by: Patrice McDermott
On January 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Ferguson, MO, entered into to a Consent Decree (Agreement) the purpose of which is "to ensure protection of the constitutional and other legal rights of all members of the community, improve Ferguson's ability to effectively prevent crime, enhance both officer and public safety, and increase public confidence in the Ferguson Police Department (FPD)."
The City of Ferguson is seeking public input and comment on proposed agreement, and the bill to take action on the proposed agreement will be voted on at the City Council meeting on February 9, 2016.
by: ReShonda Young
Next to Kenya, the United States has become the second easiest place in the world for a criminal or terrorist to open a shell company to launder money, according to a recent academic study.
Terrorists, drug traffickers, arms dealers, corrupt foreign politicians and other criminals regularly set up shell companies here and elsewhere to launder ill-gotten revenues and use that money for further criminal activities. Even those multi-national corporations who aren't using these tax loopholes to fund international criminal activity are still costing individual taxpayers close to $1,500 a year and nearly $4,000 a year for small businesses when they shift their tax responsibilities toward them.
by: Maurice Rahming
It is hard to believe that the second easiest place in the world to run a shady, anonymous, and often criminal corporation is right here in the United States. According to a recent academic study, the United States is second only to Kenya for harboring these shell companies used to launder money and skirt their taxes.
Much like the classic sleight of hand game, companies across the country, including many here in Oregon, are shifting and shuffling ownership and holdings until we lose track of who or where they are.
Criminal organizations regularly set up shell companies to launder ill-gotten revenues and fund their criminal enterprise.
by: Mark Dann, Barbara Mancini
The father-in-law of one of our colleagues passed away six months ago from stomach cancer. He spent the last four months of his life in and out of the hospital getting surgeries and various tests and treatments that only caused him great pain and suffering. By the time the doctors finally told him he was terminal, he only had a week to live.
Almost every day at the end-of-life care organization we work for, Compassion & Choices, we hear a story like this one from our 450,000 supporters or read a study about the dismal shape of end-of-life care and we think: There has to be a better way.
by: Barbara Coombs Lee, Kim Callinan
by: Kathleen Rogers
by: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks
by: Frank Clemente
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