Love Saves the Day

Love Saves the Day is Laughing Lotus San Francisco’s Non-Prophet Selfless Service foundation Benefitting Non-Profits locally, nationally and internationally through volunteer programs and benefit classes. 50% of proceeds from our daily 2:30 community classes and Jasmine’s Saturday 10am class goes to benefit a different monthly non-profit serving the community and world. It’s Love that make the world go round and Love that saves the Day!

Love Saves the Day ~ KIND

Our June monthly focus at Laughing Lotus is Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound; such sounds include not only mantra, but ALL sounds from the audible to inaudible and from the sacred to the mundane. In utilizing sound to find yogic union, we learn how to listen and how to reconnect with ourselves, others, and the universe. As Russill Paul has written, “…the quality of our hearing and the kinds of sounds we hear are important. We derive healing and nourishment for our soul from the process. In other words, to neglect our ears is to neglect our soul. “Sufi poet Hafiz asks, “How do I listen to others?” His answer: “As if everyone were my Master speaking to me his cherished last words.” Elsewhere, he has written, “…sweetheart, you are God in drag.” We, all of us, ARE the divine and it is through the practice of yoga that we come to fully see this truth.

In opening ourselves to sound and trusting our ears, and honoring and listening to the the Divine in each and every human being, this month Love Saves the Day benefits KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) Separating immigrant and refugee children from their parents is a barbaric policy that must end. Over 10,000 migrant children are now in US government custody at 100 shelters in 14 states.

The Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy toward migrants who cross the US border illegally has driven up the number of migrant children held in government custody without their parents.

The US Health and Human Services Department said it was holding 10,773 migrant children in custody as of Tuesday — up 21% from the 8,886 it was holding a month earlier.

The surge comes in the wake of the Trump administration’s new tactic to criminally prosecute every person who crosses into the US illegally, which requires them to be separated from any children they brought with them while they’re detained.

The shelters the children are staying in are at 95% capacity and are expected to add thousands of bed spaces in the coming weeks, one HHS official told the Post.

To house migrant children, HHS relies on “an existing network of approximately 100 shelters in 14 states.”

HHS has also reportedly weighed housing migrant children on military bases, but the HHS official told the Post that measure is being considered only as a “last option.” – Michelle Mark

KIND continues to build a robust national network of pro bono attorneys who have been trained by KIND and who have represented unaccompanied children in their search for safety, including children who have been persecuted in their home countries; trafficked to the U.S., and abused, abandoned or neglected; these are among the many protection needs of these uniquely vulnerable children.

24,200 attorneys and partnered with over 522 corporations, law firms, law schools, and bar associations. Firms often take numerous cases in their offices across the country and establish in-house expertise. In addition to in-person trainings and mentorship, KIND’s online manual helps our attorneys access information whenever they need it; numerous other resources are also available to KIND volunteers.

*KIND protects unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney. We achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child’s best interests, safety, and well-being.

*Unaccompanied children apprehended at the border face deportation proceedings; the majority must make their claim for protection without a lawyer. The result: children can be sent back to situations where their well-being, and even their lives, are in danger.

Yoga can help us remember to listen to needs of others and be of service in any way we can. If you’d like to help KIND end family separation and ensure protection for Children, please click here. And remember Love Saves The Day!

In Love and Service,
Jasmine