Dead Men Don’t Benefit from Justice

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Justice is supposed to bring balance, give back what’s lost. Unfortunately, we can’t restore the lives stolen away too soon. Not civilians, not police. No matter the outcome of investigations, protest, and rallies, the dead will remain just that, dead.

So we, the survivors, must find a way to learn from the tragedies of the past and make sure that we don’t repeat the same mistakes.

I’ve seen lots of posts, articles, and responses from people expressing their disgust, disappointment, and fear, but very few that offer any real solutions to the problem.

The problem as I see it, is that the powerful and wealthy don’t care about demonstrations or social media outrage. What moves them is the loss of power and wealth.

So Stage 1 is simple. Appeal to the people in the authority. If they do not respond favorably, replace them. If you shop at a local department store and receive poor service, you speak to the supervisor. If that doesn’t fix the problem, you appeal to the Manager. So on and so forth. If talking doesn’t work, you shop elsewhere and tell your friends to do the same. You don’t shoot the workers, or block the driveway.

Money and power talk. They roar and with confidence.

The horrible truth about the loss of life we have seen recently is that life will eventually go back to normal for most of us. I learned that lesson at the age of 17 when my father died in the hospital. My world exploded, but the sun still rose and set, and eventually the empathetic crowd surrounding me went on with life.

To bring the lasting change, we need, we have to capitalize on the emotions and commit to something that transcends them. We cannot rely on passion alone to make a difference. It will take hard work, dedication to something that will no longer “feel” as necessary as it does right now.

So the first spotlight is on Baton Rouge. Here are the next moves.

  • Contact Internal Affairs with names and badge numbers of officers who are violating the rights of citizens
  • Contact the Metro Council to have them request a Public Hearing, which a council member must introduce, then a date once approved as a topic will be set for the discussion.
  • Register to vote, get involved.
  • Second and fourth Wednesday of every month the Council meets. So the next meetings are July 13th and 27th.
  • The city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will hold elections for mayor and city council on December 10, 2016. A primary election will take place on November 8, 2016. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is July 22, 2016. All 12 city council seats are up for election.

Below is a list of the officials of Baton Rouge, their email contacts, and a link to the bio page on the government’s website.

 

Baton Rouge Officials

Mayor-President

Melvin L. “Kip” Holden  brinfo@brgov.com http://brgov.com/dept/Mayor/

 

Metro Council

Trae Welch  council-dist1@brgov.com https://brgov.com/dept/council/mc01.asp

Chauna Banks-Daniel council-dist2@brgov.com https://brgov.com/dept/council/mc02.asp

Chandler Loupe  council-dist3@brgov.com council-dist3@brgov.com

Scott Wilson council-dist4@brgov.com https://brgov.com/dept/council/mc04.asp

Erika L. Green council-dist5@brgov.com https://brgov.com/dept/council/mc05.asp

Donna Collins-Lewis council-dist6@brgov.com https://brgov.com/dept/council/mc06.asp

LaMont Cole council-dist7@brgov.com https://brgov.com/dept/council/mc07.asp

Buddy Amoroso council-dist8@brgov.com https://brgov.com/dept/council/mc08.asp

Joel Boé council-dist9@brgov.com https://brgov.com/dept/council/mc09.asp

Tara Wicker council-dist10@brgov.com council-dist10@brgov.com

Ryan Heck council-dist11@brgov.com https://brgov.com/dept/council/mc11.asp

John Delgado council-dist12@brgov.com https://brgov.com/dept/council/mc12.asp

 

No Upward Mobility? 3 tips to keep employees engaged, part 1

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Promotion, the corporate carrot. It is one of the best ways to keep a great employee engaged when the circumstances of their position are less than favorable. But what about the small business that can’t provide a new job to entice loyalty and production? Here is the first tip of three to increase engagement without promotions.

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Employee Retention: Golden Handcuffs for Small Businesses

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The term Golden handcuffs came about in the 1970’s. It was a phrase that described the reason a highly paid employee committed to a company. In present terms, this has grown to encompass all employees. Stock options, 401k matching, vesting, are all examples of ways that corporate America has tried to entice employees to stay. Well, what about small businesses? Here are three tips to create Golden handcuffs for your small business if you can’t compete with large corporations on compensation or benefits.

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Get an Edge in Hiring: Three Steps to Finding Great Employees

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Every business, small or large, struggles with finding the best employee for the job. Small businesses have the added challenge of tackling this issue with a smaller budget and less personnel to handle the task. So how do you do it? Here are three tips that make it easier to find that perfect employee!

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Need an Illustrator!

Years ago I realized that my talent was in writing, not in art. My writing started as an extension of my drawings. While I’ve been honing my skill in prose and narrative, I have not done the same with graphic design and drawing. I need an artist that can fully recognize the potential in the art that created the 2 Kingdoms Universe. If you know anyone, send them my way. This site needs some artwork! It’s naked!

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