Racism, Gun Violence, Police Brutality, and Teaching Peace by HawaH

This statement and reflection was given by One Common Unity’s co-founder and executive director – Hawah Kasat. He recorded this approximately 28 days after the massacre and shooting in #Orlando took the lives of 50 people (we are counting the gunman too, as a human casualty), and days after Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were both killed by police officers. Just a day after Philando Castile’s death, during a protest against police brutality – 12 police officers were shot and 5 were shot and killed in #Dallas by a gunman. In the throes of a national debate on racism, gun violence, and police brutality, Hawah offers some simple guidance and a proactive solution on how to transform our culture from violent to compassionate.
 
 

 

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HawaH has authored 4 books, released 2 musical CDs, and produced 3 documentary films. He has dedicated his life to teaching about solutions to violence and ways to peace, and has traveled to over 35 countries to facilitate interactive workshops, dialogues, perform poetry, teach yoga, and speak with those interested in creating a caring, sustainable, and equitable world—he believes that no matter where one travels, they always remain in the same place, unless they are willing to change.

 

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The Poetry of Yoga (Vol. 1) is a modern day collection of poetry compiled and edited by artist, poet, and yogi HawaH. This first volume is distilled from over 1,500 pages of poetry, submitted from 16 countries. The Poetry of Yoga is an important platform for a new body of work serving to expand the literary tradition of yoga to include the cultural perspective of the 21st century. Featured writers in Volume 1 include: Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Lilias Folan, Krishna Das, Sharon Gannon, Joseph Goldstein, Sianna Sherman, Judith Lasater, Aadil Palkhivala, Douglas Brooks, Chuck Miller, Erich Schiffman, Swami Ramananda, Doug Swenson, Leza Lowitz, Michael Stone, Tias Little, Climbing Poetree, and many more. 50% of ALL book sales are donated to the non-profit “One Common Unity.” Their pioneering work brings non-violence through arts & music to inner-city youth.

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The Poetry of Yoga (Vol. 2) is a ground-breaking book anthology expanding the literary tradition of yoga to include the cultural perspective of the 21st century. A modern day collection compiled and edited by artist, poet, and yogi HAWAH, this second volume is distilled from over 2,300 pages of poetry, submitted from 19 countries. Shiva Rea describes it as, “A great victory.” Yoga Journal says, “Perfect for solitary contemplation and full of yogic wisdom.” Volume 2 contains a special foreword from Sharon Gannon and features writing from: Hemalyaa Behl, Jeffrey Cohen, Seane Corn, Angela Farmer, Ana Forrest, Dr. James Gordon, Judyth Hill, Faith Hunter, Alanna Kaivalya, Prem Lakhoti, Jason Nemer, David Newman, John Schumacher, Cameron Shayne, Dave Stringer, MC Yogi, and many more! 50% of ALL book sales are donated to the non-profit organization, One Common Unity. Their work brings non-violence through arts & music to inner-city youth.

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Trails: A Voyage in Trust Before Suspicion is a collection of true stories, poetry, photographs, and drawings. It is where I have taken myself, sometimes for no reason in particular except for the sake of seeing. Sometimes I am not satisfied until I reach a dot on the map, and if nothing’s there, at least I no longer have any questions about what I’m missing. Traveling on a boat around the world, hitchhiking across the United States, and journeying alone through Africa are just the details. The conscious struggles I face with being born privileged are the reasons. My method of survival… trust before suspicion.

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Escape Extinction. As a former Peaceable Schools Coordinator in D.C. Public High Schools and also a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation Fellow to the United Nations and their World Conference Against Racism—HawaH’s second book is an analysis of War and Peace, Love and Hate, Creation and Destruction. In addition to essays addressing the need for humanity to rebalance with Mother Earth, and thoughts regarding how humanity could escape extinction, his new book intertwines poetry, prose, and short stories affirming our universal connections. The book is meant to remind us that we are valuable and should not underestimate our purpose… it has been referred to as Che Guevera and Charles Darwin holding hands.

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zerONEss. This book, a symphony of poetry and prose, inspires contemplation, challenges traditional understandings about unity and origin, and encourages the reader to mediate upon breaking limits.  Zero and One have perplexed and driven scientists for thousands of years. They have provided the basis for mathematical formulas and technological advances. They have created a framework within which religion has manifested and philosophy flowered. Zero, contrary to what many think, is not only emptiness it is fullness, it is not only nothing it is everything… meanwhile, The One, commonly associated with unity and togetherness, has been discovered as the instigator and cause of separation. The birth of numbers begins with one’s attempted divorce from Zero. Uncover the meaning through this beautiful string of poetry and prose.

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CALL. Bring down the ancestors in this powerful CALL of rasp-ready vocals, chanting, industrial science beats, thundering drums, and an avant-garde fusion of harps, flutes, tablas and words that inspire, ignite, fuel, and pierce the fabric of existence. This (HawaH’s second musical CD) comes complete with 12 hard hitting tracks.

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