– News 201304 | 30 April 2013 | Tuesday

Dear Friend,

I know that time is precious for everyone these days, so I’ll try to keep this update short. The approximate reading time is about 3 minutes. Feel free to reduce your reading time even more by skipping over topics that don’t interest you.

Personal Update. My Personal Update for April is now available. It’s in a different format from previous months. If we’re not already connected on Facebook, I invite you to visit my page and send me a friend request.

New Articles. The Documents Page has a list of the latest updates to the site including some important announcements. If you skim the titles you should be able to find the items of interest relevant to you.

Heart Songs. The Heart Songs selections for this month are: Good Life by OneRepublic from the album Waking Up (Deluxe Version) and Everytime by Britney Spears from the album In the Zone.

Justice System Reform. Last year, I setup a page on Facebook called Justice Equity that aggregates top news stories from the incarceration reform movement. This month I launched as a sister website with an emphasis on cooperation and collaboration among all the stakeholders of justice system reform. A Justice Center proposed for Johnson County (up for vote on May 7) has resulted in many good ideas being proposed for improving our local justice system and reducing incarceration rates. So, I’ve been communicating with Justice Center opponents and advocates alike to assemble some of these ideas on the Justice Equity website. Although this is a very tense local issue, and people have strong feelings on both sides, I’ve been able to work with people on both sides of the issue and collaborate on a long-term plan for improving our local justice system and reducing incarceration rates. I’ve written two articles you may find interesting. One article is on the topic of transcendent activism applied to reducing racial disparity of arrest and incarceration rates. The other article is about prison abolition and prison reform as they relate to the Justice Center concept.

Small Living. I continue to be supportive of the small and simple living movement. This past month I was able to interview Cheryl Martin and discuss her presentation on small house living and tiny house communities. Click here to view the video.

Thanks. I want to thank the global team of volunteers, contributors, and workers “behind the scenes” who help make all this possible. I’m very grateful to the many people who continue to uphold and advance the mission of Resources for Life. Thanks again for your support. Please let me know if there is any way that Resources for Life can serve you better.


Greg Johnson, Director
“Resources for Better Living”
E-Mail: g @ (without spaces)
Postal: PO Box 2717, Iowa City, IA 52244-2717 USA
Phone: (319) 621-4911
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