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–Priest Douggie Smith and his team at the First Rastafari Church and Cultural Center of Florida are doing something unique.
–They are trying to get local Rastafari out of the shadows and into the center of the larger community.
-Priest Douggie: “We didn’t create a space for Rastafari alone we created a space for the community so Rastafari and the community can interact together and build our community in a positive way.”
-Priest Douggie’s message and style has attracted some interesting non Rastafari people to his new center for cultural events.
–According to Priest Douggie, there is a large Rastafari community in South Florida, but they are scattered around the region.
–From 1993 to 2007, there was a Rastafari church in Miami but it was forced to close during the recession.
-From that time to the opening of the new center, local Rastafari had to meet at homes and in parks to worship with each other.
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The Russian military is ramping up its military campaign in Syria with a pointed message to ISIS fighters there.
“That’s for Paris” a handwritten inscription on a Syria bound missile reads in a direct reference to the terror attacks that shocked the world last week in the French capital.
The message was sent out on Twitter by the Russian Embassy In the UK’s Twitter account.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier this week that his nation will be ruthless in the fight against ISIS.
“We will search for them everywhere, wherever they are hiding. We will find them in any spot on the planet and we will punish them,” Putin said.
Russian bomb in Syria. The inscription reads: “That’s for Paris” pic.twitter.com/bxaIWCrZfO
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) November 20, 2015
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What Do You Think?
By Andrew Parks
To the Supporters of Donald Trump,
The political establishment in Washington doesn’t know what it’s like to live in real America anymore.
But you and I do.
I know what it’s like to cut your own grass, fix your own car and build your own fence because there’s no way any of that’s getting done otherwise.
I know what it’s like to do all of the electrical work on the house your parents are building, and to personally level all the ground that house will cover, because the only way that house is getting built is if it can get done without spending too much.
I know what it’s like to start your shift at 6 AM sharp, long before the sun ever comes up, and what it’s like to end it at 11 PM, long after it goes down.
I know what it’s like to start your first full time job on your twelfth birthday, because the only way you’re ever going to college is if you can find a way to pay for it.
I know what it’s like to eat salad out of washed out Cool Whip bowls at family gatherings, because real salad bowls cost real money and this works just as well.
I know what it’s like to kick your AC up to 74°, and then 76°, and then 78° in the heat of a humid, coastal Texas summer, because you can’t afford to keep it at a comfortable temperature anymore, the president’s statement about how electricity prices would “necessarily skyrocket” under his plan ringing in your head the entire time.
And I know what it’s like to drop something off at your grandmother’s house and find her AC set to 85° because she can barely afford to run anything anymore on Social Security and what’s left of your grandfather’s retirement.
I know what it’s like to be standing in line late one night at your hometown grocery store, after a long day’s work, holding the sandwich materials you and your family will be having for dinner that night, as you watch the woman in line in front of you, with her brand new clothes, costume jewelry, neck tattoo, hair extensions and freshly painted nails, pull her Lone Star Card (the electronic card the State of Texas uses to distribute food stamps) out of her cash-filled wallet to pay for the steak and seafood she’ll be having for dinner.
I know what it’s like to live in a double-wide trailer for two weeks with no power and no running water after a hurricane, with highs of 103° and 104° and humidity in the 95% range, eating whatever you can find a way to cook, listening to reports on battery powered radios about all the money and all the relief FEMA is sending to help people in shelters, and wondering where in the hell your help is.
I know what it’s like when, every few years, like clockwork, rumors start making their way around the plant your dad works in about how the company’s about to sell it, or about how it’ll be closing down at the end of the month and how everyone will be out of a job, and wondering what your family’s going to do if that happens.
I know what it’s like when the rumors turn out to be half true, and hours and benefits get cut and the company only sells off part of the plant.
And I know what it’s like when state funding gets cut and your mother, a social worker, loses her job, and pennies get stretched to pay for gas and groceries.
I know what it’s like to want to throw a rock at your TV because some talking head is going on about “white privilege,” as though everything you’ve ever worked for in life is something you didn’t really earn and it’s all just a function of your skin color.
I know what it’s like to wear those shoes, because I grew up wearing the same pair.
Believe me, I get where you’re coming from.
Here’s something else I know: Donald Trump’s won’t do anything to fix any of this.
And somewhere deep down in there, I’m willing to bet you know it, too.
I want you to think back to the last time you stopped by a car dealership or a furniture store.
I want you to remember the salesman that came running up to you the moment he spotted you.
I want you to recall the cheesy suit and the flashy tie he wore, and his bad toupee, and that conjured up smile that was present on his face the whole time you talked to him.
Does this sound familiar yet?
I want you to remember how he talked quickly and constantly, and how he kept his hands moving around the entire time he was talking to keep you focused on what he was doing instead of thinking about what he was saying.
I want you to recall the little corny side jokes he would tell, and how he kept the conversation moving from subject to subject at a quick pace without stopping.
Does it sound familiar now?
I want you to think about what he was saying during his sales pitch – about how great everything would be after you bought this car or that sofa.
And if you tried to talk to him about the other dealership or store that you had visited and what they offered, I want you to remember what he said about those “rumors” he had heard about how dirty they were, and how they lied to cover up problems with the cars or the furniture they sold, and how they sneak in hidden fees or don’t follow through on what they say they’ll do.
By now, you’ve probably figured out that the image I’m paying of that salesman you spoke with is eerily similar to the one you’ve been watching on TV during this election.
Think about that for a minute.
The salesman you were skeptical of then is no different than the salesman you’re considering voting for now.
His tactics were the same, and his motives were the same: to get you to buy into what he was peddling.
Even if you bought the car or the sofa, I bet you still didn’t trust the guy, and when the papers were signed and you walked out, I bet you were just happy it was all done and over with.
With that in mind, I have a question to ask you.
Why do you trust Donald Trump?
Keep the image of that salesman you thought of in your head for a moment, and let’s talk about a few other scenarios he might find himself in.
Let’s start with that war veteran that you work with, or that lives somewhere in your neighborhood, or that you go to church with.
If you heard that salesman say that this veteran isn’t a war hero because he was captured by the enemy, held prisoner and tortured for more than five years, what would you think of that salesman?
If you overheard that salesman at a bar joking around with his buddies and calling that war hero a loser just because they disagreed about something, what would you think?
Would you want to buy that salesman’s product?
Wouldn’t you trust him even less than you already did?
Now let’s talk about that member of your church or that member of your friend’s family with a severe mental or physical disability.
Something truly difficult.
Maybe it’s something that person was born with, or maybe it’s the result of an accident, but whatever it may be, this is something you’ve watched this person struggle for years to overcome.
Imagine that salesman mocking this person’s disability.
And then, when someone calls the salesman on it, imagine the salesman trying to deny it – struggling to find some excuse about how he just wanted to make fun of the guy for backtracking on a statement, and how he made movements that clearly imitate the exact disability this person has, but somehow didn’t know this person was even disabled.
Would you believe the salesman?
Or would you think he was trying to cover his ass?
Let’s imagine that salesman speaking to a room full of potential customers about a new business venture he’s involved in.
Imagine him bragging about how this venture is completely self-funded – that is, that all the money necessary to get it started is money he provided himself – as a way of convincing people to buy his new product.
Then imagine being in a different room later in the day as he asked potential investors to kick in money that he wasn’t providing himself to carry on his new line of business.
Would you still trust him?
Would you think he’s really as capable as he’s made himself out to be, or would you think he’s just willing to tell his potential customers whatever he thinks they want to hear?
What would you think if you watched him tell one customer all about something he saw on TV, and then, just two minutes later, tell another customer he’d never seen whatever it was?
Would you think of the salesman as honest, or a compulsive liar looking to relate to his customers to make his sale easier?
If that salesman constantly bragged about how successful he was to you, but then you found out that four separate companies he worked with went bankrupt, would you believe his boasting?
When he tries to explain those four bankruptcies away as being “good for business,” would you believe him, or would you think it far more likely that he’s trying to protect an inflated reputation?
If that salesman told you his operation only hired American citizens – that in his business, America comes first – and then you looked over and saw illegal immigrants working construction at a site he’s developing, what would you think?
Wouldn’t you think he had just made a plug to play on a little national pride and win you over when he was actually doing something entirely different behind your back?
If that salesman repeatedly claimed to his community that he made frequent, massive donations to local charities, but you then found out from friends who work for those charities that they had no record of any donation from him, had never seen him before and genuinely had no idea what he was talking about, what would you think?
Would you want anything at all to do with a salesman who lies about helping the poor, the disabled, the elderly and veterans?
If that salesman spent months telling you that he ranked above his top competitor in every customer survey every time you talked to him, but then you went and looked at those surveys for yourself and discovered that in fact his competitor outranked him by a significant margin in every single one, would you think this salesman is really the winner he claims to be, or that he’s just been feeding you worthless advertising and a load of bull?
Most importantly, after all of these things and many, many more just like them, if that salesman ran for an elected office – say, mayor of your hometown or perhaps county office – would you trust him enough to vote for him?
Would you believe anything he says, or would you think his campaign is just the newest version of his same old scam?
Would you think he’s the kind of thing leadership is made of?
Would you think he’s the right fit to be President of the United States, the most powerful person on the planet?
I think we both know the answer to that question.
I know what you’re thinking right now.
“He’s better than Hillary.”
To be clear, this letter is no endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
She comes with her own set of issues.
This November, I will personally be voting for Gary Johnson.
But this letter also isn’t about Hillary Clinton.
This election really isn’t about Hillary Clinton.
It’s about Donald Trump.
When you go to the polls, nobody says you’ll be voting against someone, they say you’ll be voting for someone.
You need to be thinking about who it is you’re voting for, and whether that person really deserves your vote.
I know you’re angry about the direction the country is headed in.
And frankly, you’ve got every right to be – I’ve said as much before.
But I want you to think back on that talk your grandparents gave you when you were a kid about making decisions when you’re angry.
I’m betting they told you the same thing I’m telling you now: you always regret decisions you make when you’re angry.
Go back over all of the situations I’ve outlined in this letter.
Click on the links where you can find the articles revealing how Trump has done every last thing I’ve outlined.
Research Trump more, and read up on the other things he’s done – there’s plenty more, I promise.
Consider all of this.
And if, after doing the research on this salesman and coming to understand that this campaign is just another one of his bogus sales pitches, you come to the conclusion that Donald Trump deserves your vote, then so be it.
But when you walk into that voting booth in November to cast your vote, I want you to know exactly who it is and exactly what it is that you’re casting your vote for, because you won’t be casting your vote for a real platform or a real candidate or a real campaign.
You’ll be casting it for a salesman who’s selling you up the river.
Be careful what you wish for.
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By Zac Head
My name is Zac,
I am not a person of color. I am not female. I am not a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
I have not truly experienced poverty. I will likely never know what it is like to be a member of any of these groups.
I am a straight, white male, whose household income is significantly above the poverty line.
I grew up with happily married parents who were always very supportive of me.
I have broken laws, and been sent away from at least two encounters with law enforcement with “warnings”.
I have benefited from biases of others based on race, gender, social class, and sexuality.
I am privileged.
While I value all human life equally, recognize the sacred worth of every individual, and know that we are all God’s children, made in the image of God, and equally loved by God,
I have biases that affect the way I perceive people of color.
I have biases that affect the way I perceive females.
I have biases that affect the way I perceive people with different religious and political views than my own.
While these biases are most often subconscious, I am aware that they exist and that they cause damage in relationships and the lives of others.
My mind often feels threatened by those who are different than myself.
My mind often feels threatened by black masculinity.
I am aware of my biases and constantly fight against them.
I pray for deliverance from my biases.
Through prayer and conscious effort I have experienced deliverance from bias bit by bit, but if I am being honest I may never completely leave these biases behind.
All I can do is try each day to only see people for the children of God that they are.
Until we can acknowledge our biases we will continue to teach these biases to our children.
Until we can acknowledge our biases, it should be no surprise that those against whom we are biased will suffer.
Until we acknowledge the issue of black masculinity being perceived as dangerous, black men will continue to die from violence (with and without police involvement) at a higher rate than white men.
Until we acknowledge the issue of black masculinity being perceived as dangerous, little black boys will continue to grow up being told by the media that they are more likely to be violent than their white counterparts.
Until we acknowledge the issue of black masculinity being perceived as dangerous, we should not be surprised when this cycle continues.
I can never know what it feels like to be black, a woman, or someone who grew up in poverty.
All I can do is try my very best to listen to others who have those perspectives, acknowledge the worth of these perspectives and individuals, and live in such a way that teaches my daughter to move past biases while doing my very best to keep certain biases from forming in our household.
Today, I acknowledge my biases.
Today, I pray for deliverance (my own and that of our society) from these biases.
Today I am proud to see so many young people standing up for what Is right and am filled with hope for the future.
Forgive us, oh God of grace, for failing to see your image in one another.
Zac Head is a pastor at Mount Hebron United Methodist Church in Beaverton, AL.
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