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Is there someone in your life who is a part of the LGBTQA+ community? Probably. The best way to support someone in the LGBTQA+ community is to be a friend or an ally. A few years ago, Taylor Swift released a music video for her song “You Need to Calm Down” featuring rainbow colored cakes, gay tea parties, and other stereotypical queer images. The LGTBQA+ community was furious because she did not mention people’s actual lives but instead used the images for her own profit.

This behavior is more objectifying than comforting for the LGBTQA+ community. Pride month is about celebrating “radical queer liberation” and being yourself. It challenges old social prejudices against sexual orientation and embraces individuality.

Just like everyone knows someone who is left-handed, everyone knows someone who is a part of the LGBTQA+ community. It is important to be a friend and support the community by treating them equally. LGTBQA+ deserve to have equal opportunities and should not feel judged for their sexual preferences. Whether it is in the workplace, in social outings, or even on social media.

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Put down the phone and listen up! April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. A study shows that almost 100% of teens agree that texting and driving is dangerous, however half admitted to do it. It only takes a couple of seconds being distracted, to get into an accident. DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE.

History of Distracted Driving Awareness Month

On November 25, 2008, Shelly Forney’s life completely changed when a driver mistakenly looked at their cell phone while in control of an SUV. Shelley’s nine year old daughter Erica was riding her bike home, just a few pedals away when she was struck by the car head on. Erica passed away two days later on Thanksgiving.

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At KJC Law Firm, we follow a list of core values that represent who we are as a company. Each core value is a unique asset to our hard working and supportive environment. This month we are recognizing each of our KJC employees their core value.

This week we are featuring Abbie Rosen! Abbie is an attorney who has a love for helping those who find themselves in difficult situations. Abbie’s favorite core value is compassion for all. Compassion for all means compassion for others is extremely important and having that compassion leads to a better working atmosphere.

“Having compassion for everyone is important and allows you to be aware of others and can really boost your mood. When you put in the effort to be perfect, you can get things done in a timely and efficient matter.” – Abbie Rosen

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April is Distracted Driver’s Awareness Month. Everyday, more than 700 people are injured in distracted driving crashes. Distracted driving consists of actions such as talking on cellphones, texting, eating, or anything that takes away your attention from the road. Use #justdrive this month to keep yourself and others safe.

The National Safety Council recognizes Distracted Driving Awareness Month in order to help make roadways and people safer. It is important to always be attentive on the road no matter the circumstances. Address family members, co workers, friends, and others with resources and communications of distracted driving.

How to Take Action

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At KJC Law Firm, we follow a list of core values that represent who we are as a company. Each core value is a unique asset to our hard working and supportive environment. This month we are recognizing each of our KJC employees their core value.

Our first favorite core value feature is Benjamin Duggan! Benjamin is a litigator and trial lawyer at KJC Law Firm.  He represents the underdog, insurance companies, plaintiffs up against corporations, and people who have been charged with crimes. Benjamin’s favorite core value is A+ Quality which stands for striving to produce quality work consistently. Benjamin believes that this is one of the driving factors for the firm’s success. He finds that when everyone at KJC Law Firm puts pride into their work, it shows. Benjamin loves to golf and can relate this value to the golf course because he always strives to be better!

A+ Quality is a true reflection of the quality work that we do. No one is afraid to take on complicated cases and figure out how to handle it well. We don’t back down from taking on larger firms. This value is a good reminder to always put in more effort and keep working until that is the best effort possible.” – Benjamin Duggan

KJC Law Firm prides itself on 11 core values that are sheer guidelines for employees to embrace in the workplace. This month we are recognizing our KJC employees by asking them what their favorite core value is. Below are the 11 Core Values to reference in terms of the KJC attitudes towards striving for success.

UNPARALLELED CUSTOMER SERVICE:

We strive to set the standard in the legal services industry for communication, responsiveness, helpfulness and compassion, remembering always to be grateful for our clients and the opportunity to serve them.

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March 4th is National Hospitalist Day

This day recognizes the contributions of 60,000 hospitalists nationwide on the first Thursday in March annually. Hospital medicine is a specialty that is growing fast in modern medicines, and those who practice it are well known at hospitals.

Hospitalists manage patient care during their stay as an inpatient and also have proven to reduce readmissions while serving as leaders with quality improvement and patient safety. The term was first introduced in 1996 by Drs. Lee Goldman and Bob Wachter in a New England Journal of Medicine article.

February is Black History Month and what better way to celebrate than to relax and watch Netflix? Black life is often expressed in tragedy. However, these films are full of happiness, love for humanity, and creative skill. Netflix has been a mainstream leader for showing Black films and shows before other streamer companies.

After conducting research, we listed some of the best Black history movies on Netflix for your BHM enjoyment! There are so many great films available as well as so many media companies that discuss top Black films in their February blogs. Many of the films listed below allow you to fully engage in the Black experience through laughs, tears, dreams, and inspiration for a few hours.

‘Fruitvale Station’ (2013)

February is Heart Health Awareness Month! There are plenty of ways to get involved and spread awareness in support of February and heart health throughout the year.

Heart disease and complications are one of the most widespread and complicated health challenges in the United States and around the world. Cardiovascular disease accounts for more than 860,000 deaths in the United States in 2017. Cardiovasuclar disease is the leading cause of death, killing 17.9 million every year. This is a number that is expected to grow paset 23.6 million by 2030. 80 percent of these deaths are from heart attacks and strokes affecting low and middle income countries.

In the United States, more than 126 million people had some form of cardiovascular disease within the past 5 years. Nearly 59 percent of non-Hispanic Black females and 60 percent of non-Hispanic Black males have a form of cardiovascular disease. The costs of heart stroke and disease were estimated to be more than $200 billion between 2016 and 2017.

7 Black History Inspired Reads This Month

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February is Black History Month! To celebrate, we found 7 of some of the most amazing African American writers and authors to recommend their favorite books of all time. From Y.A. page turners to collections of poems, these books are evidence to the expressions of the black experience. These books are here to educate, thrill, inspire, entertain, and move readers no matter the occasion.

  1. Remaking Black Power, by Ashley D. Farmer
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