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WAWA/WeAreWideAwake is my Public Service to America as a muckracker who has journeyed seven times to Israel Palestine since June 2005. WAWA is dedicated to confronting media and governments that shield the whole truth.

We who Are Wide Awake are compelled by the "fierce urgency of Now" [Rev MLK, Jr.] to raise awareness and promote the human dialogue about many of the crucial issues of our day: the state of our Union and in protection of democracy, what life is like under military occupation in Palestine, the Christian EXODUS from the Holy Land, and spirituality-from a Theologically Liberated Christian Anarchist POV.

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"We're on a mission from God."
The Blues Brothers

"Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all...and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave...a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils."
George Washington's Farewell Address - 1796

"My aim is to agitate & disturb people. I'm not selling bread, I'm selling yeast."

"Imagine All the People Sharing All the World."
John Lennon

"If enough Christians followed the gospel, they could bring any state to its knees." 
Father Philip Francis Berrigan 

"You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won't back down."
Tom Petty

"If I can't dance, it's not my revolution."
Emma Goldman

"We have yet to begin to IMAGINE the power and potential of the Internet."
Charlie Rose, 2005

Only in Solidarity do "We have it in our power to begin the world again"
Tom Paine

"Never doubt that a few, thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." 
Margaret Mead

"You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free."
John 8:32


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We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that, among these, are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; and, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it. -July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence


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December 2, 2011: Veterans and Children: NOT Just Homeless at the Holidays
December 2, 2011: Veterans and Children: NOT Just Homeless at the Holidays


Republican Gov. Rick Scott claimed, “I care completely” about Homelessness following his proposal to cut ALL funding for Homeless Programs in Florida.


Scott posed for photos while volunteers passed out Thanksgiving dinners in an East Naples shelter, which fed 7,000 families during the holiday week.


Scott said “I care completely about all these programs,” but reality is that his budget cuts “slashed funding to some veteran and farm surplus programs that helped the homeless.” [1]



One Jacksonville homeless shelter official stated that Scott “zeroed out all homeless funding” which totaled $7 million that helped sustain programs dedicated to homelessness prevention, housing initiatives, and programs that “re-house” people once they’re on the street. The official added, “Not only that, he took out the line items so it can never be funded again.” [Ibid]


Scott also vetoed $12 million in funding that the state legislature had passed to support the 17,000 homeless veterans in Florida.



When I learned of the homeless situation in my backyard in Central Florida, I began volunteering with NEW BEGINNINGS the only homeless recovery program in south Lake County. A few years ago, twelve community leaders formed NEW BEGINNINGS in an effort to help a community of affluence respond to the many needs of the indigent among us.

Steve Smith is the Executive Director of New Beginnings of Lake County and also Chairman of the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition that is developing a plan to end homelessness.   



Construction work had provided 80% of the jobs after the citrus froze in the 1980's and land was cheap.

Today construction has not just slowed but businesses have shut down and the area is experiencing double digit unemployment with thousands of foreclosures.

45,000 people use food cards and 3,000 homeless students are in the local school system.

20,000 students receive free or reduced lunches out of the 40,000 students in Lake County, which has 300,000 permanent residents on the record. 




Steve Smith’s “biggest concern is that we cannot keep up with the growing demand and provide the necessary recovery resources. The schools do a monthly headcount and state the rate is growing at an alarming rate!"

Lake County Schools report the following number of homeless students:


2005-06:  122

2006-07:  195

2007-08:  324

2008-09:  775

2009-10:  2162


Statistics as of 26 September 2011 total 2,992 an increase of over 800 from when school recessed in June 2010.


The Florida Dept of Education reports that out of the 2,992 homeless students:


191 are on the streets.


2573 sleep on sofas or floors of friends or family.


127 live in motels


89 are foster children


12 live in uninhabitable places such as cars.


Smith added, “We know this figure is much higher, but many don’t want to admit this humbling situation for fear of losing their children!”



Federal, State, County governments and Corporations with Foundations have cut funding and churches are also giving less to help the “least among us”.


Smith says the motto of NEW BEGINNINGS is about teaching people to fish and not just handing them out.


The organization exists primarily by donations and feed over 400 people weekly at an outreach event held at the Winn Dixie parking lot on SR 50 in Clermont, every Saturday morning.


I am one of many volunteers who meet the people who show up and do the initial interview. I learn of their struggles and provide lists of potential agencies that might help their situation; but they have to do the phone and leg work. I give them lists of local companies who have job openings and other volunteers pass out food bags, hot meals, clothes and prayer. We know we are only tapping a minority although weekly more keep coming in an act of faith that there are people who care and who will do something for a neighbor in need.



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"HOPE has two children.The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it."-St. Augustine

 "He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust." - Aquinas

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The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© 1968, 2001 Kent M. Keith

" In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway."-Mother Teresa

“You cannot talk like sane men around a peace table while the atomic bomb itself is ticking beneath it. Do not treat the atomic bomb as a weapon of offense; do not treat it as an instrument of the police. Treat the bomb for what it is: the visible insanity of a civilization that has obey the laws of life.”- Lewis Mumford, 1946

The age of warrior kings and of warrior presidents has passed. The nuclear age calls for a different kind of leadership....a leadership of intellect, judgment, tolerance and rationality, a leadership committed to human values, to world peace, and to the improvement of the human condition. The attributes upon which we must draw are the human attributes of compassion and common sense, of intellect and creative imagination, and of empathy and understanding between cultures."  - William Fulbright

“Any nation that year after year continues to raise the Defense budget while cutting social programs to the neediest is a nation approaching spiritual death.” - Rev. MLK
Establishment of Israel
"On the day of the termination of the British mandate and on the strength of the United Nations General Assembly declare The State of Israel will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel: it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion it will guarantee freedom of religion [and] conscience and will be faithful to the Charter of the United Nations." - May 14, 1948. The Declaration of the Establishment of Israel
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