Remembering World AIDS Day 2020

Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever international day for global health. Every year, United Nations agencies, governments and civil society join together to campaign around specific themes related to HIV. Each year, on 1 December, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. People around the world unite to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

I became involved in the 80s, when I saw hundreds of young men and women around me dying mysteriously. Upon moving to California, I saw 100s loose their lives. 

I will always be moved by the tireless work of Russell Kassman, Chris Carnes, Sharon McNight and others who helped bring joy to the infamous Ward 5B one Christmas by moving in a piano and bringing a performance to a ward of men dying but whom got one last moment of joy in their life. 

And for decades since each have tirelessly worked along with Donna Sachet

and her “Songs of the Season” to continue to raise funds, educate and inspire. 

So many people have helped over the years and so many people died due to early government inaction. The lessons of that day carry forward today. History has a tendency to repeat itself with a broader punch when we don’t learn the lessons of our past. But through the wisdom of people like Chris Carnes, Gretchen Carol Fleischmann

Sharon McKnight, Russell Kassman, Donna Sachet and then later in life Floyd McGregor, L Pierce Carson, Martin Durand, Deb Stallings, and others we carried hope forward via The Napa Valley AIDS Project and ultimately In partnership with Liz Alessio and the Care Network and Planned Parenthood. 

Thank you Hank Plante for keeping the stories alive over the decades.  We must never forget our history, as it is a reflection of whom we are today and whom we will become tomorrow.

I became involved in the 80s, when I saw hundreds of young men and women around me dying mysteriously. Upon moving to California, I saw 100s loose their lives. 

I will always be moved by the tireless work of Russell Kassman, Chris Carnes, Sharon McNight and others who helped bring joy to the infamous Ward 5B one Christmas by moving in a piano and bringing a performance to a ward of men dying but whom got one last moment of joy in their life. 

And for decades since each have tirelessly worked along with Donna Sachet

and her “Songs of the Season” to continue to raise funds, educate and inspire. 

So many people have helped over the years and so many people died due to early government inaction. The lessons of that day carry forward today. History has a tendency to repeat itself with a broader punch when we don’t learn the lessons of our past. But through the wisdom of people like Chris Carnes, Gretchen Carol Fleischmann

Sharon McKnight, Russell Kassman, Donna Sachet and then later in life Floyd McGregor, L Pierce Carson, Martin Durand, Deb Stallings, and others we carried hope forward via The Napa Valley AIDS Project and ultimately In partnership with Liz Alessio and the Care Network and Planned Parenthood. 

Thank you Hank Plante for keeping the stories alive over the decades.  We must never forget our history, as it is a reflection of whom we are today and whom we will become tomorrow.

Author, Executive Coach, Artist Chris Edwards

A Celebration of Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month (A Window Display RootArt Root Art by RENEFIT Fitness Coach & Artist Rene Sepulveda & Executive Coach, Author & Design Artist Chris Edwards)

Window display celebrating Native American Heritage Month and Thanksgiving at the Roadrunner Emporium, 2nd Life Gallery, 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo New Mexico

The commissioned window display crafted by Rootart (root art) artist Rene Sepulveda and Author and Collaborating Artist Chris Edwards celebrates Native American culture and its intersection to our Thanksgiving, a celebration of the harvest and the earth.

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. We invite you to commemorate this special month right here in New Mexico, home to 23 pueblos, tribes, and nations and more than 1,000 years of Native culture by viewing our educational window display.

On August 3, 1990, President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The idea of giving thanks is central to Native heritage and culture, and Thanksgiving is simply a chance to appreciate the good things of life like family, community, and the riches of the land.

Long before settlers arrived, Native tribes celebrated the harvest and the gift of Mother Earth’s abundance. Native American spirituality, both traditionally and today, emphasizes gratitude for creation, care for the environment, and recognition of the human need for communion with nature and others.

Thanksgiving as a holiday originates from the Native American philosophy of giving without expecting anything in return. In the first celebration of this holiday, the Wampanoag tribe not only provided the food for the feast, but also the teachings of agriculture and hunting (corn, beans, wild rice, and turkey are some specific examples of foods introduced by Native Americans.

This window display represents an appreciation for the lessons of Native Americans and their contributions to the celebration of Thanksgiving and the communion with nature and humanity it represents.

Created in collaboration by Rene Sepulveda and myself and commissioned for Debra Reyes and her Roadrunner Emporium, 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo New Mexico in honor of all of our families united in our quest for a safe, healthy, beautiful and bountiful Thanksgiving season. Thank you Quynh Giao Tonnu and Mary Sittle for your contributions and inspiration. The Gallery showcases over 40 artist and celebrate the abundance of the harvest this season.

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Remembering Coach Fran Stirman Alamogordo High School New Mexico

Remembering Coach Frances Stirman by Chris Edwards & Rene Sepulveda Authors of Coach Robert Sepulveda The Early Days Book Series

Affectionately known as Fran, or Coach Fran by many Alamogordo Tiger Alumni, Frances Stirman passed on November 9th, 2020. She was born June 30, 1938, in Portales, New Mexico.

After a successful college career from Eastern New Mexico University where she was an award winning bowler, she relocated to Alamogordo to teach physical education and coached Girls Basketball and assisted with Track & Field. She coached and taught at Alamogordo public schools for 25 years.

Coaching the GAA programs beginning in the late 50s, Fran Stirman began at Chaparral Junior High before ultimately becoming the Alamogordo Varsity Basketball Coach when GAA was phased out and Girls Interscholastic play was launched as per of Title IX.

In the late 60s and early 70s as part of GAA, Fran Stirman assisted by Pat Hedrick and Marilyn Sepulveda led the GAA Team and Basketball Day Tournaments at the Junior High and Mid High.

During the late 60’s and early 70’s Fran Stirman was active in and coached multiple sports and participated in and led a variety of teams to victory.

A February 6, 1964 article references Fran Stirman in Women’s Basketball League action , “The Rebels defeated the Pearlettes 62 to 2, with Fran Stirman hooping 25 to lead the scoring.”

The Alamogordo News reports, May 25, 1967, “Fran Stirman was elected to the position of treasurer in the Women’s All Varsity Bowling League, after the trophies were handed out to winners of the 35 week competition.” She was highlighted by the Alamogordo Women’s Softball league in an August 1970, Alamogordo Newspaper article as, “Fran Stirman fanned 10…and added another win,” that same season in another article from 1970 she is listed,as being “named to the Women’s All Star Team of the Alamogordo Women’s Softball League” along with fellow teachers, Nancy Collins and Mary Sittle.

Fran Stirman was one of the Alamogordo Tiger girls pioneer coaches, in coaching the first Girls Varsity Basketball Team post Title IX implementation, as an interscholastic sports team from 1974 through 1982. Interscholastic school funded girls’ athletic programs did not get underway until 1974, when under the direction of Athletic Director Glen Markham the teams were formed in volleyball, basketball, track, and tennis. The first Head girl’s coaches were Volleyball, Debra Scott, Basketball, Fran Stirman, Track, Marilyn Sepulveda, Tennis, Kathy Price.

She was assisted in Girls Basketball by Coach Marilyn Sepulveda and Coach Dan Columbus.  When not coaching basketball Coach Stirman assisted Head Girls Track and Field Coach Marilyn Sepulveda to win multiple Girls Track and Field District & State trophies.

During the 1975 New Mexico State Girls Track & Field competition the Alamogordo Tiger girls placed 2nd in the state track meet where over 700 girls competed. Head Girls Track and Field Coach Marilyn Sepulveda assisted by Assistant Track Coach Fran Stirman and others came within a few points of the state title. Clovis was in 1st Place and Alamogordo scored a 2nd Place Red State Trophy with Del Norte in 3rd Place. This was the first state trophy of any girls’ sports team for Alamogordo.  This was the first Girls Trophy in State Competition but not to be the last to be won under the leadership of Marilyn Sepulveda and assisted by Fran Stirman, and other partner coaches in track and field. The team compiled 519 points in 6 meets, racked up four 1st Place meet trophies and 2 second place meet trophies including the state meet trophy.

As the Head Girls Basketball Coach she excelled and was recognized around the state for crafting competitive teams. Her girls were loyal fighters and always gave their all for Coach Fran. By 1979 under the direction of Fran Stirman the Alamogordo girls’ basketball team had won district 5 times and finished second once and had qualified for the 4th time in 5 years for the state competition. Alamogordo placed Second in the State in 1978 with a 26-3 season losing the 1st Place State Title 56 to 48 to Eldorado. This was the first Girls State Basketball Trophy for Alamogordo.

The Tiger Girls under Coach Stirman continued a tradition of excellence. For Coach Fran Stirmans’ final year as coach they proceeded to the state playoffs again in 1982 ranked #4 in the state by the AP. In a remarkably competitive game the Tiger Girl’s in the final minutes of play with Hobbs had 3 girls foul out. With only  3 minutes left in play the Tigers were defeated in the quarterfinals.  

Fran Stirman stepped down as Alamogordo Girls Basketball Coach after the 1981/82 season handing the team to her assistant Coach Dan Columbus. 

Fran Stirman set the pace in the history of Alamogordo girls sports as a team coach that was an ally and a team player with the other coaches. She was a strong ally to Head Track and Field Coach Marilyn Sepulveda and to other female coaches that grew into their roles with Fran Stirman as a friend, mentor, and ally to their success.

Fran had several hobbies in addition to being active in sports, she cared for many cats and dogs. She also did home canning, often with Marilyn Sepulveda. Both entered their goods into competition at the local fair. Fran won awards in the 80s for her beets, string beans and bread and butter pickles.

After retirement from 1982 till recent years, Fran Stirman continued to remain active and demonstrated in addition to her skills in Basketball, Track & Field, Softball and Bowling she was an avid golfer and a member of the Alamogordo Women’s Golf Association.

A tournament she participated in in April of 1996 she ranked 1st Place in the Blind Hole results of 9 holes competition placing 1st with a score of 22, in the 18 Hole partners competition with golfing partner Lou Sitton she placed 2nd.  In the Ralph Sutton Invitational Golf Tournament in February 2003 partnered with Lou Sitton in the second flight they ranked 2nd Place and in the 9 Hole Low Net Par competition she ranked 2nd place as well.  Fran Stirman continued for the next several years getting media mentions for her skills on the golf links.

Fran Stirman was an active member of the Retired Teachers Association and one that loved a variety of dogs and cats for which she cared for, until her final days.

Fran Stirman will be remembered as a pioneer coach from the early days of girl’s interscholastic sports, a friend, fierce competitor, and a mentor to many with a positive influence that will be remembered for generations of athletes, students, and friends.

Vote In Person Early the Stakes Are to High for Doris Gentry as Mayor of Napa

Doris Gentry Too Scary to become Mayor of Napa – Lacks Integrity, Proud Boy Affilations At the kickoff of Mayoral Candidate Doris Gentry for Mayor of Napa she was recorded and the event was live streamed by the Proud Boy Ben Bergquam who gave the white power signal at Doris’s event as she was speaking. The Proud Boys is a far-right and neo-fascist male-only organization that promotes and engages in political violence in the United States and Canada. While the group officially rejects racism, several members have been affiliated with white supremacy and the Proud Boys has been described by US intelligence organisations as “a dangerous white supremacist group.” Wilson, Jason (November 19, 2018). “FBI now classifies far-right Proud Boys as ‘extremist group’, documents say”. The Guardian. Archived from the original on November 20, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018. She also was vided and photographed at her kickoff party with former Gay Porn Star Brandon Straka founder of alleged Russian Backed “Walk Away” – The website Hamilton 68, which tracks Russia’s interference on U.S. elections, reported that WalkAway was “connected to Kremlin-linked Russian bots to manipulate voters” Doris Gentry has misrepresented her ownership of companies and her job titles in an effort to make herself bigger than life in her run for Napa Mayor. https://napavalleyregister.com/news/l… Doris Gentry has suggested that gay individuals in the military should be separate from other troops. Doris Gentry managed a fundraiser for Foster Children in Napa grossing over $56,000 yet only reported $194.00 in profit for the charity in the official state records. Doris Gentry is not fit for the office of Mayor of Napa https://www.thetruthaboutdorisgentry….

Doris Gentry is too Scary to be Napa’s next Mayor

Doris Gentry Too Scary to become Mayor of Napa – Lacks Integrity, Proud Boy Affilations

At the kickoff of Mayoral Candidate Doris Gentry for Mayor of Napa she was recorded and the event was live streamed by the Proud Boy Ben Bergquam who gave the white power signal at Doris’s event as she was speaking.

The Proud Boys is a far-right and neo-fascist male-only organization that promotes and engages in political violence in the United States and Canada. While the group officially rejects racism, several members have been affiliated with white supremacy and the Proud Boys has been described by US intelligence organisations as “a dangerous white supremacist group.” Wilson, Jason (November 19, 2018). “FBI now classifies far-right Proud Boys as ‘extremist group’, documents say”. The Guardian. Archived from the original on November 20, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018. She also was videoed and photographed at her kickoff party with former

Gay Porn Star Brandon Straka founder of alleged Russian Backed “Walk Away” – The website Hamilton 68, which tracks Russia’s interference on U.S. elections, reported that WalkAway was “connected to Kremlin-linked Russian bots to manipulate voters”

Doris Gentry has misrepresented her ownership of companies and her job titles in an effort to make herself bigger than life in her run for Napa Mayor. https://napavalleyregister.com/news/l… 

Doris Gentry has suggested that gay individuals in the military should be separate from other troops. Doris Gentry managed a fundraiser for Foster Children in Napa grossing over $56,000 yet only reported $194.00 in profit for the charity in the official state records. Doris Gentry is not fit for the office of Mayor of Napa.

Candidate for Mayor Doris Gentry Racism is Serious

Doris Gentry denies a relationship with the proud boys. Let’s take her at her word that she does not have a relationship. Let’s take her at her word she was unaware that the individuals at her fundraiser that she was photographed with and filmed with are not “associates of hers nor in her rolladex.”

But Doris will you admit then that you WERE until yesterday connected as a Facebook friend to Ben, a known proud boy who has made the press repeatedly as a Proud Boy using intimidation practices? “

-“Proud Boys show up at politician’s house to protest coronavirus lockdown” The incident occurred just after 4pm, when the group of approximately 15 men—led by self-identified Proud Boy and Frontline America host Ben Bergquam—came to Arias’ home…. Bergquam later told ABC 30 Action News that they went “looking for answers” over the city remaining closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the men can be seen in video from before and during the confrontation wearing Trump or MAGA clothing and accessories.”

Doris will you admit ,that yes, Ben Bergquam did film your speech at your campaign kickoff, has supported you and you have been elected photographed with him?

Doris just be honest and say YES you have met him, yes he filmed my campaign launch, yes, you were photographed with him.

Yes it was an error in judgment to have been affiliated with him.

Yes, I Doris Gentry will do a public reconciliation of ALL campaign funds secured during the event he participated in at the launch of my campaign for mayor.

To demonstrate my commitment to diversity of Napa, I Doris Gentry will donate an equal amount of those funds 1/2 to Black Lives Matter and 1/2 to the United Negro College Fund. I Doris Gentry will post a cleared check online with an apology for any affiliation with any Proud Boys sympathizers or participants during my campaign.

Doris, you can learn from the video below and learn from your mistake?

Admit you are not a racist, we all want to believe in your heart you are not a racist or homophobic, but exercised poor judgement in your response around the relationship with Ben and your campaign and finally put this messiness to bed?

Or will you continue to proclaim you are a victim and misunderstood and people are just being “mean and being racist to you?” (Your words)

Doris people want to believe in you step up, show the courage to denounce a loose affiliation and step up the the challenge.

Critics will criticize on the right but they will still support you as they are now too invested in you not to…

The ethical ball is now in your court.

Block those who stand on the side of ethical dialog? That’s easy block your questioners and hope they go away….”

or admit an error in affiliation occurred, make amends, donate the campaign funds, apologize for misleading comments and move forward…

Created for my friend Chris on this one as this is dedicated to you and your friends that want a mayor that represents all the diversity that is Napa. Keep the candle burning get out the vote.

Reprinted as originally created and posted on Facebook with permission from James Baldwin

Scarecrow Art made of Tree Roots Tree Root Art “Scarerootcrow” A selection crafted by Author, Fitness Coach & Artist Rene Sepulveda

Rene Sepulveda Artist, Rene Sepulveda Author & NCAA Award Winning Coach & Rehabilitaive Fitness Coach is one of a handfull of artist around the world that crafts authentic natural works of art out of tree roots. Design ideas recycling dead tree roots look creative and surprising. Artworks made of tree roots personalize yard landscaping and in home wall decor. Stimulating a playful atmosphere in beautiful gardens and in home decor Rene Sepulveda root art is unique and inspirational.

Scarerootcrow 2020 is a Halloween phenomenon showcased at 2nd Life Gallery at Roadrunner Emporium 928 New York Avenue Alamogordo New Mexico.

Tree Root Art is a unique natural use of nature and incorporating its elements into creations of art. The most famous and largest root garden is located in the UK and is owned by Prince Charles. Tree Root Art is one of the oldest artforms in the world with roots dating to a form of the Indigenous arts. Few artists in the world practice this form of art creation and works sell for thousands of dollars. A small root art piece of 12 inches typically sells on auction sites for a few hundred dollars. Large commissioned pieces of 4 to 5 feet in size sell for thousands of dollars as no two pieces are ever exactly the same due to their natural root component.

Some of the most recognized tree root artists are found in the remote regions of Nepal and in Indigenous communities around the world. Author, Artist and Fitness Coach Rene Sepulveda brings a unique blend of color to his root art creations.

The showcased piece above is a whimsical haunting creation commissioned as a celebration of the spooky scarecrow in a hauntingly crafted creation just in time for Halloween 2020.

An accompanied video displaying the haunting nature of this work of art demontrates its beauty but an ominous view of the spiritual world for Halloween Haunts.

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A Political Commentary in regards to Mayoral Candidate Doris Gentry and supression of Freedom of Information Requests…

Yesterday, a Republican leader of which I respect immensely,  (we just happen to disagree on a list of candidates this election cycle), asked me why I am so “hateful” towards Mayoral Candidate Doris Gentry. 

I do not believe I’ve ever been hateful that is never my intent. I have pointed out concerns I have of the candidates integrity and in doing what is right for the citizens she wants to represent. There seem to be discrepancies in her past, her stories while based on fragments of truth, are embellished upon, to the point of not being believable. (Claiming to have jumped from a 3rd story window handcuffed and bounced onto a canvas head first then lightly landed on the ground, was able to pull handcuffed hands to her front and then run off completely unharmed and unscatthed.) (I had a physical trainer that was an Olympic trials qualifier and NCAA award winning coach try to recreate the scene. He demontrated that it is IMPOSSIBLE without harming one self)

Document 1 attached shows Doris attempting to temporarily supress Freedom of Information requests.

Doris Gentry Email to City Manager Attempting to Suppress Freedom of Information Requests indefinitly as “people will be home bored, thinking”People will say we are up to crap, oh well, just ban it all momentarily” Doris Gentry Vice Mayor & Candidate for Mayor 3/23/20202

 Note: she does not recommend a time to restart those requests, her suggestion is a temporary ban until life gets back to normal. Is life normal yet Doris? Would you still suggest an ongoing supresson of FOI request? My gut is yes at least until the election is over for obvious reasons. Per her email to the city manager “people are home bored and thinking” Well Vice Mayor Gentry, you are darned right people are home and yes I hope they are thinking.  Photo 1 is the document suggesting suspension of FOI requests for documents or open government. Where I come from that is considered a temporary suspension on freedom of speech and freedom of access to govement. As one whom wraps themself in the flag, I certainly don’t get how suspension of FOI requests is patriotic and serves the people of the community she wants to lead?

Photos 3 and 4 refer to Mayoral Candidate Gentry’s postion as an owner of Adtech but then claiming so has no idea what they do or where they are located. A question of judgement.

Doris Gentery Legal Deposition in wheich she claims to the court not to know what Adtech did and did not know where its offices were located.
Candidate Doris Gentry claims in her official profile a job title of Business Woner of Adtech Corporation. Was Doris an Active Owner? Or was she an Absentee owner? As an absentee owner why would a candidate place ownership in her resume as Job Titles Held?

The question for me here is she wants to be leader of the city however in a deposition when asked, “Did you participate in the business of Ad Tech? Her response was ” Oh, heavens NO.” When asked Do you have an understanding of what Ad Tech was? He response in a legal deposition was “ No I don’t know what it does.” When asked do you know where the business was located? Her response under the threat of perjury was, “No I don’t.” So I’ll provide her the benefit of the doubt and assume she testified truthfully. However additionally we have to question her judgement. How do you list yourself as a BUSINESS OWNER in a resume yet not know where the business is located? I am and have been a stockholder in many companies. Even companies I purchase stock in or have been gifted. I am well aware of where they are located, what their business is and of what they produce or do. Most of us as informed investors want to know what we are invested in or as OWNERS as there is owner liabilities laws. Now let’s assume she was just gifted this stock. Fair enough one might not pay attention to it but then why would one place on their resume that they were an owner. In doing so that implies active participation. One can’t have it both ways. It’s simply a a case of judgement. I’ve made mistakes and certain have exercised poor judgement. I have no issue with a mistake or error in judgement. Just own that mistake. Ethically speaking if she claimed yes she was an passive owner of stock in a small company Adtech then it would be authentic. I would suspect her and her husband have owned stock in 100s of companies over the years. Active owner or passive owner that is the question of applied ownership?

Are my questions mean spirited? Not in the least, that is not the intention. I like my cousin Doris.

What I don’t accept is when the public is being mislead or freedoms are being potentially supressed by those in power. Or when one exasurates a story to the point of being implausable.

Leadership of a city requires that we have a mayor that represents ALL of the people. The leader has to inspire confidence in the processes and the instituions of government.

The three examples above do not provide me with the level of confidence that she respects the institution, the public nor the city she is asking for the privilage to represent.  I am happy to be proven wrong with a simple response to each issue outlined by the candidate.

Chris Edwards, Executive Operations Coach & Author

Removing Barriers to State Occupational Licenses To Enhance Entrepreneurial Job Growth: Out of Prison, Out of Work Book and Policy Recommendation #1 On Amazon Business Law Reference Catagory by Author Chris Edwards San Francisco Bay Area

Removing Barriers to State Occupational Licenses To Enhance Entrepreneurial Job Growth: Out of Prison, Out of Work Book and Policy Recommendation #1 On Amazon Business Law Reference Catagory by Author Chris Edwards San Francisco Bay Area

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Author Chris Edwards San Francisco Bay Area does it again with a govermental policy recommendation book that is #1 Best Seller in its Category. Congrats Author, Mentor & Essayist Chris Edwards, Napa, New Mexico, San Francisco and beyond!

Review

Review:Removing Barriers to State Occupational Licenses To Enhance Entrepreneurial Job Growth: Out of Prison, Out of Work by Author & Executive Coach Chris Edwards“This work is a comprehensive review of the flaws of the legislative process in which felons are penalized post incarceration with punitive laws that prevent gainful employment. The judicial system was crafted to create justice and once an individual has served their time or paid their debt to society then they should be able to rebuild their lives and regain employment without a lifetime of punishment. The policy recommendation contained in this book is an outline of the cause and effect of a broken system and a policy recommendation to remove the barriers of licensing in a variety of businesses to allow ex-felons to return back to work and become productive contributing members of society. This book is timely, needs to happen and every legislative representative at the state and national level of every state and the federal level should be required to read this recommendation. Every civics class in America should have a copy and discuss. Get a copy today and let’s achieve legitimate jobs security for all Americans.”  – Martha Robinson’s Judicial Justice Report Recommended Reading

From the Author

“This book is very personal.  The founding fathers crafted a system of justice that was built upon a foundation of fair and equitable punishment for a crime or an act and then allow the individual back into society without issue to contribute and rebuilt a productive taxpaying life. The system that exists today forces many individuals back into a life of crime all because they can’t get gainful employment that pays a living wage. Should an ex-felon that has paid their dues and served their time be prevented from being a hair dresser, barber, teacher, practice law, sell property or participate in the the financial services sector? No all should be allowed work if they have the skills to do the jobs. The licensure system in the US prevents millions of individuals from gainful employment with the false premise they are protecting society. In the end that protection backfires as the ex-felon that cannot find employment that is gainful or rewarding is then tempted to go back into a life of crime. Reform is needed and needed now to recreate a system of justice that is not punitive and one that rewards individuals that want to move forward and contribute verses one that hold individuals down and prevents advancement. The existing laws negatively impact BIPOC, minority and economically challenged communities disproportionately. If one wants to bring people forward and end violence on the streets and protests then we must begin crafting legislation that builds employment opportunities.  Time for change is now. The book crafted is just one of many examples of policy change that needs to happen to build full employment for the masses. Pick up your copy today and then take action write your legislators and let’s get people back to work”.  -Chris Edwards Author, Essayists, Mentor & Executive Coach 

Review

Review:Removing Barriers to State Occupational Licenses To Enhance Entrepreneurial Job Growth: Out of Prison, Out of Work by Author & Executive Coach Chris Edwards“This work is a comprehensive review of the flaws of the legislative process in which felons are penalized post incarceration with punitive laws that prevent gainful employment. The judicial system was crafted to create justice and once an individual has served their time or paid their debt to society then they should be able to rebuild their lives and regain employment without a lifetime of punishment. The policy recommendation contained in this book is an outline of the cause and effect of a broken system and a policy recommendation to remove the barriers of licensing in a variety of businesses to allow ex-felons to return back to work and become productive contributing members of society. This book is timely, needs to happen and every legislative representative at the state and national level of every state and the federal level should be required to read this recommendation. Every civics class in America should have a copy and discuss. Get a copy today and let’s achieve legitimate jobs security for all Americans.”  – Martha Robinson’s Judicial Justice Report Recommended Reading

Author Chris Edwards San Francisco Bay Area Author Does it again with a #1 Catagory release!