How Mindfulness Can Transform Movements for Racial Justice and Equality


While Black History Month is rightly steeped in regard for the struggles and triumphs of the past, consciousness in the present is what will move us forward through the other 11 months of the year.

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The kind of mindfulness exemplified by Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, shown here at a 1966 news conference with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., could transform movements for racial and social justice. The American civil rights leader and the Buddhist master came together to call for a halt to the U.S. bombing of Viet Nam. Read More

Bryan Stevenson on What Well-Meaning White People Need to Know About Race

(Photo Credit: Nina Subin)
An interview with Harvard University-trained public defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma, segregation, and listening to marginalized voices.
Originally Posted on Pacific Standard, Feb 6, 2018

In the United States today, African Americans are five times more likely to be incarcerated than whites. Bryan Stevenson, a Harvard University-trained lawyer, works every day to right this wrong. He has argued five cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court; won reversal, release, or relief for 115 wrongly committed death row inmates; and also won a Supreme Court case affirming it unconstitutional to deliver life-without-parole sentences to children 17 and under. I met Stevenson on an August afternoon in Atlanta, where he was the keynote speaker at Georgia State University’s freshmen orientation. His talk, delivered to a largely African-American audience at an indoor sports arena, was met with a capacity crowd and a standing ovation. One high point was when he passionately urged students to “get proximate to the problem.” As the founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery-based non-profit dedicated to achieving racial and economic justice, Stevenson, 58, has done just this. Read More

Interested in NVC?

Here is a list of classes in our area:

NVC Basics (Karl Steyaert)
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday, 2/22/2014
628 12th Ave E (Capitol Hill), Seattle

Radical Acceptance (Kathleen Macferran)
12:00 to 3:00 PM 2/25, 3/4, 3/11/2014
(Bainbridge Island home)

Consciousness in Action (Karl Steyaert)
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday-Sunday, 3/1 to 3/2/2014
(Capitol Hill) Seattle
Foundations of Nonviolent

Communication (Liv Monroe)
7:00 – 9:30 PM Thursdays, 3/27 to 4/24/2014
5 Weeks (Olympia, WA)

For more information contact,
visit the Northwest Compassionate Communication
website or call (206) 653-4265.

A Work in Progress

By Fran Howard, outgoing board president

It has been my privilege to serve as board president since 2007. At times it has been exhausting work, always guided by a steady commitment.

We all love success stories, but our co-founder Lucy Leu, paraphrasing Mother Theresa, once said, “We are not called to be successful; we are called to be faithful.” After 6 years on the board I can say that we have remained faithful, even in the face of setbacks. How could we give up when our students told us in their evaluations about their life-changing experiences?

“This program has made me look inside myself,” wrote one of the 24 men, for example, who attended a workshop last November at Twin Rivers. “I was allowed to tell my story and what has been in my heart,” said another.

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Using Compassion

Freedom Project believes in the power of compassion as a healing force on the planet. Read More