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Bryan Stevenson on The Frustration Behind The George Floyd Protests [newyorker.com]

By Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, June 1, 2020 The past weekend saw the start of an uprising in dozens of American cities, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets for peaceful protests and violent encounters with the police. The proximate cause was the killing of George Floyd , an unarmed, handcuffed African-American man, by a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin. In Minneapolis and other cities, police in riot gear have responded aggressively to protests and looting,...

Emotional schools chief Tony Thurmond vows to address racism in public education [edsource.org]

By Dana Lambert, EdSource, June 1, 2020 California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond’s voice broke as he recounted the last moments of George Floyd’s life as he lay dying on a Minneapolis street. “I am haunted by the sound of his voice, begging to breathe, begging for life and we must address that trauma head on,” Thurmond said during an address on Facebook Monday. “We must have hard conversations.” Floyd, an African American man, was asphyxiated by a white police officer...

Racial Disparities Are Widespread in California [ppic.org]

By Sarah Bohn, Magnus Lofstrom, and Lynette Ubois, Public Policy Institute of California, June 3, 2020 At no time in recent history have deep racial disparities in well-being appeared as obvious as they do today. The death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers last week is the latest in a long history of violence against African Americans in this country. At the same time, the coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected Californians according to race. As glaring and...

Hannah Sherfinski: Breaking the silence: Identifying youth in need through trauma screening [madison.com]

By Hannah Sherfinski, The Cap Times, June 1, 2020 For two months, our country has been enduring the effects of COVID-19. With over 1 million COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. and over 30 million Americans filing for unemployment, many of us are panic-stricken about our future physical, mental, social and financial well-being. Worst of all, we must cope with these fears in isolation. These intense feelings of uncertainty and desolation may trigger the body’s instinctual fight, flight or...

Parents & Students Together: Coping with a Full House During Crisis & Reflections on Current National Climate [stevefund.org]

From The Steve Fund, June 3, 2020 COVID-19 and the current national climate on race has changed the dynamics in many households. Sheltering-in is not easy in the best of circumstances, but it can be especially difficult for parents that have their college student(s) come home unexpectedly. Our panelists explore how they as parents are coping and embracing a full house again. They will share how starting new traditions have helped them build bonds with their children. Managing the mental...

A Better Normal- Education Upended, continued

Thursday, June 4, 2020 Education Upended, We're Back! Please join us for the ongoing community discussion of "A Better Normal — Education Upended". We bring bring our focus back to the future. Using our breakout session format, we will identify the strategies and lessons learned that we want to bring into the future of school, and ways in which we might do that. How do we create physical and psychological safety, especially in the face of so much uncertainty? What strategies can we use to...

Webinar: Investing in Community Resilience - Trauma-Informed Practice in Action: Case Studies Across Sectors

We believe it is critical to acknowledge what is happening to our communities. From the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken many lives, to the systemic racism and inequalities that continue to deeply affect communities of color, we are seeing trauma in a multitude of ways. Our mission is to serve the U.S. Cooperative Extension System by partnering to make a greater collective impact and promote accessibility to all in communities across the nation. We are committed to fostering...

The Mental Toll On Us All (yesmagazine.org)

As the coronavirus upends lives, another public health crisis arises. New research shows eight times more people are under serious mental distress now When the novel coronavirus roared into the U.S., mental health took a back seat to physical health. The number one priority was making sure hospitals wouldn’t be overwhelmed and that as many lives as possible could be saved. Schools closed, remote work became the norm, restaurants shuttered and getting together with friends was no longer...

Sean Hankins is Special Guest on "Breaking the Silence" Radio Program this Sunday!

Sean Hankins will be the special guest on the "Breaking the Silence with Dr. Gregory Williams" radio program this Sunday evening at 8:00 pm Central Time. Sean Hankins is the Director of the MSU Adolescent Diversion Program (ADP). He has been the director and class instructor for over 20 years. The ADP program is a community-based program operating in conjunction with Michigan State University and Ingham County Family Court Division. ADP has been acknowledged as one of the top juvenile...

Justice in America

"Justice in America" is a podcast of which you may not be aware. It is hosted by Josie Duffy Rice, president of The Appeal, along with guest hosts Darnell Moore, Donovan X. Ramsey, Derecka Purnell, and Zak Cheney Rice. Each episode explains a new criminal justice issue and features conversations with experts and advocates. Some of the topics covered include: "The Privatization of Prisons," "School to Prison Pipeline," and "Probation and Parole." Here are quotes from the transcript of their...

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