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Most of the cameras have gone home replaced by horrific stories of ISIS beheadings, ebola outbreaks and back to school activities filling the headlines. But there is still so much we do not know about the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown six times, his motives and his predispositions that caused him to react in such a violent manner.
The cameras might be gone, but the US Federal Justice Department hasn’t. Yesterday they announced that they are launching a full scale investigation of the entire Ferguson Police Department that will probe into current and past police activities in this suburban St. Louis city of 21,000. Their findings will be followed by all of us who care about social justice and equal rights in America.
The larger question remains, “Is There A Ferguson Near You?” Why, since the beginning of our country over 230 years ago are racial tension. violence and distrust such heavy clogs in the wheels of progress and cultural collaboration? And most importantly what is needed to push us past the angry and evil linchpins that keep popping up in Ferguson, Fresno and the Framinghams of our country?
Joining us to discuss these weighty issues are Monalisa Smith, President, CEO and Founder of Mothers for Justice and Equality and Community Activist and Blogger, Candelaria Silva-Collins.
For More Information About Michael Brown, The Incident Timeline and Ferguson Missouri, Read and Listen To My August 28th Broadcast.
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On August 21st I celebrated my 58th birthday, and received birthday greetings by phone and online from friends and colleagues around the world. In the spirit of this month's back to school theme, and as a special birthday gift to my readers, I want to share 25 ways to help make this school year the very best for students all over the world.
1. Believe in yourself. You have the talent to achieve.
2. Listen to your parents. They know more that you think.
3. Find an older student you can respect and look up to.
4. Find the ONE teacher who believes in you. Stick by him/her all year long.
5. Cut the TV off, find new discipline, and finish your homework.
6. Live by the wisdom of your grandparents. They know what their talking about.
7. Not all teachers support your dreams. Respect them all, but share your dreams carefully.
8. Not all friends support your dreams. Share your dreams carefully.
9. American students have much to learn from other students around the world.
10. Students from other countries can learn from American students.
11. Watch all that junk food you eat. Start eating healthy “brain” food instead.
12. Ugly ethnic jokes hurt other classmates. Put yourself in their shoes.
13. Watch your anger. Getting angry at your teachers can lower your grade.
14. You earn your grades. Grades are not given to you. (Source: my daughter Michelle)
15. Be your teacher’s friend…not their enemy. (Source: my daughter Michelle)
16. Be on time for school each day. (Source: my timely daughter Michelle)
17. Get enough rest each night.(Source: my daughter Michelle)
18. Fall in love with READING.(Source: my daughter Michelle)
19. Stay away from DRUGS.
20. Stay away from ALCOHOL
21. Know who your true friends are and help other students. (Source: my daughter Michelle)
22. You will have many years for a meaningful sexual experience. Save it for later.
23. Prayer and meditation DO work. Use them often.
24. Be your own best friend. If you don’t like yourself, who will?
25. Discover the wonders of a good education. It will take you far in life.
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.