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Would You Climb Mount Everest To Help Prevent Human Trafficking? Newbie Mountain Climber, Sara Safari, Risks it!
Irvine, CA – Sara Safari is a young woman who is inspired by the plight of lower caste girls in Nepal and has decided to go beyond her limit and plans to climb the world’s highest mountain to raise funds and awareness.
Safari moved to the United States with her family when she was 20 years old and continued studying electrical engineering at UCLA, graduating summa cum laude in 2009. While teaching at California State University Fullerton, she met Dr. Jeffrey Kottler, founder of the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation.
He started the organization in 2001 to identify, mentor, support, and educate primarily lower caste girls in Nepal. Many of these girls would otherwise have been forced into early marriage or sex slavery. They provide scholarships for 290 girls, 30 of whom are now attending college and university, the first girls in their villages to ever do so. Many are pursuing careers in medicine, engineering, business and education. ENG is a 100% volunteer organization and has no paid staff.
One of Sara’s passions is mountain climbing, which began as a new hobby with no prior experience and eventually became more serious as she trained to climb different mountains all over the world. As Sara learned about ENG and its activities, she began to realize how the Nepali girls’ circumstances inspired her, and she decided to combine her passion with a great cause.
Eventually, her motivation led to a decision to climb the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest (29,000 ft.), to raise money and awareness regarding human trafficking. She has been training every day for the last two years and in April of 2015, she is going to Nepal to tackle Mt. Everest. Every step she takes will raise funds for Empower Nepali Girls. Currently Safari is a professor of Electrical Engineering at California State University in Fullerton and Southern California Institute of Technology.
Please meet Sara at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_9cyPCB97LUKinSh2Fgpsg/feed
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Shreveport. LA – “Black Lives Matter.” “No Justice, No Peace.” “Racism is Tyranny.” “I Can’t Breathe.” Slogans are everywhere, yet it’s a problem too complex to be condensed down to a few words. Veteran homicide detective Rodney Demery draws from a lifetime of experience to delve deeper than race for answers, and his voice rings true.
On an autopsy table, we all look the same. Not black. Not white. Just human. And we all bleed red. With these blunt words, Demery launches a persuasive argument for rejecting race and racial tensions as the root of our crumbling criminal justice system. In his book No Place For Race, (The Demery Group LLC), Demery boldly asserts that worn-out sociopolitical theories generate more divisiveness than anything else; the interjection of racism camouflages what’s really going on. Black police administrators and policy makers may be more responsible for racial profiling than racists, he believes.
After having worked as an investigator for homicides, narcotics, burglaries, armed robberies and sex crimes, Demery has suggestions with the potential to move our communities far beyond academic theories. “I want to start a conversation that moves us away from the same old political and social divisions,” he says. “The book comes from the frustration I feel walking under yellow tape and stepping over pooled blood at yet another crime scene.” Too often, Demery has told mothers their children have been murdered and could only watch helplessly as they sobbed.
A decorated veteran of the United States Navy, Detective Rodney Demery has served the public as an officer of the peace for 25 years. Demery, who served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield, attended Louisiana State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Throughout his career as a police officer, he has worked in three states.
Rodney Demery is African American. He is also the author of Things My Daughters Need to Know: A Cop and Father’s View of Sex, Relationships and Happiness. Part advice column, part memoir, it reached Amazon’s Kindle Best Seller List in July 2011.
For more, please visit the website: www.RodDemery.com
No Place For Race
The Demery Group LLC
Available on Amazon.com as a Kindle Book
and at Barnes and Noble for the Nook
BN ID: 2940148552451
Lafayette, CO – It’s no surprise that, for many, New Year’s resolutions have already fallen by the wayside. However giving up won’t get us any closer to achieving our goals. Just ask David Clark, a former 320-pound alcoholic, turned pro athlete. Clark’s hard-hitting autobiography, Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery, proves that persistence and a strong desire will pave the way for success.
Meet David Clark. He grew up poor and homeless, living out of his father’s pickup truck. With no formal education to build upon, he beat the odds. He went from being homeless to owning a chain of 13 retail stores by the time he was 29 years old. However his success was short-lived and he ultimately lost everything due to poor choices and addiction. He had hit rock bottom from reckless eating, binge drinking and popping pills.
Miraculously, reality hit him with the realization that if he didn’t change his ways on that very day, he would surely die. From that day onwards, David drew a line in the sand, leaving his addictions and unhealthy lifestyle in the past. His remarkable journey and refusal to give up, is described as “raw and riveting.”
At 320 pounds and with this new resolve, he started training for the Ultra Marathon, an extreme racing event where runners attempt a grueling 100-mile trek through the Colorado terrain. Runners are allowed a mere 30 hours to complete the race. Not only did he conquer the course in under 30 hours on his first attempt, but he lost more than 150 pounds, and beat his drug addictions. Further, he has competed in and won some of the toughest endurance events in the world. He now uses Ultra sports to help others conquer their own demons.
“If you want to see the world’s greatest athletes, watch an Ironman Triathlon,” says Clark. “The ‘ultra’ world, in contrast, isn’t about outperforming the other participants. It consists mostly of runners who push themselves to the brink of failure in an effort to measure the depth of their own strength.”
Nowadays, David Clark spends his time as a running coach, sponsored runner, inspirational speaker, and gym owner.
For more information, visit: http://thesupermanproject.org
Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery
By David Clark
Available at Amazon.com
Stillwater, MN – Inspired by the pages of her personal journal, Barbara Tako, two-time cancer survivor shares her journey to kick cancer out of her life. Tako’s new release, Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools – We’ll get you through this: Tools for cancer’s emotional pain from a breast cancer and melanoma survivor, focusses on emotional well-being of cancer patients, caregivers and their loved ones.
Hearing “you’ve got cancer” are three words you never forget, according to Barbara Tako. For Tako, it was a powerful awakening of panic, pain and emotional turmoil aside from the fear of the treatments she would be enduring. Her words, as written in her journal during her bouts with cancer, offer a deep insight into the healing process from both physical and mental aspects.
Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools is an honest, and sometimes humorous account of Tako’s process. It features tips for emotional health to foster positivity, no matter where patients are in their personal journey to conquer cancer. The book is a useful tool for family members, friends and caregivers to provide a better understanding of the cancer experience and how they can help.
“I’ll never forget the day my doctor told me I had cancer, or rather the day my life changed forever” says Barbara Tako. “Doctors can address all of the medical aspects of your condition, but who picks you up off of the floor after you’ve been dealt the news and helps you get your ‘game face’ on? It’s my intention to fill that void for cancer patients and their loved ones with this book.”
Meet Barbara Tako. She’s a breast cancer and melanoma survivor, author, organizing/ de-cluttering genius and motivational speaker. She holds a B.A. in English and psychology and lives in Minnesota with her husband, children and furbabies.
For more information, visit: http://www.cancersurvivorshipcopingtools.com
Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools – We’ll get you through this: Tools for cancer’s emotional pain from a breast cancer and melanoma survivor
By Barbara Tako
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing (Ayni Books)
Available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold
Lawrenceville, GA, – “Mr. Scott I spent almost 45 minutes to an hour online looking up how to kill myself … I almost ended my life. When you came and you gave that speech, I was crying inside. Because I knew then and still know now that my life has meaning. I am important and I do deserve to live.”
For nearly 200 days a year, Manny Scott is on the road talking to educators, teens and young adults, illuminating their value and their potential. With Your Next Chapter: How to Turn the Page and Create the Life of Your Dreams, Manny Scott gives us all access to a powerful and transformative process, one that enabled him to overcome the incredible odds stacked against him.
Your Next Chapter is real, easy to read, and extremely practical, but not simplistic. It touches on topics relevant to all, including how the poor stay poor and the rich get richer; how to eliminate and replace self-sabotaging beliefs; how everything in life is a wing or a weight; what the difference is between being “in love” and being “in lust,” and so much more.
This book is for those who have a feeling in their hearts that they were made for something greater, and who are determined to take hold of more—more hope, more happiness, more peace, more purpose, more success, more money, and more love.
Manny Scott’s story is told in part in the 2007 hit movie, Freedom Writers; he has energized over a million leaders, educators, volunteers, and students. From inner-city youth to business executives, Manny has learned to speak, and command, the language of his audiences with relevant, riveting, and compelling messages, moving them from cheers, to laughter, to tears, and go-forward determination.
By age 14, Manny had missed 60-90 days of school every year and had dropped out. Before he was 17, he had lived in 26 places, and his best friend was brutally murdered. Sensing that the end of his life was near, Manny sat down on a park bench one day and considered how he would make others feel the depth of despair and anger roiling in his soul. Then a complete stranger sat down beside Manny and connected with him, encouraged him, and inspired him to write a different story—to create a new life.
In 2007, Manny Scott founded Ink International, Inc, an educational consulting team that is preventing thousands of suicides, raising student achievement, and improving teacher effectiveness. He is now happily married, a doting father of three, a pilot, a Ph.D. student, and one of the nation’s most sought after speakers.
For more information, visit: www.mannyscott.com
Your Next Chapter: How To Turn The Page And Create The Life Of Your Dreams
Available at Amazon and the author’s website:
Vienna, VA,– In a high-flying narrative flashing between the life of American pilot Ned Thomas and events of World War II, Nedda Thomas recreates her father’s dangerous mission. Lethal and capricious weather conditions, radio silence, the uncharted terrain of the “roof of the world,” and a foe who showed no quarter, meant these pilots put their lives at risk every time they took off. In Hump Pilot (The History Publishing Company), author Nedda Thomas pays homage to the flyers whose skill and courage kept Nation-alist China and Allied Forces in Asia alive. By interweaving the
story of the dashing young pilot who also won the heart of the woman destined to
become his wife, she breathes life and immediacy into these neglected pages of history.
Pilots of the Hump, as they called this critical air supply route over the Himalayas, faced the highest fatality rates of any air-war mission in World War II. The airlift was the
largest the world has ever known, setting the bar for all others to come, including Berlin and Korea.
Calm, genuine, young and courageous, Ned Thomas brings a human dimension to the epic of the Hump. The forbidding Himalayas, Sanskrit for House of Snow, tell their own tale of beauty, danger, and military significance. American climber Clayton Kuhles’
recent expeditions to recover the remains of downed Hump aircraft have helped gain for these lost pilots a new and passionate public.
“The Hump is a larger-than-life epic that deserves to be told,” the author says. “And how better than through the eyes of a man who experienced it, my father Ned Thomas, who brought me up to speed on aircraft and flying in the Asia Theater.” Here’s a story of courage and historical significance, told through the life of a brave man who takes our hearts into the sky.
Nedda Thomas has published numerous articles about creative and significant figures. She also writes poetry, and has worked as a magazine editor. Growing up in a
military/diplomatic family, living in the U.S., France, and the Far East, all expanded her world view. She holds a master’s degree in human development, and attended
seminary. Family memories help nurture her passion for history; she speaks French and English, and lectures on several different topics.
You may visit her Hump Pilot website: www.humppilot.com.
The History Publishing Company
Available in fine bookstores and online everywhere
Manhattan, KS, Letters to our Missing First Edition is a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful perspective from the families and loved ones who are left behind, a publication of Media for the Missing. Sometimes those who disappear are victims of human trafficking, but in most cases no one knows what happened.
Letters to our Missing 1st Edition is a collection of poems, letters and photos by families and advocates that will take you to the very heart of this issue. This book is a raw, unedited glimpse into the pain families endure when their loved ones are missing. It also provides mass exposure, with family photos of the missing included. The goal is to inspire more public awareness of those who are missing and increase community involvement. To ensure accuracy and maintain the originality of content, letters and poems within Letters to our Missing are not edited.
Media for the Missing is a nonprofit organization ensuring that missing people of all ages, race, ethnicity, gender, and economic status receive equal and adequate exposure. A new, highly visible continuous information system, to be implemented as funds are raised, is in development, and the simple yet effective publicity of Letters to our Missing in its first and subsequent editions is launched with this release.
“When the public becomes aware of missing people, they become more aware of the problem, get involved and even help identify them,” says Stephanie Coplen, founder of the program. “We serve as a media outlet for missing persons information by providing NamUs a live stream viewing method to display information to the public in real time.
“We are not a replacement for law enforcement or missing persons organizations,” she continues. “We strongly encourage the public to use all the support offered by missing persons organizations.” NamUs is the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, a national centralized repository and resource center for missing persons at www.NamUs.gov.
For more information or to submit a letter or poem, please visit: www.mediaforthemissing.org
Letters to our Missing 1st Edition
Available now at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Letters-our-Missing-publication-families/dp/149910233X