Sam Cooke wrote and sung the original “A Change Gonna Come.” The video below is a live performance of the song by Al Green.
Will we ever see a day when no one is killed, when the wars will end, when hurting people stop hurting others?
Will we see a day when people stop lumping others into their prejudicial opinions of religion, race, gender, or sexual preference?
When will people stop using evil against evil?
A commercial has come to my area. I discovered that the same business is located elsewhere. It is the most stereotypical commercial I’ve ever seen — insulting.
Okay, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, there is much happening in the news. It’s too much for me to write about separately. This thread is open to discuss whatever is on your mind, in the news, on your heart.
The things happening on our planet can be overbearing. As individuals, we can make positive changes in our environment and in relationships, but find it difficult making changes when problems are caused by a system intended to bring about negativity, death to humans, animals, and our planet.
Let’s turn lemons into lemonade and fill ourselves up with the positive belief that we can make our world a better place.
For our encouragement, here are some songs. I hope that you enjoy them. Read the rest of this entry
A person who is a committed advocate for equal justice for all, tweeted out the article posted here about Hunter Pedersen, the 11-year old who was killed. Shannon was attacked on Twitter by gun activists. They completely miss the point. This is not about anyone’s right to own guns.
I highly admire those able to debate in 140 characters or less on Twitter. I don’t. The “activists” who deflected from the point of the article have not come here to debate their position because what they are tweeting to Shannon has absolutely nothing to do with what happened to Hunter Pedersen.
In that situation, we have a dead child and a hurting family. Hunter is no longer with them, but the devastation of his family lives on. The situation calls for compassion, and for justice. Read the rest of this entry
In 2013, a federal Judge cited the Loving case in his ruling when striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban. The Loving case has become the foundation in which other courts are striking down bans against same-sex marriage. How did it come about?
Loving — The last name is so appropriate.
In 1957, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter married. They met and lived in Central Point, Virginia, but married in Washington, D.C. because in Virginia, it was illegal to marry a person of another race. Richard, White, and Mildred, “colored,” fell in love at first sight.
At about 4 a.m. one morning, the local police came to their house and arrested them. It wasn’t just the law against interracial marriage that the police was going to arrest the Lovings for violating. They were hoping to catch them in the act of making love, because there was also law against interracial sex.
Mildred showed the police their marriage certificate, but that marriage certificate became evidence for the criminal charge of “cohabiting as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth.”
On January 6, 1959, the Loving’s pled guilty. The law they were charged with violating was passed in Virginia in 1924. It was the Act for the Preservation of Racial Integrity. That law set forth that any trace of nonwhite ancestry (the infamous “one drop” rule) defined someone as ineligible to marry anyone defined as white.
The court found the Loving’s guilty and sentenced each to one year in prison, but suspended sentencing for 25 years if they moved out of Virginia.
They moved to Washington, D.C. and could only return to Virginia separately, not together, to see their families. The Loving’s were unhappy in D.C. and in 1964, Mildred wrote to Attorney General Robert Kennedy. He referred her to the ACLU. Two attorneys with no prior experience, but believers in equality and the constitution, went to work.
Have you ever had classes, such as algebra, and found that when school was finished, you forgot formulas because in your everyday life, you never used that part of math?
Many years ago a brother in Canada named Ken Sheck commented in forums on Compuserve. That is how we met. He shared something that sticks with me to this very day. Man learns by doing. From classrooms to the kitchen, to jobs — everything we learn comes by doing – exercising – practicing. When it comes to love however, most of mankind makes the mistake of thinking that we learn love by receiving it and once receiving love, we then learn to love in return.