“Today it’s becoming more clear that disparities have more to do with racism than race, says Neel Shah, an OB-GYN and a professor at Harvard Medical School. For a long time there was “this baked-in assumption” that there was something different genetically among black women leading to their higher rates of maternal mortality, he says. But “genetically we are all the same,” he says, and … Continue reading

Sandra Bland trooper Brian Encinia: Perjury case dismissed – CNN.com

  Of course, it was. This way no one has to go to jail.No accountability found or given. That is my country. Philando, Trayvon, Michael, and Sandy. For some of us, America is good, others it may even be great, but it NEEDS IMPROVEMENT to say the absolute least. The fact is, juries can’t seem to find fault with the police. It reminds me of … Continue reading Sandra Bland trooper Brian Encinia: Perjury case dismissed – CNN.com

“…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”

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.

Elle Cast 12 Unnecessary Mental Gymnastics In Charleston

Greetings, New Elle Cast is available. This episode will cover my reactions to the shooting in Charleston, victim- claiming (which I didn’t realize was a *thing*), and the perils of a reverse soul man. The Called to Action segment features a heartfelt and insightful throwback from Marvin Gaye. I’ve been asking myself this same question this year “What’s Going On?” Thanks for listening. -Elle Madelyn … Continue reading Elle Cast 12 Unnecessary Mental Gymnastics In Charleston

Elle Cast 10: Stigma in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave

Greetings All, This episode will focus on the dangers of stigma in our society and how gratitude and appreciation are a choice for better living not just for you but for the people who experience your positivity and well being just by being around you.  There’s a great new song “I Can’t Breathe” by protest band Pussy Riot out of Russia.  It is amazing and … Continue reading Elle Cast 10: Stigma in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave

Elle Cast 9: Baltimore and Prince

    Greetings All, Welcome back to Alert, Aware, Mindful. Today’s episode concerns my reactions to the recent incidences in Baltimore, which is located 20 minutes from my home town, close to where my parents live now. Thanks for listening, caring, and wanting to go on this journey with me. -Elle Stream or download here Continue reading Elle Cast 9: Baltimore and Prince

Calls For Police Accountability In Death Of Naked Man Anthony Hill

Hill’s death at the hands of a police officer is especially tragic, Anderson said, because he had great respect for law enforcement. When no indictment was issued for police officers in the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black Staten Island man who got into a videotaped confrontation with white police officers, Anderson said she expressed anger and frustration with police. But Hill … Continue reading Calls For Police Accountability In Death Of Naked Man Anthony Hill