Me Too: Empathy Through Empowerment

To put it simply, the United States of America, a nation born out of revolution, is currently facing an upheaval in awareness regarding the reality of our country’s foundation and its consequential inner workings throughout history. As of late, the American Feminist movement, developed during the fight for women’s suffrage in the 1900s, has now recently focused into a national, even global, acknowledgement and dialogue regarding the disproportionate sexual abuse and harassment women face in society. Continue reading “Me Too: Empathy Through Empowerment”

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The Heart Knows Something Different

People easily become statistics…whether in poverty, crime, prison, underage pregnancies, or foster care system. We forget people have emotions, aspirations, dreams, fears, insecurities, and passions when all they are to us are numbers.

The Resident’s Creed

I’m gonna succeed
I’m gonna make it
You may not believe me
but I’m young and strong
and I’m moving on
to make a place for me

So shake your head
and think your thoughts
as if I am deceived
but the last horse in line
doesn’t always finish last
by chance it takes lead

You may notice my wrongs
and when I fall off the track
but you never take the time
to give credit that’s due
when I dust off my knees
and start back

I have many more laps to go
and, yes, bleed blood if I must
bleed because I know
somewhere, out there, there’s a finish line, my destination

whatever it is,
whatever it is,
I will reach it,
I will succeed,
you will see

– Tameka Ross, 19

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Andrew Boyd

“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.”

Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe