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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.

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


Great post from UNITE Assistant Facilitator Vweta Ariemugbovbe on her experience in a gender studies de-construction session at UNITE Lagos. She is a World Pulse Voices for Change Fellow – and fresh voice in women’s empowerment from the Continent!