BY: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
On Saturday, October 15, 2016, early on a foggy, San Francisco morning, hundreds of activist-athletes and good Samaritans, of all faiths and even those without, came from a rainbow of races, nationalities, sexual orientations, and gender identities converged at Lake Merced Park.
After months of donations, given by a multitude of contributors, over a hundred thousand dollars was raised to support the children affected by the crisis and blockade in Gaza.
Proceeds from the Gaza 5k walk/run went to the UNRWA’s community Mental Health Program for Palestinian children in Gaza suffering from Psychological issues and posttraumatic stress disorder, due to the prolonged crisis of 2014 and the continued Israeli blockade in the Gaza area.
At the event there were several awe-inspiring and wonderful people of various ethnic backgrounds and cultures, united for this one great progressive cause, but the one person who stood out the most to me was fellow activist-athlete and a person I call friend, Chelsea Swall, her toughness still continues to blow me completely off my feet . Chelsea is what many millennials would refer to as a sociopreneur, for those of you unfamiliar with that term, a sociopreneur, according to UrbanDictionary.com is : “An enterprising individual that starts a venture not merely for profits but for inclusion of the communities that so far have been left out of the main stream.”
Well before the age of 30, she has already earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy /Counseling , worked at places like San Francisco suicide Prevention, USF Center for Child and Family Development, continues to volunteer in her community and has recently began practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern at a San Francisco private practice. What is most amazing to me is how she has turned her family’s tragedy and unimaginable personal “Pain into a Passion Fueled Purpose”, having lost two family members to suicide, she fights valiantly everyday to help people suffering with various types of psychological issues and mental Trauma. For Chelsea this is not about politics or religion ,it’s about curing a disease that according to the World Health Organization , over 350 million people are suffering from worldwide. An agonizing disease that at its worst, can lead to suicide, the World Health Organization states: Over 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.”
I am pleased to say Chelsea and I have become good friends over time. Here is some of our conversation from the event :
Me: where are you originally from?
Chelsea : San Diego
Me: What made you come to San Francisco?
Chelsea : I came here for graduate school at San Francisco State University . I also loved the openness of alot of the people here.
Me: what age were you when you decided psychology was the path you wanted to take in life?
Chelsea: in high school I took a psychology class and volunteered at a hospice, but junior year of college is when I knew for sure, that I wanted to work in mental health.
Me: what do you want to accomplish by being here today?
Chelsea : bring awareness and raise money for a good cause.
Me: do you plan to continue to do community volunteering and activism for mental health causes?
Chelsea : yes
For those of you interested in seeing an amazing therapist in the Bay Area, use the link below to contact Chelsea Swall :
Pictures from this beautiful event:
Video of celebration after the race.
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BY:LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
The African-American civil rights activists and black power revolutionary, Fred Hampton was born in Summit, Illinois on August 30, 1948.
Sadly he would lose his life way too soon, when on December 4, 1969, Fred Hampton would be assassinated, while asleep. That murder would done by the corrupt Chicago Police Department ,with the assistance of the FBI’s counter intelligence program ( cointelpro ), under the supervision of racist J. Edgar Hoover.
Despite having his beautiful life cut to a meager 21 years, Fred Hampton would do more for the African-American community, than most could do in four life times.
After graduating from Proviso East High School in 1966, Fred Hampton enrolled at Triton Junior College in River Grove, Illinois, majoring in pre-law. During this time he would also begin his life path of activism, first getting involved with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), becoming a youth Organizer of that organization. After proving he had great leadership capability, Fred Hampton would go on to become Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP) and then become the National Black Panther Party’s deputy Chairman. Where he used his leadership role in the black power movement to fight for social change and racial justice through his own brand of community organizing and nonviolent activism.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WATCH THESE THREE SHORT NEWS VIDEOS ON HOW THE FBI’S COINTELPRO ( COUNTER INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM ) ASSISTED THE CHICAGO PD WITH THE ASSASSINATION OF FRED HAMPTON :
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