Need Health Insurance? It’s Enrollment Time at Covered California!

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Photo: Southern California Black media outlets and Black insurance agents at Covered California media roundtable briefing.

LOS ANGELES (CBM) – Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) opens November 1, and Covered California, the state’s hub for affordable plans, launched its outreach to Black communities with a “Coffee & Conversation Media Roundtable” at the California Endowment on October 19.

The event was hosted by Dr. Robert Ross, president, and CEO of the California Endowment, which makes grants to organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health and well-being of Californians.

Open enrollment ends on January 31, however, outside of that time, consumers may enroll in a plan if they experience a life event that qualifies them for a special-enrollment period.

Ross, Dr. Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, and a host of speakers discussed the future of health insurance and health care for Blacks in the state, particularly in a time of federal uncertainty and potential reforms to the national health care law.

In August, the Trump Administration announced it would allocate $10 million for advertising and other outreach for enrollment under the Affordable Care Act Department this year, versus $100 million last year.

To maintain, Covered California has to add a surcharge averaging 12.4 percent to the Silver-tier plan next year. But don’t worry, it says because the plans will level out, with nearly four out of five consumers seeing their premiums stay the same or decrease, since the amount of financial help they receive will also rise.

Financial help means that in 2018, nearly 60 percent of subsidy-eligible enrollees will have access to Silver coverage for less than $100 per month — the same as it was in 2017 — and 74 percent can purchase Bronze coverage for less than $10 per month, explains Covered California.

It is vital that Black communities stay informed about the state health exchange and its efforts to enroll communities of color, and members of the Black press are key players in that goal, say the health care advocates.

Statewide, Covered California has reduced the eligible uninsured rate to a little over three percent, meaning it’s reaching universal coverage, according to Lee. That benefits all communities and to a very powerful degree, Black communities, he said.

Blacks make up approximately five percent of subsidy-eligible enrollments, and they make up eight percent of the new Medical enrollments, he said.

“We’re doing this in very odd and uncertain, turbulent times,” said Lee. In many ways, this fifth open enrollment period is the second most important one Covered California has ever had, he said.

California’s decrease of 3.2 million people is the biggest decrease in the raw number of people uninsured nationwide, representing more than three states combined, cited Covered California from a U.S. Census report.

In the beginning, the network stumbled a little bit, but proved to the country it could endure, has done pretty well, and is a model for the U.S., Lee stated. He also said frankly that Covered California and the Affordable Care Act are under attack.

Both have weathered the storm and been very effective in continuing to deliver, Lee said, as he thanked the Black media as part of the reason they’ve been successful in California.

Covered California’s marketing campaign aims to help motivate, inform, and assist people with enrollment. “We’re at a time where telling our story has to happen on the ground,” Lee said.

While the average Californian, last open enrollment, saw, heard, read about Covered California 90 times, name recognition is not enough, Lee stated.

A survey of uninsured, eligible consumers showed 25 percent know it and 75 percent do not, according to Lee.

That is why the health insurance marketplace plans to spend $111 million – mostly on paid advertising – to make Blacks aware of benefits through Covered California, such as free preventive care services, lower cost, and quality choices from brand name companies.

The bottom line is quality health care is within reach, emphasized Ross, Lee, and other roundtable speakers, including physicians from Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, and Covered California insurance agents.

“California has been a model for the successful implementation of Obamacare,” said Ross. “That partnership with the California Black Media and others, we think, is at least, at least, partly responsible for seeing the level of success we have in getting coverage improvements in the African American community,” he stated.

Regina Wilson, California Black Media director, questioned, what, specifically, are the health insurance plans themselves doing in terms of outreach to Blacks who are eligible, but not enrolling.

“One of the things we hear when we’re out there is people are confused about what’s happening,” Wilson informed.

“Covered California, you guys have stepped to the plate. The Endowment always steps to the plate, but I see an absence when it comes to those individual plans marketing in those areas,” commended Wilson.
By Charlene Muhammad|
California Black Media

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Darrell Wallace Jr. signs with Petty, will become first full-time African American Cup driver since 1971


NASCAR legend Richard Petty – The King - turns 80 on July 2.

The pairing of  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Richard Petty Motorsports and driver Darrell Wallace Jr., a work-in-progress for weeks, is a reality.

The team announced Wednesday that Wallace, 24, will drive for RPM full-time in the series next season.

Wallace, who goes by the nickname Bubba, will be the Cup Series’ first full-time African-American driver since NASCAR Hall of Fame member Wendell Scott raced in 1971.

Wallace filled in for injured RPM driver Aric Almirola for four races this season after Almirola fractured his back in a crash at Kansas Speedway. Almirola later announced that he wouldn’t return to the Petty team next season.

A graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, Wallace, who made his Cup debut at Pocono Raceway in June, said there is social significance in joining NASCAR’s premier series full time and following in Scott’s footsteps.

“It’s big,” he said. “There have been a lot of people [that have] come up through the ranks and try to carry the legacy that Wendell Scott had laid down for us. For me to step into that realm and step into that role brings a lot of pressure. I want to represent the brand of myself and Richard Petty and his image the best way I can and continue to grow together.”

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NASCAR says there have been at least seven African American drivers in its series priort to Wallace, including Scott, who raced from 1961-73 in Cup, Willy T. Ribbs, who ran three Cup races in 1986, and Bill Lester, who raced sporadically from 1999 until 2007 at all three national levels (Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Trucks).

In choosing Wallace to drive the iconic No. 43, the legendary Petty said race was not a factor.

“That was the least of my considerations,” the seven-time series champion said. “We looked at talent, how we thought he would handle the fans, how he handles the press, how he handles sponsor deals. I didn’t care what color he was or where he came from, any of that.”

RPM has not announced a sponsor for next season, and Petty said Wednesday he could not comment on which manufacturer RPM will ride in 2018. The team currently races Fords.

‘We have a bunch of irons in the fire,” Petty said. “When we show up at Daytona (for the season opener in February), it will be a completely different RPM than what it’s been in the past.”

Wallace had a top finish of 11th — at Kentucky Speedway — while driving the No. 43 in place of Almirola.

Wallace has extensive experience in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck series. He has won six Truck races but has no Xfinity wins. In 2013 at Martinsville Speedway, Wallace scored his first Truck Series win to become the first African American driver to win a NASCAR national series event since Scott in 1963.


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‘Marshall’: a great man’s early days

The new biographical drama “Marshall” hasn’t exactly been burning up the box office since it opened on Oct. 13, but it should have a long life in the other places where people watch movies.

Screenwriters Michael Koskoff and Jacob Koskoff show us one brief period in the life of the U.S. Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall – his work on a Connecticut rape case in 1940 – but it illuminates the issues that would resonate throughout the great man’s life.

In the early 1940s, Marshall was a lawyer for the NAACP specializing in cases where black men were unjustly accused of crimes. Joseph Spell was a chauffeur for a Greenwich woman, Eleanor Strubing, who accused him of raping her and then trying to kill her by throwing her off a bridge.

The crime sent shock waves through Westchester and Fairfield counties where there were reports of fearful whites firing their black servants. Marshall believed in Spell’s innocence, but he also saw how the NAACP could use the case in its efforts to launch a civil rights movement.

Lawyers like Marshall who hadn’t passed the bar in Connecticut needed a local attorney to file a special application. Bridgeport lawyer Sam Friedman played that role thinking it would only require minimal courtroom presence, but when the judge announced that the outside attorney couldn’t speak during the trial Friedman had to act as Marshall’s proxy.

Reginald Hudlin directs an excellent cast in which even the smallest roles register. Chadwick Boseman, who seems destined for major stardom when “Black Panther” opens next year, plays Marshall, and Josh Gad gets his best screen opportunity yet as Friedman.

A good portion of “Marshall” is set in a courtroom but the writers and director break up the legal battle with well drawn scenes that sketch in the personal lives of the two main characters. We see that Marshall was part of the bohemian African-American artist crowd in Manhattan – his friends included the poet Langston Hughes – and the stress the case placed on Friedman’s family life and his position in the Bridgeport Jewish community adds to Gad’s fine performance.

There have been a few rumblings in social media that the prominence of Friedman in “Marshall” makes it another “white savior” movie but that seems a distortion of the movie’s determination to stick to the facts of a real case. In truth, Marshall “saved” Friedman, steering a lawyer who specialized in insurance cases into a lifelong dedication to the civil rights movement.

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Minnesota Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Offers Vital Compensation Tips for A Person with Diagnosed Mesothelioma in Minnesota To Ensure a Much Better Financial Settlement Result

We offer on the spot access to some of the nation’s most qualified mesothelioma attorneys because they will know how to evaluate a claim and they will know what the financial claim might be worth ”

— Minnesota Mesothelioma Victims Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, October 25, 2017 / — The Minnesota Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “We are urging a person in Minnesota who has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma or their family members to call us anytime at 800-714-0303 so we can get them pointed in the right direction to some of the nation’s most skilled and experienced mesothelioma lawyers. As we would like to discuss, typically the best possible financial compensation for mesothelioma only happens if the diagnosed person has the most capable legal representation.

“We offer on the spot access to some of the nation’s most qualified mesothelioma attorneys because they will know how to evaluate a possible claim and they will know what the financial claim might be worth to the diagnosed person.” http://Minnesota.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

Vital Compensation Tips for A Person in Minnesota Who Has Just Been Diagnosed with Mesothelioma or Their Family Members from The Minnesota Mesothelioma Victims Center:

* “It is vital the person who has just been diagnosed with mesothelioma starts the process of hiring an attorney/law firm to assist with the mesothelioma compensation claim as soon as possible. As we would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303 many to most of the nation’s most skilled and capable mesothelioma attorneys will want to assist with the financial compensation claim. In all likelihood-the extremely qualified fulltime mesothelioma attorneys we suggest will typically obtain the best possible financial compensation for a person with mesothelioma.
* “Please make certain that a wife, son, or daughter or a very trusted family member has an executed document giving them power of attorney in the event the diagnosed person is too ill to handle important-issues for themselves without help.
* “Create a list of all of the possible places where the person with mesothelioma could have been exposed to asbestos. It is the specific information about exactly how and where a person with mesothelioma was exposed to asbestos that becomes the foundation for a financial claim for this rare cancer. The more specific and detailed the information-the better the chances for the best possible mesothelioma compensation.

* “Very Important-Does the diagnosed person know the whereabouts of a co-worker or in the case of a Navy Veteran a shipmate that might have witnessed the exposure to asbestos?” http://Minnesota.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Minnesota Mesothelioma Victims Center wants to emphasize there’s is a statewide initiative available to a diagnosed victim anywhere in Minnesota including communities such as Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, Duluth, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Plymouth, or Saint Cloud.

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Minnesota the Minnesota Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly recommends the following heath care facilities with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at each hospital.

* The Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota:

* Masonic Cancer Center University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Minnesota:

High-risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Minnesota include Veterans of the US Navy, power plant workers, shipyard workers, factory workers, welders, industrial workers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, iron ore miners, and construction workers. Typically, the exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s.

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon.

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer:

Michael Thomas
Minnesota Mesothelioma Victims Center
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FESTAC”77@40: 56 countries, 9 states indicate interest – CBAAC DG

Fifty-six countries and nine states have indicated interest to participate in the one weeklong commemoration of FESTAC”77@40 beginning on Nov.6 in Lagos.

Dr Ferdinand Anikwe, the Director-General, Centre for Black Arts and African Civilisation (CBAAC), told newsmen in Lagos that the seven-day programme would end on Nov.11.

Nigeria hosted the first World Blacks and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1977 at the National Theatre Complex, Iganmu, Lagos.

Nigeria’s hosting of the FESTAC led to the building of FESTAC Town by the Federal Government then for guests and participants from different parts of the world.

Anikwe said: “We have finally decided to kick-start the commemoration of FESTAC”77@40.

“We will be using the University of Lagos Sports Complex, National Theatre Complex, the Federal Housing Authority Field, Festac Town and Golden Tulip Hotel.

“The objective of the festival is to seek and re-establish the culture and confidence of the black and African races.

“It will also offer a platform and intensify campaign for continue cultural exchange, understanding and unity amongst black and African countries and communities.”

The director-general said that the centre was collaborating with UNESCO, Bank of Industry, Festac Town residents, Coca-cola among others, for the celebration.

According to him, activities lined up include: International Symposium, Colloquium, documentary on internalising the spirit of FESTAC “77, traditional wrestling competition and beauty pageant.

Others are: visit to tourist sites, cultural performances, exhibitions and African Food Fair by participating countries, states and organisations in Nigeria and Gala Night.

He said that Dr Ahmadu Ali, who was also the chairman of the festival in 1977, would also chairman the opening ceremony.

Anikwe said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo would be crowned ”Ruby King of FESTAC” and “Patron of African Culture” for his contributions to the promotion and development of African culture and heritage.

“He will be crowned by the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ojaja1,” the CBAAC director-general said…

Anikwe said that Prof. Union Edebiri from the University of Benin in Edo, would present the keynote address at the event.

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‘Insulting African American Gold Star widows has a history’

Gold Star mothers and widows visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris in 1930. (Courtesy National Archives via Journal of American History)

For 11 years, Bessie Strawther longed for a chance to visit her son’s grave. Pvt. Henry Strawther, a black American soldier in a segregated infantry unit, had died fighting the German army on Oct. 6, 1918, nearly five weeks before World War I ended in armistice. Veterans in his hometown of Urbana, Ohio, had named an American Legion post after him, but his body remained interred somewhere in France — an ocean away from his mother.

Then came an extraordinary proposal from the U.S. government. The War Department in 1929 created a program to send bereaved mothers and widows like Strawther on two-week, all-expense-paid trips to Europe to visit the final resting places of their sons and husbands. The journeys became known as the Gold Star mother and widow pilgrimages, named after the newly-minted organization for women who had lost family members in the war.

In summer 1930, Strawther took a train from Urbana to New York City, where the War Department had arranged for her to board a commercial steamer bound for France.

But shortly after she arrived in the city, she started having second thoughts. Government officials were requiring Strawther and the other black women to travel on a different ship and stay in different quarters from white women making the same journey.

The idea of being segregated sickened Strawther. Her son had given his life, but her government still treated her as a second-class citizen. Days before the ship set sail, she backed out. “I am not going to France,” she wrote to a prominent NAACP member at the time. She had accepted the invitation “not knowing what I do now,” she wrote. “I do not want to be a disgrace to my son and the race.”

Strawther was one of a few hundred black women who signed up to make the government-funded pilgrimage to Europe in the early 1930s, only to be told by the War Department that they couldn’t travel or share hotels with their white counterparts.

Her story was highlighted in a Journal of American History article from September 2015 that detailed the little-known story of the federal government’s well-intended but discriminatory program that brought Gold Star mothers and widows to the battlefields and cemeteries of the First World War.

The article received renewed attention this week after President Trump was accused of insulting a black Gold Star widow whose husband, U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, was recently killed in an ambush in Niger. On Monday, as Trump clashed openly with the widow over allegations that he was insensitive during his condolence call to her, the Journal of American History announced it was posting the article free online for the next month. “Insulting African American gold star widows has a history,” the journal wrote in a tweet.

The article was written by Rebecca Jo Plant, an associate professor of history at the University of California San Diego, and Frances M. Clarke, a senior lecturer in history at the University of Sydney. Their research, along with a 1999 essay in the National Archives’ Prologue magazine, represents some of the only publicly available scholarship on the segregation of black women who took part in the pilgrimage program.

“I’m incredibly happy that people are reading it now,” Plant told The Washington Post on Tuesday, “but I’m also sad that this is what it has come to, that it’s getting all this attention because it’s so resonant in the current moment.”

The call for government-sponsored pilgrimages to Europe began in the 1920s. Two national organizations, the American War Mothers and the American Gold Star Mothers, lobbied successfully for the all-expenses-paid journeys after learning that many women couldn’t afford to travel overseas to see where their loved ones were buried.

After the program was authorized by Congress, the War Department decided to segregate the women. Integrated trips were “impracticable,” the department said. Plus, the mothers and widows “would prefer to seek solace in their grief from companions of their own race.”

The move set off a sustained protest against the pilgrimages, led primarily by black male leaders from the NAACP and black newspapers, according to Plant and Clarke’s research. The Chicago Defender urged a boycott, calling the program the “crowning insult” in a long list of abuses by the administration of President Herbert Hoover. Some Democratic politicians spread rumors that the women would be sent over in cattle boats.

The women were presented with a wrenching choice: join the protest and take a stand against segregation, or make what would likely be a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to see where their sons and husbands were buried.

Ultimately, most would choose the latter. Plant and Clarke found that 279 black women made the pilgrimage, traveling in all-black groups between 1930 to 1933.

It was an easy decision for some. “Ever since I lost my son in 1918 I have been wanting to come,” one mother said. “I would have come over on a cattle-boat. I would have swam if possible. I love my race as strongly as any other but when I heard that the United States was going to send us over I could not refuse.”

But others agonized for years.

Bessie Strawther, whose son was killed in action in October 1918 and buried in France, in an undated picture. (Courtesy National Archives, Journal of American History)

Strawther, the mother from Ohio, was hesitant. She canceled her trip in 1930 but sailed to France with the last all-black party in 1933, according to Plant and Clarke.

Carrie Brown of Eatonton, Ga., had twice booked the trip to see her son’s grave, only to cancel her reservations. It was “enough to go there to see the last of my son with a weeping heart,” she wrote to a protest organizer in 1930, according to the article. Combined with the segregation, the experience seemed “dreadful,” she added. “As Mr. Patrick Henry said, ‘Give me Liberty or give me death.’” But eventually, she, too, went on the journey, shipping out with the last party, according to Plant and Clarke.

About two-dozen women canceled their reservations and never looked back. For them, the ignominy of a segregated voyage outweighed the desire to visit the grave sites.

One Philadelphia widow told the War Department she would “not be a party to this conspiracy against the dead,” according to the article. Another wrote: “I am a Massachusetts born woman and my parents before me and I strongly resent any such stand as the United States government has taken. I feel they have grossly insulted our race and that they can never make amends.”

In total, about 6,700 women of all races made the pilgrimage, as archivist Constance Potter has written in the National Archives‘ Prologue magazine.

Backlash against the program embarrassed President Herbert Hoover, who was facing a tough reelection fight that he would ultimately lose. So his administration tried to mend things by making sure the women were cared for in every other way possible, according to Plant and Clarke.

Col. Benjamin O. Davis Sr., the Army’s highest-ranking black officer, was tapped to oversee the effort. A staff of black civil servants and other workers handled day-to-day operations on every leg of the journey. Black officials from the Quartermaster Corps, the Army’s logistics branch, bought suitcases for women who showed up without luggage. They repaired eyeglasses and shoes, and coordinated health care for those with medical needs, Plant and Clarke wrote.

When they got to Paris, crowds of cheering Parisians and American expatriates greeted them (“France Seeks to Make Up for U.S. Jim Crow,” read one headline in the Baltimore Afro-American). The American jazz bandleader Noble Sissle and other black performers played for them. The women were treated to meals at top-notch restaurants and visits to the Louvre, Versailles and Napolean’s tomb. Then they took the more solemn trips to the battlefields and cemeteries where the fallen soldiers were buried.

A tea reception for black Gold Star mothers and widows at the Restaurant Laurent in Paris in 1931. (Courtesy National Archives, Journal of American History)

Plant and Clarke noted that there were some disparities in the accommodations. White women sailed on ocean liners, while black women traveled on modified freight ships. In New York, white women stayed in expensive hotels while black women stayed in Harlem’s YWCA. In Paris, white women stayed near the center of the city while black women were housed closer to the edge of town.

Still, many of the women returned home with glowing words about the journey and high praise for the federal government, according to Plant and Clarke’s research. “Uncle Sam is doing his best for us,” one woman told a Jamaican American newspaper reporter. “Nothing more could be done for us unless they presented us with a sack of gold.”

In an interview last week with the history blog Process, Plant and Clarke said the black Gold Star women had essentially fought their own two-front war over the pilgrimage — against black male activists on one side and government officials on the other.

“The pilgrims declined to assume the role of the self-sacrificing race mother who upheld the memory of her son by foregoing the government-funded trip, regardless of her heart’s desire,” they said. “Nor did they stick to the role the federal government had scripted for them: that of the grieving and grateful supplicant who gained peace of mind through the benevolent actions of the state.”

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Greenberg Traurig is Platinum Sponsor of California Minority…

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT), a member of the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP), will sponsor the group’s 28th Annual Business Conference in Los Angeles, Oct. 26-27.

LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) October 23, 2017

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT), a member of the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP), will sponsor the group’s 28th Annual Business Conference in Los Angeles, Oct. 26-27.

During the conference, GT Tax Shareholder Magan Pritam Ray will present on the panel entitled, “A Baby Boomer, a Gen X-er and a Millennial Walk Into a Law Firm…” The panel will discuss the generational differences (and similarities) among Baby Boomers, Gen X-ers and Millennials, and explore strategies for creating better understanding and productive workplaces.

This is the third consecutive year the firm has sponsored the conference. The annual two-day event is designed as an opportunity for business attorneys to network with and learn from legal and business leaders. CMCP is dedicated to promoting diversity in the legal profession by providing attorneys of color with access and opportunity for business and professional development. Greenberg Traurig has 11 attorneys participating in the conference.

“Greenberg Traurig is proud to join with CMCP in working towards the expansion of equal opportunity and diversity within the legal profession,” said Brian Duffy, the law firm’s Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to being a part of this conference; focusing on the recognition of the added value our varied backgrounds and orientations can deliver.”

Ray has wide-ranging experience in all facets of employee benefits and ERISA matters, including the design, implementation and operation of retirement plans, health and welfare benefit plans, cafeteria plans, fringe benefit plans, and non-qualified deferred compensation programs. Ray is a specialist in counseling clients on the business impact, strategic response, plan design and compliance with health care reform. She regularly advises Fortune 100 companies on issues in mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and joint ventures. Ray also has experience in representing companies undergoing employee benefits and tax audits before the IRS and Department of Labor.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Diversity Initiative
As a leader among Am Law 100 firms, Greenberg Traurig, LLP has developed a workforce that welcomes, supports, and reflects the communities it represents. On the 2017 ALM Diversity Scorecard, the firm has the most African American partners and Hispanic American attorneys and is among the top 10 for number of minority attorneys. The firm is among the top five for number of female partners on the 2017 ALM Women’s Scorecard and has a score of 100% on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index. Diversity is in GT’s DNA.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. One firm worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2017, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.

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Keeping Pet-loving Millennial Employees Happy Just Got A Whole Lot Easier With Pets Onsite Startup

Pets Onsite provides an innovative solution to help companies allow their pet-loving employees a way to bring their pets to work without disrupting the office.

Pets Onsite allows companies to offer employees the valuable perk of bringing their pets to work without disrupting the office.”

— Mala Brough

DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, October 24, 2017 / — Bringing pets to work is one of the hottest new company perks that’s sweeping across the nation. More and more companies are offering this benefit. Why? Because the work-force demographics reveal that there are more pet-owning employees than ever before.

Mala Brough launched a startup called Pets Onsite. Her startup provides an innovative solution to allow employees to bring their pets to work without disrupting the office. Instead of pets coming into the office, this startup allows employees’ pets to play and stay inside customizable mobile pet daycare units parked on their company’s premises.

“Pets Onsite allows companies to offer employees the valuable perk of bringing their pets to work. Our onsite mobile pet daycare units alleviates potential problems with pets coming into the office,” states Mala, Pets Onsite founder. There’s no cost to the employer to offer Pets Onsite. The expense is picked up by the employees that use the service.

Mala’s startup plans to capitalize on three major industry trends: One. Millennial employees are waiting longer to get married, opting for pet ownership instead. Two. They’re the largest generation of active workers in the US and finally Three. Millennials own more pets than any other generation in history. “Companies that ignore these facts will find it harder to retain and recruit Millennials.” states an industry HR expert.

Executives at a Fortune 25 company were surprised when a Pets Onsite surveyed revealed that ninety-six percent of their corporate headquarter employees said Pets Onsite would be beneficial. They also learned Pets Onsite would save their employees seven thousands of hours a month. Reducing stress was the number one reason why employees wanted Pets Onsite.

“Employers are starting to realize that having a Millennial bring a pet to work wind up getting a more focused employee, someone more comfortable at the office and a person willing to work longer hours,” said Bob Vetere, president, and CEO of the American Pet Products Association. Employers also see a reduction in absenteeism and stress-related medical costs.

Pets Onsite founder is not new to the pet industry. Mala co-founded, Petclix, the most successful mobile pet photography company in the USA. Now in its eleventh year, Petclix has successfully photographed thousands of pets across thirty-five states and worked with hundreds of businesses.

“Most people consider their pets as their children. Pets Onsite provides a solution to allow employees to bring their furry children to work without the hassle, risk, and overhead to companies,” states Mala.

Please visit to learn more about bringing Pets Onsite to your business.

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This week, the president of this nation signed an executive order which will in effect gut the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and throw millions of people into physical jeopardy as they lose their health care.

The president’s action was, in a word, deplorable and reprehensible.

His executive order ends federal payments to health insurers which have helped millions of Americans be able to afford health care, many for the first time in their lives. His executive order, he said, will result in “millions and millions of people signing up for health care.” (

The president’s administration will cut off subsidy payments which have helped people afford health care. Even some Republicans are concerned and say that the action will affect many people in their districts.

But this president does not care. And neither, it seems, does the GOP.

The president has been disgusted with the inability of the Republican Congress to “repeal and replace” the ACA. He has said publicly that “we should allow the ACA to fail,” and then repeal and replace it, and he has been doing all he could do to destroy the law.

This act by the president is the latest in his impulse-driven actions to undermine and undercut laws put in place by the Obama administration. His actions – from the immigration ban to voter suppression to now this hit against the ACA has revealed a president who does not seem to care about the rights of masses of American people, especially African Americans and people of color.

His treatment of Puerto Rico and its residents – US citizens – reeling from the after- effects of Hurricane Maria has caused the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, to lash out, criticizing the president for his slowness in bringing help to that island.

Is it racism that makes this president so heartless? Is his a particularly virulent strain of racism, or is his racism the sick norm? This man seems incapable of caring for anyone, and seems disinterested in being president to – anyone but his “base,” which includes self-avowed white nationalists. His ongoing advisor is none other than Steve Bannon, who has vowed to get rid of mainstream Republicans and replace them with people who think more along the lines of Bannon, the Breitbart News crew – and, apparently, this president.

Can a nation with a president who seemingly does not care about so large a swath of Americans survive?  America has had racist presidents before but this man seems somehow worse. In this period of the “third deconstruction,” which is following the 8 years of Obama’s presidency and what Bishop William Barber has called the “third reconstruction,” this nation has a man in power who is uncovering the ever-present racism which has always been at America’s core.

He has emboldened white nationalists, who vow to take “their” streets back, and who declare that “Jews will not replace us.” He has called white nationalists “very fine people,” while he has called African-American athletes who have chosen to “take a knee” to protest police brutality “sons of a bitch.”

He is heartless in his racism, myopic in his determination to destroy everything President Obama ever did, and gutless in his capacity to ever admit he is ever wrong. But who he is is not the biggest problem; the biggest problem is that scores of Americans support him in his racism and hatred of people of color.

What will happen to people whose health care will slip from them as this president’s executive order takes effect and the cowardly, sycophant GOP does nothing to right this horrific wrong?  What will this president and his racist colleagues say when people who for a moment enjoyed health care, slip back into despair, some dying, some being thrown into bankruptcy because they will not be able to afford health care?

Some people will wonder what is going to happen to the masses of people because of this president, but one person will not be concerned, and that is Donald J. Trump.

Rev. Dr Susan K Smith does workshops on the inability of the Bible and Constitution to end racism. To schedule her to speak to your group, email her at

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Editorial: We are failing our children

Editorial: We are failing our children

MADISON, Wis. – The newest Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual state-by-state measure of the health and well-being of our children is out and once again Wisconsin has the largest gap between the well-being of white and African-American children in the nation, and Latino, American Indian and Hmong children aren’t doing so well either.

Well, it’s been said better by others, but no child is doing well if all children are not doing well and our kids are not doing well.

Wisconsin advocacy group Kids Forward says federal and state cuts in investments in public education, accessible health care and safety net programs threaten not only kids and families but put the economic stability of the state in jeopardy. 

Governor, state legislators — Wisconsin is the worst. We are failing our kids. Our economic stability is at risk. Is there anything that will convince you to stop calling each other names or trying to control professional athletes and do something to support our children?