Film

Film – We Are All One, But We Have Yet To See It

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We are in a time of great disunity for the country. For the entirety of the world really. We are divided on where it is we as a people of a collective of nations wish to move toward as a commonwealth and brotherhood of peoples. Do we retreat inwardly relying on old and archaic, clothed in the veil of traditional relations between nations mentality? A nativist and isolationist position, rifles readied pointing at the shores of nations who think differently, or people seeking a better life. Or do we shake off the shackles of that age and blaze ahead with a new understanding of our collective humanity, one not rooted in the concept of nations and people, but of a brotherhood, a band of brothers in arms defending mightily the tenets of liberty, democracy and the right to a just life? It is our choice. Though I know, and you know too in your hearts, that united there is much we can do.

Writing

Piece 56 – The Community & the Police of New York City

The Community & the Police of New York City
By. Raimondo Graziano

New York City struggled for many decades on the issues of crime, poverty, homelessness and lawlessness and in recent years has made significant progress from the help of members of the community, law enforcement and our elected officials. Though too often do we see that the three are very out of touch with one and the other. The needs of the community are not represented by those in office, and those meant to protect and serve their interests are in some cases not reticent or not representative of the values of the community – even in some cases doing more harm than good. This is a terrible disparity that needs to be rectified. The community, our elected officials and law enforcement need to work closer together to rectify the issues that plague our communities. Politicans need to work to address growing inequality, homelessness, affordability in living standards and other issues.

We have seen in recent months increased public transportation enforcement, including arrests some justified and others widlly out of line. What the state needs to understand is that by encouraging further enforcement you are only going to continually criminalize those who are in poverty for not being able to afford a wage which can gain them access to the ever increasing costliness of public transportation. Our politicans are somewhat to blame for this for failing to address rising inequality and a staggering homelessness crisis in the city. Coming down hard on people trying to make a living, such as vendors in the stations, does not increase quality of life for all New Yorkers. It is categorically antithetical to the spirit of the New Yorker.

Likewise, those in the community who are not in law enforcement or who have no family member in law enforcement who may have a certain perception of how law enforcement is has to work to break down their preconceptions as to what it means to be a police officer. By no measure is it a simple career or undertaking. There is a great deal of scrutiny, as their should be, and a great deal of stress involved. That being said – it is not easy being a poor, minority person of color in this city either. There is a prevalent fear that one may be targeted simply based on the color of their skin, and that they are under the suspicion of being guilty until proven innocent. Only when the community and the law enforcement meant to protect them begin to open a more constructive dialogue, and when our politicans start doing their damn jobs are we going to see a change in the hows and whys of this great, sometimes troubled city.

Film

Film – A Portrait of Nature

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The politicians of the world, our elected representatives, our dually appointed ministers, cabinet officials, secretaries and the rest of the ruling, political elites of the world have let the people down. They have stained the high ideals of their office. They have pillaged the coffers rightfully belonging to the people. They have lined their pockets. They have enriched themselves while the rest of us starve and yearn for a meal, or a place to sleep for the night. They sign accords, and laud their great accomplishments. But they have done little. This is not a portrait of nature. But of nature deformed, unfinished, and grotesque. We have allowed this to happen. Perhaps the day will come when we will say, no more. No more. No more.
Score
Philip Glass Etude No. 12
Film

Film – To Work In The City no. 3

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Hard work – what does it mean? It’s a phrase we throw around often, perhaps haphazardly without recognizing the deep meaning behind the very simple phrase. What is hard work? What does it mean? When a person does that which is difficult, without complaint, when they get up in the morning and lift themselves from bootstraps facing insurmountable odds for a higher cause – be it their communal values, or their families, or to secure a better tomorrow for themselves. Hard work is a value which we extol often, but we often lay the wreath at the feet of those who are undeserving. Remember the mothers or fathers married or otherwise , doing the hard work of raising a family, remember the workers, native or migrant in the factories or mills, in the mines or in the fields. Remember the servers, in the bars, restaurants and diners at odd hours of the night, remember the soldiers serving overseas defending our shores. Remember those who are doing the hard work of keeping the nation moving, keeping the wheels going, keeping hope, duty, values and meaning alive.

 

Score
William Tell Overture
And She Was, Carlos Cipa (Classical)
Film

Film – To Work In The City no. 2

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There is a value in work. One that we can learn from those that have come before us. A sense of duty, of pride, and of civic responsibility. When we work, often we think that we are working for ourselves or for our families, but this is not so. In truth, we are working for so much more. We are working as parts of a greater whole, we cannot neglect or undervalue ourselves for if one cog goes awry of the great wheels of human civilization, then the whole of it all falls apart. We each have a role to play, and it is in the past that we can look to a higher ideal, a greater sense of community, and a greater purpose to play in our fellow citizens lives, in the country and in the world.

 

Score
Requiem in D Minor, K. 626