The argument against continuing to rely on fossil fuels that isn’t used enough is not about climate change. Climate change is real and is a big reason why we need to stop relying on fossil fuels. But, let’s say for the sake of the argument that the “climate change is a hoax” people are correct. The non-existence of climate change does not change the fact that fossil fuels are non-renewable. Fossil fuels will run out, and if we continue to rely on them, we will run the world back into the dark ages. So to all the fossil fuel supporters… you’re wrong on climate change, but even if you weren’t, fossil fuels are not a permanent solution to energy. Case closed. It’s time to invest in green energy infrastructure, which will create millions of jobs in the process.
Decriminalizing all drug use is part of the solution to ending the opioid epidemic. We need to stop treating addicts as criminals, but rather as people who fell victim to a horrible disease. Rehabilitation is beneficial to their recovery; incarceration is not. I hope to see a statewide effort to decriminalize drug use so that we may help these people, not lock them up.
When Paris was attacked, we led social media campaigns with logos of the Eiffel Tower in a peace sign and stood in solidarity with the victims. When Belgium was attacked, we changed our Facebook profile pictures to have the Belgian flag overlaid on them. These responses were great and show the love and support we are capable of giving.
When Syria is in a state of constant turmoil due to civil war, when the Syrian government is executing innocent people in their own homes, when Syrian refugees have nowhere to go, when Syrian families are split apart, when parents lose their children, and children their parents every single day… we look away.
We look away because “those people over there aren’t like us.” We have few connections with their culture, religion, and way of life. But we have the only connection that we need to grieve with them, feel for them, and help them in their time of suffering and need; we are all humans. We are all one human family. Just because they live somewhere far away, wear different clothing, speak a different language, and practice a religion somewhat unfamiliar to us does not make them any less human than we are.
This is not just a message to the US Government. This is a message to the American people. The government can craft policies, but the people are the ones who can strengthen the bonds of our human family by simply showing that we feel for them, and that we love them. I’m not saying that everyone has to donate money, although that would help. I’m just asking that you acknowledge their pain and put yourself in their shoes.
We see reports on the news so often now about terrorism that we have become used to it. We look at a headline and think “what else is new?” But it doesn’t have to be that way. Now, I’m aware that some of you who are even reading to this point will think a moment about what I’m saying, but others will just scroll down to the rest of social media that details the glamorized and fortunate society that we live in.
It’s our choice. We can speak out against these acts of violence, or we can pretend like nothing is going on.
Just a little bit of support and love for our brothers and sisters suffering in Syria can go a long way.
Sending love to the victims of this horrible tragedy,
RIP Marijuana Prohibition in Massachusetts (1911-2016).
Name: Marijuana Prohibition in Massachusetts
Date of Death: November 8, 2016
Date of Burial: December 15, 2016
Cause of Death: Common sense and the will of the people
Summary of Life:
Marijuana prohibition was a total failure and led to the imprisonment of non-violent people, especially minorities.
Family Members: Marijuana prohibition in Massachusetts is unfortunately survived by its siblings in 42 other states. We’re hoping that their lives are short lived.
How can I help? In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Marijuana Policy Project, NORML, or Students for Sensible Drug Policy so that all of America can end the failure that is marijuana prohibition.
How can I celebrate? Funeral celebrations can be public as long as marijuana is not smoked in a public place. If you want to celebrate the funeral by planting, remember that the maximum is 6 plants per person and 12 plants per household.
It’s official. Marijuana prohibition is over. Now we can make this into a regulated and safe industry that doesn’t target minorities.