Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Note to Class

Greetings Mohammad Auwal, Colleagues, and CLUMEL Admin...

I am thankful at this point, for this educational opportunity; my name is Umar Hakim, a native of Compton, Calif.  This my second unit of learning w/CLU. Simply I will listen, learn, and internalize the lessons and gather those pearls out of this collective experience.

Recently, I began seeking balance and more patience, for my everyday life and work. Allowing it to unfold before me – it’s more fun to watch it unfold, than making it unfold. Watching my children and family’s growth is amazing, but having patience for it all is more amazing. 

My urban life is full of comprehensible economic lessons, but I would like to balance that by learning “Rethinking Money and its Meaning.” I feel it will totally open a new gate of understanding and help facilitate the community work in South Los Angeles. 

My interests are; to expand my blogging (www.createavoice.org), motivate my children by example, earn every letter of this education, and help urban Muslims and others achieve a sense of community we all can share. 

Oh yeah, and have some major have Fun! 

Peace and Blessing to you all ~ As’salaamu alaykum.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wisdom Wednesday.... Mistakes are mindful experiences

have your "mistakes" ignited a purpose?

Recognizing a purpose through a decision gone wrong; is this even logic - for some it may be. Our mistakes will help fill the sentences of a personal story; each period, comma, and exclamation - your triumphs and challenges, both will all form the narrative of your life.
When reflecting on a mistake, most of us have dwelled ourselves into an unproductive, and/or depressive behavior. Mainly because our choices did not produce the best desired outcome, thus feeling as if there's no other way out.

Alternatively... we have an option to #bemindful. An alternative state of mind; a safe space to contemplate one's reality, while remaining actively responsive ~ feeling positive. A place where the heart and mind mediates together; seeking out the hidden light, for those rescuing ideas. Thinking that uncovers, what was once an unseen possibility, but most of all we should use a mistake to develop #Wisdom ~ for a stronger application. 

"Think your way out of discomfort!" AMCLI

Some mistakes can take years to resolve, even a simple mistake pretends to be permanent. Through it all remain mindful, and utilize your strengths. There's a saying, "diamonds are born under pressure." Now, let's try to imagine (describe) this pressure in bulletpoints...
  • It's an intense moment of solitude
  • A place where "thought" results in a transformation
  • Where Fear, Stupidity, Intellect, Anxiety, and Patience all occupy the heart; either protesting and/or encouraging the moment to "become."
"Faith is like intelligence in that it differs from person to person..."
 Al Nawawi 40 Hadith Commentary, pg. 171
In this moment, a designing imagination can benefit you, for the rest of your life ~ all because you decided to internalize the #mistake, for its wisdom. Simply choose to win, and not allow a mistake to overcome_overwhelm your mindset, but used it as an incubation stage, a reach to uncover your purpose. In closing, let's us strive and utilise our strengths to win and drive ourselves into true a human quality, of being simply "You." 

"Establish weight with justice And fall not short in the balance." Qu'ran 55:9 
Note: "fall not short..."

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

#WisdomWed.. How do you want to be Perceived?

Today you decided to wear odd matching clothes, with your hair un-groomed, bare-foot wearing flip flops or sandals with socks! With the least bit care who sees you shopping, at work and/or just around the neighborhood. For the moment this is your projection.

So ask yourself, "How do you want to be perceived?"

Everyday we project a perception to tons of people, online and in public. Most people take the time to cover obvious faults with make-up, high end clothing, and the use of articulate speech. Suggesting we are not ignorant, we have wealth and are simply desirable. True appearing attractive, having the latest and the ability to communicate clearly does build perception, but what is the true essence describing your inner being.


(1) Being an African American, sometimes it's hard to perceived what we are about. Our history records us as founders of righteous global societies, originators of the Arts/Crafts and leaders of civil movements defending mankind's right for dignity. It seems we have forgotten our history, allowed the Arts to photograph and compose negativity into our entertainment and consciousness, and the wealth of successful progress has distracted some vital leadership with the boasting of their riches...How are we perceived?

(2) Did you know an online profile, represents your psychological interests and moral values. A posts generates likes accordingly to its context, whether positive or negative. If an adult is consistently posting or having what's perceived as immature content; it plainly describes their present state. "Birds of a feather flock, together" and Yes, these are friends and family we are associated with. Even so, if the postings are mature with good intentions; the person is perceived as too religious, serious or a motivating person... How are you being perceived?

(3) Young people, teenagers, or today's technical term "millennials" are tomorrow's leaders. Our children are very well dressed for the most part, sending SMS messages with the latest new media device and publicly express themselves through articulate foul language. Not all, but most of our children are perceived as mental health cases, whose issues originate from the home....

A not to mention, a large percentage of youth live in foster care, are failing in school, and are living vicariously through the false reality of pop culture. Whether it's a lack of training, self esteem issues or just no consideration for public conduct; the question is, How are us as parents and guardians being perceived?

One's behavior is perceived by his/her actions, based by their intentions. If we do not educate ourselves and/or inform one another about social conduct, then who will?

Answer: Law Enforcement, a Therapist, consistent incarceration, no social life or the inability to keep employment.

As human beings, we are born with the sovereign quality of Dignity. Whether it's a lack of training, no self esteem or even just no consideration for our public conduct; we jeopardize maintaining our dignity and barter off our self respect every time misconduct is not disciplined. Think about it...
  • Upon posting content for online conversation. Let us first, contemplate what type of profile we are creating for potential employers and others to view.
  • Many people have fought, declared and established a history of righteous behavior; to benefit their legacy and generations to come ~ Act like you know!
  • There many children in foster homes, have empathy for their struggle. Many parents are single and trying their best, ask for help or counseling for personal development. Communicate more with our youth, understand these new times they live under. Create incentives that will merit good behavior, and teach them there legacy for self esteem and confidence.
per·ceive /pərˈsēv/ verb
1. Become aware or conscious of (something); come to realize or understand.
2. Become aware of (something) by the use of one of the senses, esp. that of sight.

Synonyms: see - understand - realize - sense - comprehend - notice
 How do you want to be Perceived?... think about it ~ #tohavevision
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday's Wisdom... Raise, Reduce, Eliminate

There is a good percentage of people, who believe the world's morality and social conscious is now an upside down culture. Values, principles, and ethics are being re-organized to facilitate what is percieved as bias self-interest actions. Our entertainment, politics, and some organizing campaigns literally isolates freedom of speech from being spoken. Here are my thoughts, or examples of what I feel needs clarity or discussion...
  • How is it so easy, that over two-hundred girls are uprooted into non-existence?
  • Why has not human trafficking been resolved, condemned, and banned?
  • Why does the Gay community feels uncomfortable, when heterosexuals promote advocate for straight marriages?
  • Why does Donald Sterling matters?
  • Why is African American Reality TV shows consumed with ignorance, immoral behaviors, and mental health issues?
These are relevant questions asked by myself as an individual, and groups who are needing clarity. Can we rightfully engage one another to create safe spaces, protection, and freedom of speech without being so easily offended?

I would like to offer these questions as conversation, for your social circles. The idea is to create new spaces, that can properly facilitate and alleviate social apprehensive behavior. There are standards, we as people will have to internalize to consider what is true safety, or can facilitate as mechanisms for achieving a comprehensive platform on human civil rights.

#BeYou, and Authentic

Group or Personal Exercise
  1. Identify an issue, policy, one of the above questions, or something worth internalizing
  2. Create three columns with the following headers: Raise, Reduce, and Eliminate.
  3. Then ask yourself, or the group accordingly which standards should we raise, reduce, and eliminate.
  4. The objective is, identify the true value(s) in creating community safe spaces and protection, and mostly undue sensitivities blocking formations for progress.
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    Thursday, May 1, 2014

    Every Thursday with #Facebook52-er

    "Every Thursday" will feature people of creativity and/or ideas of leadership throughout their work.

    This week's #Facebook52-er is none other than the amazing
     Umar Hakim

    I (Amanda Q @iamTheQ) met Umar during one of my
    AMCLI retreats in Los Angeles, where he has worked as a community organizer for years. He also has a great love for all things media. His clear vision, sense of humor and thoughtfulness come through in everything I've seen him do. Much love to you brother! (Read about Umar in his own words below)

    “I love blogging, but I am not a blogger.” I have ideas about personal development and leadership, so I write about them, but I am not a pro-writer. I am #UmarHakim, a Compton resident who is using a vision imagined on a Commodore64. Raised in Urban America where statistics have said, Black Men won’t survive, Helllooo! I worked in a world of diversity with others expressing new, but genuine ideas for leadership, and I strive as a disruptive soul ~ quietly!

    We recently developed “Baseerah,” a consultancy closely meaning #tohavevision. Our group’s objective is simple "Imagine, Plan, and Act with Reality" using non-profit management and new media projects. The first of our projects is a blog www.creatavoice.org Watch, Listen, and Read urban blog-ver-sa-tions. I blog and present with a sense of humor; rooted in strength, an urban compassion, and creative critical-thinking.

    We all have a story to narrate while moving toward our appointments. You can follow my story on twitter@whoopwoop, and on facebook.com/whoopwoop. Yes those are my handles, except on Instagram its Baseerah. Until next time we meet ~ Peace, Love and WhoopWoop!

    Oh… “It seems the world is waking up, wanting a new reality. There are a new set of ppl, who is full of sincerity, and that alone is bonding!” #umarhakim

    #createavoice #baseerah #tohavevision #ILMfoundation

    Thank you Amanda Q http://muslimahmerican.com/ for the recognition! #WhoopWoop! 

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    Bulletpoints of an Urban Thought

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

    Given the gift of surviving urban-America. A present that raises a person’s mindfulness to escape social ills. An individual's emotional intelligence and traits may develop the following mindsight:

    • 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 achievements (progress). There are enough surronding people making reference on her/his character. #beHumble

    The effectiveness of your organized gifts will need:

    • Prioritizing
    • Task completion
    • Being Trustworthy and Reliable
    • 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 mental restraints  – that alleviates poverish thinking. Remember without being grateful, having humility, or acts shared kindness; we can find ourselves by yourself – with a lonely impoverished sense.

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    "I am not a blogger, or a pro-writer" #umarhakim

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Wisdom Wednesday Muzik

    "Music is an Experience for some. Do not dig into someone's past too deep, never know what should be forgotten!" Urban Blogger and Social_preneur "Urban life is not normal" #tohavevision

    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 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

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