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May 31, 2020
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Department culture can escalate to police brutality, ASU expert says

May 29, 2020

Setting, enforcing standards separates great police departments from bad

The premature death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer caught on video May 25 raises questions as to how a call to investigate a person suspected of forgery can end up in tragedy.

In the graphic footage recorded by a bystander, a handcuffed Floyd is on the ground, face-down, and struggles to breathe as one of three officers holding him down forces his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes while ignoring pleas from the 46-year-old man and onlookers to stop.

The incident has set off a series of violent protests in Minneapolis, along with demonstrations throughout other U.S. cities, including Phoenix.

While some characterize the incident as another example of brutality and racism in the police ranks, it is often a more complex problem of department culture that leads to such incidents.

Kevin Robinson, a lecturer in the School of Criminology within the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, provides insight into the topic and discusses how department culture can shape the actions of some officers.

Robinson served in the Phoenix Police Department for over 36 years where he rose to the rank of assistant police chief.

QUESTION: When you saw the George Floyd video, as a former police officer, what were you initial thoughts?

ANSWER: Initially, I was horrified. It was clear that Mr. Floyd was under the control of the officers and no longer a threat, provided he ever posed a threat. Clearly, he was distressed and that distress was being ignored. His cries for help were haunting. I realized, the first time I saw the video, that I was watching a man die.

Read full article courtesy of ASU Now here.

Patient Attitudes Regarding Team-Based Primary Care

Kenneth G. Poole Jr.

Archons,

I hope this message finds you all healthy.  Not surprisingly healthcare is in an unpredictable state of flux. That said, relationships still matter in medicine. Attached, our study negatively supports the use of team-based care & favors the use of consistent providers for annual exams, but supports the use of team-based care for acute issues. Virtual care should be incorporated strategically, as it is preferred to varying degrees based on demographics such as age and income.  

Read research article here.

Stay well. Fraternally, 

Kenny Poole

Five months into the pandemic - where are we now?

George A. Strait Jr.

Fact Not Fear Worldview

What's the situation in California, Washington DC, New York, Sweden, Mexico, and Australia. Also another "Day in the Life" segment this time from a non-virus related medical situation. Watch, comment, share and subscribe.....more soon

Public health expert calls for 'no-cost' coronavirus testing and treatment to end racial disparities

Edmond L. Baker Jr

The story of the coronavirus in the U.S. shows discrepancies by geography, age, sex and other factors, but one stands out above all: that black Americans are infected with the virus and die from it at disproportionately higher rates than any other group in the country. National coronavirus data based on race from the White House has been sparse to nonexistent, but information released by states and local municipalities has shown how drastic the disparity is in particular regions of the country.

A Washington Post report last week found that majority-black counties have three times the rate of infections and almost six times the rate of deaths as majority-white counties.

In Michigan, black Americans account for 14 percent of the population, but make up 40 percent of the coronavirus deaths. In Milwaukee, black Americans make up 26 percent of the county, but make up more than 80 percent  of its deaths. In Chicago, black residents account for 72 percent of coronavirus deaths, despite making up just 29 percent of the city’s population, according to NPR

Read more courtesy of Yahoo News here.

After 20 years, Professor Myles Lynk has retired from ASU Law’s full-time faculty

At the beginning of his classes, Arizona State University law Professor Myles Lynk would share the poem “Ithaca” by Constantine Cavafy, reminding students that the long and challenging journey ahead is as much the prize as the destination is.

As you set out for Ithaca
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.

And throughout a career that has taken him across the country and beyond, there has been a common thread for Lynk. Whether volunteering in the Pruitt-Igoe housing project of St. Louis, leading social work in Uganda, serving on the White House domestic policy staff during the Carter administration, becoming the first African American partner at Dewey Ballantine LLP or serving as president of the District of Columbia Bar, he has always worked for the greater good.

Read entire article courtesy of ASU University here.

Living History Program – 2020

Congratulations to the Tri-Chair Team representing The Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., The Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Gamma Mu Boule for presenting an outstanding 2020 Living History Program. The program was hosted by Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Pastor Terrey E Mackey, and very well attended by the community; including a strong representation of Gamma Mu Boule Archons.

This year’s theme was “The Art of Academia” celebrating and honoring pioneers from our community who have devoted their lives and careers to the education and development of our young people. Honorees were:

  • Archon, Dr. Rufus Glasper
  • Dr. Neal A Lester
  • Dr. Josephine Pete
  • Dr. Lavern S Tarkington
  • Dr. Camilla Westenberg
  • Archousa, Dr. Stacia Wilson

The Living History Program is one of the programs supported by our community service organization; Gamma Mu Educational Services, Inc., (GMES). While the program highlights the recognition of distinguished honorees, it has a dual objective of providing young people from the sponsoring organizations the opportunity to interact with these pioneers directly, learn and develop skills. Teams of youth, working with adult mentors, meet with the honorees to gather information about their background, careers, family and wisdom on life. The teams then prepare a PowerPoint presentation that is used to introduce the honoree to the audience during the program. In the process, the teens learn and develop valuable skills in the areas of planning, teamwork, interviewing and public speaking.

A special thanks to Archon Jocquese Blackwell who represented Gamma Mu on the Tri-Chair Team and Archons Edmond Baker, Tyrone Benson, Donald Bland, Tony Franklin, Kevin Robinson and Dwayne Sansone who served as Team Mentors working with the youth teams.

A photo gallery of this event has been uploaded to our online Photo Gallery.

Well done Archons!!

Join Me in Supporting Archon Karl Gentles

Archons,
 
My name is Archon Karl Gentles of Gamma Mu Boulé (Phoenix), and I am a Democratic Candidate for Arizona's 6th Congressional District. Attached is a prospectus about my campaign and further background on my canidacy. Download the prospectus here.
 
I hope you can take a momement to review these documents, and I will be following up within the next few days. Thank you in advance for your suppport. 
 
Fraternally,

Archon Karl Gentles
Gamma Mu Boulé
 
 
 
 
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Archon George Strait Is New Sire Archon of the Pacific Region

George A. Strait Jr.

Archon George Strait assumed the Chair of the Pacific Regional Boule, at the Regional Meeting in Pasadena in October, 2019. Archon Strait has served the Pacific Region in a number of leadership capacities. After a very distinguishable career as the ABC National Health Reporter, Archon Strait works as a communication consultant to various government agencies. His primary focus will be refining and implementing a strategic plan for the Pacific Region.