In an interview Wednesday on “Fox & Friends,” American Center for Law and Justice President Jay Sekulow called the development a “positive sign.”

The FBI sent Sekulow a letter saying it had reopened his Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the June 2016 meeting. Before recently releasing a batch of emails, the FBI and DOJ first said they did not have documents detailing the tarmac meet-up.

Sekulow said in a written statement, “While we appreciate that the FBI has ‘reopened’ the case file and is now ‘searching’ for documents responsive to our duly submitted FOIA request from more than a year ago, it stretches the bounds of credulity to suggest that the FBI bureaucracy just discovered that ‘potentially responsive’ records ‘may exist’ on its own accord.”

FBI’s newest letter to the ACLJ now states that “records potentially responsive to your request may exist.” This letter was dated one week after the government watchdog group accused the government of lying to them about the existence of records.

From the initial batch they received ACLJ released 400 emails last week. While discussing the secret meeting that took place between her and Clinton, Lynch used an email alias. DOJ staffers were concerned about the optics of the situation.

At the time that Lynch had improperly met with the husband of an investigation subject, Hillary Clinton, the tarmac meeting fueled Republican complaints. This happened just before the probe into her personal email use was completed with no charges filed.

FBI Director James Comey called Clinton’s actions “extremely careless” but did not recommend charges a week after the meeting. Just days before the 2016 presidential election in October the criminal investigation was re-opened.

The ACLJ will continue to “press on in our legal fight to ensure that the details of the secret Clinton-Lynch meeting and the subsequent cover-up and withholding of information from the public comes to light,” states Sekulow, who also serves on President Trump’s legal team.

Sekulow said he is “willing to go to court to get (the records) if necessary.” He also added that his organization will continue to “legally hold the FBI’s feet to the fire.” After receiving similar documents it complained were “heavily redacted,” the conservative group Judicial Watch clashed with the DOJ.

A Justice Department spokesperson referred Fox News to a letter sent by the DOJ Office of Information Policy on Aug. 1, 2017 to Judicial Watch explaining their decision to maintain redacted materials, in response to those complaints.

“Certain inter- and intra-agency communications protected by the deliberative process privilege, and information release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of third parties,” the letter explained.

Decisions to claim the deliberative process exemption are routine, a Justice spokesperson told Fox News. Comey cited concerns with Lynch’s handling of the Clinton investigation, in his June testimony. Comey was directed by Lynch to describe the email probe as a “matter” and not an “investigation.” The tarmac meeting as described by Comey was a “deciding factor” in his decision to act alone to update the public on the Clinton probe—and protect the bureau’s reputation.






In Charlottesville, Virginia community members in the city and people nationwide are still reeling after Saturday’s white supremacist riots and violence against counter-protesters. James Alex Fields, Jr., plowed his gray Dodge Challenger through a group of counter protesters. He injured at least 19 people and killed 32-year-old legal assistant Heather Heyer. Fields has been charged with three counts of malicious wounding, one count of hit and run and second-degree murder.

One example of the violence on Saturday was Fields’ attack. White supremacist images and anti-Semitic chants filled the streets of Charlottsville while white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and neo-Confederates beat counter-protesters and marched through the streets of Charlottesville with Nazi flags. The city of Charlottesville had tried to relocate the rally to a more open park about a mile and half away from Emancipation Park, outside of downtown Charlottesville, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe explained in an interview with NPR’s David Green. The city refused to allow “Unite The Right” organizer Jason Kessler and his supporters to access Emancipation Park on Saturday for the previously approved demonstration that led to ACLU of Virginia joining a lawsuit against Charlottesville.

McAuliffe told NPR, “That rally should not have been in the middle of downtown – to disperse all those people from the park where they dispersed all over the city streets. It became a powder keg. And we got to look at these permits, and we got to look at where we put these rallies and protesters. I got to protect public safety.”

The ACLU of Virginia’s Executive Director Claire G. Gastanaga condemned the violence that took place in Charlottesville but defended her organization’s involvement in the lawsuit against the city. Gastanaga said, “We asked the city to adhere to the U.S. Constitution and ensure people’s safety at the protest. It failed to do so. In our system, the city makes the rules and the courts enforce them. Our role is to ensure that the system works the same for everyone.”

Instead of creating a situation in which the city would have to deal with two demonstrations in two separate locations, the city had failed to present sufficient evidence to the judge that moving the location of the rally would in fact result in no demonstration in downtown Charlottesville. Gastanga said, “But let’s be clear: our lawsuit challenging the city to act constitutionally did not cause violence nor did it in any way address the question whether demonstrators could carry sticks or other weapons at the events.”

The organization was recently criticized by one of it’s own attorneys after they decided to defend Milo Yiannopoulos, a writer and speaker who is infamous for espousing hate against people of color, Muslims, immigrants, transgender people, and other marginalized individuals. Over the years, the ACLU has taken somewhat of an absolutist stance on First Amendment rights, even defending speech that it hates.

The events in Charlottesville and the ACLU’s defense of the constitutional rights of white supremacists, Nazis, and other hate-mongers raises an important question: what happens when the First Amendment–or any constitutional right for that matter–is used to protect hate and oppress other people?



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August 17, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging national reconciliation:

“Yesterday there was a moving memorial for Heather Heyer who tragically died while exercising her First Amendment rights.

“Unfortunately, mobs in some of our cities have taken to vandalizing various statues in an attempt to erase our nation’s history. If those in Congress who identify with this new mob rule are truly determined to make a statement, they should start by renaming the Richard Russell Senate Office Building, given Russell’s long history as a segregationist who opposed extending civil rights. When they’re done wiping his name from the Senate office building, they can change the Byrd Rule, as nothing more than the legacy of former leader of the KKK. To leave Robert Byrd’s legacy in place in light of his horrifying views would be counter to the whims of the mob that they wish to marry themselves to.

“Obviously, this kind of symbolism will not bring Heyer back to life or achieve any reconciliation. In fact, all of these symbols remind everyone that many of our leaders have served honorably and yet had checkered histories, and erasing them from our nation’s memory does a disservice to the challenges that our nation faces moving forward. The genius of America is that we are a nation of laws founded around a basic recognition that all people are flawed. However the reason for the Bill of Rights was to ensure that flawed people did not impose their wills on others, by protecting individual rights from mob rule. It is around the principle of all people being created equal that our nation needs to rally and from there reconciliation can finally become a reality.

“If we cannot recognize how we got to where we are, we will never recognize how to get to where we need to be.”

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15 year old Female Malala Yousafzai campaigned for girls’ education and was shot by the Taliban. Her bravery and wisdom left many stunned. Her father,Ziauddin Yousafzai, used his stammer to inspire students when he was the principle of a chain of schools in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan before his daughter was assaulted by the Taliban.

Ziauddin Yousafzai said, “ My top priority was confidence-building in children to make them able to express their views and ideas to trust themselves to speak up.” Ziauddin Yousafzai would say, “Look, I stammer when I speak and God has given you very fluent tongues, so speak up… If a weak man like me could be stronger, then what’s wrong with you?”

Ziauddin sure does like to speak for someone who has a speech inpediment. He was a respected educator, the leader of the elders of the valley and a social activist, in Swat before the shooting. At the top of his agenda is advocating for education and women’s rights. He recently spoke at an event for Girl Up, a platform to empower girls worldwide. “If you want to see a change in the life of your family and if you want to see change in your country, don’t clip the wings of your daughters and sisters. Let them be free,” Ziauddin told the audience.

“My experience and my life tell me that education has empowered me. Had I not been educated, who would I have been to express my views? Education gave me that power.” Malala was just 11 years old when she started blogging for BBC Urdu because she was empowered by being educated as well. One of the things the Taliban was trying to ban at that time was girl’s becoming educated.

Ziauddin said, “Look at Malala. If she had not been in school, she wouldn’t have been so powerful. Her education gave her a power to raise her voice. Had she been illiterate, she would not have been able to speak with a cause, with a vision, with persistance.”

Malala became a public advocate for girls’ education and was often interviewed on local television, following the popularity of her blog. She started receiving threats from the Taliban soon after. Ziauddin said with pride, “She was a little celebrity in her own right. She had become a burning beacon. Her message was spreading. The Taliban just couldn’t stand it.”

Malala continued striving for the rights of women and girls. “I Am Malala,” her personal memoir has been translated into 38 languages. The kind of parenting that leads to raising a nominee for the Nobel peace prize is, “I didn’t clip her wings. I let her live as she wished.” stated Ziauddin.

Malala addressed an audience at the Untied Nations headquarters in New York on her 16th birthday. “Education is our most powerful weapon,” stated Malala in her speech while emphasizing, “one child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.” She also said, “I want education for the sones and daughters of the Taliban and all terrorists and extremists.”

Ziauddin stated, “Malala has said she is their sister and all girls around the world are their sisters and they stand with them. And all parents should stand with their parents. I stand with them. They should know there is hope. There is light even in the darkest cloud.”






A thirty-four year old usher at the Friendship Baptist Church in Chicago along with another man were murdered on Sunday morning while going up the steps of the church just as services were starting. These were just two of the nine killings, three of which were self-defense during a home invasion, that occurred in the Windy City this past weekend.  Thirty-three others were injured in the violence that has racked the nation’s third largest city.

And this past weekend is the norm.  Just use Bing and search for yourself the term “Weekend violence Chicago” and the results are stunning.

On the same weekend, in Charlottesville, Virginia there was a similar tragedy, a thirty-three year old woman was killed when a car driven by a hate-filled individual crashed into her and others.

Unfortunately, there are those who seek to politicize the Charlottesville homicide, and ignore the destruction of life that terrorizes many urban neighborhoods.

President Trump has spoken out and his Department of Justice led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is focused upon trying to solve the multiple year surge in homicides in Chicago as well as the attack in Charlottesville, and today, the President hit the nail on the head on the Charlottesville tragedy saying, “We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty, that brings us together as Americans. Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our creator. We are equal under the law, and we are equal under our Constitution. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.”

As our nation pauses to reflect on the events in Charlottesville, may it also turn its eyes to Chicago and elsewhere around the country where murdering one’s neighbor has become so commonplace that it isn’t worthy of national news.

All of us are created equal, and the homicide in Charlottesville and the murder of a church usher in Chicago should each tear at our collective humanity.

Rick Manning is the President of Americans for Limited Government.






We find ourselves in situations we can’t control, where none of our strategies work. We frantically try to manage what is happening while helpless and distraught. We strike back quickly or retreat when someone says something hurtful to us. We scramble to cover up a mistake at work or go out of our way to make up for it. We nervously rehearse and strategize in confrontations we head into emotionally.

The more frantically our bodies and minds work the more we fear failure. We fill our days with mental planning and worrying, habitual talking, fixing, scratching, adjusting, phoning, snacking, discarding, buying, looking in the mirror. What would it be like if we were to take our hands off the controls in the midst of this business? What if we were to intentionally pause and for a minute or two notice our inner experience and stop our mental computations and our rushing around?

The first practice of Radical Acceptance is learning to pause. A time of temporary disengagement when we are no longer moving towards any goal, or a suspension of activity is the definition of pause. The pause can last for a minute, for hours or for seasons of our life and can occur in the midst of almost any activity. We may sit down and meditate by taking a pause from our ongoing responsibilities. We may let go of thoughts and reawaken our attention to the breath in the midst of meditation by pausing as well. We may step out of our daily life to go on a retreat, sabbatical or spend time in nature in order to pause. In order to genuniely listen and be with another person we may pause in a conversation by letting go of what we’re about to say. When we feel suddenly moved or delighted or saddened to let the feelings play through our heart we often pause. We discontinue thinking, talking, walking, writing, planning worrying, eating, etc. when we pause.


By nature a pause is usually time limited. We have more ability to make choices when we finally resume our activities. We don’t know what will happen next when we take a pause so it can often be intimidating to do so. We become open to new and creative ways of responding to our wants and fears by pausing and disrupting our habitual behaviors. Knowing the difference between the appropriate times to pause and the times we should not pause is also important to keep in mind. Our driven pace and habitual controlling in daily life does not serve surviving and certainly not thriving. Much of our driven pace arises from our free floating anxiety about something being wrong or not enough.

We can clearly see the wants and fears that are driving us when we take our hands off the controls. We become conscious of how the feeling that something is missing or wrong will keep us leaning in to the future on our way somewhere else in our moments of pausing. We have a choice, we can continue out futile attempts at managing our experience, or we can meet our vulnerability with the wisdom of Radical Acceptance. The moment that feels the most intolerable to pause are often the moments we most need to do so. Pausing may be the last thing we want to do when we are in a fit of anger, when overwhelmed by sorrow or filled with desire. The rawness of our rage, grief, or desire may threaten to engulf us. However, Radical Acceptance will not be possible without opening to the actual experience of the present moment.

We can develop the capacity to stop hiding and to stop running away from our experience through the art of pausing. We begin to trust in our capacity to be open to whatever arises, in our naturally wise heart and our natural intelligence. In the moment of pausing its like we awaken from a dream, our trance recedes and Radical Acceptance becomes possible.






Social media has become a major presence in our lives today, but the question that is raised is, “What has the internet and social media done to us?” John Lanchester writes in the course of his studies at Stanford, “Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, an early investor in the company, became interested in the ideas of the US-based French philosopher René Girard, as advocated in his most influential book, Things Hidden since the Foundation of the World.” He was most especially interested in a concept he called “mimetic desire.”

Lanchester goes on to say, ”Human beings are born with a need for food and shelter. Once these fundamental necessities of life have been acquired, we look around us at what other people are doing, and wanting, and we copy them.” “Imitation is at the root of all behavior,” explains Thiel. Thiel saw in Facebook a business that was Girardian to its core. It was built on people’s deep need to copy. Yet few of it’s users, have clearly perceived that essential aspect of Facebook and other social media platforms.

Despite having died decades before their development, Marshall McLuhan would have caught on right away. For some reason we in the 21st Century have not caught on and he understood why we haven’t. The author of Understanding Media and The Medium is the Message said, ”For the past 3500 years of the Western world, the effects of media — whether it’s speech, writing, printing, photography, radio or television — have been systematically overlooked by social observers.” An in-depth 1969 interview with Playboy magazine stated, ”Even in today’s revolutionary electronic age, scholars evidence few signs of modifying this traditional stance of ostrich-like disregard.”

This statement broke professor McLuhan’s ideas to an even wider audience than they’d had before. McLuhan diagnosed a “peculiar form of self-hypnosis” he called “Narcissus narcosis, a syndrome whereby man remains as unaware of the psychic and social effects of his new technology as a fish of the water it swims in. As a result, precisely at the point where a new media-induced environment becomes all pervasive and transmogrifies our sensory balance, it also becomes invisible.”

“Most people, from truck drivers to the literary Brahmins, are still blissfully ignorant of what the media do to them; unaware that because of their pervasive effects on man, it is the medium itself that is the message, not the content, and unaware that the medium is also the massage — that, all puns aside, it literally works over and saturates and molds and transforms every sense ratio. The content or message of any particular medium has about as much importance as the stenciling on the casing of an atomic bomb.” As per McLuhan’s perspective on the subject.

“The inherent tendency to focus on the messages within the media make us blind to the limits and structures imposed by the mediums themselves,” McLuhan pointed out. According to McLuhan, each time a society develops a new media technology, “all other functions of that society tend to be transmuted to accommodate that new form” as that technology “saturates every institution of that society.” Thus proving the consequences of being blind.

This went for speech, writing, print, and the telegraph as well as it goes for “social media platforms like Twitter, which reduce expressive possibilities to 140 characters of text or expressing one’s self through the ‘re-tweeting’ of posts by others.”

At one time McLuhan believed that only the interpretive work of the artist, “who has had the power — and courage — of the seer to read the language of the outer world and relate it to the inner world,” could allow the rest of us to recognize the thoroughgoing effects of technology on society. However, “the new environment of electric information” had made possible “a new degree of perception and critical awareness by non artists.” If we take a step back and analyze this more of us can understand our affliction by mimetic desire, Narcissus narcosis, or any number of other troubling conditions. What to do about them still remains an open question.





As more truth is being released to the American people the mainstream media is loosing it’s strength and integrity. The New York Times, the Washington Post and now ABC News organizations tried their best to downplay a very suspicious meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on an airport tarmac at Phoenix in June 2016. This was discovered in another slew of emails the other day. It just so happened that this information surfaced right in the middle of the FBI’s investigation into the disappearance of Hillary Clinton’s emails. Lynch and Bill Clinton claim it was a chance meeting, where they discussed family matters.

FBI Director James Comey recommended that Hillary not be charged with any crimes even though he blasted her handling of her computers. It’s ridiculous that when questioned, Hillary offered the same nonsensical explanation that Bill used when discussing the tarmac meeting. She said the missing emails were only about daughter Chelsea’s wedding. And yoga. Are American’s not able to see that the same response has been given by politician husband and wife regarding different circumstances? Apparently the Clinton’s think the American people are stupid.

Why is it that mainstream media is focusing so much on what Trump and his associates might have done with Russia during the campaign meanwhile Hillary and what she already did to put the country in jeopardy is being ignored or forgotten altogether? This article doesn’t take any side in politics it merely posses the question what are The Times and The Washington Post and almost every other network ignoring or trying to get us to forget?

The House Judiciary Committee asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into the Hillary email situation, about a week ago. Much to Trump’s dismay, Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation to give another look into Hillary’s emails. This move could be very embarrassing for the Democrats so no wonder why we haven’t heard anything about it in the press. The Democrats and media’s “resistance” to Trump could end up backfiring on them. Perhaps our current President has something to hide, but what’s more important is that the Democrats definitely have something big to hide and it must be addressed before we move on to other issues. It is never wise to block out one issue and deal with the possibility of another that might not even exist.

The issue of Hillary’s emails have caused several problems already. The fact that they are not “missing,” even though everyone thinks they are, could be the biggest problem. They could very well be in the possession of American intelligence agencies. Spies spy on each other. So the Russians stole Hillary’s BlackBerry password a long time ago and were reading and copying her mail. What some don’t realize is Hillary’s emails are bound to show up if Congress would just persist with an investigation.

Another problem rises when we look at Comey. He didn’t tell the whole truth about his investigation of Hillary. He said the decision not to charge her with a crime was unanimous inside the FBI, even though it wasn’t his place or job to decide that. Dozens of agents worked on the case and you cannot get unanimity from a group that size. None-the-less, Comey wasn’t really talking about all the agents agreeing. Reliable sources say that on July 5, 2016 it was actually only four people who decided to let Hillary off the hook. This was also days after the tarmac meeting. Three out of those four people’s motives have now been called into question.

Where is this in the news?






There is a live action international mystery novel being played out on Capitol Hill. It is a mystery the Democrat Party and the mainstream media are trying desperately to ignore. However, the mystery appears to be unraveling and it is ensnaring one of the most powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) has had a rough year. First, Wasserman-Schultz was forced out of her position as Democratic National Committee Chairwoman. After a series of email leaks on Wikileaks, it was revealed Wasserman-Schultz backed Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 primary. The head of the DNC was supposed to be a neutral party in the primary. After being forced out of a position of power and humiliated in the general election, the next shoe dropped for Wasserman-Schultz.

The story starts late in early 2017. Five members of one family were banned from the House of Representatives network. Three brothers and two of their wives were accused of stealing equipment and violations of House IT network security protocols. They did this while making over $160,000 per year, a sum slightly below what a member of the House of Representatives makes. Most of the staffers were fired from the offices they worked at, with the exception of Imran Awan. He stayed employed with Wasserman-Schultz.

Imran was recently arrested for bank fraud. The charge stems from a property the family owns. Hina Alvi took out a second mortgage on a house they claimed was their principal residence. Upon investigation, this turned out to be false and the property was being used as a rental, that is bank fraud. There was also no reported rental income on her taxes. The rental checks were supposedly written to Hina Alvi’s mother, Suriaya Begum.

When Imran was arrested, he was attempting to flee the U.S. to Pakistan, as his wife had already done. The attempted escape came just days after the FBI became involved in the case. At one of Imran’s rental properties, the current renter found smashed computer equipment. The renter had served in the Marines, and knew what government property looked like. He called the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the FBI showed up at the property.

It seems like the FBI decided to act upon learning the subject transferred $300,000 to Pakistan and planned to travel to there. The U.S. is currently having trouble getting Pakistan to extradite a terrorist, it doesn’t seem likely they would extradite someone that might have connections to Pakistani ISI.

Wasserman-Schultz has refused to cooperate with the investigation from the beginning. Even after a majority of the Democrats employing the family cut ties, Wasserman-Schultz continued to pay Imran. Imran was not fired after the Capitol Police launched the criminal investigation. Imran was not fired after it was revealed he was sending Capitol Hill data to an offsite server. He was finally fired by Wasserman-Schultz after the arrest earlier this week.

The former DNC chair is clearly hiding something. She even went so far as to threaten “consequences” against the Chief of Capitol Hill Police investigating her staffer. In case you were wondering, she sits on the committee that controls the Capitol Hill Police budget. Imran hid his office assigned laptop in one of the empty rooms of the Capitol Hill complex. The laptop was found and confiscated by a police officer doing a routine check. It was not in the building Wasserman-Schultz worked in.

Wasserman-Schultz is now invoking the “Speech and Debate clause,” of the Constitution. The Congressional Research Service states, “The Constitution provides that ‘for any speech or debate in either House, [Senators and Representatives] shall not be questioned in any other place’ Commonly referred to as the Speech or Debate Clause, this language affords Members of Congress immunity from certain civil and criminal suits relating to their legislative acts. In addition, the clause also provides a testimonial privilege that extends not only to oral testimony about privileged matters but to the production of privileged documents.”

According to recent reports she, is “negotiating” with Capitol Hill Police, who have the laptop her staffer hid, to allow access to the data. If this was nothing more than a scam to steal equipment and money, why would Wasserman-Schultz risk obstruction of justice, and impede the investigation at every step? Not only did she fight the investigation, she continued to pay him his salary, despite not being allowed on Capitol Hill by the police.

Since the story broke, many IT staffers employed by the House Chief Administrative Office, not the individual members, have voiced concern. Some have even worried over potential blackmail. “I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point” with no arrests, said Pat Sowers, who has managed IT for several House offices for 12 years. “Something is rotten in Denmark.”

The story continues to get weirder from there. The sleuths that deep dive on Wikileaks documents, have discovered a very interesting email. Keep in mind, the ringleader Imran had access to all of Wasserman-Schultz’ electronic equipment. The group also had unlimited access to the electronic equipment of dozens of other Democrat members of Congress, some of them working for the Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It now appears he also had access to some of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) electronic equipment. The email stated, “Pelosi is doing [a] closed door meeting. No staff or anyone allowed. Kaitlyn come to Rayburn room and get her iPad for Imran.” What was Awan doing with the Minority Leader’s iPad?

I seem to recall the DNC had some cybersecurity issues last year, but provided no evidence of who did it. Could this be why?

You cannot expect Congress to investigate themselves and reveal the mistakes they made to the world, especially if one side is dead set against it because they made all the mistakes. You cannot expect the Chief Administrative Officer to investigate a fraud that has been going on for years under their nose. If there was ever a need for a special counsel, this is it.

Printus LeBlanc is a contributing reporter for Americans for Limited Government.






A system that funnels troubled students through disciplinary program after program is termed as the, “school-to-prison pipeline.” Most troubled students already struggle with difficult lives and Carla Amurao for PBS’ Tavis Smiley Reports writes, school detentions, suspensions, and often expulsions further aggravate a troubled home life sending children “back to the origin of their angst and unhappiness—their home environments or their neighborhoods.”

Carla Amurao continues to shed light on the fact that harsh disciplinary policies don’t actually change behavior, and “statistics reflect that these policies disproportionately target students of color and those with a history of abuse, neglect, poverty or learning disabilities.”

Most students are treated as problems to be quarantined, rejected or abandoned for their mistakes. Meanwhile a lot of their mistakes or wrong choices are made because they are carrying significant stresses and setbacks. Instead of rejecting a human being for their weaknesses or inabilities to cope with the stresses of life, why not teach students effective means of coping with stress and setbacks? If prayer and meditation help a child deal with difficulty early in life it will be a positive quality to have when life becomes more demanding into adulthood.

One school in Baltimore is attempting to equip their students with a yoga and meditation program during and after school that takes the place of detention and other punishments, CBS News Reports.

Newsweek writes, Twice a day there is yoga and a mindfulness practice during school hours for all students, called “Mindful Moments.” Disruptive students are brought into a room where they can pray and practice their breathing, they have a discussion with a counselor, and they are then instructed on how to manage their emotions. There is also an after-school program called Holistic Me, which “hosts 120 male and female students.” The program involves yoga, breathing exercises and meditative prayer activities.

Research studies have proven that these kind of activities significantly reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and to improve concentration and memory. Administers at Coleman have already noticed a difference in the first year that the Holistic Me program has been introduced to pre-kindergarden through fifth-grade students. Principal Carlillian Thompson said, “Instead of the students fighting or lashing out, they started to use words to solve their problems.” Many of the students have become leaders and high achievers and none of the students in the program have received suspensions or detentions.

In 2001, the program was founded by Baltimore locals, brothers Atman and Ali Smith and their friend Andres Gonzalez. The Holistic Life Foundation and its partners have offered a variety of enrichment activities but focused primarily on yoga and mindfulness practices in the past 15 years.

Students learn to resolve conflicts peacefully and to reduce the amount of emotional turmoil in their lives, by using these techniques. This kind of intervention prepares them for academic and social resilience rather than further alienating or traumatizing the one’s who are already stressed-out.

By receiving federal funding and delivering programs to Charlottesville, Minneapolis, Madison, and abroad the foundation has rapidly expanded since 2015. This innovative technique has shown a constructive way forward for other schools like Baltimore’s Patterson High. The school recently adopted a 15-minute yoga and mindfulness practice at the beginning and end of each day for every one of its students. This alternative has proven successful in Baltimore and the techniques will be carried with each student for the rest of their lives.