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 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

Elle Cast 6: PBS Shows – Independent Lens: American Denial and Colorblind: Rethinking Race

New Elle Cast for this week! Greetings! In episode six of Alert.Aware.Mindful. I will be talking about two amazing PBS shows I viewed recently. One is a part of the Independent Lens series, called American Denial and the other is the documentary Colorblind:Rethinking Race. American Denial is about how unconscious bias perpetuates racism and it is based in unconscious associations and behaviors. The link is here … Continue reading Elle Cast 6: PBS Shows – Independent Lens: American Denial and Colorblind: Rethinking Race

Trigger Happy Cop Kills Unarmed Man Holding Baby: Scottsdale, AZ – YouTube

An Arizona man was shot to death by police Tuesday while holding his grandson. Police say 50-year-old John Loxas was holding his grandchild in his arms as he walked around his Scottsdale neighborhood Tuesday night threatening neighbors and police. “There were at least three officers in position to engage the suspect. At least one of the officers thought he saw something in the suspect’s hands,” … Continue reading Trigger Happy Cop Kills Unarmed Man Holding Baby: Scottsdale, AZ – YouTube