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Clemente

I have been in the Clemente program for about a month now and it has been great. We have been given a great amoung of books. So far, we have read Dante's Inferno, Antigone, The Odyssey and more.

 The teachers are very interesting. They seem very interested and devoted most of the time. The art class is cool. So far, we learned about Mesopotamia and Egypt. The question was how did art evolve into what is is now and how do you define art?

The writing course has been of great interest to me because that is something I love to do. Working as a group, with the other students, has been good also because we all support each other. There is never a day when class was silent.

I wish everyone the best of luck as we continue thie continue this journey through Clemente.

Youth Speak Out Response

Okay people. You should know the drill of how i operate by now but if you don't, you will learn. Politics, politics and more politics! Wow! I and one of my youth from DYC, Malcolm, went to the YOUTH SPEAK OUT dialogue on monday afternoon at the Great Hall.

The place was packed with youth and adults. Even though there was a great pile of information being condensed in a two hour period, what stuck out to me was the cry for mentors. In the slideshow presentation, I was completely baffled and appauled to see how much crime was happening and a complete gap, almost like the educational gap between whites and blacks as a whole, between youth and police. Youth, just as much as adults, are afraid to walk the streets.

The question was asked, "How easy is it to get a gun?" By just hands alone, it was an answer that was shockingly thrilling but also a wake up call that death is literally in the hands of angry, misunderstood people. Now, if it is going to make you feel better if i say, "power to the people" or "We need unity", you and i are on the right track but if you just sit there and not do anything you have a serious issue.

Many people are saying THE GUNS. IT'S THE GUNS AND WE NEED TO TAKE THEM OFF THE STREETS. If we take them off the streets and the people who are doing the crimes have no guns, what else would they resort to? We need to have a healthier outlook on life.

Say, if there was a gun in the street and people know that talking about the problem is better than shooting the person you may have a problem with, and that talking instead of fighting was accepted, what do you think would happen? Have you ever thought about that? Food for the soul. One love. Holla!

Teen Voices:The Reality of Racism: Six Teens Fight for Their Rights

"Ever heard of Jim Crow laws*? Did you think that overt racism doesn't happen any more because of new laws and the Civil Rights Movement? Think again. Six black students from Jena, Louisiana are sitting in jail awaiting their fate in a case that echoes similar conflicts from the fifties and sixties. As the courtroom battle rages on, we are reminded that racism—and those who dedicate their lives to fighting it—are still very much a part of our world today.

The plight of the nicknamed "Jena 6" began last September, when a black student sat under a tree in his schoolyard that was traditionally occupied by white students. The next day, students arriving at school found nooses hanging from that same tree. (Nooses represent the threat of lynching, a common method by which whites have terrorized communities of color.) The nooses, later discovered to have been hung by three white students, were dismissed by the school's superintendent as a "prank," and the three students were allowed to return to school after a three-day suspension.

A few days later, several more students staged a sit-in under the same tree to show their support for the black students, and their disagreement with the carefree attitude taken by the superintendent toward the white "pranksters." The school responded by calling the district attorney, who arrived with armed policemen to break up the protest.

Then, in October, a black student was beaten for entering a private all-white party. A white student pulled a gun on several black students at a gas station later that month, claiming self-defense. The black students managed to wrestle the gun away from him, but were then charged with assault and robbery of the gun. No charges were filed against the white student. In late November, there was an attempt to burn down the high school that left its main academic building in ruins.

The conflict reached its peak a few days later when a white student was allegedly attacked in a school fight. Though the student was released from the hospital a few hours later with minor wounds, the six black students involved were charged with attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy—both felony charges.

Since that first day in September, when nooses appeared in the schoolyard tree, controversy has surrounded the racial conflicts in Jena and the trials of the Jena 6. The students and their families have tried to have the charges dropped and have advocated against the racist and unjust behavior of the school and police. But the white population in Jena, which is 85 percent of the town, seems determined to keep the trials moving forward.

Want to join others in voicing your outrage at the treatment of the Jena 6? Visit these sites for information on how you can make a difference.

www.friendsofjustice.wordpress.com
www.colorofchange.org/jena"

C4R: Connect For Respect Youth Fest

 

The fun was on in Ronan Park last saturday. The children were having fun, there were performances from many individuals but most importantly, there was a message that was frightening but had a revelation: Violence.

As Project Think DIfferent's MC, Adrian Davis asked that crowd if they ever los someone to violence, countless hands were raised in silent unity. The music stopped and the focus was remarkable.

There were numerous acts that was anti violence and showed how a group of young adults can make a difference by speaking out through rap, poetry, dance and theatre.

 

In the midst of remembering the lost lives in the community, we all remembered to have fun The children were thrilled with obstacle courses that had candy prizes, kiddie packs, food passes and bags as prizes, just to say the few.

 

Every one was connected in one way or the other. If you weren't there you missed out but you can plug into your commmunity by logging onto your website, mydorchester.org and start right away.

Elma Lewis Play House in The Park

Good Morning America. Once again, Elma Lewis Play House in The Park has done it once again but this time with a big bang. The whole hemisphere of the park was filled with a creative spirit that exonerated how Miss Lewis lived her life and how she showed the body of her work. Through the dance and the singing, there was a thick layer or Miss Lewis' foundation that she greatly devoted to her Roxbury community: Love, determination, discipline, creativity and hunger.

(African/ Carribbean Dance) 

There were many different dances that ranged from afro/carribbean dance, hip hop dance, African dance and Irish step. They were all beautiful but they all seemed to be connected through heart and soul.

(Irish Step Dance & Hip Hop Collaboration)  Everyone who came out had a great time. The audience was having a great time and the performances were joined and welcomed with claps, shouts of praise and deep grunts that gestured acceptance. For those who didn't come out missed it and for those who did come out gained an experience that will never leave them anytime soon.

 

(Audience)

Teen Empowerment: Open Mic

On wednesday night, Teen Empowerment held an open mic event for the neighborhood. In all, at first, many thought that the outreach was poor but despite that, people slowl trickled in and filled up the seats that were expected and then some. The group first opened up the cirle with an introduction on who they are and why they do these types of events; events that specifically target youth and adults.

 

How awesome is that to have both adults who are willing to hear what the youth of NOW have to say and in exchange, hear the concerns and responses of adults? The Teens had interactive activity's that included both the young children, teens and adults. In the midst of all the fun, there wre serious topics brought up such as politics, community awareness and the code of street silence better known as snitching.

They had to chose a side and explain why and how it affects them and the neighborhood they live in. For instance, a question was arisen if president Bush was a good president.

Majority of the teens were stuck between disagree and strongly disagree because Bush has supposedly great security tactics but has also put the US in a negative state with the war in Iraq.

  In all, a message had gotten across: Unity and positivity.

Elma Lewis PlayHouse in The Park

 For those who were at the event on Tuesday, can say what i am about to say: Amazing, thrilling and exciting. The energy that was being exhausted from the lips and fingers of the musicians into and through their instruments made even the wind dance onto the faces of the audience.

The audience was loving it, the animals were loving it and the children were loving it. There were many instruments that blended together such as the drums, the trumpet, the saxohone, the trombone, the alto trombone and the flute. What entrigued me the most was the drummer.

He was so intense with it closely monitering his self made beats by clenching his eyes firmly together and in the midst of it all, still being able to hit the center of the drums and cymbals precisely. Like i said last week, for those who missed it, truely did miss it.

Next week tuesday is going to have dancers, so come on out with a chair and vibe people. You never know what you might win. Maybe an ipod, a t-shirt or a friend (not the ones you can raffle off. I wish though).

STREET GANGS AND COPS: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

What comes to mind when you hear the word GANG? Do you think something negative or positive? Well, this word around my way, when heard, and im sure others can relate, is associated to be negative. When i looked the word up, it meant "to assemble or operate simultaneously as a group b : to arrange in or produce as a gang." So, once again, what do you think about when you hear the word gang?

I think of clubs, programs, the white house, organizations and friends. I think of police. You know, when i was growing up, my mother used to say, when you need help go to the police but she never told me that when the black panthers were helping their community that the police wasn't on their side. The word gang isn't just for bloods, crips or latin kings, it is for the police; cops.

They are gangs also. They come together to commit acts against the community, against nature and by law they are deemed to be the protectors. They are supposed to be the GOOD GUYS. What kid wants to find out that the guy or woman with the badge brutally murdered some innocent person because of the color of their skin or because they are taking justice into their own hands?

I know i never wanted to find that out. Not all cops are bad but the ones i have seen in Dorchester who just pull aside minority youth who are minding their own business doesn't seem so fair. Why not pull aside the entire community and check their genitals for what? I don't know. Why don't they pull aside the chair man or the senator and rub on their backsides and say they are doing this routine check up because they FIT THE DESCRIPTION.

People, let's not be fooled by the GOOD GUY VS. BAD GUY fable. There is no difference between a gangster and the police. The only difference is that cops are protected by the law and gangsters are hunted by cops.

Elma Lewis Playhouse in The Park

This was the event of the week and if you missed it, you missed it. The music made everyone want to dance and it did. People sang along to James Brown's lyric's "We're gonna take it higher!" Together, the community swayed like flowers in a field. The feeling of togetherness was in the air. It was picture perfect. The dogs we're runnin around, the children we're playing football or tag; and the adults, with no worry, were enjoying some good ol' music that indeed for that moment took us higher.

MUSICIANS WERE MAKING THEIR INSTRUMENTS SING. The saxaphone was screaming "If you want you, it can happen." The spirit of unity was in the air. There was no such thin as black and white because they were in the spirit of music. When his lips touched the tip of the piece, arms were swinging from side to side and people got down.

We ended the night with a unity hug. Everyone was happy and so was i. The next time there is an event in Dorchester, you should come. What can i say?

Give My Boss A Piece Of My Mind Or Not?

When the demand gets raised, pressure shall arise. People get frustrated and in the midst of that, we give birth to ignorance. Where are those people, when frustrated, just release the most vile language on your co-workers or boss? Hey, don't get me wrong. Giving your a boss a piece of your mind is great and all but it can be a little hard on the pockets if you get what i'm saying.

Or how about the people who just run from their cubicle and cry like a soft spoken moose in the bathroom when no one is looking? What about the people who hold everything in and then come back to work with laxitive brownies for everyone except themselves?

Well, my army of midget Irish men sing "if you are that type of person, do not be afraid! Medical advice is on the way to why you act this way! You have job stress!" According to article, STRESS AND THE WORKPLACE, by Positive Lifestyle, Job stress is a chronic disease caused by conditions in the workplace that negatively affect an individual's performance and/or overall well-being of his body and mind.

If left untreated, you could really wreck yourself or someone else. I know people might be thinking like "I ain't dumb. If im mad i wont go to work with a loaded .37 caliber and pop off a couple rounds because no one loves me." Listen, let go of the stereotype of white people and guns. If you are stressed find out why and if you are unsure, here is a list of symptoms. Please be cautious if it applies to you.

They are as the following:

Insomnia • Loss of mental concentration, • Anxiety, stress • Absenteeism • Depression, • Substance abuse, • Extreme anger and frustration, • Family conflict • Physical illnesses such as heart disease, migraine, headaches, stomach problems, and back problems.

If you are having these symptoms, contact your physician today. Get healthy. Be smart. Live.

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