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This has been a very important week in America’s History –  This week Pope Benedict, XVI made his first visit to the United States.  

PopeBenedictatMassInWDC.jpg (8902 bytes)  We at Arious send a Big to Pope Benedict XVI on his first official visit to the United States, and to our area.  For these past 2 days he has addressed several crowds and visited the White House.  This morning, April 17th, he held mass at the new Nationals Park Baseball Stadium in Washington DC where approximately 46,000 people were in attendance.  From what I witnessed per live coverage of the Mass, it was exceptional and many seemed “moved”.  He addressed several issues and talked about the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the church; he said “No words of mine could describe the pain and harm inflicted by such abuse”…Yesterday I spoke with the Bishops about this.  Today I encourage each of you to do what you can to foster healing and reconciliation, and to assist those who have been hurt”.  As he concluded his visit in our area after mass, he meet with religious leaders from the American Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist and Protestant communities, and had a conference with heads of Catholic Schools and Universities from across the United States.

It’s amazing to see the joy on the faces of many who were ecstatic about this visit.  This brings back fond memories of a visit one of the previous Popes' made to California some years ago while I was working for the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese.   It was wondrous and historical then as it is now.  The Pope continues visiting the United States by heading to New York on Friday, where he will partake in, and greet many at a scheduled parade on 5th Avenue.  He plans to address the United Nations and visit Ground Zero.  On Sunday he will celebrate mass at Yankee Stadium.

Just a few days ago, April 16th, we reflected on several incidents that took place in the United States.  Read about them below!

virginiatechoneyearlaterservicepic.jpg (20610 bytes)    One year ago on April 16th, the Virginia Tech Massacre occurred.  The Virginia Tech massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. History, which took place at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University College.  A total of 32 lives were selfishly taken and approximately 15 were wounded by a troubled student gunman with mental health issues.  After gunning down his 32 victims he took his own life.  Our heartfelt sympathy, prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of these 32 lives that were lost on this sad day 1 year ago.  I’m sure many of you are still experiencing unbearable heartache due to lost of your loved one and always will, but hold on to the memories you hold near and dear.

    On April 16th - 45 years ago the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his famous letter from the Birmingham jail, after being arrested along with fifty-three blacks for marching into downtown Birmingham to protest the existing segregation laws.  Dr. King’s letter was a response to eight Clergyman from Alabama who made statements regarding Dr. King’s activities being “unwise and untimely”, which was written as Dr. King sat behind bars in the Birmingham jail.  Below is the famous Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Letter from the Birmingham Jail.  This document has become one of the fundamental arguments behind the civil rights movement.

Letter From Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

MY DEAR FELLOW CLERGYMEN:

While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely." Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statements in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

I think I should indicate why I am here In Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against "outsiders coming in." I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty-five affiliated organizations across the South, and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Frequently we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates. Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct-action program if such were deemed necessary. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here I am here because I have organizational ties here.

But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I. compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.

Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.

THE ABOVE IS ONLY A PORTION OF THE LETTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THIS IMPORTANT LETTER IN ITS ENTIRETY (Supplied by The King Center at 449 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30312) www.thekingcenter.org. )  You can also click here to hear the audio of this important Letter.


 

What a week on the political front!!!  In addition to all the things that took place this week, lots have occurred in Senator Obama’s pursuit for the highest job in the land.  His competitors called him an “ELITIST and out of touch with Americans” over and over and over, due to some remarks he made at a San Francisco fundraiser last weekend, where he stated: “…You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them...And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.   And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” 

It’s funny they have been calling him an Elitist, (which really describes them).  He is the only candidate many can relate to/with, who is (1) from a single family home raised by his mother, (2) his family at an early part of his life lived on food stamps, (3) according to Michelle Obama in an article some months ago stated her and her husband only were able to really begin paying off bills just a few years ago from proceeds from his first book and royalties for future books, and most importantly (4) he has never made the many millions both candidates have made in one year -  per their tax returns (they have never seen a poor day in their life,) and I can go on and on. 

These attacks are extremely senseless, these candidates calling Senator Obama exclusive, discriminatory, selective, superior, etc. for expressing how many feel in Pennsylvania.  Don’t they know he is talking the truth, and indeed it is exactly how many people are feeling in Pennsylvania?  They are certainly the ones who are “out of touch” with the American people, if they do not realize these problems.  I’m actually sorry he didn’t say people all over America in that particular speech, because I am indeed bitter, upset and very frustrated with the state of America, and if I believed in guns, you bet I would be holding on to them. 

How about Kentucky Republican Congressman Goeff Davis’s comments about Senator Obama, as he spoke at a GOP dinner over the weekend?  He referred to him as a “a snake oil salesman” and further stated  “I’m going to tell you something.  That BOY’s finger does not need to be on the button.  He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country.”   And they are angry and constantly state that Race in America should not be discussed!  How could someone in public so consciously refer to a black man as a BOY, and he is the only candidate in American History who transcend race.  Unbelievable!!!  Most importantly he attacked Senator Obama by claiming in this statement that the Senator is not prepared to defend America. 

Why is it that these men do not respect Senator Obama or the black man, woman, people on a whole? How could one make such a racist statement?  Clearly, in the hearts of many folks in America and in the American Government including Congressman Davis, they truly believe Senator Obama is just a BOY, just a BOY running for the highest job in the land.  As you can guess Congressman Davis on April 14th sent an apology in writing to Senator Obama (CLICK HERE TO READ THIS LETTER courtesy of Politico.com entitled “In a letter to Obama”.)   As a mom stated on Ebony Mom Politics “Over the past few days Barack Obama has been called an elitist by Hillary Clinton and John McCain, now he has been called a boy by Congressman Davis, hopefully the next name the Senator will be called is MR. PRESIDENT!”

As for the ABC Presidential Democratic debate yesterday (4/16/08), it was extremely absorbing.  I must say I was surprise that the moderators Mr. Stephanopoulos and Mr. Gibson found it necessary to spend an excessive amount of time (approximately 45 minutes) on issues that many are absolutely not concerned about…how unproductive and puzzling! Incredibly, the Rev. Wright issue again was “hammered to death”, and not to mention the statement Senator Obama made about folks being “frustrated and bitter” at the fundraiser in San Francisco, along with the implication that Senator Obama is unpatriotic because he did not wear a flag pin, and a few other negative issues that I’m surprised they came up with, and spent so much time on.  Honestly, I am outraged because some of these questions were absurd and to me were obvious physical attacks.  Eventually, THANKFULLY in the second half of the debate they asked and rushed through some of the important questions that I, and many are concerned about, such as trustworthiness, the Iraq War and bringing the troops home; Iran pursuing nuclear weapons situation; the economy, tax increases, fixing social security, job loss, gun control, enormous increases in gas prices, etc. 

Funny, these moderators didn’t “batter” at any issue regarding Senator Clinton's repeated untruths, not even her “Bosnia under fire attack” she spoke about on several occasions, nor any other scandals.  She clearly seemed very excited that they opened up with attacking Senator Obama on old stories, and she took every opportunity to “tunnel in” further on them.  Senator Obama is truly magnificent though, especially since he refused to comment when asked to do so by the moderators about Senator Clinton’s Bosnia Trip untruths.

One good thing that came out of this debate is that Senator Clinton actually stated Senator Obama can win the nomination…he is elect-able, which truly conflicts with all her statements that Senator Obama is unelectable and she is the better person to elect as the nominee to run against McCain in the General Elections.  All of this politics stuff is crazy, but very interesting.

Since they brought up and spent so much time on the good Reverend Wright issue I decided to share with you 2 videos that one of our on-line family sent me.  It originally came from a member of Rev. Wright’s Church, and they the full sermons of Rev. Wright where he discusses government, slavery and politics and some important and interesting issues.  Check them out below and let me know your thoughts susan@ariousentertainment.us

As I reflect on all that transpired regarding the democratic campaign this week, it is evident to me that Senator Obama endured some major assaults this week, and throughout this debate.  I thought he did extremely well though, and it is clear he is full of integrity and empathy.  There is no doubt in my mind he can bring America “back on its feet”, with its failing economy, its trillions of dollars in debt, its dying American dollar which is constantly losing value, and most importantly bring our families home who are serving in this Iraq war.  I also must agree with Senator Bob Casey (a supporter of Obama) who stated Senator Obama is a gifted under-achiever.  He also felt that it was not surprising that Pennsylvanians are bitter and cling to guns or religion or antipathy, because indeed they are enduring frustration and anxiety over this economy and the state of America.

The latest polls taken recently and reported up until April 16th, shows that even with the recent elitist name calling attacks and controversies, there is no dramatic drop in Senator Obama’s standing.  He remains within single digits of Senator Clinton (he is still 5 points and closing.)  According to LA Times/Bloomberg in PA they show Senator Clinton leading Obama 46% to 41% (a 5 point lead), and the Quinnipiac University poll shows Clinton with a 6 point lead (which is equal to what they reported a week ago.)  As a matter of fact Senator Obama was endorsed by a few people on the 16th, (1) superstar Bruce Springsteen (Click Here to read Mr. Springsteen’s letter endorsing Senator Obama (courtesy www.brusespringsteen.com) , as well as (2) Super Delegate from North Carolina - Representative Mel Watt of Charlotte; (3) North Carolina Representative David Price of Chapel Hill; and (4) Congressman Andre Carson from Indiana who stated why he is supporting obama: ”because he is "a fighter for working families, and part of a new generation of leadership that will bring needed change for our country."  Rep. Watt and Price announced their support for Mr. Obama on a conference call with reporters and stated: “Only one candidate has marshaled this spirit of change into a movement that is completely inclusive, uniquely democratic and uniquely American.”  “That candidate is Barack Obama!”

Pennsylvanians, go out this coming Tuesday, April 22nd and vote for Senator Barack Obama.  Go out and vote for Change.  Also, remember other primaries will be taking place in May: 6th of May is Indiana & North Carolina; May 13 - Nebraska & West Virginia; and May 20 - Kentucky and Oregon.    As these primaries approach, please keep talking, sharing and coming up with solutions regarding the important RACE issue.  

As I close out my comments and views about politics this week, I leave you with the same statement I have left you with every week.  "Please remember to judge Senator Obama on his words, his actions and the content of his character.   Kindly continue standing up and not accepting the same old tactics, rhetoric and old politics.  I encourage you to continue talking about race and the hurtful issues you might have experienced throughout life.  Most importantly let's continue building this movement and voting for Senator Obama.  You must know by now that with your support and votes Senator Obama will continue succeeding. We know he is "the one"..."the one" who absolutely has the ability and wisdom to move us forward;  "the one" who has the answers to all of the many issues plaguing America currently, and we know he is "the one" who can take us forward toward that change we are seeking in a positive manner.  I hope you are looking forward to the overall change as I am, so lets continue making history together!!!!"

 

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Full Sermon 

(The small clip that was broadcast on all the news channels regarding "America's Chicken has come home to roost")

Courtesy of www.alternet.org  (9 mins. & 57 secs.)

To View Click the picture below, and you will enter Alternet's page once on the page please follow the instructions and click the video to view.  Also, please read the page!  

You can also click here to view it directly from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOdlnzkeoyQ 

Another Full Sermon of Rev. Jeremiah Wright you must listen To

 

 (This one is the full sermon of the small clip that was broadcast on all the news channel regarding "God Bless America, no God.....)" 

Courtesy of YouTube (6 mins. & 48 Secs.)

or 

Click the link below to view:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvMbeVQj6Lw 

 

MeetingDavidWilsondocpic.jpg (6266 bytes)  I hope many of you were able to tune in to MSNBC last Friday as they broadcasted the documentary “Meeting David Wilson”.  I thought it was very interesting, and I understand (according to David A. Wilson per an interview) many folks were indeed able to view his work, and the responses from many were very favorable. 

Observing both the Wilsons: young David A (African-American. and older David B. (White) as they meet, talked and interacted, it clearly depicted some of Martin Luther King’s statements from his “I have a dream” speech from 1968:  (1) “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood” and  (2) in one of the scenes I noticed little white and black children holding hands, playing, which depict MLK's statement in his I have a dream speech "...little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers..." 

The discussion that took place after the broadcast live at Howard University was fascinating and enlightening as well.  Let me know your thoughts on this issue and how you felt after viewing this broadcast. susan@ariousentertainment.us

     As I close out this week, I want to send a  friend special Birthday Greetings.  Mr. Von Martin we at Arious hope you have a very happy birthday, and may your day be filled with lots of joy.   Von is one of our local Caribbean personality of WPFW 89.3 FM (WDC).  He is a well known Broadcaster and Producer and the founder of Caribbeana Radio Services.  For several decades Von has been the host of his long running Caribbean Radio Program "Caribbeana", and which he still hosts each and every Saturday on WPFW 89.3 FM from 7pm-10pm.  Check him out on Saturdays at 89.3 FM or on the net at www.wpfw.org.  

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 WHAT: Knocking Out Gun Violence III is a free community boxing event to promote the ROOT message of GUNS ASIDE by “Knocking Out Gun Violence" .  This event is the third in a continuous series.
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WHY: This event is geared to bring the community out for fanfare and entertainment while relaying the message of ROOT’s Guns Aside/Community in Action program whose mission is to reduce gun violence and increasing incidents of youth violence.  Boxing teaches focus, control,  and comradeship and is proven to be an effective aggression reducer among youth.

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