Edafe Okporo – A New Compassionate Male

Edafe Okporo – A New Compassionate Male

Edafe Okporo arrived to the United States from Nigeria in 2016 seeking asylum due to persecution he faced in his native country for being gay. Okporo is now using his own personal experience to help guide other LGBTQ asylum-seeking refugees at a shelter in Harlem. In my search I would have to say that Edafe is an example of a New Compassionate Male.

My life, as you will read, has taken me from one place to another. Bed Number 26 is the story of how I fought my way out of constant persecution and reclaimed my freedom. It is my hope that by sharing my experience and my pain, you will begin to understand why people are forced to immigrate. This is a revealing memoir and empowering manifesto, with contributions from other asylees, refugees, and Nigerians. Nong Richie was born in one country and came of age in another more visible placeNigeria. In a strange world where he was continually persecuted, living soon became a personal nightmare of constant mob attacks and deaths of his friends to HIV. Nong escaped into the world of his mind from the expository details of the war he suffered as a child and high-profile attacks against gay Nigerians. Every detail of his personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently unlawful society emerged with every script of this book. The detention center packaged his trauma as a bombshell, hijacking his image and identity and making profit from every night he spent in it. Bed Number 26 is his raw, honest, and poignant accounta no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account for the persecution of him and his community. He was a fearless activist and an unstoppable force for change who was determined to expose the truth. The target demographics of this book are clients of Immigration Equality, immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, attorneys representing Immigration Equality, clients and volunteers of First Friends, Eat Offbeat clients, and the network of mine from the United Nations department of NGOs.

Edafe Okporo: website

About the Circles of Men Project

About the Circles of Men Project

Rod Haden, Producer of Caterpillar Goo, interviews men from the Men’s Fellowship Network: Circles of Men Project on various topics related to men, compassion and mindfulness, and the counter-intuitive approach Clay Boykin uses to create a safe space for men to learn trust and connect on a heart level.

Charlie Barker, Charter for Compassion – A New Compassionate Male

Charlie Barker, Charter for Compassion – A New Compassionate Male

Charles Barker MD, MPH is founder and president of Compassionate Dallas/Fort Worth, a non-profit organization that promotes the Charter for Compassion, the value of compassion and compassionate action in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, using the Golden Rule as operating principle.

He is currently president of Compassionate DFW and moderator of the Board of Directors, a board representing all twelve sectors of the international Charter and encourages and coordinates the Community Campaigns, as well as partnerships in the DFW area. His background and experience is in the field of medicine, with emphasis in preventive medicine and biomedical ethics, frequently facilitating medical school ethics sessions at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is currently authoring a book centered on being and becoming excellent, a series of reflections.

Links:

Upcoming Compassionate Integrity On-line Training

Charter for Compassion

Charter for Compassion Education Institute

His Holiness Dalai Lama and Karen Armstrong on Compassion

If You Know Yourself You Can Move Past Fear

If You Know Yourself You Can Move Past Fear

Rod Haden, Producer of Caterpillar Goo, interviews men from the Men’s Fellowship Network: Circles of Men Project on various topics related to men, compassion and mindfulness, and the counter-intuitive approach Clay Boykin uses to create a safe space for men to learn trust and connect on a heart level.

The Evolving New Compassionate Male

The Evolving New Compassionate Male

Dennis Tardan interviews Clay Boykin, founder of The Men’s Fellowship Network: Circles of Men Project based in Austin, Texas.  The group has been gathering weekly for almost 8 years and explores how men can show up more mindfully and compassionately to collaborate in the solutions, and at new levels of consciousness and practicality that are so deeply needed to solve the challenges of the 21st century.

Clay’s 1st book, Circles of Men, can be purchased here:

https://www.amazon.com/Circles-Men-Counter-Intuitive-Approach-Supporting/dp/1722976217

Clay’s website:  http://clayboykin.com Email: clay@clayboykin.com