Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Please Know...

Please know I mean no disrespect when I say I despise all guns.
I can't stand or cheer for organized violence, boxing wrestling matches, and football shows. I want nothing to do with materialistic holidays, hobbies, and firework shows.
And I won't laugh at movies that glorify money and/or addictions.
Call me a buzz-kill, outsider, whatever you please, all you want, because I'd rather be never invited in than cheer at the Roman like games you all pay for and support with jerseys and mugs.

Please know I mean no disrespect when I turn down your beer and vodka, or when I voice how badly I wish you'd turn off all speakers that preach of violence and idolizing gangsters of any kind.

Honestly I feel quite a lot of pressure inside my body to voice my mood in situations that bruise my ethics. I can't watch you all watch without explaining the behind the scenes/subliminal messages that are going on in my mind. My being aches when I don't speak up, so when I do just please remember I mean no disrespect.
I can no longer stand the pressure in my blood stream so I won't dance to degrading lyrics any longer, I won't purchase any blood diamonds, wow at dead animal coats, or drink poison.
Stop thinking I'm rude and making me feel bad when I say your cigarette makes me sick, because it does, and the truth is it's killing you too.

Capitalism deserves respect only when the system is used for peace and public health, so please know I mean no disrespect, especially when I call others sheep, and when I dance while you stand still and stare as I beat to my own drum.
I mean no disrespect, I just want nothing to do with watching pornography, settling for suburbia, or tolerating any more inequality.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Can You Taste World Peace Yet?

The land is not ours. 
There should be two international laws implemented immediately.  No one can make profit off of (1) food and (2) water. No one. Imagine how dramatically lives could instantly be transformed if people did not have to worry about where their next meal was going to come from. Envision how much such a shift in valuing human rights would impact a mother of four children in any country that comes to mind. Dream up how many new ideas would be innovated over night if both young and old adults did not have to spend their taxed income on limited greasy options big foods wants you to call ‘nutrient’.

If rice and beans, a complete plant protein, and vegetables, fruits, and clean water were readily available the way water fountains are, our world would seriously start to value secondary needs including security and every possible public health service you could think of. People would choose to not involve themselves in violence if they ate a proper meal three times a day. 
Can you taste world peace yet?

Yes, you could make a company that sells food, and then therefore creates a division in communities. Sure, people did it in the past, but we have learned from our ancestors. We now know how important the common good is. People should not be born on Earth and have to constantly die trying to obtain basic resources that are plentiful by the Earth and only because of the Earth when cultivated carefully and organically. We are all entitled to clean water and basic organic nutrients.

The solution may not be here right now with all the details laid out perfectly, but that’s because the people have not demanded such yet.

Stand up for the hungry and parched.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Diving The Sky

I went skydiving yesterday, and now everything is different…
The view from an airplane is truly breathtaking with the door open. The fear of flying as a passenger in a plane is almost nonexistent when you can hear the wind howling and your Jump Master telling you, 'GO'. And life is not as scary, I feel as if I can handle much more than I give myself credit for.

The skydiving instructors really made the whole experience a great time. Since the very moment we arrived at the place, all the staff there had the mentality that they were going to give you one chance to pay attention, and regardless of whether or not you know how to safely land, they were not going to hesitate about pushing you out of that plane, 3,500 feet in the air, if you took too long.

My instructors were not messing around about teaching me, and because they were expecting me to show I understood what they taught me, by surviving an airplane jump,  I was really motivated to pay attention, and understand every little detail that was shared with me about successfully skydiving. This was truly a recipe for success, and the journey up into the sky and back down was safe and brilliant. I feel honored to join the Sky High Adventure Club and plan on truly committing to learning more and more about free falling and packing parachutes.

I was scared climbing out of the plane, no doubt or shame about that, but because I knew what to do, because I felt so trained for the event, in the case of the best and worse conditions, my fears could not overcome my mission. My exit out of the plane was a little slow but my shoot opened basically perfectly because of my form, according to my instructor who video taped us. My landing was very far from perfect, so I can't wait to nail it next time. Static line one more time, and then I'll be free faaaaallling!

Our Jump Master said he thinks he made a skydiver out of us, and I think he's right…



Monday, August 11, 2014

Abolish Unnecessary Competition and Recycle Momentum!

Every new great idea suggests a new plan that puts someone out of business. Tomorrow's 'next big thing' puts yesterday's gold in the trash can. This is capitalism at its best I suppose, but isn't there some other way to rewrite the scene?
Can't our new ideas collaborate with the success of older ideas to abolish unnecessary competition and recycle momentum?
Building up our communities should not be a game of winning and loosing, a scale wobbling to and away from equilibrium constantly. Stealing someone's idea, adding a couple of bells, whistles, and lights and making money rather than really making a difference in society, is an old game, one that has been played all across the world for far too long.
Give credit where credit is due and then work to build off of past achievements. Develop and cultivate quality. Focus on the goal, not the cash, and then the money will naturally come.



Friday, July 4, 2014

Evil Lives Among Us Committing Acts of Envy

But do not be afraid!

The Oxford English Dictionary says a villain was, originally, "a low-born base-minded rustic man; a man of ignoble ideas or instincts, in later use, an unprincipled or depraved scoundrel; a man naturally disposed to base or criminal actions or deeply involved in the commission of disgraceful crimes."

and everyone knows every villain must forfeit eventually.
Evil is often known for knowing no class boundaries, never limiting it's lust, it's jealousy, or PRIDE.

But do not fear what others fear… nothing can hide in the light.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The London Cholera Epidemic as Compared to Present Day Fracking



When science and technology catch up to the determination of researchers, when knowledge is applied and leads to the discovery of a diagnosis, when puzzling biological mysteries of disease are finally pinpointed, our society as a whole will begin the eradication of the determinant of death. The paradox seems to be, that whenever we finally figure out what it is that Mother Nature is doing, and how she’s doing it, right when we think we’ve figured out a natural killers’ kryptonite, a new health problem sweeps the face of the Earth and new problems persist to make the jobs of public health soldiers harder.  
        

John Snow’s Hypothesis

            Around 400 B.C. is when it all really began. Hippocrates struggled to explain the cause of diseases within in his book On Airs, Waters, and Places, when he suggested something no one else of his time had, “Environmental and host factors such as behaviors might influence the development of disease” (CDC 2012). Then around 1662, John Graunt published information, such as displays of birth, death, and disease occurrences, with noted disparities between males and females, high infant mortality, urban/rural differences, and seasonal variations. Then William Farr, who looked up to Graunt, used his work as an example to become what many consider ‘the father of modern vital statistics and surveillance’ (Winterton 1980), and also ‘developed many of the basic practices still used today in vital statistics and disease classification’ (CDC 2012). Each of these men’s contributions to society were very important because collecting essential data and then assembling and evaluating it before sending it off to responsible health authorities and the general public, ensures a high quality research.
            John Snow, an anesthesiologist that was apprenticed in Newcastle-upon-Tyne to be a surgeon at the age of fourteen, seriously bettered London of it’s cholera outbreak in 1854, and also contributed greatly to the field of public health. When Snow essentially proved the many in the mid 1800s, that believed diseases was spread strictly through pockets of air (Winterton 1980), that they were wrong, he made a huge impact on the future. When the cholera outbreak erupted in the Golden Square of his city, John Snow who nobly quit his job as a doctor in 1848 (Winterton 1980), decided to pursue the mystery of death that was storming over London. John Snow decided to conduct an experiment unlike one no other persons of his time had, and his experiment was unique because he incorporated science, politics, social aspects, and intuition into a perfect new discipline that would in the future be known as ‘epidemiology’.
            John Snow’s hypothesis was that the source of water in London drank was the cause of people in the city getting sick and dying rapidly. John Snow arrived at this hypothesis by traveling around London, interviewing strangers, along with the engineers that understood the materials septic pools were made of, and collecting data. This procedure alone was not unlike any of the previous public health tactics mentioned, but what was different was Snow’s idea to draw a map of London and plot the data he collected directly based upon geography. Snow was smart enough to also plot the location of serviceable water wells. Using the map to spot patterns, Snow noticed the people that were getting sick all lived by the same well.
            When John Snow found organic content in the Broad Street pump, he begged the officials to remove the handle of the pump, despite it’s reputations for ‘good water’ (Winterton 1980). Snow went against the grain and proved a lot of people wrong. For example, The Presbyterian Coventor felt that the cholera outbreak upon England was a visitation of God due to the Catholic Emancipation in 1829. (Winterton 1980), and due to high overcrowding in the poor parts of land, poor people experienced a greater incidence of infection, and this lead to the assumption that the rich were consciously exterminating the lower classes. No one understood, during the 1850s, that diarrhea and cholera were referred to as separate diagnoses, with the former sometimes progressing to the latter. Snow acted like an investigator and by doing so, proved his hypothesis to be correct.

Cholera Epidemic in London

            The cholera epidemics of London took place during 1831 – 1833; 1848 – 1849; 1853 – 1854 and 1866. The first detected case of cholera was in Sunderland in February 1831 (Winterton 1980). According to the History of Medicine, “The epidemic originated from Bengal which had spread overland through Russia to West Europe and was brought to England by seamen from Hamburg.” The outbreaks were horrible, killed many people, and made fluctuations that were hard to predict, up until 1854. During the summer the death rate rose until September began; then the numbers reached a dramatic peak. The death rate was 11,000 or 4.5 per 1,000 (Winterton 1980).
            The Journal of History of Medicine gives a wonderful set of statistics that helps the reader better comprehend the demographics of the 1854 London Cholera Epidemic:

            The Golden Square and Berwick Street Subdistricts of St. James’ Westminster  had been fashionable in the early 18th century but had become much decayed by the mid 19th century. The houses were still considered ofa good standard and were   highly rated, but the overcrowding was great. In Broad Street the average number of inhabitants per house was 18. The St. James’ district covered 164 acres with a population of 36,000. This was divided into three subdistricts, St. James’ Square,       Berwick Street and Golden Square. The two last covered an area of 80 acres with a population of 25,000, a rate of 300 persons to the acre, one of the highest in London at the time. (Winterton 1980).

            The bacteria Vibrio cholera is seldom seen in the United States, and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “A total of 58 countries reported a cumulative total of 589,854 cases including 7,816 deaths,” (case fatality rate of 1.3%) in 2011.  No one even today is completely immune to cholera; however; one specific group that was not affected by the cholera outbreak were the regulars at the London pub. John Snow was very thorough in his research and detailed, and made sure to inspect every aspect of the town, so Snow did not forget about the bar. What he found was that the brewery had their own deep well, and did not use other sources of water, which Snow found to be contaminated.

Type of Data Used or Other Data Wanted

            John Snow collected two different types of data during the cholera outbreak in London, and these two sets of data influenced the field of public health because people had not approached social problems in the same investigative nature as Snow did. Snow collected qualitative data; data that had nothing to do with numbers, but rather with drawings and linguistic descriptions, and quantitative data; data that focuses purely on mathematical equations and numbers. By using both types of data Snow was able to better play the role of an investigator and discovered the source of disease in his city.     Knowing what I now know, I would want to collect an additional set of data, one that John Snow did not collect, in order to better help explain the presence of a health disparity in terms of cholera. By conducting a survey to all the people of London, or more realistically some percentage of the total population, Snow might be able to prove that people are very misguided when it comes to the facts and importance of hygiene. By asking all the towns people what they think the source of disease in their town is, and documenting the answers, one could eventually put together a presentation of the results. It would be interesting to see how educated the majority is on problems, and to better understand where the misunderstanding lye. If people really knew the benefits of washing their hands, perhaps they would do it more.

The Role that Maps Played in the Cholera Epidemic

            Maps can be used as tools in the public health field. They are incredibly useful when trying to identify sources of disease because they can easily be manipulated in order to alter the focus and hypothesis of a research plan. In order to come to precise research conclusions maps should be carefully studied. By adding or changing the social public health variables labeled on a map, scientists are remarkably better able to identifying patterns and inurn creating helpful predictions about causation. For example when John Snow located the wells on his map of London he noticed a patter that would have been difficult to see without a map. They also help us better explain the presence of health disparities. Public health advocates can start creating a plan to begin the elimination phase of health disparities, the way John Snow finally convinced his townspeople to eradicate the pump of the infected water well. Without the maps John Snow produced, he may not have been able to convince his local townsmen that his hypothesis was correct. The smaller model of the town, and the physical ability to hold the evidence seems to help people of convincing other people. The maps that John Snow used impacted the identification and elimination of health disparities because John Snow did something that no one else, in really the history of time had.
Comparison of Current Fracking to the Historic Cholera Epidemic

No one in the movie PROMISE LAND served the role as a “John Snow” in regards to fracking. A “John Snow” in todays public health problems of fracking would play the role of a true leader, one that does not switch teams, or not know who they are working for.
            Fracking’s impacted population are the many that live hundred sometimes even thousands of miles away from a fracking well. Cholera’s impacted population are the people drinking from a specific water source, which leads one to assume they live near the source of the problem.
            The collection of data for fracking is found mostly by biases researchers that claim to be environmentalist; as seen in the movie Promise Land.  If not from a bias research, the data collected is still very limited because the consequences of fracking take time to surface, and are very unknown to the new field of science. The collection of data for cholera is found everywhere globally by both government and NGOs, due to it’s popularity and familiarity in today’s public health field.  
            The role that water plays in fracking is very important. In order to frack, you must use water and this is an issue because heating water and using it not to aid the millions across the globe that are dying due to dehydration, brings up ethical questions, especially in the public health field.

The Role of Data in Informing Public Health Stakeholders

            The EPA explains fracking in a very simple way, “Fluids, commonly made up of water and chemical additives, are pumped into a geologic formation at high pressure during hydraulic fracturing. When the pressure exceeds the rock strength, the fluids open or enlarge fractures that can extend several hundred feet away from the well. After the fractures are created, a propping agent is pumped into the fractures to keep them from closing when the pumping pressure is released. After fracturing is completed, the internal pressure of the geologic formation cause the injected fracturing fluids to rise to the surface where it may be stored in tanks or pits prior to disposal or recycling. Recovered fracturing fluids are referred to as flowback. Disposal options for flow back include discharge into surface water or underground injection.” I would use current day data to inform or influence the public health field (workers, policy makers, etc.). This would help in developing a program such as more research.

In conclusion, we need someone today to protect us from fracking, drilling wells and septic pools, we need someone to protect the community the way John Snow protected his community in London; however, we cannot depend on a ‘John Snow’ we all need to come together, crave and work towards a group wisdom.


Bibliography:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Principles of Epidemiology in Public HealhPractice, 3rd Edition. Lesson 1: Introduction to Epidemiology, section 2. Retrieved from          http://www.cdc.gov/osels/scientific_edu/SS1978/Lesson1/Section2.html.

Promise Land. Dir. Gus Van Sant. Perf. Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, and Hal Snow J. Snow on cholera. London: Humphrey Milford: Oxford University Press; 1936.

Thacker SB. Historical development. In: Teutsch SM, Churchill RE, editors. Principles and practice of public health surveillance, 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press; 2002. p. 4–16.

Winterton, W.R. (1980). The Soho Cholera Epidemic 1854. History of Medicine, pg. 11-  17. Retrieved from http://courses.washington.edu/envh311/Readings/Reading_03.pdf.

WHO. Cholera 2011. Weekly Epidemiology Rec. 2012; 87; 289-304.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Please define food insecurity...



Short Response Paper to
Food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition:
necessary policy and technology changes

            The article, Food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition: necessary policy and technology changes, by Joachim von Braun, aims to bring awareness of the huge food insecurity problems of the world, and inform his audience of how a strategic agenda incorporating technology, policy, and science could help these issues. In his article, Braun concludes, promoting ‘pro-poor agricultural growth’, reducing extreme market volatility, and expanding social protection and child nutrition action, could potentially end food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition. Worldwide inequalities such as these, according to Braun, who works for the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn, Germany, are “pressing global problems that despite differences in food production, systems, cultural values and economic conditions are not acceptable under any ethical principals”.   
            In support of Braun’s idea that more spending on agriculture research and development (R&D) is among the most efficient type of investment for stimulating growth and diminishing poverty, Braun uses the plant-breeding program, the Center of the Consultative Group on International agricultural Research (CGIAR), as an example. CGIAR, as stated in Braun’s article, is said to have ‘developed more than 800 improved crop varieties in the past forty years’.  
            Braun also uses historical examples—the Green Revolution that occurred in the 60s and 70s in Asia—as evidence that biotechnology, biofortification, and nanotechnology have the potential to work today the way agricultural productivity, enhancing food quality, and nutritional value goals worked for Asia.
            Within this article, Braun claims hikes in food prices need to be better minimized in order to prevent the health and economic consequences they cause. Such costs include inadequate food access and poor diet. These are lifelong consequences, ‘for the individuals as well as the society’.  In support of this conclusion, Braun cites a 2008 Lancet article that shows men who “benefited from a randomize nutrition intervention when they were young children earned wages that were 50% higher than those of nonparticipants three decades later.”
            In my opinion, Braun’s first paragraph is brilliant! Immediately upon reading his piece, the author makes it clear that he knows, in policy and in the public health field, both government and NGOs need to work together in order to combat poverty. Despite religious and political affiliations, Braun wants advocates of public health to come together and focus on their common goals. I found the author’s tone and words in this particular section of the article very neutral and even convincing, that perhaps all organizations can and will one day successfully work together.
            I liked that Braun opened up his article with this point too, rather that just throwing it in at the end of his piece, he immediately begins recognizing and spreading the message of how important leadership and teamwork are when fighting for the health of the public. I couldn’t agree more with Braun’s following statement, “None of the global religious congregations can effectively address the hunger problem alone, and synchronized actions are needed on the issue of fighting hunger and advancing food security globally.” I also really appreciate Braun’s mature and humble perspective.
            On page two, Braun states, “There is only about 12% or less of available arable land which is not presently forested or subject to erosion and desertification. The area of land in farm production could in principal be doubled, but only by massive destruction of forests and loss of biodiversity and carbon sequestration capacity.” I think this quote is interesting, and while I have no doubt land on Earth is scarce, and that such a perspective of land is very important, Braun does not list a source for this statistical claims, and I therefore find it questionable.
            Another quote from Braun’s article that I found hard to agree with was when he talked about how precaution is usually the motivation for activism against genetically modified organisms, but then states, “However, a deeper look into the issue reveals that is predominantly an issue of preference.” I think precaution and preference are hard motives to distinguish from one another in general, and also almost impossible to measure within an activists mindset.
            On page two of Braun’s article he also discusses the disadvantages of already poor people and the middle class when food prices are raised. Braun says, “The decline in investments leading to cuts in agriculture supply seem to be stronger than the demand decline due to the recession. These trends might soon put again strong upward pressure on food prices combined with increases price volatility.” Although I understand Braun is talking here about the basic economics that is going on in terms of the global food supply, I do not understand the trends Braun describes in his article, and I find this section confusing.
            I also did not understand the use of the word ‘dogma’ in Braun’s explanation of how he believes an ‘examination of the rationality of consumer preferences and improved information for customers’ should be preformed. Or the use of the word ‘reconciled’, when Braun claims, “the formulation of global policy and technology promotion strategies, the different innovation needs and risk preferences of poor and rich need to be reconciled.”
            Overall, Braun’s attitude and suggestions are very well formulated and presented in his article. With the use of the author’s suggested strategic agenda, and the use of three different interlinked approaches, including development, charity, and a rights-based approach, the world can better eradicate food insecurity and malnutrition; however, we must all remember to work together.


Sources Cited:
Braun, von Joachim. (2010). Food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition: necessary policy and technology changes. Journal of New Biotechnology, 27 (issue number 5).  


Sunday, March 23, 2014

No One Said It Would Be Easy

I became employed as a 1st-year college mentor by my school, and that's when I realized no-one really knows what's going on during their first semester/year at a new school. And while this may seem normal it's really a psychological societal problem that our institutions and that we have to take responsibility for. People, especially young people on college campuses, should never feel alone, because they aren't. Making friends, talking to strangers, conversation with teachers, joining clubs, and getting to know your community, including the people... should not be as challenging as it is, or as awkward as we all make it. Getting to know shallow people and finding beer is not a complicated goal to achieve when you’re on any college campus, but I don't want that. I didn't when I turned ASU down and I still don't want to go to school to get drunk and in trouble. College should be about getting good grades and meeting people that stimulate your brain, help you question your perspective, and rock your personal library of vocabulary. Why is this so much for a twenty-two year old to ask for?!

One day, I was walking to a class on campus and noticed a small bulletin board that shouted out to me, "WANT TO TRAVEL TO SAN DIEGO?". It was a flyer about an information meeting. I attended the meeting, and shortly after that I found myself signed up and selected to be one of the fourteen CU Denver students selected to travel to San Diego for a weeklong volunteer trip over winter break. This trip was a big deal to me. I was eighteen at the time, and I had never seen the ocean, I'd never been on a plane, and I'd never left my home state, Colorado.

When we landed in San Diego, we loaded onto a shuttle bus, and unpacked our sleeping bag in a big community church just up the street from San Diego State University. While everyone ate pizza, and when no one noticed, I slipped out the door and climbed up to the rooftop of the church. Sitting up there on day one of the volunteer trip, I had no idea that getting involved with my school like this would allow me to meet my future study abroad roommate, who I spent a month and a half with in South Korea six months after coming home from San Diego, my old boss who hired me for the job as a college mentor for freshmen students, and my current boss who I am working with as an election commissioner for student government at CU. Just going to that one meeting, that oh so awkward meeting, stepping out of my comfort box for a total of like 3 hours, led to such amazing opportunities. Do all the music majors that I couldn’t vibe with know about volunteering!? 

Getting involved was really not even that hard now that I look at the situation in hindsight; it was really only ever a matter of making sure I picked something I really wanted to pursue and wouldn't just blow off. Anyone can get involved at anytime! But the longer you procrastinate, the longer it will take you to begin building a foundation of integrity in your life, in a social way where you're allowed to meet and humbly serve people. 

A couple of years after my first volunteer trip, I saw another flyer advertising an opportunity to plan and lead the same kind of trip I attended in San Diego. This was a job opening for students. I applied and got accepted several days later. The school paid for an extensive leadership training program for the selected trip planners, and through that training I learned a lot about the behind the scenes work that goes into planning a trip. 

During our training we were shown the active citizen continuum. This beautifully well done graph shows it's readers that everyone is a citizen, but not everyone is a volunteer. The difference between a citizen and a volunteer is a matter of hope and education. The citizen does not believe things can get better by people coming together, or if they do believe such is possible, they don't believe anything they could ever do would actually help or make a difference in anyway. The volunteer on the other hand knows the potential of an individual, believes their time makes a difference, but does not really understand the bigger picture of why they volunteer, or why they help out with the tasks they do. A volunteer is great, very important, and they help thousands of communities across the nation, but while they are perhaps more educated than your average citizen, they are not very well aware of greater levels of business, economics, sociology, public health, environmental science, etc.. 

Unlike a volunteer, an active citizen, not only knows their actions help, but they know how what they do helps. Active citizens are educated and well aware of the bigger picture. These individuals even take an extra step of coming up for themselves new ideas of how they can help their community, rather than just reporting to and obeying someone in a chain-of-command like system. A volunteer may come by to help out at the hospital once a week, or on some determined schedule, but a true active citizen breathes, sleeps, eats, and truly lives for activism and betterment for all people, everyday, all-day.

Not everyone can have the desire to be an active citizen, and we certainly can not make anyone be one either, but after school programs that teach children at an early age the benefits of helping others and volunteering within a community, is an easily achievable and very rewarding goal, that our public needs to seriously consider integrating into school curriculum, at all levels of education. 

Volunteering was the one thing I needed in my life, but I didn't know that I needed it when I started college. I was scared, it was awkward, and not always pleasant. But volunteering is about serving others, putting yourself last, living in the moment, sometimes through another person's eyes, and it’s about learning how to develop character. No one said it would be easy, but I'm telling you... it'll be so worth it.



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Your Lifestyle is Outdated...



It's hard for me to understand why America and Russia have never wanted to be dear friends? Why has such a shady and unscrupulous relationship been encouraged and cultivated for so many decades between the two cultures? Why have our grandparents been so afraid of loving each other, Russia!? 
The tension may exist, some say it's always existed and always will, but I disagree!! It is not hard to see; the tension thrives off of our ancestors and 'leaders' stubborn attitudes, our outdated lifestyles, and our cruel traditions! 
We don't have to be the property of society!! We can stop the hate. We can kill the inhuman perspectives. We can destroy the constant incivility. The racism can be beat... but only if we all come together and try. 
If you're not apart of the elite, you're probably not being heard, and as one of the non-elites, I feel confident in saying the elites are hardly being listened to. No one is given an equal opportunity to be heard, and no one is actively practicing listening... the problem is clear. 
The surplus of disrespect in the air has casted it's dark shadow over equal opportunities for far too long. 
But have hope! The storm is coming to an end. The future leaders of our home countries will not stand for this nonsense. The future representative are rising, graduating, and coming! Everyone who is currently employed... beware! You've now been warned... No one's job title is safe from being taken. If you don't meet the global ethic commands of today and of tomorrow, there is no longer a career here, on Earth, for you...! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Washington, D.C.


Through the University of Colorado Denver I got selected to plan and lead a volunteer trip to any city in the U.S. Our group still has a lot of fundraising to do, but the trip was lovely and I feel as if all 14 individuals that attended learned a lot about the importance of actively prevailing and advocating for the messages of our ancestors; the messages of freedom and human rights. Slavery still exists in our world today, and it is our responsibility, the privileged and the healthy, to continue to cultivate the seeds, which the great souls of the past have been planting since the beginning of human rights; those that are believed to belong justifiably to every single living person.
Along with the volunteer work we did with the recreational centers, after school programs, and slavery exhibits, our group also got to tour the U.S. Capital and White House. A lot of people were disappointed by the White House. We went through a lot of security and got to see very little of the President's residence. The White House was obviously beautiful, but I loved what one of the students said about it really just looking like some random antique store with pictures of presidents scattered around. However, the Capital left the exact opposite impression on our group. Although we did not get to view the hill from the very top of the capital building, we did have a very informational tour of the premises and it blew the White House self-tour out of the water.

We also as a group got to spend an entire day at Bikes for the World's warehouse in D.C. and sent a truckload of recycled bicycles to Sierra Leone! It was such an amazing organization to volunteer with! Check them out!!