Dear America:

I never intended for my blog to become political in any way. When I started this blog, it was going to be a personal blog full of posts about my life and recipes and things I know. Then this past week happened. This past week changed everything.

We’ve got to wake up as a nation. We’ve been pacifists for far too long. We’ve been spoonfed information that’s been twisted to reflect the values of a few, at the expense of the masses. We’ve sat by quietly instead of rising en mass with Occupy Wall Street while corporate America continues to dismantle our economy and wreak havoc on our finances and those of our neighbors. We’ve looked the other way as police officers have brutally beaten and killed our neighbors, our brothers, our coworkers, and we’ve been silent instead of all rising up and demanding justice. We’ve allowed extremist religious fanatics to take control of our politics and strong arm our legislative process in Washington.

America is not the great nation it once was. America is no better than Russia or Iran, when we can have members of law enforcement kill citizens and walk away without so much as even being required to answer to that community for the pain that was caused. We’re no better than those we consider a “threat” when we allow the same people who destroyed our economy to continue to be in control of our economy without being held accountable for the damage they’ve done. We’re no better than Russia or Iran when the same leaders who sullied our good name by slaughtering millions of innocent people halfway across the world are still idolized and are not imprisoned for war crimes.

We need to make a change. We need to rise up with one voice and condemn EVERY wrong action done by the powers that be. We need to demand accountability and continue to demand it until we get it. Making one demand and going silent will not get answered. An old proverb goes like this, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” We’ve got to become the loudest, squeakiest wheel in human history and start demanding change from our leaders. No one wants to be “that guy” or “that woman” that nags continuously, but we must forget that and focus on the end goal.

Ferguson is just one of many recent events, and we cannot stay silent any longer. Within days of Michael Brown being gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, one young black man had been beaten nearly to death and another one killed here in the Los Angeles area by police officers. If these two events occurred here, how many have occurred elsewhere across America that we are not hearing about because Ferguson is currently grabbing the headlines?

This is why I’ve taken a stand behind the petition on Whitehouse.gov demanding a Mike Brown Law. I’ve also taken the time to write to my Senator and my two US Representatives asking them to draft this legislation as well as backing the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. If you’ve taken the time to read this post, please take the time to do the same. It’s not difficult, and it could end up making a huge difference for our country and our world.

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