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13 October, 2017

YMCA-TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO HOSTS 2017 INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY OBSERVANCE WHICH FEATURES JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, Ph.D, AS SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER

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08 October, 2017

IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R) MOVES GLOBAL DIALOGUE ON FATHERHOOD AND MEN'S ISSUES TO BLOG TALK RADIO COURTESY OF THE TRIBE FAMILY CHANNEL NETWORK


IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R), which has moderated a Global Dialogue on Fatherhood and Men’s Issues since 15 October 1999, is moving to Blog Talk Radio courtesy of The TRIBE Family Channel Network.   Every second Saturday beginning on 14 October 2017 and ending on 11 March 2018, IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® which facilitates a Global Dialogue on Fatherhood and Men’s Issues will air on The TRIBE Family Channel™ Network from 3:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) through 4:30 P.M. (E.D.T.).   Hosted by Diane A. Sears, who serves as the Managing Editor of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® which is also a quarterly international Fatherhood and Men’s Issues, the monthly blog talk radio show will bring together Thought Leaders who have key “pieces of the puzzle” to helping to resolve a number of key challenges which prevent Men and Boys from reaching their full potential and strengthening and empowering the communities in which they live. 


          Launched on 15 October 1999 as a quarterly international Fatherhood and Men’s Issues
Journal, IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®  was the vision of Ms. Sears’ mentor, the late Mr. L.T. Henry, a classically trained jazz musician he played briefly with The Philadelphia Orchestra and was a former drummer for internationally acclaimed songstress and television and film actress Ms. Della Reese, author, photojournalist, and Sales and Success Motivation Trainer.   Mr. Henry envisioned a world in which Men throughout our global village would transcend the boundaries of religion, language, ethnicity, politics, class, economics and culture to collaboratively address the many unique issues which are directly and indirectly related to raising children from a male perspective.   Ms. Sears has spent the past 18 years resurrecting her late Mentor’s vision and perpetuating his legacy vision through, among other things, publishing IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® .

02 October, 2017

BECOMING GOOD AND EVIL: JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, Ph.D.

  I am neither a sociologist nor a behavior therapist, and often unable to understand the behavior of fellow human beings. Some of us attempt to grapple with a society that has shades of evil; a society in which evil is entwined with good. Others try to understand a society in which “logical” and “illogical”, “ethical” and “unethical”, “rational” and “irrational” are often not clearly defined.

A woman is kind to her children but verbally abuses her husband. Is she being both evil and good? Can a man be deemed good if he is a caring husband but physically abuses his step-children? Likewise, a man is falsely accused of rape or murder and serves a prison sentence. Society has judged him and his character and reputation are tarnished. Whilst he was incarcerated, he was involved in fights to save his life. Would he be considered both good and evil?

Society is layered. Each layer is connected but different from the rest of layers. For instance, European society would have a layered history of migrations, conquest, and imperialism. And, each boy or man would have multiple masculinities which would be displayed on different occasions and stages of his life. And, one of more of these masculinities might be perceived as wicked or evil. This makes it very complex when seeking solutions and discussing Men’s issues. CLIFTON DE COTEAU, former Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development, in an address to commemorate International Men’s Day in 2014 in Trinidad & Tobago, stated,

          “If we can recognize what gender identities mean for us men, we can better understand our other brothers, and indeed, our sister, parents and children, paving the way for a better, more understanding, more inclusive society.”


Government agencies seem ill-equipped and unable to properly deal with the multiple masculinities and challenges facing males. During 2010-2016, I conducted selected interviews (via telephone and face-to-face), in Trinidad and Tobago, with members of the medical fraternity, activists and groups dealing with boys and men at risk. This was unfunded research. Thirty two persons agreed to be interviewed and among those who participated were 15 members of NGOs, one medical doctor, one psychologist, one psychiatrist, six activists, and eight government’s Ministry of Gender Affairs officials in Trinidad and Tobago. The 25 questions comprising these interviews focused on the reasons for lack of proper health care and social services for men and boys, the relatively slow pace of gender equality, the bleak possibility of attaining gender equality, elimination of domestic violence, promotion of positive male role models and removal of stereotypes of masculinity.

The main findings of my research revealed that during the six year period, 2010-2016, the issue of gender equality has been given ample exposure in segments of the media (Facebook, newspapers, television, and radio). However, there was no significant change in critical areas. For instance there was no decline in the number of murders related to domestic violence or an increase in the hiring of more women to fill leadership positions. Likewise, there were no practical solutions to deal with problems of bullying, peer pressure, and depression facing boys and teenagers in primary and secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago.

Also, there is the prevailing inaccurate belief that men are strong and capable of surviving. Men and boys who felt alienated and marginalized had no access to counselors and support services. This was further compounded by the absence of a comprehensive gender-sensitization programme.

Additionally, most of the public seem either unaware or are unable to fully understand legislation passed by the government and policy papers that have been produced by the Ministry of Gender Affairs. One of the disturbing findings of this research is the feeling of powerlessness among NGOs to create positive change among boys and men. Activists and NGOs have limited options in voicing their opinions. These include repeated protest marches, letters to editors of newspapers, and petitions. These actions are ineffective and do not have the desired effect of prompting the government to take urgent action. Should the shortcomings and failure to assist boys and men be considered a lesser evil?

We must allow our boys and men to mature, debate, argue, and reconcile. They must decide what is evil and good. If there are limitations, then we will never find the answers to many of life’s unanswered questions. I remember a quote on the quality of men, “Men cease to interest us when we find their limitations. The only sin is limitation. As soon as you once come up with a man’s limitations, it is all over with him.” These are from the writings of RALPH WALDO EMERSON and it is very relevant for us.

HERBERT MARCUSE, a former professor of Philosophy in a book chapter entitled “Ethics and Revolution” noted:

          “Measured against the real possibilities of freedom, we always live in a state of relative unfreedom.”

Let us aspire to achieve freedom in its truest form. We must not impose restrictions on our boys and men. They must be free to grow and develop. They must understand their self, their identity, and not allow other persons or governments to fit them into any uncomfortable framework.

01 October, 2017

INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY L.T. HENRY AWARD INAUGURATION

CONTACT:

Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D.
Founder – International Men’s Day
E-Mail:  j_teelucksingh@yahoo.com  

Diane A. Sears
USA Coordinator - International Men’s Day
267-581-3963
E-Mail:  insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com



  INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY L.T. HENRY AWARD INAUGURATED            


          TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (WEST INDIES) – 1 OCTOBER 2017 --    Since its inauguration in November 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D. of Trinidad and Tobago, International Men’s Day has celebrated and honored the contributions and selfless sacrifices of Men throughout our global village.   Under Dr. Teelucksingh’s leadership, International Men’s Day will formally acknowledge the contributions of institutions and Thought Leaders from diverse disciplines which include, but are not limited, to Men’s Health, Arts And Culture, Education, Human Rights, Criminal Justice Reform/Restorative Justice and Men’s Studies.   Thought Leaders from diverse backgrounds and professions will have their contributions acknowledged.  Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D. has announced the inauguration of the International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Award.    The acknowledgement will take the form of the Annual International Men’s Day L.T. HENRY Award.   The award is named after the late mentor of United States Coordinator for International Men’s Day, Diane A. Sears.          

              Ms. Sears credits Mr. Henry with dramatically and positively influencing her professional and personal development.   Mr. Henry died unexpectedly in 1999 without having an opportunity to fully develop his vision for the world – IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® --  a vision that Ms. Sears, his mentee, has worked to resurrect for the past 18 years in her role as the Managing Editor of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®, an international quarterly Fatherhood and Men’s Issues Journal.               

          Mr. Henry was the architect of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® which facilitates a Global Fatherhood and Men’s Issues Dialogue (http://globalfatherhooddialogue.blogspot. com).   A mentor, an author, photojournalist, classically trained musician who played briefly with the Philadelphia Orchestra  and  was a former drummer for internationally acclaimed songstress and film and television actress Ms. Della Reese, and a sales and success motivation trainer, Mr. Henry envisioned a world  in which Men from all Walks of Life would support each other, work together, and share information and solutions about their unique issues – issues which are directly and indirectly related to parenting from a male perspective.

           “My mentor, the late L.T. Henry, created a vision for the world --  IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® -- which also coincidentally is in alignment with and embodies a number of the Six Pillars of International Men’s Day.  He was a positive male role model.  He devoted his life to helping create a better and safer world for everyone.  He tirelessly worked with individuals to help them reach their full potential and fought against inequality and injustice.   He was a man who lived a purpose-driven life, made selfless sacrifices—sacrifices which advanced the dreams and lives of others -- and a man who unflinchingly ‘spoke truth to power’. IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® is his gift to the world and it is also his legacy.  I am deeply grateful to Dr. Teelucksingh for creating an award which will honor my late mentor’s contributions to our global village,” remarked Diane A. Sears who has served as the United States Coordinator for International Men’s Day since 2009. 

           The submission deadline for nominations for the International Men’s Day L.T. HENRY Award is 19 October 2017. To obtain a Nomination Form, send an e-mail to: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com.  The identities of the recipients of the 2017 International Men’s Day L.T. HENRY Award along with their bio will be published in the December 2017 issue of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®.  Additionally, they will become honorary members of the 2018 International Men’s Day L.T. HENRY Selection Committee and assist in the nomination process. For further information about the International Men’s Day L.T. HENRY Award, contact the United States Coordinator for International Men’s Day, Diane A. Sears by sending an e-mail to: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com or Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., the Founder of International Men’s Day and inaugurator of the International Men’s Day L.T. HENRY Award by sending an e-mail to: j_teelucksingh@yahoo.com.

26 September, 2017

IMPARTIAL AND FAIR TREATMENT IN PAROLE INITIATIVE



The Impartial and Fair Treatment in Parole Initiative advocates for and supports individuals, organizations, and institutions working to “de-politicize” the parole process and ensure that Parole Boards are not acting as an appellate sentencing court.

Model prisoners who have:

(A) accepted responsibility for the actions which brought them to prison;

(B) demonstrated a positive adjustment to institutionalization;

(C) achieved academically;

(D) obtained employment skills, community ties, and/or a written offer of employment;

(E) received/accepted invitations to assume leadership roles in academic, mentoring, public policy or social entrepreneurial activities that enhance the institutional environment and positively impact communities outside of the institutional environment;

(F) a track record of designing and/or co-implementing and/or participating in solutions-based initiatives (e.g., atonement programs, domestic violence workshops, mentoring programs, and programs/forums which specifically help to minimize/eradicate violence, Fatherlessness, poverty, emotional/spiritual/psychological trauma and toxicity, recidivism, and crime); and

(G) low risk assessment scores (COMPAS) should not repeatedly be denied parole

Based in the United States and Trinidad and Tobago, this initiative is also facilitating the global observance of “Impartial and Fair Treatment in Parole” Day on 29th August of each year beginning in Calendar Year 2018.

Want to know more?  Contact the USA Impartial And Fair Treatment In Parole Initiative by sending an e-mail to: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com.

21 September, 2017

ANGEL OF DEATH: JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, Ph.D.


YOU COME AGAIN TO TORTURE HUMANITY,
YOUR QUERULOUS DEMEANOR ROBS ANOTHER FAMILY.
YOUR TOUCH BRINGS MALODOROUS AILMENTS.
WHY DID YOU LEAVE YOUR LOWLY, RIBALD DOMAIN?
YOUR REMIT IS TO MORTIFY US WITH YOUR FUSTY ODOR.
NO PLEAS CAN CHANGE YOUR INDIFFERENT OUTLOOK;
AS YOU CREATE EFFETE LANDSCAPES WITH EASE,
PROMOTING A STATE OF IMBROGLIO AMONG KNAVISH MINDS
AND LEAVING AN INSALUBRIOUS TRAIL OF RANCOR. INSCRIPTIONS,
CENOTAPHS, AND MONUMENTS,
ALL TESTIMONY TO YOUR DREADED LEGACY.
YOU DAWDLE AND SAUNTER ACROSS OUR INCOMMODIOUS STAGE
AND EXCORIATED THOSE WHO SOUGHT TO HELP.
ONLY DIVINE INTERVENTION CAN HALT YOUR INIQUITOUS INTENTIONS.
SOME FEAR YOUR WASPISH TONGUE
AND DRIVEL WHEN THEIR NAMES ARE CALLED AND ERASED;
OTHERS FEAR THE ONCOMING THRALLDOM.
ANGEL OF DEATH,
I AM NOT AFRAID OF YOUR MELLOW VOICE
AND COMELY GESTURES;
SINCE BIRTH I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU. 

07 September, 2017

IS QIGONG A TONIC FOR SPIRITUAL, EMOTIONAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TOXICITY? EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE THOUGHT LEADER, AUTHOR, AND LIFE COACH GLENVILLE ASHBY, Ph.D. OFFERS ANSWERS AT AUM SHANTI BOOKSHOP ON 16 SEPTEMBER 2017 FROM 3-5 PM

CONTACT:

Rakesh Samani
Aum Shanti Bookshop
Telephone: 212-260-2866
E-Mail: aumshantibookshop@gmail.com
Website: www.aumshantibookshop.com


          NEW YORK, NY (USA) – 7 September 2017 – In many ways and for many reasons, our environment – whether It is in the home, at work, at school, or in our neighborhoods – to some degree, is spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically toxic. It is a toxicity that suffocates everything in its midst. Is QiGong a tonic for curing spiritual, emotional, and psychological toxicity? On Saturday, 16 September 2017, Emotional Intelligence Thought Leader, Author, and Life Coach GLENVILLE ASHBY, PH.D., author of “The Mystical QiGong HandBook For Good Health” (www.amazon.com/Mystical-Qigong- Handbook-Good Health/ dp/154487064), will offer answers through the facilitation of a life-transforming “QiGong Workshop On Self-Healing And Wellness” workshop at the Aum Shanti Bookshop located at 226 East 14th Street in New York City on Saturday, 16 September 2017 from 3:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) - 5:00 P.M. (E.D.T.).   DR. ASHBY will help attendees of the workshop create pathways to physical and spiritual healing and detoxifying the emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually toxic environments they navigate on a daily basis through QiGong. Attendees will learn Pangu Shengong which is described as a simple, yet powerful, method of QiGong which promotes good health, longevity and general well-being. QiGong is an ancient system of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


          “Pangu Shengong takes only thirty minutes to learn. Anyone at any age or ability can practice this method of QiGong which is easy to learn. You do not have to be athletic to learn and practice Pangu Shengong. Millennials and Octogenarians will find that they can practice Pangu Shengong with great ease,” explained Dr. Ashby when reached for comment.


          DR. ASHBY’s book, “The Mystical QiGong Handbook for Good Health,” is being favorably received as evidenced by a recent four-star review published on Literary Titan at www.literarytitan.com/2017/07/17/the-mystical-qigong- handbook -for-good-health-2/. ASHBY, who was born in Woodbrink, Trinidad is a former educator who holds a doctoral degree in Interreligious Dialogue and Diplomacy and has over three decades of experience in various spiritual disciplines. He is also a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, having received his certification from The American Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy. A syndicated columnist and professional member of NAMASTA (North American Studio Alliance), DR. ASHBY has traveled extensively gaining profound knowledge of spiritual disciplines and healing modalities


         For further information about the “QiGong Workshop On Self-Healing And Wellness” workshop to be conducted by Dr. Ashby on Saturday, 16 September 2017 from 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., contact Rakesh Samani at the Aum Shanti Bookshop by calling 212-260-2866 or by sending an e-mail to: aumshantibookshop@gmail.com.


          For further information about the Aum Shanti Bookshop, visit its website at www.aumshantibookshop.com.