Currently teaching Kindness Not Weakness/SweatShop Movement bboy dance and character development curriculum as well as throwing KNW bboy events for the younger generation and up and coming bboy scene.
Kindness Not Weakness Warriors
Kindness Not Weakness is a character development movement that empowers people to treat each other with kindness and respect while finding the strength and determination to achieve their goals. Character development results in a natural affinity for personal responsibility, which addresses a host of symptoms caused by lack of character, such as bullying, racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance, and substance abuse.
Helping to promote this message are the Kindness Not Weakness Warriors. We are warriors because we are fearless in the face of aggression, and strong enough to respond with compassion. While KNW Warriors feel fear like anyone else, we are mindful to not be controlled by it, and thus fearless. We embody the truth of the phrase: don't take my kindness for weakness.
“I am lost child trying to find a warm home under this beautiful quilt of people here in the Midwest. Since 1994 I have been building community and creating a new family. I’ve wrapped myself in this blanket so tight…I won’t let it go. The quilt? Soul patches. Some worn from the unapologetic friction of real life. Some are new paisely scraps waiting to be touched. Others are fierce black squares demanding inclusion…recognition. Many white squares worn with guilt and sincerity towards change. I love them all the same.”
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and University of California, Berkeley, Laura currently teaches in East Oakland, CA. Continually growing and learning alongside her students, Laura is spending this year contemplating the six enlightened actions: generosity, discipline, joyful effort, patience, mediation, and wisdom and is writing about how she sees them manifest in the classroom.
Editor-In-Chief and character educator for LifeAfterHate.org and is currently writing a memoir vis-á-vis her time inside and out of the racist underground.
Berni is a life spark who helps creative and innovative individuals attain their untapped potential by getting clear about their true passions and strategizing for success. She does this through her work as a coach, consultant, speaker, writer, and the Speaker and Talent Representative at Life After Hate.
Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid are the founders of Everyone Is Gay, a non-profit organization that promotes peer advocacy and provides outreach and resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
DaRaven, also known as his musical alias G-Man The MC, is a young Sage in training who uses words and sounds as his devices to spread messages of peace, love, change and self reflection.
Tony has spent the past six years as principal of McAleer & Associates Wealth Management and traveling as a motivational speaker. He also serves as Board Chairman of Life After Hate.
Lydia studied studio art in Florence, Italy and has public art works displayed in California, Colorado and Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with mechanical specialty and a Masters in Information. She loves to think and create and make innovation happen and believes the highest form of innovation happens in the heart.
Back in his home country of Brazil, Beto is one of the most in-demand producers for award-winning movie soundtracks, hit-television shows, and multi-platinum selling recording artists.
“Love freely, give generously, whisper softly, march loudly, give hell to people who think that such a place as hell exists and wish to see you there, then give them a kiss.”—Jonathan Moore, spiritual student, spoken word artist, activist, and Kindness Not Weakness Warrior
“I’m so grateful to Life After Hate to come on the scene and never ask anything of me more than to just be myself and share my story. I pray I can do more for LAH throughout our promising future.”
Troy Duffy (born June 8, 1971 in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American director, screenwriter, and musician. He has directed two films, The Boondock Saints, and its sequel, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.
Bobby Ryan plays for the Anaheim Ducks and is one of the hottest young stars in the National Hockey League. He was the first Ducks player to score a hat trick as a rookie, and also set the francise record for rookie scoring. In 2009 he was a finalist for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the best rookie player in the NHL.
Some 40 years after tropicalismo emerged in Brazil with its avant-garde melting pot philosophy… Brazil is still turning out cutting edge music with 21st century variations. Among the latest artists to hit these shores is Luciano Nakata Albuquerque, a.k.a Curumin (KOO-roo-mean), a São Paulo singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist of Spanish and Japanese heritage. His new record Arrocha is available now from Six Degrees Records.
A noted speaker, author and founder of Harmony Through Hockey, as well as a board member for Life After Hate and presenter of Kindness Not Weakness curriculum.
Daniel Gallant is a former right-wing-extremist, now a candidate in the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Northern British Columbia.
“The world is smaller than we think. The feelings and human needs are shared by all and I’m really sure of it, every time I meet a new friend, every time I learn something new with incredible people who can live a block from home or in the Far East.” Carlos is a teacher, writer, and KNW Warrior from São Paulo Brasil
Kim is an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT), meditation teacher and a Certified Health Coach. Her dedication to health and wellness comes from her passion for yoga and nutritious food. From the very first time she stepped on a yoga mat in 1992, she knew her life was about to take the path less traveled. Kim has attained many highly-regarded yoga certifications and engages Buddhist meditation teachings with her sangha at The Interdependence Project.
Kerry Noble, author of Tabernacle of Hate: Seduction Into Right-Wing Extremism and Tabernacle of Hope: Bridging Your Darkened Past Toward a Brighter Future, is a former member of a notorious US domestic terror group who now spends his time educating others about the mentality, methodologies, and dangers of hate groups.
Markham fought out of Bettendorf, Iowa with the Miletich Martial Arts team for 7 years. During that time he won 2 world titles with the Quad City Silverbacks in the IFL. Rory then ventured into the UFC where his stardom was solidified by his debut performance, where he scored a highlight reel head-kick knockout over Brodie Farber. This kick was voted #3 best Head-Kick KO’s of ALL TIME.
“We live in a world where people tend to think in extremes and categorize with ultimate statements,” Matisyahu says. “While it’s true that at one point it would’ve been pretty accurate to describe me as Hasidic reggae, for most of my career my music has been a blend, a mixture.”
As an addiction counselor, Jack Varnell co-founded and ran Foundation House, near Atlanta – a recovery residence for homeless and indigent and clients coming out of State run institutions of various types.
Libyan-American hip hop artist and the reigning Chicago Urban Music Awards Lyricist of the Year, Khaled M. “Trying to rid my heart of suspicions of other people being hypocrites. I would never ever call someone that aloud…but the next step is to not even feel it on the inside, and leave the judging up to God…”
Callen Harty is the author of the forthcoming la Prensa book, My Queer Life, as well as timely and compassionate Life After Hate articles and
more than 20 plays and 50 monologues. Callen and his partner Brian Wild are part of the driving force behind Proud Theater, an amazing group of LGBTQ and Allied youth driving social change with compassion.
Julie is a high school teacher whose passion is working with the students that many have come to label as “at-risk”. She is also the author of the upcoming la Prensa book My Life After Hate: Teacher’s Edition.
A Survivor of atrocious sexual, physical, and emotional abuse as a child and Former brutal gang-member, today Sammy is a Father, Speaker, and Peace Practitioner who has reached tens of thousands of youth, families, and professionals across the nation. He is the author of Fourbears: The Myths of Forgiveness
Katharina Hren is the flying-by-the-seat-of-her-yoga-pants Mom of young peaceful warrior, Gustav, and is a teacher of many things.
Billy Gardell is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and voice artist. He has been visible within the comedy world industry since 1989. Gardell currently plays Mike Biggs on Mike & Molly. He also made an appearance in a dozen episodes of My Name Is Earl. Gardell voiced Santa in Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas.
Christian is a writer, artist, producer, speaker, and the co-founder of Life After Hate.
Paul Kendal is a retired SSG and Iraq Veteran who wrote Walking the Tigers Path, a moving account of the practice of compassion in the face of the ultimate aggression: war.