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Ignorance and selfishness is indivisible,

Target employee has arm broken for asking a customer to wear a mask

Supermarket workers physically assaulted for asking customers to wear a mask

Health care workers threatened and called communist for supporting the wearing of masks

State Governors receiving death threats for trying to protect their constituents with stay at home orders

To paraphrase the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ignorance and selfishness is indivisible, ignorance and selfishness anywhere is a threat to intelligence and community everywhere

We Are The Coalition Of The Righteous

GOP politicians are lining up to defend Trump’s racist tweets some going as far as too call them patriotic and informing us that we should just move on from this and get back to the business of governing. 

REALLY? Just move on from it? So now You’re going to tell US what is racist and what isn’t. Is this the same logic you used when you told us Slavery wasn’t racist, segregation wasn’t fine as long as it was separate but “equal”, red lining wasn’t racist. the shooting of unarmed black men of color were justified. 

No we can not simply move on from it.

Now more than ever we have a difficult time ahead of us. But we must shed our fear of it.

Why?

Because we are not here because of the path that lies before us but because of the path that lies behind us. Four hundred years we have endured slavery, racism, sexism, homophobia and the denial of basic human rights and with each step forward we take, with each of our achievement we accomplish it produces fear among those among who still preach hate, who look to divide, do not believe in the brotherhood of all but would rather hold onto the old ways of subjugation and bondage.

But we are rising up now, together as one, race, color, religion, creed, gender and national origin .  We are a coalition of the righteous and we are gathering momentum each and every day. We are going to create a world where color, gender, religious belief and country of origin doesn’t matter. A world without conflicts and killings. A world without borders and boundaries. A world united not divided, ruled by love not hate. A world where anything is possible.

Today we send a message to those who still cling to the past, those who still preach hatred, those who still wish to divide this great nation not on the content of our character but on the the color of our skin. Today we take OUR country back from the racist and bigoted. Today we tremble these amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties from sea to shining sea. Today we remember, this is America where we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and all women regardless of color are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness.

Today we make them remember we are still here

An Angel Walks in a Room

An angel walks into a room with a Christian who celebrates Christmas. A Jew who celebrates Hanukkah and an African American who celebrates Kwanza. The angel quickly looks around and says Happy Holidays to everyone. At that moment, an individual in the corner sighs loudly. The angel turns to the man and asks, is there a problem, sir? To which the man responded, well, since you asked, there is. I’m so tired of you liberals and your war on Christmas. What wrong with just saying Merry Christmas as we did in the good old days. The angel looked at the man and laughed and then politely said, sir, it would seem you and not me who is waging war on Christmas. Me? Responded the man shockingly. Yes, you said the angel, for on the day Jesus was born, an angel-like myself told all those in the manger I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. He did not identify only a selection of people to wish great joy. He wished it to all. We are all God’s children, and he wishes that we love each other and respect each other faiths as his children. If you choose to turn a cold shoulder to or belittle those who wish happiness to all, then it is you who are soiling the true meaning of Christmas.

A Dollar and a Dream

I saw a statistic that 1 Billion People used Facebook today, meaning that one out of every seven people on the planet today used Facebook. One out of every seven humans! That is indeed an impressive statistic except when you relate it to hunger, then it’s a sobering statistic at best. Sobering because tonight one out of every seven people in the world will go to bed hungry.

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, created by the United Nations in 1948 to provide a global understanding of how to treat individuals. We have 30 basic human rights. Article 25 states:

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the one billion people who used Facebook today, myself included, gave just one dollar to help feed the hungry, to make Article 25 a reality.

Think about it a single dollar, less than your daily paper or morning cup of coffee. A small contribution but a contribution that would help someone go to bed tonight with a little something in their belly.

Wouldn’t that make us a better world?

Yeah that would make us a better world.

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E-Mail from on high

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If we could get an e-mail from on high today, I imagine it would read something like this.
There has been some confusion of late, so I just wanted to check in to state what I thought with the intelligence I have blessed you with should be obvious but is not.
If you would see a child, one of my most vulnerable, go to sleep hungry or without a roof over their head simply because they were born into poverty or on the wrong side of an imaginary line you have drawn in the earth, you can not say you are one of my children. Suppose you would think to call yourself superior to another simply because of your skin color, ethnic background, religious group, or sexual orientation. In that case, you can not say you are one of my children. If you would protect the wealth of those with an abundance at the expense of providing the bare necessities to those without, you can not say you are one of my children. If you would look to harm or, worst, kill another using my name as your justification, you can not say you are one of my children. It is only in my children’s hearts that the concept of unconditional love and compassion resides. I hope that has cleared it up to you. You may carry on.

They are trying to change the narrative…Don’t let them

They are trying to change the narrative to marginalize the message and divide the masses don’t let them.
They will point to those killed in the line of duty as if we don’t care about their lives and those they leave behind. They will act as if this is a game of one-upmanship. We certainly do, and it is not.
They will point to the number of blacks killed by blacks and say we should be gravely concerned about that. They will say we should turn a blind eye to other injustices and concentrate on that problem and that problem alone because we can not focus on multiple issues at one time. We are, and we most definitely can.
They will say our protests are about hatred of the police and not about ensuring that justice is meted out equally and fairly for all people. But it never was about that, and it most certainly is.
They will call those who speak out race-baiters while trying to divide by making this strictly an issue of black versus white, all the while ignoring the rainbow of colors that stand for and cry out for justice.
They are trying to change the narrative to marginalize the message and divide the masses don’t let them.

Why Are The Humans Hungry?

Alien #1: Really, looking at the humans again? What’s so interesting this time?

Alien #2: Well, if you must know, there is a very intriguing event going on right now. Thousands of people in the country they call the United States of America are standing on-line for what in their measurement of time would be days for a communication device they refer to as an iPhone.

Alien #1: A communication device? I hardly would call it that. They can’t even make a simple phone call to their International space station, and that thing is only in orbit around their planet.

Alien #2: Yes, yes, we all know how you like to make fun of human technology. However, when scanning that particular country, I see similar lines forming all the time for food.

Alien #1: Interesting; if I were to compare this to how things operate in our world, I would assume that their communication devices and their food sources are in short supply.

Alien #2: You would think that. But in neither case does that appear to be true. The demand for the communication device seems to be driven by humans’ desire to be part of a group. To be the first in that group to own something increases what humans call their social status, which appears to be a big thing.

Alien #1: Intriguing, yet I’m still confused about how this fits in with their food supply?

Alien #2: In the case of their food supply, it appears that it is not a desire to be part of a group or that it is in short supply in the United States. I found this article while scanning their internet.

Alien #1: Their internet, I would…

Alien #2: Stop it. We all know you would hardly call it the internet. Never the less I found this regarding their food supply. As much as 40% of food goes uneaten in the U.S., according to estimates from the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. In other words, Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion in wasted food every year, a separate analysis by the NRDC found. One study estimates, just 15% of all this wasted food would be enough to feed more than 25 million Americans every year. And one in six Americans currently lacks a secure supply of food,

Alien #1: Are you sure that information is correct? Because to be perfectly honest with you, that makes no sense; how could they simultaneously waste food yet have people go hungry.

Alien #2: How indeed? Here’s where it gets complicated apparently in the United States as other parts of the Earth, humans have put a monetary value on food.

Alien #1: Really?

Alien #2: Yes, can you believe it? Placing a monetary value on food means that those who do not have the significant economic resources, as measured by humans, cannot afford to eat. In some cases, the situation is so difficult that again according to the information I found on their internet, their own United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates 15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life consistently. Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.

Alien #1: Fascinating, how is it that so many humans line up to purchase a communication device if money is in such short demand? Surely being able to sustain a healthy existence is far greater than owning the newest communication device.

Alien #2: It is not that money is in short supply; it is merely how the wealth is distributed from country to country and within countries. You remember those artificial lines we have talked about that the humans draw to separate themselves and hold so dear.

Alien #1: Indeed, I do. However, what stumps me is that even in our world, we struggle with wealth disparity, yet we never allowed it to stop us from ensuring that all of our species have what is required to live and sustain a healthy existence.

Alien #2: Yes, but as we have remarked before, the humans have not come to the most basic of understanding: they are one.

Alien #1: And that is what remains so sad about their existence

Alien #2: Yes, my friend, it does, that it does.

It’s Time!

Rightfully so, there are concerns regarding the number of young men of color who are living their lives behind bars. Yet as we walk through our communities, we cannot escape the reality that many of us choose to voluntarily live our own lives behind bars, barricading our homes and ourselves from both the real and perceived dangers of our communities. It is time for this to change.
It is time that we look inward for solutions to address the issues that plague our communities.
It is time we pull together to uplift our communities spiritually, socially, and emotionally.
It is time we work together to increase our communities’ financial viability and those who reside in them.
It is time we strive to turn our communities around, from a place we look to escape to one we want to return to.
It is time!