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Java Cafe- The Power of Prosecutors That Threatens Peace
September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Special PeaceQuest Greater Lansing Java Cafe’ Global Conversation
The BREATHE ACT was also discussed:
The BREATHE ACT framework divests our taxpayer dollars from brutal and discriminatory policing and invests in a new vision of public safety—a vision that answers the call to defund the police and allows all communities to finally BREATHE free.
We are rising up against all the ways that the criminal-legal system has harmed and failed to protect Black communities. The current moment requires a solution that fundamentally shifts how we envision community-care and invest in our society. History is clear that we cannot achieve genuine safety and liberation until we abandon police, prisons, and all punishment paradigms.
In its design, the BREATHE Act framework seeks to:
- Divest Federal Resources from policing and incarceration & ending federal criminal-legal system harms, including the 1994 Crime Bill and reparations for the War on Drugs,
- Invest in new approaches to community safety utilizing funding incentives,
- Allocate new money to build healthy, sustainable & equitable communities for all people and,
- Hold officials accountable & enhance self-determination of Black communities.
Angela Waters Austin is founder, president and chief executive officer of One Love Global, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit corporation committed to peace, justice and opportunity that celebrated its 12th anniversary in January 2016. Angela leads One Love Global with over twenty-five years’ experience in promoting racial equity, public and community relations, fund development, marketing, special events, corporate sponsorships, program design and management. Angela organized the My Brother’s & Sister’s Keeper Michigan Network to support collective action among communities that accepted President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. Angela is an experienced media professional who is founder, producer and host of the Equity Equals radio show which airs every weekend on www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com promoting nonprofit leaders and socials entrepreneurs that impact Michigan’s double bottom-line. Angela has co-hosted and co-produced public affairs programming for Lansing’s WLAJ-TV53 and developed educational and cultural special features for The Michigan Chronicle newspaper. Angela serves as co-chair of the Within Our Lifetime Network Communications Working Group. LEARN MORE
Sean L. Holland was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration and earned a Master of Arts in Min. Leadership from Cornerstone University. In 2013, The International Canadian University appointed Sean as an Ambassador and Chaplain to the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council. He holds an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy & Humane Letters from CICA International University and Seminary. Sean is also an experienced saxophonist and has played in a variety of venues around the world.
As a successful entrepreneur, Sean has worked for Federal Reserve Bank, Common Cause, and Fortune 500 companies such as CSX. In 2003, Sean co-founded VISION, a Michigan State University student organization which continues today to equip students with the social and emotional skills necessary to lead and thrive in purpose. Sean expanded the VISION model to Lansing Community College, Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School, Kettering University of Flint, MI, Lamar College of Colorado. That student-led movement birthed an international ministry called Epicenter of Worship and in late 2004, Sean founded the Epicenter of Worship Church of Lansing, MI. In January of 2006, Sean retired from CSX to pursue a full-time career as the Sr. Pastor of the Epicenter of Worship Church. As a result, Sean has mentored and equipped hundreds of students and raised leaders who are now serving globally.
Sean is also the President of I AM Equipped to Excel (IAM e2e), which is an organization committed to equipping leaders with the necessary tools to reach their maximum potential. He has traveled across the United States, South America, and Africa motivating leaders with his unique 5-step leadership development model. Recently, Sean joined One Love Global as the Director of Transformational Leadership. One Love Global works to revitalize urban centers and create sustainable communities where justice, peace and opportunity are attainable for all children. Dr. Holland lives in Lansing, MI, with his wife and four children, where he continues to serve and build his community.