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VIII.XIII.MMXVI.

The Flood.

I’m devastated, not only is this the first time but the second time this year we have to deal with such a tragic flood.

Keep Louisiana in your thoughts and if you’re religious keep in your prayers.

Emergency numbers and shelter info! Pass this along -

Emergency # by area: (For rescues)
St Helena 225-222-4413 (press 0)
Livingston Parish 225-686-3996
Baker 225-788- 0300
Central 225-367-1245
Call 511 for road closure info, or visit 511la.org.

Residents forced from their homes because of flooding are staying overnight at 19 Red Cross and community-run shelters which offer meals, a safe place to sleep and emotional support as neighbors continue to arrive at shelters:

East Baton Rouge Parish
• Baker Civic Club – 2640 N. Magnolia Drive, Baker
• BREC Park at Hamilton Avenue – 16200 Hamilton Ave., Baton Rouge
• BREC Park at Flannery – 801 Flannery Road, Baton Rouge
• Clinton Fire Station – 5567 Highway 67, Clinton
• Fellowship Church – 9414 Plank Road, Clinton
• Rock Church – 20810 Plank Road, Zachary
• Slaughter Fire Station – Highway 19, Slaughter
• Zoar Baptist Church – 11848 Hooper Road, Central
Iberia Parish
• Cyr-Gates Community Center – 300 Parkview Drive, New Iberia
Lafayette Parish
• Heymann Center – 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette
Livingston Parish
• Bethel Baptist Church – 2149 Circle Drive, Livingston
• First United Methodist Church – 316 Centerville St. NW, Denham Springs
• Riverside Baptist Church – 36890 Highway 16, Watson
St. Helena Parish
• St. Helena High School – 14340 Highway 37, Greensburg
Tangipahoa Parish
• Mike Kenny Center – 601 W. Coleman, Hammond
• Amite Community Center – 101 W. Chestnut, Amite
• Kentwood High School – 603 Ninth St., Kentwood
Vermilion Parish
• Abbeville Boys & Girls Club – 301 A.A. Comeaux Memorial Dr., Abbeville
Washington Parish
• Franklinton High School – 1 Demon Circle, Franklinton


Stay safe everyone!

Over the past two years, as I have moved to break the betrayal of my own silences and to speak from the burnings of my own heart, as I have called for radical departures from the destruction of Vietnam, many persons have questioned me about the wisdom of my path. At the heart of their concerns this query has often loomed large and loud: “Why are you speaking about the war, Dr. King?” “Why are you joining the voices of dissent?” “Peace and civil rights don’t mix,” they say. “Aren’t you hurting the cause of your people,” they ask? And when I hear them, though I often understand the source of their concern, I am nevertheless greatly saddened, for such questions mean that the inquirers have not really known me, my commitment or my calling. Indeed, their questions suggest that they do not know the world in which they live.
—  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Beyond Vietnam– Breaking the Silence.” 4 April 1967. Riverside Church, NYC.
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Remembering Ruby: Lynn Whitfield, is joined by Phylicia Rashad, Tyne Daly, Kim Fields, S. Epatha Merkerson, Susan Taylor, Pauletta Washington, and Elizabeth Van Dyke as she reads from a medley of poetry and prose written by Ruby Dee during a memorial service for the actress at The Riverside Church, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in New York.

AP Photo/Jason DeCrow/Getty Images

Censored NYC History: Martin Luther King Jr. essentially told a gathering of NYC’s elite reporters and church gatherers that America’s best defense against Communism was a “positive revolution of values” upholding humanity over profiteering and violent domination.

…A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see than an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. [applause]

A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, “This is not just.” The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.

A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing except a tragic death wish to prevent us from reordering our priorities so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war. There is nothing to keep us from molding a recalcitrant status quo with bruised hands until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood….

- April 4th, 1967 - Riverside Church, NYC

February is Black History Month. This photograph shows a different side of the iconic March on Washington.

There was concern that the influx of so many people would be too much for the city, and that marchers would face food shortages and lack of toilets. Organizers told marchers to bring their own water and food, preferably sandwiches that would not be spoiled in the August heat.

Food was made for the marchers by volunteers. Smithsonian Magazine describes the work in the article “Eating on the March”:

“In New York, volunteers showed up at the Riverside Church at 3:00 AM to make bagged lunches. The bagged meal, comprised of a cheese sandwich, mustard, marble cake and an apple, could be purchased by marchers for 50 cents. Working in shifts until 4 in the afternoon, the assembly line crew paused once for a few words from Dr. Robert Spike, director of the Commission on Religion and Race of the National Council of Churches: ”As an act of love, we now dedicate these lunches for the nourishment of thousands who will be coming long distances, at great sacrifice to say with their bodies and souls that we shall overcome.” In all, 5 tons of American cheese went into the 80,000 lunches that were loaded onto refrigerated trucks and shipped down to Washington.”

You can read the full article here: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/eating-on-the-march-food-at-the-1963-march-on-washington-1291334/

Image: Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Food service crew.], 08/28/1963. National Archives Identifier 541999

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Diego Klattenhoff filming the Blacklist in Morningside Heights October 24, 2016 (photos mine).

This should be Episode 9, which will air in 2017. (Which may explain the heavy coat he is wearing despite the fact it is 61 degrees in NYC right now). As far as I could tell, Mozhan was on set also, though I did not see her, as well as both of their stunt doubles. I saw a guy with a weird wound to his head that I did not recognize plus tons of extras. They had just finished filming scenes outside Sakura Park and were heading to a second nearby location that appears to be part of the Riverside Church complex.

And don’t let anybody make you think that God chose America as his divine, messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgment, and it seems that I can hear God saying to America, “You’re too arrogant! And if you don’t change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power, and I’ll place it in the hands of a nation that doesn’t even know my name. Be still and know that I’m God.”
—  Martin Luther King,
“Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”
April 30, 1967, Riverside Church, New York