|Prospect Ave fire|
|Bronx River Projects|
|Candles lights for the fire victims|
I was glad to be in New York City the capital of diversity for the holidays. I had all the traditional Puerto Rican food and spent quality time with my family. In the midst of chaos,
|My little Sister, Sarah|
January is human trafficking awareness month I think about one of our nonviolent freedom fighters, Martin Luther King. He was one of the greatest civil right activist of the 20th century who left a legacy. He said "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend." He knew love is the element of change despite of life challenges it is needed to overcome hatred and ALL TYPES of INEQUALITIES. Love is not a monetary currency it is relational. It is naturally found in all of us; we need to cultivate it with someone or in a group. LOVE is REVOLUTIONARY. This new year I am not about resolutions ALL in for the LOVE REVOLUTION even if I die or go to jail for my compassion. I desire to be an agent of change with the support of fellow trench workers to richly blessed as we continue the war against human trafficking, opiate addiction and poverty. Maybe for once the media can look to us for answers. Trench workers are indigenous leaders which makes them transformational in their strategies because they are in the places working with people who are ignored and considered worthless. I am one of those worthless folks but I am loved by them and my comrades as well. In capitalism my multi-billion love currency is useless. Everything is all about how much you have in your bank account. Another year past in which I was declined for a business loan. I have a dream about more buildings and houses to come on our laps! It means I will have a bigger faith this year. My fellow comrades will continue to live by the golden rule every day from sun set to sun down. We have identified through the voices of the folks we serve the medication assisted program drug Suboxone has proven to be ineffective treatment in the opiate crisis while the doctors, court systems, prisons, clinics, and rehab programs receives a financial cut from pharmaceutical manufacturers who create these legal medical synthetics drugs. Now this year there is a group pushing for recreational marijuana. On the Hilltop, Marijuana is affordable but it is laced with Fentanyl. Weed is not an opiate however the side effects are the same it effects the mid-brain, the sensory and emotion compartment. It takes 72 hrs to feel better after going cold turkey from opiates and it takes 2 weeks to go through withdrawals from THC. HELLO we have not even won the war with opiates now we are ready for another one.
Leaders need to be transparent. I am not perfect. I make mistakes and that is part of human nature. Last year, I was pissed off by some incompetent folks who wanted a platform and caught in their lies. Kathleen Martin has been my buffer to keep me in alignment. Brilliant and sometimes militant but with love. She is an Army Veteran. I learn from her to move on pick your battles even when all odds are against you. Sometimes a mistake provides a moment of compassion to someone going through it. Your story is a message of hope and healing even with start up nonprofits. My personal story has been shared with a few street sisters who asked. I am an open love letter. They hug me and cry. I am sure those tears were cleansing as I pray for them. Sometimes when two heart beats come together there is transference of good energy. I know my heart is right. The Street sisters have radiant smiles when we connect. They thank you and of course say I Love You and they mean it. Human contact and healthy touch is comforting and releases dopamine the neural transmitter they desire. Any woman can be in their position. Some live in the suburbs addicted to pills and alcohol they hurt like my Street Sisters. My heart goes out to them wherever they at. Betrayal, being lied to, and experiencing all types of abuse hurts tears a person down. The stories of my lovely street sisters are tragic. On the last blog I wrote about a survivor of human trafficking who relapsed to the devils drug, heroin and was on life support. Her soul now rest in peace and her son will be raised by her mom. My mission this year is for them is to experience something better with the trench workers at the Love Drop-In Center. Those trench workers are amazing they are true hearts of compassion who are faithful and love not only in words but in action. My New Story involves all types of trench workers here and elsewhere, young and wise, in and out of the front lines in schools, churches, camps, shelters, and wherever including government offices we want a healthy city and state. Trench workers from Columbus and nation ARISE & UNITE for this FIGHT we can win any war as we live by the Golden Rule. Our motto is Hope is our Dope.
If there is anyone struggling with addiction don't repeat history. You have everything in you to start a new chapter from your book. Right now surrender to the God who created you! You master the substance! The substance doesn't master you. You were born innocent and to be LOVE. Give up the addiction Allow Hope to Be Your Dope. Your decision to give up your addiction will be your Love Story for someone in the near future. Go ahead set the world on fire, be a leader even if you need to crawl in your anguish. I know of a tribe that will crawl with you! Martin Luther King said it best “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." Dope and other illicit drugs is a temporary escape of hurt yet it keeps you stagnant simply STUPID. We will need more Love Drop-In Centers I see some lives change already. We need them with showers so they can feel clean (a part of therapy) and lounge with a few cots so the girls to rest. Faith Community Church, a store front church has agreed to allow us to be there rent free for now. I love Pastor Jeff, Sue Ben, and my DUVALI sister, Veronica trench workers to the core. This year I am looking for a financial breakthrough there are several store front places on Sullivant Ave that would be perfect and of course the big dream of the Love Depot that is across Gilgal #2. We have had some setbacks this year with Gilgal #2. However we have two houses, a small lot of land, the Love Bug, and the mighty trench workers who have partnered. We are small yet willing to rescue the women, children and others as we continue to run the race set before us to save lives through LOVE. Our Christmas party angels came through with the toys and coats for the kids, food and Christmas bags for the women it was warm and cozy. It was sad to see some of my sisters eat and get sick. I pray for the trench workers to be present when our hurting street family ask to be free from the chains of addiction and human trafficking. Hope, faith, and love are the links in my freedom chain and of course my Dope is Hope. Allow your New Story and one of your new year resolution for 2018 to be involved by sharing some love to strangers and become the Love Revolution. Embrace the moving words of Martin Luther King Jr "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”