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The 9 Graduates

The 9 Graduates

This past April, after a 4.5 month training, the East Point Peace Academy graduated 9 men from our Advanced Kingian Nonviolence Training, certifying them as Assistant Trainers in Kingian Nonviolence.

Since then, these 9 men have been helping to lead nonviolence workshops for the rest of the men in their unit, and we are currently working on scheduling workshop opportunities for community members to come in to the jails to receive training from the inmates.

The story about the graduation ceremony recently made the cover of Street Spirit, a monthly publication that is given out to homeless members of our community as a way to earn money.  Check out the article online here, and if you see these papers being sold in the Bay Area, please pick up a copy and support the homeless community!

Check our site for updates on future training opportunities inside the county jail!

East Point Appears on CBS Sunday Morning

Thanks to a grant we received from the Pollination Project, our work inside the San Bruno County Jail appeared on CBS’s national Sunday Morning show on March 23rd.  On an episode focused on money, CBS featured the work of the Pollination Project, a foundation that awards $1,000 each day, every day, 365 days a year.  We were honored to be a recipient of their grant, and to be selected amongst hundreds of grantees to be on the show!

Watch the video above, or check out the article here.

East Point to Appear on CBS!

At the end of last year, East Point Peace Academy’s founder Kazu received a grant from the Pollination Project.

The Pollination Project is not only a funder, but they are true allies in the work. They have continued to help spread the word out about our programs, including this quick write up in the Huffington Post.

Show TimesThis Sunday, March 23rd, the CBS Sunday Morning Show will be doing a feature on the Pollination Project, and as part of the story, they have decided to document the work we’ve been doing inside the San Bruno County Jails. [Read more...]

Messages from Behind Bars

East Point conducts weekly workshops in Kingian Nonviolence inside the San Bruno County Jails.  We are working with a group of 11 men, certifying them to become trainers in the philosophy, and we also conduct a regular workshop with a group of 48 men.  These are some of their words, poems, stories, and artworks.

By Anthony Johnson

By Anthony Johnson

“Do You Still Care?”
By Steven Henry Green
In the eyes, of violence I despise, the struggle of my cries.  Friends have died, leaders have lied, and my neighborhood deprived, filled by drugged lives, and hard times, seeming to forget what’s happening to our kind, is history about to rewind? [Read more...]

Tears are Great Medicine

Wow…  What a week.

Last Thursday, Theresa and I were inside the San Bruno County Jails, running our weekly Training of Trainers program.  Just another day.

We were training the men to present the “Violence Is” activity, and as part of it we were having a discussion about the various forms of violence and harm.  We recognize that violence is not just a physical act that you do to someone else.  The deepest pains in society are the emotional scars that we all carry inside.

Then, one of the men spoke up.  This young man had been one of the quieter, less engaged men in our group since we started this program over two months ago.  Typically, he would just sit back and not really say much.  He even told us later that he was thinking about leaving our group.   [Read more...]