Drayton's Gazette discusses social and political issues happening around the globe through the eyes of the African American, minority and disaffected communities.

Publisher’s Comment

The Ownership of The People of Earth by V. Lyn

The dismantling of our democracy, and the take over of governments by corporations is happening here and in other countries. I believe the goal is to virtually enslave the 99.9 percent of the world. Not with chains and shackles but by a class system, that will manifest through taking away of our most basic rights and democracy itself. Corporations newest tactic is through the use of Citizens United, where money can silence the voice of the wealthy, middle class and the poor. (The super rich, those few truly super super rich will benefit from this play for dominance. In my view there is a power play happening and one faction of the super rich is trying to thwart it. Okay now I do sound crazy but I think there are corrupt super rich like the Koch brothers and others and then there are the super rich like the Soros and the Buffets who are trying to stop what they know is occurring. Sounds like a bad script for a bad movie but I still believe it.)Corporations are using Emergency Management Policies to further strip us of our democracy. Emergency Management in the manner that it is being used as in Benton Harbor Mi., gives entire cities over to anyone a governor sees fit when a city is deemed in financial jeopardy. It allows this entity to break union contracts, take over pension systems, set school curriculums and even to dissolve or disincorporate municipalities. “Under PA 4, EMs, who are appointed by the governor, can “exercise any power or authority of any officer, employee, department, board, commission or other similar entity of the local government whether elected or appointed.” and as in Brazil to corporations.

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I think these steps are amazing!!! If you think so as well write a paragaph or two telling a tale about these steps. The people who past across them or those who labored on them even the time they were built… Imagination imagination…Lets see where these steps take us.

So here is my tale: By V. Lyn
Escape

Melissa stretched, arching her back and looked at the alarm clock beside her bed 5:35am. The alarm would not go off for another 55minutes. She had been up for the last 3 hours and was exhausted still she had been unable to sleep. Melissa forced herself out of the comfort of the bed swinging her long brown legs over the side, wild kinky hair swept the middle of her back, languidly she reached for the ceiling. She didn’t want to get up, to get out, to do anything other than traipse around her new apartment in Italy. Italy…her…Italy can you fuckin’ believe it…she had never thought she’d be in Italy, anywhere other than the Bronx for that matter, then Conneticut with that abusive asshole of a husband who had kept her a virtual prisoner for the last 5 years. Still here she was 29, smart, beautiful, healthy, and amazing…but mainly free. Free from that pathetic, mean man that had made her cower. He had made her lose hope, worse made her feel like she was merely meant to be a possession. Nothing more. She had lost herself. But then she had found herself again, and she shivered with the thrill of being ALIVE.

Melissa peered out the window and rubbed her arms vigorously, the air drifting in from the open window was chilly, and she stepped back hastily towards the security and warmth of her bed. For a brief moment she had felt scared, scared like she had been when her husbands fist had slammed into her body causing her to double over, scared like when he had grabbed her by the hair and whispered in her ear that she “BELONGED”…emphasis on belonged “to him”. “Stop it, stop it” she told herself sternly. Today would be beautiful day. Today she started her new position with the Embassy. Today was the just the beginning.

Melissa inhaled deeply of the sweet scent of lavender that drifted through the open window and got dressed black sheath dress, black flats and black bag. She smiled at her reflection, she liked what she saw staring back at her, a confident woman peering back at her. Nothing at all like the woman who had left everyone and everything behind in the states. Including trouble.

Melissa dashed out of the apartment.” Ciao!” she shouted as she raced by her elderly neighbor who stooped to bring in the milk left at her door. The neighbor looked at her as though she had seen a ghost. That look of shock, fear on the old womans face had almost made Melissa giggle out loud. “Shit.” she said as she glanced at her watch, 7:15, where the hell had the time gone. She had thought to stroll leisurely to work grab a cup of coffee, maybe a pastry, now she needed to hustle. “Can’t be late on my first day” she told herself. Melissa raced forward, the cobble stone streets irregular and slick with the morning dew swallowed the sound of her haste. Businesses were just beginning to open and the aroma of coffee danced enticingly about her. There, she thought relieved, down those steps around the corner and two more blocks and she would be at work. Not as early as she wanted to be but not late.

“Ciao a tutti!” she tossed back to a group of shop keepers as she took her first step on those magnificent ancient steps that had so many fantastical tales to tell “Ciao” they responded just as her foot hit that first slick step. Just as her large beautiful smile transformed into surprise, just as her face contorted into a frown then fear, an expression reminicient to when her husbands fist had reigned down upon her. “Oh” she creied out in surprise as she tried to regain her footing, arms cartwheeling behind her, and then “Oh” again and she had little opportunity to say much more…but she she did glimpse the beauty of the bluest sky she had ever hoped to see, had enough time to catch a wift of lavender and the rich robust scent of coffee, hear the sound of men yell a warning as they raced towards her. “Free” Melissa thought “free.” Melissas’ head made a sickening smack on those cobble stones steps and she held tight to that last thought as the last breath of life winked out of her.
“Free”


The Importance of the Vote and The Sacrifices Made to Obtain it

We can not allow the republicans to turn back the clock on voters rights,not just for people of color, but for the young and old, for All American Citizens they believe would be more likely to vote democratic. It is an attempt to control the election, and with this ploy they are willing to undermine democracy by disenfranchising it’s citizens. If they steal your right to vote they effectively enslave you…Your vote matters. Voting is not just a legal right but as Susan B. Anthony said “Our democratic-republican government is based on the idea of the natural right of every individual member thereof to a voice and a vote in making and executing the laws. ”

Speech Before Congress on Voting Rights (March 15, 1965) – Taken from the Miller Center Archives

Lyndon Baines Johnson

Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Members of the Congress: I speak tonight for the dignity of man and the destiny of democracy. I urge every member of both parties, Americans of all religions and of all colors, from every section of this country, to join me in that cause. At times history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man’s unending search for freedom. So it was at Lexington and Concord. So it was a century ago at Appomattox. So it was last week in Selma, Alabama. There, long-suffering men and women peacefully protested the denial of their rights as Americans. Many were brutally assaulted. One good man, a man of God, was killed. There is no cause for pride in what has happened in Selma. There is no cause for self-satisfaction in the long denial of equal rights of millions of Americans. But there is cause for hope and for faith in our democracy in what is happening here tonight. For the cries of pain and the hymns and protests of oppressed people have summoned into convocation all the majesty of this great Government—the Government of the greatest Nation on earth. Our mission is at once the oldest and the most basic of this country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man. In our time we have come to live with moments of great crisis. Our lives have been marked with debate about great issues; issues of war and peace, issues of prosperity and depression. But rarely in any time does an issue lay bare the secret heart of America itself. Rarely are we met with a challenge, not to our growth or abundance, our welfare or our security, but rather to the values and the purposes and the meaning of our beloved Nation. The issue of equal rights for American Negroes is such an issue. And should we defeat every enemy, should we double our wealth and conquer the stars, and still be unequal to this issue, then we will have failed as a people and as a nation. For with a country as with a person, “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ?” There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem. And we are met here tonight as Americans—not as Democrats or Republicans–we are met here as Americans to solve that problem. This was the first nation in the history of the world to be founded with a purpose. The great phrases of that purpose still sound in every American heart, North and South: “All men are created equal”—”government by consent of the governed”—”give me liberty or give me death.” Well, those

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Out of the Mouths of the 1 Percent of the 1 Percent by V.Lyn

If you ever had any doubt about what the 1 percent of the 1 percent truly think about the umm umm now how did one of Romneys attendees at his East Hampton fundraiser say the “common person” think, oh yes that “we don’t get it”. I gather some how that people who are not wealthy are just not smart enough to understand complex concepts such as, can you put food on the table for your family and a roof over their head or what happens when your child is ill with perhaps a birth defect and now the insurance company will not cover them. Now with mounting medical bills you lose the home you were barely keeping in this economic downturn and all your equity and therefore wealth goes with it. Or perhaps the person doesn’t get it that the republicans are willing to have the student loan interest rate go up on their college kids who are trying to be a contributing member of American society and their parents are struggling to give their child a better education so that they can do and have better than they had. Or maybe the common people don’t get it when the ultra rich, that 1 percent of the 1 percent, the David Koch’s are refusing to create jobs, because then the President, the black President will look good and maybe get re-elected and we can’t have that “nigga” in the office changing the face of the status quo, so instead the David Koch’s of America sit on nearly 3 TRILLION dollars of profit with the BOGUS excuse that they are afraid to invest in uncertain economic times. UNCERTAIN economic times that they are doing their best to keep uncertain…they think that we “common people” are too ignorant to know that companies have found a better operating procedure that they can outsource jobs cheaply, lay off American workers, and reap better profits. They think that we don’t understand, the American worker, that companies see it in their interest to sit patiently on all that money instead of helping to stimulate the economy.

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The Rise of Racism With the Election of the First Black President by V. Lyn

Ku Klux Klan members and a burning cross, Denv...

Ku Klux Klan members and a burning cross, Denver, Colorado, 1921 Español: Miembros del Ku Klux Klan y una cruz en llamas.Denver, Colorado en 1921. Français: Membres du Ku Klux Klan devant une croix en flammes. Denver, Colorado, 1921. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified  over 1018 active hate groups in America in 2011 . In the last few years the Southern Poverty Law Cenetr has determined that “… been explosive growth in several sectors of the radical right, especially in the last few years, much of it driven by anger over the diminishing white majority (the Census Bureau has predicted that non-Hispanic whites will fall to less than 50% of the population by 2050) and the severe dislocations caused by a still-ailing economy.” Anti black, anti hispanic as well as anti muslim sentiments are being fueled by political right wing opportunist. Hatred is flourishing…

There are many examples of this hatred, from police and FBI anti Islamist training, to the manifest hatred of the president and black americans to the anti immigrants policies that are cropping up everywhere.

In a recent article in here is a n example of where we are headed as a nation if the RNC has its agenda achieved separate and not equal is their cry and Mitt Romney if elected will be a peg in that agenda.

Whites-only Christian gathering riles some Alabama neighbors

WBRC

Flier for a Whites Only pastors conference put on by the Christian Identity Ministries.

By Kari Huus, msnbc.com

A three-day whites-only religious conference — which will conclude with a flaming cross — in Lamar County, Alabama, has some residents upset at the racist implications while the minister complains that his freedom of speech is being violated.

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And They Say It’s His Policy They Hate by V. Lyn

The photos that are posted here are just an iota of the photos that you can see across the internet. There are far too many, actually one would be too many. Not only because it is the President of the United States and his family but because the contempt, disdain, hate and animosity shown is not REALLY just for the President but for all Black people and it demonstrates how engrained in the American psyche racism truly is. What is the message that we are consistently sending our vulnerable children of all colors.

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    This is a beautiful tribute to a dad.

Bright, shiny objects!

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…and every day I am reminded that ‘I am my father’s son’. As I get older, I am more and more aware of the positive impact he has had on my life…

Recently, I attended Mass with my parents and there he was again — reading the Epistle at Church [photo above]. It gave me pause to think about his influence on my life. Here are just a few of the many of the things he taught me:

A Lohenry’s place is at the front of the room.

I don’t mean this in a vain way. In a world where most people would rather die or have a root canal than speak in public, my dad modeled public speaking as a way of life for me. My earliest public memories of him are like this — reading at church, leading the worship team, etc. Because of his example, I became…

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Help Identify This Boy

Federal agents: Help us identify endangered teen

By Sevil Omer, msnbc.com

Federal agents in Minnesota are pleading with the public to help identify a teen who may be in danger with other youths.

“We believe the pictured individual is at risk and may need law enforcement assistance, but may not be able to request it,” ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer told msnbc.com on Friday.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Minneapolis released still photos from online video showing a dark-haired male teen.

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Why Knowone Should Attend NAACP Convention When Romney is Scheuled to Speak By V.Lyn

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will address the annual NAACP convention on July 11 in Houston, Texas. While it has been a matter of form for presidential nominees of both parties to address the NAACP, in this instance I find it particularly offensive. Long before President Obama had taken office when he was Senator Obama presidential nominee, they, the republican party, have denigrated him, disrespected him, questioned his legitimacy. Does anyone remember that on the day 1st Black Presidents of the United States of America took the oath of office the “supposedly” forgot to swear him in properly and that the following day they had to swear him in again. Yeah forgot sure the first time in the history of this country and it just happened to the first black President. Does anyone remember how they called out you lie and few republicans rebuked the Congressman who screamed that out. Does anyone remember when that white cunt shook her finger in the presidents face and the only outrage came from the left those few NON Cowardly ones that is. The vitriol and disrespect for him and his family and black folks in general has merely escalated. They have attacked him and those he has placed in office and black people in general from every possible avenue. Their contempt and hatred for black people and their fear that the status quo has changed is in full effect, Latinos are getting a small dose of what we have endured for over 400 years and for them like for us it will merely continue. Mitt Romney is no better that the Gingrich’s, Santoruim’s, and David Dukes. In many regards he is much worse.

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