MAN WRONGLY CONVICTED WHEN $13 MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

An African-American man, who went to prison for six years was awarded $13 million dollars in a settlement , which was agreed upon by the San Francisco board of supervisors .

According to NPR, Jamal Trulove, who is also an actor, was reportedly set up and served prison time for a 2007 murder he did not commit. His 2015 retrial proved his innocence, and he was acquitted for the crime.

In 2007, Trulove sued the SFPD, after he was arrested and sent to prison for the murder of his friend Seu Kuka.

A jury would later determine that San Francisco police officers Maureen Dโ€™Amico and Michael Johnson lied and falsified evidence in the case, and even coerced a witness to lie and claim that Trulove was the shooter.

If the case was not overturned, Trulove could of spent the rest of his life behind bar.

For additional information use the link below:

https://thegrio.com/2019/03/20/black-man-framed-by-police-for-killing-his-friend-awarded-13-million-settlement/

SMALL PROTEST IN SAN FRANCISCO AFTER D.A. REFUSES TO CHARGE POLICE WHO KILLED A 21 YEAR OLD IMMIGRANT

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
A small protest on front of the Valencia street police station in the Mission District of San Francisco.
The people peaceful gathered to demand justice for Amilcar Perez Lopez, who was an 21 year-old immigrant from Guatemala.

For more information use link below:

District Attorney will not charge officers who killed Amilcar Perez Lopez

SAN FRANCISCO SUES TRUMP’S ADMINISTRATION

By:Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

On Tuesday, the city of San Francisco became the first so-called “Sanctuary City”, to sue the Trump Administration, after his executive order to defund cities that he claims protects illegal immigrants.

Ed Lee, the mayor of San Francisco, said : ” the misguided executive order makes our cities less safe, and we believe is unconstitutional.”

Mayors from other major cities like New York and Chicago, promised to defy the president’s executive order, the ACLU, also plans to file a lawsuit against Trump’s administration.

For additional information use link below:

https://newsone.com/3655967/san-francisco-sues-trump-over-unconstitutional-sanctuary-cities-executive-order/

2016 SAN FRANCISCO GAZA 5K (TO END PTSD) 10-15-2016 (A POEM)

A rainbow of humanity came together

On this damp and foggy day

With some chance of rain

To raise money to try to quell the children of Palestine mental pain

As a result of Israel’s bombs falling from the blue sky

Like droplets of rain

We’re running this one race

For one race

The human race!

-Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

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/