Happiness is a direct result of an individual giving freely of themselves to another. Peace is a direct result of groups of people giving freely of themselves to each other. Freedom is the end result of us properly carrying out the first two. I can get a false sense of happiness from money… a false aggrandisation.
Great message. Simply “Do unto others as you would others do unto you.”
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves” ~Abraham Lincoln.
This is another Principle that applies to every facet of life.
If I don’t free you from my anger, condemnation & lies… then I can’t be free of anger, condemnation & lies.
If I Truly realize just how literal this ‘You get what you give’ stuff really is… I will stop treating people poorly, while expecting them to treat me right.
The goal for today: Patience, Tolerance, Kindliness & Love… no matter what!
Have a great day everybody!
A very spiritual song; abundant with meaning and inspiration. The song goes deeper in articulating situations that people sometimes fail to describe in normal conversation.
Doreen Lawrence gets Labour peerage in the House of Lords to recognise her twenty-year long fight to bring her son’s murderers to account.
Doreen whose son Stephen died in a racist attack in 1993, gets recommendation by the Labour party for a seat in the House of Lords to acknowledge her campaign against racism and injustice.
Stephen Lawrence was a Black British teenager from Eltham, South East London, who died in a racist attack as he waited for a bus on 22 April 1993.
Doreen Lawrence, 60, will become a baroness and would be on Labour’s benches in the Upper House.
Ed Miliband, the Labour Leader approved the recommendation which was then forwarded to Number 10 Downing Street.
A new peerages list is out Thursday, August 1, 2013.
Doreen championed a campaign that exposed botched police investigations into her teenage son’s murder.
As a result of her resolve to bring justice, a public inquiry was held in 1998, led by Sir William Macpherson.
After examining the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) investigation, the inquiry concluded that the force was “institutionally racist.” Jack Straw the then Home Secretary in a statement in 2012 said ordering the inquiry was “the single most important decision I made as Home Secretary”.
In 2010 the case became “one of the highest-profile unsolved racially motivated murders” in the United Kingdom.
Formerly a special education needs tutor; Doreen also founded “Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust” in honour of her late son and to promote a positive community legacy.
Doreen received an OBE in 2003 for her community relations efforts.
Directors of Amnesty International African Chapters, in an open letter to South African President Jacob call on SADC leaders to ensure Zimbabwe lives up to its obligations on human and peoples’ rights during and after the elections earmarked for July 31, 2013.
Below is the full text of the letter:
We, the Directors of African Amnesty International chapters, are writing to appeal to you to use your influence to ensure that every Zimbabwean can participate in the country’s upcoming elections without fear of violence, harassment and intimidation. South Africa, as a key member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), played a critical role in easing the tension following Zimbabwe’s last presidential election in June 2008 which paved the way for a Government of National Unity. Extreme violence marked those last elections: at least 200 people were killed, over 10,000 injured and 28,000 were forced to flee their homes. Thousands fled to neighbouring countries.
Zimbabwe’s security forces were heavily implicated in orchestrating and carrying out the violence and the trauma of those events is still felt amongst the people.
The 31 July elections take place against a backdrop of harassment of human rights defenders in the country. In recent months Amnesty International has documented a spate of arrests of human rights defenders, as well as raids on the offices of some of Zimbabwe’s most prominent civil society organisations.
We know that no one wants a repeat of the violence seen in 2008 and SADC has the power to ensure that this does not happen again. Specifically, we call on SADC leaders to ensure Zimbabwe lives up to its obligations under the African Charter on Human and
Peoples’ Rights in the lead-up to the election by:
• ensuring that SADC election observers deployed for the election document and respond to any allegations of human rights violations;
• taking a firm stance against state-sponsored violence and investigating any reports of human rights violations by the security forces;
• working with the Zimbabwean authorities to create an environment in which human rights defenders can monitor and promote human rights without fear of harassment or arbitrary arrest.
Amnesty International believes that peaceful elections can be achieved in Zimbabwe if SADC takes a firm position against violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. No Zimbabwean should be tortured, harassed, intimidated or forced into hiding for their real or perceived political affiliation.
SADC leaders should stand up for the rights of those victimised for exercising their internationally recognised human rights.
Nokuthula Magudulela, Director, Amnesty International South Africa
Clement Capo-Chichi, Director, Amnesty International Benin
Yves Boukari Traore, Director, Amnesty International Burkina Faso
Lawrence Amesu, Director, Amnesty International Ghana
Justus Nyang’aya, Director, Amnesty International Kenya
Saloum D.Traore, Director, Amnesty International Mali
Seydi Gassama, Director, Amnesty International Senegal
Solomon Sogbandi, Director, Amnesty International Sierra Leone
Aimé Tchamie Adi, Director, Amnesty International Togo
- Mugabe turns from violence to sex in bid to see off rival (zimbabweelection.com)
- ‘Unhappy’ Zuma to host Zim pre-election summit (thezimbabwean.co)
- Zimbabwe vote puts AU, SADC in the dock (zimbabweelection.com)
- Amnesty International : Keeping Focused on the Mission (shoretelsky.com)
- Election Message from Amnesty International (webstermadanhi.wordpress.com)