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California PACEs Action

February 2022

Contra Costa County DA Diana Becton, a Rare Prosecutor, Wants Youth Justice Reimagined [imprintnews.org]

By Sylvia A. Harvey, Photo: Ashleigh Reddy, The Imprint, February 24, 2022 I n 2017, three months after she became the first woman and the first African American to lead the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office, Diana Becton worked to abolish juvenile justice fees that fall most heavily on low-income families of color. Since then, she has publicly released reports on officer-involved fatalities and established “Clean Slate Day” for former offenders to clear their criminal records. Her...

Peer counseling gains popularity as California schools beef up student mental health services [edsource.org]

By Carolyn Jones, Photo: Alison Yin/EdSource, EdSource, February 18, 2022 A s schools look for new ways to address student mental health amid the Covid pandemic, more are turning to a practice that costs almost nothing and, if done well, can lead to life-changing results for all involved: peer counseling. For students who are leery of adults, peer counseling can provide a safe place to work through conflicts with friends, struggles with academics, stress, loneliness, family problems and even...

‘I Just Want to Stay in One Spot’: From Homeless to Housed in Rugged Del Norte [californiahealthline.org]

By Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Photo: Anna Maria Barry-Jester/KHN, California Healthline, February 17, 2022 On a rainy winter morning, Jamie Hayden stopped in to visit with Diane Timothio. A case manager in Del Norte County on California’s remote northern coast, Hayden comes by often, sometimes staying for hours, to work with Timothio. Work can mean different things: going to doctor’s appointments, building her comfort level with eating at a restaurant, or listening to Timothio recount stories...

Interest in district-subsidized teacher housing in California intensifies [edsource.org]

By John Fensterwald, Photo: Jefferson Union High School District, EdSource, February 23, 2022 N ext month, 122 teachers and other employees in the Jefferson Union High School District in Daly City will learn if they won a drawing that will allow them to move into a new housing project with below-market rents that their district is building. Nicole Ann Polo hopes to be one of them. A math teacher at her alma mater, Westmoor High, Polo has been living with her parents, which makes her better...

California tribe confronts crisis of missing, murdered women [pressdemocrat.com]

By Gillian Flaccus, Photo: Nathan Howard/Associated Press, The Press Democrat, February 21, 2022 The young mother had behaved erratically for months, hitchhiking and wandering naked through two Native American reservations and a small town clustered along Northern California’s rugged Lost Coast. But things escalated when Emmilee Risling was charged with arson for igniting a fire in a cemetery. Her family hoped the case would force her into mental health and addiction services. Instead, she...

California loves to blame poverty on the poor. That’s a baseless lie [sfchronicle.com]

By Michael Tubbs, Photo: Santiago Mejia/The Chronicle 2021, San Francisco Chronicle, February 23, 2022 California is a state of contradictions. We are the richest state in the country, but we have the highest poverty rate. We’re home to some of the most successful companies in the world, with more billionaires living here than all but two countries , but we have more homeless residents than anywhere in America. It doesn’t have to be this way. California’s poverty problem is a policy choice,...

We're recruiting for the California COVID Justice Equity Advisory Group! [phadvocates.org]

Public Health Advocates is re cruiting members for the 12-member Equity Advisory Group of California COVID Justice: Recovery, Response & Repair. We invite you to be a member and to share this invitation with people in your networks. It is especially critical that we hear from people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ and other groups impacted by the pandemic and health inequity, so that their perspectives can inform our work. Southern California residents are strongly encouraged...

La nueva licencia por enfermedad de COVID dejaría fuera al menos a 1 de cada 4 trabajadores de California [calmatters.org]

By Grace Gedye, Photo: Martin do Nascimento/Cal Matters, Cal Matters, February 8, 2022 Un proyecto de ley que está en camino al gobernador Gavin Newsom requeriría que los grandes empleadores en California ofrezcan a los trabajadores hasta 80 horas de licencia por enfermedad pagada relacionada con COVID. Pero hay una trampa: el proyecto de ley, que la Legislatura aprobó el lunes, no se aplica a los pequeños empleadores con 25 trabajadores o menos. Esa exención, que también incluyó la ley de...

The Importance of Choosing Love Every Day

February is a special month – it’s Choose Love Awareness Month! It’s time to celebrate love and focus on our ability to choose love in our lives! For 28 days the Choose Love Movement shares daily action tips on ways you can bring more ‘Nurturing Healing Love’ to yourself and others all month long and beyond. We also share how you can live a Choose Love lifestyle by incorporating the Choose Love Formula into your daily life: Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassion-in-Action = Choosing...

Kevin was Loved | Honoring a Great Loss

Last week my mom texted me that a police officer had just stopped by her office and asked her to call the coroner's office. "It's about Kevin," she said. My heart sank. We'd been trying and trying the past three-and-a-half years to get Kevin the treatment he desperately needed. He had symptoms of so many illnesses: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, bipolar. He'd been in and out of jail, homelessness, and sober livings since relapsing on methamphetamine...

Healing Healthcare: A Free Global Mindfulness Summit [healthcare.mindful.org]

FEBRUARY 8-10, 2022 Join us for some or all of this inclusive 3-day online event featuring conversations, meditations, and panel discussions with 40+ experts in healthcare and mindfulness. All summit content will be available to view through February 20. Welcome to the Healing Healthcare Global Mindfulness Summit Our healthcare industry has been delivered to the edges of its capacity by this global pandemic. The successive waves of grief, PTSD, and burnout caused by COVID have yet to be...

My positive childhood experiences tree

This is the third of three stunning illustrations showing how PACEs (positive and adverse childhood experiences) affected the family of Cendie Stanford, graphic artist and founder of the nonprofit ACEs Matter. This one looks at her positive childhood experiences. The day before her 16th birthday, Cendie Stanford’s older brother was shot and killed by a young man who, just two years earlier, had been her boyfriend. “I was heartbroken that two people I loved were out of my life forever,” says...

Virtual Healing Circle

Welcome to Virtual Healing Circles! At UC Davis Health we are working to realize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of the Beloved Community . We invite you to join us in a session of compassionate listening and intentional sharing to foster understanding, love, and unity. Join us Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please register here: bit.ly/healingcircle2-23

Hannah Institute Summit 2022 Launches [hannahcenter.org]

The Hanna Institute Summit is an immersive, multi-day, fully virtual conference focused on learning and sharing new and proven approaches to trauma-informed care. In 2022, the Summit will focus on community violence and will offer a profound opportunity for deep learning, evolution and healing within our collective communities. We invite you to hear from leaders and activists in the field, and lean in to meaningful - at times, uncomfortable - learning to unearth legacies and practices that...

California offers graduation honor to encourage active civic engagement [edsource.org]

By John Fensterwald, Photo: Green Team/Riverside STEM High School, EdSource, February 8, 2022 F resno Unified is among the school districts encouraging students to become civically engaged and in the process earn a seal affixed to their high school diploma that recognizes their involvement. The State Seal of Civic Engagement recognizes not only that students understand the democratic process but also apply their knowledge to address issues or problems they care deeply about in school or the...

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