Q&A with Jeff Raikes, chair of the Stanford University Board of Trustees

By Kathleen J. Sullivan

Jeffrey S. Raikes, who took the helm as chair of the Stanford University Board of Trustees in July, is a Stanford alum who earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering-economic systems in 1980. He and his wife, Tricia, are the parents of three children who have earned degrees on the Farm. Raikes recently sat down with Stanford Report to talk about his management style, the role trustees play as “thought partners” to university leadership, and how his experiences at Stanford helped shape the trajectory of his life.

As chair of the Board of Trustees, you will be overseeing a body of 32 people – all highly accomplished in their fields, including investment banking, law, real estate, business, education and philanthropy. How would you describe your management style?

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Jeffrey S. Raikes (Image credit: Aaron Kehoe)

First of all, it’s important to note that we have a very strong culture at the Board of Trustees. We have a culture of attendance. We’ll get nearly 100 percent attendance, which, given the commitments and responsibilities of trustees, is quite amazing. We have a culture of collegiality and of collaboration, which is enhanced by the fact that we’re here for the institution. What I learned in business is that when you have the right culture, things are a lot easier. When you have challenges in the culture, things are a lot harder.

As trustees, we tap into our love of Stanford and our loyalty to the institution. All of us are volunteers, but each of us has their own story and their own form of gratitude for how this institution changed the trajectories of our lives. Our commitment to Stanford is to “pay it forward” by helping create that opportunity for others.

My management style is very much about being a team leader and a supporter. Relative to the Board of Trustees, I think of myself as being the point guard – to use a sports metaphor. In basketball, a point guard passes the ball for somebody else to score. That’s how I view my role. For example, Gail Harris is a fantastic chair of the Trustees’ Special Committee for Investment Responsibility. I tap into her enthusiasm for helping Stanford in that area and then, I support her.

Another part of my style is to be connected, and to listen and learn. In February, I began a “listening tour” on campus, with the encouragement of Steve Denning, who just completed his term as chair, and Isaac Stein, a trustee and former chair. So far, I have had 50 different one-on-one meetings or small group meetings. I have met with members of student government,  all members of the senior cabinet, all of the deans of the seven Schools, university leaders and previous presidents and chairs of Stanford.

My listening tour has included conversations with people outside Stanford – my counterparts at the University of California, San Francisco, Yale, Princeton and Harvard.

My number one goal, personally and as a member of the Board of Trustees, is to help make sure that President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell are as successful as they can be. They’re the ones leading Stanford. A lot of what trustees do is “thought partnership.” We’re a sounding board – to poke when appropriate and to cheer when appropriate.

You became chair of the Board of Trustees at a turning point in Stanford’s history: President Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Drell have taken the helm and have initiated a long-range planning process to develop a bold new vision for Stanford’s future. What role will trustees play in that process?

The long-range planning process – one of the most important initiatives now underway on campus – represents an important responsibility and opportunity for trustees. It is led by faculty, with students and staff. Stanford also encouraged alumni to participate. I submitted seven different ideas, which are part of the 2,765 ideas the university received.

As trustees, we can leverage our networks – speak to the people to which we’re connected–learn their viewpoints and provide an external perspective that will contribute to the process. Stanford has big aspirations for its impact on the world. So a big question for us is: How can we as trustees tap into our external experience in ways that really enhance what Marc and Persis and university leadership will do as part of long-range planning?

Marc will be giving us regular updates on the process. The long-range plan will also be the focus of our spring retreat.

In addition to approving tuition and the university’s annual budget, and shepherding construction projects through the board’s approval process, what other issues will trustees focus on during the 2017-18 academic year?

Stanford has applied for an updated General Use Permit, sometimes called the GUP, which will guide the physical development of the campus through 2035. [The application sets a plan for the university’s academic and housing needs in the coming year, while ensuring that Stanford continues to grow in a sustainable way that reduces impacts to surrounding communities.] That’s a very important part of our responsibility as trustees, because it will pave the way for the university’s growth well into the future.

Stanford Medicine, which is a very significant component of the overall revenue of the university, is an important topic for trustees. When I think about Stanford Medicine, I don’t just think of the adult hospital, the children’s hospital and clinics, or about short-term opportunities and issues. I also think about the ways in which biomedicine, biotechnology and bioengineering are going to revolutionize health care – just as personal computers and the Internet revolutionized the world in the last 25 to 35 years.

I believe Stanford Medicine will be a platform for Stanford’s leadership in this coming revolution in biomedicine, what Lloyd Minor, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine, would describe as “precision health.” Our expertise across medicine, engineering, data science and policy can really help shape the future of health care in this country and beyond.

Last year, in part because it was Marc’s first year, the Board of Trustees spent a lot of time hearing from the deans and what they saw as the strengths and opportunities in each of their schools. This year is a great time for us to learn about exciting research that’s underway on campus. Last year, we held our spring retreat in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and one of the things that trustees absolutely loved was hearing presentations about exciting new research from leaders at Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and from Kendall Square, a neighborhood of vibrant and growing life sciences research. I want to tap into exciting research at Stanford and make that more available to the trustees.

Our trustees also have a very strong interest in campus life. This may be one of the most dynamic periods in the evolution of the student experience. I think it’s very important that our trustees be connected and they’re very excited to do that.

We’re also very excited to engage with the faculty. As part of my listening tour, I met with Debra Satz last May when she was still the chair of the Faculty Senate, and recently with Liz Hadly, the new chair. The trustees and Faculty Senate are scheduled to have dinner together later this year.

We’ll be recognizing the service of the trustees who are ending their service and welcoming the new trustees. It’s bittersweet – we have some fabulous trustees who will come to the end of their terms, but we also have some great incoming trustees. Carrie Penner joined the board in June, Felix Baker and Jerry Yang will join the board this fall, and we’ll add several more new trustees this year.

Stanford has become a focal point in the world because of the university’s profile in a number of dimensions – whether it be technology, our location in Silicon Valley, our reputation as a top liberal arts institution or the quality of our graduate programs. How should we think about our global footprint?

As a Stanford undergraduate, you chose Ujamaa, one of Stanford’s ethnic theme houses, as your home during your sophomore, junior and senior years. “Uj,” as it is affectionately known, is the place where students can explore black culture and heritage, and engage in personal and group discovery around issues of identity development, race, class and gender and social norms. What drew you – a white teenager who grew up on a Nebraska farm – to choose Ujamaa as your home?

I grew up on a farm that was seven miles from Ashland, Nebraska, a completely homogenous town of 2,000 people. Our nearest neighbors lived more than a half mile away. When I came to Stanford in the mid-‘70s, I went from “a farm” to “the Farm.” At that time, I would say about 50 percent of Stanford’s incoming freshmen were from California. If you were not a Californian, you tended to have a Californian roommate. My freshman roommate, Kenneth Nunn, grew up in Omaha. There were probably only five kids from Nebraska in that incoming class of 1,700 students – and my roommate was one of them.

Kenneth and I grew up 35 minutes apart, but we grew up worlds apart from each other. I learned that privilege tends to be invisible to those who possess it. I wouldn’t have been able to envision what Kenneth’s life was like, growing up as an African American in Omaha. Yet we developed a great friendship. Via Kenneth, I got connected to the black community here on campus.

Kenneth and I roomed together in Ujamaa as sophomores. I also lived in Uj during my junior year, and during my senior year I was a resident assistant there. I got one-third of my education in the classroom and two-thirds of my education outside the classroom – the people I met and the experiences I had on campus were a very important part of my learning. Rooming with Kenneth taught me that I had a real lack of awareness of the lives of people of color in our country. It set me on a path of interest in social justice that really influenced my career.

My Stanford experience helped me better understand and be sensitive to race and equity issues, and to this day helps me understand how important these issues are to the university, particularly its students, faculty and staff. I have been able to take those lessons and apply them outside of Stanford, too. At Microsoft, those experiences helped me focus on diversity as a leader. At the Gates Foundation, issues of equity are very important, and they are fundamental to what we do at the Raikes Foundation where we focus on how we can help create opportunity, especially for youth of color. Life in Ujamaa was a great learning experience and there is no question it really shaped my life and career in a very positive way.

Both of my daughters lived in Ujamaa as freshmen and both of them were residential staff members in the dorm as seniors. (My son Connor lived in Casa Zapata, which is focused on the Chicanx and Latinx experience, so that’s another family connection to theme houses.)

My daughter, Gillian, and Kenneth’s daughter, Foluke, graduated last year from Stanford. During Commencement, Stanford holds a graduation ceremony for black students in Memorial Auditorium. As part of that ceremony, they invited Kenneth and me up on stage with our daughters to be recognized – 40 years after we entered Stanford.

It was a very special moment that brought back reflections of the opportunities I was provided here to develop an awareness that I didn’t have growing up in Nebraska – and how those experiences shaped my life. Kenneth is a professor of law at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

You and your wife, Tricia, are the proud parents of three children with Stanford degrees. What was it like seeing Stanford through the eyes of a new generation of students living, working and studying on the Farm?

So, there’s a funny story about our children and Stanford. When Tricia and I were helping our kids look at schools, we supported 48 campus tours; I did 45 of them. As a parent, it was a fantastic experience traveling around the country with a 16-year-old child, listening to them talk about their aspirations for their future. I absolutely loved it. I would never trade it for anything.

Yet, we did all those campus visits and all three of them wanted to come to Stanford. Michaela graduated with a bachelor’s degree in comparative studies in race and ethnicity in 2010 and got a master’s degree in education through the Stanford Teacher Education Program at the Graduate School of Education, in 2011. Connor graduated in political science in 2014, with an honors degree in ethics and society. Gillian graduated in human biology in 2016.

I’ve always loved Stanford, but there’s no question that having my children here reinvigorated my love of the institution. Being reconnected to Stanford through my children has been a fantastic experience. I was able to see, from a front-row perspective, how Stanford gave our children an education inside and outside of the classroom.

Along the way, we had a lot of great discussions, and sometimes with different points of view on key issues. Gillian once asked me if I was “disappointed” by some of the protests, and my response was that if the students’ experience shaped their interest in social justice for their lives and career, the way my campus experiences shaped me, there is nothing better I could wish for them.

While Stanford University always has room to grow and to improve, I couldn’t be prouder of our institution and its impact on the world.

You have held senior leadership positions at Microsoft Corporation, a technology giant, and at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a global nonprofit organization focused on poverty, health and education, and at the Raikes Foundation. How will those experiences contribute to your leadership as chair of the Board of Trustees?

All along the way, I’ve worked with great leaders, mentors and role models.

When I started at Microsoft, it had 100 employees. When I left, it had 90,000 employees. Early in my career, I co-led the creation of Microsoft Office. That was a pretty amazing experience. Another part of my experience at Microsoft that will help me in my role as chair is seeing how technology can change people’s lives in positive ways. At one point, I led worldwide sales, marketing and services for some 70 subsidiaries around the world. That really helped me hone my understanding of multicultural leadership. We had people from different cultures and from different backgrounds, yet we all worked together as part of the same entity – the same “team.”

My Gates Foundation experience gave me a sense of important issues in the developing world, and challenges in U.S. education and with poverty. It also exposed me to a very “mission-driven” organizational culture. People work there because they want to have the opportunity to be part of its mission – to help every person have the opportunity for a healthy and productive life. The foundation brings together a very diverse set of employee backgrounds and experiences, with people from nonprofits, philanthropy, academia, policy and the private sector. As chief executive officer, I had to find ways to tap into their experiences and support them and the mission.

I would also add that growing up on a farm taught me a lot about work ethic, which is very important as chair of the Board of Trustees. You have to put energy into this role. It also taught me about work balance, which served me well throughout my career. I think work-life balance is important, but I’m referring to a different kind of work balance. When you grow up on a farm, every farm kid wants to drive the tractor. That’s the cool thing to do. What I learned is that some days you drive the tractor and some days you scoop hog manure. That’s work balance. Throughout my career, I have been able to take the bad with the good.

I learned the importance of community values growing up in that environment, a small town where you know everybody and your neighbors support each other. That’s how I think about Stanford – a community. My brother and sister-in-law, who were professors, gave me additional perspectives on academia.

I’m very comfortable with the idea that one of my roles is to help and support Marc and Persis. That’s been a common theme in my career. At the Gates Foundation, I supported Bill and Melinda Gates to accomplish their goals. As a member of the board of directors of Costco Wholesale, I’m a thought partner who supports the leadership of the company. All of my career experiences have come together to give me an opportunity to contribute to Stanford as chair of the Board of Trustees. I’m grateful for the opportunity.

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Trump Tries To Divide Us, But We Are A Bigger Nation Than That

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By Jesse Jackson

(Trice Edney Wire) – When Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem last year, he acted alone, a silent protest against a society that repeatedly fails to hold police accountable for the killing of unarmed African Americans. Kaepernick was condemned and now essentially has been banned from the NFL, with the owners surely colluding to ensure that a quarterback of immense talent would not find a place among the dozens of teams desperately in need of one. Kaepernick is alone no longer.

After Donald Trump’s ugly outbursts and tweets — he called Kaepernick and other protestors a “son of a b—-,” urged the NFL owners to kick out any player with the courage to protest and, bizarrely, condemned rule changes designed to provide some protection against concussions — players and even owners across the NFL reacted. Teams linked arms on the sidelines during the anthem, some kneeling and others not, unified in protest of Trump’s divisive rants and tweets.

The Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and all but one of the Pittsburgh Steelers chose to stay in their locker rooms when the anthem was played. They stood together to defend the right of their teammates to express themselves, whether they agreed with those views or not. They stood together to show that they are citizens, not chattel. They are skilled athletes practicing their profession, not chained slave gladiators forced to entertain the mob. Every athlete knows that expressing controversial views publicly is a harsh risk. Their careers are short; their contracts are not guaranteed.

The owners are billionaires, dependent on public subsidy, fearful of any controversy. They are clearly prepared, as they did with Kaepernick, to punish independence. Yet dozens of athletes responded to Trump’s jibes by joining the protest, and their teammates stood arm-in-arm defending their right to do so. Trump thinks the NFL is a plantation.

The players showed the real patriotism that the flag truly represents. For Trump, the assault on protesting black athletes — he also tweeted his withdrawal of an invitation to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House after Curry expressed reservations about the president — is a classic diversion. He has terrified the country with his blustery, schoolyard insults to a North Korean leader armed with nuclear weapons. His efforts to dismember basic health care are failing despite lies and bribes. Hurricanes and wildfires are mocking his inane denial of climate change.

His embrace of the “fine people” in the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Va., alarmed decent people across the country. After eight months in office, he has the lowest approval ratings of any president since polls were invented. Black athletes — many of them millionaires — make a perfect foil. How dare they protest when they have been “given” so much? Much of Trump’s base already thinks minorities enjoy special privileges. Going after black athletes simply stokes their anger and resentment, while masking Trump’s myriad failures and betrayals. Kaepernick took his knee to protest the criminal police killing of African Americans.

This year to date, the Washington Post reports that 10 unarmed African Americans, and 32 unarmed people in total, have been fatally shot by the police in the United States. St. Louis has been shaken by days of protests after the acquittal of a police officer who shot an 24-year-old African-American after a car chase. Trump has fueled this conflagration. Police chiefs rebuked him when he urged police to feel free to rough up suspects.

His Department of Justice has told prosecutors to seek maximum sentences, adding to mass incarceration that shames this nation. His DOJ has also scorned the consent agreements that Obama’s Justice Department forged to reform racially biased police departments. Kaepernick and the players taking a knee have ever more reasons to do so. The stern visage of Dr. Martin Luther King now graces the national mall. America has come a long way since he left us.

We are a more diverse nation. Segregation is no more. We still need leaders and citizens who will work to bring us together, to reform biased institutional practices, to rededicate ourselves to fulfilling Dr. King’s dream. Sadly, in the White House, this president has chosen, purposefully and with malice, to drive us apart to serve his own political ends. The protests of the NFL players this weekend show that we are a better nation than that.

Turner prize’s diverse shortlist ‘makes a powerful political statement’

This year’s Turner prize makes a powerful political statement with a shortlist of artists who champion the diversity of the British art scene, the director of Tate Britain has said.

Alex Farquharson, the chair of the Turner prize judging panel, said that the diverse, cross-cultural shortlist, “the most international to date”, sends an important and timely message during a period of increasing hostility towards immigrants.

He made the comments at the opening of the Turner prize exhibition at Ferens art gallery in Hull on Monday.

This year’s shortlisted artists – Lubaina Himid, Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner and Rosalind Nashashibi – have all taken on political issues in the works that feature in the exhibition. It follows accusations in 2016 that the prize was failing to engage with the current climate, with the work of last year’s winner, Helen Marten, seen as apolitical.

Farquharson said: “It’s certainly an embrace of multiculturalism and I think in that sense it’s reflective of British art and society. The jurists are particularly interested in the transnational, the cross-cultural this year.”

The works of Himid, who was born in Zanzibar, and Anderson, whose parents are Jamaican, both addressed the issue of black representation in art and media. An age limit of 50 was dropped for the prize this year, meaning that at 63 Himid is the oldest artist to be nominated.

Her works selected for the Turner exhibition reflect her contribution to art, and particularly the representation of black women in art, since the 1980s.

Her best-known work, A Fashionable Marriage – a sculpture made from wood cut-outs and featuring figures such as Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan – was made in 1986. It is featured in the exhibition and its messages about race and polarisation still feel very timely, Farquharson said.

Anderson’s work in the exhibition dwells on his Jamaican heritage and features his paintings of barber shops, which celebrate their role in Afro-Caribbean communities. Also in the show is his work Is It OK to Be Black?, inspired by the wall displays inside of a barber shops, which features Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

Hurvin Anderson’s Is It OK to Be Black? (2016).



Hurvin Anderson’s Is it OK to be Black? (2016). Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

“I would say that that black representation and artistic expression is a huge aspect of art today, both in the UK and internationally,” Farquharson said. He said the removal of the age limit had meant the prize could have a role in championing older artists, who were often female, black or Asian and whose contribution was just beginning to be recognised properly.

“In the art world right now there is an increased interest in, and understanding of, the contribution of black British artists in the 80s,” he said. “They were important in their own day, but it was a struggle and it has not recognised as a key aspect of the story of art at that time. Yet increasingly there is widespread acceptance that the 80s black art movement ushered in a lot of what we see today.”

Other political issues that feature in this year’s show include the conflict in Gaza, which is the focal point of one of Nashashibi’s films, while Andrea Büttner addresses the rise of fascism in the 1940s through the words of the French philosopher Simone Weil.

Farquharson said of the prize: “It can now play a different role and it is already doing so in this exhibition. It reflects a wider interest in the contemporary art world right now in marginalised background practices, often by women, often by black and Asian artists, and the bringing of that work to the fore. It’s too early to tell whether this will be the character of the Turner prize going forward, but it’s certainly an option for future jurors.”

The new rules were also a nod to the fact that the generational divide, particularly apparent in modern art in the 1990s when the Turner prize gained notoriety with the YBA artists, was no longer so apparent.

“Perhaps a few years ago we were in that avant-garde narrative of one generation breaking the rules of a previous generation, but I don’t think that’s where we’re at any more,” said Farquharson. “There is a recognition that these newest developments are often from the hands of artists of an older generation.”

It is the fifth year the Turner prize has been exhibited outside of London. The winner of the £25,000 prize will be announced at a ceremony on 5 December, broadcast live on the BBC.

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Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquires works by Haki Madhubuti

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The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University has added a collection of papers from Haki Madhubuti, the Third World Press and the Third World Press Foundation in Chicago.

Madhubuti, a poet, founded the Third World Press foundation in 1967 and is the oldest black-owned publisher in the country. The publisher has included the works of many well-known African-American writers, including Gwendolyn Brooks.

“Dr. Madhubuti’s work as a poet who was directly mentored by Gwendolyn Brooks, and his work as a publisher, publishing Gwendolyn Brooks’s later work among many other black writers, made the Madhubuti Collection and the Third World Press archives a natural acquisition that complements the Gwendolyn Brooks papers held here in RBML,” Lynne Thomas said, associate professor of the University Library, in an email.

As of 2013, the literary archives belonging to Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and Illinois poet laureate for 32 years, can also be found in the The Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

When Third World Press production first began, Madhubuti used a mimeograph machine and operated out of the basement of his apartment. During the time of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, the press printed the works of black writers and scholars that would likely not be accepted by common publishers.

“The Third World Press collection documents the Black Arts Movement and one of the oldest black-owned publishing companies in the country, and Dr. Madhubuti’s papers contribute to further documenting the history of modern poetry,” Thomas said. “ I would not be surprised if we continued to build upon these collections with other acquisitions as is appropriate.”

The press published fiction, poetry, history, memoir, social science, cultural criticism and children’s books. In addition, Madhubuti also included personal works, such as books of poetry and essays.

The addition to the library is contained in about 300 boxes or span about 500 feet of library shelving. The addition includes the editorial processes, business records, marketing, distribution, fundraising records and letters that reveal literary and professional relationships.

Madhubuti also wanted the papers at the same institution as those of Brooks, who mentored him as a young writer, as well as a close friend.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the press will host a weeklong event that includes speakers, workshops, movie screenings and performances from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7 in Chicago.

On Sept. 20, Madhubuti spoke at the opening of an exhibit of materials from the Brooks archive, hosted at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The exhibit, “Matter in the Margins, Gwendolyn Brooks at 100,”  will run through Dec. 20 and includes Brook’s comments on her own work and letters to her editor.

“Our commitment to modern poetry includes several of our most well-known manuscript collections, including the Carl Sandburg papers, the W.S. Merwin papers, and the Gwendolyn Brooks papers. We also have strong holdings in published poetry in several areas. I expect that as we go forward, we will continue to build the poetry collections here at RBML in ways that will enhance this area of research and artistry,” Thomas said. 

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Cindy Ormiston of Tranquil Vibrations to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

By reconnecting with that energetic source, the life force itself, we’re able to access what we’ve always known.”

— Cindy Ormiston

DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, September 27, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — There is so little we understand about the true nature of chronic pain and dis-ease, what causes it and why it can be so severe. And yet doctors routinely prescribe incredibly addicting drugs to manage it. It makes sense to take a step back and look from a completely different angle with a different perspective. There’s an energetic component to our traumatic experiences and they deserve to be explored, especially if the alternative can offer no reasonable hope.

Cindy Ormiston is the founder of Tranquil Vibrations, an energy healing practice that specializes in reconnective healing, realigning you emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically. Cindy reconnects your body to the meridian lines of the universe and the infinite wisdom of the universe and facilitates reconnective healing in person or distance.

“Often times our energy flow is shut down and we need to get it set back up,” explains Cindy. “By reconnecting with that energetic source, the life force itself, we’re able to access what we’ve always known.”

In 2011, Cindy suffered a terrible accident that almost removed her right arm. After surgery to repair the broken bones and torn muscles, Cindy was left with a condition known as complex regional pain syndrome. Prescribed class-A narcotics to manage her excruciating pain and anxiety, Cindy found herself on a hopeless path.

“My life crumbled to nothing,” recalls Cindy. “One of my physicians said, ‘This is where your life is. These are the drugs you’re going to take for the rest of your life. You probably have seven years before you overdose.’”

Thankfully, Cindy found salvation in reconnective healing with Dr. Eric Pearl.

“I felt this warming sensation at the back of my shoulders. It was a feeling of relaxing, loving and caring. I wasn’t being touched,” recalls Cindy. “Dr. Pearl said, ‘If you trust me, put your elbow in my hand and let me take all the weight,’ as he gently raised my arm completed above my head. It was a position it hadn’t been in for four years and for the first time in four years I had no pain. This was profound. And I knew this was one of those life changing moments.

Cindy walked away from all the medications she’d been taking and came home ready to launch Tranquil Vibrations to help others as Dr. Pearl helped her.

“In helping others heal themselves, I heal myself,” says Cindy. “Every time I work with a client and they experience a change, my life becomes richer, fuller, happier, healthier, healed. Every time I do energetics with somebody I’m transforming with them.”

CUTV News Radio will feature Cindy Ormiston in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on September 29th at 3pm EDT.

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Donald Trump: US President says NFL insults about patriotism, not race

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US President Donald Trump denied inflaming racial tensions Monday, insisting his charged comments that prompted a wave of symbolic protests by NFL players were about patriotism not color.

After his volley of verbal attacks on black athletes led players across the country to kneel during the US national anthem over the weekend, the besieged president played defense on Twitter.

Trump had started the furor by attacking players like Colin Kaepernick — who first took a knee through renditions of the “Star-Spangled Banner” during last year’s American football season to protest police brutality toward African Americans — as a “son of a bitch” who should be fired.

In a separate feud, Trump also disinvited basketball superstar Stephen Curry from a White House event.

More than 150 pro football players took a defiant stance on Sunday, kneeling, linking arms or raising clenched fists during the anthem before 14 games.

In response, the US leader doubled down on those remarks by urging fans to boycott the NFL as long as the protests continued.

And on Monday, keeping the issue alive for a fourth day, Trump insisted: “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”

Twelve hours later, he was still at it, denying any rifts about the issue with his influential chief of staff.

“General John Kelly totally agrees w/ my stance on NFL players and the fact that they should not be disrespecting our FLAG or GREAT COUNTRY!”

Trump — who faces low poll numbers and is struggling to enact his agenda — earlier tried to single out the NFL players who protested.

“Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!” he tweeted.

He also pointed to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ acceptance of a White House invitation and support from racecar fans.

“So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!” Trump tweeted.

Only a handful of NASCAR drivers have been African American.

But driver Dale Earnhardt also took to Twitter, implicitly rebuking Trump with a quote from former president John F Kennedy: “All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

Trump also drew a furious backlash from NBA basketball stars, including superstar LeBron James, who described the president as a “bum.”

“He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement,” said James.

“The people run this country. Not one individual. And damn sure not him.”

The White House denied that Trump’s “son of a bitch” remarks were unbecoming of his office.

“I think that it’s always appropriate for the president of the United States to defend our flag, to defend the national anthem, and to defend the men and women who fought and died to defend it,” said spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

“The president is not talking about race,” she claimed.

Courting controversy

Washington Redskins players kneel or lock arms during the the national anthem before a game against the Oakland Raidersplay

Washington Redskins players kneel or lock arms during the the national anthem before a game against the Oakland Raiders

(GETTY/AFP)

Trump has wholeheartedly embraced the controversy, with his advisors suggesting it plays well with his largely white base.

Trump also changed his Twitter background photo to an American flag and stated that the “White House never looked more beautiful than it did returning last night.”

That has led critics to accuse Trump of creating a diversion.

His efforts to repeal Barack Obama’s health care reforms have run aground and would-be signature tax reforms are giving way to much less ambitious tax cuts.

At the same time, Trump faces a number of challenges from overseas, not least a war of words with North Korea that threatens to become a shooting war.

Trump has also faced criticism for his low-profile White House response to Hurricane Maria, which has left much of the US island territory of Puerto Rico.

Editorial: Yet again, Trump chooses divisiveness

President Donald Trump waves during a Sept. 22 rally at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Ala.

President Donald Trump waves during a Sept. 22 rally at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Ala. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP)

President Donald Trump once again has chosen to use the most powerful bully pulpit in the world not to draw this country together, but to tear it apart. As has happened all too often in this presidency — and despite his claims to the contrary — his targets once again were black Americans.

At a Friday rally in Alabama, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who have been protesting police violence against blacks by “taking a knee” during the national anthem. Trump roared to a mostly white crowd that owners should “get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. Fired!” The following day Trump declared that Stephen Curry of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors was disinvited from the White House because he was “hesitating” before accepting an invitation that may never have been formally proffered.

This is all occurring against a backdrop of more pressing national matters — including North Korea threatening military action against the U.S., and 3 million Americans in Puerto Rico without power and fast running out of supplies and hope after a devastating hurricane. It once was commonly said that little was more precious than a president’s time, so vast are the responsibilities of that office. No more. This president squanders his time and attention with abandon, focusing on personal pique over issues vital to the nation’s well-being. Trump appears incapable of calculating that his energy might be better focused on forging a health care compromise or mobilizing aid to an island territory that is looking to the mainland for help.


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Trump’s endlessly combative nature has made his attempts to divide the people he is supposed to lead one of the most unfortunate aspects of his presidency. But he may be disappointed to discover that American character is stronger than he imagined and that American DNA is hard-wired to resist would-be dictators.

The more Trump sows divisiveness, the more everyday Americans step forward to resist. His latest tirade succeeded mostly in setting off a wave of similar protests. Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf locked arms with their players in solidarity. Musical icon Stevie Wonder knelt on stage. And John Middlemas, a 97-year-old white Missouri veteran, went viral with a photo of himself “taking a knee,” affirming his belief that “those kids have every right to protest.”

They know the American flag is powerful because of what it represents — a bedrock commitment to liberty, including that most cherished right, freedom of expression. It’s what has set this country apart from those led by kings, dictators and any regime too fearful of its people to allow them to freely express their thoughts. Trump should remember that this nation was born in rebellion, because its people refused to submit to the tyrannies of those who would quash their right to speak and think as they chose.

If Trump wants to fight, there are plenty of causes worth fighting for — better health care, better jobs, better housing, a more peaceful world. They will take all of his energy and commitment — if he’ll let them.

—Minneapolis Star Tribune

Donald Trump Gives NFL Owners Cover For Their Own Racism

NFL owners are a racist lot, but Donald Trump threw them a lifeline by calling players who protest the national anthem “sons of bitches” who ought to be fired.

Even though he has bigger problems to address — North Korea’s rocket man and the pathetic failure of his health care plan, to name just two —  the race-baiter-in-chief couldn’t shut up, even when the entire Dallas Cowboys team and owner Jerry Jones took a knee before the national anthem during this week’s Monday night game.

Yesterday, Trump tweeted that “the booing at the NFL football game last night, when the entire Dallas team dropped to its knees, was loudest I have ever heard. Great anger.” Then he praised the Cowboys for standing during the national anthem; tweeting that “big progress is being made.”

The president’s beef with protesting players has allowed Trump’s billionaire buddies like Jones, Robert Kraft and Dan Snynder to take advantage of the situation. The president is a master media manipulator. He changed the narrative about why NFL athletes continued to protest the national anthem after Colin Kaepernick got blackballed by the very same franchise owners who donated millions of dollars to Trump’s campaign and inaugural committee, but are now condemning the president’s remarks. Notice that none of them has called Trump out by name, instead putting out carefully crafted press statements about “showing unity” with their players.

Donald Trump Gives NFL Owners Cover for Their Own Racism (2)

Illustration by Alex Izaguirre

The only owner with any sincerity is Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has been trying to build bridges between protesting players, local police, and back community activists since last year when the Kaepernick controversy began.

The other 31 owners wanted to change the conversation Kaepernick started about police injustice against black people in America. The NFL’s one-percenters banded together to make sure Kaepernick wouldn’t get signed, hoping to send a message that outspoken uppity negroes are not welcome.

Instead, the league faced a mountain of backlash from African Americans across the country. Thousands gathered for a Black Lives Matter rally outside of NFL headquarters in New York City a week before the season started. Kaepernick’s San Francisco 49ers jersey remains one of the top sellers in NFL merchandise. Meanwhile, the NFL had its worst television ratings during the opening week of the 2017 season.

The irony is that Trump has forced NFL owners to finally confront the racist shit they’ve been doing for years.

Follow Luther Campbell on Twitter:@unclelukereal1

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Finally Included in African American Museum

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After months of controversy over Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas being left out of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Institution has announced it will honor black Americans who have served on the nation’s highest court.

Inquires from Breitbart News to the Smithsonian as to why it was including free agent NFL player Colin Kaepernick and his protests in their collection and not Justice Thomas were not answered, despite multiple inquiries.

But now Linda St. Thomas, chief spokesperson for the Smithsonian Institution, said the museum has installed an exhibition case called “The Supreme Court” honoring Thomas and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was also African American.

“There is a label for Thurgood Marshall and one for Clarence Thomas, the two African Americans who have served on the Supreme Court,” St. Thomas said.

The label for Justice Thomas reads, “Clarence Thomas: From Seminary School to Supreme Court Bench.” The exhibition includes his photo and an image of Jet magazine that he appeared on the cover of in 1991, the Washington Times reported.

The exhibition also lists Supreme Court rulings that were “landmark decisions on matters of race, as well as issues of ancestry, ethnicity and tribal sovereignty.”

The Supreme Court installation comes as the museum celebrates its one-year anniversary this month.

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