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Bend cops take it to the mat
Officers try out a yoga class aimed at reducing stress on the police force
By Claire Withycombe / The Bulletin / @kcwithycombe
Published Nov 29, 2014 at 12:01AM / Updated Dec 2, 2014 at 11:01AM

Ten people in sweat pants, athletic shorts and T-shirts inhaled and exhaled, the blinds drawn, lying supine on yoga mats. The only sounds other than breathing were occasional trucks on the highway or footsteps in the hallway.

“We’re imagining the sky, blue, clear, spacious,” said yoga teacher Jeannie Laslo Douglas. “Any thoughts going through the mind are like little clouds that come and go.”

This peaceful moment came at the conclusion of a 45-minute noontime class taught not to lithe lotus lovers , but to employees of the Bend Police Department.

Training PYPA in Uganda

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Written by Erica Licht April 24, 2014

In early April 2014 Tsion Asmare and I travelled from the CCL Ethiopia office in Addis Ababa to the source of the Nile in Jinja, Uganda. Jinja, the point at which Lake Victoria gives way to the Nile River, was the scenic location of the April training seminar of PYPA – the Program for Young Politicians in Africa, sponsored by KIC – Christian Democratic
International Center.


Training PYPA in Uganda.

via Training PYPA in Uganda.

Justified Nature celebrates 12th episode in Addis Ababa!

Erica Licht founded Justified Nature in Lagos, Nigeria in 2012

Erica Licht founded Justified Nature in Lagos, Nigeria in 2012

Justified Nature celebrated its 12th episode here in Addis Ababa, yesterday. The show, launched in 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria, focuses on bridging justice and environmentalism through a lens of leadership and dialogue. Every show features a related guest and music from at least three countries/regions/genres.

Check out an article about the show on the Center for Creative Leadership’s Lead Beyond Blog from March 2014 HERE

This week’s show featured an interview with Dr. Million Belay, Founding Director of MELCA Ethiopa and Coordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa; as well as music from South Africa, Jamaica, the US, and Cote d’Ivoire.


Listen in to Justified Nature every Monday at 3-4pm Ethiopia Time or 8am EST.
Ways to listen:
LIVE via radio – 105.3 Afro FM
Live Stream –
Via the TuneIn Application or TuneIn Website “Afro FM Page”

And if you are in Ethiopia, be sure to text your comments and questions in to *8444!

Closing the Pipeline: a Memorandum to de Blasio

And he could help stem the tide of fear-based policy-making that does more harm than good to our children’s future.


It’s Time to Close New York’s School-to-Prison Pipeline: How Bill de Blasio can help solve the twin problems of over-policing and under-educating in one swoop

“The result, according to the NYCLU, is that kids with criminal records consisting mostly of minor infractions that could have been resolved in school face further discrimination when applying for college, scholarships and jobs. This can also have an effect on whether their families are eligible to live in public housing, since people with criminal records are barred from many government assistance programs. And this doesn’t even take into account the psychological toll that coming into contact with the criminal justice system can have on students who are still wading through the thickets of childhood development.”

Read more on Mychal Denzel Smith‘s strong dictation to Bill de Blasio on his potential and memorandum as the new mayor of New York City – the policy purveyor city of the United States with potential to overhaul institutionally problematized prison-to-pipeline policies for young adults.

TAPS Police Academy Features Blog Post on UNITE

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UNITE: an experience in equality and shared understanding

We all straightened our backs and reached up to the sky. Well, kind of the sky. There was a corrugated metal roof separating my, and the rest of the groups’, hands from the blue atmosphere but we still titled our bodies collectively upwards towards the energy of the sun. It was this energy that as a UNITE group we had discussed in the weeks prior to our yoga session at Adeniji Adele police station led by instructor Dayo Adegoke.
Read the Full Article HERE