Healing Spaces: Building Government Sponsored Meditation Centers

All I feel is sadness, a sadness so deep and searing that even the words of Dr. King now seem shallow and very distant. My heart goes out to the families of Sterlings and Castillo, as well as the families of the Dallas Police.  All tragic, and painful, and confusing, and sad. Our differences, whether…

You Are Not Crazy, Taking Care of Yourself When Terrorist Acts Happen

To my readers, I know that the deaths of both ‪#‎AltonSterling‬ and now ‪#‎PhilandoCastile‬, may have shaken you deeply and know that you are not alone in that pain, anger, and grief. I also know that many of us are shaken by the deaths of police officers in Dallas. The police systems continue to fail…

The Death of Freddie Gray Is Tied The Roots Of Our Enslavement

This not guilty verdict is saddening but not surprising. In the past several years, Renisha McBride was shot in the head and lay dying on the front porch of the man who shot her through a locked door, several transwomen of color have been killed, we watched a video where Eric Garner begged for his…

Reject Violence As A Way Of Being Human

If we do nothing else today, pray for loving peace.   Pray that our hearts will open wider and support girls and women in our lives with deep gratitude and purpose.   Pray that our hearts will continue to beat, and with every beat claim the knowledge that comes with a beating heart. To know,…

DoJ Lawsuit to Bring Constitutional Policing to Ferguson

Copy of the press release in its entirety. See original here – http://goo.gl/at0zoM Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Lawsuit to Bring Constitutional Policing to Ferguson, Missouri Washington, DC, United States ~Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Remarks as prepared for delivery Good afternoon and thank you all for being here.  I am joined by…

Was It Racial Playing or Profiling by 3 TSA Officers?

Being a person of color means, unfortunately, that we will have to contend with some people who will engage in forms of “racist playing” –as if they were cats and we, their mice. It is my experience that some Whites engage in forms of racial playing because it has social utility.  By this I mean by playing with…

Preschool Boys of Color More Likely To Be Suspended-October 2015

Streamed live on Oct 15, 2015 Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin convenes national experts for a discussion about the use of suspensions and expulsions in early childhood settings, and local efforts to end the use of exclusionary discipline for young children. To see full video, https://youtu.be/RfzsfbJzjXk.

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