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ISIS and Street Gangs Show Us Primal Instincts in Their Truly Ugly and Primal Forms

August 9, 2015 10:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Our basic instincts to divide the world into us and them and to do cruel and evil things to people we perceive to be “Them” can be seen in very ugly forms in both our street gangs and in the ISIS movement that is gathering membership and supporters in multiple settings. The books Primal Pathways, Cusp of Chaos, and The Art of InterGroup Peace all...

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The Learning Gaps Continue — We need to Act Now.

August 7, 2015 10:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The most recent learning ability scores for Minnesota school children showed that gaps between white students and Hispanic, African American, and Native American children continue at unacceptable levels. Seventy percent of the white children are reading at age appropriate levels compared to less than 40 percent of the children from the other groups. Those gaps are not due to race or ethnicity or even the...

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Walk 30 Minutes a Day To Increase InterGroup Trust And Improve Everyone’s Health

April 24, 2015 5:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Intergroup trust can be increased when people in any setting work together in a clearly collaborative way toward the achievement of a common goal. To create intergroup peace in our communities, we need people in each of our communities to be working together in intentional ways toward common goals that unite us and give us better lives. We need to carefully select areas where we...

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The First Three Years Are Golden and Essential Years For Avoiding Jail

April 24, 2015 5:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The relationship between minority status and being imprisoned is clear. So is the link between not being able to read and going to jail. Sixty percent of our prisoners — from all groups — either read poorly or cannot read at all. More than 85 percent of the children in the juvenile justice system in this country either read poorly or cannot read at all....

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We Must Create Trust In Every Setting

April 24, 2015 5:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“People have been protesting police violence and law enforcement disparities in more than a dozen American cities. Significant numbers of people in a number of cities have a very low level of trust for the local police departments and people have been expressing their unhappiness with a number of demonstration, protests, and various public displays of non affection. Why is trust for the police so low...

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