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Friday, July 24, 2015

3 miles and five stones

Three miles from DC, three miles to turn this candle into a fire of humanity that takes back childhood for 53 million children being abused by the inhumane policies of test and punish. I have been on this road long enough that my every dream is of home, my wife, and my daughter. Three miles to go, three miles until these legs can rest.
How could I be silence?
How could I be apathetic?
How could I watch one more childhood be stolen?
How could I let hopelessness steal my soul?
Let it be known I am a warrior for hope?
Let it be known I am tireless?
Sunday Adelaja said: “You cannot possess your Promised Land without a battle.”
Tell it on every street corner, say it in every valley, ring every bell, and shout it from every mountaintop...
One man walking in the name of love to DC.
This warrior sees:
A promise land,
A place where humanity, love and hope drive childhood,
Tell everyone the candle is the fire, and the fire start spreading today,
I am gathering the shepherds,
Pick up your Goliath stones,
Be ready for the long walk to victory,
Remember July 24, 2015 as the day of calling,
Know that victory is promised,
Know that the price is paid,
Thus begins our year of battles,
But, we shall see that promise land of humanity for our children, parents, their teachers, and our public schools.
Today I am calling all good shepherds,
Remember this:
David took 5 stones in case he missed a few times.
The lesson of five stones from this is David had faith, but the battle might might be long, there will be some ups and downs,
But victory is promised.
Today I bring the promise,
Victory is coming,
Three miles and five stones to DC,

If you want to know what song this Walking Man put on repeat for the last three miles into DC? ...It's Bruce Springsteen's "Rocky Ground"The 2012 Boston Fenway Park version, because I was there...

Monday, July 20, 2015

Praise and blessings too all you beautiful hallelujahs

Some of us look for a hero. Some of us spend a lifetime waiting for that hero. It's a worthy search, but it can leave us so very empty.
Are we not all the hero we have been waiting for our entire lives?
Do we not know what what we want our hero to stand for?
Do we not know who we want our hero to battle?
What if it's not one hero?
What if it's many?
What if it's you, me, and an army of others?
What if all we had to do, is stand up together?
In Dante's Inferno we find Dante Alihieri's words:
"And I — my head oppressed by horror — said:

"Master, what is it that I hear? Who are

those people so defeated by their pain?"

      And he to me: "This miserable way

is taken by the sorry souls of those

who lived without disgrace and without praise.

      They now commingle with the coward angels,

the company of those who were not rebels

nor faithful to their God, but stood apart.

      The heavens, that their beauty not be lessened,

have cast them out, nor will deep Hell receive them —

even the wicked cannot glory in them.”

There is no greater sin than to live a life of indifference, " a life without disgrace or praise. If our lives are consumed by Kim Kardasian(s) and ESPN while:
Hunger strives,
Poverty strives,
Injustice strives,
Disease strives,
While we live lives of silence and apathy then even Hell will not welcome us.

I am not one man walking who loves and feels empowered by my fellow brothers and sisters who understand there is not need to wait for we are the heroes we have waited for our entire lives.

Today I dedicate my steps in this walk to DC to
Every BAT,
Every Opt Out Parent,
Every SOSer,
Every student who Opts Out,
Every student who walks out,
Every rank and file union member who seeks social justice as well as a fair wage.
Ring every bell,
Tell it on every street corner,
Shout it from every mountaintop,
You are the one we have all been waiting for!

On this walk to DC I have found believers, fighters at every step who lives reject apathy and silence.
I did not find a single hero, but I have discovered an army of shepherds.
All armed with sling shots and with stones of David ready to defend our children, our teachers, and our public schools.

In other words I did not find my hero.
But I have found:
Our Hallelujahs,
Our inspiration,
Our hope for change living, walking and breathing in this world in you.
In you my brothers and sisters I find shepherds willing to resist the madness that reduces our children to data and profits.

So to the powerful, the wealthy, and the connected I say remember these 4 words written in the sciptures?

"Wo to the wicked"

Praise and blessings to all you beautiful hallelujahs,

Less than 30 miles to DC,


If you like to know what this walking man is listening to on his walk to DC's Barry Lane Hallalujah from the 2011 Save Our Schools March in DC..

Friday, July 17, 2015

2016 WORD: The most potent weapon people have is not in Washington DC. It's the ballot, and the ballot belongs to the people!

People keep talking about what's missing from the debate on reauthorizing ESEA (NCLB).
All I think is who is missing?
First in my blog tonight I have decided to share just a few images of the people I have met walking to DC. There are too far too many to share. You should know people of all colors, all faiths, and all political affiliations have come to share their stories of testing and punish pain. I want you to see how beautiful they are. This is the America CNN, MNBC and FOX never see, never put on the airways, this is the America mainstream media knows nothing about.
Second, at the end I want to share my analysis of the scam ESEA debates going on in our nation's capital. I want to lay out a simple truth about how to take our government back.
Readers I would love to hear you thoughts.

A simple truth, this is our nation. It's a government for the people by the people. These are our public schools, and they are not for sale. High stakes testing in our K-12 schools has to end. The time for test and punish is over. 
William J. Barber, II, Moral Mondays Leader and President of North Carolina's NAACP said: "We don’t send our kids to school to become skilled test takers... wrote in an op-ed in the Hill. "We pay our taxes and send our kids to public schools because we need future corporate CEOs, cardiologists and aerodynamic engineers, university presidents and school principals, urban planners and architects. Our sons and daughters can’t reach these heights when accountability in our education system hinges on standardized test scores, not cultivating intellectual opportunity."
Rev Barber gets it, Washington DC doesn't.
People say to me, Walking Man have you contacted mainstream media about your historic walk?
Yes I have reached out.  Let me be perfectly honest I do not expect them to come rushing to cover this walk against abusive high stakes testing in our public schools. I have come to see them as part of the problem, and in the service of the test and punish lobbyists. After all who are their sponsors?
We don't need to reach out to them. If we want them to pay attention then we should:
1. Start boycotting their sponsors.
2. Start protesting outside their studios.
3. Start asking your cable/dish companies to drop their news channels.

People always ask me, have you reached out to the Democratic party about your walk?
I have reached out to both political parties. Again to be perfectly honest I do not expect politicians to wean themselves from the massive test and punish political donation money tree. We don't need to reach out to them. We need to remind them we are their boss! If we want them to pay attention then we should:
1. Stop giving them political donations.
2. Start protesting outside their local offices.
3. Stop your party line, and start voting your conscience.

I am not walking for our Mass Media,
I am not walking for politicians,
I am walking for our nation's children,
I am walking for our nation's teachers,
I am walking for our nation's public schools.

I am walking, not begging to be noticed by the wealthy, the powerful, or the connected.
I am walking, because our nation's children, their parents, their teachers, and their public schools are suffering an injustice endless testing and punishment.
Trust me no one in Washington is listening.
I have heard children, parents and teachers crying.
I have offered a shoulder to lean on.
I have listened deeply to their truths.
I am delivering one message only at every stop at this point of my walk.

You are the ones we have been waiting for,
You are the heroes who can save our children,
You hold the most potent weapon in the history of any democracy!
You hold the ballot box!
That ballot box is our most powerful weapon, and it can change things on any given election day.
You are the people,
You are the power that gives power to every leader,
All you need to remember is, this is a government for the people by the people.

So I am no longer reaching out to the Mainstream media.
If we want their attention we must occupy our streets, our courts, and our schools. The key word here is "OUR" that's right these places belong to the people not them.
I am no longer reaching out to Political Parties.
Truth be told if we want their attention then we must use the ballot box.

I have listened, read and followed these sham discussions and debates about NCLB and reauthorizing ESEA act.
Listening to them on C-SPAN daily, I become convinced that these men and women represent not the people, but the lobbyist of the test and punish industry.

They have not heard the testimonies of:
Our children,
Our parents,
or our teachers,

My message is system is broken in Washington.
My message is the system is unjust.
My message is these elected officials have forgotten who they work for.
My message is ballot matters!
My message is we need to rally the people to our nation's capital in massive numbers.
My message is we need to be in their face at every turn.
We need Washington to understand the scam is over.

It's time to take the people's government back.
It's time to remind these elected officials we put them there, and we can kick them out.
In 2016 it's No Justice! No Votes!

If you like to know what I am listening to on my next 10 miles in the morning. It's Mankana's "We are ehe many, you are the few"