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TRUMPCARE is a GREAT “IDEA” For…

Posted on 06 May 2017 by mdepeine

  • The rich – They receive lots of tax breaks; close to $800 billion in the next 10 years. (http://www.npr.org/2017/05/04/526923181/gop-health-care-bill-would-cut-about-765-billion-in-taxes-over-10-years?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20170504&utm_campaign=breakingnews&utm_term=nprnews)
  • Those who prioritize money over people – Most of us want more money in our pockets, but It should not lead to worst health conditions for “faceless” and countless Americans, or even death of those Americans!
  • The avaricious or greedy politician – The plan protects their big business donors and special interest groups who spend a lot of money for election campaign ads, but does nothing to protect the vulnerable members of our society.
  • Big businesses – TRUMPCARE reduces the insurance companies’ burden of dealing with pre-existing conditions like:  cancer, diabetes, arthritis, etc..  These companies would now be able to charge more for any pre-existing condition.
  • Americans who don’t like to help other Americans – These Americans believe they fended for themselves and got success without “handouts” and others should do the same, no matter how unfortunate or oppressed they are.
  • Minimally engaged “Christians” – They don’t believe in “lifting a finger” to help the less fortunate members of society, unless it has to do with food and shelter. Instead of intervening on behalf of the less fortunate, they believe that God has to do ALL the direct interventions while they just sit and watch, or just wait for favorable outcomes. Yet, Jesus says, Christians are “the light of the world” and “the salt of the earth” (see Matthew 5:13-16, see also Isaiah 58).  Christians who are able, should OPENLY SPEAK against destructive and unfair policies and suggest better ones. – shed “light” on issues.
  • Those who overlook the elderly –  A modern society should take care of its weakest members and not raise their insurance premiums by thousands per year when they are living on a fixed income.
  • Anti-Obama Republicans – They couldn’t stand the successes President Obama had, despite their constant obstructionist ways – this-is-their-PAYBACK!
  • White supremacist- The plan hurts a lot of people of color and the poor.  It removes major legislation spearheaded and implemented by The United State’s first black President.
  • Trump – He gets to BOAST that he repealed The ACA – Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

In the end, TRUMPCARE, is short on care and BIG on TRUMP.  We must demand better!

Suggestion: Don’t replace the ACA with a weak and heartless Trumpcare. Instead,make the ACA more efficient and more cost effective.

If you disagree with TrumpCARE, contact your current senators.  Every state has two senators, making a total of 100 senators in the US Senate.  Let your senators know that you will not vote for them and may make every effort to make sure they do not get reelected to the senate if they vote “yes” to TrumpCARE.

Breakdown of the bill: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/04/526887531/heres-whats-in-the-house-approved-health-care-bill?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20170504&utm_campaign=politics&utm_term=nprnews

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IMMANUEL’S BRIDE – HOLY SPIRIT SEMINAR OF DECEMBER 12, 2015

Posted on 04 November 2015 by mdepeine

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Immanuel’s Bride

Updated 12/9/15

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON FRIDAY 12/11/15

When: Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

-Doors open at 8:30 AM-

Location: Princeton Elks Lodge

354 Route 518

Skillman, NJ 08558

(609-466-4945)

Directions to the Princeton Lodge

AGENDA

Introduction / Opening

Session I: God’s Love, From The Beginning

Holiness Like No Other

Being in Awe of God!

He Lives in You!

Listening and Speaking to God All Day and All Night (intimacy)

Simple and Confident Righteousness Through Faith in God – Taking Action!

Question and Answer (Q&A)

 Lunch: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=restaurants+in+skillman+nj&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8)

Session II: The Wonderful Life, the Wonderful Plan

What’s Fear Got To Do With It? Man vs. God

Identifying Your Gifts – Identifying Your Purpose

Bringing Glory to HIM – Strength In Weakness

Making the Amazing Happen in Your Life!

The Glory of the Bride!

Question and Answer (Q&A)

Conclusion: Book Signings and Raffle

ACTIVITIES

Inspiring classes and dialogue, dance performance, refreshments, Q & A, prayer, a time of praising God and “A Wedding.”

REGISTRATION

 30 to 50% REDUCTION IN REGISTRATION RATES (NOT AVAILABLE After NOVEMBER 27, 2015! Extended Through DECEMBER 5th!)

NOW:  $70 per person! ($75 at the door)

**Groups of 5 or more people, NOW: $40 per person!

($75 per person at the door)

Use Code GRP12

GPCC (Philly) – Was $85, NOW:  $50 per person!

($75 at the door)

Use Code GPC12

Full Time Students – Was $60, NOW: $25 per person

($30 at the door)

Use Code COL12

Register Now

**Special note about GROUP REGISTRATION:  If you belong to a group of 10 or more people, you may use the group registration code (GRP12).  Please enter everyone’s name and payment at the same time.  Also, choose a group name to enter into the registration form.  Thank you!

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF Immanuel’s Bride and the Holy Spirit: Building a Whole New World DURING REGISTRATION for the discounted rate of $15 each!  BOOK REVIEWS

***Copies of of the book will also be available at the Seminar for $20 each***

Looking forward to seeing you at the Seminar.  May God be gloried through it and may you be empowered and motivated to do all the things that God designed you to accomplish!

Mario Depeine, Sr.

 

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Help the Young Girls and Women of the World

Posted on 01 October 2015 by mdepeine

I saw this very inspiring and moving video (documentary) called Half the Sky  http://www.halftheskymovement.org/pages/about-half-the-sky-movement .  This is based on a book by the same name, Half the Sky, written by Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn.  They have partnered with various actors and activists to highlight the oppression that hundreds of millios of young girls and women are enduring all over the world.  They look at lack of education, rape, sex trafficking, genital mutilation, murder and other attacks against girls and women.

I couldn’t believe how bad things are all over the world, and also in the US, for girls and women.  Check out the link above and see how you can make a difference.

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Sorry Ms. Bland, for the Oppressive and Callous Treatment that You Received…

Posted on 23 July 2015 by mdepeine

Dear Sandra Bland,

First of all, I want to tell you that I am proud of your efforts to speak on the topic of race, police brutality and oppression in America.  It takes a lot of courage and conviction to speak on a topic that so many in America want to ignore and deny even exists.  Racism is a word and an act that you and many other blacks in America are too familiar with and would want to see changed.

Secondly, I want to say “congratulations” on your recent job interviews.  I hear you even had two job offers and had just come from an interview when you got pulled over.  Wow, you had traveled from Illinoise to find work in Texas!  I’m so sorry that your life was cut down just when you were approaching such a great moment of joy.  I am so sorry that an untrained, hot headed individual decided to be brutal towards you, rather than treat you as a human being.  I wished, that for a second, he would have thought of you or treated you like most police officers treat white women that they pull over.  They are often treated, regardless of their disposition, smoking or not, with respect and consideration.  You, on the other hand, you were confronted!  You were told “I will light you up.”  You were taunted and were expected, directed and eventually “commanded” to put out your cigarette. Although I don’t believe in smoking and its effects, everybody knows that for most people, cigarettes have a calming affect.  I wished that the officer would have seen you as someone’s sister, daughter, possibly someone’s wife or mom and said to himself, “No, let me let her be and just stick to the matter at hand; the traffic issue.”  I am sorry he did not do that.  I am sorry that the protection of your life was not at the forefront of his mind.  Things would have ended differently if your life mattered to him.

I wished the officer in question would not have demanded that you come out of the car.  What was the reason for such a demand or an expectation?  Most officers go out of their way to insist that motorists “remain in the car.”  They usually get very agitated and nervous when a motorist (black or white) gets out.  Yet, in your case, this officer insisted that you come out of yours.  I would have asked the same thing, “Why?  I’m not under arrest!”  I am so sorry that the officer in question, proceeded to further abuse his position of authority and retroactively tell you that you are “under arrest.”  No rights were read to you, nothing was formally done.  You were treated with such disrespect and callousness, and I feel for you.  I feel for your family.

Sandra, I am so sorry that you lost your life.  There is a lot of talk about whether you took your life or whether they took it from you – murdered you?  There is talk that you said you suffered from depression?  Bottom line, your life was stopped short!  Your life was taken away from you when you were stopped by that officer.  Your life did not belong to you when he treated you like an animal.  I understand your disbelief and your anger.  A traffic stop does not warrant that type of intensity and rage.  Especially from a worker who belongs to a group of workers who often work under the motto, “Protect and Serve.”  You were neither protected nor were your interests served.  You were treated like a piece of disposable garbage.  For that, I am sorry you experienced such treatment in the United States of America, while you were on a journey to responsibly take care of yourself and live out the life that God gave you on this earth.

I am sorry that you went from joy to intense depression.  If you suffered depression in the past, then, a greater wrong was done to you.  If I were in your position, arrested for a minor traffic offense, spoken to the way the officer spoke to you, then jailed for three (3) days, then I likely would have been experiencing severe depression.  Why?  Because, now, you will have a police record that you never had.  You are now in that monstrous system that so many black Americans have been thrusted in.  You were probably thinking, “My job offers, I will not be hired any more.  I will now have a record.”  In an instant, your life was taken away.  Now, you no longer live on this earth.  You are one of many stories that we heard and saw this year and past years about black people and the oppression that occurs too often in America.

So far, I have not seen in the news reports what you did for a living.  I know you graduated from Prairie View A&M (TexasThe Death of Sandra Bland: What We Know So Far – NBC News).  What was your occupation?  Now, I hear, you may have smoked marijuana?  It looks like there is some movement towards smearing your character.  I hope that people don’t look at the silly little things that a lot of regular people engage in, but instead, they look at the tragedy of your life being taken away from you at such a young age.  You were only 28 years old.  You deserved better.  You should have received better.

Finally, I am sorry that America has spent so long denying the serious effects of slavery and racism.  So many lives are adversely affected and lost because of the hatred and denial that exists due to the sordid history that was never confronted.  Our “Uncle Sam” has to decide to go into therapy with all of his children (black and white) and discuss what went wrong, what is still wrong and what it will take to make the “American Family” a united family.

I am sorry Sandra, that you got caught up in the net of unresolved racial tension, brutal history, and preferential treatment.  Once Uncle Sam addresses the negative history and dismantles the oppressive systems and laws, this American Family will be a healthier family.  Precious lives like yours will be allowed to thrive and not stomped out of existence just because someone felt like it.

Signed,

Concerned Citizen

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Time to Send a Message to the Dominican Republic About Antihaitianismo (Anti Haitian)

Posted on 18 June 2015 by mdepeine

Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.

-Exodus 22:21

I was born in Haiti and I spent some great times there as a child.  When I was 8 years old, my parents arranged for us to migrate to the US.  Every time I meet a Dominican in the US, I speak Spanish to them.  We often say, we are neighbors (somos vecinos).  I love my Dominican “neighbors” but I am very disturbed about what their leaders are doing to the people who have done some of the hardest work in that country.    I hope Dominicans and all kinds of people will rise up and say, “This adverse treatment of people of Haitian descent cannot continue (Caribbean leaders consider sanction against the Dominican Republic – Haiti – MiamiHerald.com).”

I have seen a lot in Haiti.  I lived there in the times of the Duvalier dictatorship.  I was there when bombs were dropped on the capital, as people tried to overthrow that government.  I had the opportunity to return in March 2010 to assist those who had experienced the devastating  7.2 magnitude earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of Haitians.  Haitians have been through a lot.

Currently, it disturbs me to hear and see the atrocities being perpetuated against Haitians and those of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic.  More than 200,000 Dominicans of  Haitians descent are being stripped of their right to citizenship (Dominicans of Haitian Descent Cast Into Legal Limbo by Court – NYTimes.com ).  Although they were born on Dominican soil, they are being treated as aliens.  The worst is that most of them were born to parents who were brought over to work on the sugar plantations  and to do other labor intensive tasks.

 At one point, Haiti (Island of Hispaniola) was one.  All the slaves that were brought over were from Africa.  The French and the Spanish occupied the island.  Haitians  were enslaved by the French, while Dominicans were enslaved by the Spaniards.  Both countries have African ancestry, they are genetically linked.  No matter how you put it, there is “black” on both sides of the Island .  Unfortunately, there has been a continued campaign to descriminate against those exhibiting the traits of their darker, African, ancestry.  Those in power have had a  long history of creating and pushing negative propaganda designed to paint their darker relatives as primitive, uncivilized and insignificant (sound familiar?).

The Dominican Republic actually had a campaign where 20,000 – 35,000 Haitians were massacred in October, 1937 by order of the then, dictator, Rafael Trujillo  (Windows on Haiti: The River Massacre ).   Trujillo identified those to be executed by seeing how they pronounced the Spanish word for parsley, perejil.  Whoever did not roll the “r” was executed.  They were identified as “Haitian.”   They had been killed because they were dark-skinned and not “white.”  Trujillo got his inspiration from Adolf Hitler.  He and his followers tried as much as possible to create a nation that was mostly white or light-skinned in appearance by removing any  “black” presence among them (Haiti: Antihaitianismo in Dominican Culture).

State officials of the Dominican Republic (Dominican Republic breaks off Haiti talks over immigration ruling | Reuters) have launched a campaign that served to dehumanize those of Haitian descent.  They have made massive efforts to demonize dark-skinned inhabitants of their country. This is a very dangerous and evil practice.  They have stripped their darker relatives of their citizenship and many have been attacked and killed.  The Dominican government has taken the first steps to “legalizing” the genocide of a people.   So what is the next step?  Currently, any dark-skinned individual is called, “Haitian,” and  is usually mistreated.  This is ironic, considering the fact that most Dominicans are seen as “black” or Afro-Latino by the world at large.

Haitians have been slaughtered in public (Haitian Man Slaughtered “Live” In The Dominican Republic).   No one with any heart for humanity should close their eyes to what is occurring in the Dominican Republic.    They have also allowed them to be robbed of their hard-earned money and no justice has been given on their behalf.  Dominican officials have allowed mobs to attack dark-skinned Dominicans and have allowed those defenseless people to be murdered by those mobs.   They are being treated as the “undesirables” of the country, just like Hitler did to the Jews during World War II.

I dare say, if the world does not open its eyes to this scheme,  it is possible that we will have another genocide (bigger than the one from 1937).  Remember, Adolf Hitler, he robbed the Jews of their citizenship.  He devised a way to identify and label them among the population (they had to wear a star) and they were called, “rats” and likened to them as well.   Anyone who saw those wearing the star mocked those people and mistreated them, just like Dominicans of Haitian descent are being mistreated.  This is not a coincidence.  Eventually, Hitler had  the “final solution.”  The Jews were removed permanently – they were killed by shootings, hangings and gas chambers .  Will there be a “final solution” in the Dominican Republic like Hitler had one? During World War II, this occurred while the whole world watched.  After that sadistic and state-sanctioned genocide, the Jews and everybody with a conscience said, “Never again!”  If anything like what is Happening to the Dominican-Haitians was occurring to Jews in this day, there would be a huge outcry because more than anyone else, the Jews know the signs of state-sponsored genocide and actions that can hint of such a genocide.

We cannot let this mistreatment of a people in the Dominican Republic continue any further.  We  all need to say, “This will not happen here!”  I will not let it happen.  I hope as you read this, you say, “I will not let it happen under my watch!”  We must let the leaders of the Dominican Republic know that we all see what they are doing and we do not agree!  We must all send a message to them that we will not support their country in this decision.  We must put pressure on the legistlators in the US to confront this racism and oppression (http://ohsaynation.com/#!compose?&campaign=1&t=156).

As we mourn the death of the great leader, Nelson Mandela, we must remember the power that a community standing together has in being able to make a change in the interest of the oppressed.  Right now, the darker skinned Dominicans, those of Haitian descent, are being oppressed and they need us to rally on their behalf.  We must send a MESSAGE to the heads of State in the Dominican Republic and to regular citizens who sit idly by, and tell them, “This is not acceptable!”  We must speak on behalf of those who are losing their voice.  We must send a message to the suffering Dominican-Haitians that we are resolved to speak on their behalf.  They must know that they have friends who will speak for them and fight for them.  We must let them know.  The Dominicans of Haitian descent must know that they have support from the “outside.”  They must understand that their hope for relief and justice is not in vain.

I was at a store and I picked up an avocado.   I found a large one that I wanted to buy.  I looked for the price and noticed that it was from the Dominican Republic.  I quickly put it down.  I could not  support a country which treats its people like garbage.  I can’t say like dogs or pigs, because those animals have received better treatment than what the Dominicans of Haitian descent are receiving.

The tourism industry and exporters of Dominican products must know that we are aware of what their officials are doing and we will not support such acts of cruelty and inhumanity.  We must make this a discussion that is so LOUD that they will seriously reconsider and repeal the constitutional provision (Sentencia TC/0168/13 | Tribunal Constitucional de la República Dominicana) designed to strip away the citizenship of  Dominicans of Haitian descent.   My first act of BOYCOTT and PROTEST ( Dominicans Protest Move to Revoke Haitians of Citizenship | Voices of NY) was to refuse to buy an avocado of Dominican origin.  What will your act BOYCOTT and PROTEST be???

Daily Kos: If you are black, get out: The crisis of statelessness in the Dominican Republic

▶ Haiti and The Dominican Republic – The Roots of Division (Massacre River) – YouTube

   Petition | STOP DOMINICAN REPUBLIC VIOLENCE AGAINST HAITIANS | Change.org

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/17/opinions/walker-inequality-roots/index.html

Do not exploit the poor because they are poor
and do not crush the needy in court

-Proverbs 22:22

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Black Teens Being Mistreated by the Police

Posted on 08 June 2015 by mdepeine

 Police treatment of teens

We have a problem in America.  When young black citizens can be treated like criminals just because of their color, we have a problem.  When black teens are randomly handcuffed because they are expressing their disapproval of the treatment they are receiving, then we have a problem in America.  When a young teen girl can be “manhandled” by a police officer in America because she protested the treatments she observed, we have a problem in America.

What I find very telling from the above video is the way the “officer” calmly talked to the white teens, while he vigilantly pursued the black ones.  The whites seemed to have been presumed innocent, as they confidently and securely looked on, while the blacks had guns pulled out on them.  Is it not clear to all America that there is a big race problem that is still not being acknowledged and addressed?

This race problem will require a HUGE dialogue and some serious introspection.  It will not be addressed by blind denial or quick bandaids.  This will only be addressed when we look at America’s history from the dawn of slavery to the Civil Rights Movement, to the present.  America has attempted to give blacks some rights, but America, as a whole, never accepted that blacks and whites are indeed EQUAL and must be given EQUAL treatment under the law.

Right now, it appears that the police, like the police of early America (post emancipation to the present), exists to protect whites from blacks, and not just protect all citizens of the US.  There have been some positive changes in some police departments, but the bigger change will need to involve the whole history of America before any real changes are made.

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Not About Rituals

Posted on 09 May 2015 by mdepeine

Jesus died on the cross to give us eternal life.  He did not die so that we could learn a whole new set of rules and live by rituals.  He wanted to teach us how to know God.  He wanted to teach us how to walk with God.  Jesus wanted us to know God the Father through him (see John 14).  Jesus lived to bring God honor (see John 12).  Anyone who becomes a Christian is here to bring God honor also.

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Start 2015 With a Bang!!!

Posted on 22 December 2014 by mdepeine

Start 2015 with a BANG!  Take bold steps with God’s Spirit.  Do the faithful and AMAZING things that you have dreamed of doing for God. Let God work powerfully through you.  Get and read Immanuel’s Bride and the Holy Spirit: Building a Whole New World. 

Immanuel’s Bride highlights the essence of Christianity: Intimacy with God.  The book promotes God’s plans to live with you and in you.

Immanuel’s Bride will help to restore and rejuvenate your faith in God.  Do you know someone who has lost his or her way because of disillusionment?  Get Immanuel’s Bride for them.

Start 2015 with a BANG and don’t look back!

Available in paperback / ebook

http://www.amazon.com/Immanuels-Bride-Spirit-Mario-Depeine/dp/1628714468/ref=la_B00IWXLYPM_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401425629&sr=1-1

Have a Merry Christmas and an Adventurous and Happy New Year!

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Ferguson – Before You Judge: Consider the History and the Circumstances

Posted on 27 November 2014 by mdepeine

First of all, I want to say to Michael Brown’s parents, his family and friends, I am sorry that you have not been accorded the same treatment that many whites and people of privilege have received in America.  I am sorry for the loss of your son, Michael Brown.  I am sorry you have had to endure the same pain that many other black parents in various parts of America have endured and continue to endure.  Your pain has no bound.  No one can tell you how to feel, in general, and they certainly can’t tell you how to feel now.  This is a very tragic event!  This was not an exercise of the “American justice system at work.”  This loss for you, the Brown Family, was an example, too often seen in America, of the devaluation of black people and other people of color.

While I don’t agree with the looting and violence that have erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, I can understand what people may be feeling.  There are those who are angry and have no constructive way to channel that anger.  There are those who are angry and have just said, “I don’t care, I’m going to do something that makes me feel a little relief.”  I put that very mildly.  There are those who feel very oppressed and just want to “push back” in some fashion.  They are not content with being told, “Despite the fact that you feel wronged, violated, minimized, marginalized, disenfranchised, devalued, helpless, discriminated against, feel like a second class citizen, wrongly judged because of your color, just ‘suck it up’ and be happy that we let you live in America.’”  So rather, than accept such an unfair, and unjust existence, many have decided to react.  There are also those in Ferguson, like any other community and people, who are just opportunists; they just want to take advantage of the moment and they seize the opportunity to get some “free stuff.”

Some, as usual, will make comments like, “Look at them, you see why they get killed.”  Others will say, “They’re just looking for ways to steal and to destroy their own community.”  Still, others will say, “Why should they get any justice, they don’t even know how to control themselves?”  But, who will stop and have empathy for the long and painful history that clearly “states” that a black person’s life is not that important?  Who will stop and actually put themselves in the shoes of black parents who fear that their child could be the next Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, and the long list of young men and women of color who were killed in the name of “law enforcement” because they “looked” a certain way, or evoked some “feelings” in the killer’s psyche?

Since the time of Jim Crow, where America attempted to see black people and people of color as “equal,” this issue has been a well-known fact.  The fact: arrange the laws and justice proceedings so that the death of a black person can be justified through the court system.  What party are these law enforcement individuals having when they realize that they are “essentially untouchable” when it comes to the death of unarmed black people?

I think in the recent case of Trayvon Martin it was too much to ask the Florida prosecutors to prosecute “their own.”  A prosecutor, in any city or state, works closely, every day with the police.  They look for every angle to convict those people (black, white, brown, etc.) who have been arrested.  They want their arrests to “stick.”  They don’t want to prosecute any cases that will be thrown out in court.  In the case of Michael Brown, the same applied.  Why would the prosecutor do everything possible to push a case against the man he has been so faithfully working with, to prosecute the accused?  Now, all of the sudden, we expect this same prosecutor who hung out with the police, had drinks, went to family functions, sports events, weddings, to “turn on their buddies?”  That is not possible, in any universe.  It is not a realistic process.  Any hopes of objectivity would be gone.  It only works on television.  It will never work in real life.

The laws must be changed!  The proceedings must be changed also.  We must push for laws that define the limits of “force” used against any non-police individual.  At the very least, in my opinion, “excessive force” is when you shoot and strike an unarmed individual more than two (2) times.  If we were to decide that “excessive force” was used, then, there would need to be prosecution of the law enforcement officer, regardless of color, stature, or tenure.  We may call that law, The Lethal and Excessive Force Law.  Furthermore, the prosecution CANNOT involve any individual in the local government.  It needs to be headed and conducted by an independent team who works in the interest of the citizens, residents, like an oversight department similar to internal affairs.  As I stated earlier, using the regular prosecutor is not realistic, and it is unfair to put that person in that position.  Even the best-intentioned prosecutor would have a huge amount of conflict trying to prosecute “his own teammate.”  So there needs to be different laws about excessive force and different proceedings in order to have a true prosecution of any officer who violates the excessive force laws.

Towns like Ferguson need to also organize and vote out any public officials who do not want to protect and serve them.  After all, they are paying taxes to keep these people employed.  They pay for their vacations, cushy retirements, uniforms, guns, squad cars, tasers, bullets, and the perks that come with being a law enforcement individual.  Each community that sees that the leaders are not acting in their best interest must organize to root them out.  I also know that those in these positions will tend to push back and try to squash efforts for change.  But the community must organize and work, as one, to bring about the change.  Don’t wait for another shooting to organize; take them out of office before they use the guns, cars, uniforms you supplied them with, to kill you and your children on the streets.  Remind them that, by law, you are to be protected and served.  If they can’t execute that job in a legal, respectful and humane manner, then they need to be fired!

If the chief of police is callous, apathetic and indifferent about the welfare of the people in the community, then he or she needs to be trained to see his or her role differently.  If that does not work, then that individual needs to be replaced with someone who will show cultural sensitivity and take on the role of a guardian for the people in the community.  We must be vigilant to change the tone of the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.  Once the tone of law enforcement becomes one of “us against them” there is a BIG problem.

In education, we hear terms like “cultural sensitivity,” “differentiation,” “inclusion,” “anti bullying,” and others.  These terms have gained popularity and acceptance because teachers are being trained to consider and accept the differences that exist in the classroom among students.  It is not “one size fits all.”  The same methods don’t work for everybody.  A teacher should not just teach from his or her cultural perspective.  A teacher should be willing to connect with his or her students using the student’s culture and background as a reference point.  Also, a teacher should not look down, ignore, or minimize the students who are “different” from him or her.  This fosters “safe classrooms.”  We see banners in many schools that say things like “Everybody counts!”  We need to transfer a lot of that awareness to the police departments in America.

Police departments, all over America, need to be brought into the twenty-first century, like education professionals are being trained to recognize cultural bias and the need to not impose their culture on their students, but be willing to accept the differences and learn how to work for the good of the individual.  The “us against them” mentality that exists in communities like Ferguson must be challenged and eradicated.  That is a lethal mixture for continued and repeated disaster.

Again, I want to say, I’m very sorry to see the pain that Michael Brown’s family has endured and must continue to endure.  Many in Ferguson and throughout the United States are hurting right now.  We all must demand change.  We all must learn and practice the lost art of EMPATHY.  Excessive force laws must be implemented and new proceedings must be developed to prosecute those who break those laws and disregard the needs of the communities they are to serve.  All communities like those of Ferguson must push to get law enforcement leaders and individuals who will look out for their interests; they should be protected and served, not prejudged and executed on the spot.

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BOOK SIGNING on Saturday, October 4th, Middletown, NJ

Posted on 01 October 2014 by mdepeine

I will be doing a BOOK SIGNING on Saturday, October 4th for Immanuel’s Bride and the Holy Spirit:  Building a Whole New World:

Time:                 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Location:        Good Shepherd Christian Book and Gift Store

                      34 Leonardville Road

                      Middletown, NJ 07748-2338

Please stop by to get a signed copy of Immanuel’s Bride for yourself or as a gift to someone dear to you.

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