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mikala bembery (mikalabeit@hotmail.com)
Thu, 03 Jun 1999 08:49:00 PDT


PS my some of my family can be traced back to slavery in Alabama
so I truely appreciate the power of change.
                     Mikala
>From: "H. C. Covington at I CAN America" <icanamerica@email.msn.com>
>Reply-To: "H. C. Covington at I CAN America" <icanamerica@msn.com>
>To: HPN Network <HPN@aspin.asu.edu>
>Subject: "If the people will lead, the leaders will follow."
>Date: Thu, 03 Jun 1999 12:08:44 -0500
>
>"If the people will lead, the leaders will follow."
>
>      "But what can just a few people do?" "Most people ignore what's going 
>on,
>how can I really make a difference?" are common responses to frightening 
>future
>projections. I said those very words for years. As a parent however, I 
>recognize
>that my child can't afford for me to surrender to denial, helplessness, and
>passivity. The needs of our children are greater than they have ever been
>before. They not only must depend upon us to feed, love, educate and clothe
>them, we may very well be the only thing that stands between them and a 
>dying
>world haunted by wars, famine, chaos, desperation, homelessness and despair 
>of
>greater magnitude than ever experienced in the history of the planet.
>
>      I'm not as optimistic as I am hopeful. I believe in the tremendous 
>power of
>natural processes, in the incredible resourcefulness of humankind, and 
>above
>all, the love of parents for their children in every part of the world. 
>More
>than a growing awareness, hard work, sacrifice, technological advances, or 
>fear,
>I'm counting on our love to motivate us to do what must be done.
>
>      Looking back on the history of the United States alone, how many 
>people
>believed that slavery would ever be abolished? When my grandmother was a 
>child,
>women weren't allowed to vote. How many people believed that the 
>suffragette
>movement (which took seventy years to succeed) was futile? At what about 
>recent
>global events? Within a few remarkable years the world has witnessed the 
>end of
>the cold war, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the end of Apartheid in 
>South
>Africa, as well as the end of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall.  At the 
>same
>time, Homelessness has doubled and hunger in the wealthiest country in the 
>world
>has grown out of control.
>
>How many truly believed that so much could possibly change as rapidly as it 
>did
>in such a short time?
>
>Before any major transformation, there are those who say, "it's always been 
>this
>way, it's not going to change, it's hopeless" And yet it has changed again 
>and
>again.
>
>      According to Duane Elgin, author of "Voluntary Simplicity," it's been
>conservatively estimated that in the United States alone, 25 million 
>Americans
>are consciously exploring new and more responsible ways of living. While 
>that
>translates into only 10% of the US population, and many would say that 
>that's
>not nearly enough, I maintain that it's a powerful beginning.
>
>Major societal change has always began with a small ripple, a small 
>committed
>number of people.
>
>Anthropologist, Margaret Mead, once said, "never doubt that a small group 
>of
>thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only 
>thing
>that ever has."
>
>For the sake of brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers and our children, we 
>can no
>longer afford to wait for government to save us.  It's critical that we  
>join
>the group of "thoughtful committed citizens" who are leading the way.
>
>"If the people will lead, the leaders will follow."  It is now up to us, 
>will
>you walk with me?
>
>
>   -------------------------------------
>H. C. Sonny Covington
>Apostle to the Hopeless
>icanamerica@msn.com
>Voice 1-318-781-0216
>
>
>


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