Archive for April, 2015

23
Apr
15

Loretta Lynch

Another inspiration for African American females in a sexist racist society!

The US Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the nation’s first black female attorney general today, April 23, 2015. 

23
Apr
15

Again/Gender roles

2 Wives, 2 Pregnancies, 2 Photos: One Year Apart

I came across this photo during my internet browsing, it was attach to story on yahoo about a lesbian couple in which both partners decided they wanted to carry a child, they had the second child just eleven months after their son was born. Aside from the adorableness of the picture I was drawn to the story because I too have once shared the view that in a lesbian relationship there is  typically a feminine girl and a more masculine girl, but it’s not always the case. This is a perfect example, regardless of who “wheres the pants” in their relationship they are both women and as one of the partners states in her interview ” the women’s body was made to carry a child”. There doesn’t have to be a boy and a girl role in a lesbian relationship, I mean you’re with a WOMEN because you are attracted to WOMEN. That’s not to say anything against women who like to dress more masculine or who simply have a more dominating personality, that’s all fine and dandy, but don’t let that be confused with gender roles in lesbian or any LGBTQ relationship fro that matter.

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*https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/2-wives-2-pregnancies-2-photos-one-year-apart-117102998062.html

22
Apr
15

Earth Day

 It’s Earth Day !

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In 1970 Gaylord Nelson and a group of students dedicated 24 hours to helping sustain the environment and bring awareness to the rest of the world not long after a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. At the time 20 million people participated in the spread of Environmentalism and now 45 years later more than 1 million people participate world wide.

In case you don’t have time to get out there and be hands on,  there are still ways you can contribute.  Like signing online petitions to evoke change in your neighborhood, your state, your country and ultimately our universe!

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20
Apr
15

Again/restlessness

I have mindlessness syndrome its kind of like restlessness syndrome in the sense that I am always doing something, but instead I am always thinking. The only real escape I have from thinking is television, if I’m choosing to watch something mindless (ie. cartoons, movie you’ve seen 100 times). It’s fairly difficult to live with, I often find myself tired or anxious or constantly rushing; I also get frequent headaches. Living with this condition has always seemed like a burden but I’ve began to look at it in a new way. It’s began to peak my interest in studying the human brain. The idea that my brain is able to process thoughts simultaneously as I do, everything! It makes me wonder where do my thoughts come from, what part of the brain controls them and does it ever rest (other than sleeping). It must be within human reach to tap in to that area of the brain and learn to control it, monks are said to be able to do it (how else do you achieve 24 hour meditations and 17 years vows of silence).

Just a thought …

16
Apr
15

# shut it down

So as an assignment and personal starvation to be proactive I attended my first protest. It was held downtown Riverside California in front of the City Hall building and it was the and I quote ‘shut it down’ protest, a stand against police brutality. About 25 to 30 people gathered in total and we all stood around blowing our whistles and holding our signs chanting in unison

No justice no peace, we don’t want racist police

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It was liberating. To stand next to complete strangers who at the end of the day just so do happen so happen to have a common goal. We each took turns sharing why we were there, and chanting in between stories, applauding with our whistles. The protest then moved inside the city hall to interrupt a city council meeting where we laid on the ground in a 4 minute silent protest in recognition of Micheal Brown; who laid on the ground for 4 hours before his body was moved.

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Following that we were approached by about 15 police officers who just stood their ground, I’m assuming making sure things didn’t escalate. The group then began chanting,

Hey Ho these racist police have to go”

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At this point I began walking away.  This wasn’t my fight. I came there because police officers are abusing their power, end of story. It doesn’t matter if they we’re abusing it against a white person or a black person or hell even a dog, THEY ARE ABUSING THEIR POWER.  So this, standing and yelling calling police offers racist,  who have done nothing wrong just because they are police officers, no thanks. Reflecting on this whole experience I’m glad that I took a political stand in my community, and I learned something about myself.  Although I did mostly agree with everything those people were fighting for, I could stand firm in what I believed in more. It took courage to walk away at that point. To have not only the other protesters watching me, but those police officers as well. It showed what I believed and that’s what I call courageous act.

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16
Apr
15

OH– > CA

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And our story continues….

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09
Apr
15

A time to break the silence …

You know what I’ve come to admire most about civil rights leaders like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King? The fact that they were nobody special at first. They didn’t come from prestigious living or have unlimited resources; yet the were still able to educate themselves enough to speak amongst the elite. It encourages me to not waste my potential, to take advantage of the unlimited amount of resources I have and specially at such a critical time in our fight. Yes, OUR fight, our fight as the people to be governed by an honest and just system, OUR fight as the man to feel safe and protected by OUR guardians. OUR fight as women to stand equal and respected next to our men. OUR fight as a generation to take control over the future of our homelands. Our fight as humans to be accepted no matter what color, sex, shape or form we come in. I could go on, but the point is, there’s no better time than the present to take action for change. There’s no better person than yourself to take a stand for the things you believe in…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr gave a speech and not the speech you’re thinking of but another speech, that should have been just as famous ….

it is with such activity in mind that the words of the late John F. Kennedy come back to haunt us. Five years ago he said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” Increasingly, by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken, the role of those who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investments. I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin…we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

I’m sharing this because this speech was given April 4th, 1967. almost 50 years ago and it can still be applied to this day and age. Change HAS happened but so much more still needs to take place. I wanna look back 50 years from now and listen to this speech and not only see the change but know that I was apart of the change.

I encourage if you’re reading this that you click on the link and hear Dr. Kings Speech “Beyond Vietnam”  its a bit lengthy but there’s also a translation in text if you just want to read through it, so worth it!

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm