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 We advocate for victims of racism, discrimination and police brutality across the country. We also hold workshops on dismantling racism and building community. We plan to incorporate a youth leadership academy that trains participants to become social change agents and prepares them to enter college with an excellent foundation in civil and social justice advocacy. We will also offer participants mental health services that allow them to process the issues they see in their communities and in their lives. Our hope is to develop a successful model that can be implemented in cities across the country. We are raising money to cover the filing, legal costs, and the various other needs that come with starting a non profit. We hope that you will help us on this journey! Just click the link below, and please SHARE! 
 https://www.gofundme.com/TogetherWeStand1

 

Together We Stand

Winter 2016

Together We Stand is more than a Facebook Group, more than an organization, it is a Movement. Our mission is to proactively dismantle racism, discrimination and police brutality through education, advocacy and legislation. This is our very first newsletter, and we welcome you to our family.

2015 In Review

I started this group with the hopes of creating a forum where people could have open, honest and respectful dialogues on the difficult issues surrounding racism in this country. Never could I have imagined what was to come. Since our inception in August, Together We Stand, (TWS) has evolved from one person, into a group of over 1,200 amazing members, all of whom have shown their commitment and dedication to ending racism, discrimination and police brutality.

We have advocated on behalf of many, some who are no longer here to advocate for themselves, and some who needed others to join in their fight for equality and justice. Here is a list and brief summary of a few of the cases we have assisted in:

Laquan McDonald

The murder of Laquan McDonald by officer Van Dyke, and the subsequent handling of the case by the police, prosecutors, and local government was nothing less than abhorrent. We have called for the resignation of both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Prosecutor Anita Alvarez and are following the campaign of Prosecutor Alvarez in 2016 and plan to continue challenging her throughout. TWS sent out numerous letters to state and local government along with law enforcement, denouncing the terrible racial injustices that plagued not only this case, but the city of Chicago.

Lateef Dickerson:

The acquittal of officer Thomas Webster IV in the assault of Lateef Dickerson was an absolute injustice to Mr. Dickerson and a blow to the morale of his community. We reached out to Mayor Christiansen, Police Chief Bernat and President of the Dover County NAACP Mr. Dunn, asking for the termination of officer Webster and offering our assistance in helping their community work through this and develop preventative measures so occurrences like this won’t happen again. Our follow up committee is still working on this as of March.

Corey Jones:

This case is particularly close to us as we have Family of Corey’s in TWS. Corey was killed on the side of the road after his car broke down. Corey was shot 3 times by plain clothed officer Officer Nouman Raja. Officer Raja claimed he believed the van to be abandoned and was then confronted by an armed suspect. There was no evidence to back up this claim. TWS along with several other organizations vpushed for there to be an independent investigation into this case. The officer was placed on administrative leave and subsequently fired in November. The family made the following statement:

“While we are pleased that the city of Palm Beach Gardens has terminated the employment of the officer who gunned down Corey Jones, we maintain that the officer in question must also be held criminally liable for his reckless actions that night,” the statement read. “Our family remains hopeful that the outside agencies brought in to investigate Corey’s killing will soon begin to yield factual information about how and why this officer acted so callously.”

Gresham School:

Rosella “Rose” Kaquatosh was wearing a Menominee medicine pouch when a kitchen employee at Gresham school allegedly demanded she take it off, citing tobacco products were not allowed on school property. After being taken to Principal Keary Mattson, he allegedly examined the pouch and removed some of the tobacco, which was culturally inappropriate and insensitive. She was in tears and the actions on the part of the school were not only culturally insensitive, but also disrespectful. TWS wrote the school board and principal demanding an apology and a safe environment for all students to practice their diverse beliefs. During a follow up conversation, we are pleased to say that a provision to allow such religious and spiritual items is now in place and the staff has undergone diversity and cultural sensitivity training.

Sandra Bland:

We have written letters to the state and local authorities calling for an independent investigation into the death of Sandra Bland as well as prosecution of the arresting officer. We have also circulated a petition asking Vanita Gupta the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to open an investigation. We are pleased that the arresting officer Brian Encinia, was finally terminated, yet we still continue to push for criminal charges against Encinia and those involved in the death of Ms. Bland and the subsequent cover up that ensued.

John Carroll University:

TWS member Brittany Kincaid, a student at John Carroll and part of the university’s African American Alliance, was involved in a movement on campus demanding structural changes to staff and curriculum to make the campus a more inclusive and culturally diverse environment. TWS wrote to president Niehoff on behalf of the AAA, stating our full support of their demands and asking that he take any and all necessary steps to rid the community of racist vitriol. We also asked that a safe space for students of color to express their needs be provided. We look forward to assisting other universities in creating and maintaining an atmosphere of Trust Respect Empathy and Ethics.

2016 A Look Ahead

Advocacy

We have hit the ground running this year! We receive many requests everyday for assistance in cases across the nation and are pleased that word of our organization is spreading to those in need. We also want to thank our members who diligently report issues and cases to us, we appreciate your dedication. Here is a peek at some of the work we have done so far this year::

Mayor Hagen:

After Mayor of Superior, Wisconsin, Bruce Hagen, posted anti Islamic rhetoric on social media, TWS assisted one of our group members, Kym Young, in her work to demand his resignation. We reached out directly to the mayor and also to state representative Milroy. We truly believe that there is no place for racism, oppression or discrimination in our country and specifically within our government. To see our elected officials act in such hateful and inciting ways is totally unacceptable. We will be campaigning against Hagen in the upcoming election.

Victor School District:

After being notified that a bilingual educational aide for Victor Elementary School District was posting racist pictures and rhetoric we spoke to the Superintendent and the person in question was informed that her behavior was not appropriate or acceptable. We believe in the first amendment, but we do not believe it is a pass to tout racist or hateful rhetoric. Clearly we cannot go after everyone who does this, but given the person in question was working with children of color in a school, we felt it important to say something.

Gynnya McMillen:

The death of Gynnya McMillen, at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Justice Center still remains a painful mystery for her family. The cause and circumstances surrounding her death have not been made available. The family has asked the public for help in finding answers. We have contacted the Principal of the detention center as well as the Mayor of Elizabethtown, Kentucky demanding answers. We will continue to follow up and support the family in whatever way we can.

Tamir Rice:

This case is one that hits us all hard given it was a child, Tamir Rice, who was killed so senselessly. A grand Jury failed to indict the officers in this case and it has been an impossible injustice to accept. TWS has been in touch with the City Council, Mayor, and Chief of Police regarding the impact this has had on the community, and how we can work collectively to insure this doesn’t happen again. We are also calling for Prosecutor McGinty to resign. His clear bias has tainted this case and his handling of it all but guaranteed there would be not Justice for Tamir or his family. He is up for reelection this year and if he does not resign, we will fight to make sure this is his last year in office.

Judge Olu Stevens:

Judge Stevens is an example of someone in our criminal justice system who is doing this right and unfortunately because of that he has become a target. Within the last year, Judge Stevens repeatedly has made national headlines, most notably for dismissing juries that were not racially diverse. Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine had asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to decide whether Stevens has the authority to dismiss juries for having too few black members, as the judge has done twice. The state Judicial Conduct Commission is investigating Stevens for insinuating on Facebook that Wine is racist and wanted “all-white juries.” TWS is investigating Wine’s history and plan to write his office denouncing his action against having diverse jury pools. We are also contacting the Chief Justice John Minton regarding this case and his removal of Judge Stevens from cases because of his stance on diverse juries and for speaking out against Tom Wine’s motives. It is important that we support those who do the right thing in the face of adversity.

Felicia Huston:

We have written the North Carolina Parole Commission on behalf of the family of Felicia Huston who was murdered by Robert Hinton, asking that his parole be denied and he be forced to continue his life sentence.

Flint Water Crisis:

TWS is working in conjunction with Stanley Plumbers and Crossing Water to secure home water filtration systems for 200 of Flint’s most needy. The filters are in the process of being tested to insure they will properly filter out the high levels of lead and iron found in the water supply.

If you would like to donate money to the residents of Flint please do so through Crossing Water at https://www.crowdrise.com/crossingwaterworkingforflint

Special thanks to Stanley Plumbing and Michael Hood of Crossing Water for your collaboration.

Three Strikes Reform Act:

We are joining Choose1.org and TWS member LaTease Levye in supporting the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2016. To read about the initiative and volunteer to help, please visit http://www.choose1.org

Nonprofit

Fundraising

Everyone knows that to start a nonprofit organization there must be fundraising! We have a few ways that you our supporters can help us grow our organization and in turn assist us in not only advocating for people on a larger scale, but also in our efforts to train youth to become social justice leaders. We have two crowd funding campaigns and the links are below. For those who cannot donate monetarily, we always need volunteers! If you would like to volunteer time please email us at twstherevolution@yahoo.com

As of the publishing of this letter we have received $620 from some of our members and we’d like to thank you all!

Toya Marie, Edwin Harris, Julie White, Rhonda Leath, Eva Caraher, Julie A. Fernandez, Amber Kerr, Rahel Smith, Eva Cohen, Tyler Gage, Caroline Gage, Yolanda McInnis, Dwight Ford, Don Scott, Daniel Schuette, Nancy Slocum and Lori Thames!!!!!

TWS wants you all to know that your assistance is so meaningful! With the funds we have raised so far we were able to get help with our logo, get our website going and get our filing fee for incorporation paid.

We recently launched two fundraising campaigns selling TWS shirts and Hoodies. This was a time limited campaign and we were unable to meet our minimum sold to go to print, but we want to thank everyone who did order and let you know that if you’d still like to support us you can do so at the links below!

Gofundme:

https://www.gofundme.com/TogetherWeStand1

Generosity:

http://igg.me/at/1xGsMVwExcU

Workshops

Sevgi has been running groups and workshops for many years with her company Diverse World Coaching. Last fall she began the first of a series of workshops by TWS that she hopes to bring across the country, Unite Against Racism:Breaking Down Walls and Building Community. The series ran from November-February and covered some of the following topics:

• White Privilege

• Conversations with my Black Child

• Examining Bias

• Police Brutality

The next series will focus on Political Action, specifically looking at groups like the Black Panther Party from the past, and Black Lives Matter today. What works, what doesn’t, and how do we move Together We Stand into a position to affect change in 2016 and beyond.

Meet our Board of Directors

  


Sevgi Fernandez/President

Sevgi founded Diverse World Coaching 8 years ago after many years working with high risk youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in working with blended, cross-cultural and interracial families as well as individuals struggling with racial identity formation, anxiety and depression.

Sevgi has a successful blog covering that reaches readers in over 60 countries She is a published author and seasoned speaker. She offers workshops in the following areas:

 • Racism and White Privilege

 • Parenting Mixed Race Children: Understanding their Racial Identity Development

 • Navigating the Blended Family

 • Youth Empowerment through Community Action

Sevgi is the Senior Vice President of Race and Cultural Diversity at ARMCGlobal providing research, executive coaching and product development.

She did her undergraduate and graduate work in Psychology at the Western Institute for Social Research and now sits on their board of directors.

Sevgi is now embarking on what she believes is her life’s work in Together We Stand. Her vision of a movement that crosses the nation ending racism through education, advocacy and legislation is certainly going to be a challenging goal, but her life has prepared her for this moment, this movement.

  

Dr. John P Fernandez

Dr. John P. Fernandez is the founder and president of Advanced Research Management Consultants Global, LLC. He also works closely and in collaboration with Diverse World Coaching.

Prior to founding ARMC Global, John worked for 15 years at AT&T, becoming the first Black division level operations manager. Responsible for a division that had over 500,000 customers, John developed and enhanced processes for selling, construction, engineering, human resource management and technological innovation.Based on his extensive experience working with many corporate clients and issues, John has written and produced more than 36 videos on human resource management, leadership, cross-cultural teams, Diversity and Proactive Inclusion®, and GlobalTREE℠ from a global perspective. He has written and developed e-learnings for Bank of America, Citibank, GlaxoSmithKline, and Lucent.Dr. John P. Fernandez is the author of 10 books and has received critical acclaim as one of the world’s leading thinkers in areas of leadership, team building, diversity, childcare, eldercare, and human resource management. He is currently working on a new book about glass-ceiling phenomenon, and the global perception of female managers.After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, John received his Ph.D. from the University California at Berkeley. As a highly sought out speaker, John has appeared on CNBC, CNN and Marketplace on National Public Radio. John has taught at Yale, New York University, Antioch, and the University of Pennsylvania.

  

Carol Laborde/Outreach and Research

Carol Laborde received her BA in Sociology from Nyack College. Carol is retired now and has spent much of the last three decades volunteering her time and skills to various nonprofit organizations. She worked with the Rockland Family Shelter for battered women and children from 1988-2002. During that time she served as a Rape Crisis Trauma Counselor, was on the Board of Directors from 1988-2002, and served as President of the Board from 1998-2002. Carol also served on the Board of the Nyack Center, aiding at risk youth with breakfast club and after school mentoring. Carol currently heads up TWS advocacy communications and works as an Ambassador for Hope with Shared Hope International, an organization working to end sex trafficking.

Ty Anderson/Chaplain

Ty Anderson has his Associates in Graphic Arts as well as being a self taught artist.

Ty worked for the City of Rochester’s Public Library Promotions Graphics & Public relations department and also sat on the Quality Council Team which assisted in fairness and accountability between Supervisors and their employees. He is also a part of his community’s Neighborhood Empowerment Team/NET and currently works in Forestry as an Arborist.

Ty is an American of mixed European, African & Native-American heritage. The spirit of family, culture, ethnicity and inner accountability are things he takes great pride in which have fueled his passion for bringing people together. Helping others to discover their commonalities and celebrate their diversity is something he excels at and brings to TWS as our online moderator. Serving in the capacity of TWS Chaplin, Ty’s goals are to help keep the group moving in a positive and affirming direction, keeping our mission to educate and advocate, one of integrity based on Trust, Respect, Empathy and Ethics.*

*GlobalTree, Trust Respect Empathy and Ethics, ARMCG 2015

  

Rhonda Leath/Secretary

Rhonda Leath was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Rhonda majored in Psychology and minored in Journalism at Los Angeles Trade Tech and Southwest College. Rhonda worked as a youth counselor in residential treatment and as an EMT on the Psych Emergency Team. She is a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 7 and is active in her community doing faith based and social justice work. Rhonda is a key member of TWS doing endless work behind the scenes assisting with administrative work and research.

In closing we want to welcome you to our TWS family and ask that you spread the word about who we are and what we do!

#TogetherWeStand

#TheRevolutionIsHere

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Unite Against RacismBreaking Down Walls and Building Community

  
Challenging Racism and Islamophobia

Join us for the second in our three part series Unite Against Racism: Breaking Down Walls and Building Community; Challenging Racism and Islamophobia.Given the growing divide along racial and religious lines in this country and globally, we will focus this seminar on examining where the breakdowns in communication and understanding are occuring specifically between blacks/whites and Muslims/Non-Muslims. Sevgi Fernandez of Together We Stand and Dr. John P. Fernandez of ARMCGlobal, global leaders on racism, sexism and diversity training, will be facilitating. The emphasis will be to create GolbalTREE, Trust, Respect, Empathy, Ethics, through a multifaceted approach using individual and group exercises.

Please RSVP to Diversewc@gmail.com, we will be emailing attendees an exercise to do prior to the workshop.
Register now, space is limited!!!

Unite Against Racism: Breaking Down Walls and Building Community

When

Saturday, Jan. 23rd 2016 at 2:30-5:30pm

Where

2930 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA
Agenda
Welcome – Introductions

Individual – Group Exercises

Break

Documentary

Group discussion

Closing – personal commitments to change

Western Institute for Social Research

Since 1975 WISR, the Western Institute for Social Research, has been a multicultural academic institution of higher learning devoted to social change and community improvement. WISR, is a community-based, globally connected degree granting institution of higher learning. WISR’s students can earn Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines related to community improvement and leadership, educational innovation, counseling psychology, and progressive social change.

2930 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States Mail@wisr.edu 510 655-2830 wisr.edu

Advanced Reaearch Management Consultants

Advanced Research Management Consultants Global, LLC– is a full service human resources, executive coaching, diversity, mentoring, marketing, e-learning and video production firm. We specialize in assisting organizations realize their competitive advantage on a local and global scale.

ARMC Global develops and delivers seminars in such areas as leadership, global virtual teams, teambuilding, communications, generation gap, GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender), work and life balance, cultural clashes, conflict resolution, Proactive Inclusion® and GlobalTREE℠ (Trust, Respect, Empathy, and Ethics).

701 West Allens Lane, Philadelphia, PA, United States JPF@Globaltree.com 215 247-4547 armcglobal.com

Sevgi Fernandez – Together We Stand – Diverse World Coaching

Diverse World Coaching specializes in working with blended, cross-cultural and interracial families as well as individuals struggling with racial identity formation, anxiety and depression.

Together We Stand advocates for victims of racism, discrimination and police brutality across the country. We are developing a youth leadership academy that will train participants to become social change agents and prepare them to enter college with an excellent foundation in social justice advocacy.

Together We Stand also offers the following workshops:

Racism and White Privilege

Parenting Mixed Race Children: Understanding their Racial Identity Development 

Navigating the Blended Family

Youth Empowerment through Community Action

Richmond, CA, United States diversewc@gmail.com

A Letter to the Editor:

At Webster University in St. Louis, the Association of African-American Collegiates (AAAC) demanded for President Stroble to instate a more diverse campus with a list of 19 demands to support Mizzou and their struggle with racism, as well as to combat it on our own campus–one of those demands was to create a “safe space” […]

https://fearthenorms.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/a-letter-to-the-editor/

Police Oppression is Police Privilege

This was written by an amazing man who has sacrificed much in his fight against racism. I  grateful for his presence.

By Blake Hayner

“Man is stuck with his lack of knowledge about himself until he can learn to look beyond apparent causes.”

“Instead, it’s necessary to identify the conditions that underlie ostensible causes; and these conditions exist only within man’s consciousness itself.”

“There are no causes within the observable world; the observable world is a world of effects.”

Power vs. Force The Hidden Determinates of Human Behavior by David R Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. Page 27 Paragraph 1.
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago announces that police officers will be taken off of desk duties and dispersed into city neighborhoods to repress the current escalation of violence; to the point stopping the shootings.

Any #BlackLivesMatters Activist and ally know that this action means more violence directed toward young black men and boys by Chicago Police; simply and directly put more police oppression. 

Force is how America has dealt with all their enemies, Communist, Socialists, religious and most importantly Natives and all people of color. While the religious Right and the Atheist Left punch it out in a brawl that has lasted 600 years and counting the world has been fighting each other over scraps of land and precious metals and resources. Chicago is just one of those battlegrounds. 

White people like me have typically dealt with these conditions by ignoring the causes and attacking the people that have been impacted by our white privilege with blame and shame. This behavior cannot continue. Giving police cart’ blanch to steamroll communities that have been created by white flight, Red Lining, and discriminatory lending practices by banking institutions run by white men of privilege and law enforcement agencies that care little or nothing about the poor and homeless and more about corporate greed and a broken sense of pride while enforcing a racist drug war policy. Force isn’t working and has never worked because tribalism is stronger than any gun, bomb, or political ideal.

People of color have survived murder, lynchings, rape, destruction, political and social injustices because they unlike me know that as long as we white people use force they will always have the power. 
Police have privilege too for they are composed of many colors and different sexes. The police can run a red light, speed, jaywalk, beat up and terrorize anyone they choose even one of their own and get away with it Scott Free. Police have privilege to kill you and makeup any story they want. Police can shoot first and forget about asking your permission they can harass you, incite you, and basically spit on you with no consequences. 

I as a citizen can call a cop a pig, I wouldn’t suggest it. I can give him/her my middle finger, again, not a good idea. I can scream, rant and swear at a cop these are my 1st Amendment rights to free speech and police will in most cases kick my ass and arrest me for disorderly conduct. 

Of course being white I get a pass on most of these lewd behaviors; I can even shoot at a cop and wound him and get a pass as a white man. But, if you’re a person of color especially a black man or woman or live in a State with a Reservation in it like South Dakota and you are Native American you will be arrested and disappear then pop up in a body bag with no investigation.

This is Police Privilege, the victims of which are the result of police oppression. FORCE! Why do you think we call the institution of law enforcement a Police Force? 

My humble opinion: The people who have the power are the ones that continue their lives even after America uses Force. People that find it in their hearts to be love are the true power in the world of Force and violence. These are the Meek, those that will inherit what’s left of the Earth after the idiots with their guns, knives and bombs are gone and dead or just tired with fighting.

Police Oppression will end when we the people have no more use for police, soon to be obsolete like the black and white TV’s law enforcement will stop. Not by force, police crave people that like to use force; by power. Police respect power as they respect being treated like people not animals with fangs and claws.

Police were created by the wealthy to protect their wealth and to gain the illusion of power by forcing people to respect laws, laws designed by the wealthy as standards of morality that according to the rich everyone could respect knowing their place in society. Women, Queers, Indians, Chinese, Irish, Polish, Italians, and most importantly slaves had to know their place, if they stepped out of line the police were there to oppress, punish, lynch, torture, murder all forms of force for their millionaire, white, male, privileged handlers.

Today, nothing has changed except now the wealthy own all our judges, Prosecutors, Juries, lawyers, and all the politicians that are a part of the illusion of law making, justice, enforcement and with the development of private prisons, punishment.

Another form of force the wealthy control is information, the wealthy have for centuries owned and controlled the media which includes all the obvious sources, television, radio, film, print, and soon if not already parts of the internet for thousands of years the wealthy has controlled all the major and minor religions with the power of their little god and their minions, the clergy the wealthy have force fed us everything they want us to think and believe so that they can sell us everything including clean air and water.  

With the control of the governments by bribing wealthy people in everywhere and creating worldwide debt in every country the world’s entire population are now slaves to the wealthy billionaires as now they have control over everyone and everything. 

These wealthy families are like the Spanish system back in old Mexico where no one was a citizen except 13 families that owned everything. The peasants had nothing, no land, no businesses, no money unless the 13 families agreed to it and of course bribery, favoritism, and ancestry had everything packaged up nice and neatly.

American’s, even though they stole, enslaved, raped, murdered, and abused the land, ownership flourished and the local economies rose. Americans became wealthy while their Mexican counterparts starved.

The industrial revolution came and people’s income increased, education rose, entrepreneurialism created goods and services. There was no income tax so the government was ineffectual to support the growing population of immigrants that flowed into our ports and yet the Military Industrial Complex was born as the government controlled by the wealthy forced Mexico to give up Texas and Americans threw out all the people of color and stole their land; how thoughtful and proud Texans must be.

Later in our history after several more forced incursions into other countries America’s wealthy felt that Jim Crow would have to suffice for the loss of free labor and the exclaves’ became a problem that the wealthy needed more police oppression to force down those uppity Negros.

Ghetto’s thrived thanks impart to abolitionists that promised slaves freedom in the North only to stuff tens of thousands of blacks into shanty towns providing us whites with cheap penny a day laborers. If the Slaves had only known to go south to Florida freedom and equality would have been guaranteed by the Spanish.

Ghetto’s caused problems as the occupants rioted and fought the wealth’s unjust and racist police force. People died, building burned, lives had to be rebuilt and nothing changed. 

Now it’s the 21st Century, nothing has changed in the ghetto thanks to the oppression and mass incarceration by a system of force. White people of privilege wait for the crime to get so bad, the death so many and so horrible they sweep in buying up the cheap properties and building another white enclave forcing the invisible to leave. The police though must stay strong because the whites are scared that they will lose everything to the thugs, perpetrators, drug addicts and homeless that were left behind by gentrification. FORCE them out! Force them to change! Force them to be educated, employed, and nonviolent. It’s their fault that they are where they are. Piss on them if they don’t want to change. OH! I don’t want them living in my neighborhood!

Go west with the rest of your kind, not in my backyard. I’m not giving you any of my money you get it by working for it like my grandfather did and my father did and now I am doing, there are no free rides for the likes of you! Privilege, privilege, privilege force, shame, guilt, punish, imprison, felon, worthless, no-account lazy piece of crap.
The Left wing and the right wing are the same bird! The wealthy make the rules and the poor cleanup their messes. Power comes from within! Force is something that is outside of you. I am a white man of privilege that holds my brothers and sister hearts using force to make the organ beat. No more. Now is time for power. Power is Love. Force must die! Oppression must die! Privilege must be destroyed at any cost.
Instead of gentrification, using force to subdue the invisible for white profit why not use the powers of love to bless the ghetto’s and rebuild the people thereby constructing self determination and respect throughout the community of the existing inhabitants the money coming from social equity of the wealthier neighborhoods. 

People pitching in to empower the poor and homeless giving them the power to choose what is best for themselves. Free accessible, good housing and healthy food prepared by the fortunate passing their successes to those that ache for another chance to show that they are visible, strong, and important.

Greed is gone, favoritism is disappeared, Force is dead and power is alive in everyone. The police are servants once again no weapons, no anger, no shame, no more white privilege; People Privilege!

“Are these extravagant promises? We think not! Some of them will appear quickly, some slowly they will always appear if we work for them.” Alcoholics Anonymous Page 84 Paragraphs 1.
BLHAYNER 10/09/2015

Donald Trump Doesn’t Correct Anti-Muslim Supporter Asking For Plan To “Get Rid” Of Muslims In U.S.

At a campaign rally Thursday, a supporter stated the president wasn’t American, then went on to ask Trump how to “get rid” of Muslims.

http://blackamericaweb.com/2015/09/20/donald-trump-doesnt-correct-anti-muslim-supporter-asking-for-plan-to-get-rid-of-muslims-in-u-s/

Civil Rights Warriors

 I want to take a moment to say thank you to ALL of the people across the country who are taking it upon themselves to record and document police brutality. We are seeing a new story everyday in which officers are assaulting and even killing citizens. Black citizens. Do civil rights even exist anymore? When a boy can be beaten for jaywalking, a woman can be brutalized on a bus for petty theft, I’d say no.

  
We are sending a VERY CLEAR MESSAGE that we will not just sit by. We will document and we will make sure they are held accountable.

To all the Civil Rights Warriors who are everyday people saying “NO MORE!”, I thank you!!!!

  

Workshop: Unite Against Racism

  
Unite Against Racism

Breaking Down Walls and Building Community

It Begins and Ends With Us!!

Join me for the first in a 3 part documentary/discussion series examining and dismantling Racism. Whites and People of Color see race from radically different perspectives. We will explore our individual biases and how they impact our choices and impact our community. Through individual, group and interactive exercises we will increase understanding transforming fear into knowledge and that knowledge into the power we need to eradicate racism and oppression. It’s imperative that all People of Color come together as ONE community to challenge the system of racism and oppression that this country has been built upon. It’s also crucial that our white allies join in this movement. These seminars are meant for everyone, regardless of your racial, socio/economic, religious or political background. You don’t even have to agree with the movement. What’s essential is that we dialogue face to face in a respectful environment where we can build understanding.

Saturday, Nov. 7th, 2:30-5:30pm

2930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 300 Berkeley

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Documentary: The Conversation 
  • White People on Race
  • My Black Son
  • Growing up Black
  • Individual and Group Exercises
  • Discussion: We will analyze the polarization between blacks and whites in the U.S., with an in depth look at the raw realities on both sides. 

Diverse World Coaching
Facebook @SevgiCoach

El Cerrito, CA, United States 

diversewc@gmail.com 

1(628)333-9830

diverseworldcoaching.wordpress.com

RSVP

Space is Limited! It is essential you RSVP by phone or by sending me an email. Please leave Name/Email and the number of people you would like to bring.

Thank You!!!!!

  

Police Violence Kills a Man Who Went to Hospital for Help!

The following is the statement and the ipetition made by Alan’s family and colleagues:

  

“We stand, now, with shaken hearts and rooted conviction, to speak our collective outrage for Alan Christopher Pean, a 26 year old who was inexcusably shot in the chest by a police officer, while seeking care as a patient at St Joseph’s Medical Center.
Personally, we know Alan as a brother, a friend, a son, a supporter, a man marked by tender kindness, quiet acts of sacrifice, humor, self-reflection, and patience.
Personally, we stand in outrage for every time he is referred to as “combative” without sub-clause or context, we stand in outrage for every time he is called a “suspect” instead of a patient, we stand in outrage for every time he, one empty-handed, help-seeking man, is painted as a threat to two officers, able bodied and armed, in a hospital.
Professionally, we have been trained in truth seeking and healing. As doctors and medical students, as nurses and care partners, we are trained in how to safely restrain and tranquilize patients, no matter how aggressive, or irritable, or anxious, or threatening they may be. Never is it appropriate or warranted for a patient to be tazed, never is it appropriate for a patient to be struck, never, never, never is it appropriate for a patient seeking care, to have their life threatened in our arms.
Personally and professionally, we are shaken by the reality of this epidemic of police brutality, in which no one– no son of a doctor, no college student, no tender-hearted soul of color remains immune. We stand with shaken hearts and rooted conviction, to speak our collective outrage for Alan Christopher Pean, our gentle friend, a 26 year old who was inexcusably shot in the chest by a police officer, while seeking care as a patient.”
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On August 27th, 2015, Alan Christopher Pean, a 26-year-old patient seeking care at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, was shot in the chest with a gun by hospital security. As members of the medical community, friends of Alan and his family, it is impossible for us to remain silent on this injustice and the disgraceful violations of medical, legal, and moral ethics involved in his care. We, the medical community, have failed Alan.
By multiple reports, Alan drove himself to the St. Joseph ED late Wednesday night, August 26th. He believed that a hospital was a place he could seek safe haven and get treatment. He was in such dire straits that he could barely get to the hospital without grazing other parked vehicles. Alan presented to the ED complaining of new-onset, intense anxiety and general disorientation. He was admitted to the hospital to assess his injuries from his minor MVA. The next morning (August 27th), Alan’s parents flew from Mcallen, TX to Houston. They visited Alan at the hospital and, upon interacting with their son, they were struck by his unfamiliar behavior, speech, and general disorientation. They communicated their observations with the personnel and implored hospital personnel to obtain a psychiatric evaluation. At the very least, as the patient’s surrogate decision makers, they desired to speak with Alan’s physician. Both requests were denied.
St Joseph’s personnel communicated that they would, instead of integrating crucial corroborative provided by Alan’s parents (one who is a board-certified physician in his own right), discharge the patient against his and his family’s wishes. While assessing a previously unknown patient’s mental status can be difficult, one of its most crucial, clinically sound aspects is the corroboration of evidence by friends and family. The physicians and ancillary staff had ample access to such data and either refused to appropriately integrate said data into their evaluation or simply did not recognize its utmost importance. Both are undeniable acts of medical negligence.
Alan’s parents were devastated that they were so dismissed by the hospital staff who were supposed to be taking care of their son. While discussing where to transfer Alan’s care, they returned to the hospital. They were subsequently informed that, far from being safe to discharge home, Alan had been accosted and shot by security personnel.
Alan was–it cannot be reiterated enough–an admitted patient on St Joseph’s eighth floor. In the midst of a mental health crisis, he was confused, frightened, and vulnerable. In short, he was–and still is–a patient. Alan had recently moved to Houston to study for the GRE, continue to take classes, and apply for graduate school. He hopes to join our medical community and become a physician’s assistant. At this point, we can only pray that our friend Alan even has the opportunity to hope for a future.
Instead of offering him the best medical care for a patient experiencing one of his life’s true moments of crisis, St. Joseph’s medical professionals enabled their security division to commit an act of violence against one of their patients. Anyone who has worked in a hospital setting for any period of time is aware of the protocols and medical resources -pharmacological and nonpharmacological–at its disposal to manage any patient’s agitated or combative behavior non-violently. There are multiple methods of intervention and amelioration to protect a disoriented patient from hurting himself or others. Utilizing a gun is not an option. Utilizing a gun against a patient is anathema to our professional standards. There is absolutely zero indication for gun violence in a healthcare setting. This is an indictment, not only on the officers in question, but how rational and compassionate medical care was delivered overall.
Furthermore, the police department and St. Joseph’s Medical Center continued to infringe upon its mission to serve the well-being of its patients. The hospital barred Alan’s family from seeing Alan for nearly 48 hours–48 hours after being shot on a hospital floor. They barred a father from seeing his son. They barred a mother from seeing her child. They barred two brothers from seeing their brother. They were limited to “10 minute visits” per day and disallowed physical contact. These strict rules are those employed in prisons. Not in places of healing. This is abuse of a patient and his family in every physical and emotional way imaginable. Alan’s parents have been interrogated relentlessly as to whether Alan has a criminal record or has ever been to jail. (By the way, he has not.) The Peans are aghast at their treatment by fellow medical professionals.
Finally, as Alan lay intubated in the ICU, he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant. Bail set. A young man who rightfully sought treatment as a patient for an acute mental crisis was shot under the care of a hospital and is now a criminal. With a bullet hole in his chest.
The legal concerns are irrelevant to the true tragedy at hand. Alan’s family simply desires that Alan get better. They wish to physically see and hold their boy. They desire to tell him that they love him and tell him not to be afraid.
Primum non nocere.
-8/29/15 UPDATE: Alan was extubated, obviously in pain, but talking. The first thing he asked his family was, “is anyone else hurt?”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-20X4p9FVts
-9/3/15 UPDATE: 7 days after being shot, Alan is out of the hospital, walking and talking with minimal pain. He is grateful for the miracle allowing him to have survived and encourages everyone to put away the anger, address the many issues at play in his story, and learn from this so it NEVER happens again.
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Momentum is a powerful thing so please take a second to sign today. Thank you for sending your thoughts and prayers to the Pean family. Please do NOT donate monetarily (no option to delete this feature).
While we appreciate your support in any form, we encourage you to sign and complete the additional fields identifying your role in the healthcare community. Please add your title in the box of name entry i.e. [John Doe, MD] 

Below is the actual link to the petition. I ask that you sign it and share this story because it’s clear we much force action be taken. This happens to frequently and is happening in increasing numbers. Police violence is unacceptable 
  http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/AlanPean

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