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 ~ The Southern Poverty Law Foundation
This Fall at Laughing Lotus, we’re going back to school and back to basics by celebrating and exploring the timeless teachings of the sage Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The sutras (literally, “threads”) are ancient aphorisms, small gems of wisdom that encourage us to embrace and practice the yogic path, transcending the divisions between our body, mind, and spirit on and individual level as well as inviting unity among all living things.
Basic and essential to the yogic path are the practices of the YAMAS, described in Book Two of the Yoga Sutras as : non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, self-discipline/continence, and non-greed. Patanjali calls these the maha vratam (great vows), which, according to Sutra 2.31, “are universal, not limited by class, place, time or circumstance.” Such practices are considered elemental and ideally available to everyone.
In celebrating both the unity of all living beings and the practice of non-violent, ethical living as described by the Yoga Sutras, this September Love Saves the Day benefits The Southern Poverty Law Foundation, dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
For more than four decades, they have won landmark cases that brought systemic reforms – toppling remnants of Jim Crow segregation and destroying violent white supremacist groups; shattering barriers to equality for women, vulnerable children, the LGBT community and the disabled; protecting migrant workers from abuse; ensuring the humane treatment of prisoners; reforming juvenile justice practices; and more. Today, with a staff of more than 100 lawyers and advocates, we’re focused on impact litigation in these practice areas: Children’s Rights, Economic Justice, Immigrant Justice, LGBT Rights, and Criminal Justice Reform.
SPLC monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and expose their activities to the public, the media and law enforcement. The SPLC is the premier U.S. non-profit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists – including the Ku Klux Klan, the neo-Nazi movement , neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists , antigovernment militias, Christian Identity adherents and others. They are currently tracking more than 1,600 extremist groups operating across the country. They publish investigative reports, train law enforcement officers and share key intelligence, and offer expert analysis to the media and public.
SPLC is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation’s children. The Teaching Tolerance project combats prejudice among our nation’s youth while promoting equality, inclusiveness and equitable learning environments in the classroom. We produce an array of anti-bias resources that we distribute, free of charge, to educators across the country – award-winning classroom documentaries, lesson plans and curricula, Teaching Tolerance magazine, and more.
SPLC seeks justice for the most vulnerable people in society.
We’re standing up for the powerless, the exploited and other victims of discrimination and hate. For more than four decades, they have won landmark cases that brought systemic reforms – toppling remnants of Jim Crow segregation and destroying violent white supremacist groups; shattering barriers to equality for women, vulnerable children, the LGBT community and the disabled; protecting migrant workers from abuse; ensuring the humane treatment of prisoners; reforming juvenile justice practices; and more. Today, with a staff of more than 100 lawyers and advocates, we’re focused on impact litigation in these practice areas: Children’s Rights, Economic Justice, Immigrant Justice, LGBT Rights, and Criminal Justice Reform.
CIVIL RIGHTS MEMORIAL Created by Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin, the Memorial is located across the street from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s office building in Montgomery, Alabama, a city rich with civil rights history. As Lin envisioned, the Memorial plaza is “a contemplative area — a place to remember the Civil Rights Movement, to honor those killed during the struggle, to appreciate how far the country has come in its quest for equality, and to consider how far it has to go.”
As we spend the month exploring the paths to yogic wisdom that can help us lessen our own suffering, we might also reflect upon ways to reduce the suffering around us. If you’d like to know more about The Southern Poverty Law Foundation and how you can help, please click here and remember, LOVE SAVES THE DAY!
In Love and Service,