A Formula for Social Justice

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How to Plant People and Grow Justice

by Dr. Artika Tyner


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Imagine if community members across the world began planting seeds of social change, justice, and freedom. Could you be the one who plants the seeds for the promotion of access to affordable housing, fair sentencing, educational equity, or racial justice? This is your beckoning to lead—will you answer the call?

The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice is an inspiring roadmap designed to help you become an effective agent for social change and transformational leader.

The social justice challenges of our time are enormous. About one in seven U.S. residents live in poverty and the disparity between the haves and have-nots is wider than at any point since the Great Depression. The poor are largely marginalized from the public policy process and often are unable to assert their legal rights in regard to basic necessities such as nutrition, health, shelter, income, education, and protection from violent physical abuse. More broadly, the poor are perpetually victimized by systems which maintain and uphold discrimination, disparate outcomes, and subordination based upon one’s social identity.

Experienced educator and community advocate, Dr. Artika Tyner shows how you can make a difference in the world. The book is a beacon call for those who wish to join the fight for social and economic justice. Highlights include:

The three pillars of new social justice lawyering: (1) Origins and theories of social justice lawyering, (2) Principles of servant and transformational leadership, and (3) The lawyer as policy entrepreneur and coalition builder.

How to build your own leadership platform; how to create communities based on a shared vision of justice; and how to plant seeds to empower future leaders.

The Lawyer as Leader will provide those who are passionate about social justice with the inspiration, ideas, and tools to build and lead coalitions to fight for social and economic justice.




Meet the Author:  Dr. Artika Tyner

TEDx UST OrientationDr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought after speaker, and advocate for justice. At the University of St. Thomas College of Education, Leadership & Counseling, Dr. Tyner serves as a public policy/leadership professor. She trains graduate students to serve as social engineers who create new inroads to justice and freedom.

Tyner received her B.A. from Hamline University (Major: English; Certificate: Conflict Studies). Due to her passion for advocating for social justice and educational policy reform, she decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of St. Thomas. She began her journey with law school since she recognized that the law is a language of power and therefore she sought to become well versed in the law.

Subsequently, Tyner earned a Master of Public Policy and Leadership in order to gain tools for effecting social change through policy reform efforts. Later, inspired by the legacy of W.E.B. Dubois, she obtained a Doctorate in Leadership. Her doctoral studies provided her with key tools for serving in her community and promoting social justice.

Dr. Tyner is committed to empowering others to lead within their respective spheres of influence. She provides leadership development and career coaching for young professionals. She has also developed leadership educational materials for K-12 students, college/graduate students, faith communities and nonprofits. Additionally, Dr. Tyner teaches leadership coursework on ethics, critical reflection, and organizational development. Her research focuses on diversity/inclusion, community development, and civil rights. She has presented her research and conducted leadership training programs both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Tyner leads by example by organizing policy campaigns, fostering restorative justice practices, developing social entrepreneurship initiatives, and promoting assets-based community development. She serves as a global citizen by supporting education, entrepreneurship, and women’s leadership initiatives in Africa.


Connect with Dr. Tyner:

Book Site:  http://artikatyner.com/book/

Blog  http://blog.artikatyner.com/

Twitter  https://twitter.com/drartikatyner




Interview with Parenting Expert Katherine Gordy Levine

Parenting Expert: Katherine Gordy Levine

Shares Her Resources and Training to Empower Parents

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With all the hype over parenting styles, we must remember, Parents Are People Too
An adaptable emotional fitness training program for parents

Every parent can recall a point where their children have driven them to the breaking point. Whether it’s coming home to a moody teen with a new piercing; a toddler tantrum at the checkout; or a colicky baby’s incessant crying: every parent can relate to those moments where it all seems too much and negative feelings take over. In fact, every day has its up and downs as a parent.

The new eBook, ‘Parents Are People Too – An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents’, helps parents gain control of negative feelings. The ability to control negative feelings is what the author means by emotional fitness—doing so is key to being a good parent.

“Children scare, anger, and hurt parents, and when parents don’t handle their fear, anger, or hurt properly, children suffer; hurt accumulates and negative exchanges mount. Often the ties that bind become strained and sometimes severed. Avoiding this stress and strain takes many emotional fitness skills. Most parents have some of the requisite skills; this book teaches additional skills and helps you improve those you already possess. Everyone can learn to take better care of their feelings so that neither children nor parents suffer unnecessarily.”

The emotional fitness skills taught in the book include feeling awareness, self-soothing, distracting, focusing on what is important, disputing, giving feedback, proper expression of feelings, acceptance, and radical acceptance. In addition to these skills, the book contains numerous exercises designed to strengthen each skill. The final chapter describes Twelve Daily Exercises. These are specifically designed to improve emotional fitness. The promise of the book is that learning and practicing these exercises will enable parents to take charge of their feelings and enjoy the journey of parenting more.

If the title of professional parent were ever permitted, it would be due to the author, Katherine Gordy Levine. Mother, grandmother and foster parent to almost 400 troubled teens, she is also an accredited therapist, a Professor of Social Work at Columbia University, Director of mental health crisis programs for children, 30+ years of social work experience and 20+ years working as a professional speaker on parenting and emotional fitness topics.

Katherine remarks about her time as a foster parent, “One of the most important lessons was realizing that when I handled my feelings properly, I handled the kids better. I never found a book devoted to helping me handle my feelings so I could be a better parent. I decided, therefore, to write this book.”

Katherine is a prolific writer who shares her wisdom on her blogs, Parents Are People Too and Emotional Fitness Training Inc (EFTI). 2012 has seen the publication of 4 books (so far):

1-Parents Are People Too – An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents
2-When Good Kids Do Bad Things – A Survival Guide for Parents of Teenagers
3-Tame the Test Anxiety Monster
4-How to Hold Successful Family Meetings


Meet the Author: Katherine Gordy Levine

Katherine Gordy Levine, a  Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)  with a  Masters in Social Science (M.S.S.,)  is an experienced mental health professional, teacher and administrator. Becoming a parent and then a foster parent to almost 400 troubled teens, lead her to develop Emotional Fitness Training™ skills, which she explores in her blog www.emotionalfitnesstraining.com and her blog for parents www.parents-are-people-too.com. Katherine is the author of: When Good Kids Do Bad Things: A Survival Guide for Parents of Teenagers, Teaching a Child to Tame the Test Anxiety Monster, Parents Are People Too: An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents, and her latest book: How to Hold Successful Family Meetings.

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Dismantling the Matrix: Serenity for the Surveilled
by Baz Moreno

Dismantling the Matrix: Serenity for the Surveilled Vol.1

by Baz Moreno

Dismantling the Matrix: Serenity for the Surveilled
Common/Constitutional Law

In Dismantling the Matrix: Serenity for the Surveilled Vol. 1, the author pulls from his personal experiences to enrich the reader with information that is either taken for granted or that is so common that most people never consider its value.

As the United States depletes its supply of available resources for human warehousing; continues to police the world; ignores the problems of the people; and barely hovers above destruction – the author advises the reader to indirectly challenge the agencies, social constructs and contracts which make up the so-called “matrix” opposed to submitting countless, meaningless documents that the government routinely files and shuns.

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Meet the Author: Baz Moreno

Baz is an ethno-medical physican/instructor of holistic modalities. He practices in México City where he resides with his wife. Other compositions include Exodus from Enlightenment: Recognition of Blackness & War and Extracting the Warrior: An Anthology of Prison Letters.
Connect with Baz:
Author Website
Author on Facebook
Book Order Page
Paperback Order Page
Amerika´s Backyard (blog)




Loving Me: Reclaiming my power by Letty Chihoro

In her book Letty Chihoro draws you into the life of a young black girl living in Zimbabwe, through which you get a fascinating, sometimes shocking insight into the culture, ‘traditions’ and true reality of living in this country during massive political changes.

The health theme running throughout this book shows how she cures the chronic headaches and allergies that plagued her life.   Letty shows the rest of us what is possible when we take responsibility for our lives. Order this empowering book today during its official launch and get valuable free gifts!


Book Launch News: Cultivating Peace by James O’Dea

I wanted to share James O’Dea’s new book Cultivating Peace with you all, which is getting great accolades – Deepak calls it a “brilliant manifesto” and Jean Houston calls it “one of the most important books of our time.”

It blends spirituality, science and social change into a new roadmap to peace – from inner to international. There’s also a campaign today only with free gifts from top leaders. Check it out: http://www.cultivatingpeacebook.com








Bioethics for Beginners: 60 Cases and Cautions from the Moral Frontier of Healthcare by Glenn McGee

A Important New Book
From NY Times Best Selling Author
America’s most prominent bioethicist
Syndicated columnist for The Scientist and Hearst Newspapers
Glenn McGee

Bioethics for Beginners:
60 Cases and Cautions from the Moral Frontier of Healthcare

This riveting new book introduces you to  the future of biomedicine and healthcare in ordinary language





How far is too far?

60 cases illustrating modern bioethical dilemmas

Bioethics for Beginners maps the giant dilemmas posed by new technologies and medical choices, using 60 cases taken from our headlines, and from the worlds of medicine and science. This eminently readable book takes it one case at a time, shedding light on the social, economic and legal side of 21st century medicine while giving the reader an informed basis on which to answer personal, practical questions. Unlocking the debate behind the headlines, this book combines clear thinking with the very latest in science and medicine, enabling readers to decide for themselves exactly what the scientific future should hold.