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Echoes of ‘60s March: Sixties-Style Civil Disobedience Drives New Era of Activism

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Echoes of ‘60s March: Sixties-Style Civil Disobedience Drives New Era of Activism  


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By Raj Jayadev  

This August marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington — that watershed moment of the civil rights era that showed how mass movement could force the nation to address issues of inequality, and change the political direction of the country. Had America not recently experienced some of the most poignant, traumatic, and racially-charged episodes in years, this march anniversary may have only been a nostalgic, obligatory, nod to the past. But a young Trayvon Martin was killed, a steady rise in deportations are breaking apart families, and prisons have become so savagely inhumane, inmates are starving themselves to death. As a result, the most captivating activists of today are not looking at the ‘60s as a history book, they are looking at it as a playbook.

Despite an era of political engagement defined by online activism – viral videos (think Kony) and email petitions — 21st century movement-makers are now resembling more of their 1960’s civil rights predecessors, employing old school confront-the-system-with-your-person tactics to once again transform the national consciousness. That the March on Washington’s 50th anniversary is occurring in this hot political moment is appropriate, as a new civil rights movement – born out of its own organic necessity and initiative — is once again raising the specter of race, class, and justice in America.

In Florida, a student organization called the Dream Defenders have taken over the state Capitol building since July 16, demanding legislative change in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing and verdict. Their pressure has already spurred Florida lawmakers to hold a special hearing on the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law – a demand originally denied by Gov. Rick Scott. They are developing a proposal they call “Trayvon’s Law” which would require ethics training to reduce racial profiling by law enforcement, repeal the “Stand Your Ground” law and repeal zero-tolerance in schools — a way to address the school to prison pipeline for youth of color. They have shown no sign of leaving until their demands are met, and if anything, have only gained more national support with each passing day.

Last month along the Arizona-Mexico border, a group of undocumented youth called the Dream 9 intentionally crossed the border, and when returning to the United States were arrested and placed in the Eloy ICE Detention Center. Their act of civil disobedience was to draw attention to the estimated 1.7 million deportees since Obama took office in 2009. On Aug. 7, they were released on parole by an immigration court citing asylum concerns – the fear of persecution or torture in the home country — as a reason to postpone immediate removal. Though back in their communities, they now face an uncertain future as they will eventually have to return to an immigration judge who will determine if they are granted asylum – a process that can take years.

In California, hundreds of prison inmates have been on a hunger strike since July, demanding five core reforms, including quality health care, more nutritious meals, and the immediate release of all prisoners who have been indefinitely held in isolation for years. The strike began on July 8, when 30,000 inmates refused meals, and to date one hunger striker, 32-year-old Billy Sells, has died for the cause. The hunger strike has galvanized solidarity rallies and vigils throughout the state by family members of prisoners.

Civil disobedience, hunger strikes, taking over the buildings of the State apparatus – today’s most electric movements are what many of us who were not around in the ‘60s, envision as the most significant activism of that period. And while strategically, these actions are similarly effective as a political means to an end, they speak to a more fundamental quality – the personal risk and sacrifice of that form of activism.

Contrast this to last year’s Kony 2012 – the viral video campaign that aimed to bring an alleged African militia leader to justice. The campaign showed the capacity of widespread engagement through the click of a button. The metrics were staggering – over 97 million views on YouTube and a bazillion Facebook shares. It was named the most watched video of all time by Time magazine. The campaign displayed what was uniquely possible in activism and public education through the modern era of social media.

But while that brand of activism had indisputable reach, the depth of the engagement, what it meant to participate as an activist, was as deep as the width of an iPad.

And that is what distinguishes the movements emerging in 2013, and ties it to activism from the Civil Rights era. They are displays of action that require courage and involve exposure to personal risk and peril – incarceration, deportation, even death. Of course, it is this level of intensity that gives the activism its power, its moral force.

And the truth is, ever since the ‘60s, social justice campaigns have tried to imitate the movement of that era. But, despite using the same chants, carrying similar banners, even voicing similar demands, most lacked the same level of personal sacrifice. The key ingredient. Many displays of civil disobedience had become political theater — organization directors and even elected officials in a staged “arrest” and out of jail within an hour for the planned press conference.

The movements in Florida, Arizona, and California – they were different.

There is an undeniable genealogy of activism from the Little Rock 9 to the Dream 9; from the student organizers from the Freedom Summer to the Dream Defenders; and from Cesar Chavez when he refused food to protest violence used against his fellow union members to the hundreds of nameless prison hunger strikers in California in 2013.

And while Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech still inspires many to fight for justice in 2013, it may be a 1963 Berkeley student organizer Mario Savio’s speech that best embodies the escalation of intensity in this moment of activism. On the steps of Sproul Hall at the University of California, Berkeley he told the crowd, “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious — makes you so sick at heart — that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop.”

Those words, the honesty of the sentiment and expression of commitment, very much could have been spoken by a Florida college student at the capitol building, or an undocumented youth in a detention center, or a prison inmate who had not eaten for weeks. And the year, very easily, could have been 2013.

Raj Jayadev is the founder of Silicon Valley DeBug, a multi-media platform covering San Jose and the South Bay communities. 

President Barack Obama Recognized Integrated Military Force During Keynote Remarks at 60th Anniversary Korean War Event in Washington

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Korean War Veterans from across the nation attended observance

Arlington, VA – President Barack Obama has participated in a special program along with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and other senior government officials that honored Korean War Veterans and commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Armistice that ended three years of fighting on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea’s invasion of the Republic of Korea in June 1950.

President Obama provided keynote remarks at the event, held at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. “The Republic of Korea today has one of the world’s strongest economies and is a staunch U.S. ally due to those service members who made the ultimate sacrifice and the service and sacrifice made by our Korean War Veterans,” said Colonel David J. Clark, Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee. “What people need to understand is that the Korean War was a ‘Forgotten Victory’ and marked the end of Communist aggression in Northeast Asia.”

Of particular significance to the African American community is the fact that the Korean War was the first war in which America fought with a military force that was officially integrated, as authorized by the President of the United States. President Harry Truman signed an Executive Order that ended segregation in the U.S. Armed Forces in 1948; it took effect in 1950 while the Korean War was raging. That meant African American and white soldiers fought Communist forces, side-by-side, in horrible conditions and on challenging terrain. Of the 600,000 African Americans who served in the Armed Forces during the Korean War, it’s estimated that more than 5,000 died in combat.

During his remarks on July 27, President Obama made special note of these facts. He also alluded to the fact that the first government entity to be officially integrated was the U.S. Military and that the results of that action benefited the nation tremendously, once the Korean War had concluded.

The program on July 27th paid tribute to all Korean War Veterans and commemorated the signing of the Armistice. In addition, United Nations Allies that provided combat troops, medical teams, and other support were also recognized. Also in attendance were veterans and survivors from the first victorious battle during that war, won in July 1950 by the 24th Infantry Regiment, the nation’s oldest African American combat unit. In addition, members of the 231st Transportation Truck Battalion, another African American unit, attended the ceremonies. The 231st was the only Maryland National Guard unit ordered to active duty to support the Korean War.

The Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee, authorized in the 2011 Defense Authorization Bill, is dedicated to thanking and honoring all the Veterans of the Korean War, their families and especially those who lost loved ones in that war. Through 2013, the Committee will honor the service and sacrifice of Korean War Veterans, commemorate the key events of the war, and educate Americans of all ages about the historical significance of the Korean War.

For more information, visit our website at www.koreanwar60.com Keep connected with the Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee via Facebook and Twitter, through videos at YouTube or with photos on Flickr.

PHOTO CAPTION: Among the African American heroes recognized during the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice on July 27 in Washington, DC was U.S. Navy Ensign Jesse L. Brown, the first African American naval aviator to die in combat. Ensign Brown was shot down while providing close-air support for units of the 7th Marines during the Chosin Reservoir battle in December 1950. Of the 600,000 African Americans who served in the Armed Forces during the Korean War, it’s estimated that more than 5,000 died in combat.

Brown was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for performing dangerous combat actions that resulted in his fatal crash. In March 1972, Brown’s widow christened a Knox-class ocean escort ship the USS Jesse Brown.

CNN recently ran several stories about the quest of one Korean War veteran, retired Navy Captain Thomas Hudner, who had recently returned to North Korean in an effort to retrieve the remains of his fallen comrade, Jesse Brown. Capt. Hudner was flying his plane to support Ensign Brown’s mission on December 4, 1950 when Brown was shot down. Hudner crashed his own plan in an unsuccessful attempt to save Brown. Capt. Hudner was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valiant efforts.

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum to Salute First Black Labor Union: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and its Leaders During Fundraising Reception

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The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum will pay tribute to the Black labor movement in America, the legacy of A. Philip Randolph, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Chicago’s labor union giants during a fundraising celebration to be held on August 25 at the Museum, 10406 S. Maryland from 5-9PM. Themed: “Honoring the Brotherhood,” tickets are $50. Proceeds go toward continuing the Museum’s mission to educate the public about the legacy of A. Philip Randolph and the contributions made by African-Americans to America’s labor movement.

The fundraising reception, which will be attended by numerous descendants of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, culminates two days of festivities that will begin Saturday August 24, with a series of lectures, fun activities and a forum where the public can learn about the origin of the 1963 March on Washington and African-American heroes in the labor movement.   That event on Saturday is free of charge and takes place from 1-5 PM.

David A. Peterson Jr., president of the Museum, announced that the weekend supports the Museum’s mission to broadcast the heroics and history of the black labor movement and its pioneers. He stressed that the black labor movement in America has impacted the American landscape and leaders fought for jobs, equal pay and workers’ rights when there was no one to advocate and the voice of the black worker.  He particularly singled out A. Philip Randolph for his historic role in igniting the Black labor movement when he founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP).

In recounting the history, Peterson said that during the heyday of railroad travel, the Pullman Porters provided service and attended to the needs of the passengers. In the beginning, the Pullman Company hired only African American men for the job of porter. The excellent service they provided was integral and indispensable to the rise and success of the railroad industry. Despite the role they played in the success and profits of the industry, they were not accorded the rights comparable to their contributions to the industry. So, on August 25, 1925, these men made history when 500 Porters met secretly in a Harlem lodge to listen to A. Philip Randolph’s plan to unite porters.  The historic event launched the formation of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP), the first black-controlled union to be admitted into the AFL as a full member. It was also the first black union to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with a major U.S corporation.

Dr. Lyn Hughes, founder of the Museum, characterized the events leading up to this historic agreement as a lesson in leadership, perseverance, unity and organization among Black men.  “It is a triumphant story of solidarity among the African American Railroad employees,” she declared.

The Museum chronicles the historic journey of the (BSCP), through artifacts, exhibits and through a myriad of other visual and audio collections.  It, particularly, memorializes the legacy of A. Philip Randolph and his trailblazing leadership. While the historic March is hailed as a pivotal point in civil rights history, what is little known is that the March was spawned by A. Philip Randolph who founded The March on Washington Movement (MOWM) in 1941, along with Bayard Rustin.

According to Museum archives, the MOWM was formed to organize a mass march on Washington to pressure the U.S. government to desegregate the armed forces and provide fair working opportunities for African Americans.  With the threat of thousands descending on Washington to protest the government’s failures in these areas, President Franklin D. Roosevelt  issued Executive Order 8802..

The Museum will also use the occasion to honor the memory of union icons whose courage and resolve have created better working conditions, equal pay and equitable treatment for African Americans.  The late union legends Charles Hayes of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, who was also elected to Congress; and Jackie Vaughn of the Chicago Teachers Union will be saluted along with living legend Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, and other Black labor champions.

“It is fitting to honor labor today particularly in the current climate when labor is under attack nationwide,” declared Hughes.  “As leaders of a cultural institution devoted to keeping the union story alive, it is appropriate that the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum take the lead in honoring those African Americans who were trailblazers as well as those who are still fighting in the American labor movement today. The event on August 25 allows the public to support this mission.”

For more information about the events and about the Museum, visit the website at www.aprpullmanportermuseum.org.

Trayvon Martin Was Walking Home

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By Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr.  

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Prior to the verdict of George Zimmerman, as the Rev. Jessie Jackson was being interviewed by a leading news station of his expectation of the decision of the jury in the Trayvon Martin trial, Jackson truly simplified the bottom line of this tragic consequence of mistaken identity by simply stating the obvious fact: “Trayvon Martin was walking home.”
Rev. Jessie Jackson’s comments heighten the simplicity of the matter and behavior of a teenage boy. Trayvon Martin was doing what comes natural to a young man his age anxious to get home to watch the All-Star Game and enjoy his skittles and tea. It would also be natural to put a hood over your head if it was raining. It would also be natural to be afraid if an unknown white male is following you in the dark and the rain. It would also be natural for someone to ask the question of the perpetrator: “why are you following me?” Trayvon Martin was walking home.
1… injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in disregard of ones rights especially detriment to ones legal rights or claims.
2… Preconceived judgment or opinion, an adverse opinion or learned, learned, formed without just grounds or sufficient knowledge.
3… An instance of such judgment or opinion
4… an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race or their supposed characteristics.
Trayvon Martin was walking home. To say he was not profiled through prejudice is absurd and dishonest. Race, and jaded perceptions, had everything to do with this case. My fellow white Conservatives, who labor with us in the vineyard, must be very careful not to lose their credibility, thus discrediting their much-needed voices and insight on the crucial issues facing this nation nationally and globally. Sean Hannity, whose clarion call to all of America warning them to give greater scrutiny of the agenda of the then state senator, Barack Obama, was honest, noble, and courageous. Sean had the platform; he used it with integrity, and stayed within the boundaries of respect and courtesy with the proper dose of objectivity. Not so in the Trayvon Martin case.
The present frustration of Conservatives, of whom I would be considered as one if assessed, is at an all-time high. The Conservatives have witnessed this administration’s relentless attack upon the Judeo-Christian ethic, all while hampering the proven and successful free market system as we know it.
Government continues to expand in size and control. Socialism was disguised as ‘Change’ and America is only now wakening up to it. Within a year Conservatives have witnessed the highest court render devastating decisions betraying the values which were espoused in this country since its inception. Following the reasoning and explanation of Chief Justice Roberts, we can say that the Supreme Court sanctioned the most encumbering tax ever imposed on the United States, and then a few months later, heard the bell tolling the death knell on traditional marriage; and to add insult to injury, they were called ‘bigots’ by chief justice Kennedy for their position on the issue.
Gun sales are through the roof due to the anticipation of the possible success of this administration’s desire to abolish the 2nd Amendment. Government spokesman Pierce Morgan of CNN was given a clear message to talk back to the brain trust during an interview with Alex Jones (whom I admire and is a man for the times) who animatedly at the top of us voice proclaimed, “You’re Not Going To Get Our Guns!”
Now here comes the mainstream media that has the Trayvon Martin case on the front burner. To all Conservatives, the mainstream media is the tool of the enemy. Mainstream media aided and abetted the past setbacks of Conservatives and now they must be up to something (gun restriction fodder?). Thus, they were not able to look at the case from the sole perspective for what it was. Trayvon Martin was walking home.
The further abuse of mainstream media, and its reporting practices, inflamed racial overtones, but also disallowed the evidence to speak for itself. NBC didn’t have to doctor tapes to incite the race issue in an attempt to boost ratings. The tapes speak for themselves, just these two lines alone lead me to know prejudice had already done its damage: “He’s up to no good”. “These guys always get away”.
Prejudice – injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in disregard of ones rights especially detriment to ones legal rights or claims.
2… Preconceived judgment or opinion, an adverse opinion or learned, learned, formed without just grounds or sufficient knowledge.
Conservatives reported that Hispanic, George Zimmerman, was being victimized by the media. This was true and needed to be pointed out. The loss of objectivity comes when conservative commentators make statements like “they are calling him a white Hispanic”, then using the president as an example that he is not called a “white African-American”. That’s not mainstream media’s fault – that’s the residue of inherent racism in America. That’s the way our crime statistics read; also our census reports. That’s the rules which were made over a century ago. If you’re not all white, you are something else, and that something else determines what you are to be called (unless you’re Herbert Hoover and can hide it). The Aryan implications of this can be debated, but to blame mainstream media for it, is quite a stretch and inaccurate.
Our president’s use of the social issues is often for political points and shows the absence of critical thinking and unvails selfish motives. Empathizing to get your favor rating up on such a volatile issue, is irresponsible. No, his comments were not reconciliatory, and in some ways were divisive, but for Sean Hannity to bring attention to Chicago’s murder rate, which was good and then ask, “Can you name three of the people that were killed?” was absurd. That was more of an ‘I gotcha’ ploy’ rather than using the comparison as a teaching moment to expose the race hustlers as opportunists more concerned on what notoriety they can achieve, and how much money they can raise. Chicago, despite exceeding the death toll of Afghanistan within a year, was never on Jackson’s nor Sharpton’s radar, simply because there was no profit in it. It would also expose the inept Democratic leadership of urban cities when it comes to protecting its citizens. Who is the Mayor of Chicago?
Now, I understand most Conservatives were at their wits end and deeply disappointed, along with myself, after the judiciary debacles that will adversely impact our nation, but we ourselves can’t let this effect our own assessment of what is justice. In repeated segments, I would hear Sean Hannity and his Conservative quests, keep repeating that “It’s not against the law to follow someone”. It epitomized their real sentiments, which was not whether or not George Zimmerman acted wrongfully, and invoked the death of Trayvon Martin, but would the letter of the “law” exonerate him and get him off. This was very disturbing. This was a mischaracterization of the law implying that, because it wasn’t against the law it was therefore lawful and right to do with impunity. This also means, your bias was more important than your objectivity, and sense of justice. The law doesn’t necessarily assure that justice is measured out properly. Not all laws are just laws.
It’s up to just people to interpret properly how to apply the law in the grey areas.
Example: suppose you get a call from your son or daughter, it’s a rainy night and they notice a suspicious person whom they don’t know, following them after coming out of a local convenience store? “Dad what should I do?” Is your response going to be, “Don’t worry dear; it not against the law to be followed by someone”. Or, would you immediately shift into combat mode, to not only call the police, but personally go to intercept that intruder? Let’s be real here: following someone is a provocation of the highest degree, and for you to attempt to dismiss it as being legal, is proof of your bias and is also patently ludicrous. For Sean to interview the man in the context of ‘your own perspective and your knowledge on the case’ was in my estimation, irresponsible. Why it was even allowed, I don’t know; I guess it wasn’t against the law. Upon its completion, Mr. Hannity says he felt Zimmerman was innocent. Hey, we can all have our opinions but I have to raise these salient points you have failed to objectively respond to.
If Zimmerman was so confident to come and tell his story to Sean Hannity, and it was as he said, why then couldn’t he take the stand and say what he said to him – to the court – if was the truth? It was the same reason O.J. Simpson couldn’t take the stand; the story he told Sean is not the way it happened and it would never hold up. Is this an innocent man? Why not let the Mother and Father hear from your mouth why you had to shoot their son. It would be the first thing I’d do! I would let them know it was ‘self-defense and I was fearful for my life and it was the last thing I wanted to do and that I also realize I have taken something very precious from you and I am so sorry’. No lawyer would speak for me, if I was telling the truth. Exploiting a white person’s worst nightmare of a young black kid in a hood on top of the white man, wailing away, was all most Conservatives could see at the end of the day. Of the all-white jury sitting in judgment, it could also be said the same. It appeared that Hannity and the jury couldn’t get past the picture or testimony that Trayvon Martin was on top.
SO WHAT! Hey, I have been in three fights in my life. Two of them, I didn’t start but I wound up on top, and the other one I did start, and I wound up on the bottom. If anyone would have seen the last third of those fights, they would have assumed wrongly on all three altercations using your logic. This is prejudice due to the image in the minds of most people, especially white, that Black Men in hoodies, are thugs and criminals, and would be more prone to start a fight even though it’s the guy with the hood that’s being followed by a zealous neighborhood watch enforcement enthusiast who seemingly is always out trying to prove his worth.
Jesus and Trayvon had the same problem: “can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” “He’s up to no good!” Zimmerman thought, ‘can any good thing come from a young Black male in a hood that may have a buzz from marijuana?’ which by the way, when I indulged, the last thing I wanted to do, was fight. Trayvon Martin didn’t profile George Zimmerman; he walked by the car, they looked at each other, and Trayvon Martin continued on his way. To Trayvon, he was just a man in a car on his way home. George Zimmerman didn’t become a “creepy ass white cracker” till he his view started acting like one.
I believe in the right to bear arms; I believe marriage is between one man and one woman; I believe life begins at conception; and, I believe Trayvon Martin was walking home.
Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr. is the founder of http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001E38roPMGiLdKJ02JhAjLrXk3z15pMmGLnyp2YwV7gCa3W6yY1T0Yq74o6uCxVRClMQV8gt8Qy8FJfIJoM8bwfveDcQpgPc_yJnljMw6ojCSEiVjZ37HZOGtogy8nclDi – a website designed to reach the Afro-American community with the truth about abortion.

Father Pfleger: ‘We must stop demonizing our youth and provide them with a holistic program’

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Says other cities want to duplicate his peace formula


By Chinta Strausberg

In offering his solution to reducing violence, Father Michael L. Pfleger believes people should care about youth rather than “demonizing” them including reaching out to them in a loving way to help them fulfill their dreams and if it takes the “hook” of basketball to capture their attention so be it.

Father Pfleger also announced that other cities have reached out to duplicate his holistic Peacemaker basketball program including Detroit, New York, NJ and other cities across the nation.

Referring to Saint Sabina’s “Peacemaker” basketball games, Pfleger said, “We’ve used the hook of basketball to try to get their attention and to bring them together from different organizations and different parts of the community.” He then lets them play ball and build relationships with each other.

Once they are in the program, Pfleger finds out what are their interests, what are their dreams then work to get them back into school and to find them a job. That is his holistic plan to stemming violence and a program that has worked since he struck a peace accord with four rival gangs in the Auburn Gresham community on September 15, 2012.

Pfleger said over the basketball season, he got 160 of them jobs, 130 in some form of education including GED and City Colleges. “This summer we did a lot of focus in the spring by trying to get as many jobs as we could. I believe if we want to prevent violence, we need to have good jobs, educational opportunities and positive alternatives for young people to be involved in.

“We also need to create an atmosphere where they feel respected, loved and valued instead of demonized as just gangbangers and thrown to the side of the road and looked to be somebody who should be locked up or put in some prison,” he said during an interview on WVON’s “B.S.” show hosted by former Ald. Robert Shaw.

“This past summer, we hired through grants from the state and the city almost 1100 young people between the ages of 14 and 24 and worked at 187 different work sites all through Chicago,” Pfleger said.

He tried to give them jobs based on their interest so they can have money in their pockets, give them work experience, which builds on their resumes and the hope of one day realizing their dreams and destinies.

But that is not all of Pfleger’s holistic anti-violence plan. He also provides mentoring including conflict resolution and life skills to teach them how to survive in the work environment. “If we give them jobs, find out their dreams and destinies, try to support and encourage them, I believe we can not only lower the violence but we can eradicate the violence,” he concluded.

Asked about his weekly peace marches he holds at 7 p.m. each Friday and when did God give him that vision, Father Pfleger said, “The spring of 2012 I continued to pray about what we need to do and what we need to do to bring a presence and do outreach” to the community.

Pfleger decided to go into the community and to “go to the most tense areas where there had been a shooting or somebody killed or a fight. We started that last spring.”

He told of one night when former NBA star Isiah Thomas joined him on the march talking to young men. They asked the youth if they would like to play basketball and they said no fearing they would get shot or killed. “Isiah Thomas said he was in. We continued to talk to them and they said they would if the other (three) groups would agree.” Pfleger brokered a peace accord for the game and set September 21, 2012 as the tournament date.

The support grew with not just with current and former basketball stars like Joachim Noah, Todd Gibson but others like Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th), Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th), John W. Rogers, Jr., CEO of Ariel Investments, CeaseFire’s Ameena Matthews, Muslim leader Rami Mashashibi, executive director of the Inner City Muslim Action Network, Marilyn Velez, lead coordinator for the Neighborhood Recovery Initiatives, Rev. Autry Phillips, Tio Hardiman from CeaseFire, Purpose Over Pain group headed by Pam and Tommy Bosley, who lost their son to gun violence, Jafar Carllouet from the Al-Hafeez Initiative and many other groups.

“We carried on with two 12-week sessions of the basketball tournament during the year and one 6-week session that we are presently in right before Labor Day. We are preparing for our next big tournament game which will be (Saturday) September 21st,” he said will include Joachim Noah, Todd Gibson, Craig Hodges, Bobby Simmons, Zach Randolph, Will Bynum and a number of other players.

“The NBA folks are coming together again to show their love and their value of these young brothers to have this game, feed them, give them uniforms, give them trophies and have a conversation with them and how to make them the deputies of non-violence and peacemaking on the streets,” Pfleger said.

He explained that the youth agreed to a deal—that the shooting would stop and Pfleger would “continue to do what ever we can to help them, stand with them, fight for them, get jobs for them, get them back into school…. It’s a teamwork. They do their side, no shooting and as well as we’re saying we will help in any way we can.”

This summer, Pfleger hired eight young men for the “Peacemaker Outreach Program” where they talked to the youth on the streets to reconcile any differences before there is a shooting. “We’ve seen fantastic results since last September. We intend to continue that as we go forward.”

After the September 21st second annual basketball tournament, Father Pfleger will return to the two 12-weeks and 6-week tournaments. We made a commitment to them.” Pfleger said he did this without the Chicago police. He used the Nation of Islam’s Fruit of Islam (FOI) security and said there has not been one incident and that there is mutual respect between the youth and the FOI.

“We had not had since the tournament last year until today not a single incident, not a single fight or the police called in,” Pfleger said. He continues his Friday night walks and said it is all positive.

“To see the transition in the community no matter where we go whether it’s a young brother on the corner, or a mother up on a porch or a grandmother waving out of the window, we’ve gotten tremendous support and gratitude from the families and the communities saying thank you for your presence,” he said.

“I believe that our presence in the community is what is needed. The police have their job to do. We understand that and we respect them, but we are not going to stop this violence until we empower communities, occupy your blocks, and occupy your streets. If they say they can’t change violence in Chicago, right, but you can change it on your block,” Pfleger said. “Be present on your block.

“When everybody does that in the neighborhood and the community sets a goal no more shooting, we will not tolerate it, it’s not acceptable, if you shoot in this community, you become an enemy of our community and are not welcome here, when the community does that as well as love these young men, loves and supports them sees them as our sons and brothers and not as evil and demonizing them as gang members, call their future out of them, we can end the violence,” Pfleger said.

Asked about the Nike Clinic that did a one-day clinic to the youth, Pfleger said the support was incredible. “They were so impressed by our kids and the kids so loved it that now we’re looking at doing something on a consistent basis during the year after the summer end.”

Pfleger said he hopes to build the relationship with Nike and the NBA players to continue their support.

When asked that some people want your program to be legislatively enacted and replicated in churches across the city, Pfleger disagreed. “I am not in favor of that. I don’t think that you can legislatively approve and fund this for the churches. I think it should be something people want to do. A legislator or a law can make you do something, but if you don’t it with the right heart, with the right passion…respect and love, it could be a negative experience rather than a positive experience.

“What I want is churches and community organizations all around this city and NBA players, football players, entertainers all around this country to get together and decide what each of us can do. Each of us can do something. Nobody has to do what we do at Saint Sabina,” he said calling for national unity on the singular agenda of stopping the violence.

“We love these brothers and we want to reach out to them. We don’t want to force anybody to do something and they do it because they’re getting the funding or a legislative law says you should. We want people to do it because you love these young brothers and you believe in their potential and their future,” said Pfleger.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Paid VS Unpaid Internships – Should you work for free?

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By FindInternships.com

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Internships are an excellent way for college students to experience their careers before they even graduate. There are literally thousands of opportunities for internships. Choosing the right one can be a challenge. One of the biggest decisions for most college students is weighing the options of paid and unpaid internship opportunities. A student may find the perfect internship job as far as experience is concerned but it is unpaid. They may also find another opportunity with a company that may not be their first choice but it comes with a salary. Deciding between the two can be difficult.
Financial considerations
Every student has different goals for landing an internship. The primary goal is to gain hands-on experience in their field of study. Beyond this, there are factors to consider in deciding whether a paid or unpaid position best meets their needs. The first consideration is the student’s financial situation. If a student absolutely must earn income during the summer to help pay for tuition, a paid position is the best choice. Fortunately, there are plenty of well-paying internships available. According to Glassdoor.com, interns at the 25 best-paying companies earn an average monthly wage of between $4,604 and $6,704. Students in high technology fields are fortunate because big companies like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Apple pay high salaries for fresh talent.
The downside is that some companies may pay well but not have the exact experience a student is looking for. In addition, the corporate culture may not be a good fit. In this situation, students must weigh the experience they will gain compared to the money they will earn. If money is extremely important and the internship will result in experience in the right industry, it may be the right choice.
Also, it is good to keep in mind that although some positions are unpaid, they may offer college credit for completing the internship. This is also a financial consideration because it in effect pays for college. If an internship offers even three hours of credit, that can add up to a nice savings, especially if a student is attending an ivy league school.
Career considerations
There is no question that making contacts at internship companies is important to establish relationships that will help students find jobs after graduation. Many good companies hire interns during the summer as a way of recruiting good talent. Some of these companies will state in their internship description the percentage of interns who are hired as full-time employees following graduation. They may even state that their goal is to establish a long-term working relationship with interns. In other words, they are looking for top talent to join their team.
Recent college graduates face unemployment of 8.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s not unusual for recent graduates to have trouble finding work and end up in jobs that don’t require a college degree. Students in more competitive fields will find it particularly tough to land their first job. Even if an internship does not pay a salary or stipend, students may want to consider an unpaid internship with a key organization in order to get their foot in the door and gain valuable experience that will separate them from other potential job candidates when it comes to looking for their first real job.
According to The National Association of Colleges and Employers, most students want a job with meaning and one that will offer them career growth. In order to meet that goal, students may want to seriously consider an unpaid internship if it is the perfect job in the best company. Taking an unpaid position, doing a great job throughout the internship, and making the right contacts and impressions along the way will result in long-term career benefits.
Consider doing both
Depending on the student, it is possible to get the best of both worlds when it comes to paid and unpaid internships by doing both. If a student is responsible, determined, and has good time management skills, it may be possible to balance time between a paid and an unpaid internship. How can this be done?
Internships are offered throughout the year. Each one varies in how many hours per week the student is required to work. This makes it possible for a student to combine both paid and unpaid internships. For example, a student might accept a full-time, paid internship during the summer to earn money for college, and work at an unpaid internship during winter and spring break. Students must weigh the importance of the internships with their ability to maintain their course work and grade point average. Grade point averages are important, not only for internship selection, but also for hiring criteria after graduation.
Deciding between a paid or an unpaid internship boils down to a personal decision. The decision should be based on what is best for each student’s financial situation and career goals. It’s important to base your decision on whether or not a position is a good fit with your future interests, as well as with your financial situation. Ultimately, the best choice is the one that meets financial objectives as well as offering useful, hands-on experience.
To search hundreds of 2013 and 2014 internship opportunities, visit www.FindInternships.com

Romance and mystery fill the Auditorium Stage with Ballet West’s “The Sleeping Beauty” and Mixed Rep including “The Lottery” October 4-6

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Auditorium Theatre’s Annual Gala, “An Evening of Fortune and Chance,” October 6 

CHICAGO, IL — The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University welcomes Ballet West to the stage for the Chicago Premiere of “The Sleeping Beauty” and a Mixed Repertory including “Rubies,” Pas de Deux from “Diamonds,” a world premiere piece by Nicolo Fonte and the Midwest premiere of “The Lottery” October 4 – 6. Artistic Director Adam Sklute, formerly of The Joffrey Ballet, returns to Chicago while celebrating Ballet West’s 50th Anniversary. Ballet West, one of America’s favorite companies as well as the stars of the CW’s “Breaking Pointe,” bring the magic of a newly imagined fairytale, choreographed by Sklute and “The Lottery,” a suspenseful, innovative piece—never performed the same way twice—choreographed by Val Caniparoli with an original score by Robert Moran. Tickets ($30 – $90) are on sale now and available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org, by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787) or at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office (50 E Congress Pkwy).
In conjunction with Ballet West’s engagement, the Auditorium will host their annual gala, “An Evening of Fortune and Chance” on Sunday, October 6. featuring a performance of “The Lottery” followed by a reception and dinner at the Hilton Chicago sponsored by the Pasquinelli Family Foundation.
“We are thrilled to welcome Artistic Director Adam Sklute back to Chicago and the Auditorium’s landmark stage where his former company, The Joffrey Ballet, makes their home,” said Auditorium Theatre Executive Director Brett Batterson. “This mesmerizing company brings diverse and captivating pieces that are sure to have audiences of all ages falling in love and wanting more.”
Adam Sklute’s newly conceived and produced staging of “The Sleeping Beauty” strives to take an ageless fairytale and make it exciting and relevant to modern audience’s while maintaining the classical purity of the beloved story. Taken from the famous Perrault fairytale, Princess Aurora is welcomed into the world by all except the evil Carabose. Cursing the princess with a wicked spell, the princess is doomed to an eternal sleep when she pricks her finger on a magical spindle. 100 years later, Prince Desire is led to Aurora by the enchanted fairies, breaking the spell with a special kiss demonstrating the triumph of good versus evil. With new characters, costumes and vision, Sklute’s “The Sleeping Beauty,” takes audiences on an enchanting journey through time and fantasy.
“I am so thrilled to return to this incredible city and to such a wonderful home at the Auditorium Theater,” said Sklute. “Both programs that Ballet West will perform offer something magical for all audiences. With “The Sleeping Beauty” they are transported to a fairytale story that still resonates today. With “The Lottery” audiences are able see a brand new performance each and every time allowing them a unique and thrilling experience.”
Based on Shirley Jackson’s shocking American short story, “The Lottery,” Val Caniparoli creates a truly suspenseful, interactive experience for both audiences and dancers. Set in a small American town, the community takes part in an annual barbaric ritual, sacrificing one of their own people for the good of the community by drawing ballots to see who will be chosen. In Caniparoli’s innovative ballet, all 14 dancers on stage choose their fate during the performance, creating a wonderful sense of tension and excitement for all.
“One of the greatest things about ballet is that it truly offers something for everyone—storytelling, art, music and astonishing athleticism,” said Sklute. “Our Ballet West dancers are prime examples as artists who are so musically attuned that their very gesture and glance can illuminate the subtlety and nuance of the music they dance to. That artistry and athleticism is shown in full-force during ‘The Lottery.’”
In addition to “The Lottery” Ballet West performs “Rubies” and Pas de Deux from “Diamonds.” George Balanchine’s “Rubies” takes the audience on a journey into the wild 1920’s America. Part of Balanchine’s three-piece masterpiece, “Jewels,” composer Igor Stravinsky creates a three-movement “Capriccio” allowing for a breathless and exciting race to the finish line for the pianist, orchestra and dancers. “Diamonds,” the third section of Balanchine’s “Jewels” was choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 capturing the grandeur and soul of imperial Russia.
Also as part of the mixed repertory on October 6, the Auditorium will host the world premiere of a new piece by Nicolo Fonte.
Ballet West performances are made possible through the generosity of Patti Eylar and Charlie Gardner. Support for “The Lottery” is generously provided by the Kipper Family Foundation.
“The Lottery” is presented by special arrangement with the Children of Shirley Jackson and Literal Media.
Auditorium Theatre’s Annual Gala “An Evening of Fortune and Chance”
Auditorium Theatre’s annual gala, “An Evening of Fortune and Chance,” sponsored by the Pasquinelli Family Foundation, will be held in conjunction with Ballet West’s engagement on Sunday, October 6. The affair will begin at 3 p.m. with a mixed repertory performance from Ballet West including “Rubies,” Pas de Deux from “Diamonds,” a world premiere performance by Nicolo Fonte and Val Caniparoli’s “The Lottery” at the Auditorium Theatre. The evening continues at the Hilton Chicago (720 S Michigan) where guests will be treated to a reception and dinner. Patti Eylar, Barbara Kipper and Harriet Ross are the gala co-chairs. Special guests of the evening include Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute, Choreographer Val Caniparoli and Choreographer Nicolo Fonte as well as author Shirley Jackson’s children. For tickets and more information please contact Amanda Martinez Byrne at (312) 341-2364 or at abyrne@auditoriumtheatre.org.
Performance Schedule and Ticket Information
Ballet West’s “The Sleeping Beauty” and Mixed Rep including “The Lottery” at Auditorium Theatre:
“The Sleeping Beauty:” Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
                                          Saturday, October 5 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m
Mixed Rep including     
“The Lottery”:                  Sunday, October 6 at 3 p.m.
Tickets ($30 – $90) are available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org, by calling
(800) 982-ARTS (2787) or in-person at Auditorium Theatre’s Box Office (50 E Congress Pkwy). Ballet West’s “The Sleeping Beauty” is also available at a 30% discount as part of the Auditorium’s Dance Subscription, starting at $84 for four dance shows and $101 for five dance shows. Subscriptions are available at (312) 341.2357 or AuditoriumTheatre.org.
Auditorium Theatre’s 2013 – 14 Season:
The full Auditorium Theatre 2013 – 14 season includes “Death Boogie” (September 5 – 7); Ballet West’s “The Sleeping Beauty” and a Mixed Rep including “Rubies,” Pas de Deux from “Diamonds” and “The Lottery” (October 4 – 6); Hungarian State Folk Ensemble (November 22); “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah” (January 18 – 19); Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (February 28 – March 9); Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s “Songs of the Wanderers” (March 14 and 16); Houston Ballet’s “Aladdin” (March 22 – 23); Chick Corea and Béla Fleck (April 5); River North Dance Chicago (April 12); “The Idan Raichel Project” (May 15); and Paul Taylor Dance Company (May 17–18).
About the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, located at 50 E Congress Pkwy, is an Illinois, not-for-profit organization committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community and educational programming to Chicago, and to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre. The Auditorium Theatre is generously supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the NIB Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council and the Palmer House Hilton.  For more information about programming, volunteer and donor opportunities or theater tours, call (312) 341-2310 or visit AuditoriumTheatre.org.
About Ballet West
From Balanchine to Bournonville and Petipa to Tharp, Ballet West boasts a rich and varied repertoire, elegant and versatile artists, and an American style and legacy that is dynamic, expansive and unexpected. Established by Willam F. Christensen in 1963, the company has toured the world several times over presenting the very best in American classical ballet. With 40 company members, 11 second company members, and a thriving Academy, Ballet West ranks among the top professional ballet companies in America. Since its inception, the Company has had five artistic directors – its founder Willam Christensen, Bruce Marks, John Hart, Jonas Kåge and, currently, Adam Sklute.
Since 2007, Sklute, former dancer, Ballet Master and Associate Director of The Joffrey Ballet, has further energized and expanded Ballet West’s remarkable repertoire with works by the most renowned choreographers of today such as Ulysses Dove, Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, and Stanton Welch. Sklute has also introduced historical masterpieces from the great Ballets Russes and continues to preserve Ballet West’s classical legacy.  Sklute continues to strengthen Ballet West’s heritage by introducing new creations by local, national and international choreographers. With this eclectic and ever expanding outlook, Ballet West is truly an American pioneer in the world of dance.

Black Financial Advisor teaching his 11th Year of Wealth Building Strategies to the African American community

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 “Changing lives, financially”

James Veal, founder of JRV Wealth Management Group LLC

Philadelphia, PA (Blacknews.com) – African Americans have made tremendous strides in just about all industries in America. We have educated, created, and developed exceptional doctors, lawyers, teachers, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, entertainers, scientists, etc. However, one of the most important aspects of American life that we continue to fail miserably at and still yet to master in this capitalistic country is economic development. Many questions need to be answered: How do we solve the financial illiteracy crisis? Can we eliminate poverty in Black America? How can we change from being the world-leader as conspicuous spenders to understanding and learning key strategies of building wealth and empowering the African American community?

Well, that’s where James R. Veal enters the scene, along with his basic financial literacy class that teaches the importance of wealth building, entrepreneurship, and money management skills – specifically geared to those in the African American community. James is managing member and owner of JRV Wealth Management Group LLC, a Philadelphia-based financial planning and investment advisory firm. As a financial advisor with over 15 years in the industry, James has experienced so much. “The most intriguing concern that I have for such a long time – and still today – is the general lack of financial knowledge and education that has plaque the lives of most Americans. I should know! I grew up in a low-income neighborhood as a child but I was determined to learn the importance of money management and wealth building concepts. My mission since then has been to create and build a successful investment advisory firm and to help those most in need to understand the importance of money and how they can make it work for them as it has for me.”

For the past 11 years, James has been teaching a very popular financial educational/wealth building course called, “Ways to Pay Yourself First”. This 10-week course is conducted each year in the Fall and Spring semesters thru PASCEP (Pan-African Studies Community Education Program) in conjunction with Temple University in Philadelphia. Here are just some of the topics that students will learn from the class:

* What Can We Learn from Black Wall Street
* How to Buy Mutual Funds and Stocks to Build Wealth
* How Wall Street Works
* Best Ways to Get Rid of Debt, Forever
* The Importance of Your 401(k), 403(b), & 457 Employer Plans
* How to Retire Rich!
* How to Start Your Own Investment Club

This class was created out of these frustrations:

* the severe lack of trustworthy financial professionals in/out of our communities
* the public’s lack of financial literacy and other wealth building educational  opportunities
* phony self-proclaimed financial experts who just want to sell you their products
* to combat the increasing poverty levels that is demoralizing those most in the African  American and Latino communities
* the lack of savings, investments, and insurance
* a $ 1 trillion Black buying power that’s enriching all cultures other than their own
* major concerns about social security, the disappearing of pensions, and the lack of none/low contributions to employer retirement plans

Registration begins Monday, August 19, 2013 – Friday, August 30, 2013 from 10am to 5pm on the campus of Temple University * 1509 Cecil B. Moore Avenue/2nd Floor * Philadelphia, Pa 19121. Classes are on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm beginning September 24, 2013. The fee to enroll in the course “Ways to Pay Yourself First” is $25.00. Download the PASCEP Fall semester 2013 brochure online at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001OQY-tXqhLgg2O6CzztMgyDSEwmO8SZTFW4Og7ayPHk1vrnImw71u7Kv2uJwZCNy_3rcNPcfU34E_TvvvUJRLlxifhSWszWNN2S2qwh7CUQrpW-T5GaEYuPFvY4NmtPf-. Call 215-204-1993 for more details.

Learn more about their passion and work at JRV Wealth Management Group, LLC by visiting their website at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001OQY-tXqhLgiccKdr4dwH-NTJeM3ZlH5SjOlIhQct09pqi9UBkxorhbhy3XAejmoRggy0Td0EdP4GF2iucS6xvb9VNS9MylwWL__RdTxxaoNIHZZpRQUx9A==. Also, read, learn, and share your comments and thoughts on their blog at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001OQY-tXqhLghUcNtXxSWyJBjLV3ZdLQvWKtwqUFaudfLk-2fY7uZo9O9AuLts2oUavQqoJIXYwOKsUlj0mPIKgXiaKnMMqhLZw9Q1GN2q6F9C_otgl_njZm1ca8f–6xzrQ24YAB8zYQ=.

 Photo Caption: James Veal, founder of JRV Wealth Management Group LLC  

From Life to Life: New Book of Spiritual Poetry Raises Vital Cash for Alzheimer’s Research

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After sharing a unique and enriching bond with her late husband Gordon, author Zoe Gordon pays tribute to him in a compelling book of poetry. As the ultimate tribute to Gordon, Zoe has recently taken 100% of the proceeds from her first round of sales and donated it to Alzheimer’s Research.

New York City, NY – While many remember their passed love ones only in memory, Zoe Gordon decided to pay tribute to her late husband through a moving book of spiritual poetry. With the simultaneous goal of raising money for Alzheimer’s Research, Zoe is delighted to announce a recent donation of $245 to the good cause.
In Zoe Gordon’s own words, “My husband Sterling danced into my life but can never dance out”. After an intense and unfaltering relationship that defined her life, the death of Sterling prompted Gordon to truly define and pay tribute to their love through a series of powerful spiritual poems.
In the hope that others will use her book to discover what it really means to love another, Zoe’s recent publication also has a charitable aspect – raising as much money as possible for Alzheimer’s Research.
From Life to Life is an unabashed love story. The medium of poetry is used to tell the poignant story of the deep spirituality the author, Zoe Gordon, shared with her late husband, Sterling.
One cannot helped but be touched by their connection as the poems unfold.
As the author explains, she has recently made her first donation to the charity.
“I am delighted to confirm that I recently forwarded a check for $245, from the book account I set up for this purpose. This isn’t just the profit, but rather 100% of the proceeds. I don’t dip into the account for expenses in order to raise as much money as possible,” says Zoe.
The book is seeing increasing popularity, as recent reviews confirm.
“This collection of poetry is a beautiful read about the power of love. Whether in this life or the next, love has no boundaries and this book is a reminder of that. For those that are in love, have lost a loved one, or have yet to find their true love, this book is a great find,” says Les Parrott, who reviewed the book on Barnes & Noble.
Jordan Zitoun was equally as impressed, adding, “After reading Zoe Gordon’s book “From Life to Life: A Love Story,” I was encouraged and motivated to live each and every day as if it were my last. The detail and love expressed through the pages make this book extremely special. I could feel Zoe’s love, pain, laughter and sorrow as I flipped through the pages. The book really hit home for me and I was motivated by Zoe’s message. I would encourage people of all ages to grasp the message in this book and carry it with them throughout their life.”
The book’s focal point is its cover; a poignant yet compelling photo that Gordon calls a “tribute to love”. Self-taken and poised to circulate the world as the book sells, the image provides a taste of what lies within.
With the book’s popularity set to increase, interested readers are urged to purchase their copies as soon as possible. Aside from provoking strong thought about their own ideas about love, readers will be directly contributing to the tireless work of Alzheimer’s research around the world.
On Valentine’s Day, I think of the fifteen years we have been linked in love.
Our hearts are entwined; Yours with mine, in love.
Your spirit and mine have become interwoven with time because we love.
Put your hand in mine and let me see
The face that is so beloved by me.
You kiss my lips you touch my face, I know we are together by God’s grace.
Our souls are entwined, our spirits too.
You make this world Heaven for me and you.
About the Author:
Evelyn Dolores Zoë Gordon was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised primarily in England. Though she lost her father at an early age, Zoë has fond memories of her mother raising two children as a single parent. This formed a bond with her mother that lasted through a prolonged illness when Zoë cared for her mother full time, as well as supporting her through her business efforts. This bond with her mother also began Zoë on a path of spiritual awareness that continues today. Zoë came to the United States in 1984 and married Floyd Sterling Gordon, a man who understood and appreciated the deep spirituality they found together. After nearly twenty-one years of marriage, Sterling passed on to the next stage of life. Their continuing connection is the inspiration for these poems that prompted Zoë to call the book, From Life to Life. 
Contact: Zoe Gordon / zoegordon41@yahoo.com

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