Saturday, March 15, 2008

HEY NEW ORLEANIANS! THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE PEOPLE WITH BUCKETS COLLECTING FOR THEIR CHURCH REMEMBER MANY OF THE SMALL CHURCHES STILL LOOK LIKE THIS



There are so many ways to help, sometimes it takes little effort, just puttin your arm out the window handing out a dollar or a fiver to people who are standing in traffic asking for your help for their church. Many of these churches are needed as a backbone, a place of spiritual support, for the strained and stressed communities attempting to rebuild.

MUSICIANS - MUSIC LOVERS - COLLECTORS - JIM RUSSELLS RECORDS SHOP NEW ORLEANS NEEDS YOUR HELP






Insider info - since Katrina Jim Russell Records has been struggling to keep their heads above water. Between taxes, not being eligble for rebuilding funds, damages to an already old structure, FEMA putting a blue tarp on their roof then coming back and taking it off rain getting into the building with extensive damage resulting. And I was told by a family member that FEMA ain't taking responsibility either...

Musicians if you have bought music there, or still do... they are in trouble and need help.

http://www.jimrussellrecords.com




Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I AM A CULTURAL COMMENTATOR





If you are new to this this blog, you might find yourself confused as to my orientation which I understand is not the "norm". I comment on culture and life around me as I perceive it. I have endeavored through the last 14 years of intense spiritual practices and purification, to become more of a compassionate being. In doing so, I do not lose awareness of the darkness in my planetary brothers and sisters, I am always aware of the potential for violence, hate, cruelty, and malice in humanity. And I am aware of the sacred spark in all of us. From the criminal to the saint - all embodied beings have this sacred spark in them innately no matter what their deeds - even the criminally insane. If you want to read about New Orleans there are lots of blogs listed right after this posting and once you go to them you will find other blogs you may resonate with.

My experiences and perceptions of New Orleans are reflected in this blog. My observations of racism have been a predominant factor in many of the postings over the last year. I speak
to and about racism. Speaking as honestly as I can in any given moment, about racism, does not make me a racist.


Definitions of Racism on the Web:

  • Prejudice or discrimination based on an individual's race; can be expressed individually or through institutional policies or practices. ...
    www.hsp.org/default.aspx

  • or racialism is a form of discrimination based on race, especially the belief that one race is superior to another. ...
    encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/ra/Racism


  • The belief that one 'racial group' is inferior to another and the practices of the dominant group to maintain the inferior position of the dominated group. Often defined as a combination of power, prejudice and discrimination.

  • The doctrine that race is the basic determinant of human abilities and that, therefore, the various racial groups constitute a hierarchy in which one group is properly regarded as superior to others. Racism has also been defined using the following formula: Power+Prejudice=Racism. ...
    www.unk.edu/offices/aaeo/index.php

  • Racism is prejudice or discrimination based on the belief that race is the primary factor determining human traits and abilities. Racism includes the belief that genetic or inherited differences produce the inherent superiority or inferiority of one race over another. ...
    www.adl.org/children_holocaust/more_resources.asp

  • refers to beliefs, practices, and institutions that negatively discriminate against people based on their perceived or ascribed race. ...
    www.wacklepedia.com/r/ra/racism.html
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There are so many other bloggers out there doing some awesome work that I haven' t even found yet!


FOUND: COMMENT POSTING FROM PEACEISPOSSIBLENEWORLEANS.COM



Posted by peaceinnola on 03/09/08 at 11:54AM


Whenever one of our citizens is lost to the violence of this city, we plunge closer and closer to that tragic midnight of hopelessness. But in spite of the darkness of these days, we must not despair, for the deaths of our brothers and sisters may lead our city from the low road of man’s inhumanity to the high road of peace and brotherhood.

Against the violence of this city, we possess a powerful weapon: Agape. Let us not be mistaken, Agape is not a passive, quiet or anemic type of love, Agape is a divine love. Agape is a redemptive, creative, understanding good will to humanity. When we rise to this level of love, we overflow with a faith in humanity. When we rise to this level of love, we bring love into action and when we rise to this level of love, we possess the courage to forge chaos into community.

This love might be the salvation for this city. For this love proves to even the most faithfully faithless that behind the harsh and chaotic appearances of the universe there is still a benevolent and unified force.

So to take the first stride toward the unity of community, we are gathering up the forces of good will and creating ‘The Moment of Silence.’ During the old ages of this city, whenever a valued life was destroyed by the degrading vortex of violence, their bright and beloved personality perished in the dark infernos of nobodiness. But no longer. No longer will we passively accept this violence. No longer will we sit quietly amidst the chaos. For today we will rise up in a massive act of Agape. Together we will stand to honor those citizens who saw through the storms of sorrow, waded through the waters of weariness and forged through the floods of futility, only to be tragically lost to the vast red sea of man’s inhumanity. These sacred souls will not be forgotten in the newspapers of yesterday. No, together we will collectively assert that all human personalities are worthy of reverence and remembrance.

Every Tuesday evening at six o’clock, rain or shine, we will unite where the street named Liberty meets the boulevard named Martin Luther King. There, we will take our first stride toward the beloved community.