If the media paid more attention to wonderful stories like this…the world would be in a much more peaceful, kinder, gentler place. Please take a couple of minutes to watch these fine young men…by Chuck Duboff

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Before you read my words, please take the time to first watch the video.

Our media is obsessed with sensationalizing the negative, the hurtful, the racist, the depressing headlines.  CNN has stated their ratings are through the roof covering the disaster known as Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, fine young man as were seen in the video, demonstrate what it is to be a good citizen, to be kind, to give back to your community.  These young men are doing more to “Make America Great Again” than Herr Trump ever will.

Young Black Men in the United States are stereotyped, harassed and never given the benefit of the doubt.  These boys in the video show the world that with good parenting, anybody can turn out to be a fine young man or woman.  Black, Latino, White…it doesn’t matter, good parenting, positive role modelling, enhances every young person’s chance to lead a healthy life.

Perhaps the media should focus on stories like this one.  I would expect that initially there would be little interest in “good stories”; but with persistence and a dedication to improve society in United States…this could make a very positive difference. One would expect though that the bottom line is all that CNN and its sister networks care about and presenting good news stories doesn’t interest them.

There are great young people all across America, and I dare say Canada, attempting to make this a better world to live in…if the media put forth the same effort, respect and decency may return…and “making America Hate again” would disappear.

Putin + WikiLeaks + Fox News + Breitbart: Day 2 of the Illegitimate President. Millions march, while the thin skinned puppet whines…by Chuck Duboff

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The people…standing up for their rights against a Fascist Regime.

Canadians denied entry into US because they are anti-Trump:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/21/us/canadians-rejected-border-womens-march/index.html

Trump “at war with the media”:
http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/21/media/donald-trump-war-with-the-media/index.html

Ex-CIA chief bashes Trump for his talk to the members of the CIA:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/21/politics/trump-to-cia-i-am-so-behind-you/index.html

The World is worried about President Trump
The World Is Worried About President Trump

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Empty stands at the Inauguration parade.

Trump’s government website takes down Civil Rights, LGBT and Climate Change
Trump’s White House Website Takes Down Official Pages on Civil Rights, Climate Change, LGBT Rights

In Trump’s mind, drain the swamp means fill top jobs with rich friends:
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-jobs-rich-allies-233975

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Cuba: A tale of two countries: paradise & oppression; by Chuck Duboff

“Chuck quiet, secret police everywhere.”  I remember those words like they were five minutes ago.

I had visited Cuba many, many times as a tourist.  I was taken in by the beauty, the culture, the wonderful people.  It seemed idyllic through the eyes of a traveler.  A health care system second to none, free education right through University, beautiful beaches, hot sun…what could be wrong with this island paradise?  And so I returned, time after time after time.  This led to a relationship with a wonderful Cuban women, whom I met on one of my visits.  Yosadania is tattooed on my left arm…as a reminder of the life that the Cuban people are “forced to live”…we had a wonderful relationship, but given the overbearing government, Yosdania was not free to come back home to Canada with me.

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I decided that I wanted to go down to Cuba and live the life that “the people” did.  Yosdania was thrilled that I would be coming down and living with her for a few weeks; I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but was eagerly looking forward to the adventure.

Little did I know what I was in for, the reality of Cuba was about to dramatically change.

It’s difficult to put into words the level of government control over the people.  The first day I was living in Havana with my friend, we went for a walk.  Everywhere we went, there were soldiers with machine guns; when I said something to Yosdania about this, she said to me: “Chuck quiet, secret police everywhere.”  So, we walked the beautiful beaches and parks, rather quietly.  I wasn’t used to not saying what I was thinking.  Yosdania told me that there were spies in every little six block radius…people who would report to the government anybody who spoke out against the country.  Even in the apartment we lived in, we were very careful as to what we said.  I learned a lesson one evening, when all the lights and electricity went out.  I was told this was common (however this did not occur in the resorts in which the tourists stayed).  This was the governments way of maintaining control and power over the people.  Wanting to get in touch with my family back home in Winnipeg, I was hoping to find a computer.  I was allowed to go into a tourist hotel and rent a computer for a few minutes…however, Yosdania was not allowed to join me.  In fact, the citizens of Cuba at that time had little opportunity to use the internet and had a very limited understanding of the rest of the world.  In the hotel, I was able to rent a computer for a while in an air conditioned room…amenities which the people were not able to access.

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46th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution; the only billboards you see in Cuba.

One morning we decided to go for a walk to get some food.  However, it’s nothing like we have here in Canada.  Families are given little notebooks each month which indicate their food allotment; 1 bag of rice a certain amount of bread, chicken, etc.  Literally limits to the bland food which was available to the people.  Now remember, if you are a tourist, you are treated like royalty…and your Canadian dollars go a very long way to helping the government maintain control.

However, if you are a Cuban citizen, life is much different than the all-inclusive resorts Canadians fly to each winter.  Your freedoms are limited, your voice muted, your opportunities minimal…an individual working as a server in restaurant would be making the same amount of money as a doctor.

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Then again, Cuba is noted around the world for one of the best health care systems; additionally, the education system is free right through university.  The weather is beautiful, the beaches magnificent, and there is baseball every where you go.

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Though he was a revolutionary, I sat for hours to have this picture of myself and Che drawn.

It’s not an easy life.  Many Cubans have died trying to escape the oppression, while others made it safely to Little Havana in Florida.

Fidel Castro has died…what awaits the people of Cuba?

…and so it begins: David Duke proudly says Trump owes his victory to the good ol’ boys and their Confederate flags!!…by Chuck Duboff

UPDATED:  not two minutes after this blog was published…a good friend of mine sent me a note that what upsets him the most is that he is afraid to say anything for fear of retribution…and he lives here in Manitoba, Canada.

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Early Wednesday morning, former KKK leader David Duke tweeted that Trump owes his victory to “THE SOUTH” alongside an image of whites waving Confederate flags.

David Duke, who once led the neo-Nazi, white-supermacist organization, tweeted the claim on election night.

“This is one of the most exciting nights of my life,” Mr Duke wrote.

“Make no mistake about it, our people have played a huge role in electing Trump!”

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A young black girl was told when she got on the school bus Wednesday morning: “you should go sit in the back of the bus.”

After 8 years of a black president and the possibility of a woman in the presidency…these election results were a backlash by White America…a repudiation of social progress and most sadly a President elect who legitimized racism, sexism , hatred, xenophobia, misogyny, intolerance and bullying.

Sitting in a coffee shop writing these words…people seem numb and zombie like.

As I stated earlier this morning…I couldn’t feel more grateful being Canadian.  We are blessed to live in a country which at the very least has a goal of tolerance and decency…we may not be there, but I wouldn’t want to live in any other country in the world.

UPDATED:  not two minutes after this blog was published…a good friend of mine sent me a note that what upsets him the most is that he is afraid to say anything for fear of retribution…and he lives here in Manitoba, Canada.

No paper today…here’s some reading with Sunday morning random thoughts..by Chuck Duboff

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  • Joel Armia has been an incredible revelation for the Jets and maybe the best player in that blockbuster trade with Buffalo.

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  • I’m Canadian and not personally invested in the American election, but the political junkie in me can barely stomach this ugly election anymore.
  • Day 1 out of 109…feels great and highly motivated.
  • I said at the start of the World Series that I’m 60/40 pulling for Cleveland…I’ve always seen Cleveland as the Winnipeg of the United States…from not winning championships to always having jokes made about them.  Well, the Cavaliers won this season, they’ve got the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame there…now it’s time for the Cleveland baseball team to join in the fun!!  We’ve got a Winnipeg Goldeyes Championship, the Canadian Museum of Human Rights….time for the Bombers or Jets to chip in.
  • It’s been a very long time for both the Cubbies and the Indians…both can’t win:cleveland-world-series
  • So very, very, very cool watching Laine at a soccer clinic yesterday morning led by Desiree Scott of Canada’s National Women’s team.  Scott herself had been a Kidsport participant and it’s great to see her giving back to the community.

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    Our big girl Laine and Winnipeger and Canadian National Soccer team player, Desiree Scott

  • To paraphrase the ol’ professor, Mickey Steen…the Bombers stunk the joint out yesterday.  Such a crucial game and they were just terrible.
  • Some people just aren’t worth the time and effort.
  • I would say that #29 for the Jets, Patrik Laine, has a chance to be a pretty decent player!!  Ovechkin: “he has a chance to score 50/60 goals” Elliot Freedman: “Hockey people are comparing him to Ovechkin, Kovulchuk and Bossy.”
  • Winning that Lottery Ball second overall pick was franchise changing!!14591597_10154380773080783_6491552696864755528_n
  • “Mexicans are murderers and rapists” “Ban all Muslims from coming into the States” “I grab them by the p****s and just kiss them”  “I don’t need to show my tax return”…Lose a Billion dollars in one year…don’t pay any taxes…have 12 women accuse you of groping them…run a scam with Trump University…claim you’ll bring jobs back to the US after using Chinese steel for your hotels…and this person is actually running for the presidency???   Really?
  • I used to be so into the NFL and now it is almost completely off the radar…more than any other reason, it is the never ending commercials on TV which have driven me away…there is no flow to the game and every time they go to commercial I just lose more and more interest.
  • Textbook case in how to ruin a player’s career: Jacob Trouba!!  Allowing his dad and agent to control things like he is…is ruining Trouba’s career.  I always liked the kid, but he has zero leverage for seven years and to come out demanding a trade and then being told he doesn’t want to play in Canada…good luck with that Jacob…if it was me, I’d have him sit for the seven years the Jets have him under control…Jets have to send a message to future RFA’s that this kind of garbage won’t be tolerated.jacob-trouba-winnipeg-jets
  • There is a 100% correlation: the older I get the more I hate, yes hate, winter!!
  • The Winnipeg Free Press…you used to be such a pleasure to read…now all you are is 24 hours old news and poorly written and edited stories; so sad to watch.
  • Hey Andrew: that Goldeyes mug that I used on our championship playoff run…now 2 for 2 with the Jets…just sayin!!!
  • Watching how very much Ben and Laine love reading is so wonderful…here’s Ben at 7:00 in the morning reading a Babe Ruth biography…takes great parenting to instil a love of reading!!14632921_10157564638125580_92702574251880207_n
  • Couldn’t be prouder of Matt and the determination he showed…I know you’ll be great with your new job at the West End Cultural Centre.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples…an important document for all Canadians. A must read.

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Recently, I have had the good fortune to meet Leah ProudLakota Gazan.  We have had some interesting, intense conversations about the plight of the Indigenous peoples of Canada.  She has opened my eyes to The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples…a document which I believe should be required reading for all students in Canadian schools.  The plight of Indigenous Peoples in Canada is a scar on our wonderful country.  Please take 20 minutes to read this document…and ask yourself why these actions are not being taken.  I read through the whole document, word by word, line by line and shook my head in disbelief to the complete disregard with which our new government is acting towards our First Nations population.  Will you take some time to read this?

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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Article 1 Indigenous peoples have the right to the full enjoyment, as a collective or as individuals, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights4 and international human rights law.

Article 2 Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity.

Article 3 Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

Article 4 Indigenous peoples, in exercising their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to 4.Resolution 217 A (III). 5 their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing their autonomous functions.

Article 5 Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions, while retaining their right to participate fully, if they so choose, in the political, economic, social and cultural life of the State.

Article 6 Every indigenous individual has the right to a nationality.

Article 7 1. Indigenous individuals have the rights to life, physical and mental integrity, liberty and security of person. 2. Indigenous peoples have the collective right to live in freedom, peace and security as distinct peoples and shall not be subjected to any act of genocide or any other act of violence, including forcibly removing children of the group to another group.

Article 8 1. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture. 2. States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for: (a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities; (b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources; (c) Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights; (d) Any form of forced assimilation or integration; (e) Any form of propaganda designed to promote or incite racial or ethnic discrimination directed against them. 6

Article 9 Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to belong to an indigenous community or nation, in accordance with the traditions and customs of the community or nation concerned. No discrimination of any kind may arise from the exercise of such a right.

Article 10 Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.

Article 11 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to practise and revitalize their cultural traditions and customs. This includes the right to maintain, protect and develop the past, present and future manifestations of their cultures, such as archaeological and historical sites, artefacts, designs, ceremonies, technologies and visual and performing arts and literature. 2. States shall provide redress through effective mechanisms, which may include restitution, developed in conjunction with indigenous peoples, with respect to their cultural, intellectual, religious and spiritual property taken without their free, prior and informed consent or in violation of their laws, traditions and customs.

Article 12 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to manifest, practise, develop and teach their spiritual and religious traditions, customs and ceremonies; the right to maintain, protect, and have access in privacy to their religious and cultural sites; the right to the use and control of their ceremonial objects; and the right to the repatriation of their human remains. 2. States shall seek to enable the access and/or repatriation of ceremonial objects and human remains in their possession through fair, transparent and effective mechanisms developed in conjunction with indigenous peoples concerned.

Article 13 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to revitalize, use, develop and transmit to future generations their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literatures, and to designate and retain their own names for communities, places and persons. 2. States shall take effective measures to ensure that this right is protected and also to ensure that indigenous peoples can understand and be understood in political, legal and administrative proceedings, where necessary through the provision of interpretation or by other appropriate means.

Article 14 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning. 2. Indigenous individuals, particularly children, have the right to all levels and forms of education of the State without discrimination. 3. States shall, in conjunction with indigenous peoples, take effective measures, in order for indigenous individuals, particularly children, including those living outside their communities, to have access, when possible, to an education in their own culture and provided in their own language.

Article 15 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the dignity and diversity of their cultures, traditions, histories and aspirations which shall be appropriately reflected in education and public information. 2. States shall take effective measures, in consultation and cooperation with the indigenous peoples concerned, to combat prejudice and eliminate discrimination and to promote tolerance, understanding and good relations among indigenous peoples and all other segments of society.

Article 16 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to establish their own media in their own languages and to have access to all forms of non-indigenous media without discrimination. 8 2. States shall take effective measures to ensure that State-owned media duly reflect indigenous cultural diversity. States, without prejudice to ensuring full freedom of expression, should encourage privately owned media to adequately reflect indigenous cultural diversity.

Article 17 1. Indigenous individuals and peoples have the right to enjoy fully all rights established under applicable international and domestic labour law. 2. States shall in consultation and cooperation with indigenous peoples take specific measures to protect indigenous children from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development, taking into account their special vulnerability and the importance of education for their empowerment. 3. Indigenous individuals have the right not to be subjected to any discriminatory conditions of labour and, inter alia, employment or salary.

Article 18 Indigenous peoples have the right to participate in decision-making in matters which would affect their rights, through representatives chosen by themselves in accordance with their own procedures, as well as to maintain and develop their own indigenous decision making institutions.

Article 19 States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them.

Article 20 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and develop their political, economic and social systems or institutions, to be secure in the enjoyment of their own means of subsistence and development, and to engage freely in all their traditional and other economic activities. 9 2. Indigenous peoples deprived of their means of subsistence and development are entitled to just and fair redress.

Article 21 1. Indigenous peoples have the right, without discrimination, to the improvement of their economic and social conditions, including, inter alia, in the areas of education, employment, vocational training and retraining, housing, sanitation, health and social security. 2. States shall take effective measures and, where appropriate, special measures to ensure continuing improvement of their economic and social conditions. Particular attention shall be paid to the rights and special needs of indigenous elders, women, youth, children and persons with disabilities.

Article 22 1. Particular attention shall be paid to the rights and special needs of indigenous elders, women, youth, children and persons with disabilities in the implementation of this Declaration. 2. States shall take measures, in conjunction with indigenous peoples, to ensure that indigenous women and children enjoy the full protection and guarantees against all forms of violence and discrimination.

Article 23 Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for exercising their right to development. In particular, indigenous peoples have the right to be actively involved in developing and determining health, housing and other economic and social programmes affecting them and, as far as possible, to administer such programmes through their own institutions.

Article 24 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to their traditional medicines and to maintain their health practices, including the conservation of their vital medicinal plants, animals and minerals. Indigenous individuals also have the right to access, without any discrimination, to all social and health services. 2. Indigenous individuals have an equal right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. States shall take the necessary steps with a view to achieving progressively the full realization of this right. 10

Article 25 Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinctive spiritual relationship with their traditionally owned or otherwise occupied and used lands, territories, waters and coastal seas and other resources and to uphold their responsibilities to future generations in this regard.

Article 26 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired. 2. Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership or other traditional occupation or use, as well as those which they have otherwise acquired. 3. States shall give legal recognition and protection to these lands, territories and resources. Such recognition shall be conducted with due respect to the customs, traditions and land tenure systems of the indigenous peoples concerned.

Article 27 States shall establish and implement, in conjunction with indigenous peoples concerned, a fair, independent, impartial, open and transparent process, giving due recognition to indigenous peoples’ laws, traditions, customs and land tenure systems, to recognize and adjudicate the rights of indigenous peoples pertaining to their lands, territories and resources, including those which were traditionally owned or otherwise occupied or used. Indigenous peoples shall have the right to participate in this process.

Article 28 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to redress, by means that can include restitution or, when this is not possible, just, fair and equitable compensation, for the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned or otherwise occupied or used, and which have been confiscated, taken, occupied, used or damaged without their free, prior and informed consent. 2. Unless otherwise freely agreed upon by the peoples concerned, compensation shall take the form of lands, territories and resources 11 equal in quality, size and legal status or of monetary compensation or other appropriate redress.

Article 29 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the conservation and protection of the environment and the productive capacity of their lands or territories and resources. States shall establish and implement assistance programmes for indigenous peoples for such conservation and protection, without discrimination. 2. States shall take effective measures to ensure that no storage or disposal of hazardous materials shall take place in the lands or territories of indigenous peoples without their free, prior and informed consent. 3. States shall also take effective measures to ensure, as needed, that programmes for monitoring, maintaining and restoring the health of indigenous peoples, as developed and implemented by the peoples affected by such materials, are duly implemented.

Article 30 1. Military activities shall not take place in the lands or territories of indigenous peoples, unless justified by a relevant public interest or otherwise freely agreed with or requested by the indigenous peoples concerned. 2. States shall undertake effective consultations with the indigenous peoples concerned, through appropriate procedures and in particular through their representative institutions, prior to using their lands or territories for military activities.

Article 31 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, as well as the manifestations of their sciences, technologies and cultures, including human and genetic resources, seeds, medicines, knowledge of the properties of fauna and flora, oral traditions, literatures, designs, sports and traditional games and visual and performing arts. They also have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their intellectual property over such cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expressions. 12 2. In conjunction with indigenous peoples, States shall take effective measures to recognize and protect the exercise of these rights.

Article 32 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources. 2. States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources. 3. States shall provide effective mechanisms for just and fair redress for any such activities, and appropriate measures shall be taken to mitigate adverse environmental, economic, social, cultural or spiritual impact.

Article 33 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to determine their own identity or membership in accordance with their customs and traditions. This does not impair the right of indigenous individuals to obtain citizenship of the States in which they live. 2. Indigenous peoples have the right to determine the structures and to select the membership of their institutions in accordance with their own procedures.

Article 34 Indigenous peoples have the right to promote, develop and maintain their institutional structures and their distinctive customs, spirituality, traditions, procedures, practices and, in the cases where they exist, juridical systems or customs, in accordance with international human rights standards.

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Article 36 1. Indigenous peoples, in particular those divided by international borders, have the right to maintain and develop contacts, relations and cooperation, including activities for spiritual, cultural, political, economic and social purposes, with their own members as well as other peoples across borders. 2. States, in consultation and cooperation with indigenous peoples, shall take effective measures to facilitate the exercise and ensure the implementation of this right.

Article 37 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the recognition, observance and enforcement of treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements concluded with States or their successors and to have States honour and respect such treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements. 2. Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as diminishing or eliminating the rights of indigenous peoples contained in treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.

Article 38 States, in consultation and cooperation with indigenous peoples, shall take the appropriate measures, including legislative measures, to achieve the ends of this Declaration.

Article 39 Indigenous peoples have the right to have access to financial and technical assistance from States and through international cooperation, for the enjoyment of the rights contained in this Declaration.

Article 40 Indigenous peoples have the right to access to and prompt decision through just and fair procedures for the resolution of conflicts and disputes with States or other parties, as well as to effective remedies for all infringements of their individual and collective rights. Such a decision shall give due consideration to the customs, traditions, rules and legal systems of the indigenous peoples concerned and international human rights. 14

Article 41 The organs and specialized agencies of the United Nations system and other intergovernmental organizations shall contribute to the full realization of the provisions of this Declaration through the mobilization, inter alia, of financial cooperation and technical assistance. Ways and means of ensuring participation of indigenous peoples on issues affecting them shall be established.

Article 42 The United Nations, its bodies, including the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and specialized agencies, including at the country level, and States shall promote respect for and full application of the provisions of this Declaration and follow up the effectiveness of this Declaration.

Article 43 The rights recognized herein constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world.

Article 44 All the rights and freedoms recognized herein are equally guaranteed to male and female indigenous individuals.

Article 45 Nothing in this Declaration may be construed as diminishing or extinguishing the rights indigenous peoples have now or may acquire in the future.

Article 46 1. Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, people, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act contrary to the Charter of the United Nations or construed as authorizing or encouraging any action which would dismember or impair, totally or in part, the territorial integrity or political unity of sovereign and independent States. 2. In the exercise of the rights enunciated in the present Declaration, human rights and fundamental freedoms of all shall be respected. The exercise of the rights set forth in this Declaration shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law 15 and in accordance with international human rights obligations. Any such limitations shall be non-discriminatory and strictly necessary solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for meeting the just and most compelling requirements of a democratic society. 3. The provisions set forth in this Declaration shall be interpreted in accordance with the principles of justice, democracy, respect for human rights, equality, non-discrimination, good governance and good faith.

Martin Luther King’s Final Speech…posted by Mr. Reggie Abercrombie.

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The past few days on this blog I have written and posted about tolerance, about human rights, about racism….My friend Reggie Abercrombie posted this speech by Martin Luther King on Facebook; how very, very appropriate my friend.  These are very difficult times in the United States….tensions are high on the streets and lives are being taken.  I asked both Reggie and Casio Grider to be safe…Casio indicated to me that he is blessed that he lives in a part of Los Angeles which seems to be safe from what is going on.  But the mere fact that he must think about his safety is so very scary.  Though they are perceived as “just ballplayers” for our Winnipeg Goldeyes, both Reg and Casio are wonderful human beings and friends and inspirations to so many.  Winnipeg would welcome both of you with open arms, any time…

In the meantime, think of the words of Martin Luther King…process and do something positive today to make this a more peaceful world.

 

First They Came…by Pastor Martin Niemoller

© Chuck Duboff:      I am asked why I keep talking, writing about issues like racism, tolerance, human rights…when racism ends, when human rights for all is not questioned, when tolerance is our way of life…then I will stop…until then…ask yourself why, in 2016, racism still permeates society.

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First They Came

Pastor Martin Niemoller

First they came for the Communists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me

And there was no one left To speak out for me.

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Basic Human Rights…what are they? What are your own personal thoughts about the state of human rights in the world today?…by Chuck Duboff

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“Human Rights: rights which are inherent to all human beings, regardless of nationality, race, sex, ethnic origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation, or any other status.  We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination.”  United Nations.

Questions to ponder:

Ask yourself these questions: do you believe that every human being living on this earth is entitled to basic human rights?  Is there a piece within you which believes that you are more entitled to these rights than others?  Do you look at individuals and say that they are deserving of their less than ideal living conditions and are therefore not as entitled to basic human rights?  Do you believe that basic human rights are bestowed upon all individuals throughout the world, or is there a class of human beings which controls and subjugates others, to their benefit?  Do you ever look down upon others?  Do you generalize and stereotype others and develop a belief that they are less worthy of basic human rights?

Do you believe it is your responsibility to ensure that all citizens of this planet are receiving basic human rights or do you hide your head in the sand and let others do the hard work?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

  1. We are all free and equal
  2. Don’t discriminate
  3. The right to life
  4. No slavery – past or present.
  5. No torture
  6. We all have the same right to use the law.
  7. We are all protected by the law.
  8. Fair treatment by fair courts
  9. No unfair detainment
  10. The right to trial
  11. Innocent until proven guilty
  12. The right to privacy
  13. Freedom to move
  14. The right to asylum
  15. The right to a nationality
  16. Marriage and family
  17. The right to own things
  18. Free to say what you want
  19. Freedom of thought
  20. Meet where you like
  21. The right to democracy
  22. The right to social security
  23. Worker’s rights
  24. The right to play
  25. A bed and some food
  26. The right to education
  27. Culture and copyright
  28. A free and fair world
  29. Our responsibilities to others
  30. Nobody can take away these rights and freedoms from us.

While reading this list of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, what were your thoughts?  Did any of these rights make you uncomfortable?  Do you believe that our society is making these rights available to all of our citizens?

I asked a wise man, my very good friend, Al Bryski, retired teacher, writer, philosophizer, how he would define Human Rights:

“To me a human right  is the right  for every person, every single one, to have equal rights to choice and opportunity, whether it be the freedom to get a job, to get a partner of one’s choice, the right to   move freely, and the right to work at any job that they, the person,  is qualified for, without threats of harassment, without any abuse, or any threat of being fired. It also means to me the right to freedom of religion and freedom of speech and the right to equal treatment in the due process of law. Summing it up, it is for me treating every person with the dignity and respect they are entitled to.”

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What are you doing to help promote Human Rights?  Are you sitting on the sidelines or are you doing something to make this a healthier world in which we live?

“Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations, hostility and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society.”  Muhammad Yunus

Tolerance: the foundation of a healthy society…by Chuck Duboff

 

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Tolerance is defined  as:  a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry. … a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions, beliefs, and practices that differ from one’s own.

Some thoughts and questions to ponder:

A society which encourages tolerance of those who differ in their beliefs, opinions, religious teachings and cultural behaviours…is a society which will function peacefully,  respectfully and in harmony.

A lack of tolerance for others…resisting change, fighting back against new cultural norms, denigrating the religious beliefs of others…leads to a society filled with chaos, tension and disunity.

Ask yourself: are you able to tolerate new cultures within your community?

Do you value, respect and listen to the opinions of others?

Are you set in your ways and not able to have an open mind to change, to accept that society is always evolving?

We often imagine that things were greater in the past…ask yourself honestly, were things really great “back then” or have you sugar coated the past?

Tolerance…without it, societies fall apart; there is lack of mutual respect, people live in fear and anger towards others is the overriding emotion…which fuels a society on the brink of anarchy.

Christopher Hitchens:

I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness.

“We were an endangered specie”. Young black men still being slaughtered; by Chuck Duboff

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Lynching.  The word conjures up horrifying images.  Black men being hung from trees, while white men drank their whiskey and celebrated.  Between the 1870’s and 1960’s, there were over 4800 lynchings in the United states.

Fast forward to July 6th, 2016; an innocent young black man killed by Louisiana police. July 7th, 2016, an innocent young black man killed by St. Paul police, (see the video above).

I spoke with a former student of mine, a young man whom I coached in football, who as a young black man was in the gangs on the streets of New York City; “we were an endangered specie, coach, nobody made it to 18”.  But, Sean was fortunate, he had a mother who moved him to Winnipeg, Canada, a place she felt would “save her baby”. Today Sean is very much alive, with a beautiful family,grateful and blessed that he lives in Canada.  It is likely that had he grown up in New York, he would never have seen his 18th birthday.

Another former student of mine, who happens to be black, sent me a note saying: “I have had the conversation with my older boys on how to act if ever dealing with the police.  I’ve been pulled over for no other reason than I fit the description.”

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Take a long hard look at this picture and process the image.

CNN showed a video Thursday afternoon of a white man violently resisting arrest; at no point did the officers attempt to shoot him multiple times, they just continued to wrestle him done.

Watching the two videos of white police officers firing multiple times into innocent young black men, is quite simply, modern day lynching.  Black lives do not seem to matter, thus creating a chasm between blacks and whites,  so large that violence seems to be the only solution.  Black men feel like they are being “hunted by the police.”, while the police feel like they are being targeted.

Dont shootAs Sean stated: “this is simply divide and conquer; get the races fighting with each other.”  I believe that the manner in which Donald Trump has spoken and acted in his campaign has only exacerbated the problem.  Muslim, Mexican, Black, Gay, Jewish…by dividing groups, this incites anger and the resulting violence.  Trumps spewing of vitriolic language, has fanned the flames of racism, hatred and violence.

Watching video of protests across the United States, police officers being shot and killed, citizens being injured, Trumps narcissistic, fascist actions are bringing the desired result.  The United States, as Sean said to me, is on the brink of Martial Law.

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President Obama spoke eloquently, passionately, despondently about the shootings.  I for one am disappointed that President Obama wasn’t able to accomplish more during his time as President, when it came to race relations.

However, one statement he made spoke to the reality of what is happening in the United States: “This isn’t a black problem.”  This is a societal problem which the United States is going to have to face head on.  Ugly racism, spurred on by opportunistic politicians, must be brought to it’s knees.  Tolerance and respect must replace hatred and anger…until this happens, there will be more shootings of young black men, police officers, citizens and the United States will continue its downward spiral towards a country living under Martial Law.

Winnipeg Goldeyes demonstrate leadership in promoting Tolerance and Acceptance; by Chuck Duboff

Tolerance is the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behaviour that one does not necessarily agree with.”

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Winnipeg Goldeyes, Reggie Abercrombie , and former Goldeye, Luis Alan; African American and Latino.  It doesn’t matter…they are brothers!!!

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On Saturday evening, June 4th, during Pride weekend in downtown Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Goldeyes, management, staff, players, fans and the Lincoln Saltdogs celebrated Diversity and Tolerance.

“This is a one of a kind event, I’m so excited to see how it goes.” said Dan Chase, Goldeyes Director of Sales and Marketing, who brought this idea to life.

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Winnipeg mayor, Brain Bowman, throwing out the firs pitch at the Diversity Game.  Credit Winnipeg Goldeyes Photographer, Tara Miller.

In a multi-cultural city like Winnipeg, on Pride weekend, the Winnipeg Goldeyes demonstrated for all what it means to be tolerant and accepting of others opinions, beliefs, race, culture and sexual orientation.  From video messages on the scoreboard, to an eclectic mix of cultural music, to hoop dancers, Scottish dancers, a special ceremony for San Francisco baseball fan, Gilbert Baker, who designed the Rainbow Pride flag in 1978, the Goldeyes demonstrated leadership on a very important societal issue.

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From San Francisco, Gilbert Baker, baseball fan, who in 1978 designed the Pride Flag.  Credit to Winnipeg Goldeyes Photographer, Tara Miller.

Last year, Winnipeg was identified by MacLeans magazine as the most racist city in Canada; I would suggest that that is a statement which can’t be quantified,  however, I will say that Winnipeg has taken on the challenge of improving our acceptance of those whose lifestyles, beliefs or skin colour may be different than our own.  That does not imply lesser than…it simply suggests “different”, nothing more

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Aboriginal Hoop Dancers; credit to Winnipeg Goldeyes Photographer, Tara Miller.

Whether it is recognizing the first African American baseball player who made it to the majors, Jackie Robinson, respecting the religious beliefs of others, not being afraid of someone whose skin colour is different, tolerating a sexual orientation which is different than yours…Tolerance of others is the key to a healthy Winnipeg, a healthy society.

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Scottish Dancers; credit to Winnipeg Goldeyes Photographer, Tara Miller.