…And Social Justice For ALL

May 16, 2012

It takes a movement to make masses of minds mold together at the same time

From labor to LGBT rights

And from ACT UP to Civil Rights

The need to prove our humanity has withstood the test of time

From the beginning of time we have occupied all streets

Fighting for the rights of our babies so in peace they can all sleep

Our love of liberty made the Egyptian scarab sing for the Arab spring

Because the time is always right to do right…so said a King

We waged wars of words for Wagner acts

Laboring laboriously for those looking to live off of our backs

And now we gloriously gleam with the light of our freedom

Knowing too many still live in the dark…but we see them

From the classroom to the metro, when we look back in retro

We see human beings who grasped at freedom and wouldn’t let go

Moving as one we make mole hills out of mountains of societal injustice

Knowing in the end that all we have and need is just us

From Ohio to Cairo and from Colombia to Congo

When the people choose to lead, the leaders will follow

It only takes 1% of the people to push for change

But luckily we have the 99% fed up with the game,

Fed up with living in shame,

Fed up with being the blame,

Fed up with being pawns in a big business chess game

So we declare checkmate on corporate kings

Because we know all too well why the caged bird sings

We know all too well what liberation brings

Equality under the law

Whether we believe in Jesus or Allah

Denying equal rights to everyone is humankind’s biggest flaw

But as long as there is inequality there will be we

The seekers of change shining from sea to shining sea

The bringers of rain on the parade of poverty

The ones tired of seeing abuse to democracy

They said “freedom for all” but we knew it was hypocrisy

So we march and declare our rights in the face of adversity

In the face of stoning and lynching we stand proud of our being

Lady Liberty was blindfolded but even now she is seeing

From the U.S. to Uganda, we’re tired of the homophobia

Tired of misplaced anger and xenophobia

Throughout time there was we fighting for humanity

From slavery to genocides, protesting this insanity

From Armenia to the Holocaust, never forgetting

From Rwanda to the Sudan, never accepting

Never complacent when injustice sits adjacent

To our conscience we see the writing of war on the wall and erase it

We believe that peace is possible

That equal rights are plausible

And we will never believe that social justice is optional



February 19, 2012

Video on CNN: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-751011.

I actually watched the video of the ESPN commentator who was suspended for using the term “chink in the armor.” He should have been given an opportunity to apologize for his mistake. This was not a Don Imus situation but shows what happens in a society that focuses on political correctness instead of teachable moments.

Is the Jeremy Lin story reinforcing Asian & Black stereotypes?

February 19, 2012

Video on CNN: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-750129

I love the Jeremy Lin story, but some of the commentaries I’ve seen have me wondering if we’re subtly reinforcing some stereotypes about Asians and Black people. I think the Asian “model minority” myth will be playing out before we know it.

Jeremy Lin’s story should be YOUR story

February 15, 2012

Whether you are a fan of New York Knicks new point guard Jeremy Lin or not, it is important that the lesson of his story not be missed. It has been said that luck is is when preparation meets opportunity. The conversations will rage on as to whether his rise to instant stardom is related to his race or whether he is just the man of the moment and not the year. The fact of the matter is that Lin spent his entire life preparing for this moment and when the moment came he was ready for it. What moment are you preparing for? If your moment came right now, would you be ready? Are you spending more time lamenting over lost opportunities or preparing for the next one? Your moment is coming. Don’t spend your time being so jealous of other people’s light that you end up missing your time to shine. Your moment is coming! Be prepared for the world may be watching!

Don Cornelius, a class act with a lot of soul

February 1, 2012

Video on CNN.com: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-740045

Summary: Like many across the globe, I would like to say rest in peace to Don Cornelius. He brought us the best in music in a format that has been often imitated, but never duplicated.

Moved by a Messenger (a poem for Mattie Stepanek)

February 1, 2012

 In a world where violence is the norm of the day

A little boy came our way and he had something to say

Mattie J.T. Stepanek born in 1990

Started writing poetry at the age of 3

A boy who came from humble beginnings

Became friends to Jimmy Carter, Oprah, Larry King

But the fame that came never changed Mattie

Used his popularity to change humanity

And through this entire process he inspired me

I aspire to inspire ‘fore I expire see

So I had to tell the story of the son of Jeni

Never met him though he lived down the street from me

His heart songs spoke to the peace that we long

And he took time to play after every storm

From playing with his Legos he built peace with his vision

And laid the groundwork for us to continue his mission


We need messengers for peace to stop bullying

We need teachers to teach peace in their schooling

Make peace possible, end homophobia

Make our country more accepting no xenophobia

Let’s erase racism, eradicate hate

No room for anti-Semites in United States

No more police brutality

Gangs strive for neutrality

Don’t matter your spirituality

What really matters is morality

Mattie stood up for everyone

All races and religions that live under the sun

If we give peace a chance we make tomorrow better

Cause peace is possible when we’re working together

Mattie truly was an angel and his dream was for peace

He had high hopes and now his dream’s within our reach


Let us pray, differently, yet together

And work every day to make our whole world better

Before there’s no earth, no life, no chance for peace

Sudan, Myanmar, the Middle East

In so many ways, we are the same

Gotta stop picking out our differences to blame

What language do you laugh in? What accent do you cry in?

Mattie marketed unity we need to buy in

If you could just be silent, just for a moment

We can make Mattie’s dream come true if we just own it

Do what you can with what you have where you are

Mattie used poetic license now we’re driving his car

Mattie’s message moved millions but there’s more to do

A new millennium Mattie might reside in you

In 14 years Mattie changed the world and so can you

Become a soldier for peace cause our army needs you

Obama’s rhetoric doesn’t match his record

January 25, 2012
While President Obama put out some ideas that really set him apart from his republican counterparts, his record on issues such as education and immigration do not match his rhetoric up to this point. Great speech but the proof is in the putting-in. We’ll see if he can make some serious progress on these goals because we all could benefit from his vision.

In defense…of Newt

January 20, 2012

Video: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-734007

Summary: The debates are clearly showing that the Republican public is turning towards Newt. The timing of the interview with his ex-wife will also support him because republican candidates will always win a battle against the media. Quite honestly, as long as his sexual relationships are legal, it should be a non-issue or at least one un-deserving of such vast attention.

Irish stepping and hip-hopping for unity

January 16, 2012

Video on CNN.com: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-731972

Summary: Today’s MLK holiday is about peace and unity. It got me thinking of an event I saw in Boston. In this video, you’ll see some of Boston’s most talented youth coming together to celebrate their unique dance styles. No racism. No disrespect. Just kids having fun and being proud of who they are. We adults have much to learn from our youth.

Rapper Common (and hip-hop) will lose in a battle with Drake

January 15, 2012

Video on CNN.com: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-729714

Summary: While Common is lyrically skilled enough to handle Drake in a battle, Common is at a level in his career where he doesn’t need to be battling anyone