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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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May 19, 2008
WAWA Blog May 19, 2008: Malcolm X was born eighty-three years ago today.

Malcolm X was assassinated at the age of 39 on February 21, 1965, as he spoke before a packed audience in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom. The following is an excerpt of a speech X gave at the Audubon Ballroom about half a year earlier, called “By Any Means Necessary.”

It is followed by an excerpt from what I wrote about X on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

      MALCOLM X:...the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights are the principles in which we believe, and that these documents, if put into practice, represent the essence of mankind’s hopes and good intentions; desirous that all Afro-American people and organizations should henceforth unite so that the welfare and well-being of our people will be assured; we are resolved to reinforce the common bond of purpose between our people by submerging all of our differences and establishing nonsectarian, constructive programs for human rights; we hereby present this charter:

      I. The Establishment: The Organization of Afro-American Unity shall include all people of African descent in the Western hemisphere […] In essence what it is saying, instead of you and me running around here seeking allies in our struggle for freedom in the Irish neighborhood or the Jewish neighborhood or the Italian neighborhood, we need to seek some allies among people who look something like we do. And once we get their allies. It’s time now for you and me to stop running away from the wolf right into the arms of the fox, looking for some kind of help. That’s a drag.

      II. Self-Defense: Since self-preservation is the first law of nature, we assert the Afro-American’s right to self-defense.

      The Constitution of the United States of America clearly affirms the right of every American citizen to bear arms. And as Americans, we will not give up a single right guaranteed under the Constitution. The history of unpunished violence against our people clearly indicates that we must be prepared to defend ourselves or we will continue to be a defenseless people at the mercy of a ruthless and violent racist mob.

A few months ago I wrote Prophets, Doors, Walls: MLK, X, Lennon, Gaza and Thee
I was moved to repeat some of it today.

Prophets have authority and also the call, to speak to the great and the small
They call down kings and lift up the poor: Behold there's one at the door.-Pastor Gary Vance

In the '60's two black men in America; one a Christian and one a Muslim shared a similar dream with different philosophies and means to achieve them.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. had "a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed... that all men are created equal."

Malcolm X's radical creed was, "Anything you can think of that you want to change right now, the only way you can do it is with a ballot or a bullet. And if you're not ready to get involved with either one of those, you are satisfied with the status quo. That means we'll have to change you."

Both men dreamed of a world freed from the bondage of prejudice and racism, a world in which their children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. While King consistently advocated for a brotherhood of all peoples and persisted in only nonviolent actions to achieve it; not until after a pilgrimage to Mecca, did X evolve in his spirituality and thus reject his separatist beliefs and begin to advocate for unity and a world wide brotherhood.

Both can be said to have fully understood that there are "truths that are self-evident: That all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights;…[and] that, to secure [those] 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."- The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776,

Both men engaged in the struggle to wake up good people whose ears were not ready to hear, whose eyes were not ready to see and whose hearts were not yet pierced to bleed for the least and oppressed of humanity. Both men were shot dead before either could see any of their dreams realized.

A few weeks before Rev. King bled to death on a patch of pavement in Memphis, he said: "Peace for Israel means security, and we stand with all our might to protect its right to exist…I see Israel as one of the greatest outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy."

King died ten months after the 40 years of Israel's Military occupation of Palestine began.

On May 14, 1948, The Declaration of the establishment of Israel proclaimed: "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."

The Hebrew prophet Amos prayed:

"Let JUSTICE roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream."

I contend that if King and X had lived, they would have followed the call of Amos and would be at the front of the line in next Saturday's convoy to Gaza that begins in Tel Aviv.

I believe this because it has been said that the Palestinians have become the 'N's' of the world, while in the '70's it was women:

We insult her every day on TV
And wonder why she has no guts or confidence
When she's young we kill her will to be free
While telling her not to be so smart we put her down for being so dumb-John Lennon, "Woman is the "N" of the World"

The governments of Israel and America contend that they cannot speak to the democratically elected members of the Hamas government and thus they have sanctioned atrocities and abominations upon the 1.5 million innocent civilians [approximately 2,000 are Christian] who endure in the largest open air prison in the word.

In November 2006, I read an article written by Father Manuel, the parish priest at the Latin Church and school in Gaza who wrote:

"Gaza cannot sleep! The people are suffering unbelievably. They are hungry, thirsty, have no electricity or clean water. They are suffering constant bombardments and sonic booms from low flying aircraft. They need food: bread and water. Children and babies are hungry...people have no money to buy food. The price of food has doubled and tripled due to the situation. We cannot drink water from the ground here as it is salty and not hygienic. People must buy water to drink. They have no income, no opportunities to get food and water from outside and no opportunities to secure money inside of Gaza. They have no hope...Without electricity children are afraid. No light at night. No oil or candles...Thirsty children are crying, afraid and desperate...Many children have been violently thrown from their beds at night from the sonic booms. Many arms and legs have been broken. These planes fly low over Gaza and then reach the speed of sound. This shakes the ground and creates shock waves like an earthquake that causes people to be thrown from their bed. I, myself weigh 120 kilos and was almost thrown from my bed due to the shock wave produced by a low flying jet that made a sonic boom...Gaza cannot sleep...the cries of hungry children, the sullen faces of broken men and women who are just sitting in their hungry emptiness with no light, no hope, no love. These actions are War Crimes!"

I shudder as I imagine the facts on the ground in 2008, which are that: "The occupation of the Strip did not end with the "Disengagement"; on the contrary: the passage of persons and goods, in and out of the Strip, was made far more difficult by the Israeli authorities, no one can get in or out, by land, sea or air, except with the permission of the Israeli Security Service. As far as Gazans are concerned, Disengagement did not bring any liberty, but just made occupation that much worse!

"However bad the suffering is of the inhabitants of Sderot, Ashkelon and the Kibbutzim and Moshavim in the area under the barrage of Qassam missiles, mortar shells and sniper bullets, it is in no way a justification for a cruel siege which severely damages a million and half civilians - men, women and children. The siege is an immoral act and a violation of International Law - and from the practical point of view, increasing the bitterness and suffering in Gaza leads to an intensification of attacks towards the Israeli side, not to their end."

As a Christian of The Beatitudes, a global citizen of the world and patriotic American, I grieve that the inhabitants of Sderot and the inhabitants of Gaza are seen as enemies of the other, for both are the victims of the brutal and vicious policy by the empire: the government of Israel aided and abetted by my American tax dollars!

...The children of Sderot are not served when the children of Gaza are forced to drink polluted water, but current reality is that hundreds of commodities needed for the maintaining of a normal daily life are not being allowed into the Gaza Strip, by order of the Government of Israel. Even the entry of water filters - vital for purifying the water drawn from Gazan wells, which are heavily polluted by brine, oil and sewage have been prevented for more than half a year because of the sanctions imposed upon the innocent for daring to democratically elect a party deemed as a "terrorist organization" for rising up against the occupation of their land.

Gaza has become the largest ghetto in the world, a regional disaster, and an abomination unto God that also puts innocent Israelis in danger because of the actions of their government.

Our leaders have failed us, and must be shown the way-as Rev. Martin Luther King showed the way for civil rights –by bringing together people of all faiths and those with none as sisters and brothers committed to justice and peace and in respect for human dignity, driven by ethical and moral standards, in solidarity-we can make a difference.

May the Spirit of the Lord be upon you. May He/She/? Anoint you to bring glad tidings to the poor. May He/She/? Use you to proclaim LIBERTY to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and that in the offering of a drink of clean water to the least of all, that 2008, will be a year acceptable to the Lord; for all are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; such as to clean water and food and an END to Military Occupations.


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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.
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Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
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Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
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