So.....<again> Let me get this straight....this does pertain to all communities, and not just NOLA....correct? Maybe we could have a list of specific things we would like to work on or follow. <thinks she might do better asking the stupid questions now!>
...for all the clarification needed! Kathy
I'm surprised our illustrious leader didn't mention this . . . but we are on Google:
What is Silence Is Violence ? - Silence Is Violence - Care2.com - 2:24pm
I am new to this group but not new to "violence" or "silence"! I can't wait to see more of what is going on here as I feel Networking with others and other groups is a deffinate possitive action!
Hi Victoria! I am just returning after a very long absence and am trying to WAKE UP this group! I am sooo glade your here!Post what ever s on your mind,and be welcome! Holly: Thank-you so much for your offer! Your country tried to help us while we were still under water immediatly after the storm.Damm Bush!
Hello Victoria,How well I know about silence. Silence has been the quiet friend through out all my life. I kept silence for over 46 years and to that end of the extremes of torture, abuse, sexual abuse, violence, torture from toddler into young adulthood. It took me years to process things, mostly by myself. No one has the answers more than oneself, but the digging, processing takes t i m e, patience, most important, belief in oneself.
Most of the violence came from the rages of people who had themselves been sorely abused, tortured, starved, saw others go through the sameness of issues, escaped being murdered themselves. The sad part of it all, is they did not know how to turn off the rage inside them and continued the actualization of extreme violence in all its severest forms, to my life.
One abuser came from a country going through early communist take over of a peoples, a country, a way of life known for centuries, only to be crushed by brute force, control, undeniable savagery, betrayal, denial of 'faith', genocide, etc. The other came from bigotry, racism, ignorance, white surpremacy, pure hate. I know about almost all forms of violence, because I went through both ideological understandings as well phsically, mentally, spiritually, psychologically, emotionally.What was the worst of these horrid injuries to my person, was unlike a soldier, or an adult, I was completely, and totally defenseless, without anyone to befriend me, support me, care for me, or protect me in any way. I was told to keep my silence by both abusers. If I did not keep my silence, my family members, or those in the house where i was also being taken care of would be killed, and yes, myself as well. What I went through happens to those either in war torn countries to adults and solciers, not children. Not in freedom loving nations, or so I was told.
For the better part of my life, i lived in so much fear. Fear that people would know how terrible I was; and how unacceptable I was. I felt that I was unworthy of being a part of humanity. I never felt equal to anyone, not even in my family.
It has been only through my intense work of disabled rights, human rights that I feel a bit better of myself and almost on a balanced footing, but still no all the way.
I am older; mature beyond my years as a child and now at age 65 feeling as old as the temple of Babylon. The silence I see now is more than blatant by this countries leadership we had hoped would see us through local and global issues. This leadership has not been an esteemed one, but been one of total agorance, without boundries, indecisive, without care about domestic issues here at home. It has been and remains a a gun running, armament, missle driven armed militia without boundries controlled by insanity at the top !
But the ones who have been forced to keep silent, has been the American peoples. But the American people must strive to break the chains of silence, here at home, in our streets, in our courts, as well internationally. Peoples must not keep silent either in their homes, or in their schools.
Glad this forum was started and people can come and share what they feel is of dedicated importance.