This video coverage by W. Calvin Anderson, M.Ed publisher of Groovetrak Network News (wcalvinanderson.com) was from a very special event that took place at the private home of Martin Luther King III. Martin III is tirelessly engaged with leadership projects promoting U.S. creedal ideals and values and international social change and social reconstruction. Like his dad he is a respected leader promoting: human rights: violence reduction and prevention: improved community policing: civic responsibility: non violent dissent of public policy: solutions-based reforms and improvements in legal, community and economic development; clean energy and environmental concerns and public health needs. Additionally, his wife of ten years, Arndrea Waters King is an avid humanitarian and supporter of high and low profiled causes. Arndrea currently serves as a board member for the Ethiopian aid organization appropriately called, HEAL-ETH . COM. The dynamic couple is well aware of the 1984 drought that claimed the lives of over one million Ethiopians and they, with Arndrea taking the lead have decisively organized progressive efforts to assist those in need in Ethiopia from their home and through an aggressive global social media drive.
The Helping Ethiopia Achieve Longevity (HEAL) organization is a nonprofit 501(C) (3) dedicated to helping Nutrition Plus Holistic Home Care (NPHHC) with a direct outreach model for its program beneficiaries in Ethiopia. NPHHC has been able to meet and exceed its goals which include: providing integrated home-based care for people impacted by the drought, supporting care for living with HIV/AIDS, economic empowerment for poor girls, and improving the education, health, life skills training for orphans and vulnerable children.
“Menty”Araya is the prime-mover of this dynamic effort. She is the former assistant to the Hon. Andrew Young (Civil Rights Activist, Mayor of Atlanta and U.S. Ambassador) and adviser for humanitarian activities in Africa. Her heart felt mission began when she returned to where she was born in Ethiopia 1993 to promote business investments, and realized that infrastructure was needed to organize direct services to needy people. This Menty understood as her “true calling” and she has respected careful stewardship to those in need ever since. Mentuab established NPHHC in 2003 and recently HEAL in the U.S. and both organizations focus on positively impacting Ethiopia by providing care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, people with disabilities, orphans and vulnerable children, and economic empowerment to poor women/girls she has made remarkable progress and seeks to increase problem-solving by direct funding and through studies by students and professional networked-advocates in international “sister cities”like Atlanta.
Please see http://www.heal-eth.com/ for more information Video Rating: / 5
Attorney, North Penn Legal Services, Williamsport, PA
Recipient of the 2015 PLAN Excellence Award
March 24, 2015
Jennifer Heverly, Esq. handles a variety of legal aid cases in North Penn Legal Services’ Williamsport, Pa. office. Attorney Heverly specializes in bankruptcy and mortgage foreclosure cases. She also has established herself as in expert in legal ethics and is the “go-to” person in the office when questions arise concerning the Rules of Professional Conduct. Ms. Heverly played pivotal roles in the statewide justice community’s response to the most recent foreclosure crisis, everything from representing individual clients facing foreclosure, to playing a key role in developing and implementing mortgage foreclosure diversion programs in Lycoming and Clinton Counties, to providing training and support to the pro bono attorneys who represent defendants at mortgage foreclosure settlement conferences in Lycoming County. She also participated in a key meeting with former Attorney General Linda Kelly that resulted in a recommendation and subsequent legislative action to use mortgage foreclosure settlement funds to support legal services.
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Weston, Connecticut native Susan F. Filan, Esq., is a former CT state prosecutor, MSNBC-TV Senior Legal Analyst and an experienced trial lawyer.
She currently runs a legal practice at Colonial Green in Westport, Connecticut, representing clients in criminal matters and family cases as well as mediating matters for clients. Filan comes at her profession from a paradoxically spiritual, yet pragmatic and iron fisted view point, putting into her daily practice what she takes from her own heart and experience. Versatile and more humane than her remarkable credentials would suggest, Filan has much to offer clients who face real challenge in their lives.
Filan began her career in 1991 at a New Haven legal aid clinic, representing indigent criminal defendants. In 1994, she joined a private firm and practiced criminal defense, divorce law, and family matters at both the trial and appellate level in both state and federal courts. In 1998, she was appointed Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney in the Gang and Continuing Crime Unit for the state of Connecticut and later became an Assistant State’s Attorney in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Dynamic change is something Attorney Filan knows about. In May 2005, she resigned her prominent position as a Connecticut state prosecutor to pursue a career in media after being hired by NBC News and MSNBC to provide exclusive legal analysis at the Michael Jackson trial in Santa Maria, Calif.
She soon became NBC News’ go-to legal analyst, often appearing on “The Today Show,” and other cable news programs. In 2006, she was promoted to MSNBC Senior Legal Analyst. She has shared her insights on dozens of high profile cases — from JonBenet Ramsey and Anna Nicole Smith, to O.J. Simpson and Kobe Bryant, to Bernie Madoff, David Letterman and Tiger Woods.
She has appeared on every major network, including NBC’s “Today Show,” CBS’s “The Early Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Dateline” and “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” MSNBC’s “The Dan Abrams Report,” CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Fox News LIVE, Court TV (now truTV), BBC TV and Radio, and National Public Radio. She has been quoted in printed media around the world.
Attorney Filan grew up in Weston, Connecticut, in a family of lawyers. Her father is retired state Appellate Court Judge Frederick A. Freedman, her uncle is retired U.S. District Court Judge Alan Nevas. Her great uncle, Leo Nevas, was something of a local legend in Westport, practicing law until he passed away in August 2009 at the age of 97. She is proud that her conference room was his original office over fifty years ago.
She has two daughters, adopted from China. Video Rating: / 5
State Senator Eric D. Coleman began serving the Second Senatorial District in January, 1995. The district includes portions of Bloomfield, Hartford and Windsor. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served in the State House of Representatives from 1983 to 1994. While a member of the House of Representatives, Senator Coleman served two terms as Assistant Majority Leader. In 1991, he served a term as Majority Whip, and was Deputy Speaker of the House in 1993.
Senator Coleman currently serves as Senate Chair of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee. He is also the Vice Chair of the Human Services Committee, and a sitting member of the General Law and Program Review & Investigations Committees. He also acts as Deputy President Pro Tempore, often presiding over business on the floor of the Senate.
Senator Coleman made history in 2001 when he was first appointed to serve as Chair of the Judiciary Committee—the first African-American to hold that position. The George W. Crawford Law Association, an organization of African-American lawyers in Connecticut, and a number of civil rights organizations honored him for his contributions to the legal profession.
Senator Coleman has received numerous awards and honors since he was first elected to the Senate in 1994. In 2001 the African-American Affairs Commission named Coleman “Legislator of the Year.” The Legislative Education Action Program (L.E.A.P) honored him in 2000 for his work on the law requiring all cities and towns in Connecticut to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Senator Coleman has also been honored by the Connecticut Citizen Action Group for his commitment to social change, the Urban League of Greater Hartford Development Corporation, the Appreciation Award for support of the Annual Dr. Carter G. Woodson Scholarship of Tau Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Greater Hartford NAACP, the Uptown Troops Color Guard, the United Negro College Fund, the Unsung Hero Award of the Upper Albany Revitalization Zone Organization, the Greater Hartford Labor Council AFL-CIO, the Connecticut Alliance for Basic Human Needs, the Nigerian American Society, the Clarence Daniels Advocacy Award of the Connecticut AIDS Residence Coalition, and the Achievement Award of the Connecticut Chapter of Men and Women for Justice, Inc.
Senator Coleman serves on the Board of Directors of Greater Hartford Legal Aid and is a member of the American Bar Association as well as the Hartford County Bar Association. He is a member of Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, and also served on the Bloomfield Democratic Town Committee from 1984 to 2002.
Senator Coleman graduated from the Pomfret School and Columbia College of Columbia University. He received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1977 and established his own law practice in Hartford in 1986.
Senator Coleman resides in Bloomfield with his wife, Pamela. They have three children: Trevonn, Lamar and Erica, and three grandchildren: Jalen, Isaiah and Elias.
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