Human Flow – tonight (4/12/18), Gene Baur – tomorrow (4/13/18), Connecting the Dots – Sunday (4/15/18)

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Just a few friendly reminders:

A Screening of “Human Flow” tonight!
Thursday, April 12, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Huntington Beach

An Evening with Gene Baur: Increasing Compassion, Sustainability & Equity in our Food System tomorrow!
Friday, April 13, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Fullerton

Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences — Sunday!
Sunday, April 15, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Santa Ana

Space is limited. Please pre-register to save your spot and reduce the length of time you spend in line at check in.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
livingubuntu.org
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living vegan (facebook)

(949) 891-2005
[Ubuntu] n. We belong to the greater whole.

April 15, 2018 “Connecting the Dots” – be there to amplify their voices – Register today!

 resilience
diversity asks: who’s in the room
equity responds: who’s trying to get in the room but can’t, and whose presence in the room is under constant threat of erasure
inclusion asks: have everyone’s ideas been heard?
justice responds: whose ideas won’t be taken seriously because they aren’t in the majority
– Intercultural Communication Institute
Hi everyone,
Sometimes the obvious isn’t. In a culture that seems obsessed with bootstraps, Dr. Martin Luther King once said:

“It’s a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his bootstraps. And many Negroes, by the thousands and millions, have been left bootless … as the result of a society that deliberately made his color a stigma…” (video)
 

It is only a week away. Please register now for Sunday, April 15, Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences. Seriously. Please register.

This is important. Your engaged presence, is needed. Bring your curiosity and your openness. We can do this – together. Let’s transform the narrative.

In addition to the exceptional program speakers who are varying degrees of closer to my age, (GENE BAUR, CLAIRE JEAN KIM, KATIE-JAY SCOTT, MODERATOR: APRIL HOUSTON, VIA VIDEO: APH KO), and the amazing food and cooking demo we will have thanks to vegan food miracle-ist, JONI MARIE NEWMAN, a section of the program will feature AMINA MOHAMED, AUDREY WAIGHT, NYAJUOK SUNDAY KUANY, ART TREY CARLISLE and JOSE TRINIDAD CASTENADA, the voice of millennials. We have many dots to connect, and some of them extend across the generations. Come support, resonate and connect. Expand the impact of what they have to say by being in the room. Be there to learn from them and to amplify their voices.

BTW: Oprah will be interviewing Bryan Stevenson of Equal Justice Initiative on 60 MINUTES tonight: Oprah Winfrey gets first look inside memorial to the victims of lynchings.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu

livingubuntu.org
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living vegan (facebook)

(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. We belong to the greater whole
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:::UPCOMING EVENTS:::

A Screening of “Human Flow” – GWC Peace Studies Program (a pre-conference event)
Thursday, April 12, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Huntington Beach

An Evening with Gene Baur: Increasing Compassion, Sustainability & Equity in our Food System
Friday, April 13, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Fullerton

Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences
Sunday, April 15, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Santa Ana

Peace and the Global Economy: Emerging Issues & Practical Solutions – 12th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference
Friday, April 20, 8:30pm – 5:00pm
Huntington Beach

An Evening with Carl Wilkens: Beyond Genocide, Respect-Empathy-Inclusion
Wednesday, April 25, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Fullerton

Intro to TRE: Connection, Compassion & Community
Saturday, April 28, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Irvine

 

An Intersectional April (2018) – Come join us for these six events

tendril1Intersectionality:
… attempts to identify how interlocking systems of power impact those who are most marginalized in society.
– Wikipedia

Hi everyone,

Have you seen the trailer for the Ai Weiwei film Human Flow? Growing hardened to the suffering of others endangers us all. We chose this film in collaboration with the Golden West College Peace Studies Program as an optimal pre-conference event for their 12th Annual GWC Peace Conference, “Peace and the Global Economy: Emerging Issues & Practical Solutions” Friday April 20, and Living Ubuntu’sConnecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences”Sunday April 15. “Human Flow” will screen on Thursday April 12 (free admission | vegan refreshments).

Additionally, for anyone not yet familiar with who Gene Baur is, it’s time to get there. Watch this clip from when he was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. We are very excited to feature Gene in Orange County TWICE this month. The context for his talk will be distinctly different at Fullerton College on Friday April 13 vs as part of the amazing intersectional April 15 Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences, where many inspiring, thought-provoking speakers will be featured. (i.e. you might want to come to both.)

As if that is not enough, Carl Wilkens, the only American who chose to stay throughout the 1994 Rwanda genocide will be talking about Respect-Empathy-Inclusion (REI) at Fullerton College on Wednesday, April 25. He was highlighted in the PBS Frontline documentary, Ghosts of Rwanda, view a clip here.
To close out the month, Intro to Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises: Connection, Compassion and Community is back. Join us Saturday April 28 for this free event with vegan refreshments.

There is limited space at these events. Please make sure to register. To find all six events all in one place: Living Ubuntu Events.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,

Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu

livingubuntu.org
| facebook | donate »

living vegan (facebook)

(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. We belong to the greater whole
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LIVING UBUNTU


GENE BAUR * CLAIRE KIM * KATIE-JAY SCOTT * JONI MARIE NEWMAN
Moderator: April Houston | Emcee: Miriam Mirshafiee
Video by Aph Ko

plus:
Arthur Trey Carlisle * Jose Trinidad Castenada * Barbara English * Nyajuok ‘Sunday’ Kuany * Michele Martinez * Amina Mohamed * Piper Sample * Adelia Sandoval * Audrey Waight
CAMP DARFUR * SILENT AUCTION * VEGAN COOKING DEMO * LUNCH: GREEN GODDESS BOWL * ACTIONS TO TAKE
& more…

Our Partners:
CHARTER FOR COMPASSION, HB HUDDLE, I-ACT, OCCA, SARAH, SOCAL VEGFEST, UNA-OC
 
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April 15 (2018), Connecting the Dots — time to get your tickets

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The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves.
— Rachel Carson
Hi everyone,

There is a better path. To find it, we must first recognize the path we are on and its inadequacies.

Call it what you wish, our collective trauma, brokenness, woundedness… pulls us to self-absorption and unplugs our holistic mind. Rightly so. When we perceive a threat, self-survival is top priority. This is exactly what a fight-flight survival defense mechanism that got us evolved this far is supposed to do.

If you encountered the term, species-preservation, given that we are currently on a trajectory to mass extinction, you might think it refers to an environmental conservation effort for endangered wildlife. Yet, two decades ago, in a published journal article on PTSD, Sheila Wang referenced it as a human mindset about other humans. It is what we lose access to when we feel threatened. The fight-flight activation unplugs us from the affiliative sense of being part of the whole. It gets replaced by self-preservation only.

Dr. Bruce Perry is famous for saying, states become traits. A defense mechanism designed for occasional use, to save our life in extreme situations, has become a normalized way of life for far too many of us.

As we look around and see the acculturation of hierarchy, oppression, and pathological narcissism, it points to our loss of healthy state of mind, and it is killing us.

We are not just ‘born this way’. We are not a world full of ‘bad seeds’. We are the product of life experiences across the generations. Within the healing of the collective, a foundational connection to goodness is affirmed and strengthened. At the intersection of our varied forms of oppression, there lies the key to transformation and increased compassion.

There is a better path and we must find it together.

We are hosting what we think will be an extremely powerful, interactive, intersectional, and engaging program. Our featured speakers include Gene Baur, Claire Kim and Katie-Jay Scott. We have assembled many additional speakers from the local area speaking from first hand experiences. While many serious topics will be presented, we will also have some fun and are starting the day by having a meal together.

Please join us for:
CONNECTING THE DOTS: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences, (Sunday, April 15, 12p-5p) —
DETAILS & REGISTRATION.

Scroll down for UPCOMING EVENTS.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer

Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu

livingubuntu.org
| facebook | donate »

living vegan (facebook)

(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. We belong to the greater whole
.

:::UPCOMING EVENTS:::

A Screening of “Human Flow” – GWC Peace Studies Program (a pre-conference event)
Thursday, April 12, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Huntington Beach

An Evening with Gene Baur: Increasing Compassion, Sustainability & Equity in our Food System
Friday, April 13, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Fullerton

Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences
Sunday, April 15, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Santa Ana

Peace and the Global Economy: Emerging Issues & Practical Solutions – 12th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference
Friday, April 20, 8:30pm – 5:00pm
Huntington Beach

An Evening with Carl Wilkens: Beyond Genocide, Respect-Empathy-Inclusion
Wednesday, April 25, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Fullerton

Intro to TRE: Connection, Compassion & Community
Saturday, April 28, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Irvine

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GENE BAUR * CLAIRE KIM * KATIE-JAY SCOTT * JONI MARIE NEWMAN

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plus:
Arthur Trey Carlisle * Jose Trinidad Castenada * Barbara English * Michele Martinez * Amina Mohamed * Piper Sample * Audrey Waight

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Watch 60 Minutes Sunday (March 11) | April 2018 calendar of events

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Hi everyone,

This coming Sunday on 60 Minutes, Oprah Winfrey will be featured interviewing the amazing national childhood trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry. See the preview here. If you are not familiar yet with the study done two decades ago linking Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEstoohigh, ACEsconnection) to both emotional difficulties and physical illness, with the long-term wise, informed voice of Dr. Bruce Perry, and with the national movement within various jurisdictions and institutions to become trauma-informed, please make sure you watch the interview.

And if by chance, you are someone devoted to activism, appalled by today’s political ‘climate’ – last November, the Washington Post published, “At Yale, we conducted an experiment to turn conservatives into liberals. The results say a lot about our political divisions.Please read it here.

We need to understand that traumatization changes the inner state and subjective sense of the world. It can both deaden us so that we do not fear the thing we should, and cause us to feel threatened by the thing that is actually benign (e.g. sometimes that “rattle snake” on the hiking trail is actually just a stick).

Calm the fears and the political discourse will shift. To calm the fears, heal the trauma.

We have many events coming up in April. Please check out the calendar of events at the bottom of this email.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer
Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu

livingubuntu.org
| facebook | donate »

living vegan (facebook)

(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. We belong to the greater whole.

:::UPCOMING EVENTS:::

A Screening of “Human Flow” – GWC Peace Studies Program (a pre-conference event) — save the date!
Thursday, April 12, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Huntington Beach

Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences tickets on sale now!
Sunday, April 15, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Santa Ana

Peace and the Global Economy: Emerging Issues & Practical Solutions – 12th Annual Golden West College Peace Conference
Friday, April 20, 8:30pm – 5:00pm
Huntington Beach

An Evening with Carl Wilkens: Beyond Genocide, Respect-Empathy-Inclusion (REI)
Wednesday, April 25, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Fullerton

Intro to TRE: Connection, Compassion & Community
Saturday, April 28, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Irvine

Connecting the Dots: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences (Sunday, April 15, 2018)

5757686065_7c1b9c666a_z“The lamps are different, but the light is the same.”  – Rumi
Hi everyone,

Within Ubuntu, Desmond Tutu tells us that we have the “proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed….”

Unlike a worldview based in belonging, the wound that disconnects perceives “Other”. We need not look far in today’s world and historically to find that those who lack institutional power are often commodified and subjugated to the insidious, authoritarian, patriarchal dominance of hierarchal oppression. In contrast to self-assurance, many feel threatened. Some are terrified. And we are all diminished when this occurs.

At this critical point in time when there is so much at stake, it is imperative that we rapidly, significantly, and authentically change the narrative. This will require that we go deeper inside ourselves and with each other. We must identify and “own up to” where we have fallen short, normalize kindness, and learn “repair” to come back into healthy states of connection after inevitable breaches have occurred. This is the essential opportunity to expand our point of view in recognition of the necessary interdependence that is Gaia, the interconnectedness of the all, the whole of life that sustains us, that we in turn sustain as part of it.

When the conventionality we have been indoctrinated into has grown destructive and obsolete, it is time for transformation.


Please join us for:

CONNECTING THE DOTS: Finding Compassion Despite Our Differences, (Sunday, April 15, 12p-5p)
DETAILS & REGISTRATION.

In the spirit of Ubuntu,
Barbara English, LMFT, CBT, TRE® Certification Trainer

Co-founder and Executive Director, Living Ubuntu

livingubuntu.org
| facebook | donate »

living vegan (facebook)

(949) 891-2005

[Ubuntu] n. We belong to the greater whole.

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April 17 at UCI: Sudan (Remembering the Past toward Healing Our Future)


My first thought when I learned about the genocide was that if I could help just one child not experience what I went through as a second generation survivor, then it would be worth it. – Martina Knee

Second Generation Survivor, First Generation Activist – An Interview with Martina Knee

We learned how to jump into bunkers by about age five.  We were taught to distinguish the sound of a normal airplane coming to land and the sound of the bombers.- Wai John Wai
Giving Back to Sudan, from San Diego – An Interview with Wai John Wai

Hi everyone,

The first week of Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future included three very powerful events. You can find photos on the Living Ubuntu Facebook page.

This week: the fourth in the film series. On April 17 at UCI, the International Studies Public Forum will focus on Sudan, the only event in the series about an ongoing genocide.

One of our speakers, Joseph Jok, was born in South Sudan, now working for International Rescue Committee in San Diego. I have had the pleasure of knowing Joseph for many years. He has been part of the collaborative effort with us to help launch Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego. As many of you know, extreme violence began in South Sudan on December 15, 2013. We will screen recent film clips and get to hear first hand from Joseph about his own experiences. Continue reading

Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future: April 17 (Sudan)

April 2014 Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
 – Martin Luther King Jr.

Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future

A free six-event commemorative film series featuring stories of survivors and their children

UCI International Studies Public Forum

A collection of short films

GENOCIDE: Sudan
Thursday, April 17, 2014
5p – 6:50p
, Program (Reception after in SSPB 1208 CHANGED TO: SBSG 1517)
University of California, Irvine

SSPA 1100, 151 Social Sciences Plaza
Irvine, CA 92697
campus map
(See below for closest PARKING and fee details.)
Speakers:
Joseph Jok, Julia Julima, Martina Knee, Katie-Jay Scott
RSVP
Space is limited.

Camp Darfur, a traveling, awareness-raising six-tent refugee camp exhibit, (one for each genocide being commemorated in April), will be on campus 11a – 3:30p in the center of campus, near “the flag pole area” in front of Langson Library on April 17.

A collection of short films:

Since its independence in 1956, Sudan has been at war with itself. Its current government has perpetrated serial genocides against its own citizens. Most recently, it has targeted the people of Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei. South Sudan, the nation created by secession in 2011 after decades of war and the loss of 2.5 million lives, is now on the brink of civil war along political and ethnic lines. In these ongoing genocides facts change rapidly. New films are released frequently, and we will screen shorter pieces depicting the conflicts in these areas, revealing their similarities and differences and their effects on innocent civilians. We will announce the titles closer to the date of the event.

Speakers:

Joseph Jok is a Resettlement Supervisor in the San Diego office of International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization with over twenty offices in the United States, doing relief work in over 40 countries around the world. Mr. Jok, born in Kongor, South Sudan, came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1998. Immediately upon arrival, he became involved in local Sudanese community activities and took a leading role in organizing a nascent Sudanese community in San Diego. As community public relation liaison, Jok published articles and was interviewed by major newspapers in southern California (LA times and San Diego Union Tribune). He also oversaw and organized the 2011 South Sudan referendum activities which include voter’s education, registration and drive to polling station in Phoenix.

Mr. Jok began his career as a large animal Veterinary practitioner in a small town in Libya, after graduating from School of Veterinary Medicine in Alexandria, Egypt. Three years later after his first career job in Libya, he became a refugee in Egypt. While in Egypt, he became involved in local community organization activities. Jok attended and organized several community development workshops in collaboration with regional organizations such as Near East Foundation, SUDIA (Sudan Development Initiative Abroad).

Since 2009, Mr. Jok has visited South Sudan several times and attended South Sudan Independence’s celebration in July 9th, 2011. He holds a Bachelors of Veterinary Medical Science from University of Alexandria, Egypt, and Masters Degree in International Relations from Alliant International University, San Diego.

Julia Julima was born in Omdurman, Sudan. At the age of four, she and members of her family moved to Cairo, Egypt as in-city refugees. Ms. Julima has lived in the United States since she was seven; she and her family were resettled in San Diego, California. Members of her extended family reside in the Nuba Mountains (South Kordofan) region of Sudan. She is a recent graduate of La Jolla Country Day School and since graduating, has taken a gap year to pursue her community activism and writing. Several of Ms. Julima’s literary works can be found in publications like The International Rescue Committee, The Global Journal Project and most recently, Border Voices. When she returns to school she plans to study chemical engineering and biochemistry.

Martina Knee is the Treasurer, Secretary and a Director of Living Ubuntu. She is also the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition. She is a 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Carl Wilkens Fellowship and of the UC Berkeley School of Law Human Rights Center. Ms. Knee has participated in and organized numerous lobby efforts for Darfur, Sudan and anti-genocide strategies on Capitol Hill, at the U.S. State Department, the California legislature and the City and County of San Francisco. She is a co-chair of the International Human Rights portfolio of the Taskforce on Israel, World Jewry and International Human Rights of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Ms. Knee is a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco and a recipient of the JCRC’s 2008 Honorable Tom Lantos Memorial Humanitarian Award.  She previously practiced corporate and securities law for over twenty years.  She earned her J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Read an interview with Martina Knee here.

Katie-Jay Scott is the Director of Operations and Community Involvement of i-ACT, an organization of communities of people creating a new culture of participation offering new ways to connect with and support those who are affected by mass atrocities. Ms. Scott coordinates partnerships with other grassroots organizations and implements the i-ACT campaigns. She graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Sociology and a focus on Community Development. She has previously worked as a community organizer in Thailand, Guatemala, and with grassroots organizations across the United States. Ms. Scott co-founded the Portland Coalition for Genocide Awareness with other grassroots activists in November 2005 and has been a part of the i-ACT team since July 2007. She has visited the Chad-Darfur border region five times and coordinated several campaigns and i-ACT partnerships. She works to bring the voices of refugees to the world conscience.

Parking:
The parking lots on campus that are closest to both the Camp Darfur exhibit in center of campus, and the screening event program venue are:

  • Social Science Parking Structure
  • Student Center Parking Structure
    Both are $4/hour or $10/day to park in. See campus map.

Living Ubuntu, in collaboration with Amnesty International – Irvine, community partners and six local academic institutions, presents a six-event commemorative film series featuring the stories of survivors and their children. April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, and each film commemorates a genocide that started during April. Living Ubuntu provides education about global traumas as part of its mission to heal trauma in order to promote peace. All events are free and open to the public. The forth one is about the Sudan genocide. All details are above.

For info on all six events, a complete list of community partners, and to RSVP, click here.
Questions? Contact us at: info@livingubuntu.org, or 949.891.2005