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Friday, September 11, 2009

Detroit Bus Riders should expect fewer routes, longer waits

A Change Gonna Come. That seems to be the theme of Detroit these days and why not, we should have expected change was coming to Detroit since change has come to our nation to some degree or another. Therefore when news broke a month ago that Detroit’s bus routes and services would be cut, many in the city including myself fought against such drastic cuts but in the end, it is as if changes to the Detroit Department of Transportation will hurt bus riders with fewer routes and longer waits.

Detroit bus riders who work a night shift could have more difficulty traveling to and from their jobs with late-night and early morning service soon to be cut on about 40 routes under changes to the city’s bus service unveiled Thursday. Two routes on weekdays, three on Saturdays and five on Sundays are to be eliminated. In addition, thousands of riders along 35 routes can expect to wait an average of 10 more minutes for buses to arrive. The reductions are part of budgetary cuts Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said he needs to make in the Detroit Department of Transportation. The route changes — plus the layoffs of 113 drivers — are to go into effect Sept. 26.

• PDF: Download a brochure of the changes

DDOT officials said the least-traveled routes were targeted. For eight busy routes, the city decreased wait times between buses. William Guyton, 26, who was boarding the No. 36 Oakland bus at the Rosa Parks Transit Center on Thursday afternoon, said he was surprised service on the route will be eliminated on weekends and run only once an hour on weekdays. He rides at least two buses daily to attend nursing school in Southfield and to get to his job as a clinician at the Detroit Medical Center. “I don’t think it will be possible,” he said of juggling school and work with the decreased service.

Therefore these bus routes and wait times could make it harder for many people in Detroit to get to school, work and other destinations in the city on time. Detroiter George Jenkins has worked as a weekend maintenance man at Bert's Marketplace in Eastern Market for two years. He relies on the No. 40 Russell bus to get to his job. After Sept. 26, he'll no longer have a way there.

Jenkins, 54, said he is an example of a commuter who will be adversely affected by the city's cuts to bus service. The No. 40 Russell -- which travels right into Eastern Market -- has been eliminated on weekends as part of a larger restructuring of city routes. The city also eliminated the No. 20 Grand Belt service, which travels from Michigan and Wyoming on the city's west side, to Jefferson and Helen on the city's east side; on weekdays, the No. 24 Holbrook, which travels from the Woodward and John R area to east 8 Mile and Mound roads, will no longer run.

Jenkins figured he'd just have to walk farther to catch another bus but realized that wouldn't work, either: The alternate No. 7 Cadillac-Harper bus will not be available after 11 p.m., and he works until at least 1 a.m. "That's going to be an issue Saturday evening," he said. The city averages 37 passengers per hour on Detroit Department of Transportation buses, said Lovevette Williams, interim director of DDOT. She said new fare boxes were purchased in 2006 and allow the city to monitor data by the hour.

If data showed that routes functioned at 50% or less than the average, those routes were altered or eliminated. DDOT officials said the Grand Belt buses averaged seven to 13 riders per hour in the past six months, while the Holbrook buses averaged eight to 11 riders per hour. Bing said the city cannot continue to roll out buses with one or two customers on them, especially when Detroit is facing a $300-million accumulated budget deficit and up to an $80-million cash shortfall for this year.

The city subsidizes DDOT $80 million annually for operations. "We looked at the routes that would have least impact," Williams said Thursday of the changes. "We're looking at how we can restructure a lot of things -- everything is up for grabs." Henry Gaffney, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 which represents city bus drivers, said the cuts will affect schoolchildren and seniors the most. Several of the routes with cuts or increased wait times service areas lined with high schools, hospitals and health centers or clinics. "They're really not looking at how this is going to hurt the citizens of Detroit," Gaffney said, referring to the Bing administration. "They've cut off all service for the senior citizens who use the bus to go to Eastern Market on Saturdays."

Gaffney said 381 DDOT workers, including mechanics and those who answer residents' questions in a call center, could be laid off by Oct. 2. This is in addition to the 113 drivers to be laid off Sept. 26 because of the cutbacks. "It's ridiculous," said Tony Harring, an 11-year DDOT driver. "Some people just don't understand."

Charles Beckham, Bing's chief administrative officer, told riders who attended a meeting at the Considine Center on Woodward, where the changes were revealed, that the cuts were made to address efficiency and budgetary issues. "There was no intent to inconvenience you, the citizens of Detroit, who rely on this service," Beckham said. "We're just trying to make it as efficient as it can be." Such explanations don't placate some residents.

Al Smith, 57, rides the No. 20 Grand Belt bus every day from his home on McDougall to a medical treatment facility on East Grand Boulevard. "I'll be in trouble, big trouble," he said on the looming elimination. "What is the mayor doing?" Smith asked, shaking his head as he waited for the bus in front of Swanson's Funeral Home on East Grand Boulevard. "That man is crazy." Teresa Hicks, 42, doesn't have a car and rides the No. 31 Mack bus a few times a week to see friends and attend adult education classes where she is studying for her GED. "I think everybody riding the bus needs the bus," Hicks said.

While I understand that the city has budgetary problems and needs to fix it, it seems as if Mayor Bing and DDOT didn’t look at the most logical alternative of perhaps merging with SMART. Also it seems as if Mr. Beckham, Bing’s chief administrative officer, doesn’t understand that although they didn’t mean to inconvenience anyone, it is clear that this will bother many Detroiters and might cause some Detroiters to lose their jobs or some school children particularly high school students to get up even earlier than usual to just catch the bus in the morning.

What could be the good of this situation is that many Detroiters will have to become more lean and fit as a result of walking more miles to just catch a bus to get somewhere close to many of their homes. It is clear that in a city as large as Detroit and in a region that doesn’t have a mass transit system that public transportation in Southeast Michigan as well as perhaps the state of Michigan takes a major blow due to these bus routes and services being cut. While many in political officials and city workers in Detroit get to ride around in city vehicles on the taxpayers’ dime, those same taxpayers’ are now being put in a dangerous position of finding alternatives on how to get to work. This is the issue that is surfacing as a result of the fewer routes and wait times being offered by Mayor Dave Bing and DDOT.

It is clear that the lines in the sand have been drawn and if no one stands up to Dave Bing and his administration than Detroit could be in for many dark days not just financially but criminally as well. Many Detroiters who work nights have to be careful now more than ever especially since they have to walk a longer distance to perhaps catch a bus to get home. Also many of the early morning riders will have to be even more careful when they get up to walk to bus stops miles away since many routes don’t start until 7a.m. that used to start at 5 or 6a.m. in the past. Tough times are ahead for Detroit and if I had a vehicle to give everyone I know at a bus stop a ride I would.

However when there are tough times, it is time for us as Detroiters to show up guts and might be uniting behind each other to uplift and encourage one another to not lose hope. Detroit has seen tough times before but not as tough as this but this is not the time for us to lose hope that greater times can emerge again. However it will take some innovation and some even more budget tightening to get there that means lowering non-union city employees’ salaries more than the 10% cuts that they took. As I have stated before, no one in the City of Detroit who works in city government should be making 6 figures in these tough times when so many of the residents they are suppose to serve are one paycheck away from being in poverty. No one in city government should be making 6 figures in a city that doesn’t have a real mass transit system and its only form of public transportation is being uprooted and the riders are the ones who will suffer. On one in city government should be make 6 figures in a city where unemployment is nearly 30% and it might get even higher before the year is out.

This is why with fewer routes and longer waits coming on September 26 than many Detroiter riders will be hurt not only monetarily but mentally as well as perhaps physically because of this. Therefore Detroit, don’t lose hope because all could change if we get out and vote on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 to put people in office especially the mayoral seat that want to see the residents of Detroit get its full benefits of service rather than the quality of life getting farther away than it has ever been. We must vote Detroit and we must really bring about change that improves our quality of life in city as well as improves city services while not hindering so many Detroiters from getting to and from work. So write-in Jerroll Sanders for mayor or vote for Tom Barrow but Detroit, we can’t put Bing back in office when he doesn’t understand the significance of getting a watermelon from a white person and he doesn’t have the guts to meet with Detroiters to tell them himself that he is making these cuts.

I know some people might say that Bing was at a candidate forum hosted by Detroit’s City Clerk but, let’s be real, what’s more important scoring some political points or sitting down with the very people who lives will be affected by the budget cuts. Think about Detroit, everyone in city government knew that on Thursday that the city would roll out its finalization of budget cuts and it just so happened to occur on the same day the City Clerk hosted one of two candidate forums. It don’t surprise me that both events were on the same day especially considering that many city workers probably didn’t attend any of the public forums held August 24-27th regarding bus services and routes being cut. Therefore how would Janice Winfrey or anyone in the clerk’s office understand that on September 10th that the city would roll out its final decisions regarding bus routes and services.

So Detroit Bing chose politics over people and while some people might say that it was more important for Bing to attend the candidate forum since voters were there to listen to him, I beg to differ when the candidate forum was only from 6-8p.m. with members of city council, the mayor and city clerk all speaking. Let’s be real, 15 minutes or less of show time is not enough and if you have been to previous candidate forums, they are not as intriguing as debates especially considering that all candidates answer the same questions and no new solutions are usually offered from by the time you get to the third or fourth candidate forum. Nonetheless, many Detroiters had to sit and listen to Charlie Beckham offer Bing’s sorrow as Bing campaigned to stay as Detroit’s mayor.

Now Detroit the question is what will we do come November 3rd? We will keep the status quo or will we look for change that delivers better quality of service for Detroiters rather than keeping money flowing into the hands of people who have been around for 3 other mayoral administrations or mayoral administrations that bleed the books of Detroit thus resulting in the budget to be $300 million plus. The answer lies with us and I hope many political critiques are wrong in what they think will happen on November 3rd. I hope we prove them wrong Detroit. I pray we do.

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Jay-Z - History



(Jay-Z - History)Jay-Z - History with Lyrics

LYRICS : [Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
(Lighter)
And the battle's finally won
(Gimme a lighter)
Victory (Lighters up) is finally ours
(Lighters up)
History, so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 1: Jay-Z]
In search of victory, she keeps eluding me
If only we could be together momentarily
We can make love and make history
Why won't you visit me? until she visit me
I'll be stuck with her sister, her name is defeat
She gives me agony, so much agony
She brings me so much pain, so much misery
Like missing your last shot and falling to your knees
As the crowd screams for the other team
I practice so hard for this moment, victory don't leave
I know what this means, I'm stuck in this routine
Whole new different day, same old thing
All I got is dreams, nobody else can see
Nobody else believes, nobody else but me
Where are you victory? I need you desperately
Not just for the moment, to make history

[Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
(Lighters)
And the battle's finally won
(Lighters)
Victory is finally ours
(Yeah)
History (yeah), so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 2: Jay-Z]
So now I'm flirting with death, hustling like a G
While victory wasn't watching took chances repeatedly
As a teenage boy before acne, before I got proactiv I couldn't face she
I just threw on my hoodie and headed to the street
That's where I met success, we'd live together shortly
Now success is like lust, she's good to the touch
She's good for the moment but she's never enough
Everybody's had her, she's nothing like V
But success is all I got unfortunately
But I'm burning down the block hoppin' in and out of V
But something tells me that there's much more to see
Before I get killed because I can't get robbed
So before me success and death ménage
I gotta get lost, I gotta find V
We gotta be together to make history

[Chorus: Cee-lo]
Now that all the smoke is gone
(Lighters. Up.)
And the battle's finally won
(Lighter. Up.)
Victory is finally ours
(Lighters. Up.)
History, so long, so long
So long, so long

[Verse 3: Jay-Z]
Now victory is mine, it tastes so sweet
She's my trophy wife, you're coming with me
We'll have a baby who stutters repeatedly
We'll name him history, he'll repeat after me
He's my legacy, son of my hard work
Future of my past, he'll explain who I be
Rank me amongst the greats, either 1, 2, or 3
If I ain't number one then I failed you victory
Ain't in it for the fame that dies within weeks
Ain't in it for the money, can't take it when you leave
I wanna be remembered long after you grieve
Long after I'm gone, long after I breathe
I leave all I am in the hands of history
That's my last will and testimony
This is much more than a song, it's a baby shower
I've been waiting for this hour, history you ours


[Chorus: Cee-lo (2x)]
Now that all the smoke is gone
And the battle's finally won
Victory is finally ours
History, so long, so long
So long, so long



Man in the Mirror--By Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson - Man in the mirror

I'm gonna make a change,
for once im my life
It's gonna feel real good,
gonna make a diference
Gonna make it right...

As I, turn up the collar on
my favorite winter coat
This wind is blowing my mind
I see the kids in the streets,
with not enought to eat
Who am I to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer disregard,a broken bottle top
And a one man soul
They follow each other on the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)
(Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah)

I've been a victim of a selfish kind of love
It's time that I realize
That there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me, pretending that they're not alone?

A willow deeply scarred, somebody's broken heart
And a washed-out dream
(Washed-out dream)
They follow the pattern of the wind ya' see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me
(Starting with me!)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Change his ways - ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make that..
(Take a look at yourself and then make that..)
CHANGE!

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror - Oh yeah!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Better change!)
No message could have been any clearer
(If you wanna make the world a better place)


Michael Jackson - Man in the mirror

A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cook






It's been a long time coming but a change is surely going to come in America and the World! I am the Future of America and the World and that is the message that each of us must carry with us each and every day that we wake up on Earth! I am the Future! You are the Future! We are the Future of America and the World! That is way every election is important--primaries, special elections and general! So vote every year and hold our politicians accountable. Hold our political officials accountable by writing them, calling them and making sure they attend meetings that we the people have. "The Time for Change is not Now but Right Now!"

"EmPOWERment By Any Means Necessary" should be our anthem and should be our creed as we make the positive differences in America and the world that so many people beg for and hungry for year after year! A Change is Gonna Come, A Change is Gonna Come, that's what we must say as we say "God grants us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, Courge to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference" each morning before we go about the task of making a positive change in America and the world a reality.



Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen


“When will people realize that we are Americans first and foremost, not Democrats or Liberals, not Republicans or Conservatives, not Independents or moderates. We are Americans. Stop putting a political party above America and stop putting any politican above America. America succeeds because of us the people holding our government responsible no matter the political party because the main two political parties are to blame for the condition America is in."—Hodari P.T. Brown

America with its flaws and all is a country I am proud to have been born in. America is not perfect but my love for it is perfect. That’s why all Americans must realize that we are all Americans. In fact we are Americans first and foremost. We are not Democrats or Republicans. We are Americans.

We are not Muslims, Christians or Jews. We are Americans. Too many times we recognize our differences with others rather than appreciating our similarities which are, we are Americans. We are Americans first and foremost, no matter if we were born here or moved here legally. We are all Americans, here in this country to make not only our lives better but the lives of other Americans better so future Americans can enjoy the rights and freedoms that make us all Americans.

We are all Americans. We are one party united under God. We are Americans and this is the only political party that matters. We are Americans and this is our country so let’s make sure that we make America better than how we found it so future Americans can live prosperous and joyous lives. We are Americans and must not ever forget that.

America will prosper as long we make sure we are doing our part to make it prosper and that means we can’t put any political party or politician above America. Long live America forever and long live America’s service to the world. Together, America and the world will prosper for future generations to enjoy America and the world we live in.


Lift Every Voice and Sing


This video of the ' Negro National Anthem' was originally screened at the historic African-American Church Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC on January 18th, 2009. Many of the esteemed individuals featured in this video in attendance and we presented with the ' Keepers of the Flame' award for the monumental contributions to social justice.

This version of the song was performed by the Grace Baptist Church Cathedral Choir, conducted by Derrick James. The video was produced and donated by Ascender Communications, LLC (www.ascender-c.com) at the request of The Balm In Gilead, Inc.

If I Was President--Wyclef Jean




If I was President that is the people's anthem. We all have ideas of what we can do as President and through this website, we will fulfill our deam as a people!

Somethings Gotta Give--Big Boi ft Mary J Blige



Somethings Gotta Give people and it begins today for all us to make sure that something is us. We the people are sick and tired of suffering. Where is our piece of the Dream that so many people dead for so that we all could see today. This is our time people to change America and the world so that the Next Generation has a better future than the past we inherited.

This is our call to service. This isn't about one political candidate or one political figure. This is about us as people coming together to finally leave up to our potential and achieving the great feats that those before us have achieved. This is our moment to lead our nation and our world to greater heights.

Somethings gotta give people and it starts with us the people making it happen. We have to improve our education system in America. We have to rid the world of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We have to go to the streets and lift a hand to another in order to decrease poverty in this world. We have to take a stand today and make sure that the future of America and the world is brighter than it has ever been.

Somethings Gotta Give and that is why we must "Remember Each One, Reach One and Teach One so America's future and the World's future continues to prosper."

John Legend - "If You're Out There"


If you're out there than you need to get started in helping to change America and the world. The world and America won't change until you get involved in making the changes you want to see in this world. If you're out there, than you must know that tomorrow started now and today started yesterday so you are behind in helping to the change. If you are tired of hatred, racism, poverty, war, and violence than the time to change it is now. If you want universal health care, world peace, democracy for every nation, equal rights, and happiness for all than you must get involved now to help the save world.

You must believe in the change that you want to see and you must act on making that change a reality. If you're out there than say it aloud and show the rest of America and the world that you're out here to make a real positive change in the communities we stay in. If you're out there than get involved now. I'm calling every women and men to join me as we take back our country right here, right now. If you're out there than the future started yersterday and we are already late so we have lots of work to do but I know we can do it together as one.

YES WE CAN



Yes We Can accomplish anything that we set out to do! We don't need charismatic or inspirational leaders to believe in ourselves and to take responsiblity for our own faith, we just need each other. Yes We Can build a new America and a new world if each of us would take action now to make the changes that we want to see in the world. Yes We Can control government by holding our political officials accountable for their actions by calling them out when they don't pass legislation that supports the common good of all man and by voting in every election to ensure that we have people representing the people locally, state wide, nationally and in the world.

Yes We Can be great! Yes We Can be what we want to be! Yes We Can be glorious in not only America but the world! Yes We can put action behind our worlds and change the world starting right here, right now! Yes We Can as Republicans, Democrats and Independents become one as we freely think about our fellow men and women and make decisions that will be in the best interest of all people and not one single group.

Yes We Can be the change that we want to see in the world! Yes We Can show the world that the youth are ready to lead! Yes We Can put our egos, our social economic statuses, our religions, our educational statuses and our skin color to the side for the better good of the world! Yes We Can be Greater than we have ever been and help others be Greater than they have ever be!

YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS IN ALL THAT WE DO! YES WE CAN, no matter what others may say, we will be glorious! YES WE WILL and YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN!

YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN is what will be sung from every mountaintop, every riverbank, every household, every school yard, every factory, every sporting event, every college campus and even every place you can imagine in the world is where YES WE CAN, will be said and heard!

YES WE CAN!

Keep On Pushing - Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions


Wake Up People! No matter who is elected to any public office, we have to “Keep On Pushing” as a people to make sure they don’t leave us in a worst state than what they inherited. We as a people have to “Keep On Pushing” to make a difference in the lives of others. We have to have an “EmPOWERment By Any Means Necessary” attitude as we continue to push our agenda that we the people deserve and want better. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change in a positive way that will benefit all Americans no matter their age, their religion or skin color. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change that will improve our education system, improve our military, improve our national security, improve our healthcare system and improve our economy. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to bring about change that will leave America’s future in a better than how we found it and that will leave the world’s future in a better state than we imagined we could live it. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to make life better for our neighborhoods, our families and even our quote on quote enemies. We have to “Keep On Pushing” to inspire, to uplift and to guide those who need help spiritually, physically and mentally. We have to “Keep On Pushing ” so that our lives, our future generation’s lives and the lives of those who came before us does not die in vein.

“Keep on Pushing”

A War For Your Soul

A War For Your Soul-regular version from Erisai Films on Vimeo.


The moment has come for us as a nation of people to finally wake up and realize that our destiny and fate in society has rests on our shoulders. We cannot allow the forces of evil and darkness to drain us out. We have to continue to overcome all odds in order to make the future of our nation better and the future of future generations of Americans better. We have to continue to pray to our Lord and we have to continue to uplift each other in prayer as well as take action against those things that are trying to destroy us. We have to stand up once and for all and be the future that we want to be. Now is our time and we shall do together by any means necessary.

This video was created to inspire young African-Americans not to fall prey to some of the problems they face in society. The use of the voice "Master of Darkness" represents evil, which is where the blame of all problems should be placed, and not on any one group of people. This video should not to be used to divide people (Black & White), there are images of heroes that are white in this video, and there are images of Black & White coming together with the words of Dr. King in the background. Some of the images from the past can be unsettling, but they are used to show all Americans how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. This film is being strategically placed in school systems, churches and youth orgs around the country, in hope of helping a lost generation of kids that we as Americans have forgotten. As fellow Americans we must continue to love each other, and take that love and spread it to the rest of the world. **THIS VIDEO IS NOT FOR SALE & I AM NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR THE FILM, I ONLY WANT THE MESSAGE TO REACH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT ANY HIDDEN POLITICAL OR FINANCIAL AGENDA.
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Sitting On the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding



"The time for sitting is over! The time for action is now! The time for hope without action is hopeless! The time for change without a positive attitude is a change that we can't believe in! We need change that is positive of helping all people! Our time for action is now, our time for hope is now, our time for change is now and our time to believe that we can do whatever we set our minds to is not now but right now!"

STAR SPANGLED BANNER


The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming;
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?


On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
'Tis the star-spangled banner; O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!


O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land,
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just.
And this be our motto— "In God is our trust; "
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Black President



Our Time is not now but Right Now! Our Time has finally come to change the world not now but Right Now! If you don't believe that we can change the world than watch as we do it by changing your mind into believing in us and what we can do! This is OUR TIME RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!

FIGHT THE POWER



We got to FIGHT THE POWER! We can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch injustices take place. We can no longer sit by and allow our right to vote to become unexercised. We must FIGHT THE POWER for our past, present and future! We can no longer allow our rights to be oppressed and our voice to become drained by the powers at be. We must FIGHT THE POWER and show that we have a lot to say that needs to be heard by the mainstream media. We must FIGHT THE POWER and live up to our potential as dynamic, unbelievable and phenomenal people.


We must not believe the hype but we must become the hype. We are not Harriett Tubman, Marcus Garvey, MLK, Malcolm X, Booker T. Washington, Carter G. Woodson, W.E.B. DuBois, the Black Panther Party, SNCC, or any other activists but we are the fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, uncles, aunties, and relatives of those who came before us to pave the way for us to FIGHT THE POWER! We are not next Generation of leaders who will not be honored and praised until they die but that’s the fight we accept. We are not fighting the power for glory or fame but we are fighting the power for just causes that most men and women will not understand until years or decades later.


We are fighting for our sisters and brothers in Darfur, Georgia, Iraq, Iran, China and Mexico. We are speaking for those who are poor and have no food or water. We are fighting for those who are sick and dying. We are fighting for universal healthcare across the world and human rights for all people. We are fighting for rich and poor! We must FIGHT THE POWER no matter how hard and tough the road may be. We must FIGHT THE POWER for a better today and an even greater tomorrow!


FIGHT THE POWER!

PEOPLE GET READY


“People Get Ready” our time is coming! We have come too far to turn back now. Our train is coming and it is coming in waves. “People Get Ready”, we don’t need a ticket but we need faith and the Lord will help guide us as we take back America and the world. “People Get Ready” our moment is now and we are ready to see the change we want in America and the world. All we got to do is have faith, hope and prosperity. “People Get Ready” to face your fears. “People Get Ready” to face your demons and the challenges of yesterday because today and tomorrow we will conquer & be victorious. “People Get Ready” a change is coming and our actions will make sure that change is a real positive change that lasts forever.


“People Get Ready” because we have had enough of just talking but now is our time to show action. “People Get Ready” to take back America and the world. “People Get Ready” to take back our communities and to make our streets safer and schools better. “People Get Ready” to make all our dreams come true. “People Get Ready” to see a better present for everyone and a better future for future generations. “People Get Ready” to live up to your potential and to help others live up to their own potential. “People Get Ready” to move past hatred, bigotry, racism and sexism. “People Get Ready” to fulfill the dreams of those who came before us and those who will come after us.


“People Get Ready” as we make our actions speak louder than our words. “People Get Ready” to make words mean something again as we put action to back up our rhetoric. “People Get Ready” as we embark on a new journey that will re-write America’s history as well as the world’s history. “People Get Ready” as we make the lives of others better and the lives of future generations better. “People Get Ready” because all we need is faith, hope and action to make this world a better place. “People Get Ready” to make a difference. “People Get Ready” to fulfill the American dream. “People Get Ready" to live out the American Dream as our founding fathers wanted us to live it. “People Get Ready” because our time is now, our moment is now and our moment in time to change America & the world is not now but right now. “People Get Ready” because a change is coming!


Alicia]
(Let me tell you now)
People get ready, there's a train comin'
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin'
You don't need no ticket, you just thank the lord

[Lyfe]
People get ready, for a train to Jordan
Picking up passengers coast to coast
Faith is the key, open the doors and board them
There's hope for all among those loved the most

[Alicia]
There ain't no room for the hopeless sinner
Who would hurt all man kind just to save his own (believe me now)
Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
For there's no hiding place against the kingdoms throne

[Alicia & Lyfe]
So people get ready there's a train coming
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels humming,
You don't need no ticket, you just thank the lord


“PEOPLE GET READY!”

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood


Lee Greenwood-god bless the U.S.A