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November 2022

DAY 5, 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Today is Giving Tuesday and we empore you to seriously consider becoming a consistent financial or material partner of Come ALIVE Movement. 99% of the work we do is free, because the majority of the people we serve simply cannot afford to pay for the services they so desperately need. Partner with us, and help us do more. No amount is too small, or too big. You could also consider becoming a volunteer. We will give you the training you need. Our Current Activities: - General Counseling...

Day 4, 16 days of activism against gender-based violence

Today we are challenging beliefs on masculinity and doing some reflection. Toxic masculinity drives violence against women. Evidence shows that women in relationships with men whose beliefs and behaviours reinforce male dominance and gender inequality are more likely to experience intimate partner violence. Traditional concepts of masculinity tend to emphasize traits like aggression, strength and control—while disparaging sensitivity, empathy, vulnerability and other traits traditionally...

City Voices interview with Queer Issues Therapist Teresa Theophano

CLICK HERE FOR INTERVIEW Teresa Theophano is a New York City-based social worker and freelance writer. With Stephanie Schroeder, she is co-editor of the anthology Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness (Oxford University Press). Jun. 8, 2018 - As a member of New York City’s LGBTQ community, I have long been passionate about ensuring that queer and trans folks have access to culturally competent mental health care. I identify as a peer – someone who receives mental...

The Expanded Child Tax Credit Is Gone. The Battle Over It Remains. [nytimes.com]

By Jason DeParle, Photo: Nate Smallwood/The New York Times, The New York Times, November 25, 2022 When the history of American hardship is written in some distant decade, two recent events may capture the whipsaw forces of the age. Child poverty fell to a record low. And the program that did the most to reduce it vanished. The story of that temporary program — technically, a tax-credit expansion but more plainly a series of monthly checks to most families with children — was extraordinary in...

6 solutions to gun violence that could work [washingtonpost.com]

By Robert Gebelhoff, Photo: Washington Post Illustration/AP Photo, The Washington Post, June 2, 2022 (updated) For far too long, those who oppose gun reforms have said that nothing can be done to stem the violence. Those claims are demonstrably wrong. Research on gun violence is notoriously underfunded, but the data we do have shows that well-designed gun laws informed by science can save lives. 1 Ban weapons of war Return to menu The Las Vegas massacre. The killing spree at the Pulse...

Bison proliferate as Native American tribes reclaim stewardship [theguardian.com]

By Associated Press, Photo: Matthew Brown/AP, The Guardian, November 26, 2022 Perched atop a fence at Badlands national park, Troy Heinert peered from beneath his wide-brimmed hat into a corral where 100 wild bison awaited transfer to the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Descendants of bison that once roamed North America’s Great Plains by the tens of millions, the animals would soon thunder up a chute, take a truck ride across South Dakota and join one of many burgeoning herds Heinert has helped...

The Wellness-Promoting Pathway Starts With Humanity’s Evolved Nest

To not receive the EDN in early life can be perceived as an injustice to a child, with serious ramifications for the child’s future. If brain and body system thresholds are established suboptimally in early years—not by trauma, but simply by not providing care that children evolved to need, then children may not reach their full potential but remain cognitively and socially underdeveloped. - Darcia Narvaez, PhD

What Should Be

Public health authorities like the American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC, the NIH, and the Harvard Center on the Developing Child should put together a list of parenting behaviors and practices generally recognized as supporting the healthy development of children. Then these organizations should partner with the Ad Council to create public service announcements to communicate these behaviors and practices to the public. I’m thinking billboards especially…radio and television too. These...

DAY 3, 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE.

Ending violence against women is everyone’s business. You can make a difference, safely and impactfully by: 1. Listening to and believing survivors. When a woman shares her story of violence, she takes the first step to break the cycle of abuse. It’s on all of us to give her the safe space she needs to speak up and be heard. It’s important to remember that when discussing cases of sexual violence, a victim’s sobriety, clothes, and sexuality are irrelevant. The perpetrator is the sole reason...

The Hard Truth Of When We, Sometimes, Can Do Almost Nothing To Help

I've been kicking around this idea for months. It's taken various forms and I can acknowledge it's a deeply unpleasant topic and may not even be true. I nonetheless have years of experience in the field making me ask the question. And I'm not convinced that it's not true. What if the current resources on offer, the whole suite of them, sometimes still aren't the answer. Sometimes doesn't mean never. It's quite clear we're helping some people some of the time. This can range from 'helped a...

Thoughts to share - grateful for all those trying to make the world a better place.

Thoughts to share - I'm grateful for all those trying to make the world a better place. I'm mindful that the holidays and days of remembrances can be a blessing or time of turmoil for so many...so please be kind to yourself and those you love in your circle of life. & finally, sharing a song of Joy & thanks to all in my life who have left lasting impressions upon me - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by4tWjowZVo Thank you & take care, Michael Skinner.

Encore ‘History. Culture. Trauma.’ podcast for Thanksgiving Day: author Bruce Perry discusses historical trauma & 'What Happened to You?'

“On Thanksgiving Day, we at PACEs Connection believe it is appropriate to recognize the genocide and land theft endured by the indigenous people of the Americas,” said PACEs Connection chief executive officer Ingrid Cockhren and co-host of the History. Culture. Trauma podcast. Cockhren also created the PACEs Connection Historical Trauma in America Series of webinars exploring, by geographic region, generational and collective trauma in the U.S. “The historical trauma of colonization should...

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