Washington, DC – Morality in Media today announced the Be Aware: PORN HARMS National Awareness Campaign, a four-week educational effort beginning on July 11, 2011.
“Pornography is silently and secretly destroying men, women, and children. It is a pandemic ruining lives, marriages and families,” said Patrick Trueman, President of Morality in Media, the leading member of the War On Illegal Pornography Coalition. “Our now Pornified society has eroded the cultural norms in America. This harm must end and that is why we are launching the Be Aware: PORN HARMS campaign,” he added.
“The pandemic of harm from pornography demonstrates a critical need for enforcement of current federal laws against illegal hardcore pornography,” said Trueman.
“Each week of our campaign, we will focus on a specific harm of pornography: porn addiction, harms to children, increased sexual trafficking and violence against women,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of Morality in Media. “Every day we receive messages from the victims of pornography – men caught in the ravages of addiction, women and children raped, women trafficked and made to perform degrading sexual acts on tape, broken families and devastated hearts,” she added.
Hawkins said there will be over 25 events during the month, from local rallies to webinars to live online conferences. Participating groups will provide hundreds of free subscriptions to addiction recovery services and filtering software.
Morality in Media will provide billboards, signs and web posters at no cost to all supporters. Those participating in live online events include: Candeo, Fight The New Drug, Content Watch, Bsecure, as well as law enforcement leaders and academic scholars.
About Morality in Media
Morality in Media, Inc., is the leading national organization focused on opposing pornography and indecency through public education and the application of the law. For more information visit http://www.waronillegalpornography.com, http://www.pornharms.com and http://www.moralityinmedia.org.
Terracotta plaques and other artifacts seized during a 2006 investigation were returned to the government of Iraq today in a Washington, D.C. ceremony that celebrated a successful law enforcement operation and the cultural significance of antiquities that are thousands of years old.
“These artifacts are truly invaluable,” said Ron Hosko, special agent in charge of the Criminal Division in our Washington Field Office. “The FBI is pleased to be able to return them to their rightful owner.”
The artifacts—some small enough to be held in the palm of one’s hand—were seized during a public corruption investigation conducted by our International Contract Corruption Task Force, a multi-agency task force whose mission is to stop fraud and corruption related to U.S. reconstruction efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere overseas.
The artifacts were illegally taken in 2004 by Department of Defense contractors who were traveling through the Babylon region of Iraq. Investigators learned that the contractors collected the items and used them as gifts and bribes or sold them to other contractors who then smuggled them into the United States. Two of the contractors were sentenced to prison for their roles in the fraud scheme.
KNOXVILLE, TN — Knoxville mayoral candidate Madeline Rogero will file financial disclosure reports today for the State of Tennessee and the City of Knoxville.
The state-required second quarter financial disclosure report, covering funds received from April 1 through June 30, shows a total of $63,911 in donations from 448 individual supporters, with expenses of $37,649 and cash on hand of $86,812. Overall, 833 individuals have contributed $160,411 to the campaign.
“I am thrilled with our momentum and for the broad-based grassroots support from across Knoxville and all walks of life,” Rogero said. “We have now raised twice as much money as we did at this same time in 2003, and as much as we did in that entire campaign where we were outspent four to one.”
“I’m used to delivering great value on a tight budget,” Rogero said. “That’s how we will run a winning campaign, and how I will govern our city.”
Rogero’s cash on hand reflects $77,912 available for the primary election, and $8,900 that must be held for the general election. (*See explanation below.)
Sixty-six percent of individual contributions are $100 or less, and 84% of individual contributions are $250 or less. The average contribution per person is $193.
*Prior to May 31, individual contributions were limited by state law to a maximum of $1,000 to a candidate for the primary election (Sept 27) and $1,000 that could only be spent on the general election (November 8). For donations received after May 31, state law allows a maximum of $1,400 from individuals per election. Any funds received in excess of $1400 for the primary, must be held until after the primary and only spent if the candidate goes on to the general election.
Early voting starts September 7.
Election Day: Tuesday, September 27