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Human Rights Organization Stand With Sheriff Victor Hill

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, pleaded not guilty on federal charges of allegedly violating the civil rights of four detainees at the Clayton County Jail. 

 Hill turned himself in Tuesday morning. A recently unsealed federal indictment alleges Hill, on multiple occasions, had county inmates placed in restraint chairs for several hours in violation of their constitutional rights. Hill pleaded not guilty and said he will fight the charges. According to Hill, these charges are “politically-motivated”. 

 Attorney Drew Findling, Hill’s lawyer, says the inmates in question are trying to say disparaging things against his client due to their own legal issues. The federal investigation started under the Trump administration and many citizens are questioning the motivation of these charges. 

 In an ironic twist, a well-known human                                                                                                                   rights organization, often standing opposite of law enforcement on police misconduct allegations are on record for supporting Sheriff Hill in this matter. In a statement obtained by ABJ Digital, the New Order National Human Rights Organization, headquartered in Metro-Atlanta with offices across the country, says they are standing with Hill.  

 As a human rights organization, we take all accusations of Constitutional Rights violations seriously. It is extremely rare for us to support a member of law enforcement who has been accused of such a violation. However, our legal analysts at New Order National Human Rights Organization have thoroughly reviewed the federal indictment against Sheriff Victor Hill and have come to the conclusion that Sheriff Hill did not violate the rights of anyone. This seems like a massive overreach from the federal government. This investigation against Sheriff Hill started under the Trump administration and was approved by Trump surrogates. There are Black and Brown citizens being killed by police across the country and these officers never receive a federal indictment. To charge the first Black elected Sheriff with multiple felonies for a legal and commonly used law enforcement restraint chair is beyond comprehension. We stand with the community of Clayton County and Sheriff Hill, said Gerald Rose, the group’s CEO. 

ABJ Digital will bring you developments as they come. 

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Mom Creates Event to Positively Impact Parents of Children and Adults with Disabilities for Mother’s Day

VIRTUAL EXCEPTIONAL PARENTS CELEBRATION SET FOR MAY 1ST
Annual Event Created to Uplift, Encourage Moms and Dads of Children and Adults with Disabilities Who Don’t Know It’s Mother’s or Father’s Day

Atlanta, GA…Tuesday, March 23, 2021…Mother’s Day is generally a time when children go all out to show their mother’s how much they love them with messy attempts at making special meals, heart-felt original poems or self-made gifts most mothers treasure forever. However, when a child has intellectual developmental disabilities, they may not understand the significance of that day, which can be a sensitive and even depressing time for mothers of such children.

It was for this reason that Norma Stanley, the mother of a daughter born with intellectual and physical developmental disabilities, decided to create an event that celebrated and encouraged mothers during this challenging time. For more than seven years, Stanley held the Exceptional Moms Celebration, featuring inspirational speakers, entertainment, gifts and even a small reception she catered herself, for up to 100 mothers of children with disabilities. However, this year, the celebration is designed to include dads as well, because she says committed fathers of these children don’t always get the recognition they deserve, and the same thing applies for dads of these children when Father’s Day rolls around.

“The Exceptional Parents Celebration is about sharing the love, as well as supporting and encouraging both parents of children with all kinds of disabilities, but particularly those with intellectual disabilities, because those children don’t understand what Mother’s Day and Father’s Day means,” shared Stanley, owner of E.E.E. Marketing Group, an Atlanta-based multicultural marketing communications and diversity, equity and inclusion consulting firm, whose daughter was born with cerebral palsy due to some type of trauma to the brain during delivery. “I didn’t expect to get so sad every year around Mother’s Day when my daughter was little, but I did and no one knew it and I remember looking forward to writing poems, making gifts and making breakfast for my own mom when I was little, memories we both treasured well into my adulthood,” she continued. “I realized that if it was bothering me that my child through no fault of her own couldn’t show the love I knew felt, then other moms and dads were probably feeling the same way, so I created an event designed to support and encourage them,” she said.

The Exceptional Parents Celebration, which didn’t happen in 2020 due to the pandemic, will be held virtually this year and Stanley hopes that allows for more families to be able to participate. The event, themed “Live, Laugh and Love,” will feature expert speakers, as well as a variety of entertainment.

In addition to Stanley who will serve as host of the event, speakers will include Nadine Vogel, the mother of two adult daughters with disabilities and founder of Springboard Global Enterprises and Disability Mama, a non-profit that empowers, celebrates and educates moms and dads around the world who are parents of children with special needs; Dr. Caroline Von Fluegge-Chen, owner of Balance Atlanta Family Chiropractic, who will speak on health and wellness and helping people of all abilities and ages become the best version of themselves. Also sharing special insights will be Dr. Fiyah Oates and Dr. Jerome Maultsby, transformational speakers and counselors, who are also counselors with Susan Taylor’s National CARES Mentoring Movement/University for Parents program in Atlanta and bringing an inspirational message to parents in attendance, will be Bishop Dedric Avery, pastor of Salt and Light Truth Center of Decatur, GA.

The Exceptional Parents Celebration will also include entertainment and performances by the SHOWAbility INCLUSIVE CHORUS, a newly formed inclusive chorus which includes singers with and without disabilities, produced by International Jazz Singer and U.S. Cultural Ambassador, Myrna Clayton; a fashion show featuring parents and their children with disabilities wearing looks by Fashion by D’Shacourt Studio; some comedy by Actor and Comedian Victor Terrell, known as St. Vick, who has been featured on BET and was part of the Spirit of Laughter Comedy Tour with Palmer Williams and David Mann of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Brown’s and Love Thy Neighbor, and more.

“It’s been a very trying year for everyone, that’s why this year’s event theme is ‘Live, Laugh and Love,’ shared Stanley, who also produces/hosts the Disability World TV Show on the streaming PG Network on Xperienc on Demand (XOD) TV. “We are confident this year’s Celebration will continue its mission of being uplifting, enlightening, empowering and entertaining for all those in attendance, and we hope anyone who could use support and encouragement around that time, whether they have children with disabilities or not, will join us,” she said.

The Exceptional Parents Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 1st beginning at 2:00p.m. EST. The event is free and participants can register via Zoom by going to: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcld-CqqzIpH9JCZlfvhFE6lBfH3lB5dx-D

For more information about Norma Stanley and E.E.E. Marketing Group, go to www.normastanley.com

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SHOWABILITY MASTERCLASS SERIES CONTINUES WITH DEAF ARTISTIC IMPROV LED BY MARTHA ANGER, DEAF ACTOR AND FILMMAKER

Atlanta, GA…Thursday, March 18, 2021…SHOWAbility, a 501c3 non-profit formerly known as ABEL 2, working to become change agents leveraging arts and entertainment as the vehicle that brings visibility and awareness to the abilities within the disability community, continues its monthly Artistic Masterclass Series with a virtual masterclass on improv in March, as they celebrate of Disability Awareness Month. Led by deaf filmmaker and actor, Martha Anger, the “Improv Masterclass for Deaf and All Abilities,” will feature acting keys and techniques for an inclusive audience of participants interested in learning affecting improv acting techniques.

Anger, who has been working both behind the scenes and in front of the camera as part of the film/tv Industry in various for more than 11 years, also works as part of, the deaf news network Sign1news as a multimedia journalist, editor and anchor. In sharing her expertise and experience as a deaf woman and actor, Anger says she hopes to be able to share the skill and uniqueness of talent and approach involved and eradicate the misconception that people with disabilities are somehow less able to do anything anyone else can do.

“The art of improvisational acting is unique in that once you see a performance, there will never be another performance exactly like it ever done again…it is different every time and it is also spontaneous and fun and” says Anger. “In this Masterclass created for but not limited to people who are deaf, we want to help participants to not only discover their abilities and uniqueness in the process and feel confident in pursuing and achieving any of their dreams,” she said.

The masterclass will go through the basics of improv along with the skills, techniques and the processes that will allow anyone, regardless of their improv skill level to improve and feel confident to go to the next level in pursuit of their acting career.

“We are so excited and feel especially blessed to have been able to secure a number of talented and seasoned professionals like Martha Anger, Twanda Black and others who will be leading classes from various areas of entertainments, arts, media and marketing, who are sharing valuable information to benefit the growth of performing artists with and without disabilities,” says Myrna Clayton, founder/executive director of SHOWAbility. “These artistic virtual masterclasses serve as a platform for advocacy, education empowerment and entertainment for performing artists with disabilities, but anyone interested – every ability – is welcome to attend and learn from the expertise being offered. The skills are applicable and even more relevant in the improv world,” she said.

The SHOWAbility “Improv Masterclass for Deaf and All Abilities” will take place on Sunday, March 28 beginning at 4:00PM. To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inclusive-arts-improv-acting-for-the-deaf-hard-of-hearing-and-all-tickets-143860421393. For more information about SHOWAbility, go to Showability.org.

For media inquiries, contact Norma Stanley at E.E.E. Marketing Group at 678/508-3744 or eeemarketinggroup@gmail.com.

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Sheriff Victor Hill Solves Street Racing Problem in One Night

Since Covid-19, street racing has become a major nuisance in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, especially in the City of Atlanta. This has caused both residents and business owners grief as many fault local elected leaders for not tackling the issue. Sheriff Victor Hill seems to have resolved the problem in one night after the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested eighty-eight street racers who attempted to organize their race in Sheriff Hill’s county.

Obviously, these “racers” were driving too fast when they crossed the Clayton County line because multiple signs posted at the entrances of Clayton County gives a warning to those who intend on breaking the law. These Eighty-eight street racers entering Clayton County did not see the posted signs with the gold star badge of Sheriff Hill warning criminals that they are entering at their own risk.

According to the report, the racers gathered at the Sam’s Club parking lot on Jonesboro Rd. Members of Sheriff Victor Hill’s elite COBRA Unit, Blackhawk Unit, and Tactical Patrol called Clayton County Police for back up and strategically block off every exit available for the racers and deployed spike strips to flatten their tires if they decided to run. Once closing off all areas of escape, deputies and officers went from car to car and arrested all eighty-eight of the street racing crew. Multiple firearms were seized and at least 50 of the vehicles were towed. 16 juveniles were present and their parents were issued tickets upon arrival to pick up their children.

Another street racer in a gray Dodge Charger Hell Cat found out the hard way that Clayton County does not have a “no chase” policy. The suspect, later identified as Eric Gallegos, attempted to run from a Sheriff’s Deputy according to the report. Mr. Gallegos’ got the bumper of his Hell Cat knocked off in a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver executed by the deputy. Once the deputy obtained the tag information identifying the suspect, the pursuit was terminated before they went into a more populated area. Sheriff Victor Hill Has given Eric Gallegos until sundown to turn himself in. If Gallegos does not turn himself in by the allotted time, members of the Sheriff’s Fugitive Squad will bring him in.

Meanwhile, eighty-eight street racers are now facing the wall at Georgia’s toughest para-military jail better known to the world as “The-Hill-Ton”. The business community and residents are applauding the swift actions of Sheriff Hill, deputies and officers involved. According to one business owner, “the safest county to do business around the metro is Clayton County”. Sheriff Hill did not respond to our attempts at an interview.