I often hear that the internet has become the new town hall, and there is a good deal of truth in that.
Historically I believe town hall meetings were a place where people gathered to discuss, vent, propose, and seek resolution – and the physical proximity to others created a sense of unification when something was agreed upon.
I believe as well that when those who had gathered dispersed to their own homes and daily pursuits they carried that unity and sense of purpose with them-the experience had been a palpable one that served to galvanize communities.
As people we are inundated with information and incalculable stimuli via the net-some meaningful and some totally inane-in my case leading to overload at times.
The net has both an entertainment and educational value, and creates an environment filled with distractions-a time to play and a time to be serious-hopefully as advocates we will be enabled to separate the two and in maintaining a sense of unity and purpose disregard the distractions and stay focussed.
I still laugh at myself at times that I actually blog- I thought it a curious social phenomena based more on ego than sharing-for some it may be-but it is a medium with the potential to transform every computer, every home, into a town hall meeting with instantaneous access and participation.
The struggle for justice for Annie, Ray, and untold numbers of others has been greatly enhanced by the net, forums, and blogs-I would encourage one and all to create a blog, as the truth of the matter is volumes of money have been spent, countless videos, and even
websites have been the way of it by those who would advance themselves, obscure the truths we seek, and create confusion.
We have been playing catch up-but with the recent convictions and testimony we are pulling even, now the finish line is in sight and it is incumbent upon us to redouble our efforts and finish this race against time as the victors.
Leave no stone unturned-put nothing off till tomorrow that can be done today-it is the cumulative effect that will produce the greatest results.
Our women are still being raped and abused, likewise our children- elders still go hungry and cold-young men and women still mutilate their bodies and spirit with gang participation and related tattoos, poverty and joblessness are systemic, and children see by the examples provided them that drugs, alcohol, teen pregnancy, single parenting, and a lack of pride are acceptable-this while liberators and talkers live an elevated lifestyle and speak of their dedication to the people.
Stay strong-stay committed for yet a while, and above all else keep punching-YOU can and will make a difference in doing so. YOU quite literally can save a child and bring justice where there has been none. YOU, regardless of your station in life can make a difference.