International African American Museum receives $10M donation

IAAM rendering (Provided)

Groundbreaking on the International African-American museum isn’t expected until next year, but a generous gift is inching those efforts closer.

On Tuesday, museum officials announced a $10 million donation to the museum’s construction fund from Lilly Endowment, Inc., a private, philanthropic foundation based in the Midwest.

“I’m proud to publicly announce today a gift from the Lilly Endowment for $10 million dollars to the International African American Museum,” said Michael Boulware Moore, president and CEO of the IAAM.

It’s the museum’s largest private-donation to date. Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley was present for the announcement and said securing this grant was a process, which began two years and five months ago.

“I had heard the wonderful things about the quality of the endowment and their generosity,” Riley said. “We were determined to ask for$10 million, which kind of makes you gulp a little bit.”

To meet the criteria and nature of the grant, IAAM had to have religious appeal. Riley remembered his first meeting with the foundation’s president.

“I said ‘Mr. President, you cannot tell African American history without throwing faith and religion in it’,” Riley said. “We all know that, all of us who grew up in the South know the power of the church.”

The museum’s location at Gadsden’s Wharf is a place many consider a sacred site.

“It was the spot where 40%, the single-largest number of enslaved Africans who came to America took their first steps, including my great-great-great-great grandmother,” said Moore.

The $10 million donation now puts the museum $9 million shy of their goal within the private-fundraising sector. Groundbreaking is slated for early next year. It’s expected to be open to the public by Spring 2020.

Sedus se:joy – the versatile all-rounder in seating

New ways of working require increased flexibility

WALDSHUT-TIENGEN, GERMANY, October 1, 2017 / — The international manufacturer of office furniture and ergonomics specialist Sedus presents its new se:joy swivel chair – and the name says it all.

New ways of working require increased flexibility, simplicity and ease in office furniture, for the times when workplaces were occupied permanently are long gone.
Modern office nomads move a lot and are often on the road – and when they do come to the office, then it is at meetings, workshops and maybe even briefly at a workplace that happens to be free. This calls for a simple, comfortable and versatile chair. And Sedus se:joy is the answer.

Working at an office can be fun if its furniture looks light and colourful. Sedus se:joy combines good design with clear lines and a surprisingly comfortable sitting experience. On his latest creation, designer Martin Ballendat states, “It is my conviction to create original and recognisable products that are usefully, economically and universally suitable for as many fields of application as possible.”

Depending on its colour design, the new swivel chair can be a refreshing enhancement to existing office landscapes or may integrate harmoniously into contemporary architectural contexts. Sedus se:joy convinces with fresh membrane colours prominently elevated by its filigree frames in black or light grey. Its graphic qualities are especially emphasized by semi-transparent membranes in light grey or anthracite.

Designer Martin Ballendat, “I was intrigued by the task of designing a competent and ergonomic net covering of a shell – instead of the conventional thick circumferential frame – with a futuristic support structure reduced to a minimum, which is fine, sensual and intelligent.”

In deed not an easy task that was solved by Sedus engineers with an innovative high-tech plastic frame covered with a breathable, one-piece membrane, which is manufactured of two qualities without visible transition. While the backrest has elastic and flexible properties, the sitting zone is designed consistently supportive. A remarkable feature is that this fabric exclusively developed for Sedus se:joy never wears out.

The technical features include intuitively operable height adjustment with depth springing, an activatable rocking mechanism and a five-foot base on castors. Ergonomically designed armrests for Sedus se:joy are optionally available.

After its premier at the Milan furniture fair, Sedus se:joy had two further appearances on the international stage: the Clerkenwell Design Week in London and the Index Design Series in Dubai.

Joachim Sparenberg
Sparenberg PR
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Sedus se:joy – the new easy office chair.

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Delta World Charter – Your Private Jet In the Sky

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, October 1, 2017 / — Private planes and jets used to be for billionaires and celebrities. The skies were filled with Louis Vuitton suitcases and businessmen were setting their own agendas based on availability of the aircraft. However, in the last few years things have changed. Although private jetting is still utterly niche, a whole new market has opened up, where tech is leading the charge. The traditional model of private aviation needed to be disrupted and fliers are rejoicing.

Today, you can go on your gadget and 20 minutes later hop on a charter flight for a fraction of the price it would be to take the whole plane.

Delta World Charter among all other private charter companies with its “on-demand” charter are proud to be able to deliver its offering – calling it a fusion of hi-tech and hi-touch customer service. Our data shows more and more customers are benefiting from the wide range of charter options that we offer and trusting in the clear, easy to understand way we present them. And the best part is….no membership fees are required.

Time is the world’s most precious commodity.

People are looking for ways to make things more efficient within a congested environment where time delays happen regularly. This collaboration of on-demand services within prompting every industry to evolve to provide more and more consumers with what they need, when they need it.

Our worldwide reach enables us to provide aircraft and crew specifics, side-by-side comparisons of thousands of jets at 40,000 airports worldwide and instant estimate pricing.

Flexibility, cost effectiveness and time efficiency in travel are the buzzwords for a 21st century life so don’t be left behind and book your next trip with us and experience luxury in your own private jet.

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A Grandmother’s Wisdom Shared

Words of Reflection and Guidance of a 101-year old Woman

Don’t you wish you didn’t have to learn life’s lessons the hard way? ”

— Gary Springer


Wisdom of a Life Well-Lived
by Ethel Pearson Levine
A “must read” for seniors
Contact: Gary Springer
100 High Ridge Circle, San Marcos, TX 78666
Don’t you wish you didn’t have to learn life’s lessons the hard way?
Beloved school teacher and guidance counselor, Ethel Pearson Levine, lived to age 101.

Over a period of 30 years, she wrote monthly articles for the Sunrise Lakes community in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her articles embrace universal subjects from marriage and divorce to relationships, aging, and death. She took on subjects that affect us all. Within each article, there’s a message, an affirmation, for living a meaningful life. This book is a collection of selected articles from that monthly news magazine, edited by her grandson,
Gary Springer. Available at:

“I just finished reading the book. I loved it and found it so inspiring. Your grandmother and my 2nd grade teacher was one very special lady.
A ‘must read’ for all seniors.”
– Sherry Koslov, former student

Ethel Levine was a wonderful teacher. I loved her. She was very kind. I had a problem in 2nd grade. I became very nearsighted and couldn’t see the board. She would let me come up to the front to copy my work. She tested my eyes and found out I needed glasses. It changed my life.”

– Judy Lerner Cohen, former student
Hardcover ISBN: 9780692754269
E-book: 9781483578118

Hardcover; $25.65 each, E-book; $9.99

Dr. Gary Springer
Springer Counseling
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Alaska Corporate Whistleblower Center Now Urges an Employee of a Healthcare Provider in Alaska to Call About Rewards If Their Employer Is Overbilling Medicare

If you are a healthcare worker in Alaska and your employer is overbilling Medicare every day for unwarranted medical procedures or treatments please call us anytime at 866-714-6466”

— Alaska Corporate Whistleblower Center

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, October 3, 2017 / — The Alaska Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “We are appealing to an employee of any type of healthcare provider in Alaska to call us anytime at 866-714-6466 for a discussion about potentially very lucrative whistleblower rewards-if their employer is routinely gouging Medicare by forcing patients to undergo medically unnecessary medical treatments. We are also very interested in hearing from healthcare professionals if their employer is billing Medicare for procedures that never happened.” http://Alaska.CorporateWhistleblower.Com

The types of healthcare workers in Alaska the Alaska Corporate Whistleblower would like to hear from about federal whistleblower rewards include potential whistleblowers who have proof of the following:

* mAn employee at a nursing home that is short staffed and not capable of providing mandated daily medical treatments to their Medicare patients-but the facility is billing Medicare as if they are fully staffed.
* A ER doctor who can prove their hospital/employer is routinely admitting Medicare patients for medically unnecessary tests or procedures.
* An employee at a skilled nursing facility that is forcing Medicare patients to undergo medically unnecessary rehab-therapy-every day, or almost every day. Managers at the skilled nursing facility force their rehab therapists to perform these medically unnecessary procedures—or the therapist is only working part time-or they get fired. The skilled nursing facility or rehab center could be located anywhere in Alaska including communities such as Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Wasilla, or Sitka.
* An employee of an Alaskan based hospice provider that is signing up Medicare patients for hospice-even though the patients do not qualify for hospice-because they are not dying.
* An employee of a hospital anywhere in Alaska that is routinely up-coding Medicare bills to the highest reimbursement levels beyond what the actual treatment that was provided.

The Alaska Corporate Whistleblower Center is saying, “If you are a healthcare worker in Alaska and your employer is overbilling Medicare every day for unwarranted medical procedures or treatments please call us anytime at 866-714-6466 and allow us to explain how the federal whistleblower system works. The wrongdoing must involve at least a million dollars for a whistleblower to get properly compensated. Why sit on a winning lotto ticket without ever knowing what it might be worth?” http://Alaska.CorporateWhistleblower.Com

Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Alaska Corporate Whistleblower Center: Do not go to the government first if you are a potential whistleblower with substantial proof of wrongdoing. The Alaska Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “Major whistleblowers frequently go to the government thinking they will help. It’s a huge mistake. Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Public revelation of a whistleblower’s information could destroy any prospect for a reward. Do not try to force a company/employer or individual to come clean about significant Medicare fraud, overbilling the federal government for services never rendered, multi-million dollar state or federal tax evasion, or a Alaska based company falsely claiming to be a minority owned business to get preferential treatment on federal or state projects. Come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think it’s sufficient, we will help you with a focus on you getting rewarded.”

Unlike any group in the US the Corporate Whistleblower Center can assist a potential whistleblower with packaging or building out their information to potentially increase the reward potential. They will also provide the whistleblower with access to some of the most skilled whistleblower attorneys in the nation. For more information a possible whistleblower with substantial proof of wrongdoing in Alaska can contact the Whistleblower Center at 866-714-6466 or contact them via their website at http://Alaska.CorporateWhistleBlower.Com.

Thomas Martin
Alaska Corporate Whistleblower Center
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Why Price’s conservative imprint on HHS is likely to endure

Tom Price is pictured here. | AP Photo

Price’s yet-to-be-named successor would be free to change the agency’s road map and priorities, but many of a draft strategic plan’s priorities embody goals of the Trump administration. | Alex Brandon/AP

A draft plan’s emphasis on faith-based groups and use of anti-abortion language reflect Trump talking points.

Tom Price may be gone as Health and Human Services secretary, but his efforts to put a conservative stamp on the $1.1 trillion agency, from promoting faith groups to scrapping Obamacare implementation, are likely to move forward without him.

A “draft strategic plan” for HHS, published before Price resigned last week, references “faith” or “faith-based” organizations more than 40 times in its five-year statement of priorities. The Obama administration’s last strategic plan contained only three such references.

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The Price draft also repeatedly mentions protecting individuals from “conception to natural death” — language similar to that used by anti-abortion groups.

Conspicuously absent is virtually any mention of the agency’s responsibility to carry out provisions of the Affordable Act, which had dominated the Obama administration’s plan. Also gone are most references to the health needs of minority groups, from African-Americans who have some of the nation’s worst health outcomes, to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Price’s yet-to-be-named successor would be free to change the agency’s road map and priorities, of course, after he resigned Friday after POLITICO reported he took more than $1 million in taxpayer-funded flights on charter and military planes.

But many of the draft’s priorities embody goals of the Trump administration and are therefore expected to survive. The five-year road map is often the vehicle for an administration to elaborate on its ideological goals, whether around culture war issues like abortion, or the role of safety net programs.

The emphasis on faith-based groups, for instance, reflects President Donald Trump’s executive order promoting “religious liberty,” signed in May. “All executive departments and agencies shall, to the greatest extent practicable and to the extent permitted by law, respect and protect the freedom of persons and organizations to engage in religious and political speech,” reads the order, which is referenced twice in the draft strategic plan.

Trump also promoted an anti-abortion agenda during his campaign and has lost no opportunity to criticize the Affordable Care Act as an unaffordable disaster.

“The big change that jumped out to us was the tone — there was a lot of focus on the unborn child,” said Jennifer Popik, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s largest anti-abortion group, who applauded the new emphasis.

Supporters of the federal health law, however, decry what they see as an effort to sidestep the agency’s obligation to carry out a law passed by Congress.

“Their priority is to get rid of [the Affordable Care Act] as soon as possible and to do whatever they can to sabotage it in the meantime,” said Tim Jost, a legal expert and supporter of the health law.

An HHS spokesman stressed the document is a draft and the agency will accept public comments on it until Oct. 27.

“The purpose for public comment is to obtain feedback that will assist in refining and strengthening the plan,” the spokesman said in an email.

The bulk of the draft document is uncontroversial. It talks about expanding access to affordable health care, bolstering medical research, using scientifically rigorous data and improving vaccination rates. It also puts a strong emphasis on combating the opioid epidemic, which the Trump administration has set as a top priority. The Obama administration’s plan contained no references to the painkiller addiction crisis.

“There’s a lot of good stuff in there,” acknowledged Carl Schmid, deputy executive director of the AIDS Institute.

But Schmid’s advocacy group is one of several expressing worries the changed emphasis could marginalize groups that already have poor health outcomes.

“It’s not that we’re against faith-based groups,” Schmid said. “We just want to make sure that these groups will not withhold condoms, withhold messages that are important to prevent HIV, particularly among gay men, among transgender people. That’s been the issue that we’ve seen in the past.”

For instance, language in the draft plan to “affirmatively accommodate” religious beliefs echoes that in several state laws — including one passed and then revised in Indiana when Vice President Mike Pence was governor — that might allow organizations and businesses to refuse to serve gays and lesbians, said Sean Cahill, health policy research director at Fenway Health, which serves the LGBT community.

“If it stays this way, it would certainly be a step backward” from the progress that gay rights groups made under Obama’s watch, Cahill said.

The Trump administration draft makes no mention of LGBT health, meanwhile, in contrast to the Obama administration plan, where it pops up in at least four different places.

LGBT people face higher rates of depression, suicide, drug use, HIV and certain forms of cancer. If HHS doesn’t address those disparities, they could increase, said Meghan Maury, policy director for the National LGBTQ Task Force.

“While HHS chooses to deprioritize, it points to the fact that they’re not concerned about our physical or mental health,” Maury said.

While Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military received a great deal of attention, Maury says the administration has quietly erased mention of LGBT people from census and survey data and also removed non-discrimination protections.

Groups representing racial and ethnic minorities say they’re also concerned the Trump administration’s strategic plan doesn’t prioritize the need to address health care access for those groups.

“If enacted as drafted, there will be more sick Americans,” said Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, in a statement to POLITICO. “This plan, in contrast to previous plans from both Republican and Democratic administrations, de-emphasizes those communities experiencing the greatest health disparities — mostly notably, communities of color and rural communities.”

The Trump administration plan includes only one section that mentions racial and ethnic minorities. It focuses on empowering people to make informed choices and zeroes in on populations with poorer health outcomes. The Obama administration’s plan, by contrast, focused on racial and ethnic minorities at least five separate times, referencing access to care, research and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs.

The Trump document does address health disparities a number of times, but it doesn’t mention race or ethnic populations in that context. In one section, it references “people with limited English proficiency.”

Elena Rios, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, told POLITICO she found it concerning the draft plan uses the description “populations at high risk” instead of mentioning racial and ethnic populations when discussing access to care.

“We really do need to have an understanding at HHS that the demographic shift in our population warrants a need to acknowledge outreach and training … in a culturally competent manner in order to increase access to healthcare services in our communities of color,” Rios said.

Reproductive rights groups are also alarmed by the document. They fear that the language about protecting individuals “from conception” will be used to limit access to care, particularly abortion services.

“This is a license to discriminate,” said Susan Berke Fogel, director of reproductive health at the National Health Law Program. “All of that language brings back all of these things that we’ve seen in the past that are just incongruous with really protecting health care and really improving people’s lives.”

Urban Congress on African American Males launches mentoring recruitment initiative

Source: WAFBSource: WAFB


The Urban Congress of Baton Rouge is making a big push for more mentors to help troubled African American children in the city.

On Tuesday, they announced at Istrouma high school that their goal is to reach 1,000 mentors by January.

They have around five hundred, spread out across various organizations like Big Buddy, Big Brothers of America, and Big Sisters of America.

Mentors are responsible for helping children through trouble times, spending quality time with them, and providing them with an adult role model.

Vincent Tolliver has been a mentor with Big Buddy since high school, and he says the city needs more volunteers.

“I know kids within the community, they need somebody they can talk to other than their parents, or you know just somebody that they can really reach out to and engage with,” Tolliver said.

Registration opens on October 16.

By then, you can register at

Registration is open to anyone that can dedicate time to children and has a passion for community service.

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Thousands support Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio’s Race for the Cure

Christopher T. Matthews

Thousands of supporters gathered in downtown Toledo, on Sunday September 24, 2017, for the Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio’s Annual Race for the Cure, to celebrate survivors of cancer and to keep their loved ones name alive, who passed from the disease.

According to Desmond Strooh marketing and communication director of the event, one in eight women are affected by breast Cancer and the Race usually raises about a million dollars. Seventy-five percent of the funds go toward local community grants that support local woman and men, who are in need, not to mention 25% goes toward research for the cure for cancer.

Lion Heart, k-9, Mrs. K-9, Wolf- Head of the Wolf Pack MC say they came down to support the race for the cure
Lion Heart, k-9, Mrs. K-9, Wolf- Head of the Wolf Pack MC say they came down to support the race for the cure

Mr. Strooh further expressed how the funding helps the local YWCA fund a program that reduces incidents pertaining to breast cancer amongst the African American community.  It appears that 40% more likely to pass away from breast cancer than any other ethnicity, with northwest Ohio having a 34% rate.

“The money that is generated at the event helps make more survivors who otherwise do not have resources to gain access to proper health care and early detection methods,” he explained.

Retired Assistant Director, Stephen A. Kemp, for UAW 2B attends the Race for the Cure in memory of his father and other family members who have passed from cancer. Mr. Kemp expressed the importance on staying progressive when it comes to one’s health.

Stephen A. Kemp advocates for the Cure.
Stephen A. Kemp advocates for the Cure.

Shay Hampton said, “I have come out to support my mother, who is an eight-year survivor, Barbara Hampton. She was diagnosed with cancer, and then went through the chemo process and she is alive and well. And, we hope and pray this upon everybody who has been diagnosed with cancer.”

As Frieze London Matures, Choices Push Boundaries

That goal has attracted new blood to Frieze London this year — first-time exhibitors include galleries from Lima, Peru; Bogotá, Colombia; Cape Town and Cairo — and it is reflected in the way the fair is organized.


Romare Bearden’s “Gray Interior” (1969) mixed media collage will be shown by the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery of New York. Credit Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

As is typical, there is a section for the heavy-hitter galleries from around the globe, including Marian Goodman, Metro Pictures and Michael Werner, and also a subsidized section for newer galleries. Focus, for galleries less than 12 years old, may present collectors with some fresh faces among dealers, including Carlos/Ishikawa, Instituto de Visión and Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler.

But there is also an entire section, new to the fair just for this edition, called “Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics,” organized by the independent curator Alison M. Gingeras.

The nine presentations, all focusing on one artist, will highlight some of the most boundary-pushing feminist art and “create a market for artists whose work is probably not the easiest to sell,” Ms. Siddall said. For instance, Galerie Andrea Caratsch of St. Moritz will present work by Betty Tompkins, known for her photo-realistic paintings of intercourse.

Ms. Gingeras said that the section evolved out of a book she was writing on the same topic. “A lot of women in my generation were spoiled children of the feminist second wave,” she said. “We took it for granted.”

When Frieze contacted her, Ms. Gingeras said her initial response was, “There’s no way I want to curate something for an art fair,” adding that she had not done such a thing before. “But I thought, I’ll just pitch what I am working on and wait for a ‘no.’”

When the yes came, she attributed it to the commitment on the part of the organizers that “the commercial aspect can’t override the content.”

Somewhat less button-pushing will be the booth of the Los Angeles gallery David Kordansky, showing punchy and graphic paintings and sculptures by Will Boone, including the enamel on bronze sculpture “Prisoner” (2017), depicting hands grasping prison bars.

The first prize for the most high-concept booth may go to Hauser & Wirth, with “Bronze Age c. 3500 BC – AD 2017.” All the works on view will be in bronze, but only half will be for sale; a quarter are loans from museums, and the last quarter are items bought on eBay and elsewhere just for the display.

Neil Wenman, a senior director of Hauser & Wirth’s London branch, said the idea was to set the booth in a fictional environment simulating a “regional, underfunded museum.” He added, “We’re looking at it in a lighthearted way.”

He secured the involvement of Mary Beard, an author and Cambridge professor who made the topic of Rome a best seller with the book “S.P.Q.R.,” getting her to record an acoustiguide and videos. There is even a gift shop.

The rationale for going to such lengths was simple. “We all go to so many art fairs,” Mr. Wenman said. “And they tend to bleed into one.” For the practically minded, works by Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Paul McCarthy and David Smith will be for sale.

A few galleries will be addressing urbanism and the built environment, among them OMR of Mexico City, making its first appearance in the fair. “We’ve been on the waiting list for a couple of years,” said Cristobal Riestra, a partner in Galería OMR. “Competition is fiercer than ever.”

OMR’s booth will hold 16 works, including Jose Dávila’s sculpture “Untitled (Pac Man)” and Pia Camil’s sculpture “Telluride Interior,” both from 2016. “I think there is something urban in all of them — something that addresses the relationship between nature and the man-made,” Mr. Riestra said.

Visitors to Frieze London who are ready to look at art from previous decades and centuries can stroll through Regent’s Park (perhaps taking the long way through Queen Mary’s Gardens) to get to Frieze Masters, next to the London Zoo.

Luxembourg & Dayan will show a booth packed full of the playful and strange works by the late Italian artist Enrico Baj, who made, among other works, paintings of furniture partly out of pieces of furniture, creating his own kind of collage. The works on view will include “Montagna” (1958).

Just because the art at Frieze Masters is older does not mean that the visitors are. “This fair is totally different than the Continental fairs — it’s a younger crowd of people,” said Ulrich Fiedler, whose Berlin gallery specializes in avant-garde design from the early 20th century. He will show 30 pieces from the Bauhaus that he intends to place with buyers from major museums.

Galerie Ulrich Fiedler first showed at Frieze Masters last year. “I was surprised at the level of interest,” Mr. Fiedler said of his presentation of the De Stijl movement. “I didn’t have one break.”

The interest among younger visitors fits with the organizers’ conception of the event. “There are other fairs showing historical art,” Ms. Siddall said, referring to the European Fine Art Fair, La Biennale Paris and other shows. “But there was a feeling that we could do it differently, and give it a much more contemporary feel and context.”

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery of New York will devote its booth to black artists from the United States to coincide with “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power,” on view until Oct. 22 at London’s Tate Modern. Two mixed-media collages will be among the works on view: Romare Bearden’s “Gray Interior” (1969) and Betye Saar’s “Dr. Damballa Ju Ju” (1989).

“African-American art has alway been part of our program,” Mr. Rosenfeld said. “We have always wanted to expand the canon of art. I have always just shown artists I loved, and the world has woken up.”

As for the Frieze Masters context, Mr. Rosenfeld echoed many art world insiders. “It’s a love-hate relationship I have with fairs,” he said. “But they have become an important part of our program, and we put as much energy into them as we do to shows in our gallery.”

The Tate Modern tie-in is part of that effort. “It’s a costly endeavor, to tie to a museum show like this,” he said. “But we have to sell art. We have to walk that fine line.”

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1000 Shoes Launch Advocacy Campaign to Reform Oregon Addiction Recovery System

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A pile of shoes labeled with the name of someone lost to alcohol or drug addiction at a rally for recovery on Sept. 30, 2017. Ericka Cruz Guevarra/OPB (Source: Facebook)

Governor Kate Brown & Rep. Knute Buehler both offer support for effort

OREGON—(ENEWSPF)—October 2, 2017

Submitted by: Mike Marshall, Oregon Recovers

A pile of nearly 1000 shoes was created last week in Shemanski Park as a crowd of over 1000 turned out to protest Oregon’s lack of support for addiction treatment and to launch a new advocacy campaign called Oregon Recovers. Each shoe had the name of an Oregonian lost to addiction on its sole scribbled by a loved one.

The shoes will be dumped in lawmakers’ offices in Salem near the start of the legislative session. The campaign is designed to dramatically improve access to addiction, treatment and recovery services in Oregon.

The rally occurred in Shemanski Park in downtown Portland from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. The park is frequented by Portlander residents suffering from addiction; empty bottles and used needles were removed prior to the rally.

In lieu of a moment of silence for those honored by the shoes, the crowd broke into chants of “We demand change!”

Rep. Tawna Sanchez (D) kicked off the event in her role as emcee by declaring that she has been in long-term recovery for more than 40 years. Brent Canode, Chair of Oregon Recovers followed by honoring those represented by the shoes with the following statement.

“Make no mistake about it, each shoe here represents a preventable death and a tragic failure of our system. One of these shoes could have belonged to Oregon’s next Poet Laureate, or a social activist capable of bringing our community together, or a teacher who could have touched thousands of life, or a doctor who could have advanced the science of our field” Brent Canode said.

Rep. Knute Buehler (R) spoke at the rally, while Governor Brown (D) had Judge Eric Bloch (Chair, Alcohol & Drug Policy Commission) read a letter of support on her behalf.

“It is with deep regret that I could not be with you today. However, please know that I stand in solidarity with you in the fight to prevent drug abuse and expand access to addiction treatment and recovery services throughout Oregon.” Governor Brown wrote in her letter.

“Its time to turn it around, its time to stop the suffering. And by this event today, we are taking the first step to Oregon recovering” Rep. Knute Buehler told the crowd.

The coalition is being directed by Mike Marshall, who led Oregon’s successful marriage equality campaign and Gov. John Kitzhaber’s successful re-election campaign. Marshall is the former executive director of the City Club of Portland. Marshall began his remarks by sharing that he was also in long-term recovery and had not had a drink or drug since January 29th, 2008. He explained the mission of Oregon Recovers and made the following statement regarding the organizations first and highest priority.

“Oregon Recovers will demand of the Governor and/or legislature that they finally empower and resource the state Alcohol & Drug Policy Commission so that the Commission can finally do what they were created to do: create a comprehensive, integrated plan that recognizes that addiction is chronic, progressive disease. “

Other speakers included:

  • Jessica Vega Pederson, Multnomah County Commissioner
  • Loretta Smith, Multnomah County Commissioner
  • Eric Bloch (Multnomah County Judge; Chair, Oregon Alcohol & Drug Policy Commission)
  • Senator Lew Frederick (D-Portland)
  • William Moyer (national recovery leader; bestselling author; son of journalist Bill Moyer).
  • Rep. Allisa Keny-Guyer (D-Portland)
  • Monta Knudson, Bridges to Change
  • Linda Hudson, Central City Concern
  • Onesha Cohran-Dumas, OHSU
  • Tony Vezina, 4th Dimension Recovery Center
  • Shyra Wade, Native American Rehabilitation Association
  • Alison Mann, Clackamas County mom
  • Talie W., Best Care Treatment Services, Redmond

Founding sponsors of the 5-year campaign include some of the top health organizations in the state:

  • Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO)
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • African American Behavioral Healthcare & Addiction Treatment Coalition,
  • Oregon Prevention, Education & Recovery Association (OPERA)
  • Northwest Instituto Latino de Adicciones.
  • Miracles Club
  • The Alano Club of Portland
  • 4th Dimension Recovery Center
  • StayClean
  • Bridges to Change
  • CODA: Health, Community, Recovery
  • Empowerment Clinic
  • Trillium Family Services

In Oregon, about 1 in 10 people are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Taxpayers are paying for the state’s high addiction rate, losing roughly $6 billion a year because of it. For comparison, that’s about 10 times as much as Oregon collects each year in lottery ticket sales.

Oregon Recovers is an inclusive statewide coalition comprised of people in recovery–and their friends and family—uniting to transform Oregon health care to ensure world-class prevention, treatment and recovery support services for Oregonians suffering from the disease of addiction. Oregon Recovers mission for the next five years is to move Oregon from last to first in access to addiction treatment services. More info: