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Power with Heart News
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Dear <<First Name>>!

This month's theme is diversity of all sorts. Diversity has been strongly on my mind for several years as Right Use of Power trainings have become more diverse in their participants. Diversity has also been a focus because of the national concern--a worthy concern--over privilege and rank. Right Use of Power addresses role power and personal power, but privilege and status have similar effects, responsibilities, blind spots, and shadows. I have selected several articles for you to read on this theme. 
 
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The Right Use of Power Institute is a small international 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the right use of power in the world by providing experiential training, practical books, and programs that support individuals and organizations to gain more skill, wisdom, and compassion in their use of their power. 
 
“Power with Heart News” supports our mission by providing writings by RUPI members and links to other materials that elucidate issues of power, offer perspectives and guidance, and advocate for socially responsible uses of power.  Our aim is to counter misuses and abuses of power with wise, compassionate and inclusive uses of power.  We do our best to be non-partisan advocates.

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In this issue you will find:

E-Courses

There are six 3 CE hour courses in the new series:

Overview Course (1 CE hour)--Power with Heart;

Dimension 1--Be Informed and Present, the Guided use of power;

Dimension 2--Be compassionate and Aware, the Conscious use of power;

Dimension 3--Be Connected and Accountable, the Responsible use of power;

Dimension 4--Be Skillful and Proactive, the wise use of power;
*This course deals with Leadership and Power Dynamics, Challenges, and Soul Work and World Service

The More Dimension-- Refining your Personal Impact and Becoming Ethically Proactive. 

There is enough new material that you can take the courses again!  Try it out!.

Find out more about the E-courses here.

Workshops & Trainings

Boulder, Colorado

Right Use of Power Advanced Teacher Training
November 4-7, 2017

Presented by Cedar Barstow & Magi Cooper
Click here for more information


Boulder, Colorado

Right Use of Power Workshop & Teacher Training
July 29 - August 2, 2017

Presented by Cedar Barstow & Magi Cooper
Click here for more information

Featured RUP Teachers

Do you know a RUP Teacher you'd like to recognize? 

Send us your submissions by emailing Amanda and we will honor them here.

Be An Advocate for Right Use of Power in the World

Inspired by people everywhere getting more involved and engaged in taking action socially and politically to advocate for and support right uses of power in the world, Amanda and I have built a special place for you. As a part of our volunteer program (it's free to sign up and only takes a couple minutes) you can access free downloadable-specific ideas and processes that you can use to advocate for right use of power to counter its misuses and abuses. This will include the support material for Cedar's new process for talking peacefully with people who have a different opinion--called Seeking Similarities and Differences. This new process is coming in May. If you want more information or access, sign up as a volunteer here.

Native Lives Matter, Too

by Lydia Millet in The New York Times

In August 2010 John T. Williams, a homeless woodcarver of the Nuu-chah-nulth tribe who made his living selling his work near the Pike Place market in Seattle, was shot four times by a police officer within seconds of failing to drop the knife and piece of cedar he was carrying (Mr. Williams had mental health problems and was deaf in one ear). He died; the folding knife was found closed on the ground. The young police officer who shot Mr. Williams resigned, but he never faced criminal charges, even though the Seattle Police Department’s Firearms Review Board called the shooting unjustified.

In South Dakota in 2013, a police officer used his Taser to shock an 8-year-old, 70-pound Rosebud Sioux girl holding a knife; the force of the shock hurled her against a wall. After an investigation, the officer’s actions were deemed appropriate.

That same year 18-year-old Mah-hi-vist (Red Bird) Goodblanket of the Cheyenne-Arapaho tribes was killed by the police in his parents’ home in Oklahoma just before Christmas. They’d called 911 because their son was having a violent episode after a misunderstanding with his girlfriend. Before the police entered their home Red Bird’s father begged them, “Please, don’t shoot my son.” A few minutes later, the parents would count seven bullet holes in their son’s body — one in the back of his head. The exact narrative of the incident, which fittingly took place in Custer County, is in dispute.

Read the rest of the article here.

Status Power and Racism: How Recognition Can Lead to Change
by Cedar Barstow, M.Ed., C.H.T.

Status, also referred to as rank, can be defined as increased personal power that is culturally conferred and, in many cases, culturally variable. This power is typically unearned—when conferred through birth, gender, or sexual orientation, for example—or partly earned—when conferred through education and wealth, for example.

In America, those who are male, white, rich, able-bodied, American citizens, Christian, well-educated, heterosexual, and cisgender (identify with the gender corresponding to birth sex) generally enjoy greater status power than those who are poor, non-white, non-citizens, Muslim, LGBTQ+, female, or who are challenged by a mental or physical impairment. The more of the higher status categories a person belongs to, the more status power they are likely to have. A person who lacks power in one area may hold power in others: for example, in America, more status power may be experienced by a white well-educated Christian individual than a non-white Muslim individual who has received the same level of education.

Read the rest of the article here.

You're Not a Bad Person: How Facing Privilege Can Be Liberating

by The Fearless Heart

There’s no way around it: facing our own privilege is uncomfortable. Just now, before completing this piece, I was talking to a friend who told me, in so many words: “I am ashamed of being a man, and I am ashamed of being white.” He is far from alone in this discomfort. Because we live within modern, capitalist cultures which are highly individualized, we often don’t see the structural dimension. Many of us then struggle to separate out privilege from attitude. In this context, having our privilege pointed out to us often sounds like we are being told we’re a bad person. This makes conversations about privilege highly charged and often ineffective.

After almost two years of facilitating Facing Privilege calls, I have come to believe that something better is possible. We can frame things in a way that shows the reality of structures of privilege and minimizes any unnecessary challenge.

It starts with recognizing and naming that since privilege is structural and not individual, it has nothing to do with goodness or badness. It’s plainly a factual reality about life. The key is to focus on two distinctions: systems as distinct from individuals, and having privilege as independent of choosing how to engage with it. Since both of these distinctions tend to be obscured, I have found that people often find relief in teasing apart these two aspects of privilege.

Read the rest of the article here.

The RUP Pledge

Today we invite you to take the Right Use of Power Pledge.

Commitment is an important part of right use of power. While you may not be able to donate or volunteer, it only takes a minute to take the pledge. Join hundreds who have already committed to using their power wisely and well.

Click here to take the pledge 

What Biracial People Know

by Moises Velasquez-Manoff in The New York Times

After the nation’s first black president, we now have a white president with the whitest and malest cabinet since Ronald Reagan’s. His administration immediately made it a priority to deport undocumented immigrants and to deny people from certain Muslim-majority nations entry into the United States, decisions that caused tremendous blowback.

What President Trump doesn’t seem to have considered is that diversity doesn’t just sound nice, it has tangible value. Social scientists find that homogeneous groups like his cabinet can be less creative and insightful than diverse ones. They are more prone to groupthink and less likely to question faulty assumptions.

What’s true of groups is also true for individuals. A small but growing body of research suggests that multiracial people are more open-minded and creative. Here, it’s worth remembering that Barack Obama, son of a Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother, wasn’t only the nation’s first black president, he was also its first biracial president. His multitudinous self was, I like to think, part of what made him great — part of what inspired him when he proclaimed that there wasn’t a red or blue America, but a United States of America.

Read the rest of the article here.

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