Lewis Reed, President of St. Louis' Board of Aldermen, named Inside Dharma in his 'Happy to Help' series of posts highlighting the work of various non-profits working to improve the lives of individuals in our community. Click HERE to read an expanded version of his tribute.
In July 2014 one of the members of our community, 34-year-old Noah Toler, was committed to a state psychiatric facility, possibly for life. The details of this civil procedure are frightening and considered by many to be unconstitutional. Noah is a serious student of Buddhism. Here is an account of his experiences in an article called "A Real Life Minority Report."
May 30, 2014. Scott Darnell is serving Life Without Parole in an Illinois prison. He was sentenced when he was 15 years old. Recent court decisions seem to be slowly starting to reverse this policy. The U S is one of only a very few countries in the world that allows teenagers to be incarcerated until they die. CLICK HERE to read a letter that Scott wrote at the request of the national organization, FAIR SENTENCING FOR YOUTH, which recently sent a sampling of letters by inmates to Pope Francis.
A group of homeschoolers visited the Inside Dharma headquarters in U City and helped fill backpacks for the homeless. CLICK HERE to read more.
Over 50,000 copies of Start Here St. Louis Area Resource Directory have been printed since the first edition in 2009. The requests keep coming--from shelters, food pantries, clinics, schools, parole offices and prisons, and countless individuals. CLICK HERE to visit the Start Here website.