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Volume 4, Issue 5 June 2013 Issue Your Connection INSIDE: Pg. 2

Your Health CATCH Program

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Your Health Interview with Susan Parenti

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Your Health Change Your Food Change Your Food by, Ordena Hope

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Special Edition of Unity in Action Magazine:

We Choose Health! Students from BT Washington students contributed work from their participation in the CATCH media program. Featured in this special issue of Unity in Action Magazine is their collection of media called, We Choose Health!

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Your Health Interview with Colleen Wagnor, Common Ground Food Co-op

Pg. 9 Your History

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We Choose Health!

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With the help of a group of students enrolled in Booker T. Washington STEM Academy’s Creative Media Group submitted work from their CATCH Program. The students media project titled “We Choose Health” is a compilation of content on health, nutrition, and wellness submitted for this special edition of Unity In Action Magazine. CATCH Program is brought to you by CU Fit Families, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, and the Illinois Arts Council. Funded in part by the We Choose Health grant. We Choose Health is IDPH’s Community Transformation Grant Funded by the Public Health and Prevention Fund established by the Affordable Care Act. Our contributors are: Alina Craig Alisha Edsen Ashlyn Leontan Edited by Alex Cline Special thanks to Derrick Cooper and Whitney Hayes!

special occasions ■ French fries ■ Fruits canned in heavy syrup ■ Doughnuts ■ Muffins ■ Fried hamburgers ■ Chicken nuggets ■ Cookies ■ Ice cream ■ Candy ■ Sodas and other sugary drinks ■ Chips

Slow Foods - think before eating, don't eat in large quantities ■ 100% fruit juice ■ Fruits canned in light syrup ■ White bread ■ French toast, waffles, and pancakes ■ Tuna canned in oil ■ Whole milk ■ Low-fat meats and sausages ■ Peanut Butter ■ Pasta ■ Ordinary cheese

Go Foods - eat anytime

■ Baby carrots ■ Celery sticks ■ Grape tomatoes ■ Apples ■ Cherries ■ Melon ■ Oranges ■ Peaches ■ Pears ■ Whole grain breads ■ Low fat and skim milk ■ Chicken and turkey without skin ■ Lower fat cheese and yogurt ■ Water

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Tanya Parker, Publisher

2010 Social Entrepreneurship Innovation Award 2010 History Maker Award 2012 CU Community Leadership Award

WHO AM I? A Champaign native, raised in Garden Hills Neighborhood. I attended BT Washington, Edison Middle School, Central High School, and graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign with a BA in Economics. I am a mother, friend, and active community member. Many people knew my grandmother, who helped anyone in need, Eular Mae Henderson. Each year in school, we had the opportunity to do community service, from writing paypal letters to senior citizen or other students over seas to mentoring peers. It was during high school that I really took ownership of my passion to help the community as President of the Afro-American Club. I had the opportunity to write, direct, and produce a play called, “Breaking the Chains of Ignorance.” It was after then that I knew I would commit my life to helping the community. While attending the University of Illinois, I was an Illinette in the Marching Illini Band. I was always staying busy which kept me on track. I was able to graduate within 4 years with an Economic degree. What I learn about social and economic warfare motivated me to create a counter solution to improve our community. After taking a high paying job in corporate America, I quickly realized that making a lot of money was not important to me, I wanted to improve the conditions of communities like the one I grew up in. I wanted to help create lasting positive change. I was tired of everyone talking about the problems, I just wanted to work towards solutions. As I mediated on how to address the concerns plaguing low-income communities I noticed that the issues crossed all races and places. Also, there had to be an umbrella approach that addressed many areas of one’s life at once. Also, there would have to be change on different levels; from the effectiveness of our democratic process, to building empathy by sharing stories about the lifestyle and culture of poverty. I went on to design programs like the Summer Construction Program, Club Freestyle, Career Success Training Program and Unity in Action Magazine. Unity in Action Magazine, formerly Habari Connection, is just one part of my plan, which helps with the social development and helps provide a funding source for community programs. This is your magazine- readers and professionals are encouraged to submit your articles, share your stories, inform us of your events, and most important share your ideas on how we can address issues in our community. This magazine helps me and my family just as much as it helps yours. Yours Truly, Tanya Parker, Publisher of Unity in Action Magazine

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We Choose Health! CATCH Program Student’s Interview With:

Susan Parenti, Educator with the Gesundheit! Institute

because we want to know how healthy her family is. We think of her church, imagine everyone sharing one big bed because we want to know how healthy her church is, we think of her state, country, and the world. This means we are concerned about things beyond just if you feel sick, we also want to know if you feel...poor. CATCH: What? SP: Poor. CATCH: Why?

SP: We think that poverty is a health care problem. We think that gangs and bullying are health care problems. We think that when there is a war, that’s not a political problem, it’s a health care problem. We look at all these things, a big range of things, and say, “okay, we are interested and we think these Susan Parenti, PhD, is a composer and things are health care problems.” We activist who is an educator with the go around the world, and among other Gesundheit! Institute, a medical advo- things, we play music. We think of cacy organization founded by Dr. Patch music as a kind of medicine. Adams, M.D. CATCH Program: Hi, Susan, can you introduce yourself for our readers? S. Hi, my name is Susan Parenti, and I work and play with a group of doctors and nurses and teachers called the Gesundheit Institute. You know when you sneeze, what do you say? Gesundheit! In German, it means “To Good Health”. So, I belong to a sneeze organization. We think that people’s health is both individual, like you by yourself, but we also think that you are part of a family: if we wanna know how healthy you are, we have to know how healthy your family is. Furthermore, your family lives inside a town and community and goes to church sometimes, so we need to know how healthy your church and community is. On top of that, your community and church are inside a country, so we need to know how healthy that country is. Your country is inside the world, so we need to know how healthy that world is.

CATCH: Since you work with doctors, do you guys give out lollipops? SP: A lot of our doctors don’t work inside hospitals with walls. They work in hospitals without walls. CATCH: So they work outside?

SP: They work in the street. We say to ourselves that medical systems are very small, but health care happens every single moment. Right now we’re doing some health care. To go back to your original question, when you say, “Do your doctors give out lolipops”... we think that what people eat directly contributes to their health, to the health of their family. Just wondering, do you notice the way your family eats and do you think the way your family eats could be contributing to them being sick? Do you guys know what hypertension is? It’s actually what leads to strokes and heart attacks. Many African-American men between 50 and 60, Normally, you think of the person who about 60 percent of them, in fact, have is sick in the hospital, all by herself, hypertension. sometimes her parents visit. At Gesundheit!, we also think about her fam- CATCH: Why’s that? ily all sharing one big bed in the family,

SP: Well it’s been thought that a lot of people’s diets, exercise habits, and stress contribute. But stress, let’s talk about stress. Hypertension comes from a lot of stress. When people are feeling like they are too poor, or are in a bad environment, they’re more likely to experience chronic stress. Because of this, we have an astonishing situation: people in rich countries, where there’s a bigger gap between rich and poor, are somehow sicker than people in poor countries where there is less of a gap between rich and poor. CATCH: How do you get paid?

CATCH: But why the accordion, then? SP: Well, I wasn’t sure if you would have a piano, and this is easier to carry around. Sometimes when I visit hospitals, and I play for people because music is medicine, there’s no pianos in the hospitals or nursing homes. This is my miniature piano I can bring with me. Almost every culture in the world has its own version of the accordion, I think it might be a universal poor people’s instrument. CATCH: Why do you work with Gesundheit?

SP: I went to school during the Vietnam war, and I didn’t like seeing all that death on the television. I became very unhappy around the age of 12, and for a long time, up to about age 24, I was really thinking that I didn’t want to be alive. I didn’t like war, I didn’t like how mean people were to each other. My family was nice, but they said, “be CATCH: What kind of healthy food do quiet” or “no”. I decided to find things I you all recommend? thought were important. SP: Sometimes, when doctors with Gesundheit are in a place like Peru, we don’t necessarily get paid in money. In our particular situation, sometimes we go to poorer places where we get paid in great meals, a place to stay, maybe a night out dancing.

SP: We try to eat food that is what they call, well, things that don’t come in plastic packages. We like to avoid processed foods. A lot of these things are kept this way because they need to be preserved on the shelf for months, and they add a lot of chemicals. At our site in West Virginia, we usually eat vegetarian meals, though I myself am not a vegetarian, using fresh local vegetables, beans and legumes, and price or bread.

CATCH: Why is war a healthcare problem?

SP: If you think about health not just as a person who is without you know people with no diseases but are miserable? People who are unhappy but have nothing physically wrong with them? We maintain that if people don’t feel connected to each other and caring about each other, then in a certain way, CATCH: What kind of things do you they’re sick. If you think of war, it hurts do? people. You learn in school to solve problems with language, not force. SP: I personally make school programs People don’t come out of war feeling around the idea that we’re interested healthy. Even people who are heroes, in the health of the individual, family, they come back feeling badly. Could community, and society as a whole. you see a little bit why war might be I generally make these programs for considered a health care problem? medical students and older people to interest them in the idea that we’re not just interested in individual health. CATCH: Thanks for coming out! CATCH: Why do you play music?

SP: Thank you! One final note: Have you ever considered that it could be SP: I realized when I was your age that that you, and everyone you know are I liked music more than words. It made really doctors? You make other people me feel like I could fly. I started on the feel better, which is the most important piano, because my school had a piano. thing a doctor does.

Change Your FOOD Change Your MOOD Everyone knows someone labeled or judged due to behavioral patterns. Moreover, there are thousands who have endured criticism due to the inability to correct unacceptable behavior. Many are guilty of looking at people and wonder why they act different from what society deems as normal and have gone as far as place harsh judgment against them. A mate who is confrontational, a child who is uncontrollable and irritable, a mother who is depressed, an aunt who is suicidal are all victims of judgments. Realistically speaking, how are we to judge if not by behavior? For some the culprit is the food they ingest that causes them to act in manners that warrant negative judgment. Behaviors such as temper tantrums are common among children under

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Is Food the CULPRIT to Your Judgments? That is does what you eat affect your judgement? five years old, however frequently seen in adults. Have you ever been in a space where you reacted in a manner that caused you to pause and ask yourself “What was that about?� More times than not it was about the food you ate. Furthermore, it was the food that causes toxins to be released which caused your negative behavior. Sugar for breakfast, fat for lunch, those additives for snacks, and that sodium nitrate you gave your child in the form of cereal, hamburgers, potato chips, and hotdogs that are causing the loss of self-control. When a person is out of control, others judge harshly and may even shun. Sugar is present in most breakfast cereal, chocolate, fruit snacks and nearly all the foods that not only children like best. Sugar creates states of hyperactivity, and then leaves them drained

and irritable. Sodium benzoate, is found in soft drinks and fruit juices and may cause someone to be easily distracted. Furthermore, sodium nitrate contributes to hyperactivity as well. OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has been linked to copper imbalance as well as arthritis and severe depression. Copper, mercury, manganese, and cadmium and other toxicities have been directly linked to schizophrenias. However it is the B-complex vitamins which are essential to ensure proper balance of the nervous system. More energy and less depression has been documented when thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3) and pyridoxine (B6). In addition, Pantothenic acid (B5) have been added as a supplement to any diet. There is plenty of scientific

evidence to support this claim and many others, yet the public lie in ignorance. Although, labels from behavior is becoming the norm healthy diet and eating habits can transform this thought process. Actions such as ODB (oppositional defiant behavior), ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Schizophrenia. Bipolar and Depression needs combatting by eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and grains. Certain foods can affect the way we all behave. A nutritious, balanced diet will help to maintain great attitude and good behavior. Consequently, longer-lasting energy, which is the catalyst, that leads to better performance in the classroom, on the job, and in the homes.

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I do a lot of events with kids at the co-op where maybe we write letters to local farmers, look at pictures of farms and talk about what foods grow at all the different farms. I do a lot of different things there, but those are the things that I think are the most important. CATCH: What does local food mean, and what makes it different from normal food? CW: We define local food as food that is made or grown within 100 miles of our store. The big difference in local food is we don’t have to rely on airplanes, boats, or trucks to get it across the country. It doesn’t have to travel thousands of miles to get to you to eat it. It’s a lot fresher a lot of the time, most of the times we buy from farms that are considerably smaller than big farms that are maybe 1000 miles away, so we know that those farmers are taking care of their land and their animals moreso than a big farm might.

Submission by students in the CATCH Program:

BT Washington Student’s Interview With:

Colleen Wagner,

Promotions Coordinator at Commmon Ground Food Co-op Colleen Wagner is the Promotions Coordinator at Commmon Ground Food Co-op, a cooperatively owned grocery store in Urbana located in Lincoln Square Mall. We Choose Health: What is the co-op? Colleen Wagner: Well, Common Ground is a grocery store, but sort of a special one. We’re kind of unique because no one person owns Common Ground, we’re owned by the community, so anyone who wants to own common ground can own common ground.

We also have a lot of foods that are natural and that are grown right around Champaign-Urbana. A lot of the fruits and vegetables we get and other products we sell to our owners and customers come from within 100 miles of Champaign-Urbana. CATCH: What do you do for a living? CW: I’m the Promotions Coordinator at Common Ground, so what I do is look at products that we have, especially fruits and vegetables and other things that are grown locally and I think about how we can tell people how to use them, a lot of times I make samples of food to make for people.

CATCH: How do you get transportation from the local store to the farm? CW: Well a lot of our farmers bring their food to us directly, a lot of them have their own trucks, but instead of having drive across the country, a couple thousand miles, they only have to drive maybe 50 or 60 miles instead. One farmer that comes by, his name is stand, lives about 70 miles away, grows some fruits and vegetables and also has animals that he has for us, so we get a lot of chicken and beef and things like that from him, he’s got his own truck that he brings once a week that he brings to us and he also goes to the farmer’s market on Saturdays too. He’s delivered to us and he’s also selling his food at the farmer’s market, sometimes he’ll pick up things on the way from his farm to us to deliver to us. CATCH: Do you like having the community own the place? CW: Yeah, I think it’s really neat - the way it works is that it’s democratically owned. In order for any big major decisions or changes to be made, all of the owners have to agree on that. Last year we doubled the size of our store, but we had to make sure that was okay with all of the owners we have. It’s kind of a process but it’s definitely, I think it makes it so all of the owners feel that

they have a say in the store and how the store is run. CATCH: What kind of meat do you have there? CW: We have all kinds of meat, it depends on the time of year. It depends on what’s old enough to be made into meat from an animal. Right now we’ve got a lot of chicken, beef, and pork. Pretty much anything a normal grocery would have and in springtime we have things like lamb and veal and things like that which aren’t available all year. We also have sausages and bacon and stuff like that too. CATCH: When you sell the food, who gets the money? CW: The Co-op gets the money. We have a rule at Common Ground that any extra money we make after we pay all our bills and all our employees either all of the owners get the money, so right now we have over 4000 owners so we’d have to divide any extra money up between 4000 people, or we have a rule that we can vote to spend that money on improving the co-op. For example, we just expanded so it cost a lot of money to build a new store area, so we decided to use the money that we made to do that instead of giving everyone... a dollar. CATCH: What kind of farms do you buy from? CW: We buy from a lot of different farms. Some farms only grow one or two things, we buy apples from someone who only grows apples, other farms grow a lot of different things. Blue Moon farm over in Urbana grows all types of fruits and vegetables, they grow carrots and tomatoes and greens and lots of things like that. Other farms have more types of different things. There’s a goat farm, for example, that’s in Urbana. They sell goat cheese and that’s what they’re known for. They also have an orchard and grow peaches and plums and things like that. Different farms grow a lot of different things. CATCH: What hours are the store open? CW: We’re open from 7 AM to 10 PM, we just changed that to be open an hour later. Pg. 7

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Tashi Kyil Monk Tour June 3-6 2013 Meet Tibetan monks from the Tashi Kyil Monastery as they visit C-U to give blessings and show us cultural aspects of their heritage with art, theatre and dance. We look forward to an exciting four days of fun for all ages. Monday, June 3 Blessing Ceremony Ten minute Tibetan Buddhist chant to offer blessings for Champaign, Urbana and surrounding area. Hessel Park Pavilion, Champaign, followed by a Yak Dance with audience participation. 5:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, June 4 Let’s Travel to Tibet The monks will take you to Tibet to visit a monastery where you will be entertained with dance, music and debate. Visa, passport, ticket, itinerary and translation book provided for your journey. Unitarian Universalist Church, 309 W Green St. Urbana 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 Dharma Talk: Four Noble Truths The Buddha’s first teaching is the foundation of Buddhism. Channing Murray Foundation Church, 1209 Oregon, U of I Campus, Urbana (Matthews to Oregon, on East side of Matthews) 7 p.m. Parking available in the area. Thursday, June 6 Children’s Tibetan Art Program Ages 3-14 (adults also welcome). Make butter sculpture, sand painting, prayer flags. You may bring a small stone that will fit in your hand to draw a symbol “OM”. Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 Nevada, U of I Campus, Urbana (Matthews to Nevada on immediate North side of Nevada) 5 p.m. Parking available in the area. The Tashi Kyil monks are grateful to receive donations for their events. They are raising money primarily to help fund their small monastery in India ( Donation jars will be available at all events. Recommended donation is $10 for programs other than the Blessing Ceremony, but certainly not required for you to attend. Merchandise made by monks and Tibetan refugees living in India will be offered for sale at all events and downtown Champaign. Also, at your request, they will perform House or Business Blessings, pet blessings, private Tibetan Astrology Reading, or Mo Divination. Please e-mail for more information or to schedule any of the above. Coordinated by Tashi Choling Center, Champaign (

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KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Memorial Day Was Started by Former slaves.

KNOW YOUR HISTORY: Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 Black children where they marched, sang and celebrated. Thanks to Abstrakt Goldsmith for this nugget of history that most of us never learned in school.

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Lauryn Hill breaksdown the shameful reflection of society today in her new song,


Lauryn Hill – Neurotic Society Lyrics [Verse 1:] We’re living in a joke time, metaphorical coke time Commerce and guru men, run the whole world man …old world brutality Cold world kills softly, whole world runs savagely Reading into prior things, program TV screens Quick scam and drag queens, real likely to blast fiends Think twice and past dreams, crime if you ask clean Quick fast, the poison has entered the blood stream Psychological master, consequences of tragedy Mythological characters, men and women is parody Superficial vanity, borderline insanity Out of order humanity, crime committed so passively Desperados and casualties, corporations want batteries Explanations of strategies, domination and mastery …bankrupt, grown people so corrupt

Light swords and yellow men… popularity Culture so independent, vultures scavenge reality Past feeling depravity to kings social cavity Prey on human ignorance, popular immorality Sympathy disease head, population misled Self indulgent past dead, absence of the God head Pimps, pushers and… Nepotism, no artistery …and privacy Desperation, dishonesty Physicist is your policy, more money, less equality Inflated global ego, imitating reality Fuel cycle pharaoh, poisonous poison arrows Hypocritics on salary, idle hands that was agency Predisposed to complacency, jealousy, audacity Contagious social gluttony, stages of mass belignency Effort to make conception, generation in atrophy Glam life in debt, scam life in editors Byproducts of neglect children hiding from crediters

Absence of self respect, fully scared of competitors Lifestyle of luxury at someone’s expense Sensitive children, used up and sacrificed Blind to the consequence, smoked up on dope pipes Ecstasy, fast life, recklessly past life Narcotics and cash fight, just neurotic society Benefactors turned actors, addictions triple captors Experience manufactures just neurotic toxic society [Verse 2:] It’s like post-war, they looking for the commenters or who the marxs is Ten thousand pictures on Facebook, it’s like the pot callin’ the kettle narcissist Come on really, sayin’ it’s the devil, but you’re the chief arsonist Hypocrites can’t even see their own part in it No reflection, vampire paradigm No introspection, break down Three months before pure obsession, picture can’t take down Children, this a shake down, they just lookin’ for a sacrifice They been doin’ this since before Bobby Darin sang Mack the Knife Before James Dean’s car did a jack knife …because they lack life or lack guts Never confuse the head with the butt Opinions are like assholes and most of ‘em stink I was told by a woman, so rethink, don’t ever let them ever lead you

to drink Leave you to doubt, lead you to fall Get up, stand us, pass Lucifer out Shake it up baby, watch them twist it and shout Insecure assholes lookin’ for a ticket To ride on somebody like the picket, it’s fuckin’ wicked, shame on ‘em This neurotic toxic society [Verse 3:] Sick cycle psychology in desperate need of psychiatry Exorcism, sobriety, forcin’ social lobotomies People stuck in dichotomies, pseudo-sicko anxieties Serial criminals dressed in variety Social transvestisms, subliminal dressed up as piety Transforms projections like Cartesian images Robbing innocence, stealing inheritance Quiet victims with no defense portrayed over dollars and cents Maladjusted ignorant malediction and dissonance Too much addiction, no consciousness Don’t trust it, this cosmology is busted Broken returns to the dusted, stems of corruption Oppression, deceit, abuse and repeat They don’t feel complete unless they’re robbin’ the sheep Man is not a product if you call it that then stop it In this neurotic godless society Lauryn Hill – Neurotic Society Lyrics

NEWS Demand Insurance Companies Stop Investing in Fast Food .

Garden Hills Residents Say Streets Need Improvements. With all of the

A new American Journal of Public Health study has revealed that many of America’s largest insurance companies are investing huge sums of money in fast food restaurants. As of last summer, major health and life insurers owned $1.8 billion of stock in giant fast food companies.

improvements in the city, Garden Hills reamins overlooked yet in desperate need of street repairs. Pot holes, cracks and lack of sidewalks are all over this family residential community. Residents will ask Councilman Will Kyles to support them in approaching Champaign City Council.

Health and life insurance providers should be working to keep people as healthy as possible not investing in fast food chains that contribute to the obesity epidemic and many other severe public health problems.

Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, Vetoes “Buy American Bill” in a power move to keep

The biggest investors were Prudential, Massachusetts Mutual and Northwestern Mutual. Send a letter to all three companies --that each invest hundreds of millions of dollars in fast food -- and tell them it’s time to stand up for their customers’ health. Our health and life insurance companies shouldn’t be financing the fast food that’s killing far too many of us.

alliance with his foreign allies. This bill was favored (145-0). I guess this once again proves that our democratic process doesn’t work if there are people in office that don’t care what the people they serve think.

Obamacare is Working.

California Healthcare Premiums under Obama-care are lower than expected. Rates are driving downward like Obama said it would.

Suspicious Disappearance in Minnesota. Help this family.

“Jerome Gordon-Jackson went missing in the early hours of 5/18, not too far from my home. This man’s family needs our help in finding him & getting answers. 28 years old. Missing since May 17th, 2013, when he was pulled over on 69th and hwy 252 in Brooklyn Center/ Park (Minnesota). Police towed car but left him. They told his mom that he jumped from the Hennepin bridge down town. No report of anyone jumping a bridge no reports anywhere for anything police are telling his family. Police did not file a report for pulling him over either. He texted his sister while he was pulled over and that was the last anyone has heard from him”.



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June Issue: Special Edition Catch Program  
June Issue: Special Edition Catch Program  

Special Issue of Unity in Action Magazine features the creative media work of BT Washington students in the CATCH Program, called We Choose...