Reflections on Racism: Where Do We Go From Here…

Reflections on Racism: Where Do We Go From Here…

A Candid Conversation with Cherry Steinwender, CoFounder, Center for the Healing of Racism (with Kimberly King)

About Mrs. Steinwender

Cherry Steinwender is a Co-Founder and Executive Director for the Center for the Healing of Racism. It is an organisation with the mission to facilitate healing of Racism through education and dialogue and to invite the world to “Internalize Oneness.”
Mrs. Steinwender is the author of “Bread is A Simple Food, Teaching Children about Cultures“. She has been recipient for prestigious Gandhi, King, Ikeda and Diversity Champion, 2013 Awards.
Herein, she also tells us more about the genesis of her organisation and how, with her collaborators, they managed to initiate one the first nationwide conversations about racism, back in 1989.
(Read More about Mrs. Steinwender and the Center for the Healing of Racism here)

Co-creating a better future…

With the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter episodes in mind, throughout this conversation, both Pangea Challenge’s Co-founder Kimberly King and Mrs. Steinwender reflect on ways to co-create a society that could be more just and more compassionate for every one, not only in the US, but all over the World as well.

They speak of their different experiences and understanding of racial discrimination. They talk about how much light has been shed on the word racism in 2020 and how important it is to truly listen and reflect, and to open the space for greater clarity and understanding, beginning with ourselves.

Pangea Challenge: To Recognize, Renounce and Heal Racism in the US and World, and begin the journey to “Internalize Oneness.” 

Acknowledging our Collaborators and Partners

We hereby wish to thank:

Center for the Healing of Racism  www.centerhealingracism.org

One Island Institute  www.oneislandinstitute.org

 

 

Pangea Challenge Acknowledges International Yoga Day

Pangea Challenge Acknowledges International Yoga Day

ABOUT YOGA

Yoga is a mix of physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines. It is one of the six Āstika schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. Based on a 2,000-year-old treatise on yogic philosophy, instituted by the Indian sage Patanjali, its objective is to master the mind, control the emotions, and grow spiritually. Male yoga practitioners are known as yogis, and female yoga practitioners are called yoginis.

It is believed to be practiced by more than 3 million humans around the globe. The very popular practice has a 5,000-year history based on ancient Indian philosophy. It is a form of physical exercise that implies different types of poses and postures that promote improved control of the mind and body. It is strongly believed to enhance well-being.

No-one really knows who invented Yoga. There a no written evidence of its commencements, but the “Yoga Sutra,” one of the oldest known texts. It provides the framework for all modern yoga and is the ultimate guidebook that still rules the methods used for Yoga.

Contrarily to general public perception, Yoga postures and poses is not a key part of the practice. Physical fitness is not a primary goal. Practitioners and purists of yogic tradition focus more on controlling and extending spiritual energy using breathing methods and mental focus.

The tradition began to gain popularity in the West at the end of the 19th century, with its popularity peaking in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, Yoga has become one of the most preferred exercise and relaxation method, with claims that such practice enhances the body’s general well-being, alleviate physical injuries and chronic pain.

HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY

The idea of celebrating an International Yoga Day came from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. It originated on September 27th, while delivering his speech at the UN General Assembly. A resolution to establish June 21 as International Yoga Day was then introduced by India’s Ambassador, Asoke Kumar Mukerji. The resolution passed with the support from 177 nations, the highest number of co-sponsors for any UN resolution. June 21 was proclaimed International Yoga Day by the United Nations, from then on.

Why the 21st of June?

The date of June 21 was not a random choice. It is based on the fact that climate impacts the body, mind and soul. The 21st of June being the Summer Solstice, it is the day of the year when one could get the most out the sun hours. On that particular day, people around the world are solemnly invited to take out their yoga mats and start exercising, and work on ways to interconnect the mind, the body and the soul.

For its maiden launch, on June 21, 2015, nearly 36,000 people, including Prime Minister Modi, and many other high-profile political figures from all around the world, performed 21 asanas (yoga postures) for 35 minutes in New Delhi. That was the first International Yoga Day, and the day has been celebrated around the globe ever since.

Long Live the International Yoga Day

Pangea Challenge Commemorates UN’s WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2020

Pangea Challenge Commemorates UN’s WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2020

WORLD REFUGEE DAY

June 20, 2020

What is World Refugee Day?

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. 

Why is World Refugee Day important?

World Refugee Day shines a light on the rights, needs and dreams of refugees, helping to mobilize political will and resources so refugees can not only survive but also thrive. 

What happens on World Refugee Day?

Each year, World Refugee Day is marked by a variety of events in many countries around the globe in support of refugees. These activities are led by or involve refugees themselves, government officials, host communities, companies, celebrities, school children and the general public, among others. 

Some Facts & Figures

forcibly displaced people worldwide

Internally Displaced People

Refugees

Asylum Seekers

%

Refugees live in countries neighbouring their countries of origin

These countries are the top refugee-hosting countries in the World.

  • Turkey 3,700,000
  • Pakistan 1,400,000
  • Uganda 1,200,000
  • Sudan 1,100,000
  • Germany 1,100,000

%

of UNHCR refugees come from three countries

is the greatest number of new asylum-seekers in 2018

people are reported to be stateless, but they are thought to be millions more.

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Tina Thörner and Pangea Challenge join forces

Tina Thörner and Pangea Challenge join forces

Virginia, USA, June 5, 2020, World Environment Day  

PangeaChallenge_LogoThe Pangea Challenge Team and Tina Thörner announce today that they are joining forces via the FIA Smart Driving Challenge on behalf of a better environment and road safety for the world. The purpose of this collaborative effort is to raise awareness and encourage drivers around the globe to handle their cars in a safe, efficient and considered way by following smart tips from the AI digital coach.

“We are excited to take part in this global FIA Smart Driving Challenge” said Pangea Challenge founder and co-creator, Kimberly King, “and especially proud to join forces with our friend and real-life hero, Tina Thörner. We invite changemakers and advocates everywhere to join the Pangea Tina Thörner – Smart Driving Challenge Team today!”

Tina Thörner

Tina Thörner SDC Race Director

“I feel so proud and honored that Pangea Challenge have joined this initiative and together we will have fun while creating a positive impact” said Race Director Tina Thörner.

This ground-breaking initiative was launched by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in late November 2018 and is open to all motorists and all types of cars (electric, hybrid or fuel).  The FIA Smart Driving Challenge (SDC) is a worldwide competition with the aim to reward the safest and most efficient drivers. 

To accept the challenge, participants are asked to choose a team led by one of 20 racing stars across the world. The Pangea Challenge Team proudly joins TEAM TINA as part of this Global Race to a better Environment. During the season, Team Leader and Race Director Tina Thörner will give updates, tips and incitements to improve their smart driving skills and performance. Each participant will be invited to download the FIA SDC app on their smartphone and connect an ODB plug-in or App2Car. They then compete for the prize during their everyday driving! The goal is to make it fun to contribute to a safer and cleaner world by signing up for the Challenge 2020 and beyond.

FIA Smart Driving Challenge

The FIA Smart Driving Challenge (SDC) is supported by FIA Member Clubs across the world. Currently 12 FIA Clubs have either joined the challenge or are conducting tests. These include:

(Automobile Club Association – France, Automobile Association Philippines – Philippines, Automobile Association of Singapore – Singapore, Ceylon Motor Sports Club – Sri Lanka, Emirates Motorsports Organization – United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong Automobile Association – Hong Kong, Kungliga Automobile Klubben – Sweden, Norges Automobil-Förbund – Norway, Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation – Qatar, Royal Automobile Club of Norway – Norway, Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania – Australia, Svenska Bilsportförbundet – Sweden), with more looking to join in the future.

To learn more and join contact. https://fiasmartdrivingchallenge.com/tina/#join

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