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This Is a Moral Crime [nytimes.com]

By Charles M. Blow, Photo: Andrew Nelles, The New York Times, February 1, 2023 When RowVaughn Wells arrived at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church on an icy, gray Wednesday in Memphis, she was there to say goodbye to her son Tyre Nichols. He was dead. Killed. Beaten to death by local police officers while he screamed for her less than 100 yards from her house. There was a phalanx of television crews across the street from the front of the church, and the Secret Service manned the doors.

Deadly California Shootings Spotlight Mental Health Issues Among Older Asian Immigrants [voanews.com]

By Jie Xi, Photo: Associated Press, Voice of America (VOA), January 31, 2023 Two mass shootings in California in one week have highlighted the complex mental health issues faced by older Asian Americans who may have been traumatized in their homelands and who — after building new lives in the United States — now find themselves facing additional challenges as they age. Some first-generation Asian immigrants, especially those who emigrated from conflict zones, arrive with trauma issues that...

When Gun Violence Goes Down, Access to PCEs Can Go Up

By The HOPE Team, 2/2/2023. https://positiveexperience.org/category/blog/ Last week, Tufts Medicine joined members of various Asian ethnic communities (e.g. Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese) in celebrating the Lunar New Year. Cultural celebrations, like the many Lunar New Year festivities hosted by our Chinatown community, provide opportunities for children to engage and interact with their culture and heritage, and create lasting memories through interacting with other children,...

New Transforming Trauma Episode: The Role of Spirituality in Complex Trauma Healing with Dr. Diane Poole Heller and Dr. Laurence Heller

In this episode of Transforming Trauma, NARM Creator Dr. Laurence Heller is joined by long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Diane Poole Heller, for an evocative conversation about trauma and spirituality. Both Diane and Larry have been students, practitioners and teachers of various psychological approaches for over 40 years, and they have also both studied various spiritual models over this time. Their spiritual work has positively impacted not only their personal lives, but also informed...

Why We Don’t Say “Reform the Police” [thenation.com]

By Mariame Kaba and Andrea J. Ritchie, Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket/Getty Images, The Nation, September 2, 2022 F ollowing the November 2020 elections, Democratic leadership called former president Barack Obama out from retirement to quell growing public support for shrinking police department budgets and investing in community needs. In an interview on Snapchat’s “Good Luck America,” Obama admonished protesters and activists: “If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform...

A Lonely Child Finds His Way Out of Abuse and Homelessness, It Lands Him Behind Bars [imprintnews.org]

By Sylvia A. Harvey, Illustration: Christine Ongjoco, The Imprint, January 30, 2023 On a typical day in 1990, Cordell Miller, then 16, would play basketball, dominoes, or hang out with his friends in his Brooklyn neighborhood . When night came and others went to their respective New York City homes, Miller made his rounds in search of a place to sleep: the hallway, steps and sometimes the roof of a building he could easily sneak into. An abandoned car. At times, he’d ride the subway all...

With an eye on working families, Democrats launch the Congressional Dads Caucus [npr.org]

By Ximena Bustillo, Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters, National Public Radio, January 28, 2023 California Rep. Jimmy Gomez gained national attention as the House endured 15 votes to elect a speaker earlier this month, but not for how he was voting. It was for wearing his baby in the chamber as rounds went on for multiple days. Gomez brought his infant son Hodge to witness the historical events unfold. A few weeks later, without a baby in hand, Gomez launched the Congressional Dads Caucus.

When Law Enforcement Alone Can't Stop The Violence [newyorker.com]

By Alec MacGillis, Photo: Rahim Fortune/The New Yorker, The New Yorker, February 6, 2023 Corey Winfield was ten when he saw someone get shot for the first time. He and a friend were marching around with a drum in the Park Heights section of Northwest Baltimore, and a few older guys asked if they could use it; while they were doing so, someone came up and shot one of them in the back, paralyzing him. At eleven, Corey found his first gun, in an alley near his school. He sold it to a friend’s...

Can you help us find people to recognize and celebrate? [domesticshelters.org]

Do you know someone or an organization that is changing the lives of victims and survivors of domestic violence? The Purple Ribbon Awards hosted by @domesticshelters are now accepting nominations for their 3rd annual awards program. Winners will receive a Purple Ribbon Award medallion and other prizes and be eligible for up to $30,000 in grants. Now accepting nominations through February 28th Learn more about how you can nominate at PurpleRibbonAwards.org For more shareable content click...

We're hiring: Development Director

Overview The science of P ositive and A dverse C hildhood E xperience s (PACEs) shows that childhood adversity is the root cause of the most prevalent and costly childhood/adult diseases, as well as most social, economic and mental health issues. PACEs Connection brings together resources to integrate trauma-informed and resilience-building practices in identifying and healing the impact of childhood adversity in families (abuse, bullying, addiction to alcohol or other drugs), communities...

Meet Bayard Rustin, often-forgotten civil rights activist, gay rights advocate, union organizer, pacifist and man of compassion for all in trouble [TheConversation.com]

Bayard Rustin, at right, sits next to acclaimed writer James Baldwin on the speakers’ platform in Montgomery, Ala., during the 1965 civil rights march from Selma. Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images As I began writing “Bayard Rustin: American Dreamer,” my biography of the 20th-century radical leader and activist, one of my colleagues cautioned me not to “fall in love.” This, of course, is good advice for any biographer, and I tried to follow it. But it wasn’t easy, because Bayard Rustin was...

Encore ‘History. Culture. Trauma.’ podcast begins Black History Month with author Bruce Perry discussing historical trauma & 'What Happened to You?'

“What Happened to You?” – the book and the question – speak to the PACEs Connection commitment to explore and share our nation’s history of trauma, racism, genocide and colonization. We begin Black History Month 2023, with an encore discussion by Bruce Perry, co-author of The New York Times Best-seller, “ What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing.” In this episode, Perry and podcast hosts Ingrid Cockhren, CEO of PACEs Connection, and Mathew Portell, director of...

Honor Black History Month with the Wisdom of J'vanet Skiba, associate director of equity, education and engagement, New Hanover Resiliency Task Force

J’vanete Skiba shares her perspectives from her role as the assistant director for equity, education, and engagement for the New Hanover County Resiliency Task Force in Wilmington, North Carolina, on the most recent Resiliency Within podcast with Elaine Miller-Karas, show host, and the co-founder and director of innovation of the Trauma Resource Institute and adjunct professor at Loma Linda University. The vision of the task force is a more resilient and compassionate New Hanover County.

PACEs Research Corner — December 2022, Part 1

[Editor's note: Dr. Harise Stein at Stanford University edits a web site — abuseresearch.info — that focuses on the effects of abuse, and includes research articles on PACEs. Every month, she posts the summaries of the abstracts and links to research articles that address only ACEs, PCEs and PACEs. Thank you, Harise!! — Rafael Maravilla] Child Abuse Clemens V, Köhler-Dauner F, Ziegenhain U, Fegert JM. Predictors of Parental Coping During the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Survey in Germany. Front...

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