In this fifth episode of New Mexico's INFLUENCE Magazine Show, we interview lawyer, counterterrorism expert, former State Department official, Christian writer, and Resurrect Ministry founder, Ms. Hedieh Mirahmadi. Hedieh is a former devout Muslim who is a convert to Christianity. Throughout her inspiring life, Hedieh has commanded an eclectic mix of personal and professional experiences which have given her timeless insights on our world. Born to immigrant parents from Iran, she is a graduate of both UCLA and USC, graduating from the latter with a Juris Doctorate degree in Law. During our interview with Hedieh, we explore her origin story, her dramatic conversion from mystical Islam and into Christianity, experiences with working for the FBI, and, as usual, her reading recommendations for those looking to develop themselves and be inspired. For more information about Hedieh and her work, please visit Resurrect Ministry at https://resurrectministry.com
Introducing Liz Liano!
It's not every day that we have the privilege to work with such a talented, resourceful, and gifted individual like Ms. Liz Liano. We're thrilled to have her on the team as our sales and advertising manager!
A bit about Liz:
Liz is a poet and community organizer. She has been organizing mental health centered poetry shows in her community for about four years. All her art forms- from her blog, poetry, painting, music, social media, photography and poetry- follow this theme.
She is the President of a local mental health non-profit, NAMI Southern New Mexico, that helps advocate for people and find resources.
Above all, she advocates for community care and harm reduction: "everyone deserves to find a place to get better and none of us can do it alone." 😍😍😍😍
Happy Birthday, America!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! Wishing you, our readers, friends, and family a very happy July 4th Independence Day celebration!
Some history about July 4th....
In 1775, people in New England began fighting the British for their independence. On July 2, 1776, the Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain. Two days later, on July 4, 1776, the final wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved, and the document was published. The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was on July 8, 1776. Delegates began to sign the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. In 1870, Independence Day was made an unpaid holiday for federal employees. In 1941, it became a paid holiday for them.
The first description of how Independence Day would be celebrated was in a letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. He described "pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations" throughout the United States. However, the term "Independence Day" was not used until 1791.
Interestingly, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both signers of the Declaration of Independence and presidents of the United States, died on July 4, 1826 - exactly 50 years after the adoption of the declaration.
Meike Schwarz and the Editorial team at New Mexico's INFLUENCE Magazine