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PROTESTS ERUPT IN BAY AREA AFTER TRUMP VICTORY

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

Protests in Bay Area cities like Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco started immediately after Donald Trump, defeated Hillary Clinton in the United States’ presidential election.

Reports are that the numbers of protestors are in the hundreds, so far only one person was reported injuried, after walking on the freeway.

For additional information use link below:

https://www.google.com/amp/www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Protests-Erupt-in-Bay-Area-After-Trumps-Presidential-Victory-400509211.html%3famp=y?client=ms-android-metropcs-us

http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/11/09/trumps-election-greeted-by-berkeley-oakland-protests/

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HER RACE TO END PTSD (ARTICLE & INTERVIEW )

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 :

Chelsea Swall’s Linkedin

Pictures from this beautiful event:

Video of celebration after the race.
For additional information on The on the crisis in Gaza, please use link below :

http://www.gaza5k.org/cmhp/

For additional information on Mental health use link below :

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/

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YOU STILL CAN HELP END PTSD IN GAZA!

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

This Saturday, on October 15, 2016, the third annual San Francisco Gaza 5K will take place.

To signup for the race or donate to help fight end PTSD, please use link below :
SIGNUP OR DONATE TO THE GAZA 5K 

Proceeds from this 5k walk / run benefit the UNRWA’S Community Mental Health Program, for children in Palestine suffering from PTSD and other psychological trauma, due to the blockade and current conflict in the region.

The situation is so dire, the internationally-known scientist, historian, social critic and political activist, Noam Chomsky said the occupation in Palestine is worst than the Apartheid of the South African past.

Noam Chomsky on BDS and How the Israeli Occupation is “Much Worse Than Apartheid”

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THE GEORGIA COP WHO MADE-UP STORY ABOUT BEING SHOT BY A BLACK MAN, FACES FOUR FELONY CHARGESΒ 

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

A police officer in Jackson, Georgia who made-up a story about being shot by a black man faces four felony charges, including giving false statements to police, because on September 13, police officer Sherry Hall claimed that while on patrol around 12am, according to her report she saw a” 6ft tall, 230 lbs black man wearing a green shirt and black jogging pants”, loitering on the side of the street.

She claimed that “after she exited the vehicle, he became very argumentative” which led to him pulling out a gun and shooting her in the lower part of her vest.

As the Georgia Bureau of Investigation started to investigate officer Hall’s case, her story immediately began to unravel, it soon became obviously to them that officer Hall fabricated the entire story, no doubt placing the well-being of many black men in that area, in danger of cops seeking retribution for a fellow officer, who they believed was wounded in the line of duty. According to the Root.com GBI Special Agent in Charge Joe Wooten said: ” the investigation revealed that there is, and never was , a suspect at large in Jackson, Georgia. ”

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :

http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2016/09/sherry-hall-ga-cop-black-man/

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SOUTH AFRICAN GIRLS MAKE A STAND AGAINST SCHOOL THAT DEMAND THEY “TAME” THEIR HAIR

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

Young women from a local public high school in Pretoria, South Africa take a stand against school authorities, who demand they “tame” their natural black hair. By straighten their hair to fit white or European standards. Decades after colonialism and the apartheid ended in South Africa , the perception of black inferiority still exists in the minds of many Black/African people.

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CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS MAKE MANDATORY PRISON SENTENCES FOR ANY PERSON Β CONVICTED OF RAPING AN UNCONSCIOUS OR INTOXICATED PERSON

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

After nationwide outrage from 10’s of thousands of citizens all over the country signing online petitions and demanding the unseating of California Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky.

The judge who gave a six month slap on the wrist-jail sentence to privileged and affluent Stanford University student Brock Turner, who got convicted of raping an unconscious woman.

California law makers finally heard the cry for justice and the California Assembly passed a measure 66-0, that requires a mandatory prison sentence for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious or intoxicated person.

Assemblyman Bill Dodd, one of the bill’s Author stated: “Sexually assaulting an unconscious or intoxicated victim is a terrible crime and our laws need to reflect that.”

For additional information use link below :

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/30/491989477/california-lawmakers-approve-mandatory-sentencing-for-rape?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20160830