Friday, April 23, 2010

Mr. President: stop crime and violence in Chicago!





To:President Barack Obama


Mr. President:

Can you provide Dr. Carl Bell the resources needed to stop the crime and violence in Chicago?


Dr. Carl C. Bell, M.D., F.A.P.A., FA.C.P. President & CEO Community Mental Health Center of Chicago

For over 30 years, Dr. Bell has practiced psychiatry. As an internationally recognized lecturer and author, he has given numerous presentations on mental wellness, violence prevention, and traumatic stress caused by violence. Most recently, he has participated as the Principle Investigator with CHAMP, an HIV/AIDS youth prevention research project in South Africa. He is the author of The Sanity of Survival: Reflections on Community Mental Health and Wellness and co-author of Suicide and Homicide Among Adolescents. Dr. Bell is also a clinical professor of psychiatry and public health at the University of Illinois School of Medicine. In recognition of his efforts to reduce violence, he became the first recipient of the American Psychiatric Foundation's Minority Service Award in 2004. He is also the recipient of the American Psychiatric Association's Presidential Award.

Dr. Carl C. Bell's Seven Principles for Changing At-Risk Behavior and Cultivating Resiliency Among Youth


1. Rebuilding the Village/Reweaving the social fabric/Recreating a sense of community
Reestablishing a sense of community by bringing together churches, schools, and families to create networks, organize resources and establish programs that provide support, safety and security for our youth. A sense of community also reinforces cultural identity.

2. Providing access to ancient and modern technology to provide practical systems for the application of knowledge
Providing models, tools, skills and techniques to facilitate implementation of the concept or program (for example, mentoring, multi-family groups, how to cultivate resiliency and wellness, and manualized family interventions).

3. Providing a sense of connectedness
Creating situations, programs and relationships that foster a sense of connection, attachment, and belonging to a larger group or a common goal. This counters feelings of alienation, helps provide feelings of security, and increases self-esteem. Again, reestablishing the village reinforces cultural identity and can be a platform for the delivery of cultural education. Well thought out rites of passage (e.g. the belt system of progression in Japanese martial arts) programs have been very effective in actualizing this principle.

4. Providing opportunity to learn social & emotional skills
Providing social and emotional skills that people need to interact and communicate with each other. This not only increases self-esteem but effectiveness in relationships as well. These include parenting skills, refusal skills, negotiating skills, the capacity to remain calm in a crisis, and more.

5. Providing opportunities to increasing self-esteem
A. Giving our children a sense of power (self-efficacy) by showing them they can do things for themselves and positively influence their own lives. For example, adopting healthy behaviors creates both a sense of wellness and an outcome of wellness.
B. Providing a sense of models to help our young make sense of the world and teaching them how things work. Mentoring is a very powerful model that can be used to achieve this. A strong cultural value system is another.
C. Creating a sense of specialness and uniqueness as an individual or group. Clearly, knowing and respecting your culture gives you a sense of power by virtue of being connected to something valuable and strong.
D. Creating a sense of connectedness - encouraging bonding and connection to a culture, group or an idea. Teaching them their history and cultural significance creates a sense of power from being associated with a rich and powerful legacy. Spirituality is another powerful influence in encouraging connectedness.

6. Providing an adult protective shield
Providing an adult protective shield and monitoring speaks to providing supervision, discipline, and a caring adult presence. These foster a sense of safety and security. The concept of the village with multiple adult figures taking responsibility for the nurture and well-being of the village children is a concept that connects us to our culture and our spirituality. Wellness is also important in this respect. A child can be severely stressed by the illness of a caretaking adult, so it is in the best interest of the adult to adopt behaviors that promote wellness, both personally, and as a model for children to emulate.

7. Minimizing trauma
Minimizing trauma - Developing an individual's spirituality, a person's sense of self-efficacy, helping create a sense of safety, and providing stress management skills as well as psychological first aid (see attached) to encourage a sense of self-mastery and turn helplessness into helpfulness are all examples of putting this principle into action.

You may contact Dr. Bell at:

Carl C. Bell, M.D.
President/C.E.O. Community Mental Health Council
8704 S. Constance
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 734 - 4033 x 204 (office)
www.thecouncil-online.org

Source:
http://theblacklistpub.ning.com/profiles/blogs/dr-carl-bells-keys-to-reducing

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

We have to ask Massa to save our children since we refuse to save our own children.




From: "The Black Star Project, U.S.A."
To: Marc Sims
Sent: Tue, April 20, 2010 11:16:29 AM



I reject the fact that Mayor Daley and Superintendent Weis should develop a program to teach students how to be a good parent.


Black Star has done this and we very little support on it from the Black community.


Is the White man’s ice colder?


Phillip
http://blackstarproject.org/action/


From Marc Sims

We have to ask Massa to save our children since we refuse to save our own children.



Mayor Richard M. Daley and Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis need to work with the public schools and develop a program to teach students how be a good parent.

In African American neighborhoods most parents are working class and the rest of us would be considered poor.

There are a disproportionate number of African American children living with their grandparents.

There are African American children who are wards of the state, who are foster children, or who are homeless.

We all know that most African American children in cities like Chicago do not live with their father.

There is so much destabilization in low-income African American neighborhoods, no one should be surprised there street crimes and murders every night.


Then you have our urban culture that promotes consumerism and debauchery.

We could vastly improve these African American neighborhoods, but our leaders are so passive, or so self-serving, or so corrupt.

Since we “successful” African Americans will not end the violence, who will?
Mayor Richard M. Daley and Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis?


Marc Sims
viewpointchicago@yahoo.com
773-507-0724

Monday, April 19, 2010

GENOCIDE of AFRIKANS



THE GOAL OF WHITE SUPREMACY IN RELATION TO AFRIKANS IS GENOCIDE - According to the United Nations Convention on Genocide Of 1946 genocide is defined as follows: it says "In the present convention genocide means any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethical, racial, or religious group such as:





A. Killing members of the group;




B. Causing bodily or mental harm to members of the group;




C. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;






D. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;





E. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

African American Children Need Better Parents.



African American Children Need Better Parents.

I have spoken to thousands of Chicago Public School students via The Black Star Project. My experience has lead me to believe African American children need better parents.

The main reason why the African American schools are so bad is because there are not enough good parents. However, can you blame the parents?

Most African American parents are working class and the rest of us would be considered poor.

There are a disproportionate number of African American children living with their grandparents.

There are African American children who are wards of the state, who are foster children, or who are homeless.

We all know that most African American children in cities like Chicago do not live with their father.

There is so much destabilization in low-income African American neighborhoods, no one should be surprised education is far down on the list of values.
Then you have our urban culture that promotes consumerism and debauchery.

We could vastly improve these African American neighborhoods, but our leaders are so passive, or so self-serving, or so corrupt.

Most African American students need quality academic tutoring and life skills that will instill discipline.

We know what African American children need, but our children need African Americans not to be so passive, not to be self-serving, and not to be corrupt.

Marc Sims

773-507-0724
Marc Sims has hosted and produced a cable access program since 1991.

With the advent of citizen media Marc Sims videos are available via YouTube.

Marc's intriguing videos offer political and social views that are not presented on mainstream media.

Marc Sims was born, raised, and resides in the city of Chicago Illinois.

http://www.youtube.com/user/VPChicago#p/u

http://marcsims.blogspot.com/

Sunday, April 4, 2010

For What!




Dr. King and other Civil Rights leaders died for what?