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21 September, 2017

ANGEL OF DEATH: JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, Ph.D.


YOU COME AGAIN TO TORTURE HUMANITY,
YOUR QUERULOUS DEMEANOR ROBS ANOTHER FAMILY.
YOUR TOUCH BRINGS MALODOROUS AILMENTS.
WHY DID YOU LEAVE YOUR LOWLY, RIBALD DOMAIN?
YOUR REMIT IS TO MORTIFY US WITH YOUR FUSTY ODOR.
NO PLEAS CAN CHANGE YOUR INDIFFERENT OUTLOOK;
AS YOU CREATE EFFETE LANDSCAPES WITH EASE,
PROMOTING A STATE OF IMBROGLIO AMONG KNAVISH MINDS
AND LEAVING AN INSALUBRIOUS TRAIL OF RANCOR. INSCRIPTIONS,
CENOTAPHS, AND MONUMENTS,
ALL TESTIMONY TO YOUR DREADED LEGACY.
YOU DAWDLE AND SAUNTER ACROSS OUR INCOMMODIOUS STAGE
AND EXCORIATED THOSE WHO SOUGHT TO HELP.
ONLY DIVINE INTERVENTION CAN HALT YOUR INIQUITOUS INTENTIONS.
SOME FEAR YOUR WASPISH TONGUE
AND DRIVEL WHEN THEIR NAMES ARE CALLED AND ERASED;
OTHERS FEAR THE ONCOMING THRALLDOM.
ANGEL OF DEATH,
I AM NOT AFRAID OF YOUR MELLOW VOICE
AND COMELY GESTURES;
SINCE BIRTH I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU. 

07 September, 2017

IS QIGONG A TONIC FOR SPIRITUAL, EMOTIONAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TOXICITY? EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE THOUGHT LEADER, AUTHOR, AND LIFE COACH GLENVILLE ASHBY, Ph.D. OFFERS ANSWERS AT AUM SHANTI BOOKSHOP ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2017 FROM 3-5 PM

CONTACT:

Rakesh Samani
Aum Shanti Bookshop
Telephone: 212-260-2866
E-Mail: aumshantibookshop@gmail.com
Website: www.aumshantibookshop.com


          NEW YORK, NY (USA) – 7 September 2017 – In many ways and for many reasons, our environment – whether It is in the home, at work, at school, or in our neighborhoods – to some degree, is spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically toxic. It is a toxicity that suffocates everything in its midst. Is QiGong a tonic for curing spiritual, emotional, and psychological toxicity? On Saturday, 16 September 2017, Emotional Intelligence Thought Leader, Author, and Life Coach GLENVILLE ASHBY, PH.D., author of “The Mystical QiGong HandBook For Good Health” (www.amazon.com/Mystical-Qigong- Handbook-Good Health/ dp/154487064), will offer answers through the facilitation of a life-transforming “QiGong Workshop On Self-Healing And Wellness” workshop at the Aum Shanti Bookshop located at 226 East 14th Street in New York City on Saturday, 16 September 2017 from 3:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) - 5:00 P.M. (E.D.T.).   DR. ASHBY will help attendees of the workshop create pathways to physical and spiritual healing and detoxifying the emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually toxic environments they navigate on a daily basis through QiGong. Attendees will learn Pangu Shengong which is described as a simple, yet powerful, method of QiGong which promotes good health, longevity and general well-being. QiGong is an ancient system of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


          “Pangu Shengong takes only thirty minutes to learn. Anyone at any age or ability can practice this method of QiGong which is easy to learn. You do not have to be athletic to learn and practice Pangu Shengong. Millennials and Octogenarians will find that they can practice Pangu Shengong with great ease,” explained Dr. Ashby when reached for comment.


          DR. ASHBY’s book, “The Mystical QiGong Handbook for Good Health,” is being favorably received as evidenced by a recent four-star review published on Literary Titan at www.literarytitan.com/2017/07/17/the-mystical-qigong- handbook -for-good-health-2/. ASHBY, who was born in Woodbrink, Trinidad is a former educator who holds a doctoral degree in Interreligious Dialogue and Diplomacy and has over three decades of experience in various spiritual disciplines. He is also a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, having received his certification from The American Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy. A syndicated columnist and professional member of NAMASTA (North American Studio Alliance), DR. ASHBY has traveled extensively gaining profound knowledge of spiritual disciplines and healing modalities


         For further information about the “QiGong Workshop On Self-Healing And Wellness” workshop to be conducted by Dr. Ashby on Saturday, 16 September 2017 from 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., contact Rakesh Samani at the Aum Shanti Bookshop by calling 212-260-2866 or by sending an e-mail to: aumshantibookshop@gmail.com.


          For further information about the Aum Shanti Bookshop, visit its website at www.aumshantibookshop.com.

WHY THE SCI GRATERFORD PA, LIFERS PUBLIC SAFETY INITIATIVE IS NECESSARY

Darius is a fourteen year old ninth grader with a fourth grade reading level and an IQ of 140. He is making his journey from childhood to manhood in a city that has been heralded by National Geographic Traveler Magazine (www.nationalgeographic.com) as the “Next Great American City”. At first blush, Philadelphia appears to be a metropolis which is morphing into a vibrant urban center which three internationally acclaimed academic institutions – the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University – call home. Glass and concrete office towers and high-rise residential structures punctuate the expansive skyline of downtown Philadelphia. They cast an imposing shadow over the statue of William Penn which rests atop City Hall. Gleaming skyscrapers near Amtrak’s 30th Street Station dot Philadelphia’s western skyline and blur the line of demarcation separating Philadelphia’s downtown business district and University City. The aura of glitz, glamor, and hopefulness generated by a vibrant urban center attracts new businesses, investors, and high-income earning young professionals and “empty-nesters”. Yet, the “heart and soul” of an urban center is its neighborhoods.


Despite his innate brilliance, Darius is floundering in school. His inability to read at his grade level has been allowed to go unchecked. It is a scenario that has opened the door for some of his teachers to characterize him as being “unteachable” and question his intelligence. His academic performance has been lackluster and his interest in school – a school that is located in Philadelphia’s “heart and soul” -- dwindles with each passing day. Without positive intervention, as time progresses, Darius will make a decision either to continue to attend high school and graduate or to drop out. As Darius looks at the immediate environment outside of his home – a home that is located in the “heart and soul” of Philadelphia – the nation’s fifth largest metropolitan area, he cannot point to legitimate real-life options. His neighborhood is not basking in an aura of glitz, glamor, and hopefulness. Darius’ neighborhood is immersed in economic turpitude, sporadic violence, and despair. For Darius and thousands upon thousands of young men like Darius, resisting the gravitational pull of the streets and engaging in illegitimate economic ventures is an uphill battle. Strong male role models can help Darius and thousands of at-risk young men like him resist the gravitational pull of the streets, the lure of illegitimate economic ventures, and steer them away from the “fast track to prison”.


The SCI Graterford, PA Lifers Public Safety Initiative can provide Darius and the thousands upon thousands of at-risk youths who cannot see a future for themselves in a vibrant urban center. Created by an innovative group of Thought Leaders at SCI Graterford located in Graterford, Pennsylvania, the SCI Graterford PA Lifers Public Safety is designed to utilize cognitive transformation as a vehicle to move at-risk youths to, among other things, reflect on their behavior, appreciate the community in which they reside, and to realize their worthiness and the potential they possess and must explore. The SCI Graterford PA Lifers Public Safety Initiative is one of the critical solutions-based components of OPERATION FRESH START ™. OPERATION FRESH START ™ is crafted by The Honorable James M. DeLeon, a highly respected veteran jurist in the Criminal Court Division of Philadelphia’s Municipal Court. It is a powerful results-oriented multi-tiered blueprint for eradicating recidivism, creating pathways to reintegration, economic stability, and renewed prosperity.


Moving Darius and the thousands upon thousands of at-risk young men who languish in our neighborhoods – the urban center’s “heart and soul” -- to a space where they can unabashedly claim their worthiness, recognize and explore their potential, and resist the gravitational pull of the streets and illegitimate economic activity requires a change in their mindset. For these young men, a change in mindset is a critical "piece of the puzzle" to transcending the spiritual, psychological, and emotional toxicity of their environment. To achieve this, the SCI Graterford PA Lifers Public Safety Initiative mandates the establishment of Public Safety Initiative Transformational Centers (“PSI Transformational Centers”) in churches and mosques that will be staffed with strong positive male role models. Darius, and the thousands upon thousands of at-risk young men in our neighborhoods are asking the proverbial question: “Do you see me? Do you hear me? Do I matter?” Strong positive male role models will, through the PSI Transformational Centers, help foster a spiritual conversation which responds with a resounding “Yes!” to the proverbial question these young souls ask. At the same time, these strong positive male role models can help these young men effectively address their academic challenges by, among other things, stressing the importance of education, steering them to programs that provide tutoring which helps them excel academically, and helping them identify and obtain or create legitimate economic opportunities and real-life options.


Allowing an urban center to have its “heart and soul” – its neighborhoods – mired down with economic turpitude, violence, crime, and spiritual, psychological, and emotional toxicity is a train wreck waiting to happen. An urban center is only as strong and vibrant as its core – its heart and soul – its neighborhoods. Effectively addressing and resolving the key challenges that make it difficult – if not impossible – for at-risk young men in our midst to resist the gravitational pull of the streets and crime, to understand the importance of education and achieving academic excellence, and to adopt a mindset that helps them mature into productive and successful adults who empower and strengthen the communities in which they live and work, creates strong and vibrant neighborhoods. Economically self-sufficient and spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally vibrant neighborhoods create and strengthen thriving urban centers which, in turn, attracts new businesses, investors, and high-income earning young professionals and “empty nesters”; expands its base which simultaneously provides overburdened taxpayers with economic relief; and frees up capital which will be utilized to improve deteriorating infrastructures and operating systems.

Implementation of the SCI Graterford PA Lifers Public Safety Initiative will ensure that both the urban center and its “heart and soul” – its neighborhoods -- are equally strong and vibrant.

And that is why the SCI Graterford PA Lifers Public Safety Initiative is necessary.

01 September, 2017

CLOSING THE LITERACY GAP FOR ALL BOYS AND ADOLESCENT YOUNG MALES IS GOAL OF PHILADELPHIA'S 2017 NATIONAL MILLION FATHER MARCH



CONTACT:  

Mr. David Fattah,
Coordinator National Million Father March – City of Philadelphia
House of Umoja, Inc.
(215) 473-5893
E-Mail:  falakafattah@aol.com    


          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – The House of Umoja, Inc. has selected the Mastery Charter School located at 5300 Media Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as its site for the orchestration of the National Million Father March on Tuesday, 5 September 2017 – the first day of the 2017-2018 academic year. Fathers are being asked to gather at 7:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) at the office of the House of Umoja, Inc., located at 5625 West Master Streets.   Under the stewardship of Mr. David Fattah of the House of Umoja, Inc., who serves as the City of Philadelphia’s Coordinator for the National Million Father March, Fathers will proceed to the Mastery Charter School to support its “Thousand Men’s Suits” Campaign.  Fathers participating in the March will visit the Universal Bluford Charter School located at 5720 Media Street to congratulate students for achieving high scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (“PSSA”) which is a standardized test administered to all public schools throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that assesses literacy in mathematics and English language arts for Grades 3 through 8.   The March will end at the Universal Daroff Charter School located at 5630 Vine Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where Fathers will welcome the school’s new principal.
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/09/05/million-father-march-philadelphia/


          For the 2017-2018 academic year, the National Million Father March in Philadelphia which marks its tenth anniversary, is emphasizing reading and closing the literacy gap for all boys and young adolescent males throughout the city.    

          “The National Million Father March which is in its tenth year in Philadelphia, will collaborate with key stakeholders to create a learning environment that is safe and pleasant and resonates with self-respect.   This year the emphasis of the National Million Father March in the City of Philadelphia is on reading – literacy.   Our goal is to close the literacy gap for all  boys and adolescent young males throughout the City of Philadelphia – and, in particular -- for African American boys and young adolescent males.  We want all boys to be reading at least at a fourth grade reading level by the end of the academic year.   We want Fathers to participate in closing the literacy gap by participating in reading exercises with boys and young adolescent males in their families. Boys and adolescent young males are underperforming their female counterparts in reading and writing.  Virtually all subjects taught in schools are literacy based –  whether it is science, mathematics, history, information technology, music, or foreign languages and require some form of reading, reading comprehension, and writing.  The literacy skills of boys and young adolescent males will determine whether or not they mature into productive adults who can successfully navigate a highly competitive global job market and help bring economic stability and renewed prosperity to their families, their neighborhoods and to the great City of Philadelphia,” Mr. Fattah explained.  


          Fathers throughout the City of Philadelphia will not only be asked to escort their child to school on the first day of the 2017-2018 academic year, but will also be asked to meet the principal and teachers at their child’s school; obtain a copy of their child’s roster and the school’s academic calendar; focus on their child’s literacy skills and emphasize the importance of reading; and encourage their child to commit to nonviolence by signing the Imani Peace Pledge™.  The Imani Peace Pledge ™ is based on the Imani Peace Pact which was signed by an overwhelming majority of gangs in 1974 and ended years of bloody and deadly violence in the streets and school yards of Philadelphia.  Youths who signed the Imani Peace Pact in 1974 are now – in 2017 -- Fathers, Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers and they continue to honor the promise they made 43 years ago by not engaging in violence.             

          Inaugurated in 2004 in Chicago, Illinois, the National Million Father March is the brainchild of Mr. Philip Jackson, the Founder and Executive Director of The Black Star Project (www.blackstarproject.org) which offers academic and mentoring programs for children, workforce development projects, and school services.  For further information about The Black Star Project, visit its website at www.blackstarproject.org.              

            The House of Umoja, Inc., which has been leading and organizing the National Million Father March in the City of Philadelphia since 2007, is an internationally acclaimed internationally organization with a successful track record of transforming and working with youths.  As a result, universities and institutions that include, but are not limited to, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention and the Center for Disease Control, have sought the expertise of Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and her husband Mr. David Fattah in the areas of gang reduction, youth programming, and community organizing.  Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter and the late Ronald Reagan have recognized the House Of Umoja, Inc. for its pioneering work which has been documented in published articles  such as A Summons To Life, by Robert Woodson of the American Enterprise Institute in 1981 and The Violent Juvenile Offender by Paul DeMuro and Richard Allison of the National Council On Crime And Delinquency in 1984.            

            For further information about the House of Umoja, Inc., call (215) 473-5893, send an e-mail to falakafattah@aol.com, or visit the organization’s website at www.houseofumoja.net.

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20 August, 2017

USA INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY TEAM MOURNS LOSS OF HUMANITARIAN, FORMER UNITED STATES PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST MR. DICK GREGORY

A trail blazer in the World of Entertainment, Mr. Dick Gregory was more notably a Humanitarian, a 1968 Presidential Candidate, Social Justice and Civil Rights Activist, and Truth Teller who used his gifts to build bridges . . . to heal . . . to champion justice and truth.   He saw no blurred lines between what was real and what was false . . . between good and evil.  He helped to create certainty in an uncertain world.  We can honor him and perpetuate his legacy by using our gifts to build bridges of understanding, to study history and learn from it, to become the voice for the "voiceless", to defend the "defenseless" -- the most vulnerable among us, to challenge injustice,  to embrace diversity and our connectedness to one another,  and where a vacuum in compassionate leadership exists, fill the void with compassion, solutions-based dialogue and initiatives, truth, and work tirelessly to create certain in an uncertain world.

13 August, 2017

NATIONAL CHAIR SELECTED FOR INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY "HEALING AND REPATRIATION" INITIATIVE

 Upon discovering that International Men's Day was not being observed in American correctional facilities, in 2012, the USA International Men's Day Team established and implemented the International Men's Day "Healing and Repatriation" Initiative.   The USA International Men's Day Team created the position of "Empowerment Coordinator" and selected native New Yorker, Mr. Carry Greaves, who is a published free-lance journalist, Senior Contributing Editor to IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R), mentor, and Self-Empowerment and Relationship Guru to assume a leadership role for the International Men's Day "Healing and Repatriation" Initiative as its "Empowerment Coordinator".   The USA International Men's Day Team is pleased to announce that Mr. Carry Greaves has been appointed as the National Chair for the International Men's Day "Healing And Repatriation" Initiative.  Under Mr. Greaves' leadership, observances of International Men's Day have occurred at numerous correctional facilities.  These observances have taken the form of  an atonement program; discussion groups, forums, and panel discussions involving Incarcerated Men who engage in solutions-based dialogues on eradicating crime and violence our communities; and mentoring and tutoring.   In 2017, the International Men's Day "Healing and Repatriation" Initiative expanded beyond the observance of International Men's Day.   Mentoring sessions, designed and implemented by Mr. Greaves,  for incarcerated young males have become a component of the International Men's Day "Healing And Repatriation" Initiative.  The inaugural mentoring sessions commenced in June 2017 at the Adirondack Correctional Facility located in Raybrook, New York.

10 August, 2017

ALL THE REASONS WHY: CARRY GREAVES



I am me regardless of someone else’s definition or perception. I am the embodiment of strength and tenacity. Wisdom and intuition. Nothing can hold me back. Not a thing! I am the creator of my universe. The symphony of Life,  I am the star that races across the sky during the eclipse. I am the first wonder of the world who will always be -- me.


I am unflinching and confident. I am the change that you will see in the coming days. I am the encourager of peace in the midst of chaos. An advocate for love. I will always be. . . the shaper of my destiny. I am – the builder of my abode. I am the creative force of transformative power that will occur and it shall be done. I am me.


I am the one who allows myself to be in my own way -- which I will never allow to happen. I am, you guessed it, the author of my condition – no one to blame. I am the walking manifestation of truth, love, and harmony – a reminder of who and what I am – me.


I am peace, not hate. Love and not violence. I am Justice, not unfairness. I am ingenious, an innovator, an inventor and not a blind follower. I am not who I am once was, but today I am becoming the person who Ii want to become and that’s me.


I am always learning and absorbing knowledge at every opportunity. I am not what I wear. That doesn’t define who I am. Who I am is an ongoing journey. But I am free because I am able to determine the vogue of my existence in a paradoxical world. But still, I am what others do not want me to be. And that is me.


I am who the world is watching and waiting for. For I exist in the places you least expect. I am for the right thing and not the wrong thing. I am going to fulfill my position as a productive member of the Global Community and be the change that needs to be seen. Be heard. I am the voice that you hear when it seems like no one is paying attention. I am the present, the future, and all of the reasons why. I am me.
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MR. CARRY GREAVES IS THE EMPOWERMENT COORDINATOR FOR INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY, CHAIR, INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY HEALING AND REPATRIATION INITIATIVE, A RELATIONSHIP AND SELF-EMPOWERMENT GURU, PUBLISHED FREE-LANCE JOURNALIST, POET, AND SENIOR CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®.

ANGEL OF DEATH: JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, Ph.D.

YOU COME AGAIN TO TORTURE HUMANITY, YOUR QUERULOUS DEMEANOR ROBS ANOTHER FAMILY. YOUR TOUCH BRINGS MALODOROUS AILMENTS. WHY DID ...