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EQUAL RIGHTS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES INTERNATIONAL WILL DIRECTLY OR INDICRECTLY PROVIDE SERVICES TO THE MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY DISABLED AMERICANS, ALL CONCERNED CITIZENS, FAMILY MEMBERS IMPACTED BY INCARCERATION, THE FORMALLY INCARCERATED, COMMUNITY AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION, STATE OF TEXAS AND U.S REPRESENTATIVES, PRISON ADVOCACY GROUPS, HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, JUDGES AND LAWYERS, AND ALL OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES:
The mission of the Equal Rights for persons with Disabilities international, Inc (ERPDI) is to directly or indirectly advocate the dignity, equality, self-determination, and expressed choices, etc..., of individuals with disabilities. The organization promotes, expands, protects and seeks to ensure the constitutional, civil, human and legal rights of individuals through the provision of information and advocacy. ERPDI will carry out this mission in partnership with individuals with disabilities.
The equal rights for persons with disabilities International, Inc, jail diversion project, is a pilot program designed to become one of the Nation's direct or indirect assist adults with mental illness or co-occuring mental illness and substance abuse disorders or issues, who reside in Harris County, Houston and State of Texas and have been arrested with a misdemeanor or a non-violent low-level felony, transition back into life tha tis healthy and productive, within their communities. This program is voluntary.
Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities International was also started as a voluntary non-profit and non political research and educational organization devoted entirely to research and action in Peace, Human rights, disenfranchizing Nigerians and Africans with Disabilities to vote, advocating for real democratic reforms in and other related issues, in Nigerian and other African Nations.ERPD, Inc was therefore created to contribute with emphasis on the African perspective to the increasing body of knowledge that already existed in the field of Peace Research all over the World.
The Institute was born out of the global concern, shared by its founders, over the deteriorating rates of very corrupt democratic governments disenfreanchising people with disabilities to vote and providing them with equal constitutional rights protection and safegaruds, hunger, Aids, Malaria, total eradication of Polio virus infection and creation of the awareness of it's mysterious and most often a legacy of a debilitating late effects, called Post-polio Syndrome, mental health disorders, and the menacing threat posed to humankind?s continued existence by terrorism, nuclear and chemical weapons, and the increasing militarization of the globe and outer space. For the Third World Countries this threat constitutes a double tragedy; the tragedy of the arms race depriving them of vital development funds and the tragedy of possible nuclear extermination. Emphasis on the Third World factor in peace research is proper in the present World context on account of the fact that a greater proportion of the research going on so far is centered mostly on the developed countries, while Third World countries are now part of the nuclear and chemical weapons producers.
THE MAIN PURPOSE(s) OR OBJECTIVE(s) OF ERPDI, INC., ARE:
1. To stimulate, co-ordinate and carry out research into those conditions that are necessary for peace, utilizing the inner disciplinary approach and to raise the necessary consciousness about these conditions through mass communications and various educational activities. These aims are reflected in the UNESCO Recommendations concerning Education for International understanding, co-operation and Peace and Education, Relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms adopted by the General Conference in November 1974, and as updated in recent time.
2. To examine the relevance of these factors to Third World nations and the contributors, Nigeria, Africa and other developing Countries do and could make towards the achievement of international peace and security.
3. To work towards advocating for peace among Nigeria?s different Religious conflicts and other parts of Third World Nations. The politicization of religion in Nigeria is a phenomenon that has been many years in the making. Since Nigeria gained independence from Britain in 1960, the issue of regional or ethnic power-sharing has become increasingly a struggling between Christians and Muslims. (Hunwick Nov. 1992, 143).
4. To constantly review those fundamental universal issues that are related to the evaluation of the general concept of peace. In pursuant to these objectives, the Institute lays special emphasis on the following major focal areas;
Services may be delivered through verity of means including, directly or indirectly case investigation, negotiation or mediation on the individual behalf, and administrative and legislative advocacy. When determined to be appropriate by the Board of Directors or Executive Director, when appointed individuals may also, directly or indirectly receive legal services, including advice, counseling, mentoring, and individual case representation. A decision to provide class representation may beprovided only with the concent of the Board of Directors. However, prior to the use of litigation as a strategy, the center will seek first to use alternative means of dispute resolution
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