Monday, July 11, 2016

Abdul Edhi...An Amazing Hero for Humanity

A truly unique, saint like presence, Abdul Edhi, died at 88, on Friday. Known as "Father Teresa of Pakistan", this remarkable man created a social welfare system in Pakistan...the Edhi Foundation, started 60 years ago, which has expanded through private donations. It includes nursing homes, orphanages, soup kitchens, family planning centers, hostels and Pakistan's largest ambulance service.

Tending to his mother who was ill during his teenage years, apparently formed his need to help humanity. He created his charitable empire out of now expands to help other countries in emergency situations as well.

He lived as an ascetic...his lifestyle was austere...married to a nurse who worked along side him in his foundation, he had 4 children.

Nominated 7 times for the Nobel Peace Prize, he is often described as having "boundless compassion". He's quoted as saying, "People have become educated but have yet to become human".

This man should be known by all...I just heard about him on BBC radio. If one man can accomplish so much through his love, it should make us all question ourselves...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sandra Bland Should Be Remembered...A Victim of Police Brutality in Texas A Year Ago

I thought of Sandra Bland today, while watching reports about the police shootings in Dallas, TX.
A black army veteran opened fire on white police, killing 5 at a protest in that city last night...he was protesting 2 murders of black men caught on tape...killed by white police.

Sandra Bland was, by all reports, a striking 28 year old black women, on her way to a new job, in Texas. She was a bright and compassionate woman who had had a lot of disappointments and sadness in her life, but, was excited about a "new beginning"...

Driving through Waller County, a well known racist stronghold, she was pulled over by a white cop...Brian Encinia, allegedly for failing to signal a turn. Dash cam video of the arrest caused outrage...she was brutalized...then brought to a horrible jail. Unfortunately, her family was trying to get $500 bail money... a couple of days passed and then she was "found" dead in her cell. Her death was ruled a suicide by hanging with a plastic bag.

Mystery surrounds her March of this year, the forensic lab autopsy showed that the time of death was not as originally reported which raises questions about the original investigation. Other questions have arisen, as well, regarding her treatment in the jail...and, what really happened to cause her death...

Her family has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against DPS, Waller County, the cop, Brian Encinia, and 2 jailors.

Sandra's death is all the more tragic as she should never have been arrested in the first place...I hope there will be justice done in this case...a jury trial is scheduled for January, 2017.