“…A lot of adults in institutions have some pretty cynical prejudices about teenagers. Both the criminal justice system and the schools, unfortunately there are many parallels. [People] process and look at the incident as the focus, it [Restorative Justice] allows for that person to be seen as more than just that incident… That’s communicated with circles and mediation, it gives a young person a chance to say I’m not just the person who did that [broke a rule], I’m also this [the family breadwinner], this [caretaker to my grandparent who raises me], and this [a student with a 4.0 who wants to be an architect-for example] and it gives other people the chance to say it about them on their behalf. -Rochelle Arms”

This episode of Alert, Aware, Mindful includes the story where Elle gets schooled and takes a hard look at the deterioration of intimacy through the culture of “busyness.” Featured is Rochelle Arms, who will be detailing her work with the Peace Institute in New York City and with Restorative Justice in communities, schools, and the criminal court systems. Our Call to action segment honors the … Continue reading “…A lot of adults in institutions have some pretty cynical prejudices about teenagers. Both the criminal justice system and the schools, unfortunately there are many parallels. [People] process and look at the incident as the focus, it [Restorative Justice] allows for that person to be seen as more than just that incident… That’s communicated with circles and mediation, it gives a young person a chance to say I’m not just the person who did that [broke a rule], I’m also this [the family breadwinner], this [caretaker to my grandparent who raises me], and this [a student with a 4.0 who wants to be an architect-for example] and it gives other people the chance to say it about them on their behalf. -Rochelle Arms”

Global Citizen

Very heartfelt speech focused on connecting with women around the world. Jolie plainly says that she doesn’t know why she was chosen for the life she leads, but she acknowledges how privileged it is and how we need to see how connected we are. Moving speech by Jolie who recently was appointed as visiting professor at London School of Economics Centre for Women, Security and Peace. … Continue reading Global Citizen

No podcast again. Holiday Hours in effect

Which basically means my real life is taking over due to holiday madness and travel plan-age. I do have an intriguing interview with a professional in Restorative Justice, who cut her teeth on working with primarily youth in the NY court system, local communities, and public school system. We explore the benefits of rehabilitative and restorative justice to combat return offenders, the school to prison pipeline, and helps … Continue reading No podcast again. Holiday Hours in effect

Elle Cast 14: Privilege- Living Outside the Box

My recent posts have been highlighting that this site is not about pointing a finger at someone else, as much as looking within yourself for your own contribution to the goodness in the world, the badness in the world and the ravages of indifference. This week’s podcast talks about privilege–we all have it to some degree. We also address the reaction to black progress (i.e. … Continue reading Elle Cast 14: Privilege- Living Outside the Box

Still, nonwhite Americans were about as likely as white Americans to say they hadn’t taken any of the above actions against racism.

Check out this amazing article. You can send the link to the others out there like Bill O’Reilly  who claim we live in a post racial America:   Majority Of White People Say There’s Racism Everywhere, But Not Around Them. Continue reading Still, nonwhite Americans were about as likely as white Americans to say they hadn’t taken any of the above actions against racism.

Alert! I love this quote. She hits the nail on head of the way I feel.- A Beautiful Synchronicity

There is something in me that feels that it must work to change things about myself and about the world, even as there is something more profound that knows that nothing needs me to change anything at all — rather, there are simply changes taking place, changes that are changing me, changes that must take place, changes that are meant to be. via A Beautiful … Continue reading Alert! I love this quote. She hits the nail on head of the way I feel.- A Beautiful Synchronicity

Live With Kelly & Michael: Jennifer Lopez Interview (The Boy Next Door) – Videos – MetaTube

Found this on the web. It’s an interview with Jennifer Lopez on what she learned about loving herself, imperfection and perseverance after her divorce and decision to leave American Idol her supposed career revival) to pursue her dream of her first world tour. I also watched Dance Again, her special on HBO. I think it further humanizes her. I felt closer to her after watching … Continue reading Live With Kelly & Michael: Jennifer Lopez Interview (The Boy Next Door) – Videos – MetaTube