Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wisdom Wednesday Muzik

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Monday, April 14, 2014

What is the opposite of Compassion?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Jeff's Commentary on LA City Tom LaBonge's motion to ban homeless feedings!

GENERAL JEFF'S THOUGHTS ON: City of LA moves to make it ILLEGAL to feed on the streets of Los Angeles (Think: Feed homeless people)

A motion led by LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge and seconded by Mitch O'Farrell is making it's way through City Hall. The motion has a few objectives, but it's main focus centers on the feeding of homeless people in public streets.

As a Board of Directors member for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC)where I represent the Skid Row residents, my thoughts are as follows;

1) While it is understandable how street feeding may "disrupt the flow" in Hollywood, feeding the homeless here in Skid Row IS the flow that would be disrupted by the passing of this motion. The homeless have been fed in Skid Row as long ago as 1891- (the birth of Union Rescue Mission).

2) Furthermore, would feeding on the street be deemed separate from giving away clothes on the street, or any other "giving activities" on the street? Thus far, there has been NO specific language being offered.

3) If it were to become illegal to feed non-comercially on the street, each and every one of the Skid Row missions that block off the streets and feed thousands of homeless folks for numerous holidays throughout the year would NO LONGER be allowed to do so. While they qualify for permits now, once it becomes illegal, they would NOT qualify for a permit simply because you cannot garner a permit for something that is illegal!

4) For the language in the motion to speak confidently, yet vaguely, by saying "neighboring municipalities" (think: the missions and the Skid Row landlords) have had "measurable success" providing services, where is the data that would suggest any of them could handle the SUDDEN INFLUX of thousands of folks coming in off the streets and in desperate need of services?....These non-profits currently CANNOT house any additional mass of people (there is a waiting list on every single SRO in Skid Row and most nights the missions don't have ANY available beds)...ALSO, if the doctor's that provide medical services can only see a dozen or so folks per day currently, How will medical services suddenly be able to handle the additional capacity as suggested in this motion?

5. One would think that in Skid Row, the additional feeding PLUS the distribution of SERVICES such as hygiene kits, blankets, tents, jackets in addition to food help to ease the load and expectations put on the missions......With this motion, the load placed on the missions would increase to a back-breaking weight and while the missions would accept any additional funding, the amount of homeless folks on the Skid Row streets would increase drastically with the majority of folks unable to get ANY services from the missions and other non-profit agencies.

6. There is no ADDITIONAL low-income housing development attached to this motion that may help to ease the unforeseen burden that obviously will be placed on an area that ALREADY is SEVERELY short of supply.

7. This motion disrespects EACH AND EVERY individual and organization that comes to Skid Row to help the homeless, many of them being faith-based....How can faith-based non-profits and individuals not based in Skid Row, but come to help, going to be DENIED the opportunity to serve their GOD by helping the poor as it CLEARLY states  for them to do in the BIBLE......TO BE CLEAR: Giving to the mission and giving directly to the homeless are TWO different things.....Individuals and faith-based non-profits all have inferred to me that they PREFER giving directly to the people as opposed to leaving things with a mission.....Many of these non-profits might lose their non-profit status because they COULD NOT provide the SERVICES they claim to do on their mission statements....They CANNOT claim to assist OTHER non-profits and still get the same amount of funding.....This motion would hurt these organizations also.

8) Apparently LAHSA is the entity which the City of LA is looking to in regards to providing "the homeless perspective"....To be clear, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is a government agency that moves more like a non-profit organization....Therefore, LAHSA DOES NOT speak for the homeless folks (especially those in Skid Row) and cannot PROPERLY represent a homeless person's best interest....And because of this, I offer my expertise as a Skid Row community activist, Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Councilman who has served the Skid Row residents on a daily basis for three-terms since 2008 and also as a Skid Row resident since 2006....Surely, I can be found if need be by any of the entities involved in this matter. 

9) NO data currently exists that substantiates how any of the Skid Row non-profits, missions and social service providers could COMFORTABLY expand their operations to accommodate the potential sudden influx of homeless folks coming through their doors.....Sure, they could "add some zero's" on paper in order to gain additional funding, BUT what about something simple, yet utterly important like space issues (think: waiting room space).....How much additional space would be needed to handle all of the folks who suffer from mental illness ONLY?....Where would the much-needed extra space "build-outs" happen?.....Are the missions gonna buy more buildings that they already can't afford?...How long would any build-outs take before completion?....Where is ANY data besides LAHSA

In summation, there are more questions than answers, too many in fact. While this motion may satisfy folks in Hollywood it would COMPLETELY destroy Skid Row's infrastructure......meaning that while the non-profits would "earn" additional funding, the reaction by the residents would be overwhelming, thus creating a "permanent breakage" in the Skid Row containment zone because homeless folks would INSTANTLY be forced to travel outside of Skid Row for help.....meaning INSTANT increases in AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING and AGGRESSIVE PLEAS FOR HELP from the mentally ill (many of whom WILL NOT even understand what's going on and will instinctively travel far outside Skid Row.

City of Los Angeles, please be careful of what you ask for....Sure, more people for LAPD to arrest which also means more jails and prisons to overcrowd....BUT, how much property loss will happen? How many DTLA folks will be attacked and/or exposed to this "unplanned and unexpected re-action" that is NOT a well thoughtout plan to begin with?

Anybody wish to share and/or add their thoughts in this public forum?

General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-

State of California- Office of Health Equity-
Advisory Committee Member

(3-Term) Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
Former VP, Outreach and Communications- DLANC

Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the
Department of Mental Health

Chair- "Skid Row Public Space Task Force"

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bulletpoints of an Urban Thought

“the State of Poverty and its pressure, births an unique willingness to alleviate its bonds”

Having been given an opportunity to survive an urban environment; it raises a person’s self-awareness to escape poverty, by having the following traits develop:

• Survival: create a foundation for sustainability
• Emotional Intelligence: one’s thought process; Baseerah (to have vision)
• Faith: a Will to believe relief is near
• an Intention: purpose, determination, volition to do good and contribute

These elements should be organized through discipline, structure, and faith. When interfaced with Will and Ability – doors open to new ideas, a desire to meet goals, an assertiveness or gumption is born and opportunity are given as rewards.

Urban quote, “Bad boys move in silence.” Normally this statement has been associated as an illicit ethic, but even bad boys know humility is vital to survival. A leader should not speak on his/her accomplishments and remind others of their charity. There are enough people that will make reference to her/his character. #beHumble

The effectiveness of your organized gifts will need:

• Prioritizing
• Task completion
• Being Trustworthy
• The ability to motivate an audience of volunteers, leadership of various communities, boards and

Urban life can and has opened bigger doors to new lifestyles.
Having a good sense of emotional intelligence can break the mental restraints  – to alleviate poverty. Remember without being grateful, have humility and share kindness; we will find ourselves by yourself – with a lonely impoverished sense.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wednesday's Wisdom ... No COmment

There is no comment about the direction of mankind's future (Simply take a look around you). There is a league of social justice thinkers, academic influence and community organizers working daily. They are shifting policies that will enhance social, civil and human rights for all. There is no sitting down in this life, contribute what you can and smile. This is an intellectual confrontation, avoid the suggestions that promote physical promotion. Intelligence is your #SuperPower and not your color or faith. #createavoice

This video by Suli Break is for promo use only, this brother has insight!

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wisdom Wednesday....after Day 29

Remaining in Ramadan after
Ramadan....after Day 29, this has been on my mind since 2010

Ramadan activates one's sincerity, subsequently while preserving oneself with patience. Fasting enriches our piety, intensifying our spiritual parts for acts of goodness. Fasting, a grateful reminder for what we have and a guidance to strive righteously for a better life. We are in the midst of forming 1 Muslim Narrative and Culture here in the United States, as ambassadors of good will. "It is So Cool Being Muslim!"

We must continue taking proactive approaches toward empowerment and leadership. Engage this life with quality and obtaining sustenance for better health, security and protection (afiyah). Internalize the Quran's Wisdom for a more sound spiritual base. Inducing a logical but relevant comprehensive application. It will serves as a moral compliance over worlds of diverse communities and environments.

"Verily after difficulty comes ease"...Chapter 94:5

Revive your thirst for truth
Islamic education is an Iftar (dinner, relief) for a person who has been fasting within ignorance and immoral behaviors. This spiritual and historic infrastructure, have stabilized the mental health of many, based upon the universal tenets of Sovereignty - the Oneness of our Creator (Tauhid). It is water for those in dying of thirst and a sea breeze for someone under an unbearable sweat. Ask for what you want and do not whisper. Work for your earnings and preserve your development through humility, knowledge and sincerity.

Without knowledge there is no insight, which is a necessary tool. Insight is the main component, powering our navigation around negative egotistic people and riding above any social ills and/or issues. Those of us who are staggering in darkness, must seek education for light. Islamic education serve as healthy eyes for the blind and hearing for the deaf. Without sight (intellect) and hearing (education) the body is without life - stuck in a mental stagnation of depression without baseerah (vision).

Fasting during Ramadan revives the soul. It is a period for acquiring awareness and personal development. Improving life, not just for ourselves but for all light seekers. Divine Mercy and Forgiveness (His Favor and Assistance), for a people who cannot help themselves. In Ramadan a person has the opportunity to purify the body and soul, and obtain an essence for success. Protecting our children's creative abilities for a chance at a successful life, make dua (supplication) for them. I heard Imam Shuaib Webb once say, "Harness creativity for Truth".

A Note to Americans, We are not the only people on the planet. As an African American, my respect for life is a struggle for freedom and rights - came at the cost of lives, our dignity and souls still being lost (Remembering Natasha Harling and Trayvon Martin). We should not form organizations under non profit status, just to project the same hate, as seen in the history of African Americans. Struggle for freedom (ponder this one, it's something to think about and how we run our communities).

I agree, there are a lot of questions we should ask; but most of these answers you will not find among the Muslims. We need to question our political leaders and ask them "what, why, when, who and how" do you allow our country to be in this position. Seek out Historical facts that are not found in general history text and you might be surprised what's discovered (think about it).

Bottom line, we are facing a point of discussion and negotiation for a comprehensive social agreement (social, civil and human rights) between powers for; security, comfort and progress. We have enough domestic equity, education, and leadership for a new respected voice - our combined voices will change world. Let's utilize valuable intelligence to resolve matters and disengage the blind bitterness, inherited prejudices and arrogance (kibr) - social ills of the heart that are preventing social solutions.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wisdom Wednesday with David Simon

David Simon | Trayvon
Today we are going to visit the blog of David Simon, creator of the cable series the "Wire."  David Simon takes a stand against the zimmerman decision. Providing an open letter discussion about America's democratic personality and shares a real thought. The commenting has closed, but there is one comment that stands out. This viewers says,
  1. "I’m glad i do not live in your sick racist country. You simply cannot build a nation on race hatred and expect it to go anytime soon. Im happy the world is watching how your fucked up nation truly operates. Do you really deserve to claim you are the home of democracy with shit like this going on?.

    Forget Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, don’t mention these places when you want to make a point about democracy. I have seen your disgusting overweight populace, obsessed with self gratification, greed and ignorance (80 per cent of you do not own a passport) make judgements on the rest of the world with no authority whatsoever. Thank you trayvon for Reminding us that none of this has really gone away. Rest in peace."
The first paragraph of his comment hits hard. How can America claim to be a place of democracy; when democracy is not practice. America spends so much time watching, judging and applying force to establish a democratic society elsewhere; but cannot practice this characteristic at home. Now, the eyes of the world is watching oppression here.

David Simon, please forgive us at Create-A-Voice. I wanted to share your wisdom and a comment here on Wisdom Wednesday. Thank you for expressing what other Americans may hide, within themselves. Please visit his blog, for the full story.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pause for this Brief Conscious Break

We break your regular programming for this brief conscious break....

 The urban community is being attacked through suggestive language that is manipulating mentals around the world. The clash of historical influences are at odds. One side is justifying their decision making and re-enforcing their so-called historical authoritarian beliefs. The other side is tired and frustrated of issuing out Trust in Hope of a valuable return on investment for justice, consequently surviving a tormented history.

This conscious break narrated by Martin Bashir, has revealed a true perspective. Looking at what happened versus the customization of what happened. The customization of what happened has provoke protest, some incidents of revolt, the questioning a system's fairness and shame on the decision-makers.

"Illusive articulation, will no longer suppress the minds from mental and physical liberation"

Join Create-A-Voice for this Brief Conscious Break with Martin Bashir. As Urban Knights our natural armor is being assaulted through vices of arrogance and injustice. Explore with us, the realms to Revive, Renew, and Restore Social, Civil and Human Rights for All! #Createavoice4Justice

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wisdom Wednesday Remembering InJustice

Remember Natasha Harling, 15 year old urban youth, shot and killed by a store owner. The store owner, Soon Ja Du; was only fined, given probation and community service for  the injust killing of Natasha.

15 days after the shooting and killing of Natasha, we witnessed the video beaten of Rodney King, by Los Angeles Police officers; who were first acquitted of the crime caught-on-video. What seem to be an open and close case, sparked April 29th. I was then was then working in telecommunications and dispatch radioed everyone, return to base! The Los Angeles urban community began expressing the frustrations years of police brutality, racism and social inequity - the 1992 LA RIOT. Not only Los Angeles residents, but the world expressed feelings of inJustice.

February 26, 2012 Trayvon Martin was shoot and killed. Trayvon was shot dead in his heart. The suspicious ideals of George Zimmerman ended another urban youth's life over what?#Justice4Trayvon

Living urban life, innately we desire Justice not only for ourselves, but for any person having it hard in their urban community.

When internalizing the prophetic duties of Divine Messengers, they were sent to deliver a Divine Message, and a Mission to fulfill assisting people reach universal rights for all. Each era of time, societies have been given a trial,  "for Mankind to Help mankind, to become apart of Mankind"  Today without naming this long list, it's so obvious who are in dire need of human rights

During this Ramadan, one of my prayers is for Justice to prevail for people under oppression; where ever social, civil and human rights are being denied and/or suppressed. #UseYourPower4JUSTICE...amin

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Pause for this Brief Conscious Break

We break your regular programming for this brief conscious break....

Michelle Alexander, the Author of "The New Jim Crow." A book shedding light on mass incarceration of Black and Latino men and women, all receiving excessive sentences for non-violent crimes. A judicial movement designed to disrupt and break urban families, creating housed individuals as under paid employees across prison yards in America.

This blog-ver-sa-tion's intention is to share the below video, narrating a necessary insight to know about Mass Incarceration of Young Men and Women, here in America.

Share this with your virtual friends. We have someone who have received and excessive sentence for non-violent crimes. #Justice4ShaddRobinson

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