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  • published Mind Made Up? in Poet Laureate Circle 2022-01-25 20:47:56 -0500

    Mind Made Up?

    Elaine Thomas 2021 Poet Laureate

    Mind Made Up?

     

    My grandmama taught me that prayin’ is good for the soul

    Prayin’ ain’t nothin’ but sayin’ what’s in your heart

    Some folks say faith can move mountains

    I guess so if they know so

    Other folks say that you can heal bones

    But not a truly broken heart

    What I believe is people need hope

    They need to believe that love conquers all

    And that if rain don’t wash away the dirt

    A good glass of whiskey and Keb Mo might

    People been chattin’ about meditation

    Substitute for keeping your mouth closed

    Paying attention to where you’re standin’

    ‘Cause If you ridin’ a wild buckin’ horse

    You can’t be thinkin’ about Christmas

    Sweet potato pie- and black-eyed peas

    You gotta hold on to the reigns

    You gotta focus on where you’re headed

    My granddaddy could fix almost anything

    Except the broken wings of his children

    When his wife passed from having too many

    Leavin’ their farmyard full of dandelion weeds

    You know pruning is easy once you pick up a rake

    I can’t put too much credit in people’s talk

    Sometimes it sounds like coyotes howlin’

    Hungry bellies can’t think too straight

    While some animals will eat almost anything

    If it’s lookin’ pretty and smellin’ sweet

    My sister used to beg me to love her

    Like she needed my feelings to have a name

    She got fat with self-pity and faded dusty

    My brother wanted to be a local marvel hero

    Got himself a badge and a legal 45

    Got his butt horse whipped with it by a junkie

    But he survived chasin’ loose bad gals

    My aunt who grew up in that barren yard

    Got a bad case of religion in her mature years

    Now she’s fanning her lonesome self away

    With other sanctified found themselves again

    On a hard wooden baptist church bench

    A lot of people claim to know who God is

    Seen him sitting at them famous crossroads

    Picking her teeth with a tree branch

    Others say they felt them on the last full moon

    Some claim to know him her it personally

    Because they read a good book

    Lot of folks think they know it all

    All I know is that if faith is our number one game

    Then hope is our main pawn in it

    If we lose that

    Then we lose everything

     

    Camille Elaine Thomas

    January 02, 2022

    Copyrights @ All rights reserved

     


  • published Blue Vote Cafe in News 2021-11-04 17:46:29 -0400

    Blue Vote Cafe

    Chatting with Jazz on Spotify here.


  • published Caucus Crossover Panel Discussion - AAPI + GBC in News 2021-11-02 09:12:14 -0400

    Caucus Crossover Panel Discussion - AAPI + GBC

     

    Nov. 15th - 21st 2021 the Global Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus (AAPI) and the Global Black Caucus (GBC) are teaming up to take over each other's social media accounts to raise awareness of mutual issues.

    First thing we want people to know is that solidarity is there. It's been there. We can trace the historical roots of Asian-Black solidarity back to 1955 with the Bandung Conference, where representatives of people from the Asian continent and folks on the African continent came together to talk about what decolonization was going to look like for both of us. Fast forward to things like the relationship between Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. King, and then all the way to the fight against the Klan in New Orleans in the '80s with Vietnamese fishermen.

    In the United States, issues of race can often be cast along the lines of Black and White — and, especially at a moment when the world is being forced to confront the ways systemic racism is built into the nation’s history, the reasons for that focus are clear. 

    The AAPI caucus & the GBC are teaming up to dismantle mutual prejudices from within their own communities and are highlighting their common issues. By moving forward and securing Democratic wins during elections, our communities become stronger together. 

    During the Caucus Crossover Week, Nov. 15th - 21st 2021, both caucuses will be highlighting issues such as: 

    • Asian & African American Votes Matter
    • Environmental Racism Climate Change
    • Unconscious Bias
    • Reparations
    • Human Trafficking
    • Immigration
    • LGBTIQ+

    We will finish with a Caucus Crossover Panel Discussion between the AAPI & Global Black Caucuses on Sunday, November 21st 11am CET on Zoom.

    Sydney, Australia

    9:00 pm

    Seoul, South Korea

    7:00 pm

    New Delhi, India

    3:30 pm

    Berlin, Germany

    11:00 am

    Please RSVP here to get the Zoom link and to let us know you are interested!  Be part of the discussion and follow the AAPI & Global Black Caucuses social media channels.

    We all can learn so much from each other!

    Join and follow the Global Black Caucus:

    Join and follow the AAPI Caucus:


  • published The Trust Mantra in Poet Laureate Circle 2021-10-31 23:41:31 -0400

    The Trust Mantra

    The Trust Mantra

     

    I believe that rainbows appear after the storm

    That in times of test loved ones are still the best

    That being natural is staying close to nature

    That standing up is not a solution for the cowardly

    That trust is better than distrust

    That love can conquer all

    That living with joy is more appealing than the blues

    That willpower checkmates all hindrances

    That faith can move mountains

    That compassion performs miracles

    That justice will dismantle inequalities

    That patience during trials is recommendable

    That believing in yourself is paramount to survival

    That black people will one day be truly free

    That children should be lovingly cherished

    That women should be held up not held back

    That men should be honored as admirable equals

    That knowledge is better than ignorance

    That dancing is good for the spirit

    That you are what you constantly think

    That kindred souls are preferable to adversaries

    That the company you keep defines you

    That laws should be constructed to protect citizens

    That being kind is kind of great

    That loving yourself first is paramount

    That giving to the needy protects from selfishness

    That being resilient keeps you going strong

    That staying grounded helps sustain humility

    That laughter is good for the soul

    That destiny is what you make it

    And you?

     

    Camille Elaine Thomas

    October 21, 2021

    Copyrights @ All rights reserved




  • published A Half a Tale in Poet Laureate Circle 2021-10-25 04:03:37 -0400

    A Half a Tale

    A Half a Tale

     

    She knew she had a story to tell

    The words seemed to evade her

    Like a song about a harvest for the world

    Lyrics and melody in commotion

     

    The pandemic had left her tapped out

    All she had was in her large pocketbook

    Last week she had sold her old Ford

    The living quarters for the three of them

     

    Mary jane is not my name

    Double dutch a childhood game

    For a quarter and a nickel

    You can get a sour pickle

     

    There had been a time long past

    When laughter was a daily remedy

    Chasing away the daily grievances

    Rent money, school fees, insurance

     

    She felt the defenseless pressure

    Leaving her senses desolate

    Home is where the heart is

    But the roof has to be kept

     

    Step on the line

    Your mama gets a fine

    Take your money back

    Fry the spinach black

     

    She waited nervously in line

    With her information filled-in form

    All she wanted was another chance

    A narration to nourish her yearning

     

    There was a highly inebriated man

    Yelling in the adjacent line

    About what he would do

    If he could do what he wanted

     

    Jump up and down

    Then do the turn-around

    If you ain’t got it

    Then it’s time to quit

     

    A baby in a carriage bawling

    Children jostling each other

    Vying for attention

    Which is all anyone wants

     

    Sit in grandma’s rocking chair

    Step on a crack if you dare

    If you don’t like my baby

    Then don’t you say maybe

     

    It was finally her turn

    She raised her wrinkled application

    Which was greeted by a sullen frown

    The testy refusal just a second away

     

    But this time it was different

    She was told to go and stand

    In an even longer line

     

    She took her request form

    Pulled on her heavy handbag strap

    And walked quickly to the adjoining line

    Her doleful story just had to wait

    For another day.

     

    Two for the money

    Three for the show

    If your mama don’t like it

    Then it’s time for your butt to go!

     

    Camille Elaine Thomas

    October 20, 2021

    [email protected] All rights reserved




  • published Quarterly Global Meeting in News 2021-10-15 09:11:19 -0400

    Quarterly Global Meeting

    During these meetings we CONNECT, LISTEN, SUPPORT & EMPOWER each other, exchange thoughts and ideas, plan possible co-sponsored events and ultimately strengthen our community. The Global Black Caucus is hosting an open roundtable discussion once every three months for DA leaders and volunteers, and you are invited to be a vital part of the collective advocating on issues of African-Americans not just in the U.S. but all around the world.

    The meetings will be of duration of 90 mins and be held on Zoom.

    Please RSVP here to get the Zoom link and to let us know you are interested! 

    The first Global Black Caucus Global Meeting will take place on November 30th, 7 AM EST Zoom (next meeting dates: 2022 -Jan. 30th, Mar. 31st, May 31st…)

    Check the Global Black Caucus Wiki-Page or the Global Universal Calendar to find further dates for these meetings.

    We are looking forward to having great conversations with you all.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a message: [email protected]

    Love and Light

    Leedonal (Jazz) Moore

     


  • wants to volunteer 2021-02-06 09:42:41 -0500

    21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

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    Have you ever made a successful change in your life? Perhaps you wanted to exercise more, eat less, or change jobs? Think about the time and attention you dedicated to the process. A lot, right? Change is hard. Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy, and leadership is like any lifestyle change. Setting our intentions and adjusting what we spend our time doing is essential. It’s all about building new habits. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for equity and justice.

    About the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge 

    • For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity 
    • This plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections. Suggestions are in the following categories:

    READ

    LISTEN

    WATCH

    NOTICE

    CONNECT

             

    ENGAGE

    ACT

    REFLECT

    STAY INSPIRED

    TIPS FOR SUCCESS

    • Choose one activity per day to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.
    • Diversify your habits by doing some of each.
    • Use the tracking chart provided here to stay on course. You can download the editable spreadsheet or a PDF for printing.
    • We think understanding white privilege and white supremacy is a powerful lens into the complexities of doing social justice work, so we’ve focused our resources on that specific issue.

     

    Become a volunteer

  • signed up on Join 2020-05-15 14:54:30 -0400