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Are we so busy we need drive thru funerals?

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Kent State Urban Outfitters Offensive Tee Shirt…why did people buy it?

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Everybody needs a blood splattered tee shirt in their wardrobe…no they don’t. Why would a company sell a shirt like this? May 4, 1970 four students were killed on the Kent State campus. People buying the shirts probably don’t even know that, but the company probably did. So now comes the outrage and the free publicity. sounds like a win-win for Urban Outfitters.

Why is America fascinated with the Kardashians?

Interesting article. Share your thoughts.


Is Ray Rice a victim of Big Screen Justice?

Yesterday the Baltimore Ravens cut Ray Rice after they saw the video of what happened in that NJ casino. When we saw Rice drag his then fiancée off the elevator what did we think happened? She didn’t faint. We could assume he knocked her out, but yesterday when we saw it on the big screen we could no longer keep our collective heads in the sand. We had to acknowledge the obvious, but where do we go from here? The media will talk about the Rice saga until the numbers dip, but what are we going to do? We sit and look at the videotape with horror, but where is that horror when we watch Love and Hip Hop. We see women fighting women, women fighting men and men fighting women and we watch this while devouring popcorn. We call this entertainment. Our young people watch these shows. One of my friends said her daughter thought the Rice situation was bad but she did not find it horrifying. I also saw an 18 year old young man being interviewed last night and he said women have to learn not to disrespect their man. He felt a man was justified to get physical if he believed he was being disrespected. So we need to talk to our young people about what domestic violence really is. Most violence is not played out on the big screen. It is generally done in private. It might be happening to your neighbors or your church members. Some people on your job who are ragging on Rice today might be abusers but you will never know. It is done behind closed doors and there are no cameras. Share your thoughts.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar says Bruce Levensen is not a racist, he is just a businessman

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Let My People VOTE: PICO Leaders Announce New Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday,September 4, 2014

Contact: Kawana Lloyd, 202-544-8411, ext 110 (office); 240-472-2860 (cell)

Let My People VOTE: PICO Leaders Announce New Campaign to Engage

1 Million Black, Latino and Faith Voters this Fall

Civil Rights Leader Rep. John Lewis and President of the North Carolina Chapter of NAACP Rev. William Barber II will Join Let My People VOTE Virtual Faith Summit Tonight

Washington, DC — Today, prominent clergy, faith leaders, and advocates with PICO National Network officially announced a new national campaign called Let My People VOTE. This will be a massive multi-racial and multi-faith-based effort, spanning 15-states, to engage and turn out 400,000 new or low-propensity voters in the 2014 election and beyond, whose voices have been ignored and who have been systematically locked out of the voting process.

The driving goal behind Let My People VOTE is a commitment to engage voters whose voices have been most marginalized in our cities and states. In congregations across America this fall, people of faith will aim to have one million person-to-person conversations about what freedom in America could and should look like, and how to use our right to vote as a way to bring us closer to that vision. To achieve this goal PICO National Network and federations will be training leaders, building prophetic congregational teams, engaging in base building, and meeting voters where they are: in the pews, on their phones, and at their doors.

“What we plan to do is unleash the power of faith voters,” said Michael McBride, Director of Urban Strategies and PICO’s Live Free campaign (formerly Lifelines to Healing). “PICO’s Let My People VOTE campaign is founded on the shared belief that God calls us together across race and faith, knowing that every single child of God deserves to live an abundant life with dignity and respect.”

As part of the campaign, PICO federations recently began roll-outs in several states, in the last few weeks, with the recruitment and training of thousands of grassroots leaders. Local leaders also plan to dramatically increase mobilizing voter registration and voter education efforts in cities such as Ferguson and St. Louis, Mo, because of the recent crisis, and states where the campaign will take root include: California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York.

Tonight, civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis and the President of the North Carolina state chapter of the NAACP, Rev. William Barber II will join PICO clergy and lay leaders from across the country for a Virtual Faith Summit. Speakers will give testimony to the ways we are transforming the lives of their congregations and communities by affirming the humanity of all pf God’s children.

“Faith leaders and advocates will seek to empower and engage voters in black, Latino, and poor communities to realize our power to help heal our nation by voting and encouraging our neighbors to do the same,” said Pastor McBride. “When we show our power as people of faith, we make a profound impact.”

•Engage and turn out to vote 400,000 African-American, Latino, Asian-American, and faith voters, who voted in 2012 but not 2010 and are unlikely to vote in 2014 without direct contact by people from their communities and an issue environment that speaks to their identity and economic pressures.
•Collect 187,000 ballot signatures to place measures on the ballot on minimum wage, paid sick days, early voting, sentencing reform and voter re-enfranchisement.
•Register 48,500 new voters in counties with large racial gaps in voter registration and fast growing Latino populations. We will register voters through congregations, aiming for 100% registration of eligible voters in leading congregations.
•Recruit and train 12,600 grassroots leaders in 800 congregational teams to strategically engage their neighbors and congregation-members, with an overall goal of 80 percent of shifts being filled by volunteers.
•Pass pro-working family ballot measures in California (Sentencing Reform), Massachusetts (Earned Sick Time), Las Cruces, New Mexico and Oakland, CA (Minimum Wage).


“After spending time in Ferguson, MO, where we were tear-gassed and saw the pain in the faces of thousands of black youth asking for fair treatment from law enforcement, I came back knowing now more than ever that we are engaged in a battle, spiritually and systemically, against the demons of racism in our country,” said Rev. Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia, PA. Rev. Tyler traveled with PICO’s interfaith organization POWER to Ferguson calling for justice and listen to a community in grief. He continued, “We need to bring out faith from the pews to streets. It is a fight for our lives – and voting is one of the primary tools in the struggle.”

Bishop Jaime Soto, Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, CA, discussed the importance of civic engagement and voter education around immigration reform and Prop 47 in California. “With faith, we gave birth to this nation. It is takes faith to continue to build the strength of the American union. People of faith cannot let faith be disenfranchised,” said Bishop Soto. “Hard-working immigrant families cannot be left in the shadows and prisons do not make good schools or good health programs. People of faith believe that we Californians can do better than that.”

Jennifer Romero, a DREAMER, immigration reform leader from Aurora, CO, shared the story about losing her mother to deportation. “I’m tired of the pain my community faces. It’s time to go out there and tell our communities that their voices really do matter.”

“In Louisiana, it’s very simple. Our state’s incarceration rate is the highest the nation. But our community has the power to create and systemic change. We have a moral obligation to talk to voters about how some certain policies impact human lives,” said Pastor Antoine Barriere, Household of Faith, New Orleans, LA.

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PICO National Network, the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States, working with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations.

Big Brother’s Rape Humor not funny…Frankie Grande leads the pack

Last season’s Big Brother group brought a little racism to the mix. BB16 has decided to bring a little sexism just for fun. Watch as castmates joke about raping Fellow castmate Victoria Rafaeli. Frankie Grande leads the laughter, but it is even more appalling is the presence of Christine. Do these people forget the camera is on 24/7? The next live broadcast is Thursday. perhaps the apology will come then.

The Media and the Mob by Thomas Sowell

Interesting perspective. Read and share your thoughts.


Civil unrest and criminality are not the same thing

Yesterday the name of the police officer who killed Michael Brown was released. The video tape shown above was also released. The tape according the police shows Michael Brown stealing cigars prior to his death. So how does this relate to the shooting of Brown? Does it show that he was a bad guy? It might, but was the stealing of cigars worthy of a death sentence? No. Last night there was more looting in Ferguson and that does not help the situation. Criminal behavior will not yield positive results. The police are being very careful, but their patience will only last for a season. Business owners are now taking arms to protect their businesses and who can blame them? Earlier this morning I heard a reporter say he saw two looters carrying an industrial saw to their car. What does this theft have to do with Brown? Nothing. This is criminal behavior not civil unrest. They are not the same thing.

Is Ray Rice’s 2 game suspension a slap on the wrist?

Ray Rice knocked his then girlfriend out in the elevator of a New Jersey casino. He has tearfully apologized and his now wife has stood by her man, but did the NFL do enough? today they announced his two game suspension and his coach has said they want to move on, but should we move on. Why do we move so quickly when dealing with domestic violence? How many people grew up in homes that you frequently heard” what happens in this house stays in this house”, and often domestic violence was one of those things. The Rice incident put his business out for the world to see and pass judgment on, but is this punishment enough? Share your thoughts.



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