The state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby, announced Friday that six officers have been charged with the death of Freddie Gray. There was significant probable cause that the actions of these officers is considered homicide. Mosby also indicated that the arrest of Freddie Gray was illegal based upon the officers having no probable cause to arrest him in the first place.
There were many opportunities and stops where Freddie could have gotten the medical attention he needed, but on all occasions, his pleas were ignored. He was found on the floor of the “wagon” immobile at one point and still, no medic was called.
They were all aware he was having a medical emergency, yet the heartlessness persisted. So, the homicide charges came. Most if not all of the officers are already out on bail.
Mosby is strong with her position but also makes it clear that this is not a reflection on the entire police department in Baltimore. The mayor also points out the same. From the looks of it, the protesters may finally get justice for Freddie Gray. These officers are not above the law. Now they get to experience the “due process” from the other end of what they normally do.
Whatever the final outcome of the trials, this could be beneficial for teaching these officers compassion. Now they will know what it feels like to be treated like a criminal, guilty or not, until proven otherwise.
More Nasty Chemicals…
We’ve been warned by the makers of DuPont’s teflon product since 1961 that exposure to this chemical causes health problems in rats and humans alike. Exposure to non-stick cookware leaves chemical remnants in our systems for years. Possibly just trace amounts, but it still affects our body.
Polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl or PFASs permeate a vast amount of consumer products. Most of the products that contain PFASs are exposed to food for our consumption. The waxy papers that retrieve your doughnuts in the morning and pizza boxes, or even waterproof mascara or the stuff that keeps your carpet from staining.
Our children are exposed to these things just as much as we are. The dangers have been known since 1961. What year is it again? We are just being told of these dangers to our bodies now? Gee, thanks for the head’s up.
A point I found to be very important to highlight from this article:
“A decade ago, in 2005, the EPA assessed a $16.5 million fine, its largest ever, to DuPont, saying the company had withheld decades of information concerning the hazardous health effects of PFASs. That’s according to a helpful reminder from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group in a separate report also published on Friday. They note that internal documents revealed DuPont had long known the chemicals “caused cancer, had poisoned drinking water in the mid-Ohio River Valley and polluted the blood of people and animals worldwide.”
That’s heavy. We just found out that RoundUP weed killer causes cancer and it’s been sold to us for decades. Maybe they just found out? It’s pretty crazy that Dupont would know about the cancer causing agents in these products and they just keep it to themselves. Is the “almighty dollar” really more important than the health of your community? Your children? Most of them probably kept this secret from their own families to protect their company. It’s just sick.
Recovering From Religion
I find this to be of importance to a good many people who are on a journey “with no road map.” If a person chooses to leave their mainstream religion for something more liberal or just completely different than their own family, community, or friends it can be very isolating and lonely.
That’s where “Recovering from Religion” comes in. It’s a nonprofit that works with people who are in the beginning stages of doubting their beliefs. It’s a respectful community that doesn’t try to pull you in any direction, but rather gives the person space to question in a supportive environment that basically helps them feel respected in their views and less alone.
The first night they were open, they received 1,000 calls. There are many people who just don’t fit into these fear-based, controlling, and intrusive religions. It just doesn’t feel right for them anymore. How do you discuss that feeling with your Orthodox parents? Not easily, if at all.
Sarah Morehead, one of the creators of this non profit, says she gets a lot of calls from teenagers who got kicked out of their home because they just can’t associate with the religion of their parents.
It’s very hard to navigate religion and belief systems when you are indoctrinated into them from childhood. It becomes a part of your identity and who you are. There is nothing wrong with religion if it works for a person for what they need, the sad part comes in when the limiting and fear-based part of the religion kicks in and scares a person into submission because of what the God they worship may do to them if they question.
Some religions are more open, some aren’t. I’m glad at least there is a safe and respectful place for people who are looking for more meaning in their own life for themselves, not for the meaning they are expected to find in the religions that don’t feel right to them.
We are far greater beings than we have been told, far greater beings than most of us realize.
In Light and Love,