Pledge Peace http://pledgepeace.org/ Thu, 26 May 2022 21:42:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pledgepeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-32x32.png Pledge Peace http://pledgepeace.org/ 32 32 Abrahams organizes a collection of baby formula | Herald Community Newspapers https://pledgepeace.org/abrahams-organizes-a-collection-of-baby-formula-herald-community-newspapers/ Thu, 26 May 2022 19:43:27 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/abrahams-organizes-a-collection-of-baby-formula-herald-community-newspapers/

As local families struggle to manage the impacts of a nationwide formula shortage, Nassau County Legislator Kevan M. Abrahams (D-Freeport) has partnered with Baldwin Public Libraries, Hempstead, Freeport, East Meadow, Roosevelt and Uniondale to launch a baby formula drive on Monday, May 23.

All donations will be distributed to Long Island Cares to help families struggling amid the nationwide supply shortage that was triggered by a major recall of Abbott Nutrition products.

“While I am relieved that the Defense Production Act has been activated to produce formula and an agreement has been reached to reopen Abbott Nutrition’s formula factory under federal supervision, it should take several weeks to fully return to normal, and many local families need our help right now,” said lawmaker Abrahams. “Through this partnership with our local libraries, I hope we can provide our residents with the peace of mind they deserve.”

For more information, contact Legislator Abrahams’ office at 516-571-2455 or kabrahams@nassaucountyny.gov.

Residents wishing to donate can drop off formula at these locations:

Office of Legislator Kevan Abrahams
Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building

1550 Franklin Ave, Suite 143

Mineola, NY 11501

Return time between 11 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Freeport Public Library

144 W. Merrick Road

Freeport, NY 11520

See the opening hours of the library by visiting https://freeportlibrary.info/about-the-library/contact-us

Baldwin Public Library

2385 Grand Avenue

Baldwin NY 11510

See the opening hours of the library by visiting https://www.baldwinpl.org/

Hempstead Public Library

115 James Garner Road

Hempstead, NY 11550

See the opening hours of the library by visiting https://www.hempsteadlibrary.info/

Roosevelt Public Library

27 W. Fulton Ave.

Roosevelt, NY 11575

See the opening hours of the library by visiting https://www.rooseveltlibrary.org/

Uniondale Public Library

400 Uniondale Avenue

Uniondale, NY 11553

See the opening hours of the library by visiting https://www.uniondalelibrary.org/

East Meadow Public Library

1886 Front St.

East Meadow, NY 11554

See the opening hours of the library by visiting https://eastmeadow.info//

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Witnesses question law enforcement response to Texas school shooting https://pledgepeace.org/witnesses-question-law-enforcement-response-to-texas-school-shooting/ Thu, 26 May 2022 19:06:47 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/witnesses-question-law-enforcement-response-to-texas-school-shooting/

When news of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas spread, worried parents and residents gathered at the scene, where they said they pleaded with law enforcement to charge in the building and considered entering themselves while the shooter was inside the school for at least 40 minutes.

Since Tuesday’s massacre, which left 19 children and two teachers dead, conflicting accounts have emerged about the response of law enforcement.

Javier Cazares, the father of fourth grader Jacklyn Cazares who died in the attack, said he ran to school after learning of the shooting and saw officers still outside the building.

Upset that authorities did not appear to move into the building, Cazares said he and other passers-by wanted to enter the school themselves.

“Let’s go fast because the cops aren’t doing anything they’re supposed to do,” he told The Associated Press and later confirmed to NBC News.

“More could have been done,” added Cazares. “They weren’t prepared.”

Distraught man paces at Robb Elementary School
On Tuesday, a distraught man paces at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.Billy Calzada/San Antonio Express-News via ZUMA Press Wire; Dinner Allison/AFP via Getty Images

Video footage from outside the school on Tuesday appears to show distressed parents and residents reacting to news of the shooting.

A woman is heard shouting, “Come in! Walk in! What’s the p——— deal? »

“They’re all in there, the cops don’t do anything but stay out,” a man is heard saying. “You know they are little children, don’t you?” Little children, they don’t know how to defend themselves.

It is not known when the video was taken or whether officers were inside the building at the time.

Robb Elementary serves second through fourth graders in the small town of Uvalde, Texas, about 75 miles from the Mexican border, which is home to a large Latin American community.

Another video appears to show several parents outside the school, some shouting with armed officers in military gear ahead of them.

Witness Juan Carranza, 24, told The Associated Press that women near the school shouted, “Go ahead! Go ahead,” to officers after the attack began. He did not see these officers enter, he said.

Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez said in a statement Thursday that officers in his department “responded within minutes.”

“The responding UPD officers were shot and wounded by the suspect,” Rodriguez said in the statement. “Our entire department is grateful that the officers did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.”

“I understand that questions are arising regarding the details of what happened. I know the answers will not come quickly enough during this difficult time, but rest assured that with the completion of the full investigation, I will be able to answer any questions we can.

Crime scene tape surrounds Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 25, 2022.
On Wednesday, crime scene tape surrounds Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Liz Moskowitz for NBC News

State and federal law enforcement officials said Thursday they do not yet have a timeline on the precise sequence of events from when the gunman crashed his grandfather’s vehicle. mother until he was finally shot by a Border Patrol agent.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw told a press conference Wednesday that the shooter was at the school for an hour before law enforcement entered the classroom .

“It’s gonna be in, like, 40 minutes in an hour,” McCraw said.

“The main thing is that law enforcement was there,” he continued. “They engaged immediately. They held him in the classroom. They assembled a tactical stack in a very orderly fashion and, of course, raped and assaulted the individual.

Uvalde City Council member Everardo Zamora told NBC’s “TODAY” show Thursday that while people outside accused police of inaction, officers were already inside the building.

Zamora said he arrived at the school around 11:45 a.m. and had already seen many Border Patrol officers and agents trying to push people away and prevent them from entering the building.

“This whole place was full of police,” he said.

“They were already in there. I saw them running there,” added Zamora.

NBC News reached out to the Texas Department of Public Safety overnight for clarification on the timeline and comment on criticism of law enforcement’s initial response to the shooting.

In Tuesday’s attack, gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, allegedly shot his grandmother, got into a car that crashed into a ditch by Robb Elementary and drove into the school with a long AR-15-style rifle, officials said Wednesday.

As he walked to the west side of campus, an officer from the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District “engaged” him, but it’s unclear what that interaction was, McCraw said Wednesday.

“The shots were not exchanged” and “the subject was able to enter the school,” McCraw said. It is unclear why a school resource officer did not open fire.

A police officer talks to people asking for information outside Robb Elementary School
A police officer talks to people asking for information outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022.Dario Lopez-Mills/AP

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez told CNN’s “New Day” Thursday that the shooter exchanged gunfire with two police officers who arrived at the scene. These two officers were shot.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Wednesday the shooter entered the school through a back door, walked down two small hallways and entered two adjacent classrooms where he locked the door and opened fire.

Officers from multiple units and agencies — including local police and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection tactical team — arrived at the scene but were unable to enter the classroom.

The door to the classroom was finally opened when the principal produced a master key, state and federal law enforcement officials said.

It’s unclear why officers couldn’t break down the door or how long it took them to enter the classroom.

The shooter was eventually killed when members of a CBP tactical team entered the room and shot him.

Those killed and injured were all in one classroom, Olivarez told CNN.

Chance Aguirre, 9, a third-grade student at Robb Elementary recounted how he and his classmates hid in the cafeteria when they heard gunshots.

“Everyone was scared. We were all freaking out because we didn’t know what was really going on,” he said in an account filmed by NBC affiliate WOAI of San Antonio.

He described seeing what looked like “thousands of police and border patrol” entering the cafeteria as he and others hid behind a stage in the room. “We had to leave school,” he said.

Police did not share the motive for the attack and said the shooter had no known history of mental illness or criminal history.

However, Abbott revealed that he shared three warnings on Facebook shortly before the shooting. The warnings that were sent in a Facebook post before the shooting weren’t posted publicly — they were sent in private messages discovered after the shooting, said Andy Stone, a spokesman for parent company Meta. of Facebook, in a Tweeter.

The shooter had purchased rifles and 375 rounds just days after his 18th birthday, McCraw said.

On Thursday, the Uvalde Leader-News, a local newspaper, published a heartbreaking front page: an almost entirely black sheet except for the date “May 24, 2022” to mark the day 21 lives were lost in the shooting. at school.

Uvalde Justice of the Peace Eulalio Diaz told MSNBC Thursday afternoon that “the 21 victims will be back in Uvalde this afternoon, back with their families, in their places,” a sign that the process of identification ends.

“Of course it doesn’t stop,” he continued. “Because at that time families have to make arrangements with funeral homes, and the grieving process continues.”

In addition to the 21 fatal victims, 17 others were injured.

Dr. Lillian Liao, medical director of pediatric trauma at San Antonio University Hospital, described the treatment of four victims: three students and the shooter’s 66-year-old grandmother, whom he once shot before the shooting. school massacre.

“Overall, we were dealing with destructive wounds, and that meant large areas of tissue were missing in the body, and they needed emergency surgery because there was significant blood loss,” Liao said. at CNN.

Even in the aftermath of a tragedy, there is little respite from gun threats.

On Wednesday, police in the Dallas suburb of Richardson found a pistol and an AR-15 replica in a teenager’s car parked outside a high school. The teenager was arrested and charged with illegally carrying a weapon in an unarmed school zone, a felony, according to the Richardson Police Department.

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Law enforcement community remembers fallen officers | Local News https://pledgepeace.org/law-enforcement-community-remembers-fallen-officers-local-news/ Wed, 25 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/law-enforcement-community-remembers-fallen-officers-local-news/

PAOLA – County law enforcement officers gathered with members of the public to honor and remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the course of their service, during a memorial service on Friday May 20.

The service was held in front of the First Responders Memorial in front of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office in Paola.

Osawatomie Police Department officials Deputy Chief William Bradshaw and Constable Kyle Hurt laid wreaths at the First Responders Memorial honoring two fallen Osawatomie officers who were killed in the drill from office in 1895 and 1947. Bradshaw and Hurt were aided by members of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.

Osawatomie police officer James H. Helms was shot and killed while investigating the sounds of an explosion downtown around 3 a.m. on January 20, 1895.

Four years later, in 1899, a Minnesota convict confessed to killing Helms, along with two peace officers and a civilian woman in Illinois and shooting a police officer in Nebraska, according to historical accounts. Osawatomie Police Chief Michael F. Churchill was shot. and killed on February 3, 1947, while trying to arrest a man who had beaten his wife in a domestic assault the previous night.

As Churchill approached a shed behind the house, the man opened fire with a shotgun and killed the chief.

The man was apprehended by a mob, convicted and hanged on May 6, 1950, according to historical accounts.

Sheriff Frank Kelly led Friday’s memorial service, which coincided with National Police Week (also known as National Law Enforcement Week) from Sunday May 15 to Saturday May 21.

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Bob Sinclair’s personal advice to community college graduates https://pledgepeace.org/bob-sinclairs-personal-advice-to-community-college-graduates/ Tue, 24 May 2022 18:50:20 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/bob-sinclairs-personal-advice-to-community-college-graduates/

Editor’s note: Bob Sinclair delivered the commencement address at Indian Hills Community College last week in Ottumwa, Iowa. Farm Equipment watched the video and requested a copy of the speech to share with other dealers.

You did it! Each of you is a winner. Each of you is a grinder. You have overcome all the obstacles for the past few years and are sitting here today as a graduate.

Obtaining a university degree is an important step in your life. This chapter is over and a new one begins tomorrow.

It was your goal and now it is your past. Look around the room and take a good look at your classmates and instructors – you won’t see most of them again. The Indian Hills chapter of your life is over and you won’t be able to recreate those wonderful moments on campus. It’s easy to feel sad about leaving the past and fear the uncertainty of the future. Personally, I cried like a baby at my graduation.

But believe in yourself and know that the next chapter of your life will be even better. You have proven that you can adapt/overcome and conquer. And when you embrace that can-do attitude and the skills you’ve learned here, you’ll be UNSTOPPABLE!


“Knowing who you are will help you when it’s time to fight. Fight for the job you want, fight for the people who matter most to you, and fight for the kind of world you want. live… ”


I would like to share some words of wisdom and encouragement that I have found over the years that have been the foundation of my success.

First, I would like to talk about hard work:

  • In my father’s words, “hard work hides a lot of mistakes.”
  • And then the inspiration for Governor Branstad’s inauguration speech in 2011: He was talking about his luck and shared his father’s quote: “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

Perspective is also important:

  • You only go around life once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
  • When your troubles are in the barn, you’re out of trouble. When I have a bad day at work and come home to a healthy family, it really was a good day.
  • Don’t waste time milking dead cows – know when to move on.
  • The difference between winners and wannabes is very small – Winners do more of the little things that make a difference.

On the management side:

  • Numbers don’t lie, but liars know how to understand.
  • If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. But if you’re not going to manage it, don’t waste your efforts measuring it.
  • We all know the golden rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated. But I like the platinum rule better, which states: Treat others the way they want to be treated.

My father says you are truly blessed if you have your faith, your family and a handful of friends:

  • The Serenity Prayer got me through many difficult times: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can change, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
  • Good people have bad days and bad people have good days – don’t overreact to either – That good person is always good and the bad person is always bad.
  • As you begin this next chapter of your life, consider Dr. Kent Keith’s paradoxical commandments as they are written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s bedroom in Calcutta:
  1. People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
  2. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be nice anyway.
  3. If you succeed, you will win faithless friends and real enemies. Succeed anyway.
  4. If you are honest and sincere, people can deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
  5. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
  6. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
  7. The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do it anyway.
  8. Give the best of yourself and it will never be enough. Do your best anyway.

Because in the final analysis, it’s between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Graduates, knowing who you are will help you when it’s time to fight. Fight for the job you want, fight for the people who matter most to you, and fight for the kind of world you want to live in. Knowing who you are will help when people say it’s impossible or that you can’t do it. If you seize unexpected opportunities when they arise, know yourself, and fight for what you believe in, I can promise you that you will live a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Indian Hills Class of 2022 – Congratulations: Go ahead and be awesome! Thank you! ]]> NGO trains 5,000 people in peace education in Adamawa https://pledgepeace.org/ngo-trains-5000-people-in-peace-education-in-adamawa/ Tue, 24 May 2022 02:15:21 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/ngo-trains-5000-people-in-peace-education-in-adamawa/

A non-governmental organization, Global Peace Development, which implements a European Union-funded peacebuilding initiative in conjunction with the British Council Managing Conflict in Nigeria, said it aims to train 5,000 people to peace education in 10 violence-prone communities. Guyuk and Lamurde Local Government Areas in Adamawa State.

The main objective of the initiative is to promote peaceful coexistence in communities ravaged by conflict.

Guyuk and Lamurde, two townships selected for the pilot program in Adamawa State due to their history of violent conflict due to farmer-herder clashes, youth unrest and inter-community conflict, were responsible for the training more than 2,000 women and youth in peace education according to GPD Executive Director Ebruke Esike on Monday.

Esike, who also identified reconciliation, tolerance, forgiveness and honesty as important ingredients for peaceful coexistence, added that experts in peace and security studies from academia provide training for women and youth during community sensitization on inter-ethnic conflict mitigation and peace building.

He said: “This commitment is implemented by the GPD Foundation in collaboration with various women’s and youth groups, with the financial support of the European Union. This is a five-month activity aimed at fostering peaceful coexistence among communities fractured by conflict in the state.

“Through this intervention, we are targeting the training of 5,000 participants, mainly from vulnerable groups including women and youth. Violence is a business that has never benefited anyone because we are ultimately losers. It tears at our social fabric, in addition to lives being mutilated, society loses. People’s attention is turning to survival rather than development because all the effort and energy that should have been channeled into growth and development is being redirected to sustaining and sustaining peace in these communities.

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Law enforcement and firefighters will not participate in the Pride Parade unless organizers let them march in uniform https://pledgepeace.org/law-enforcement-and-firefighters-will-not-participate-in-the-pride-parade-unless-organizers-let-them-march-in-uniform/ Tue, 24 May 2022 00:07:59 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/law-enforcement-and-firefighters-will-not-participate-in-the-pride-parade-unless-organizers-let-them-march-in-uniform/

San Francisco law enforcement officers and firefighters said Monday they would not participate in the city’s annual Pride parade after Pride organizers said officers could not wear their uniforms during the parade.

The San Francisco Police Officers Pride Alliance and LGBTQ+ members of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office released a joint statement in response to the San Francisco Pride Committee asking police officers to attend the parade without their uniforms.

LGBTQ+ firefighters from the San Francisco Fire Department also signed the statement and said they would not participate in the Pride Parade in solidarity with city law enforcement.


Law enforcement and firefighters have argued that Pride organizers, who voted in 2020 to ban uniformed officers after a summer of nationwide protests against police brutality, are effectively punishing them for the actions of other officers. .

“The San Francisco Pride Committee has asked LGBTQ+ peace officers to return to the closet,” the police and fire department said. “San Francisco and the San Francisco Pride Parade has always embraced radical inclusivity as one of our core values.”

Officers and firefighters also argued that Pride organizers would not take similar action against other groups that regularly participate in Pride, such as drag and kink communities.

“This committee would not order the leather community to wear polyester on parade. This committee would not order the drag community to wear flannel,” they said. “But they told us law enforcement officers that if we wear our uniforms, we might not attend.”

SF Pride did not respond to a request for comment on the joint statement.

Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Matt Dorsey, one of two LGBTQ+ members of the city’s Board of Supervisors, said they would also not attend Pride or take part in the parade in solidarity with the forces of the order.

Dorsey, who was the director of communications for the San Francisco Police Department before Breed was named to the board earlier this month, called the policy “exclusionary.”

He also called on Pride organizers and law enforcement officials to find common ground in a bid to attract more LGBTQ+ officers to fill the city’s police shortage.

“All San Franciscans share a compelling interest in solving our public safety staffing crisis in a way that attracts the most diverse and qualified pool of candidates possible,” he said. “We can do this by showing our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in our police, fire and sheriff services.

“But an exclusionary policy, which prohibits LGBTQ+ first responders and allies from marching in uniform, sends exactly the wrong message at a time when we can’t afford to,” Dorsey said.

The 52nd Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration will take place at Civic Center Plaza from noon to 6 p.m. on June 25 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 26. The parade is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. on June 26.

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ZANZIBAR President Hussein Mwinyi expressed his gratitude to the Goa community of Zanzibar for their contribution to the development of the country, including improving social services.

In a meeting held at the State House in Zanzibar on Saturday, Dr Mwinyi informed Goa community leaders led by its chairperson, Amanda Demello, that the government would continue to work closely with the community for the well- to be of all citizens.

“The Goa community in Zanzibar, like other communities, has played a major role in supporting the government through various development activities including trade and investment,” Dr Mwinyi said.

President Mwinyi emphasized that the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar will continue to work with the community to ensure that they effectively implement their activities including spiritual services with the same aim of promoting peace and stability.

He explained that the visit of the Goa leaders to the State House provided an opportunity to speak about various issues including the challenges they face as well as further strengthen the historic relationship and cooperation that exists between the government and the community.

Commenting on the issue of thugs, untrained and unauthorized tour guides who have harassed visitors to Stone Town and other beaches in Zanzibar, President Mwinyi explained that deliberate efforts will be made through a group of special work of the Tourist Auxiliary Police to contain incidents.

Dr Mwinyi also explained the government’s efforts to overhaul Zanzibar’s education system, so that it can make a significant difference and meet the current demand for technological change.

Earlier, Goa Zanzibar Community President Demello thanked President Mwinyi for giving the community the opportunity to meet him and exchange ideas.

He explained a brief history of Goa which was established in Zanzibar in the 18th century.

The President took the opportunity to highlight the challenges their community is facing including the lack of land to set up a headquarters as is the case with the same community in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Nairobi, Tanga and Mombasa .

“The Goa community in Zanzibar places high hopes in President Mwinyi as the progress made during his short tenure indicates that he is determined to overcome the challenges facing the people,” the Goa leader said.

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Mayor of Palm Bay, Medina honors law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty https://pledgepeace.org/mayor-of-palm-bay-medina-honors-law-enforcement-officers-who-have-lost-their-lives-in-the-line-of-duty/ Sun, 22 May 2022 04:01:32 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/mayor-of-palm-bay-medina-honors-law-enforcement-officers-who-have-lost-their-lives-in-the-line-of-duty/

Palm Bay Police Corporal Frank Tobar died in 2019 due to complications from COVID-19

Palm Bay City Mayor Rob Medina presented the Palm Bay Police Department with a proclamation honoring all law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, paying special tribute to Sgt. Frank Tobar. (Image of City of Palm Bay)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – City of Palm Bay Mayor Rob Medina presented the Palm Bay Police Department with a proclamation honoring all law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the performance of their duties, paying special tribute to Sgt. Frank Tobar.

Corporal Frank Tobar died in 2019 due to complications from COVID-19.

“Corporal Tobar has proudly and faithfully served this community for nearly 17 years,” Palm Bay officials said.

“Corporal Tobar was widely known for teaching new recruits at the local police academy.”

Corporal Frank Tobar died in 2019 due to complications from COVID-19. (PBPD picture)

National Police Week offers honor, remembrance and peer support while allowing law enforcement, survivors and citizens to come together and honor those who gave their lives in the exercise of their functions.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world are converging on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events that honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Palm Bay Police Chief Mariano Augello speaks during the Palm Bay City Council meeting. (Image of City of Palm Bay)

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Mental health advocate raising awareness in his community https://pledgepeace.org/mental-health-advocate-raising-awareness-in-his-community/ Sun, 22 May 2022 03:47:22 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/mental-health-advocate-raising-awareness-in-his-community/

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A Harrisburg mental health advocate is working to connect people to resources. In honor of May, Mental Health Awareness Month, she hosted an event inviting the community to learn more.

Asia Tippitt launched her “Mental Health Matters” organization during the pandemic, seeing the need for easy access to mental health resources. Now she is striving to reach more people and try to start a larger conversation.

“Mental health is important and it’s something to talk about,” she said. “These are things that people face every day.”

Through her passion project “Mental Health Matters,” she strives to help people find the resources they need, including social workers, medicine, and psychiatric care.

Tippitt’s passion comes from his own experience

“I’m a mental health survivor, I suffer from mental health, I have family members who suffer from mental health, so it’s very personal to me,” she said.

In May, Tippitt held a community event to spread his message, “It’s okay not to be well.” Her event included music, food, and even a fashion show.

“The safe space, where they’re comfortable and ready to want to express themselves,” Tippitt described.

For Tippitt, mental health can be about little things, not just medical help

“I hear this all the time, where it’s like, well, they want to put me on meds, oh, they’re telling me I have to be admitted,” she said, but added that she wanted to provide more opportunities for people.

Tippitt invited several small business owners to her event, and she said their creative process was also part of the healing.

“We have [a vendor] here who makes his clothes by hand. It’s a way for her to deal with whatever hardships she may be facing,” she said.

Tippitt’s next step is to find a physical space to house his organization.

“I just want the whole building to be about mental health, whether it’s activities, speakers,” she said.

She wants a space to give people an outlet to express their emotions. A room she has planned: a “rage room” where people can vent their anger.

“All your TVs that don’t work, bring them to me because I have people angry and when they get angry they can go and destroy those TVs,” she said with a laugh.

She wants a place where she can put her personal motto into practice.

“You respect your energy and protect your peace at all costs,” she said.

Tippitt is already looking for properties where she could develop this space. Until then, she wants to continue raising awareness in her community however she can.

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Genesee Law Enforcement Honors Comrades Killed in Service | Top Stories https://pledgepeace.org/genesee-law-enforcement-honors-comrades-killed-in-service-top-stories/ Fri, 20 May 2022 22:30:07 +0000 https://pledgepeace.org/genesee-law-enforcement-honors-comrades-killed-in-service-top-stories/

MT. MORRIS, Mich. (WJRT) — Families and law enforcement officers paid their respects to fallen comrades at Flint Memorial Park Cemetery Friday morning.

The ceremony, held for Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, was of particular significance to the Flint Police Department.

It was an opportunity to pay tribute to the late Captain Collin Birnie, who was killed in a head-on collision in February.

“During my second stint in the Major Crimes Unit, Captain Birnie and I would often arrive at the same time every morning. And every morning that I saw him in the parking lot, he would greet me with a big smile and a sincere “hello, bro,” State Police Lt. Thomas Dhooghe said.

Captain Collin Birnie was on the tongues of many speakers at Friday’s ceremony as the latest Genesee officer to die in the line of duty.

Deputy Chief Jeff Antfcliff praised Birnie’s good humor and wealth of knowledge, as well as the sense of brotherhood he fostered within the department.

“I got a phone call from one of our other friends, Brian Warden, who was also a Marine with Collin. And Brian asked me what I was doing and I said I was sitting in the office from his fellow sailor. And Collin heard that and made that big belly laugh,” Antcliff said.

Many speakers said his death was a reminder that officers risk their lives every day. But Birnie wasn’t the only officer mentioned by name.

Sheriff Chris Swanson said he was proud of the cooperation that helped give the late Deputy James Cranston the recognition he deserved.

“We validated the facts. We submitted the information. And thanks to our friends here at the Fraternal Order of Police, we were able to reveal his name at the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC”

Deputy Cranston died in the line of duty in 1945, but was never listed. Starting today, Cranston’s name also sits proudly on the Flint Memorial Park plaque.

The dedication of these officers to sharing their friends’ memories shows that they may be gone, but not forgotten.

“Today, on this perfect day – at our very own Genesee County Police Officers Memorial – and every day – wherever we are – we will remember them all,” former judge Larry Stecco said.

National Police Week begins every May 15 and was created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.

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