Woohoo, yes…indeed…I absolutely see
why I adore Langston Hughes poem “April Rain Song”
Let the rain
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.
As I stated last
week: " October is not only the
sweetest and loveliest month of Autumn~~~full of beauty and change;
it is also inspiring and motivating due to it being used to emphasize
and raise utmost awareness to several important...heartfelt issues."
Therefore, let me share with you the important affairs that are taking
place this weekend.
may recall in late August on the 48th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream" speech (28th
of August); the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Monument was
unveiled, and it was to be dedicated. However, this important
dedication was postponed due to Hurricane Irene. This weekend that postponed dedication will take place, as well as the
Martin Luther King, Jr. March for Jobs and Justice.
Martin Luther King, Jr. March for Jobs and Justice with labor,
faith-based, civil rights and community support will take place
on Saturday, October 15th, 2011, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in
Washington, D.C. This March is being led by the Reverend Al
Sharpton of the National Action Network. It is to bolster
the President Barack Obama jobs bill and bring attention to the plight
of the unemployed.
which will draw labor groups and civil rights organizations, and it is
expected to bring thousands to the Mall on the day before the new
memorial honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is officially
Al Sharpton stated:
will bring forth the masses who have not been heard in the midst of
the jobs debate, who was flanked by leaders of the National
Education Association, NAACP and other groups...As the president
fights for a jobs act, as super-committees meet, they need to hear
marching feet. This is to send a message to Congress.”
HERE FOR MORE DETAILS - "Press Release". You can
also log on to the following sites: http://www.nationalactionnetwork.net/
official unveiling of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Monument
will Take Place On Sunday, October 16, 2011 !
historical and magnificent Memorial
will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s national and international
contributions and vision to the American dream...a dream he spoke of
in terms of possibility and hope...and its pillars of freedom,
democracy and opportunity for all [justice]. This memorial is
one of the most prestigious sites remaining on the National Mall; it
is on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin adjacent to the Franklin
D. Roosevelt Memorial, between the Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson
Memorial. Although, this is not the first memorial to an African
American in Washington DC, Dr. King's will be the FIRST
African-American honored with a memorial on or near the National Mall
area and only the fourth non-President to be memorialized in such a
Announced for October 16th -
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication - Free and Open to Public, No Tickets
D.C. (October 11, 2011) - The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will be
dedicated this Sunday, October 16, in a ceremony hosted by the
Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project
Foundation in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. The dedication
activities will begin with an 8 a.m. hour-long “Morning Joy”
program, emceed by Roland Martin. The Dedication program, emceed by PBS
News Hour’s Gwen Ifill, will begin at 9 a.m. and pay tribute to Dr.
King with the words of noted speakers including civil rights leaders and
King family members, as well as musicians and poets. President Barack
Obama will deliver the dedication address.] CLICK
HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE TO OBTAIN SPECIFIC DETAILS!
is National Bullying Prevention Month - This
month is used by communities nationwide to take an active role in the
movement against bullying. This past Wednesday - October 12th, was
"Unity Day." It was a day for folks to join
together...join the movement to "Make
It Orange, and Make It End."
This was the day folks were urged to wear orange in support of students
who have experienced bullying. Yup, it was a day that everyone could
link together - in schools, communities and online to send a big message
in support of those who have been bullied.
feel this can take place throughout the year; so I encourage you to
engage, educate, and inspire others to join the movement of ending
bullying. "The End of Bullying Begins With
is getting worst, and It seems to be happening at earlier ages and
with more frequency. Cyber bullying is also on the
increase. Below are some bullying statistics, cyber bullying
statistics and school bullying statistics that will amaze you.
- School bullying statistics
and cyber bullying statistics show the 77% of students are
bullied mentally, verbally and physically.
- When it comes to school
bullying statistics of high school students, 15% reported one to
three bullying incidents in the last month and 3.4% 10 times or
more. Cyber bullying statistics are being compiled.
- 23% of elementary students
reported being bullied one to three times in the last month
school bullying statistics say. Cyber bullying statistics
are not yet available for this group.
- Recent bullying statistics
admit that half of all bullying incidents go unreported.
Cyber bullying statistics indicate even less of these are
- 100,000 students carry a gun
to school bullying statistics say.
- In a recent study, 77% of
the students said they had been bullied. Cyber bullying
statistics reveal similar numbers. And 14% of those who
were bullied said they experienced severe (bad) reactions to the
To Educate yourself, and learn all
you can on How To Stop Bullying; Cyber Bullying; and School Bullying KINDLY
CLICK HERE (Courtesy of How To Stop Bullying.) PLEASE
ALSO CLICK HERE TO FOR ADDITIONAL STATISTICS! Please
add to your calendar: October 26th is "Unity Dance Day;"
where people everywhere come together in song and dance to raise
awareness for bullying prevention by organizing a Unity Dance Day.
HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS ON ORGANIZING YOUR UNITY DANCE DAY.
(Courtesy of Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center.)
please keep in mind that we must raise utmost awareness to 2 (two) important and heartfelt issues that
is prominent here in America and around the world; and which absolutely
needs your support physically and financially.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~~~ A health campaign organized
by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease
and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis,
treatment and cure. Additionally; this is a time to celebrate
survivors, give support and information to those who are affected by
the disease, and honor those who have died from the disease.)
Let's remember this special month, by joining the runs taking place
across the nation, as well as purchasing a pink bracelet or even a
pink ribbon; and do as much as we can to truly support the fight of
breast cancer. Remember National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
celebrates 27 years of awareness, education and empowerment.
Please CLICK HERE TO
READ SOME INTERESTING FACTS ON BREAST CANCER OR CLICK
HERE TO LOG ON TO THE NAT'L BREAST CANCER AWARENESS SITE!
PINK, RAISE FUNDS AND FIGHT BREAST CANCER!
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month ~~~ During this month of
raising awareness; we must pledge to acknowledge the intimate partner
violence occurring around us whether it be physical, emotional,
psychological or sexual; and we promise to do something about it.
Fundamentally, it is about power and
it is a pattern of abusive and controlling behavior that one partner
uses against another in an intimate relationship. [Behaviors
such as physical abuse (battering/family violence), sexual and verbal
abuse, economic coercion and other intimidating behaviors.]
must find a way to stop Domestic Violence. In fact, I urge you to
wear purple to bring awareness; and to really help with stopping
domestic violence. CLICK HERE TO
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE.
PURPLE TO BRING AWARENESS, AND TO HELP WITH STOPPING DOMESTIC
is PLENTY MORE of the same madness taking place in Trinidad and
Tobago as they undergo their imposed State of Emergency (“SoE”.)
there were serious hints at the possibility that the Honorable Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar would remove the SoE within
the three month period. However, that has not been the case.
Instead via a Press Conference late last week the Prime Minister
announced that her
and her cabinet had been briefed by security heads, Commissioner of Police
Dwayne Gibbs, Deputy Commissioner Mervyn Richardson, Brigadier General
Kenrick Maharaj and others, on what has transpired so far since the
State of Emergency was imposed. She further stated the following:
have said that they are able to achieve far more with the
State of Emergency than prior to the State of Emergency. They
see it as a valuable tool and weapon in the arsenal in the
fight against crime."
advised us that they want more time with the State of
Emergency, and we have accepted as a Cabinet their
recommendation that the SOE continues. They have advised that
they need the curfew hours as they are...in the areas
identified. So the State of Emergency would continue until we
are advised otherwise by law enforcement officers."
it is clear that she is pleased with the SoE. However, she has not
mentioned anything about her thoughts/decision
regarding the curfew hours returning to
what was originally implemented at the beginning of the State of Emergency
( Limited State of Emergency). (Curfew start time: 9pm and ending at: 5am.)
I simply cannot "get with,"
or even absorb her statement ["SoE is a valuable tool and
weapon in the arsenal in the fight against crime."] I
can't see how the SoE can be used as a tool to fight crime;
especially since citizens are being picked up, harassed, abused and
locked up for minor violations, etc. All of which could
have been done by proper policing.
so let me get this straight! The SoE was used as a tool to
fight crime? WoW...so the rights of the citizens of Trinidad
and Tobago are revoked, and all their civil liberties are curtailed;
as well as many enduring (1) revenue loss, plus job loss due to the
curfew; (2) having to compromise; (3) sacrifice; (4) suffer; and
being (5) humiliated, harassed, and in many cases beaten
severely/abused...ALL BECAUSE THE POLICE OFFICIALS HAVE TRULY NOT
BEEN PERFORMING THEIR JOBS ADEQUATELY, AND NEEDED TO IMPLEMENT THE
SoE SO THAT IT COULD BE USED AS AN ANTI-CRIME INITIATIVE!
taking place could have been done through normal policing ~~~
Don't you agree? Further, the use of this SoE as a tool is FAILING
MISERABLY. Its failure is clearly being shown on a daily
basis by the amount of crazy "illegal" arrest for things
that are minor and petty. More importantly, by the many that
are being freed/released due to NO, or insufficient evidence being
produced by the Police Officers.]
reading about the amount of crime that took place over this past
week; placing the entire country under this SoE is really not
of yesterday (October 13, 2011) the total amount
arrested as of this week is 4,385. Of course 449 have
been arrested under the Anti-Gang
Act/Legislation (above I noted several
hundreds were released). Another
794 are for traffic offences; 217 are for breaking the curfew; and
420 are for "Enquiries" [inquiries]. The
other 2240 arrested individuals are for: Outstanding Warrants; drug
offences, serious offences; and a small amount includes homicide
investigations (57); and others are (208.)
As for guns recovered the figure is: 127.
abuse from Powers that Be still continues. This week though,
we learned Soldiers have been severely beating and abusing citizens
both in Trinidad and Tobago. As of yesterday (10/13/2011)
a statement regarding 2 soldiers being court marshaled for abuse was
made by Senior Legal Officer of the Defense Force Major Sheldon
Ramnanan. So far 10 reports have been filed against
soldiers since the State of Emergency began. Mr. Ramnanan
said: Quite a few of these cases have been investigated, and
extensive merit was found to take court marshalling actions.
this week Commissioner of Police
(CoP) Dwayne Gibbs
on allegations that police were picking up detainees during the
State of emergency, and were not aware of the evidence or its
ramifications; as well as to what Trinidad and Tobago's Attorney
General stated regarding: Police Officers needing to be trained
more on evidence gathering techniques in reference to the Anti-Gang
Stated: “Our officers have gone out in very good faith in
arresting the bad guys that are out on the streets,” Gibbs further
stated:. "The Anti-Gang Legislation came in on August 15 and
state of emergency was declared on August 21 so there was very little
time to get an appreciation of the full understanding of it. “As we
move forward we’re learning, however.”
clearly he is stating that the heartache, pain, and suffering citizens
have been enduring, and even death in some cases; due to their crazy
arrests, mishaps, etc. was just a learning experience for his Police
Force. Hum, the citizens were used as an exercise for the Police
to obtain training...for them to learn their jobs.
OUTRAGEOUS, ABSURD AND HEARTLESS!!!!!
As I have stated every week,
my heart goes out to those who are suffering and are affected in some
form or another over this SoE. Continue feeling free to
share with me exactly what quite a few of you are experiencing…I am
pleased to hear the
stories and cries coming out of the voices of many.
pray that the people of Trinidad and Tobago are given the strength to
overcome the hardships they are experiencing during this devastating
time. That they become each
other’s keeper. That they
work hand in hand in peace, love and harmony with their fellow men!
importantly, I pray that this State of Emergency is re-evaluated by the
Powers that Be, and is removed very soon.
though it is difficult during these poignant times in Trinidad, I know
many of you still have faith in your social ideals and values, and most
importantly in DEMOCRACY; and absolutely have the capacity to deal with
any difficulty (such as what is taking place in Trinidad and
Tobago today). I know this faith;
as well as prayer will keep you strong and
united; and will carry you through this difficult time.
I strongly feel it is important that us the citizens work
together NOW to build a bright and promising future for our country…we
can overcome any task or difficulty that is placed before us UNITED.
TOGETHER WE ASPIRE…TOGETHER WE ACHIEVE!”
thank you once again my on-line family and friends for your wonderfully
educational and extremely thought provoking feedback.
I can't stop thanking my
husband "Todd Mangatal" for his great input regarding the
many discussions, research, and his assistance in the conveying of this
Again, I ask you to share with me your
thoughts on this important above issue.
am always delighted when I receive them; so please keep them coming in,
as it helps me to learn and improve my way of thinking and seeing
is designated Calypso History Month in Trinidad and Tobago. In
recognition of calypso's incomparable contribution to Trinidad &
Tobago's life, culture and identity. The theme for this year is:
"By calypso our stories are told." This year's theme
focuses on exploring the role Calypsonians have played in documenting the
history of Trinidad and Tobago. The roots of calypso is traced to the
1800’s when the African slaves kept abreast of the happenings of the day
as well as sought to preserve their identity as Africans through music and
songs they sometimes composed on the cuff.
along with the steelpan,
is probably Trinidad & Tobago's greatest cultural export. More than
the catchy rhythms that took North America and Europe by storm
(particularly in the 30s, 40s and 50s), the artform is a chronicle of
Trinbagonian life and culture. It is also the progenitor of numerous
musical artforms – soca, rapso, and fusions with rock, chutney,
gospel music, and almost every musical style imaginable.
Calypso History Month was launched on Friday 1 October. The Trinidad
& Tobago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO), under President
Resistance' Masimba, embarked upon a programme of activities under
this year's theme."
HERE TO LEARN ALL ABOUT CALYPSO...THE HISTORY OF CALYPSO!
National Library and Information System Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.]
HERE TO READ MORE, AND FOR A SCHEDULE OF EVENTS. [Courtesy
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Lashley message to the Arious Family
Love as I continue to enjoy the journey.
Lashley, Author, Gifts From the Heart
inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.
to be the vogue at this time, particularly as it is expressed from
a Caribbean perspective in these United States of America.
Nationals from every Island State proudly boast of their origins
with genuine and well earned pride.
Even here in the
land of our voluntary exile, we are faced at this time with some
political practices which begs the question of the constitutional
preamble, “We the people of the United Stated, in order to form
a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic
tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general
welfare,…” etcetera, and etcetera.
Can we say that
today’s political climate truly reflects, by the actions of the
law-makers, a willingness to project the will of the people who
elected them to office? Can we truly say the leader of the country
described as the most powerful in the world, is being treated as
fairly as all those before him? And dare we ask why?
Very often, we
prefer to play those games which give the illusion of our being
popular, rather than being courageous enough to speak the truth as
it applies to our countries, large or small. We forget that the
principles remain the same. If “we the politicians” and the
influence makers, do not have the interest of “we the people”
at the heart of our agendas, then, of what use is our so-called
As for opinions,
knowledge, information, interest and affiliations, where two,
three or more are gathered together, there will always be the
shadow of disagreement towering over attempts at being civil.
Babel is a towering infrastructure which has its presence
buried deep within
the invisible recesses of our minds.
Many times we take
the ideas of disagreement very personally, thinking that we are to
be judged by our affiliations, our status in the community, (even
if it is self imposed) our idea of our own popularity, and our
ideas of being liked or not liked. Many of us truly believe that
all this is important enough for us to spend our lives chasing an
illusion of acceptance which does not exist. What does it really
matter if someone expresses like or dislike of someone else? What
does it matter if what you express is understood, appreciated,
accepted, rejected or otherwise?
In the final
analysis, life is lived as a vibrant and personal dynamic which
poses the question and provides answers in every unfolding moment.
And the questions are simple.
Who have you helped
to move forward today?
What have you given
contributed more pain or more joy to the universe?
Do you see yourself
as more important than anyone else?
Did you see the
humanity in the homeless man you passed on your way to work?
Who are your
enemies or friends and how did they become so?
Will your death
mean that the world would come to a sudden stop?
Who or what do you
Do you understand
Needless to say,
some will interpret these words with compassion, some with
disdain, some with understanding, some with total denial of its
In the final
analysis, we can only live our own lives, and choose the
conditions under which we can use these gifts which we have been
I choose to have no
enemies, as I believe that all our enemies are of our own
I choose to be
joy-filled and happy, regardless of external circumstances.
I choose to quietly
assist those who may be called less fortunate, understanding the
paradox of such a term.
I choose to
appreciate every gift that life has to offer, and they are many.
I choose to
understand that patriotism must not cloud truth, and I understand
that God by any name is principle, and that I must do unto my
neighbor as I wish to be done unto me. I know that the law is
impartial. It works for me.
Blessings and good
wishes, as the Sun of Understanding illumines the shadows of your
Lashley, Author, Gifts From The Heart
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Peace, & Love in Your Life
are happily counting down the days before we travel out of
the United States to visit a couple of Islands. We absolutely need
a few days away from everything. I don't remember how it feels to have
no commitments, to not constantly being busy...running...running...running
and taking care of this, that and the other; how it feels to have time for
myself...quiet time; and to get uninterrupted sleep. I am so giddy
about packing and rolling out of this city to sun, fun,
exploration and just to a simply good time.
WISHES, THANK YOU'S, FINAL REMINDERS, ETC.
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