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Priests for Life AAO and National Black Prolife Coalition Protest PPH in Prayer

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

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Atlanta, GA — Priests for Life is one of the national co-sponsoring groups organizing and promoting rallies against Planned Parenthood across the country on Saturday, August 22, and on the same day, will launch a national week of prayer and fasting to end abortion and the evils of Planned Parenthood.

Priests for Life a African American Outreach and the National Black Prolife Coalition will have representatives at the Atlanta rally praying and sharing abortion testimonies.

Protest Planned Parenthood with Alveda King in Marietta, GA, August 22, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Alveda King, Director of PFL AAO said: “Through the years AAO (Priests for Life African American Outreach) has led prayer vigils to end abortion and close the killing centers. On Saturday, August 22, 2015 we will be in front of Planned Parenthood, 220 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta, GA 30062. We will be part of over 300 protests taking place on 47 states across America.”

Rev. Walter Hoye of www.issues4life.org and www.blackprolifecoalition.org said: “Understanding the place, the purpose and the power of prayer in the lives of Christians, the National Black Pro-Life Coalition joins Alveda King in the fight for the Civil Rights of the most vulnerable among us.”

Alveda King concluded: “In light of current PPH expose videos by The Center for Medical Progress, we clearly know that our prayers are needed more than ever. There will be prayer vigils all across America Saturday. Please join us in Marietta or take part in a city near you. Wherever you are, if you can’t physically make it please pray with us! For more information on the protests and to find a location near you go to protestpp.com.

“Also, please get Rev. Frank Pavone’s new book ABOLISHING ABORTION, a how to manifesto that will add to your arsenal. And finally, as we lift our prayers, visit PRAY for AMERICA for an inspirational sing along message.

“God bless America, forgive our sins and heal our land.”

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Alveda King: Open Letter to the Congressional Black Caucus, Concerned Black Clergy and other paralyzed leaders

Monday, July 20th, 2015

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Dear CBC, I am writing to you today because my heart is heavy over the deafening silence coming from you regarding a recent video that has gone viral exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting and selling aborted babies’ body parts.

If they or anyone else had been exposed for harvesting and selling animal body parts, there would be such an outrage from the left and right. “Save the whales! Save the dolphins! Save the doggies and cats!” people would declare. But for some reason it seems to be okay to chop up the unborn babies and harvest their body parts.

It’s been a week since the video that shocked a nation was released and not a word from the CBC.

CBC, I ask you, “Are you so beholding to the abortion lobby that you are totally paralyzed and unable to garner the necessary will to denounce their behavior?”

The National Black Prolife Coalition of which I am a founding member has addressed you before challenging your support of the abortion industry that targets Blacks; those you profess to be protecting and fighting for. You never responded.

But I thought surely this current gruesome behavior on the part of PPH would be the catalyst for change. I thought to myself, “Surely, now the CBC will yank their support of an industry that is involved in the illegal harvesting and selling of body parts of aborted babies. But yet we hear nothing. Your silence is defeating.

My mother Naomi King and I visited the new Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum in Atlanta. There among the treasured artifacts we read “Secrets of Married Happiness,” Uncle MLK’s handwritten sermon about holy matrimony.

There were many displays throughout the museum, not just about MLK. Yet, like your position of silence, there is nothing there about the helpless mothers and babies who are victims of the abortion mills of our times. Their plight screams of human injustice and human trafficking at their work. Yet you remain silent.

For the record, my Uncle MLK was Prolife. Even though his wife attended the awards ceremony where a plaque was attributed to MLK, he didn’t attend. MLK, my Daddy AD King and their father ML “Daddy” King were Prolife. Granddaddy even saved me and one of my children from abortion. Thank God he did.

I became suspicious of the motivation behind PPH awards and grants while investigating the so called MLK acceptance speech for the PPH Maggie Award. My Uncle MLK didn’t write the speech, didn’t attend the ceremony, didn’t believe that abortion was a civil right. Like Mrs. Laura Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush, Mrs. Coretta Scott King was prochoice in favor of a woman’s right to choose abortion. She accepted the Maggie Award instead of her husband.

During her lifetime, in her own words, Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger said:

While the colored Negroes have great respect for white doctors, they can get closer to their own members and more or less lay their cards on the table… They do not do this with white people and if we can train the Negro doctor at the clinic, he can go among them with enthusiasm and…knowledge, which…will have far-reaching results among the colored people…The minister’s work is also important and he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

Yes, Sanger and her Federation targeted and sometimes paid Black leaders – doctors, preachers, lawyers, teachers – with grants and scholarships – to convince them to join her. Does this sound like love and compassion?

Attention CBC (Congressional Black Caucus and Concerned Black clergy). As a post abortive mother, I know first hand the pain abortion can bring. There is no agape love in abortion and trafficking baby body parts. They are hateful and violent deeds.

Matthew 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Well, CBC, you cannot serve both Planned Parenthood and your constituents. By serving Planned Parenthood you are not only hating the other or despising the other but your position is helping to kill our people.

It’s not too late to put your constituents first, where they belong. Get behind; no take the lead in the investigations of Planned Parenthood. Take the lead in calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood. It time to stand up for truth.

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Why All Lives Matter

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
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According to the U.S. Justice Department, what fueled part of the underlying unrest that exploded in Ferguson, Missouri was that the police there were regarded not so much as officers of the peace, but officers of the fleece.

It seems that certain city officials came to regard the Ferguson police department as revenue collectors. If the city needed more money, the police were allegedly instructed to issue more tickets. And not just a ticket here or a ticket there, but as many as possible. According to the DOJ report, “Officers sometimes write six, eight, or, in at least one instance, fourteen citations for a single encounter.”

It seems that in many instances African Americans are more likely to be pulled over, more likely to be ticketed, and much more likely to be arrested. In the words of Niger Innis of Restore the Dream, blacks become “low hanging fruit” – an easy and lucrative source of income for the city government.

Blacks are among the first and most targeted.

But Ferguson is only one among many such cities where the victims pay with their wallets, and sometimes their lives. Accordingly I’m reminded that African Americans have for years been “low hanging fruit” in another endemic money-making scheme that is nationwide; where victims pay with their wallets and their babies’ lives.

The abortion industry is Ferguson writ large.

In 2013, Ferguson collected $2.63 million in fines and fees from local residents. For the fiscal year 2013-14, Planned Parenthood, which performs about one third of the nation’s abortions, took in $1.3 billion; 41 percent of that from taxpayers.

Ferguson’s population is a little over 21,000. Planned Parenthood alone eliminated about 16 Fergusons from our population last year alone.

And just like Ferguson, Planned Parenthood systematically targets minorities.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, named for the late Alan Guttmacher, a former president of Planned Parenthood, black women are three-to-five times more likely than white women to have abortions, depending on which year’s statistics you’re examining. Hispanic women are twice as likely.

Planned Parenthood will say that this is explainable. Low income women have more abortions. They suggest that it’s just coincidental that low income women are disproportionately Black or Hispanic.

What’s not even remotely explainable, however, is what Planned Parenthood – in a Black History Month press release this year – euphemistically calls its “complicated history.”

This “complicated history” begins with Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger. This is a woman whose life’s mission was to ensure that there be fewer children from what she called “the unfit.”

Whom did she deem “the unfit”? Well, Margaret Sanger had no problem addressing a Ku Klux Klan rally. She wrote that “the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, [is] just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development.” And she developed “the Negro Project,” the goal of which was to reduce the Black population.

Oh, but Planned Parenthood will explain that all this is nothing compared to the “good” that Margaret Sanger accomplished by championing birth control. Whenever I hear this, I’m reminded that Planned Parenthood likes to tell people that we should ignore the 330,000 babies it kills every year because it does pap smears and hands out condoms and harmful chemical and surgical birth deterrents as well.

The nation’s largest abortion chain also likes to say that whatever its past was, it is not racist today. Really?

In 2008, seven Planned Parenthood offices around the country were called and offered donations for the express purpose of aborting black babies. The caller would make statements such as, “There are way too many blacks in America.” In every instance, Planned Parenthood was willing to take the donor’s money, sometimes enthusiastically.

According to Protecting Black Life, 79 percent of all abortion clinics are located in or near minority neighborhoods. Two of Planned Parenthood’s most recent high profile building projects in New Orleans and El Centro, California, are in areas of high minority populations.

Just more coincidence, I suppose abortion supporters would say.

Here’s another “coincidence.” The Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson states that the city’s “law enforcement practices are shaped by [its] focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs.” Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, declares that her facility had abortion quotas that it needed to fill for budgetary reasons. In both instances, money was the motivating force at work. Public service was secondary, if not a pretense.

Ferguson is on the way to being reformed. Officials have resigned and been replaced. Practices are being revamped. But the abortion industry continues in its discriminatory, deadly practices. Every day, 3,000 babies lives, over 1,000 of them African American, are ended in America before we can hear their cries.

Black lives do matter. All lives matter — in Ferguson, in Florida, in New York, and in the wombs of all of the mothers in America. No longer will we look the other way at Ferguson’s practices– mirrored across the nation — and ignore the injustices, imbalances and symptoms that are being uncovered. No more.

And just as Ferguson’s wrongs are being corrected, I believe that abortion will one day be overcome as well. Then it’s inevitable that we will face the profound, simple truth – all lives matter.

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Playing the “In God We Trust Card” in a World Where Selma, Ferguson, and Haters Abound

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

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“We can’t hate white people. They live with us, march with us, pray with us, and die with us.” Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams (AD) King in 1968

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Just when you think you know everything, God sends you back to school. This is definitely the case for me right now. I just returned from the 50th Anniversary of Selma and Bloody Sunday, where my daddy, Rev. A. D. King was among those who were on the bridge that day. President Obama, Congressman John Lewis and thousands of others preceded my visit the day before. The President delivered a rousing and soul stirring speech. In what has become my custom, I delivered a controversial response on FOX NEWS. http://video.foxnews.com/v/4099142696001/

The next day, my daughter Celeste and I boarded a ML King Center bus caravan and headed to Marion, AL , the birthplace of civil rights martyr Jimmie Lee Jackson. We arrived at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and were greeted by Ms. Shirley Jackson, Jimmie Lee’s cousin. We were given the historical account: on February 18, 1965, while participating in a peaceful voting rights march in Marion, Jimmie Lee was beaten by troopers and shot by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler. Jackson was unarmed. The hospital in Marion denied him treatment, and he was taken to Selma and died eight days later in the hospital there.

His death was part of the inspiration for the Selma to Montgomery marches in March 1965, a major event in the American Civil Rights Movement that helped gain Congressional passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The now historical “Bloody Sunday” opened the door to millions of African Americans being able to vote again in Alabama and across the South, regaining participation as citizens in the political system for the first time since the turn of the 20th century, having been disenfranchised by state constitutions and discriminatory practices.

From there, our bus tour joined the march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. On the way out of town later that day, we visited the SCLC Women’s Monument to Viola Luizzo the 39 year old housewife and mother of five who heeded the call of my uncle MLK, and traveled from Detroit, Michigan to Selma, Alabama in the wake of the Bloody Sunday attempt at marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. She participated in the successful Selma to Montgomery marches and helped with coordination and logistics. Driving back from a trip shuttling fellow activists to the Montgomery airport, she was shot by members of the Ku Klux Klan. My mother Naomi King later befriended Viola’s daughter. My mother often travels to Selma and visits the memorial site of Viola.

We watched the Oscar winning musical presentation of the song GLORY; a theme song of the SELMA movie. http://youtu.be/c94IFE_cWYQ

We also viewed a screening of the video about Dr. MLK’s leadership role in the SELMA campaign.

Then on the bus, the young students from ML King High School and ML King Middle School gave oral reports of what they had learned on the trip. They learned that the Civil Rights Movement wasn’t about skin color, it was about God’s love for all people, and the need to regard every human being as someone God loves. They learned that many white people along with black people were hurt and killed during the SELMA demonstrations. We all learned a lot.

I was reminded that human rights are about God’s love. That God’s word and God’s way is best. That hate only begets hate. Love never fails. This wasn’t my first visit to Edmund Pettus Bridge. I had joined several prolife colleagues a few years before to observe Bloody Sunday and to remind people that millions of aborted babies would never be allowed to vote. This isn’t a popular part of the memories, but it must be said.

I guess the biggest lesson for me is that it’s time to throw in the deck for the race card, and start using the God card. Freedom after all, is for everyone.

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Dr. Alveda King Will “March for the Babies” at #Selma50

Friday, March 6th, 2015

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Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, will join hundreds of people from around the world at the Selma50 observance on Sunday, March 8.

“They were marching for the right to vote back then. Hundreds of us will march to commemorate the price many paid, some with their lives, for the right for African-Americans to vote,” she said. “I will be marching and praying also for America to wake up to the fact that since 1973 over 55 million babies, about 18 million of them Black, have been legally aborted in America. They died before they were able to grow up and vote. There is a connection here. As my Uncle ML once said: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ said Dr. King.

Alveda recalls her father, Rev. A.D. King, coming home from Selma 50 years ago and telling his children how bad it was. By that time, she was already well versed in the strategy of non-violent protests, so she was not shaken by the events, even though she was just 14 years old.

“We were not afraid,” Alveda said. “We knew God was with us. We had to remain nonviolent and trust God. My mother, Naomi Ruth Barber King, an activist in her own rights, has befriended the daughter of Viola Liuzzo who lost her life shortly after Bloody Sunday, on March 25, as she drove a black man from Montgomery to Selma. Mother often talks about the courage of those who fought so valiantly during those days.”

All protesters were trained in methods of nonviolent conflict resolution before going out to march. They all even signed a covenant to follow the Ten Commandments of the civil rights movement. They never knew if they would live to see another day.

The first commandment was “Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus.” The rest stressed following those teachings through nonviolent protest.

While Alveda didn’t march at Selma, she did first put her training to the test two years earlier when she participated in the 1963 Children’s Crusade March in Birmingham. That same year, on May 11, 1963, A.D. King’s home was bombed.

Alveda King said the thing she remembers most about the bombing was her father calming down the ensuing riot.

She recalls that AD grabbed a bullhorn and stood on top of a car and said “Don’t fight back; don’t throw rocks. If you’re going to kill somebody, kill me; but I’d rather you pray.”

Years later, after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, A.D. King used his words not to calm a riot, but to calm his daughter.

Alveda said she was “devastated by Uncle ML’s murder”, and even went so far as to want to hate someone. But her father helped her stay focused on nonviolence: “Alveda, White people marched with us, prayed with us, and died with us,” he said “The devil killed your uncle.”

Her father ADK, her famous uncle MLK, her grandparents MLK, Sr. and Alberta Williams King, and even her great grandparents were all Christian leaders who embraced the love of God, and nonviolent conflict resolution. One of the family’s major scripture foundations is derived from Acts 17:26: “Of one blood, God created all people to live on the earth.”

A year after the death of MLK, A.D. King was found dead in his swimming pool. While there was no water in his lungs, the cause of death was labeled as a drowning accident. Alveda “found the strength to carry on the King Family Legacy by faith in God and His love.”

Today Alveda King continues to fight for civil rights and is involved today, not only for continued racial equality, but for the rights of the unborn child.

Dr. Alveda King is a non-denominational minister, author of the book KING RULES, and is the Director of African-American Outreach with Priests for Life.

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Black History Month: May We Always Remember

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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It’s Black History Month 2015. This is a time of remembering the many great contributions of African Americans in the history of our great nation. We have experienced many advances made possible from contributions from members of the African American Community. Beyond the familiar names that we hear every year, advances have been made by countless African American “unsung heroes” in every spectrum of the human experience. While we will never hear every name of these contributors to the tapestry of our lives, we can take comfort in knowing that they were born, and that they made the quality of our lives more meaningful. For this truth we should thank our God.

Generally as a people, African Americans have proven to be very resilient people, surviving the greatest obstacles of slavery and segregation which are part of the annals of our history. The current success of the movie SELMA pays great tribute to our heroes of these eras past. In many ways, we have overcome. There is reason to celebrate this truth.

Yet, here in the 21st century, we are faced with an epidemic that threatens the Black community, and indeed the entire fabric of our nation in a manner that has never before occurred in our history. In America since 1973, over 58 million people, nearly 36% of these numbers being identified as African American people, have been denied the right to be born. Their innocent lives were ended as they were attacked in the sanctuaries of their mothers’ wombs – by the heinous scourge of abortion.

Let’s include all of the other deaths of Blacks that have occurred by no fault of the victims throughout American history; Black slaves and Black people killed during the race wars that have occurred throughout the years. All of these occurrences are of course very tragic. We take pause now to remember the death of every innocent.

The key here is innocence. Slaves were innocent. The victims of the KKK are innocent. The babies in the womb are innocent. God hates the shedding of innocent blood. Please forgive me, I don’t mean to be maudlin. This after all is meant to be a tribute to Black History Month. I would suggest though, that this startling revelation, that abortion is part of African American history, deserves our attention; and our prayers. Please indulge me here by reviewing my recent Black History Month video:

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2015/February/Why-Black-Children-Are-Becoming-History-/

Black History Month, or National African American History Month grew out of “Negro History Week;” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

Frederick DouglassWhile I have many Black History honorees on my list, I believe that Frederick Douglass, one of my favorite abolitionists, ranks high on my list, near my Granddaddy MLK, Sr., and my Uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and my daddy Rev. A. D. King; both powerful freedom fighters in the 20th Century.

“I have said that the Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny; so, indeed, I regard it. The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes and at whatever cost.” Frederick Douglass

150218 blog imageFor me, Black History is just as American as July 4, and apple pie. Celebrating Black History Month helps us reflect back on how far we as a collective people have come. I celebrate Black History Month because it is part of the American Dream of my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrating Black History Month helps us to preserve a memory of “overcomers” like Douglass, MLK, my dad A. D. King, Tubman, Truth, and indeed every hero, sung and unsung, man, woman and child that has forged and bridged the gaps for future generations.

Some of my favorite models for tributary during Black History month are the Tuskegee Airmen, Madame C. J. Walker, Rosa Parks, the Black Slaves who helped to build the White House… The list is long, with people from every walk of life, and regarded with much gratitude that God granted each the courage to press on.

Please, as we come to a close of this blog, join me in prayer that one day history will remember not only that there was a Black History Month in America for a season, but that one day on earth there was a time when indeed every human being, born and pre-born, was awarded human dignity and the reality of a loving God Who as introduced in John 3:16 loved us all so much that He and His Son made the ultimate sacrifice, so that we can live forever.

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As Terrible as it May Sound – Understanding the Widespread Indifference to Black Abortion Rates

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

By: Kevin Burke, LSW and Dr. Alveda King

In The Chicago Tribune (April 25, 2011) Dennis Byrne used a billboard controversy in Chicago as an urgent plea to move beyond the polarizing abortion rhetoric and take a closer look at abortion in the African American community.

The billboard features a picture of President Barack Obama and proclaims:

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“Every 21 minutes our next possible leader is aborted.” It’s part of a national campaign that states that “Black children are an endangered species.”

It’s hard to argue with the facts.

The Shockwaves of Abortion have especially devastated the African American family. According to the Census Bureau, the rate of abortions in 2006 among black women was 50 per 1,000, compared with 14 for white women and 22 for “other” women. In New York City, 6 out of every 10 unborn African Americans are aborted! Since 1973, 13 million African American pregnancies have been ended by abortion.

What is the public response to the alarming abortion rate, especially in places like NYC? The response is often indifference… and silence.

However, a response to Byrne’s Chicago Tribune article in the comments section is illuminative, because beneath this silence lie unspoken assumptions:

“Let them exercise their right to abortions. As terrible as it may sound, imagine the crime rates and social services that would be required in addition to all we already provide, if abortions didn’t happen in the black community.”

For many Americans, (particularly among non blacks) abortion is seen as an unpleasant but necessary solution to managing the birth rate in communities where the family is already on life support and city and state budgets for social services are pushed to the breaking point.

Missing the Post-Abortion Connection

The tragic mistake here is the failure to see the high price that minority communities pay for their high abortion rate. There is a dynamic and toxic synergy at work in the after-effects of the abortion procedure interacting with and intensifying the ongoing social problems that plague these communities. How does the experience of abortion make black women, their living children and relationships more vulnerable to ongoing dysfunction, exploitation, poverty and abuse?

In Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion, Dr Theresa Burke reveals that for many women, while abortion may initially appear to solve the problem of an unplanned pregnancy, the unfolding consequences of the procedure can be devastating. This is especially true for women who have a previous history of sexual, emotional/physical abuse. Dr Burke found that in her work with thousands of post abortive women, this population with previous abuse/trauma had a higher rate of depression, anxiety, relationship instability, and parenting problems after their abortion.

If we look at the rate of sexual abuse among Africa Americans, we find a group of women that is especially vulnerable to post abortion complications:

* 1 in 4 women, 3.3 million African American women have been sexually abused.
(No Secrets No Lies: How Black Families Can Heal from Sexual Abuse, Robin D. Stone)

How does previous abuse intensify post abortion symptoms and complicate post abortion recovery?

Dr Burke shares in Forbidden Grief that the invasive and painful experience of the abortion procedure serves to re enact the physical and emotional violation of previous sexual abuse. After the abortion the women experiences a powerful resurgence of the repressed shame, anxiety, and grief of that previous exploitation. The common coping mechanism for this unleashed traumatic emotion…addictive substances, impulsive acting out in relationships, episodes of rage and grief.

We think that abortion will protect an African American woman from the challenges of single parenthood, or the burden of additional mouths to feed. But this is a suicidal trap for the black community.

Abortion creates emotional, spiritual and physical wounds and vulnerabilities that only exacerbate pre existing abuse and other trauma and makes women more vulnerable to ongoing exploitation, dysfunction and abuse and in their relationships.

We know that this instability and dysfunction in relationships leads to breakdown in family life, leaving children vulnerable to predatory relatives, partners and friends. The cycle continues…more abuse, more trauma, more abortions, more death.

Multiple Abortions

When a woman has her first abortion, and is unable to find emotional and spiritual healing of that loss, she is more likely to find herself on the abortionist table again. The most recent statistics from the Alan Guttmacher Institute reveal that 47% of abortions are repeat procedures. Many see this as callous irresponsibility on the part of minority women (though repeat abortion statistics are consistent among other nationalities.)

But there is a tragic psychological drama unfolding in the lives of these post abortive women. Dr Burke explored the dynamics of repeat abortions in her international clinical experience. She discovered that abortion in these cases becomes part of an unconscious process to gain mastery over the experience and feelings associated with the initial abortion trauma…to feel a sense of control, and over time, detached indifference.

But this traumatic mastery comes at a high price as emotional and relational dysfunction flourish in these women’s lives. (This reveals the importance of emotional and spiritual healing of this loss, for women and men in programs like Rachel’s Vineyard. Obviously we want to prevent abortions if at all possible. However, if there is an abortion, healing resources are essential after that initial procedure to prevent multiple abortions and deepening dysfunction.)

The Cycle of Death

This cycle of death and destruction in the African American community will never end as long as abortion is seen as an acceptable way to respond to an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. It is indeed challenging to face the scope and complexity of the problems facing our poor minority communities. It is tempting to see abortion as a cost effective and even compassionate short term solution to these problems:

“As terrible as it may sound, imagine the crime rates and social services that would be required in addition to all we already provide, if abortions didn’t happen in the black community.”

As terrible as it may sound?…it’s even worse than it sounds.

Abortion, far from being a cost effective solution is in effect accelerating the devastating implosion of poor minority communities.

Dr Alveda King, Niece of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and other influential African American leaders, are pointing to the film Maafa21 produced by Life Dynamics as proving factual evidence that this implosion in poor black communities is rooted in a well planned and orchestrated strategy of genocide by the eugenics movement. Blacks, the poor and other minorities are at the top of the list for elimination, or at the very least reduction of their populations by abortion. If you think this is crazy conspiracy thinking, please take the time to view this powerful film and remember that 6 out of 10 unborn black children die by abortion in New York City alone.

Justice for All

In her book KING RULES, Dr. Alveda King shares her own testimony not only of abortion, but of healing and God’s forgiveness. She also often quotes her uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when she addresses the issue of abortion:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Targeting vulnerable minority communities with birth control and abortion services has decimated the black community. But genocide in any form is an injustice to our society as a whole and threatens the fundamental and inalienable rights and liberties endowed to all of us by our Creator.

A just and compassionate society must find solutions that value the lives of African American unborn children and the health and welfare of their parents and communities. Abortion is not the answer.

Dr. Alveda King is the daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King, and serves as a Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Kevin Burke, LSW is the co founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries, also serves as a Pastoral Associate with Priests for Life and is the author of Redeeming A Father’s Heart.

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Tell Norton and Fierce About #SHOCKWAVES

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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Somebody PLEASE send this to Eleanor Holmes Norton and Tasha Fierce. They are ignoring the shockwaves.

District of Columbia’s Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton told PBS that veterinary clinics should be held to a higher standard than abortion clinics. She stated, “What happens in abortion clinics is usually not surgical. You go to a vet, they have to be equipped to do anything that the pet requires. In other words, they have to be prepared to cut him open. They don’t just bring him there to do a simple procedure, one-time, very narrow procedure. So to compare what a full surgical clinic where full surgery is necessary because of the nature of the procedures to an abortion clinic, which normally is not surgical and is a very simple procedure, is to compare not just apples to oranges.”

In a recent article on Ebony online, Tasha Fierce openly shared that she had an abortion last month. Fierce describes herself as an African American feminist who writes on race, sex, politics and pop culture.

In her piece, titled I Just Had an Abortion, she says she doesn’t regret her abortion and alleges that abortion “stigma” is more pronounced in the lives of Black women than White. She believes this because when she was walking into the abortion facility, a picketer asked, “Did you know abortion is the number one cause of death in the African-American community?”

That question didn’t sit too well with Fierce and she responded by cursing at the pro-lifer. She writes, “In my mental and physical state, I really was not prepared to quietly accept a bunch of non-Black people using my race to guilt me out of getting an abortion. I snapped. How I was able to scream “F*** you!” with as much force as I did being as weak as I was, I don’t know. That rage was strong. My boyfriend restrained me from responding any further and rushed me inside.”

She continues, “Black women are blamed for a litany of ills that plague our community, and we’re constantly disrespected for the choices we make regarding our bodies. On the one hand, a Black woman who goes through with an unwanted pregnancy and ends up having to use social services is shamed for being irresponsible and “leeching” off the system. On the other, a Black woman who makes the decision to terminate a pregnancy when they know having a child isn’t the best idea can be shamed for endangering the future of her race. I’m concerned for Black women that seek abortion who aren’t as comfortable with their individual decision as I am, and who may be shamed into changing their mind by anti-choice campaigns targeted at the Black community. As with too many other experiences I’ve had that should be strictly personal, my abortion ended up being one more reminder that Black women are so often damned if we do, damned if we don’t.”

Even though earlier in her article Pierce acknowledges that Black women’s abortion rate is five-times higher than that of White women, she believes that pro-lifers use race to shame women.

However, the fact of the matter is the pro-life community is using mathematical statistics to reveal the massive genocide of black babies through abortion.

See February healing the shockwaves of abortion.

Either these two women are uninformed, deceived, deceptive or confused. In Ms. Norton’s case, she has maybe never seen a D&E abortion procedure. They are neither safe nor rare, and they rip babies apart and tear them from their mothers’ wombs.

As to Ms. Fierce, I’m praying she can see past the pain to the “healing the shockwaves of abortion.”

They might want to watch this!

http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2015-01-15/nicki-minaj-talks-abortion-with-high-school-boyfriend-in-my-time-again/

Please share this and hopefully the news will reach them. Thanks.

Links:

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/01/15/congresswoman-regulate-vets-not-abortion-clinics-what-happens-in-abortions-isnt-surgical/

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/01/13/black-feminist-tasha-fierce-brags-i-just-had-an-abortion-and-dont-regret-it/

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Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin: Tragic Deaths, Ending Trail of Tears and Fears

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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When a society is revenue driven, minorities can be seen as “low hanging fruit” in a quota system from writing traffic tickets to arrest warrants. It’s not so much about skin color as it is about economics.” – Niger Innis, www.restorethedream2015.com

Regardless of which side of the scenarios you are on, many would admit that the deaths of these and so many more young men, are very tragic.

So much is being said by so many already that I pray only to participate by adding even more clarity and peaceful solutions to the puzzle. With all the interviews and articles/blogs surrounding the whole Michael Brown/Darren Wilson and now Eric Garner situations, let’s include more prayer in all the discussions.

The media is portraying two-sided issues; those who agree with the grand jury’s decisions and support the law enforcement systems; and those who disagree with the decisions in support of the dead youths; hoping to make “tragic heroes” of our dead brothers.

Because, like it or not, these young people are someone’s “dearly departed,” and in God’s eyes, they are our brothers. As the old song goes; “he ain’t heavy; he’s my brothers.”

The media schedules guests from one side or the other and allow the contenders to go at each other. Conflict sells stories and hooks audiences. Many media outlets have agendas and they skew the questions in hopes of spinning the discussion in one direction or the other.

We are often asked to comment on this person or that person and what their motives might be. Yet rather than judge or accuse which leads to strife, we all need to work towards the same goal of PEACE. This concept leads us to Mathew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”

Now, as to erstwhile tragic heroes:

Aristotle’s definition is playing out across our nation.

He defines a tragic hero as having certain characteristics, among them being:

1) Flaw or error of judgment (hamartia).

2) A reversal of fortune (peripeteia) brought about because of the hero’s error in judgment.

3) The discovery or recognition that the reversal was brought about by the hero’s own actions (anagnorisis). Surely Michael had to have known that his encounter with former Officer Wilson was a direct result of his action to rob the convenient store and confront the officer.

4) Excessive Pride (hubris). Only God knows the state of the hearts of the dead or the living.

5) The character’s fate must be greater than deserved. Certainly Michael’s, Eric’s, and Trayvon’s are tragic.

Depending on what side you’re on will determine if you think these young people fit the definition of tragic heroes or not.

In our society some put certain people on pedestals and look up to them. We view them as heroes or idols because they’re famous, rich, good as a particular sport, good at playing the piano or just plain powerful.

For me, there is only One who deserves to be a hero who is flawless and without blemish; God. As in three in One; God the Father, Son and Spirit. Jesus Christ. So Jesus is my Hero.

Are there people in society who live lives as virtuously as humanly possible that we can all look to and strive to be like them? Of course there are.

But we need to look at what makes them virtuous. Certainly it’s not the amount of money they make, it’s not because they hold a high office in business or government, or because they possess a God-given talent at sports or in playing a musical instrument.

Nor is it because misfortunes propel them to the media forefront. No, what makes a person virtuous is what they do with what God has given them. You don’t have to be rich or powerful to be virtuous. You can affect those around you no matter how small your circle of influence is.

There is still a third aspect of this situation that needs discussing. I’m talking about prayer.

I know people in Ferguson, NY and Florida are praying because I have contact through the prayer networks. I, and many others, have prayed with many in these communities. We encouraged people to pray for peace first and justice will follow. But I’m not hearing or reading much about prayer in the media.

Maybe because covering meetings like the 21 day tent meeting in Ferguson at www.thefergusonresponse.com; or the “2014 Evening of Prayer for Our City & The Urban World” hosted by Bishop Raphael Green and other ministers and leaders in Ferguson; or the many prayer encounters with www.restirethedream2015.com isn’t “sexy” news?

What we all need to do is step back a little from our emotions and biases and reflect on “What Would Jesus Do” As my Uncle Martin said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Brothers and sister, I fear we will perish as fools unless we pray and ask for guidance from Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

While writing this blog, the grand jury voted not to file criminal charges against the police officer in the case of Eric Garner who died in New York in July when a white police officer put Garner, a black man, in a chokehold during an arrest,. Again people will protest and hopefully it won’t become violent.

So what will the race baiters and emotion stirrers come up with next. Will “hands up; don’t shoot” become “hands up; don’t choke?” I guess asking for “pants up; don’t loot” won’t go over so well with some of the protestors.

In Eric’s case as in the Michael Brown case, and Trayvon Martin case, now more people are dead, adding to the numbers of youth dead by racism, same race murders and other causes. Whatever the cause, it is all a tragedy. But the greater tragedy is the overall lack of respect for all human life.

Recently Pope Frances said: “As religious leaders, we are obliged to denounce all violations against human dignity and human rights. Human life, a gift of God the Creator, possesses a sacred character. As such, any violence which seeks religious justification warrants the strongest condemnation because the Omnipotent is the God of life and peace. The world expects those who claim to adore God to be men and women of peace who are capable of living as brothers and sisters, regardless of ethnic, religious, cultural or ideological differences.” [Emphasis added]

I would add that not only religious leaders but all Christians are obligated to denounce all violence against human dignity and human rights. All life is precious and does matter.

The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter has been cleverly used by many in this debate. Even Planned Parenthood jumped in with their tweets that they supported Ferguson and used the hashtag. I responded that all Black lives matter, even the ones in the wombs of their mothers. With over 1,000 Black babies being aborted every single day, where are the protests over their lives. And what about the Black lives being lost in cities like Chicago. Do their lives matter? Of course they do but I don’t see protests over their lives. Are they any less deserving than Michael Brown. I think not.

If we work on ourselves, our own biases, our own prejudices, our own shortcomings, and drop to our knees and repent for our own wrongdoings and ask for forgiveness, then we, the human, one blood, race, not separate races, will begin to see real change that can stop the killing, stop the looting, stop the racism.

Finally, please check out this message from Minister Jonathan Gentry at:

http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/12/01/the-most-powerful-six-minutes-of-truth-glenn-has-ever-seen

Then revisit the lyrics of “We Don’t Need Another Hero” with Tina Turner.

Out of the ruins
Out from the wreckage
Can’t make the same mistake this time
We are the children
The last generation
We are the ones they left behind…

I agree, we don’t need another hero. We have Jesus. Now let’s get busy about the business of reaching the hopeless, jobless and dreamless; addressing their fears, meeting their needs, drying their tears. Herein lie our solutions.

Praying for Peace and Love.

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BLACK LIVES MATTER – #blacklivesmatter

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

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Niger InnisBLACK LIVES MATTER
By Niger Innis, Founder restorethedream2015.com

Garner should not have died for selling loose cigarettes. Trayvon shouldn’t have died for munching skittles in the wrong neighborhood. Even Michael’s death is a tragedy.

There is a crisis of Black men losing their lives; in fact there is a genocide occurring among young black men across the country.

On these matters above I agree with Sharpton and the others in the Racialist Lobby.

But that’s where my harmony with that element ends.

Because they indeed add to the devaluation of black life through their very agenda and actions. These folk, including the President of the United States and his AG, tend to only value the death of black lives when they’re taken by whites. The plague on young black men in urban centers is not white racists, nor murderous cops. It is largely other black men. 93 percent of black men are killed by other black men. There are far too many black men raised in households that have few positive black male role models; where many single mothers heroically desperately try to raise boys to manhood. Communities that are culturally dominated, thanks to the Entertainment Industrial Complex, by gangsta criminal chic. This is the central crisis within Black America, and America at large. Until So-called Civil Rights leaders have the courage to openly and honestly address this phenomenon, the plague of which I speak will continue unabated. The “Hands up don’t shoot” protest chant should be replaced with, “Pants up, Don’t Loot”.

Let’s stop and target the real genocide of young black men.

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