Resist Chicago Resist!

Folks always have something to say. At least Father Pfleger is true to his activism for the community. Are protests supposed to make us comfortable? Will we agree with all protests? Everyone has the right to protest. A protest is supposed to shake things up, bring attention to disparities, and facilitate change.

The truth is some folks don’t care about the shootings in Chicago because it’s not happening in their neighborhood. Well, guess what? One day shootings could be happening in your neighborhood or one of your family members could be a victim of gun violence. Then, you will want everyone involved in being an activist against gun violence.

I think about my family members and it’s only God’s grace that it hasn’t been one of my family members or me the victim of gun violence. We are good at talking mess about what needs to happen and what everyone else should be doing. Well, what about you? What are you willing to do for things to change?

If you are interested in protesting against gun violence in Chicago, please click here. Shut the Dan Ryan down on July 7th!

Before You Speak…

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Recently, I was in Sunday School class and my Sunday School teacher told us some profound information about speaking.  I wrote it down and chose to start the week by helping us apply her instructions as we carry on various conversations throughout the week.  So many times we speak without considering the impact and ramifications of our words.  We choose to disregard the feelings of others, and would be upset if we were spoken to in the same manner.  My Sunday School teacher admonished us to consider these questions before we speak:

Is it true?

Is it necessary to say?

Is it kind?

As we go about our lives this week, let’s use these questions as a litmus test for the words that we choose to say to one another.  I believe we will have less conflict and confrontations with others.  What do you think?  Practice asking yourself these questions this week before you speak, and let me know your results.

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