Film maker Amar Kaleka is passionate about reducing violent crimes in America. So is Debra Fine. Their approaches may differ but both of them seek to motivate communities to reduce crime and increase access to mental illness treatment.
Debra Fine’s participation in this 11am, July 30th press conference, across from Santa Monica College is bi-partisan.
Debra Fine is an advocate for victims of violent crimes in America and their families; and a proponent for pro-active mental illness treatment in the USA. She has established the Fineline Foundation Network to provide valuable resources encompassing physical, mental and financial issues to those suffering trauma from a violent crime.
Debra Fine’s perspective in this press conference includes her membership in the Board of Directors of The Maple Counseling Center; her involvement with the I Have a Dream Foundation; her role as CEO of FinelineFoundation.org; and as author of the upcoming book “Trauma to Triumph.”
The Maple Counseling Center, Los Angeles, mission is “to provide low cost comprehensive mental health services to individuals, couples, families, and groups throughout Los Angeles County, and to provide training for interns and counselors who are working towards licensure in the mental health field.”
I Have a Dream Foundation, Los Angeles, provides a long term program of academic enhancement, mentoring and cultural achievement for at risk youth.
Debra Fine has conducted extensive interviews with victims of violent crimes for her upcoming book “Trauma to Triumph.”
Debra Fine has this to say about gun violence and mental illness:
The best way, in my opinion to keep guns away from sociopaths and psychopaths is very strong background checks, community watch, and therapists and psychiatrists doing what they had to pledge to do, which is report a patient if there is a serious risk.
You can find videos of Debra Fine speaking on HuffPostLive, Chicago’s WGN Morning News, NBC in Los Angeles (KTLA) and others; as well as archives of her writings – including LeanIn, Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and Fox News – on the topics of violence, trauma and mental health on www.FinelineFoundation.org and DebraFine.tv.
Debra Fine is a three time CEO of both private and public companies in the educational media, technology and consumer products sectors, including CEO of the non-profit Project Access. She has created marketing strategy for some of the world’s best known brands such as Disney Interactive, Kraft, Quaker and several Entertainment Companies.
She is a Member of Young President’s Organization and is a moderator for WIN (Women’s International Network) Lean In (Sheryl Sandberg’s women on boards movement) and Regional Chair for the Disadvantaged Kids and Musicians Network.
Debra was awarded Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the Children’s Educational products space. She was also named one of the top 50 most influential women in entertainment for her for her role as CEO of Cloud9 Interactive, as one of the few women in technology. Fine has had over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, capital raising, marketing, operations and business development/strategic alliances
On June 7, 2013, Debra Fine survived a mass shooting at Santa Monica College. She is a nominee for the Carnegie Medal of Honor for saving the lives of others by putting herself between the shooter and two community members. Debra was shot five times.
During the completion of his degree at SCAD, Amar Kaleka directed over a dozen projects—including a major motion feature film entitled “Baby Blues”. He then moved from Savannah to the nearest major market, Atlanta, and created his own company, Neverending Light Productions, from a bedroom. Within one year, he had moved into an office in the prestigious Buckahead area, just North of Atlanta. There, he worked with many high level clients, including the Obama ’08 campaign, AT&T, Capital One, ING, Morehouse Medical, and many others.
On August 5, 2012, Amar’s father was murdered alongside five others by a Neo Nazi white extremist at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. In a very short time, everything in Amar’s life was shattered, as his community and family were shaken to their very core. Acting fast and with a very noble and genuine presence, Amar became the national spokesperson on the ground for this mass shooting. His diligent work and leadership, along with the strength of the Sikh and Oak Creek communities, not only led to healing, but also helped unify an area that had been struggling with race relations and economic disparity for decades.
In a short amount of time, working nationally as a community activist alongside the major Sikh and East Asian groups, Amar helped gather a subcommittee hearing on hate-crimes headed by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). They won a major battle later that year when Sikhs were counted, for the first time, as a statistic for hate crimes. Kaleka is now running against Paul Ryan for Congress in Wisconsin’s District 1.
A press conference has been announced:
Mass Shooting Survivors Speak on How to Reduce Violent Crimes in America at Santa Monica College
WHO: Attendees will include Amar Kaleka, congressional candidate for 1st District of Wisconsin (Oak Creek, WI), Sikh Temple shooting survivor and Emmy winning filmmaker; Richard Martinez (father of Santa Barbara shooting victim Christopher Michaels-Martinez); and Debra Fine, survivor of Santa Monica College shooting, Board of Directors The Maple Counseling Center Los Angeles, CEO FinelineFoundation.org raising awareness and providing resources for mental illness treatment.
WHAT: Announcements in new legislative and mental health initiatives to take action on gun violence in America. Kaleka will present his plan of action for national gun responsibility legislation. Fine and Martinez will share their stories, and in addition, update the conference on their current efforts.
Mass shooting survivors from three separate national shootings come together to announce their personal plans of action to help others.
WHERE: SE Corner of 16th & Pearl Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(across from Santa Monica College)
WHEN: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time
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Bobbi Marcus PR & Events, Inc.
Press Conference Organizer:
Benjamin T. Cooke