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Seen by the Essene

(Author: Laura Murphy)   hello Holy body temple hello golden light pillar rooting me to the core of the Earth, extending into the Cosmos hello precious Angels of Air, Light, Earth, Water, Life, Love, Peace, Wisdom, Healing hello surrender, prostration and kissing the ground you walk on hello independence and intimacy with you standing next to me, your silent hand on my shoulder reminding me I am never alone hello Tesla’s Coil of electric spirals cracking and popping to the beat of Mother’s Heart Drum in the wake of the…

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Rehabilitation and Restoration in EMS: A Case Study

(Author: Rebecca Leven Lauer)   Abstract The integration of restorative and rehabilitative justice into society both inside and outside the criminal justice system will yield constructive skill building outcomes with a lower rate of recidivism. The overuse of retributive justice creates a negative impact, thereby causing relapse and hostility. This study explores the case of Jeffrey Drew a young Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who experienced both rehabilitative and punitive measures. The results of his experiences and interaction with the captain of his first aid squad Stan Merkin support the evidence…

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Community Land Trusts: Solution to Housing Insecurity and Injustice in Portland, OR

(Author: Annie Kvale, M.A.) The increasing cost of housing for both purchasers and renters in Portland, Oregon forces lower-income individuals and families to search for suitable housing in a highly competitive environment (Andrews, 2014; Njus 2012). Although Portland is still relatively affordable compared to other West Coast cities, such as San Francisco and Seattle, it would benefit the community to consider the issue of rising housing costs. If left unchecked the prohibitive rates could change the dynamics of the city forcing  lower-income residents to move further from the city core,…

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Bolshoi Ballet: Destructive Competition and Aggression

(Author: Amy Blair and Margaret Manning, M.A., Dip.Ed.)   At first, when Sergei Filin, the artistic director for the Bolshoi Ballet was attacked on January 17, 2013 by having acid thrown at his face while he was standing outside his apartment building in Moscow, it was a puzzle as to who could have perpetrated such a vicious act.(Ng & Narizhnaya, 2013).  A couple months later, Pavel Dmitrichenko, one of the lead dancers for the Bolshoi Ballet, confessed to authorizing the attack carried out by two experienced criminals, but denied the…

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Disenfranchisement Policies: Is Reintegration into Society Stacked against Ex-Felons?

(Author: Carolyn Kirkpatrick)   Disenfranchisement is defined as “to deprive someone of the right to vote” (New Oxford American Dictionary, 2012).  Moreover, Friedman (2005) defines disenfranchisement as, “anything from suppression to intimidation and everything in between” (2005, p. 787).  Preuhs (2001), more specifically states “[F]elon disenfranchisement policies impose restrictions on a felon’s right to vote. Since these policies disproportionately affect minority citizens, legal scholars and others argue that felon disenfranchisement is a result of racial politics, aimed primarily at undermining the electoral power of black and Latino citizens. (p. 733)…

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Mothers in Prison: Effects upon the Children

(Author: Kendra Wiggins)   Despite the extensive research on imprisoned parents, less is known about the effects of their absence and incarceration upon their children.  The focus of formal reintegration programs is on integrating the ex-prisoner back into the home with their family.  However, one of the most important pieces of the puzzle, the children, is overlooked.  This study investigates the children’s perspective through three stages in the parent-child relationship – before, during and after incarceration (Robertson, 2007).  Qualitative interviews were conducted with 4 mothers now aged 43 – 59…

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Government Community Engagement Methods: City of Los Angeles Case Study

(Author: Joumana Silyan-Saba, M.A.) Prepared for and Reprinted with Permission from The Moroccan Interdisciplinary Center for Strategic and International Studies (CMIESI) Forum of Fez 2012 This is a case study focused specifically on the Arab and Muslim Diasporas in the City of Los Angeles, California and the role of the City’s Human Relations Commission as a responsive conduit to mitigate community stress. This context provides an unparalleled opportunity to examine the challenges and lessons learned in building viable platforms for civic engagement and responsive government. Establishing responsive governance to public…

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