Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, at the Malice Green re-dedication site in Detroit on November 5, 2006. (Photo By Trish Cunningham).
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This country has just celebrated Independence Day on July 4th, but did everyone who calls themeselves Americans and/or citizens of this country consider July 4th their Independence Day? Find out Sunday!
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The 7/1/07 airing of "Fighting For Justice" dealt with the under discussed, under reported subject of rape.
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There are many types of under-reported sexual assault that the general public knows little about. Our guest Serena Sebring of UBUNTU spoke about the sexual assault of Sex Workers (women and men who work in the adult entertainment industry), last week. There are also Adult Victims of Clergy Abuse (adult women who have been abused by Pastors, Priests, Bishops, etc.).
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FREDRICK DOUGLAS ON INDEPENDENCE DAY
".... say it with a sad sense of disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary. Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you this day rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony...." HEAR THE ENTIRE SPEECH ON FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE, SUNDAY, 7/8/07, 10-11 a.m. ET
Olin Tezcatlipoca is the Director of the Mexica Movement, an organization that focuses on the history and education of the Indigenous people of this land.
Kalyn Free, President of The Indigenous Democratic Network (INDN)
INDN is said to be the only grassroots political organization devoted to recruiting and electing Native American candidates and mobilizing the Indian Vote throughout America on behalf of those candidates.
Free became the youngest lawyer ever hired by the U.S. Department of Justice after graduating from law school. During her 10 years there, she served as senior counsel in the Indian Resources Section, where she supervised environmental litigation throughout American Indian country.
She returned to Southeastern Oklahoma where she became the first woman elected District Attorney of Pittsburg and Haskell Counties, making victim's rights, domestic violence and child abuse top priorities.
"Pastoral abuse--pastors engaging in sexual or romantic relationships with their parishioners or counsels--is much more prevalent than is commonly supposed. Estimates exceed the 10 percent figure Rutter ascribes to male psychotherapists.
"The abuse often is seen by parishioners and denominational executives as something else.... A single pastor relating inti- mately with a single parishioner is typically seen as an acceptable and time-honored practice. I argue, however, that such intimate relating is always an unethical boundary violation and that it is always the pastor's responsibly to maintain the appropriate boundaries. As with rape, a pastor's sexual or romantic involvement with a parishioner is not primarily a matter of sex or sexuality but of power and control. For this reason I call it pastoral sexual abuse rather than "pastor-parishioner relations" or, worse, a matter of private activity between consenting adults (which is almost always how the perpetrator will describe it).... I have found that ministers enter into romantic or sexual relationships with parishioners primarily because there is an imbalance of power between them at the outset and because they need ! to reinforce and heighten the intensi!
ty of that power dynamic....
"....WHY SHOULD these relationships be considered abuse? If both the minister and the parishioner are single (usually not the case), what's wrong with their having a relationship? As Fortune has outlined, there can be no authentic consent in a relationship involving unequal power. And no matter how egalitarian a pastor's style of ministry, he carries an authority that cannot be ignored...."
Rev. Pamela Cooper White
Soul Stealing: Power Relations in Pastoral Sexual Abuse
ABAYOMI AZIKIWE ON THE SUDAN
"Fighting For Justice" talk show Co-Host and an editor of the Pan-African Newswire was absent from the program on 6/24/07 because he was speaking about the injustices in Sudan, Africa.
To hear what he spoke about, click on to: http://www.uusermons.com
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