the Refuge/Refuge Ministries holiday season fund drive

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Hello Everyone, the Refuge/Refuge Ministries is doing a holiday season fund drive for Families and Individuals suffering from Poverty, Homelessness, and disenfranchisement. Our model or philosophy is based on Solidarity and cooperation alongside and led by the Oppressed classes.
We are not a top down charity. WE ARE TRYING TO RAISE $5000.

We are a Faith based Ministry that reaches out through Spiritual services, direct assistance, activism and advocacy, counseling, referrals, housing and Financial assistance, arts/culture, and a radio program. We have both Domestic and Foreign missions. Currently, we reach out to 68 orphaned girls in Sierra Leone with our partner, under our support and alongside, Abdul Sesay, a Sierra Leone National who supports and runs this outreach. These girls were orphaned by the Ebola Crisis and would otherwise be human trafficked or mistreated by the system. Additionally, we have a worker rights organizer in Porta Prince, Haiti, named David Oxygen, a Haitian National. Additionally, we have a radio show on the WTAN tan talk network called the Revolutionary Road Radio Show currently on the web, youtube, and 5 radio stations.

Lastly, we reach out domestically through our subsidiaries: Hearts for God Worship Outreach in Brooksville, Florida, The Healing Refuge of Middle TN., Robin Harris in Orlando, PPERHC Florida, Richard Peete Homeless Outreach, and CRYS (Coalition for the Reform of Youth Services, running among other things a Youth/Young adult mentor home). You can support us by calling the Refuge at 727 278 1547 or sending tax deductible checks to the Refuge, 3705 58th Ave. North St. Pete., Florida 33714.

WE ARE LOOKING FINANCIAL GIFTS, GIFT CARDS FOR GAS, GROCERIES, AND DEPARTMENT STORES. YOU CAN ALSO DONATE BY PAY PAL: https://www.paypal.me/TheRefugeFL.

FOR SUPPORTING SPECIFIC NEEDS PLEASE CONTACT US. CURRENTLY OUR GREATEST NEEDS ARE FOR OUR FOREIGN MISSIONS AND FOR A FEW FAMILIES DOMESTICALLY FACING EVICTION. PLEASE HELP!!
PLEASE KEEP US IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!

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Voting for Jill, how about you?

steinandbaraka_pointingMany of you have been excited and disappointed throughout the primaries. It’s no secret Dr Stein’s momentum is growing and many of us are considering voting for what we want and Jill clearly embodies that for many of us. A lot has been said that makes a whole lot of sense. Articles like Vote For Jill Because She Can Win do well to address the establishment message folks have heard for so long it gets mistaken for some substitute for common sense.

Something should be said about “winning” so lets consider that a minute. I’ve often said over the years that progressives never ‘win’ giving away their votes to the establishment parties. Candidates winning is not the same as advancing progressive politics (you winning). It’s a terrible gamble voters have made again and again for far too long that’s brought American voters Hillary and Trump this round as outrageous ‘political options’. Progressives haven’t been ‘winning’ for a long time and it’s important we understand that. Any concessions we may get as a ‘consolation prize’ for ‘giving away’ our votes continues to be on a precipitous decline because we have less leverage than ever as progressives.

More and more people understand we cannot continue to not advance an alternative to the establishment parties and instead continue to give our energies away to establishment candidates we deplore. People have had enough of getting the politics they deplore from the candidates they deplore. The electorate has been resisting in many ways. We know people just stop voting. However, people are also registering independent and now that’s about 1/3rd of registered voters (aka: independent voters are rivaling the numbers the Democrats and Republicans can claim).

The Election

We’re in the “fear” phase of the campaign now and have left the “hope” phase many of us experienced in the primaries. Voter turnout, as it has been in prior elections, will determine the outcome of this election. Both establishment parties have been hemorrhaging supporters for years. Elections where they are fairly evenly matched get determined by who ‘turns out’.

What comes of this is a focus on independent voters and get out the vote (GOTV) efforts. Efforts like this lead to ‘containing’ voters into supporting these establishment party candidates anyway. It’s been working (aka: “sheep-dogging” in the primaries) but not like it used to. A popular unscrupulous narrative you have to deal with suggests not voting for one establishment candidate is a vote for the other establishment candidate. Suggestions like that demonstrate an entitlement mentality to your vote (aka: ‘taking away’ from ‘their candidate’ that vote you cast for who you wanted to vote for). Of course, no party owns your vote nor does any candidate. If a candidate doesn’t earn your vote, you are free to cast it to a candidate more of your liking and you should. A vote for Jill Stein, for many of us, is reclaiming our votes. We’re voting for what we want rather than against what we don’t want.

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” – Frederick Douglass

How do we start getting what we want? For one, we start voting for it and help organize the rational alternative to the bankrupt visions of the establishment parties. We have to organize at the ballot box and in our own communities. For me, voting for Jill is where my moral compass leads me. If you’re on the fence, check out her Power to the People Plan. We have to be wiling to build the future if there’s to be any future.