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COMMUNITY FORUM REMARKS: Need to address the main driver of criminal and criminalized behavior, substance abuse, and that the failed law enforcement model needs to be supplanted by a public health model driven by evidence and community benefit

The Community Solidarity Response Network of Toledo (CSRN), our local Black Lives Matter group, and the ACLU hosted a forum on “What Does a Safer Toledo Look Like?” This forum was in response to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ National Public Safety … Continue reading

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A Spiritual Autobiography

I wrote the below spiritual autobiography a dozen years ago as part of a servant leadership study group.  While it definitely needs updating, it serves well as a brief overview of my spiritual history and development over much of my … Continue reading

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Pushing Buttons of Intellectual Property

I occasionally run across my graphics on the web, swiped without permission; sometimes even on products for sale.  I have yet to take much action, let alone sue anybody, regarding any such nominally illegal use.  Most of this is because … Continue reading

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Donald Trump: The Dress Rehearsal for Fascism

If you want to make sense of the failure of neoliberalism, as typified by Hillary Clinton, and its vomiting up of proto-fascist leaders like Donald Trump, then author and journalist Chris Hedges nails it again, in this piece, Donald Trump: The Dress Rehearsal … Continue reading

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POEM: Owed To Chet Chambers

His exacting integrity Was seeded only by generosity of heart He loved Awe of God’s children As well As he kin He planted seeds That others would harvest He worked side by side Under God’s reign And the radiance of … Continue reading

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POEM: Standing On My Privy Ledge

I am a white, straight, Christian, male And you see that I am afraid Though paying attention To what is fare I am more afraid Of whites than blacks Of straights than queers Of Christians than Muslims Of men than … Continue reading

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REAL POLITICS, REAL CANDIDATE: Jill Stein 2016 Platform

IF you want a progressive presidential candidate that you can get excited about voting FOR, then Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate is worth serious consideration.  Jill Stein has selected her Green Party running mate, Vice President choice, Ajamu Baraka. … Continue reading

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POEM: Naught For Prophet Fun Razing

In the crucible Of the well-heeled And the, well, heeled He surrounded himself With corporate persons Naught for prophet organizations Possessed buy a cutting edge currency paper thin The filing and folding kind Their foundational hope Nay only hope To … Continue reading

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POEM: Another Martyr Bides The Dust

Another martyr bides the dust And I was a stray Beside myself In the fog Of yet another mourning The missed over my heart Feeling only that ephemeral beaten The wait on my brain Fueled into thinking of the dread … Continue reading

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POEM: Are You A Friend of Dorothy?

As a friend of Dorothy Day I wood ax More than won quest in A bout Her call As a tenet in passable saint hood As if a priest to nun Or mirror lay person Aborting gaiety As an infallible … Continue reading

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POEM: Wage Slave Be Free

I am not a wage slave I am free And worth every penny This week, I celebrated 10 years free from wage slavery!  My ensuing poverty has been a small price to pay for this freedom.  I am the richest … Continue reading

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POEM: We Won’t Be Food Again

I would rather Be Job Less than Renounce A living wager And know place to lie My head My heart Made homeless In loo of A fast fooled nation For going The beast Wee Can due Hitched to number one … Continue reading

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POEM: Jumping From The Ledger

Rejoin the rat race And all that chasten Daring to make A rodent in the machine Which is all the rage The bounty on your ahead A golden hamster wheel Retard after 50 years Left dumb Lips pursed For so … Continue reading

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MLK Day Poem

I have attended Toledo’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Unity celebration for many years.  Today, I decided to pass on this year’s “show” (yes, the organizers used the term “show” to describe the festivities).  In recent years, I have seen … Continue reading

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POEM: Hungering for Answers

Hungering for Answers We should stay the course To turn the corner To see the light At the end of the tunnel Yet long-term solutions For the hungry Are difficult to stomach As for those who have Empty hearts Eatin’ … Continue reading

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POEM: War on Poverty

War on Poverty In our nation’s capital We are drowning in think tanks Our chief armament In the war on poverty And for all of their business They have made up their mine Poverty is not the problem Poverty is … Continue reading

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POEM: A Farcical Foundation

A Farcical Foundation An abundance Of people Build Bank accounts And resumes In lieu of a better world In the face of scarcity Hoarding ourselves Leaving our shares as chump change Our resumes bankrupt In grate sell deception Talked into … Continue reading

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POEM: Chapter 58 – Isaiah

Chapter 58 – Isaiah Isaiah was a man A kind of a man More generous than his wealth Untouchable by another’s profits With a frugality beyond any poverty He was a gentle man With a purposefulness typically beyond words Speaking … Continue reading

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POEM: Hard on the Poor

Hard on the Poor Our moral compass Goes south Skewering Those below Under lyin’ Poverty abashed Without abjections Needle US Too say Pricks Hand shakers And grand standers Razing just for fund He’ll freeze over Before changing any position Undertaking … Continue reading

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POEM: Pillar of the Community

I have a well-paid job I am a captain of industry I am a member of platinum circles I am a pillar of the community My name will live on On plaques And maybe a street I need not Pay … Continue reading

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