- Media, PA – Veterans Sq. – GKR BOOK SIGNING – December 7th, 2016
- National Random Acts of Kindness Day – February 17, 2017
- Marienville, PA – SCI Forest Concert for Kindness (Date Pending)
- Newark, NJ – Children of the Incarcerated – Kindness Circle (Date Pending)
- COMMUNITY KINDNESS CIRCLES (ongoing)
- Prisoners’ Guide to Kindness (ongoing)
- Exploring Opportunities for Kindness in Afghanistan (ongoing)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HELP HEAL AMERICA! Are you feeling confused, powerless and discombobulated after the recent elections? Join Swarthmore’s award-winning author and activist, Judith Trustone, on December 7th from 7:00-9:00 pm for a discussion of her just released The Global Kindness Revolution: How together we can heal Violence, Racism and Meanness at Head Room, 24 Veterans Square, Media, PA 19063, just down from the courthouse. Ten years ago, with her creative writing classes in prisons, she started the Global Kindness Revolution and “How to Create a Kindness Circle” as seen on YouTube as alternatives to violence. It has grown into a grass-roots international group with volunteer Kindness Ambassadors in ten other countries. The goal, Kindness at Noon, Everyday, Everywhere will be demonstrated. This is a revolution which you can join without even getting out of bed!
Chicken Soup For the Soul series author, Jack Canfield says, “Judith Trustone is one of the most inspired, committed, passionate, focused person I’ve ever met. The Global Kindness Revolution has a great potential for neutralizing planetary violence. She is an elegant, amazing force for good; her work is on the same level as Maya Angelou’s. This book can guide us toward global healing in ways never tried before.”
The event is free but pre-registration is required. To schedule a Kindness Circle for your group, a workshop, a volunteer opportunity or keynote address call 610-328-6101.
MAY 2016 BE FILLED WITH THE MOST GLOBAL KINDNESS EVER!
This has been an incredible year for The Global Kindness Revolution, which is growing beyond our wildest dreams. Take a minute to read, enjoy and join us!
BOOKS & DOCUMENTARIES:
- THE GLOBAL KINDNESS REVOLUTION: HOW TOGETHER WE CAN HEAL VIOLENCE, RACISM AND MEANNESS by Judith Trustone — Early 2016 release
- CELLING AMERICA’S SOUL: TORTURE & TRANSFORMATION IN OUR PRISONS AND WHY WE SHOULD CARE (2ND edition available on Amazon)
- THE CATS’ SECRET GUIDE TO LIVING WITH HUMANS (on Amazon)
- Lost Dignity: The Untold Afghan Story; Immigrant Success Planning: A Family Resource Guide by our Kindness Ambassador to Afghanistan & Co-Director, Atta Arghandiwal
- The Big Bang Project: Creating Humanity’s Best-Case Scenario by our Kindness Ambassador to Canada & France, Luc Goulet
- Out From the Shadow of Men by our Kindness Ambassador to Egypt, Laila El-Sissi
- When A Child Is Worth More Than The Worst Mistake He Ever Made by Juvenile Lifer, Antonio M. Howard
- Letters To A Lifer: The Boy Never To Be Released by activist Cindy Crawford
We are thrilled to see so many excellent books written by people behind bars. Through Sagewriters Publishing, we were able to work with over 30 authors and 1500 potential authors across the country. While we are currently not taking on any new projects due to financial restraints, we guide imprisoned writers to Amazon for publishing their books.
- Kindness at Noon, Every Day, Everywhere. By setting our smartphones, computers and tablets to alert us at noon every day, we pause, take five clearing breaths, think a kind thought or do a kind deed, and the next day do it all again. We need 51% of the global population to shift the energy field from violence to kindness.
- See our training DVD, How to Create a Kindness Circle on YouTube. Try it with friends, family and colleagues, and join your fellow “Planetarians” as we shift from fear and anger to Kindness and Peace. Or invite Judith or other members of our team to facilitate a Kindness Circle for your group.
- Kindness Cards. To date we’ve distributed over 100,000 Thank You for Your Kindness cards in the US, and our Spanish version is in three S. American countries through Restorative Justice Programs. When we raise the funds we’ll publish a Farsi version for Afghanistan and Iran, and eventually an Arabic version for Egypt.
- Community Kindness Circles. For nine years, except for a two-year break to heal broken bones from a car accident, Judith has been leading Community Kindness Circles for a variety of groups, churches and schools. Others are leading Kindness Circles in other parts of the planet.
- Kindness Behind Bars. Following up with distribution of Kindness Cards behind bars, people in several prisons are developing Kindness Projects. Kindness Ambassador to SCI Benner, Lynwood Ray and his colleague, Kosai Bey, are the Co-Founders of “The Creative Spirit” at SCI Banner.
- Warriors of Light. These are our silent majority behind bars and elsewhere who want to join but choose, for a variety of reasons, to work alone yet be connected by aligning their energies with the billions of others at the same time.
- Pendle Hill, Quaker Retreat Center. We led a Kindness Circle for over 100 participants at the conference, “Ending Mass Incarceration”.
- Delaware County Peace Center, Springfield, PA. Led a panel discussion and fundraiser for our Kindness Ambassador to Nepal, Amy Kaufman of the Shauna Rose Kaufman Foundation, for her work with refugees from the earthquakes there where they are in Kindness Circles at the request of Buddhist monks there.
- Mastermind Retreat with Jack Canfield. Judith was honored to be a guest at the home of the author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, who has sold more books than any other in publishing history. He’s an avid supporter of the Global Kindness Revolution and you can see his interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnNyUqDUCSQ
WHAT OUR KINDNESS AMBASSADORS ARE DOING:
- Atta Arghandiwal, our Co-Director (www.attamoves.com), has been advising the new Afghani government. Returning to the US at the end of the year, his focus has been on humanitarian aid to refugees. As of this printing, he described suicide bombers and all night gunfights near where he has been living. Atta is currently working with the UN in Kuwait, and developing a resource guide for immigrants and refugees
- Amy Kaufman (http://www.shaunarose.com) of the Shauna Rose Kauffman Foundation, our Kindness Ambassador to Nepal, is currently providing medical care to victims in remote areas of Nepal. She recently received a grant to get healthcare to remote villages.
- Nikki Forston, our assistant editor, has produced an award-winning documentary about mental illness, Shattered Families: The Collapse of America’s Mental Health System.
- Gale Muhammad, our Kindness Ambassador to New Jersey and founder of the advocacy group, “Women Who Never Give Up” (wwng.org), will be incorporating Kindness Circles as part of NJ re-entry programs for those coming home from prison.
- Brenda Emerick, our Kindness Ambassador for western Pennsylvania and mother of a Lifer, Heath Gray, Kindness Ambassador to SCI Green. Brenda holds weekly Kindness Circles in Rice’s Landing, PA. She’s working at the state level to bring Kindness projects into PA prisons.
- Luc Goulet (www.thebigbangproject.com), Kindness Ambassador to Canada and France, is working with us on a vision for a kinder world through creating conscious events and concerts including Kindness Circles, expanding on his book The Big Bang Project: Creating Humanity’s Best-Case Scenario.
- Laila El-Sissi (lailaelsissi.com), our Kindness Ambassador to Egypt, is finishing up her new book on fleeing Egypt and coming to America. She does workshops for girls focusing on empowerment.
- Queen Mother Nana Ama Akoffo 2nd, Kindness Ambassador to Philadelphia and a beloved community activist, passed into Spirit at age 94.
As you may know, we’ve been growing so fast in so many countries we are truly amazed and often overwhelmed, especially in these days of hatred, racism and violence spewing everywhere. This global movement grew out of a creative writing class Judith Trustone once led behind bars nine years ago. Funded to date solely by donations, we seek and are grateful for your support. You can go to our website, www.Trustonekindness.com and for donations, please visit our GoFundMe campaign, “Activating Global Kindness in 2017.”
Saturday, January 16, 2016:
Global Kindness Revolution C0-Directors, Judith Trustone and Atta Arghandiwal participated with hundreds in an anti-violence march through Media, PA organized by Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy led by Co-chairs, Terry Ramsey and Robin Lasersohn
- PA Council of Churches Conference on Mass Incarceration – October 23-26
Saturday, October 24th: LoDel Music & Arts Festival Pics:
Richard Gere is accepting the Liberty Medal for the ailing Dalai Lama on Oct. 26th at 5:00 pm. I am reserving a room at Swarthmore’s Borough Hall for us to do a Kindness Circle at that time as we’ve long-planned.
We’ll gather there at about 4:00 pm so we can tell folks about the Global Kindness Revolution’s “Call for a Daily Global Kindness Circle at Noon, Everywhere, Every Day,” which grew out of my creative writing classes in prisons,” and then hold the Kindness Circle at 5:00 pm to coincide with the Dalai Lama’’s message of peace and kindness.
Some of us tuned into the Mass when the Pope was here recently. Wherever there are groups gathered with good goals and practices, we will join them. Send us information of such events so we can post them on our website www.TrustOnekindness.com. You can also order your Kindness Cards there and see clips of DVDs, especially my third documentary, “How to Create a Kindness Circle” which is the main tool for Kindness at Noon and is available on YouTube.
We also are working with people at different prisons who are “Warriors of Light” as they do their best to set up Kindness projects behind bars. You’ll learn more about Kindness Behind Bars when the book is released. See how many countries are involved in this fast-growing revolution where we all, using smart phone and computer alerts and old-fashioned church bells, strive to get 51% of the world’s population to pause at noon, take some clearing breaths, think kind thoughts or do a kind action, aligning our mental and spiritual focus on Kindness as an antidote to violence, racism and meanness. It’s so simple, free and requires no training, though you’ll get lots of ideas from my soon-to-be-released book, The Global Kindness Revolution: How Together We Can Heal Violence, Racism and Meanness with a special focus on marginalized people like refugees, immigrants, prisoners and their families, the disabled, the elderly and mothers-in-law. It includes healing exercises and ways to expand compassion.
We’re blessed to welcome Luc Goulet from Quebec as our Kindness Ambassador to Canada and France. Luc’s excellent book, The Big Bang Project: Creating Humanities Best-Case Scenario, compliments our work, and we have agreed to Partner for creating conscious events including Kindness Circles, with the focus on our planet’s future.
We’ll be leading a Kindness Circle on October 24th at the LoDel Music and Arts Festival in Georgetown, Delaware where there will be four stages and more than 30 musicians and artists raising funds for our Kindness Ambassador to Nepal, Amy Kauffman and her work there with refugees from the earthquake. We’re also invited to do Kindness Circles in Memphis, TN, Atlantic City, NJ, and more communities searching for an antidote to the violence that is sadly a part of everyday life.
We’ll need to quickly do flyers, press releases and maybe set up some media. This MUST be a group effort as I’m doing my best to finish up the book. Remember we must spread the word so that we can get that 51% to join our Global Kindness at Noon initiative.
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Women Who Never Give Up – October 9th – Washington, D.C.
The event is both a call to action for advocates and lawmakers as well as a commemoration of the organization’s 10-years of advocacy on behalf of the families most affected by harmful criminal justice policies.
“We find ourselves, as a country, at a crucial moment,” says Gale Muhammad, WWNG president and founder. “While the whole country is now talking about mass incarceration and a broken corrections system, we still often see the families and loved ones of incarcerated people left out of the conversation. We are proud of the work that we’ve done, in partnership with so many others, and we are happy with the strides that Congress seems to be taking. We need, however, more than just bipartisan support for criminal justice reform bills; we need the real experts at the table, identifying the problems and brainstorming tangible solutions. The real experts are, and have always been, the families.”
Pope Francis Visit – World Meeting of Families – September 26-27
Central Park, NY – Global Citizen Festival – September 26, 2015
SEPTEMBER 12TH, 3:00 pm — COMMUNITY KINDNESS CIRCLE
WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE IN A KINDER WORLD?
ARE YOU WEARY OF VIOLENCE, RACISM & MEANNESS?
JOIN AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR/FILMMAKER/ACTIVIST,
JUDITH TRUSTONE, CO-FOUNDER OF SAGEWRITERS
PUBLISHING AND THE GLOBAL KINDNESS REVOLUTION
New York, NY – In the Company of Angels – September 5, 2015
The Peace Center of Delaware County end of July announcement
A GLOBAL KINDNESS REVOLUTION, JUDITH TRUSTONE, AND SO MUCH MORE…
Join award-winning author, filmmaker and human rights advocate, Judith Trustone of Sagewriters and the Global Kindness Revolution on Sunday, July 26th from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Peace Center, 1001 Old Marple Rd., Springfield, PA 19064, for an overview of the fast-spreading global movement.
It brings together under one umbrella the autonomous religious, non-religious, political, ethnic, racial justice and rights groups for a common vision of Kindness as an antidote to violence. It grew out of her creative writing classes in prisons eight years ago. She’ll be discussing her new book and upcoming video blog, The Global Kindness Revolution: How Together We Can Heal Violence, Racism and Meanness and screening her documentary, How To Create A Kindness Circle, which is at the core of the movement’s work; Judith’s film is available globally on you tube.
GKR’s Ambassador to Afghanistan and California, Atta Arghandiwal, will describe conditions there. Amy Kaufman and her daughter, Holly, of the Shauna Rose Kaufman Foundation, will share their experiences on the ground in Nepal, where they are leading Kindness Circles, and Brenda Emerick, a prison change advocate from western PA whose son is a life-sentenced prisoner, will discuss efforts for Kindness and healing within the Incarcerated Community. The ultimate plan, a Global Kindness Circle, is to gather on the same day at the same time (allowing for differences) to focus on Kindness, whether through Kindness Circles, prayer or meditation groups or just the curious, to see what it’s all about. We will be experiencing a Kindness Circle and raising funds for work in Nepal.
In late October GKR is partnering with the Dali Lama to create a regional Kindness event. Organizers for the Pope’s upcoming visit are also interested.
For directions to the Peace Center of Delaware County visit www.delcopeacecenter.org
EcoSpirituality Salon’s GLOBAL KINDNESS CIRCLE with Judith Trustone
Where: Sandy Taylor’s at The Quadrangle
Please bring a delicious, nutritious vegan or vegetarian dish for our feast!
Ending Mass Incarceration and The New Jim Crow
On April 29-May 2, 2015 The Pendle Hill Conference hosted a gathering of speakers who shared their visions for ending mass incarceration in this country. Judith led over 100 people in a Community Kindness Circle.
The Health Benefits of Kindness Circles at Health and Wellness Fair
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 11:00 am-3:00 pm, the Church of the Overcomer in Trainer, Pennsylvania, will be holding the 3rd annual “Family Matters” Community Health and Wellness Fair.
Besides special programs for seniors, The Affordable Care Act, Legal and Financial Literacy and Resources, re-entry issues and health screenings, featured speakers include Judith Trustone, Director of the Global Kindness Revolution, who will lead a Community Kindness Circle and share the Science of Kindness and why it is good for everyone’s health.
Trustone, an award-winning author and filmmaker who has been called “Swarthmore’s Kindness Guru,” has led Community Kindness Circles in Swarthmore’s Borough Hall and at area churches, schools and organizations, and her group has distributed over 100,000 Kindness Cards worldwide as an antidote to violence, bullying and lack of civility.
Her upcoming book, The Global Kindness Revolution: How Together We Can Heal Violence, Racism and Meanness, is the core of a Kindness Curriculum she is developing for the Dayton, Ohio, K-12 schools in partnership with Rev. Richard Dalton, National Community Coordinator for the Global Kindness Revolution.
The Church of the Overcomer, “the church for people who don’t go to church,” is right off 1-95 at 1016 Sunset St., Trainer, PA 19061 and for more information call January Krassnosky at 610-485-6090. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Gateway Health Insurance Co.
The Global Kindness Revolution
Soothing and Nurturing the Spirits of Women:
A One-Day Mini-Vacation for Women of All Ages
Saturday, July 20, 2013 @ 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pendle Hill Quaker Retreat Center
Uplifting music; soothing, gentle movements; fun;
Chocolate Meditation; Stress Survival Skills
with Judith Trustone
Judith Trustone is an award winning author/filmmaker/human rights activist/Restorative Healer who directs Sagewriters and the Global Kindness Revolution. She led this workshop for 18 years at Delaware County Community College and has led regional Women’s Healing Circles and Community Kindness Circles.
Soothe your spirit and sparkle up your energy in a delightful circle of women.
Bring lunch and some to share. Refreshments provided.
Check/money order to
Sagewriters, Box 215 Swarthmore, PA 19081
Pendle Hill Quaker Retreat Center, 338 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, Pennsylvania 19086
For more info: 610-328-6101
BE KIND ALL THE TIME!