Creatd Announces Application for Initial Listing of OG Collection, Inc. on Upstream Ahead of Special Dividend

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  • The Company has submitted an application to list the shares of its subsidiary, OG Collection, Inc., on Upstream
  • OG Collection is expected to be spun out to shareholders in the first half of 2023

NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Creatd, Inc. (OTCQB: CRTD) (“Creatd” or the “Company”), a creator-first technology company, today announced that it has begun the application process to list the shares of its subsidiary, OG Collection, Inc. (“OG Collection”), on Upstream. As part of the registered spin-off, a special dividend will be issued to all shareholders of Creatd as of a soon-to-be-announced record date. Upstream is the revolutionary trading app for digital securities powered by Horizon Fintex (“Horizon”) and MERJ Exchange Limited (“MERJ”).

The spin-off transaction will be subject to various conditions, including the ability of OG Collection, Inc. at the time of distribution to comply with applicable Delaware law and registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and, if successful, would eventually result in two standalone public companies. Management’s intention is to publicly list OG Collection, Inc. via an initial listing only on Upstream, and will consider dual listing in the future.

The planned listing on Upstream is designed to provide OG Collection the opportunity to access a global, digital-first investor base that can trade using USDC digital currency along with credit, debit, PayPal, and USD, unlocking liquidity and enhancing price discovery while globalizing the opportunity to invest in Creatd’s subsidiary, the OG Collection media library and Web 3.0 business. These actions are expected to force a full count of shares in the marketplace, as the spin-off is limited to shareholders as of a to-be-announced record date.

Commenting on the application to list OG Collection on Upstream, Jeremy Frommer, CEO and Chairman of

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Exclusive: Widow’s 911 call before James Smith Cree Nation murders reveals prior violence

Twenty-four hours before the massacre at James Smith Cree Nation, Skye Sanderson called 911 to report her husband, saying she was “scared” because he was known to be violent.

The next day, 11 people were killed and 18 injured, and Skye’s husband Damien, and his brother Myles Sanderson, were accused of committing one of Canada’s worst-ever mass murders.

Global News has obtained the full 911 call, which lasted three minutes and 44 seconds, that Skye made at about 4 a.m. on Sept. 3, and the accompanying occurrence report, under a Privacy Act request.

Listen to the 911 call below:

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The call confirms what Skye told Global News in an exclusive interview in September: that she’d asked the RCMP for help to locate Damien, believing him to be drunk and unstable, and asked them to keep looking until they found him. But it also reveals that Skye informed the RCMP of his violent streak.

“I’m scared because I have several domestic charges against him, and he hasn’t been picked up yet,” Skye calmly tells the operator.

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Damien Sanderson’s widow’s 911 call before James Smith Cree Nation murders

Damien was absolved of his role in the murders shortly after Skye told Global News that she believed he too had been killed by Myles. However, RCMP said at the time that both brothers were involved in planning the massacre.

On Sept. 3, Damien had stolen Skye’s car and was driving around harassing her family. When the car was eventually located, Damien gave RCMP members a fake name. The RCMP was aware he had outstanding warrants for his arrest but did not ask him for identification.

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Skye maintains that had her warnings been heeded and Damien asked for identification, the murders may never have

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The Green Book Helped Black Motorists Survive America’s Highways During Jim Crow

Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Pixabay/Courtesy of HarperCollins/Library of Congress

Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Pixabay/Courtesy of HarperCollins/Library of Congress

Road trips with my family were always adventurous while I was growing up. They served as miniature portals to other worlds where I could gather stories of cultures and livelihoods outside my own. I could experience a quick sampling of a series of alternative realities as an observer in a lengthy car ride.

On our regular trips to the Smoky Mountains, Florida beaches, Disney World, or Nickelodeon Studios, my brother and I lived the best lives that kids could from the backseat. We brought toys, played games, and drank Kool-Aid Bursts or Mondo Squeezers that were packed in the cooler with the rest of the food. Our innocence was centered around each pasture of cows we’d come across or typical, petty sibling fights that ensued because one of us always invaded the other’s personal space.

Despite being born two decades after national protests against Jim Crow laws during the Civil Rights movement, our innocence while traveling dwindled. As the years went on, our trips changed. We became more aware of the small towns we’d pass through, where our parents would not stop to let us grab food or use the restroom—even towns just 30 minutes away from where we lived. My brother—five years older than me—started driving first, and the family always took an anxious pause whenever he was pulled over by a cop or prepared to drive off to college in Tennessee.

Driving the Green Book: A Road Trip Through the Living History of Black Resistance by Alvin Hall details the origin of The Negro Motorist Green Book and provides an intricate timeline of racial segregation in America. In the midst of being separate, and certainly not treated as equals, Black Americans had to find a

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Car-ramming attack near Jerusalem settlement kills 2, including 6-year-old

JERUSALEM — A car rammed into a crowd Friday at a Jerusalem bus stop, killing a 6-year-old and one other, and injuring five, including an 8-year-old who is in critical condition. The Palestinian driver was fatally shot at the scene, Israeli police reported.

Israel’s Magen David Adom services said the child was pronounced dead and the injured were rushed to the hospital. Israeli police said an off-duty officer killed the attacker. The second Israeli victim, a man in his 20s, died at a hospital, local media reported.

The car-ramming, in a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, is the latest in a spiraling cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Tensions are rising fast amid the return to power of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who heads Israel’s most right-wing government to date as he wages a battle for constitutional reforms, alongside a deepening political void and insecurity among Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces on Thursday fatally shot a Palestinian in the West Bank city of Hebron after he allegedly charged a checkpoint with a knife. Israeli forces and settlers have killed more than 40 Palestinians in the occupied territory this year — the highest rate in years.

In response to Friday’s attack, Netanyahu reinforced security in the area and called for arrests and for the alleged assailant’s house to be sealed off and demolished. Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion called for expanding security at bus stations in the city, as other officials called for further security measures.

Israel’s response to “terrorism is to strike with all our might,” the prime minister said.

Israel frequently demolishes the family homes of alleged Palestinian assailants, a practice human rights groups have criticized as a violation of international law. Palestinian rights groups have also condemned Israel’s fatally shooting combatants and civilians,

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China Calls U.S. Shoot-Down of Spy Balloon “Indiscriminate Use of Force.” International Law Says Otherwise.

On Saturday, a suspected Chinese spy balloon was shot down by the Air Force as it drifted over the Atlantic just off the South Carolina coast, ending an unusual series of events that further strained tensions between China and the United States.

Initially spotted by civilian air passengers late last week as it drifted over Montana, China quickly claimed ownership of the balloon, which sported a payload roughly the size of three school buses, claiming it was “a civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes,” according to a statement released by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Affected by the Westerlies and with limited self-steering capability, the airship deviated far from its planned course,” the statement read. “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into US airspace due to force majeure.”

“The Chinese side will continue communicating with the US side and properly handle this unexpected situation,” the statement added.

Following its shoot down by an Air Force F-22 Raptor over the weekend, China has characterized the U.S. response as an “attack” which they claim violates “the spirit of international law” and potentially worsens relations between the countries.

In a complaint to the U.S. Embassy on Sunday, Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng called the shoot down a “U.S. attack on a Chinese civilian unmanned airship by military force,” adding that the U.S. “turned a deaf ear and insisted on indiscriminate use of force against the civilian airship,” which Xie said was “about to leave the United States airspace.”

In his complaint, the Vice Foreign Minister asserted that the U.S. “obviously overreacted and seriously violated the spirit of international law and international practice.”

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The suspected spy balloon moments after being struck by a projectile fired from a USAF F-22 Raptor (Credit: Martin Willis).

However, China’s

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Bill would ban diversity, equity and inclusion at Texas universities

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — As Gov. Greg Abbott tells state agencies that using diversity, equity and inclusion criteria in the hiring process is “illegal,” lawmakers in the legislature are pushing against the practice in Texas universities.

State representative Carl Tepper, R-Lubbock, filed a bill to prohibit higher education institutions from funding or supporting diversity, equity and inclusion offices. HB 1006 also prohibits any efforts to formulate diversity “beyond what is necessary to uphold the equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment.”

“We call it division, inequity and indoctrination. The DEI office name is a misnomer,” Tepper said. “We feel like it’s purposely being misused, to push a very woke very liberal agenda. You can have any belief you want, you can have any care about race relations or sexual relations or what have you. But we think that on the state dollar, and the state budget, that these universities, these state departments, departments of the state of Texas, should be neutral.”

Tepper’s alma mater Texas Tech University, now in his district, said its Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works “to foster, affirm, celebrate, engage and strengthen inclusive communities.” They provide mentors to first-generation students, cultural centers for minority students and outlets for the campus to engage with the intercultural community.

Tepper said he hopes his bill will get rid of those outlets. He called Texas Tech’s Black Cultural Center “self-segregation.”

“I would do away with that. We have some wonderful facilities for everyone,” he said. “We want our students to learn together and play together, interact together, not as a segregated society. We want to see distinguished Black alumni, the portraits of distinguished Black alumni all over campus, not just in the Black Cultural Center.”

Some attorneys worry the recent restrictions of DEI policies are misguided. Jay Ellwanger,

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Reflections on the ‘Law Day’ celebrations, particularly regarding their aims and objectives

Yesterday,   1st  February,  2023;   was  the  anniversary  of  what  has  been  designated  as  “Law  Day”  in  Tanzania.   It  may  be  of  interest  to  the  current stakeholders to  know  that   the  idea  of  designating  this  particular  date  as  Tanzania’s  “Law  Day”,  was the  brainchild  of  the  late  Chief  Justice  Francis  Nyalali  and  was  intended  to  mark  the  commencement  of  the  Judiciary  ‘new  business  year’.

For  that  reason   the  celebrations  were   initially  confined  only  to  members  of the  Judiciary  Branch  of Government,  plus   the  legal  fraternity and  were  held   inside  one  of  the  court  rooms  within  the  High  Court  Building  in  Dar es  Salaam.   In  other  words,  this  event  started  as  a  purely  Judiciary  ‘in-house’  affair, intended only  for  those  who  were  directly  concerned.

Chief  Justice   Nyalali  had  also  decided  to  invite  the  Speaker  of  parliament  to  attend  these  occasions,  in  order  to  symbolise  participation  from  the  Legislative  Branch and  for  that  reason,  he  was  given  the   leading  role  of  being  the  ‘Guest  of  Honour’.   This  happened  during  the  time when  I  was  the  Speaker  of  the  House,  circa  1996/97.

Thus, in   that  connection,  I  can  vividly  remember  how,  on  one  such  occasion,  the  Chief  Justice  had  chosen  the  expression  “Haki  sawa  kwa  wote”  as  the   “kauli  mbiu”  for  that  year’s  celebrations.  When  my  invitation  to  attend  that  function  arrived and  I  saw  that;   I   quickly  wrote  back  to  point  out  that  the  expression  “Haki  sawa  kawa  wote”  was  in  fact  the  slogan of the  CIVIC  UNITED  FRONT  political  party and  showed  my  concern  that  this  was  inappropriate  for  such  a  national  event suggesting  instead the use  of  the  neutral  expression  “Watu  wote  ni  sawa  mbele  ya  sharia”,  which  is  also  used  in article  13 (1)  of  the  Constitution  of  the  United  republic.     The  Chief  Justice  promptly  agreed and  the 

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The Colorado River should really be named the California River

Why do we still call it the Colorado?

Sure, the river begins in the Colorado Rockies. But in law and practice, the waterway making headlines is clearly the California River. And the first provision of any deal to save the river should rename it accordingly.

This condition wouldn’t be about Golden State pride. Instead, a name change would more accurately reflect the imperial role California plays out in the movement of water, people and power in the American West.

Right now, the Grand Canyon-sized divide over how to reduce the amount of water drawn from the rapidly diminishing river is being portrayed as a dispute between states. On one side, six states that rely on California-nee-Colorado water — Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming — have come together to demand cuts in water use that would fall heaviest on California.

In response, California water officials have produced a plan emphasizing how our state’s rights to the water are more senior than those of our Southwest neighbors. Their newly released plan would cut less from California’s take, and more from Arizona and Nevada. In the Wild West of Water, this argument — We stole it first! We stole it fair and square! — is a strong legal position.

But such descriptions of the fight fail to capture the true dynamics of the situation — that California is less a state than an empire, and the six states challenging it over water are California colonies. California is by far the richest and most dynamic area in this half of North America. California has more residents and a bigger economy than all the other western states of the U.S. put together.

In recent generations, California, like other great empires through history, has grown so much that it has exported people,

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Davis Wright Tremaine’s National Food + Beverage Practice Adds Leading Litigator and Regulatory Advisor

Litigator Kimberly Bousquet has joined the nationally recognized Food + Beverage practice at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, expanding the team’s litigation, regulatory, and counseling capabilities and positioning the group for further growth.

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Kimberly Bousquet (Photo: Business Wire)

“Kim’s passion for this industry infuses everything she does,” said Jesse Lyon, co-chair of the DWT Food + Beverage industry group. “Our team motto is ‘no dabblers’ and Kim absolutely lives up to that promise. She’s earned the trust of some of the most important and innovative players in the industry and she understands their goals. She will be a tremendous asset to our firm and our clients as we continue to build out this market-leading team.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside the DWT team in the past and have come to appreciate their distinct combination of skills,” said Bousquet. “They’re experienced, practical, and connected. This is a group that’s committed to delivering transformational projects that provide better outcomes for all—and they’re expertly equipped to do so. I’m extremely excited to join them.”

Bousquet comes to the firm from Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis. She will continue to practice from her homebase in the Midwest, close by many of DWT’s large clients. “We are excited to welcome Kim and support the growth of the firm’s presence in the Midwest and our nationwide commitment to the food, beverage, and agriculture industry,” said Harris Kay, partner-in-charge at DWT’s Chicago office.

Whether clients need a swift remedy or a sophisticated long-term litigation strategy, Bousquet works diligently to identify the straightest path to a successful resolution. She has particular expertise with food and beverage labeling and other regulatory compliance issues involving the FDA, USDA, and other agencies—all areas of significant strength

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Proposed Chicago labor law with nonprofits is revived

Heartland Alliance has a union of its own already, Diaz said, and she claims it has a great relationship with the union. Still, that didn’t stop workers from turning down what she describes as great offers or protesting during contract negotiations late last year.

“All of these activities were lawful and protected and in the end we got a contract,” Diaz said. “But we had labor disruption.”

Though workers at Heartland Alliance who were fighting for a new contract described a different scenario to WBEZ in November. They painted a disparity where workers on the front line  — many whom have master’s degrees — earned less than $40,000 while executives like Diaz earned over $350,000 and offered marginal contract concessions.

Heartland Alliance didn’t respond to a request for comment following the hearing. 

Those sitting on the joint committee simply didn’t buy what Diaz and the other nonprofit leaders were selling. Instead, many were critical of their perceived anti-union rhetoric. 

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez (33rd) told the Illinois Answers Project she was disheartened by Diaz’s comments and she walked away angry. Rodriguez Sanchez had worked in the nonprofit sector for years before becoming an alderperson. 

“The industry doesn’t really have work stoppage issues because workers are scared to organize and fear retribution,” Rodriguez Sanchez said. “The labor peace agreement is a very simple legislation that would require a nonprofit that gets money from the city not engage in paid union busting.” 

Rodriguez Sanchez agreed that more needs to be done to fund these services but she is aware that some of these nonprofits have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in hiring anti-union consultants. 

“Instead of using that money for those consultants, they can use it for services or their employees,” Rodriguez Sanchez said. “We gave them a chance to tell

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