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Ramarley Graham was my former student. He was murdered by an NYPD officer. Please Google his name if you are not aware of this case. On Sunday, I will be paying tribute to his life, along with his family and artists. The poem in my book, Poetry 2Life: Youth. Struggle. Love. was written about him. I will be slamming it at the event. This is an event for the youth but all are welcome. Raising awareness about his murder will increase the likelihood of justice. It is time him and his family receive that.
If you live in the Bronx or are able to attend, please do. If possible, please reblog this post. This young man could have accomplished so much had he not been robbed of endless opportunities. I was his writing teacher. I read his words. He could have been the next Tupac Shakur.
I do hope to see you there.
In lieu of the many tragedies which have and are occurring, not only in our local communities but the world abroad, it really makes one wonder, how often prayers occur.
Yes, there was war and uprest during biblical times. However, many people have leaned on prayer and their faith through tragedies. The Pledge of Allegiance was removed from daily routines in schools a few years ago because of the one line, “under God”.
Supporters believed that stating “God” is indirectly disrespectful to those who may not believe in Him or believe His name is different. Considering I was an educator when this law was not implemented, students were not forced to pledge to the flag if their religious beliefs were not parallel to it. They simply sat down and did not recite it.
Outside of homes, how do young people or adults, for that matter, have the opportunity to reinforce their beliefs except for in silence or hiding. Work places often follow the same model that schools have implemented.
Just as stomachs have to be fed to live healthy, spirits must be fed in order to live in peace. The chaos that is occurring on minimal and maximal levels may be decreased just a tad bit, if we could praise whover we believe is in charge of our individual lives. It seems as though we live in a world where money, material gain and violence are praised way too often.
Churches, Mosques, Kingdom Halls, Synagogues and other places of worship are sometimes the only places people can go for spiritual nourishment. Why is it that the practices that are exercised here can not be exercised elsewhere or everywhere?
The world is suffering from so much. Faith is important for the people. Prayer makes a significant difference in the lives of those who believe. Children and adults need to be exposed to this practice even if they do not believe, they may still be able to “eat” and “exude” it. Perhaps, eliminating one less problem that we as humans face. Isn’t one less better than five more?
This unfortunate tragedy was so uncalled for. It is yet another opportunity for us to appreciate every moment that we breathe and share with loved ones. Although these children lost their lives so young and it is unfathomable to comprehend, they are now safe with their Father. It is us and those left grieving that we must support and pray for. God bless us all…
Are you passionate about the political issues that affect the people? Does injustice touch a part of your heart, intellect or soul? Is the community that you live in deprived of resources?
“People Before Politics” is a blogtalk radio show that might be of interest to you. Damon Jones, the host of the show, is a member of law enforcement yet passionate about justice, especially in the Westchester, N.Y. area. The topics on the show have ranged from the influence that hip hop music has on the youth that listen to the injustices that become more evident as murders of youth remain unsolved.
Voices of those who often go unheard would find solace in not only calling in to listen to “People Before Politics” but engaging in conversation with the host and/or other guests, related to the topic. Guests that have called in range from community organizers, educators, elected officials to church leaders, just to name a few. Whether or not, a listener agrees with the general opinion is secondary to the significance of dialogue. Damon Jones allows viewers to voice their opinions as well as provides information about the subject matter. He asks questions that provoke thought and shares stories that encourage change…for the better.
Many areas and cities represent the county of Westchester, N.Y. Perhaps “People Before Politics” can provide a forum for others to model within their own communities. A conversation can bring about change. People that share their voice generally feel more motivated as a result, especially when it is directly related to a passion or experience that they have. With President Obama being re-elected, politics has become an even “hotter” topic. It remains a system that people are very opinionated about. “People Before Politics” is a radio show that reminds citizens, local and beyond, that people are more important than the politics. People that believe this are powerful individuals. Together, everyone achieves more.
Check out “People Before Politics” on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time by calling (619) 924-0811 or logging on to http://www.blogtalkradio.com. The link to the website is included below. Please feel free to leave feedback below if or once you have listened to the show.
A Moment of Silence
Let us stop for a moment and close our eyes,
whisper a prayer or pay homage to,
those who did not rise.
Let us think about someone suffering in pain or
just remain silent because someone is stuck in the rain.
A moment of silence to ask for strength to go on,
carry those bags up all of those stairs,
the case seems so long.
A moment of silence for women being abused,
a friend who is too close to blowing a fuse,
a child struggling in school
or a patient disgnosed with the blues.
To stop and just think of someone at wit’s end,
to send them your bubbly energy despite how
you may feel within,
may be what you need to do
to receive your blessings.
Give a moment of silence
for whatever my be burrowing in your soul,
whatever may be your secret, fighting to take control,
for that secret that you are keeping to protect others or
that which troubles you about another.
For those of you reading this,
I Will give twenty moments for you,
pay it forward by giving me a moment too.
We share this world together, whether stranger or friend,
my silence for you is that you do not break,