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By Ron Carter Blog Post Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/When Mother Nature Strikes

USNS Comfort takes on supplies at Mayport, Flo...
USNS Comfort takes on supplies at Mayport, Florida en route to Gulf Coast for victims of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As Tropical Storm Isaac is about to hit America’s Gulf States and the citizens of the aforementioned states await its impact, I am reminded of the helpless feeling I experienced three years ago, August 26, 2009, when a wild-fire called “The Station Fire” raged on the San Gabriel Mountains near my home in Altadena, California. I am praying for the citizens of the state of Louisiana and the other Gulf States as they are about to experience another tropical storm seven years to the date since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast of America. One of my best friends and fraternal brother, Arthur Thomas, lives in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, so I am concerned he and his family will be harmless after Tropical Storm Isaac passes through their state. I am also prayerful that my other fraternal brothers, namely, Jerry Green and Lynard Carter and their families, who live in New Orleans, will be safe after the storm is over. I am praying for all of my fraternal brothers, who might be in Tropical Storm Isaac’s path, to be safe.

I am encouraged to see many of the citizens of New Orleans are leaving the city to locate to higher grounds. When natural disasters occur, one can only hope the preparation and plans families have devised are adequate to retard the negative effects caused by such unexpected powerful forces of nature. I remembered three years ago as the Station Fire came across the mountain towards my neighborhood, the feeling of anxiety that raced through my body. So, I empathize with the citizens of the Gulf Coast, because I too felt the angst of a natural disaster. Fortunately, my neighborhood was spared the fire’s destructive behavior, because of a God sent wind and hardworking Firefighters the fire’s direction changed away from our homes.

As we live in this Global Public Square with all of the recent horrific natural disasters, it is imperative for citizens to help one another when mother nature strikes. In these times, when natural disaster descents we realize that every one of us is vulnerable to its power. In these moments becoming one’s brothers keepers is the most heartwarming, generous and blessed thing one can do.

 

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  • 22

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By Ron Carter Blog Post Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Combating Voter ID Laws

English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting
English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The recent plethora of Voter Identification Laws being instituted in states all across the United States of America (USA) are quite suspicious to say the least. Why is it in the 21st century partisan politicians are affirming laws to stop citizens from voting? Yet, some of the states in question are proposing tax hikes upon the same citizens they are attempting to stop from voting. Taxation without representation is not the American way. Is it coincidental that the states in which these Voter identification Laws are being introduced are governed by Republican legislators? Is this an act that makes one goes hmm? I wondered if citizens are aware since 2011 states requiring the Voter identification Laws have quadrupled. What is even more perplexing is the statement made by Pennsylvania Republican House Majority  Leader, Mike Turzai, who said “Voter ID which is going to allow Governor Romney to win Pennsylvania: Done.” I say Aah! Ouch! Got You!

I believe in the 21st century, insidious USA politicians will not be allowed to rig the upcoming 2012 Presidential Elections without an uproar from the citizens who are cheated out of their votes. Afterall, the USA has always encouraged its citizens to cast their votes for whoever they (citizens) deemed best to lead the country, states and cities. The omnipresence of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare and Pinterest among others will serve as watchdogs allowing their users to transmit information and pictures instantaneously to millions of world-wide audiences regarding the bad behavior of officials at the voting polls on election day. This obstruction of citizens voting rights portents a negative backlash on those public officials who are attempting to restrict the vote of an enthusiastic electorate. Furthermore, voting is a right which should not be taken away from citizens who are rightly qualified to vote.

So, as the general election approaches, citizens should inquire what the procedures are in their states to vote. Then, they should set about obtaining the proper requirements to vote. Please don’t wait until a few weeks before the general elections in November to start investigating what you’ll need to vote; it might be too late then.

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  • 14

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By Ron Carter Blog Post Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Celebrating MPYD and Tecumseh Shackelford

My good friend and mentor Tecumseh Shackelford is a very hardworking and selfless man. Since I met Tecumseh, “Shack” as he is fondly called, he has taught me how to be truly committed, generous and skillful at completing any task. Even though he is retired, I don’t know of anyone who works harder than Shack. Most of the “volunteer” work he does is on behalf of helping the young men in the Pasadena/Altadena area of our communities in Southern California.
Shack is one of the co-founders of Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD), a community based non-profit organization which is located at John Muir High School in Pasadena. Shack and several other men in the community answered the clarion call 10 years ago, when the legendary high school‘s principal, Dr. Eddie Newman, requested their help with curbing the bad behavior of the male students at the school. Graduation rates among the males were low; truancy was a major problem and the young men were unmanageable. Fast forward to the present and one will find, MPYD has enacted a daily lunch program for the young men, where community leaders and professionals (both male and females) speak to the young men about their careers; a mentorship program; an annual camping trip for the young men in the picturesque San Diego area of Southern California; Summer internships; an annual fundraiser event to raise funds for MPYD and most of all the young men affiliated with MPYD are graduating at a much higher rate at the high school. MPYD has positively helped over 200 young men at John Muir High School.

Over the years, I have helped my friend Shack with several of the tasks he undertakes to help the young men at John Muir High School. This year, I am proud that through my company’s professional relationship with the Pasadena Unified School District several of the students at John Muir High School were awarded “paid internships.” I am also elated that for the first time in MPYD’s history, Shack and his fellow MPYD’s board members were able to raise enough funds to have the young men transported to the camping trip in a luxury bus. This may be insignificant to those of us who have travelled on luxury buses, but for many of the young men it’s analogous to them boarding an airplane for the first time. They are overjoyed.

I am proud to be affiliated with the work MPYD is conducting and I thank my friend, mentor and big brother Tecumseh “Shack” Shackelford for giving me the opportunity to be part of a worthwhile organization in our community.

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  • 07

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By Ron Carter Blog Post Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Hold Fast To Dreams

London 2012 banner at The Monument.
London 2012 banner at The Monument. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It never ceases to amaze me that human beings will attempt to interrupt another person’s dreams by saying “what you are about to attempt is impossible.” Before the London 2012 Olympics began, it was reported many “experts” remarked USA Gymnast Gabby Douglas was not confident or graceful enough to be a Gold Medal winner. Suffice to say, the 16-year-old Douglas won the Gold Medal for the Individual All-Round Women competition and quieted her naysayers. I applauded Ms. Douglas for her commitment, focus, confidence, grace, courage and her ability to be successful under pressure.

Watching and listening as Gabby Douglas won a few Gold Medals during the London 2012 Olympics, I am reminded of my junior year in college. One day during a lecture, one of my very well liked  Communications professors asked us (his students) which area of Public Relations we would pursue after graduation. When my turn came to answer his question I said “I wanted to be an entertainment public relations practitioner.” He told me that it was “impossible” for me to get into entertainment public relations, because I knew no one in the business and he advised I should choose another area to pursue my career in. Fast forward three years later, I have graduated from college and I am working for the late “King Of Pop” Michael Jackson. I received a phone call from my professor who requested I should lecture to his class about careers in the entertainment business. I obliged his request and told his students during my remarks they should always “believe in themselves.” I even mentioned to them what a “certain” professor had said to me when I told him I want to be an entertainment public relations practitioner. At the end of my lecture, he admitted to his class, he was the professor who had attempted to thwart my dream. He thanked me for my candor and we continued to communicate over the years.

It was an experience I will never forget, because since that day – on a public relations level – I have represented the legendary Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Winans, The Isley Brothers, George Benson, Ice-T, Tone! Toni! Tony!, Angela Winbush, Jimmy Scott, The Miles Davis Band, Black Sheep, Cameo, Third World, Joshua Redman, El Debarge among many others. One of my favorite prose is Langston Hughes’ poem, “Hold fast to dreams, because if dreams die, life is like a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” One should always hold fast to their dreams.

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