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TOOL: Week of November 12, 2018 — POSITIVE ACTIONS

POSITIVE ACTIONS was added to the GOGI Toolbox during the two year period when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department permitted the first ever GOGI Campus. In this 24 bed jail housing module, which was also as the former housing unit for movie actor Robert Downey Jr. and Paris Hilton (not housed there at the same time, obviously), the GOGI Campus was home to a total of 350 women who came into and left out…

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Tool: Week of November 5, 2018 — POSITIVE WORDS

Image Credit: Art is a gift to GOGI from GOGI student KEITH ERICKSON On a recent site visit to Salinas Valley State Prison in California a GOGI student stated that his favorite tool was POSITIVE WORDS. He told us a story about his youth. He was subjected to a lot of negative comments. He was told he was stupid, no good, a problem, unwanted. He was told he was destined for prison and that he…

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GOGI is Longevity

How the heck are you GOGI Nation??  Streetwise GOGI Tamara here to share some ‘Insight from the Inside’ with you! Check out this rad GOGI poem written by one of our GOGI Leaders  from Ironwood State Prison. GOGI is Longevity By Vincent ‘BOBO’ Crama GOGl is a program, To help you self-exam, So please give a damn! There are twelve steps, To help you get prepped, So that your understanding becomes more in depth There…

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Tool: Week of October 22, 2018 — POSITIVE THOUGHTS

Part of THE THREE P’s, POSITIVE THOUGHTS belongs to the Section of Tools called TOOLS OF CHOICE. In this Section of Tools, POSITIVE THOUGHTS, POSITIVE WORDS and POSITIVE ACTIONS enables the GOGI student to create possibilities where some people say there are none. While the three tools in this section are linked, it is through POSITIVE THOUGHTS that the creation of your life becomes very interesting. POSITIVE THOUGHTS creates space in your mind for possibilities…

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Fly Free With GOGI

Greetings my GOGI Peeps! Streetwise GOGI Tamara here to run my jibs. The human spirit was not created to be enslaved or imprisoned. The human spirit was created to fight and survive; to rise above when pressed from all sides. The human spirit was created to fly free. The state may be able to imprison someone physically. But it cannot imprison the human spirit. It cannot imprison someone mentally. Only WE can imprison ourselves mentally. Many…

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TOOL: Week of October 15, 2018 — FIVE SECOND LIGHTSWITCH

Your key is to FLIP THE SWITCH and claim your right to be in command of your mind’s and your body’s activities. It can be YOUR choice to make a weak or a strong decision when you put to use your FIVE SECOND LIGHTSWITCH.

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Am I Strong Enough?

My GOGI Peeps, how are you today? Streetwise GOGI Tamara here to drop a little reality on you. This past Saturday, I attended a women’s empowerment event, as a GOGI/TG4L! Rep, and was asked to speak about GOGI. The subject matter at this event focused on abuse of all kinds within our prisons, communities and families.  I met some amazingly strong and resilient women. The subject matter hit very close to home for me, as…

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TOOL: Week of October 8, 2018 — BELLY BREATHING

BELLY BREATHING is one of those tools that frequently creates the illusion of GOGI being too simple to actually work at changing anything in a persons life.  But it is often the most simple adjustments we make in our lives which generates the most profound momentum in our desired direction. When we truly master BELLY BREATHING there is no decision beyond our awareness, each of our decisions become consciously created and the inherent ownership we…

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TOOL: Week of October 1, 2018 — BOSS OF MY BRAIN

It was sitting on the tile floor of the chapel at FCI Terminal Island in San Pedro, California where the first GOGI student uttered the words BOSS OF MY BRAIN. Actually, what he said was something like, “You mean you are telling me that I am the boss of my brain?” This concept struck a cord with him, as if it was a new concept that he was able to maintain control of the activities…

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TOOL: Week of September 24, 2018 — ULTIMATE FREEDOM

As the GOGI Toolbox became a complete set of tools, the question that eventually emerged was “why?” Why make positive decisions? Why overcome addictions? Why grow past gang mentality? In nearly every GOGI student’s journey there becomes something that tugs strongly at the heart and occupies the thoughts. Invariably, as GOGI student begin to gain insight into their abilities to create a better life and build competencies in the use of the GOGI Tools there…

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