Last weekend Personal Beasties hits the streets to protest mass incarceration and police terror, with Rise Up October organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.
This was a great opportunity to march, protest and offer police officers, encountered along the protest route, to try our Personal Beasties Breathing iOS app... giving them relaxation techniques to draw on in times of crisis.
Why? Well, the only time academy recruits or officers get any introspective training is within a Martial Arts context....(NY Times story here)
The younger police along the route were far more open minded that their elder officers. But that said the Police officers were a 'captive' audience, so to speak...given that they where on the clock/payroll to attend the march. They were working!
We stated our position; that we were encouraging police officers to learn relaxation techniques to use in time of stress, and we welcomed the critical dialog.... because that is how we grow and learn.
Freedom Hall in my neighborhood when I got home to Harlem, and spoke with Freedom Socialist Party representative, Dave Schumarch. We pealed back the onion and deconstructed the criticism from the fellow protesters.