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University of Minnesota:Town Hall Forum to Discuss Human Subjects Research

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Minnesota Legislature must hold hearings on psychiatric research misconduct

By Trudo Lemmens, Raymond DeVries, Lois Shepherd and Susan M. Reverby | 05:00 am

The following commentary has also been signed by 159 scholars of health law, bioethics, medicine and pharmacy from U.S., Canadian, European, Australian and New Zealand institutions. Their names and affiliations are listed in the attached document below.

As scholars of health law, bioethics and medicine, we are calling on the Minnesota Legislature to conduct public hearings on psychiatric research misconduct at the University of Minnesota.

Two reports issued in the last five weeks have exposed serious flaws in the University of Minnesota’s system for protecting human subjects of research. When systems fail, the appropriate response is to admit to the problem and to work hard to fix it. The report by Minnesota’s Legislative Auditor [PDF], focusing on the tragic suicide of Dan Markingson in an industry-sponsored psychiatric drug trial, describes how university leaders have denied and covered up these flaws for the past 10 years.

Two years ago we wrote a letter to the University Senate, co-signed by more than 170 U.S. and international scholars, demanding an independent investigation of Markingson’s suicide. We did so to support U of M faculty members who had been repeatedly stonewalled when raising concerns about exactly the issues exposed in the two reports. Like these faculty members, we received standard responses from senior administrators claiming that several “investigations” and courts failed to find any problems. We also challenged these misleading claims, providing details as to why those independent assessments were nonexistent, cursory or compromised by conflicts of interest, but we never received an adequate response. (READ MORE HERE!)

May 3, 2015 — On Monday, May 4, 2015, the University of Minnesota administration will be holding a one-hour open forum on protecting research subjects. It is open to the public. If you want to help protect the rights and welfare of patients, please attend and make your voice heard. We would be enormously grateful for your help.

Town Hall Forum to Discuss Human Subjects Research

Hosted by: Brooks Jackson, M.D.
Dean, Medical School and Vice President for Health Sciences

Monday, May 4, 2015, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Mayo Memorial Auditorium
420 Delaware St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Parking is available in the East River Road Garage and Washington Avenue Parking Ramp.

 

https://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2015/04/minnesota-legislature-must-hold-hearings-psychiatric-research-misconduct

Minnesota legislators backing Obama attack on the 2nd Amendment

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new-logo25Editors note:  Obama has just signed on to the U.N.s Global Small Arms Treaty claiming he will implement it by executive order.  This is NOT a valid treaty and has NOT been ratified by the Senate and therefore has no force of power.  This is why there is a concerted effort within the states to deconstruct the 2nd Amendment, one state at a time.  Unfortunately, several Democrats and Republicans in the Minnesota legislature are on board with the Obama plan. 

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Campaign for Liberty

I warned about the gun-grabbers’ plans to take guns away without a trial.

Now they are dangerously close to achieving their goal and I need you to act today to stop them.

Senate File 2639 (SF 2639) and House File 3238 (HF 3238) are bills “prohibiting persons subject to domestic violence restraining orders from possessing weapons”. Even those not convicted of any crime must give up their guns to a third party.

These orders are given out routinely with no evidence required. The “feelings” of the accuser would result in innocent people running the risk of becoming a felon before they are tried for a crime.

In an effort to fool liberty and pro-gun activists, the gun-grabbers modified HF 3238 with a fig leaf “compromise.”

However, even with the “compromise” language, the anti-gun HF 3238 still strips people of their Second Amendment rights without a trial.

This is a dangerous precedent, which will set the stage for further attacks on the rights of all gun owners.

Call your State Senator and State House Member today.
Tell him or her to reject the fig-leaf “compromise” and vote NO on SF 2639 and HF 3238. Find your legislators by CLICKING HERE.

Votes on SF 2638 and HF 3238 may happen at any time now.

Don’t get me wrong – abusers should be prosecuted, and women and children should be protected from violence.

But SF 2639 and HF 3238 are disguises for attacking your constitutional right to due process and your right to keep and bear arms.

If enacted, these bills would require all guilty-until-proven-innocent parties to hand over their guns to someone else while they try to prove their innocence.

The gun-grabbers know they cannot be upfront about their intentions to destroy the Second Amendment because then their plans would fail.

That’s why they have been trying to chip away at our gun rights piece-by-piece.

That is why we must stand up now and tell the politicians in St. Paul NO to SF 2639 and to reject the fig-leaf “compromise” in HF 3238.

Please, call your state Senator and Representative now. Tell him or her to vote NO on SF 2639 and HF 3238 at each and every opportunity.

In Liberty,

Bill Paulsen
State Coordinator
Minnesota Campaign for Liberty

P.S. The anti-gun forces are determined to use the anti-gun majorities in the legislature to attack every Minnesotan’s Second Amendment rights by passing SF 2639 and HF 3238.

Call your state Senator and Representative and tell him or her to oppose SF 2639 and reject the fig-leaf “compromise” HF 3238 now. You can find your legislators by CLICKING HERE.