were highly coveted in Victorian times. Before breeding his own family, Darwin had tried his hand at designing some pigeons himself. He attentively observed which traits became inherited and which ones disappeared, keeping careful notes of his results. “I crossed some uniformly white fantails with some uniformly black barbs, and they produced mottled brown and black birds,” he wrote. He then bred the offspring and carefully analyzed the characteristics of the next generation.

Could Darwin apply science to advance breeding practices and perhaps even help his country? He marveled at the long skinny legs of the greyhound, the exceedingly short stocky ones of the bulldog, the bulging utters of diary cows, and the long tails of certain birds. He was proud of England’s breeding experts, noting with approval how “the whole body of English racehorses have come to surpass in fleetness and size the parent Arab stock.” Elsewhere, he speculated about the possibility of producing “a new race.”

Altering species, in Darwin’s view, was almost a black art, but not quite so. He reviewed “highly competent authorities” who attested to the extreme pliability of certain species, citing favorably the statement by one such expert: “It is the magician’s wand, by means of which he may summon into life whatever form and mould he pleases.” Darwin also reprinted the statement by another practitioner who compared the practice of designing breeds to painting: “It would seem as if they [breeders] chalked out upon a wall a form perfect in itself, and then given it existence.”

The British naturalist eloquently argued that we should “no longer” look at species “as a savage looks at a ship.” But rather see them “in the same way as when we look at any great mechanical invention as the summing of the labour, the experience, the reason, and even the blunders of numerous workmen.”

The century after Darwin published his Theory of Evolution was marked by the development of eugenics with its excesses — including genocide, mass euthanasia and forced sterilization; the one after that by new reproductive technologies, cloning, and genome editing.

Today’s techniques are much more sophisticated — and quick — than they were during Darwin’s time. Our knowledge of evolution has been much refined. Instead of comparing the production of a new breed to imitating an artist’s drawing, a sculptor’s mold, or waving a magician’s wand, scientists now commonly think of it in terms of rewriting DNA as if it were computer code.

The thrills and risks of creating custom-made forms of life are as pertinent now as they ever were. For whom, to what end, and at whose expense are we willing to go to effect these changes? Darwin never asked. The goods and wares of the luxury marketplaces in London were just too good to pass up. Darwin only dreamed of having more.

Jimena Canales is a faculty member of the Graduate College at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a research affiliate at MIT. She focuses on 19th and 20th century history of the physical sciences and science in the modern world. Her most recent book is titled The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time. You can learn more about her here.

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Activists renew MLK’s fight against poverty

Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, advocates are renewing efforts to make his “Poor People’s Campaign” a reality. The campaign, envisioned by King before his assassination in April 1968, aimed to draw attention to poverty in America as a global human rights issue.

As the country celebrates King’s life on the Jan. 15 federal holiday, a new Smithsonian exhibition housed at the National Museum of American History in D.C. will help commemorate his legacy.

“City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign” was organized by the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The exhibit features rare images by photographers such as Robert Houston, archival film, music of the era and new oral histories with individuals such as Marian Wright Edelman and former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, who were instrumental in the ’60s poverty campaign.

 A Poor People’s Campaign bus circa 1968. Robert Houston / Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

A panel discussion held Tuesday at the museum included civil rights and anti-poverty advocates, among them journalist and organizer Marc Steiner, Georgetown University law professor Peter Edelman and Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League.

Morial said that while the U.S. has made “great economic progress” in certain areas, too many Americans are being left behind. It would be even worse, he said, without Social Security and other programs.

“The numbers have not changed much since the War on Poverty,” he told NBC News, noting the initiative launched in the early 1960s by former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration. “In this new dynamic of now, we’re seeing working people impacted. Wages are not keeping pace with inflation.”

Edelman, who is also a faculty director of Georgetown’s Center on Poverty and Inequality, agreed. A onetime aide to former U.S. Senator Bobby Kennedy, he’s spent decades working on issues impacting the poor.

All these years later, the panelists said poverty continues to decimate rural communities and cities alike, and impact people from myriad backgrounds.

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While current numbers of America’s poor differ, according to 2016 data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Labor, 40.6 million people were living in poverty. The median household income in America was $59,000. The federal poverty line is $24,600 per year for a family of four and $12,060 for individuals.

Edelman cited 23 percent of African-Americans and 24 percent of Latinos among the poor compared to nine or 10 percent of whites, although their actual numbers are greater.

“About 20 million Americans have incomes below $10,000. And seven million have incomes composed only of food stamps,” he said. “The largest number is single moms with kids below 18.”

Many advocates across America believe the conditions that motivated the original Poor People’s Campaign still exist.

 Image: Poor Peoples’ Campaign pin depicts Dr Martin Luther King, Jr / AFL-CIO Locale 64 Union Alex Jamison / Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

“Poverty has remained entrenched,” said Jennifer Jones Austin, Esq. She is CEO and executive director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), an anti-poverty, policy, and advocacy nonprofit made up of more than 170 human services and faith-based organizations in New York City. “There’s an urgent need for a modern day anti-poverty movement.”

Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis are co-chairs of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, a modern day anti-poverty effort launched in December by religious and social justice activists nationwide. The group is mobilizing a series of non-violent demonstrations and civic actions over the course of this year.

“Even before the election of [President] Donald Trump, the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the country’s distorted national morality were tearing apart the social fabric in America,” Dr. Theoharis told NBC News. “But with extremists who stand against voting rights, living wages, health care and immigration reform gaining even more influence today in Washington and in statehouses across the country, the need for this campaign is more urgent than ever.”

 Five-year-old Veronica Pitt, carrying her muddy doll, pauses to touch a tattered poster of the late Dr. Martin Luther King as she and her 3-year-old brother Raythorn leave Resurrection City with other evacuees, on May 24, 1968. Bob Daugherty / AP

In the 1960s, as the U.S. emerged as a global model of wealth and democracy, an estimated 25 million Americans lived in poverty. In response, The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) — led by Dr. King and Rev. Ralph David Abernathy — strategized with allies to develop what became the Poor People’s Campaign.

The movement comprised of civil rights and labor groups, tenant unions, farm workers and grassroots organizers. The coalition was multiracial and multi-ethnic, made up of African-Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, Puerto Ricans, Asians and poor whites from Appalachia and rural communities.

King didn’t live to see it, but the campaign commenced in May, on Mother’s Day, with Coretta Scott King and women from around the country. For nearly six weeks during spring and summer of 1968, close to 8,000 people occupied the National Mall in a live-in tent and shack community that was dubbed “Resurrection City.” People were fed, given health services and more. Leaders presented demands to Congress that included jobs, living wages and access to land, capital and health care, hoping to stem the crippling effects of poverty for minorities, children and the elderly.

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According to lead curator, Aaron Bryant, the new exhibit will highlight this history with wooden tent panels, lapel buttons, placards, murals and original sound recordings of musical performances and conversations from the era, which were provided by the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The film footage shown at the exhibit includes people traveling in a caravan of mule-drawn wagons from Mississippi to Memphis for Dr. King’s memorial service, then onto Washington to participate in the Poor People’s Campaign.

Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, described the exhibition as a “rare look” at the “legacy of Dr. King’s final campaign for economic justice.” 

“Although the Poor People’s Campaign did not achieve its goal of eradicating poverty, it spawned a multi-ethnic and multiracial movement for economic fairness whose belief in helping America live up to its ideals still inspires to this day.”

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