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An African American soldier returns home to New York City from the Vietnam War in the late 1960s. It is a time of turbulence and change and racism is very much alive in America. Times are tough for a young black man in America, especially one who has fought for his country in an unpopular war. Rick Talley takes what he believes the only economic road open to him: drug dealing. Prisoner of Dreams presents a large cast of characters, from small time street hustlers and pimps to Hollywood and Las Vegas celebrities, to organized crime figures. In a poignant, eye-opening memoir, the author describes his life and the times, the good and the bad, in New York City and Harlem during one of the most seminal periods in American history. PRISONER OF DREAMS-Confessions of a Harlem Drug Dealer-Rick Talley
Rev. Charles Koen, Cairo, Illinois activist, has been held in jail on trumped up charges for too long, say members of a committee working to set him free. His work as a community organizer, a political activist, and a champion of the rights of the oppressed is the real reason he was arrested and jailed, his supporters say. They add his list to a long list of men and women violated by the Criminal Justice system in America, as they plan rallies and marches to protest his incarceration, with the hopes of calling attention to the crisis of political prisoners still being held in jails throughout the U.S. The Committee hopes to take the case of Rev. Charles Koen to the U.N. and protest the abuse of his human rights.
I am so thankful that through all of this my Catholic Faith was always intact. Dr. Gregory Thompson and I was visiting my brotherRandy, a former Marine, a no-nonsense kind of guy. 6 foot 7, a very strong man, my brother went with a group to the Columbia Prison to pray with some of the prisoners. What he did not know going there that one of the prisoners was the master mind who killed our Uncle.
I am very proud of my Brother in that he took a very awkward situation and turned it into a positive, he forgave the prisoner for the murder of our uncle. What a story this was to me. It recalled what Jesus did from the cross, it recalled what St. Pope John Paul II did going to the cell forgiving Mehmet Ali Agca, we are to forgive.
The Catholic Church has always had a mission to reach out to the prisoners and one of the great testimonies that I have come to know is that of Russell Ford, a Catholic Convert while serving a 25 year prison sentence. Since his release, it is reported that Russell served 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, but what he did in prison promoting faith is very inspiring.
SHOW NOTES: This episode is part of our JOYFUL ART OF BUSINESS™ series wherein we explore how to combine the positive benefits of our professional endeavors (“business”) with the overall positive emotional return on our efforts (“joy”). Our episode topic is, ”Are you a prisoner of your own hope (i.e. unhappy & hoping for change)?”
HOPE: “to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true”
Hope. (n.d.). Retrieved June 19, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope
We must have hope to be able to imagine and envision our goals. It is required. The challenge is that we have to balance and combine hope with action. Hope + Action = Positive Outcome
If we rely exclusively on hope, we will not take any action to ensure our individual happiness. Even if someone wins the lottery or inherits large sums of wealth, that is not an automatic guarantee of good outcomes (happiness, etc.). Each individual must still take action to ensure that they are able to have a high quality of life (health, volunteer service, compassion for themselves and for others, etc.).
Let’s address how to free ourselves from a prison of hope and move into a paradise of a life that surpasses our dreams and goals!
First the state of Missouri tries to execute Jeffery Weinhaus by a disturbed Highway Patrolman. Then they bring trumped up charges. Since then Jeffery has been in prison for getting shot and now the State of Missouri is dragging their feet in responses to an appeal. Today his appeal will be heard. More on today's show!
EXCLUSIVE: Now he really will be a MODEL prisoner! Jeremy Meeks will be wearing a suit by the sought-after designer Tom Ford during his trial
'Why did no one come to my rescue?' Mother who survived savage McDonald's beating that was filmed by onlookers speaks out
Toddler and newborn found crying, screaming and covered in sweat while locked in car on 91-degree day as nanny went tanning
Football star and wife hand themselves in for locking child in basement for 2 years because he sinned by stealing DVD player
'Curly hair, don't care!' Today host Tamron Hall ditches the flat iron and debuts her natural wavy crop on air for the first time
Who are these thugs? Group of young girls viciously beat a woman who was sitting alone on a park bench in daytime attack while crowd jeers... and NOBODY tries to help
Ever since Cairo Illinois community activist and organizer Re. Charles Koen was indicted and imprisoned years ago on charges of theft of funds allocated to his youth training program, his supporters have maintained that the accusations were politically motivated. Rev. Koen was an outspoken fighter forracial justice who had made many political enemies. Today his son, Attorney Charles Koen Jr. discusses the critical need to finally get justice for his father and get him released from prison.
In 1986 Randy Lanier won a sports car championship and shattered an Andretti record to become the Indy 500 rookie of the year. What most people didn't know is he paid for his racing dreams by smuggling massive quantities of marijuana.
At the height of the Reagan-era War on Drugs, federal prosecutors charged Lanier and his associates with shipping more than 600,000 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. from Colombia. For eight months, he hid as a fugitive in Antigua, but was eventually caught, arrested, prosecuted and a few days before Christmas 1988 was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Under mysterious circumstances that remain sealed by a court order, he was released on Oct. 15, 2014 and is living in a halfway house in Florida. As our first guest, Randy reveals what he is allowed to about his case, speaks out on the necessity of freeing the multitude of people serving life sentences in prison for marijuana prohibition offenses and takes a look at a world that has changed considerably in three decades,
Local initiatives in California communities to allow for patient cultivation and to reverse bans and enact ordinances to allow medical marijuana collectives did not fare well in the November 2014 elections. On the other hand, initiatives to impose taxes on medical marijuana sales did very well. Our 2nd guest is Don Duncan, one of the founders of Americans for Safe Access and currently serving on their Board of Directors, has been up to his neck in alligators on this issue for over a decade.
As the chief lobbyist for ASA, Don has come to learn the intricacies of local and state government and will discuss why the mmj collective and patient cultivation initiatives failed, why taxing marijuana was so popular and what options are available to address the continuing problem of patient access to mmj on the state and local level.
Are you a prisoner of your own mind? Do your doubts and fears make you a prisoner of your own mind? What if I told you you had the key to free yourself to live your life to the fullest now? Would you listen? Would you have the courage? Could you be this bold? Could you embrace what's on the other side of the bars? Most of our fears never become our reality, so it's time to live and live freely. Listen in now and get started today!
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Christine Pechstein is a faith-based life coach specializing in life and stress management. She loves teaching people to persevere despite the set backs and challenges life will inevitably bring, and she isn't afraid to use an honest and transparent approach in her teaching. Be sure to listen in as she challenges you to live a life well managed, leave your stresses behind, PUSH past your obtacles, overcome your fears, live with passion as you take charge of your life, and talk about a variety of other things that require transparancy, guts, and of course, the gift of gab!
She is the founder of Move Into Action, and is a Life and Stress Management Coach, Author, Speaker, Preacher, and body builder with a passion for building up the body of Christ.
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