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What Would Jesus Do About America's Social Injustice???

Truth is often stranger than fiction. People change. These two adages come together in the most unusual ways. A Black reverend began fighting for social justice in 1955 and preached a message in which he admonished his followers to use non-violent resistance to effect social justice. He rebranded himself and altered his message after four innocent Black girls were killed in an Alabama church. He went so far as to write to the president pro tempore who replaced an assassinated president and to therein accuse Lyndon B. Johnson of not doing enough to ensure school integration -- which LBJ claimed to support. Then, at the behest of a preacher who would eventually be killed by gunfire, the man who replaced a president who'd been killed by gunfire sent troops with guns to ensure that Black children could attend a formerly all-White school in Little Rock, Arkansas. All of this just goes to show that, whether it's for the better or for the worse, people can change; and, for over 50 y…

Grade DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congress & tRump on Homelessness in Lieu of 2018 Elections & Sure Revolution

Washington, DC is a strange place. (That's the understatement of the millennium.) It's getting stranger by the day. But, since this is a blog post and not a book, I'll only visit matters pertaining to strange governance for now. The strange White House 'resident, tRump, is showing that there's a method to his madness -- at least for anyone who's paying attention. By his inauguration, he'd shown contempt for all things intellectual and scientific -- having disparaged 17 federal intelligence agencies, having denied climate science and having threatened to shut down the Department of Education as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since taking office, he (with the help of Congress) has installed secretaries at HUD (Housing and Urban Development) and the EPA whom many citizens have good reason to believe were put there to tear the agencies down. In a stroke of apparent consistency, tRump has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord and g…

Open Letter To North Korean President Kim Jong Un From Washington, DC's Homeless

President Kim Jong Un:

My name is Eric Jonathan Sheptock. I've advocated for Washington, DC's homeless community since mid-June 2006. In short, that means that I am one of a number of people who've approached government with the concerns of the homeless community and with ideas for decreasing homelessness. I personally have dealt primarily with the local government (DC Government), as opposed to the federal government (Washington). I've watched the homeless population go through a glitch pattern that DC Government refuses to have any meaningful conversation about, as it swung through a series of ups and downs -- reaching it's low of 5,757 people in 2007 after a high of 8,977 in 2005. We had 8,350 homeless people in 2016 and 7,473 in 2017, which was very close to our 2001 and 2002 numbers of 8,325 and 7,468 respectively. Long story short, we have a local government in the nation's capital who've said in 2004 that they wanted to end homelessness in 10 years…

Stop *itchin'; Start a REVOLUTION in 2018!!!!!

The logic that caused government to federalize social programs in the 1930's has been turned on its head in late-2017. During the great depression the federal government was willing to run up the deficit in order to save the working class (including lower-income people, as opposed to just the middle class). Then came fiscal responsibility and cuts to social programs in the 1980's. Now Trump and the 115th Congress have passed a tax plan that runs the deficit up in order to greatly decrease corporate taxes and taxes on the wealthy. The stated goals and purpose of the federal government have completely flipped since my adoptive mother -- Joanne Elizabeth Sheptock (80) -- was born in 1937. *****************************************
As my last post indicated, I see a series of 15-year patterns in terms of what government has done over the past 30 years. I also see the recently-passed tax plan bidding terribly for the working poor of America who will soon have the rug pulled out from …