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Those who die unjustly because of bigotry because of prejudice because of unadulterated hate are never silent their blood cries out like the blood of innocent Abel the anguished cries "I can't Breathe" "I'm going to die" rise rise up past the blue skies to the ear of the almighty Judge who hears who weeps who waits the Day of Judgement when all the innocent slain will live again and all who have murdered who have watched who have been silent will answer the cries of the risen ones for they WILL speak and say... "What had we done that you saw fit to snuff out our lives to suffocate out of hate to pin to the ground to grind our faces into the dirt the pain, the hurt you didn't hear out of fear you brought us low and now, we know our Defender is near Judgement Day is here Why? oh why did color matter and not character? why did ethnicity label instead of enable beautiful diversity. Answer, answer now No...Wait...be silent as the grave Listen as we inhale...exhale Now...Now we can breathe free!" Eileen Manassian In honor of George Floyd

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Date: 8/6/2020 1:56:00 AM
Hi Eileen, thinking so much of you since that awful blast, and all of those innocent people, i believe you are safe, thank God....
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Date: 7/28/2020 9:59:00 PM
Just to be clear, Eileen, my blog was not in reference to your poem. My blog was deleted by admin because somebody obviously complained. After the comments you posted I assumed it was you so I ventured over to your page and saw this post.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 7/28/2020 11:49:00 PM
Keep safe and God bless.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/28/2020 10:41:00 PM
No, Keith. I did not complain about your blog. I did read it, but thought it was in reference to something I was not aware of. I didn't delete your comments on my poem because you have the right to your opinion, as do others. To be honest, I don't have the emotional fortitude to deal with arguments at the moment. The situation in Lebanon is terrible, and it seems...a little hopeless. I have enough worries on the home front. I wish we all could live in peace here.
Date: 7/16/2020 6:46:00 PM
I’m sorry that I did not read your poem before now. You did an absolute wonderful job here. I’m sorry if I offended you or anyone else hear for standing up to Keith and his unacceptable behavior. Great poem!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 7/28/2020 10:08:00 PM
Aren't you lucky, Eileen, to have the wonderful white knight, Sir Lies-a-lot, to protect you from the dastardly opinions of yours truly.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/19/2020 8:29:00 AM
I was surprised to read Keith's blog... which I don't see up anymore. I had no idea that it was in reference to this poem and am surprised to read your comment. I know there have been some issues with you two before, but I didn't realise that the latest was connected to this. Thank you for your visit, Mark. No need to apologise. There was no expectation. I believe in my stance. Keith is free to disagree as long as it's done in a polite way. I wouldn't delete his comments, though I do take issue if he directs them to any guest on my page.
Date: 7/2/2020 6:21:00 PM
Hello Eileen Manassian, people should learn to live together no matter the color of their skin. Enjoy your evening my friend.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/19/2020 8:31:00 AM
I believe so too. Thank you for your visit. Enjoy your day...
Date: 6/22/2020 1:20:00 PM
I agree with what John says here Eileen. The changes will come with each of us fighting for what is right. Brilliant writing my friend. Blessings xxoo
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/23/2020 11:43:00 PM
Thanks for the visit, Connie. Let's hope that change will come. This has become a world wide movement, so in a sense, greater awareness has come already.
Date: 6/22/2020 5:51:00 AM
Brilliant poem in support of Floyd, Eileen, one day God is going to judge all wrong-doers, as you have very well pointed out:)
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/24/2020 12:42:00 AM
Thanks, Jo. There's still a long way to go. We can only use our words to raise awareness. I do believe a day of judgement is coming.
Date: 6/20/2020 6:15:00 PM
I salute beautiful diversity, Eileen. I love your lines "Why? oh why / did color matter / and not character? why did ethnicity label / instead of enable". Echoes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We need more voices like this in the world. Eloquent and impassioned to get through to the deaf ears. God hears the blood crying out from the ground. Amen to all your words, thank you for writing them and sharing. Hugs ~ John
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/24/2020 12:44:00 AM
Thanks, John. Your comments are always thoughtful and uplifting. They sooth a frusterated and tired heart. Blessings to you. We can only hope and believe that justice will one day prevail.
Date: 6/20/2020 3:18:00 PM
So awful...not awful - heinous. It ripped our hearts out. We still can’t breathe. God sees all!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/24/2020 12:44:00 AM
It does...it truly does. No one can see the video and remain unchanged. Thanks for the post, Kim. Blessings.
Date: 6/18/2020 4:44:00 AM
Eileen, your heartfelt poem express clearly how you and many others feel about this latest episode which has caused such a furore worldwide. I have been closely following what the media has had to say, while trying to respect different opinions. Let's hope extremism does not get the upper hand and that justice will prevail. Hugs // paul
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/23/2020 11:41:00 PM
The situation is not getting better, dear Paul. There are still those who march for equality. I wish I could support in a more tangible way. My heart is discouraged from the current state of affairs worldwilde. It's just too much to process and I feel overwhelmed. Hope all is well with you and those dear to your heart. Blessings.
Date: 6/10/2020 6:51:00 PM
It is through the medium of poetry we can channel some of our emotions in these difficult times. It resonates with me and I sincerely hope that finally the conversation which needs to be had an the wanton brutality and discrimination faced by blacks in the USA on a daily basis will be addressed. Unfortunately the dinosaurs amongst us who have thrived as a result of injustice feel threatened because their false advantage is threatened by fairness
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Mark Koplin
Date: 7/16/2020 6:37:00 PM
Well first of all I will commend you Reggae for not stooping to Keith’s level. He is a racist troll and a bully. Now Keith you were just blasting me from all directions that you don’t bully women or anybody else and I should just name one person that you have trolled or bullied. Do you still want me to name names Keith?? You commented once and you were asked politely to stop and you didn’t. That is being a bully.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/14/2020 6:55:00 AM
I'd like to see your resources. The world wouldn't be up in arms if that were true.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 6/11/2020 7:54:00 AM
Your poem is predicated on a lie, or should I say a myth. Deaths of unarmed blacks by police have been declining. Last year twice as many unarmed whites were killed by police. Those are the facts. Now the lefty cultural cleanse is on by censoring movies and literature. It’s just like the book burnings in Nazi Germany.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/11/2020 5:46:00 AM
Why was she the first black to win an award... WHY in 2020 are we still dealing with so many firsts when it comes to people of colour. Why? They have every right to be represented. They always have.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/11/2020 5:44:00 AM
Keith...I know a lot of things done are just to ensure political correctness. I'm not speaking to that. Jeff Bezos has joined the movement and is getting backlash from people who are still unaware of how people of colour deal with racism on a daily basis. White people admit police make them feel safe (statement by Natalie Portman). Yet even she has joined the moment because she realizes that people of color live in constant fear of the police. Bezos echoes that sentiment. I know it's easy to take things to extreme, which isn't wise either. My poem does not speak to any of these issues. It's about a man who was murdered unjustly. It's about police brutality towards black people, which is documented and undeniable. I support the movement toward equality.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 6/11/2020 4:06:00 AM
Hattie McDaniel was the first black American, male or female, to win an Academy Award. A universally loved figure by black and white yet you are all determined to erase the movie and her achievements from history to satisfy your political correctness. You don't erase history, you learn by it.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 6/11/2020 2:14:00 AM
Eileen, all this virtue signalling is to make the Left feel good about themselves. Hollywood is a reality free zone so no surprise there. The NFL haven't had some moral epiphany, they just don't want any backlash that hurts their business model. Defunding police depts is such a crock. Now gone is Gone With The Wind - it's a joke. Those who try to re-write history are condemned to repeat it.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/10/2020 11:32:00 PM
Keith, the language you use is not appreciated or wanted on my page. I am sad that you have so much anger inside of you that you feel you need to vent. The fight against racism towards people of color has become a world wide movement that includes people from every field. People in the world of entertainment are disassociating themselves from those who have made racists comments. The NFL has apologized for how it has treated those who took the knee...and lawmakers are forming new laws to ensure less violence towards people of color. Obviously this is something that you are unable or incapable of seeing. If you are going to make rude comments, please don't visit my page.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/10/2020 11:27:00 PM
Thanks, Reggae. I appreciate the visit and the comment. I especiually like your last sentense about those who feel that their advantage is threatened by fairness. Very well worded. Wishing you every blessing. Hope that this world wide movement towards bringing the ills of racism against people of color will bring about needed change.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 6/10/2020 9:29:00 PM
Mate, you're not a victim because some college educated pasty middle-class kids from the suburbs are racked with all their white guilt and feel they must purge the sins of the past. Grow up! You are not oppressed, and you've got more chance of being hit by lightning than being killed by a racist cop. Show some courage and leadership for your own destinies and look in the mirror before you cheer on the mobs.
Date: 6/7/2020 9:11:00 AM
In answer to Keith’s question, yes black people are being oppressed and have been since they were removed from their homes when first put into slavery. The country and economy is built on their backs and still they do not have their equal share in its bounty.
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Mark Koplin
Date: 7/17/2020 7:21:00 AM
There is still a lot of racism and segregation in the south today. You don't see it much up here in the North but the South indeed. My son went to Memphis last week to visit a friend. They went to his parents lake home. The association that it is located in does not allow blacks or gays. So yes Keith it is still going on today
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/7/2020 11:52:00 PM
Please watch this video. I don't know if you care to. It's been shared on FB. I tried to find it on youtube. Unfortunately the subtitles aren't English, but the narration is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrHIQIO_bdQ
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 6/7/2020 7:41:00 PM
Slavery was horrific and no one can argue it wasn't but there was slavery in Africa and elsewhere long before any white man ever walked the continent. The slavery thing is a red herring - no one is enslaved in America any longer. Don't just look to white people for change - change also needs to come from within. Knowledge is power. Stay in school and get an education and better yourselves and your communities. That's how all races overcome.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/7/2020 12:30:00 PM
Richard... thank you for sharing. I hope this will be an impetus for change.... for equality. They don't get fair treatment in courts either. Rich white young men who rape get left off while black ones falsely accused of rape get incarcerated... like in the case of the Central Park jogger. Sad...
Date: 6/6/2020 12:49:00 PM
Silent One is right some people just don't get it. Great tribute. Hugs Eve
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/7/2020 12:31:00 PM
Some never will. It's too ingrained in their psyche. Anyway... thank you for visiting and commenting. Hugs
Date: 6/6/2020 6:17:00 AM
Some people will just not get it... It is well known that White cops treat black people differently and with more brutality in the USA, this has been told to me many times by former police associates.. Your poem is has a great message..
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 6:50:00 AM
Thanks, SO. I felt convicted to write this. PS was promoting poems of this nature. I got an email about it. My brother and his family went to a peaceful demonstration in California. I raise awareness on the platforms that I have. Silence is no longer permissible. From what I gather, those who are looting are facing charges when caught.
Date: 6/6/2020 3:00:00 AM
The person who speaks the loudest is not always right. I like your soft and even handed approach Eileen. Hugs Rick. We just watched a documentary about how systematically white society has benefited by keeping Black people oppressed. It was very enlightening. Hugs Rick.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 12:51:00 PM
Thanks for the information, Richard. Knowledge is power. Blessings
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 6/6/2020 10:13:00 AM
Amendment 13 of the USA constitution is quite telling and has been used to keep Black men oppressed while increasing corporate profits. One in 13 white men are in-prisoned compared to one in three for black men. They make up 40 percent of the prison population even though they are only 13 percent of the overall population.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 7:22:00 AM
Of course they do. Of course they do. No one ever suggested that they didn't. Who would want live in a society without law enforcement? Just... be aware of the problem and work to solve it.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 6/6/2020 7:14:00 AM
All this fashionable new age PC white guilt is too much for me. Go ahead, blame the white patriarchy for everything if it makes you feel empowered but just spare a thought for what law enforcement officers, white and black, have to deal with every day. Their lives matter too!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 6:54:00 AM
Keith...I guess you're closing your eyes and ears to news, documentaries, personal testimony. There's really nothing more that can be said on this. I won't be answering any more of your comments on my page. Your stance saddens me. It's part of why there's such chaos in the US right now. Turning a blind eye to reality will just cause civil unrest to continue. This kind of attitude perpetuates that.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 6/6/2020 6:23:00 AM
Are black people really oppressed? They enjoy freedoms and rights and opportunities that billions around the globe do not. They have come so far since the civil rights days and have an ever growing middle-class. They don't all live in the ghettos but in the suburbs. They are a huge presence in boardrooms and legislatures so don't tell me how persecuted they are. It insults people who are truly oppressed.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 3:25:00 AM
Thanks, Rick. I know you understand. Some aren't even aware of the issue. That's the saddest thing. I know to a small degree what discrimination is like. With my previous passport I was treated like a potential terrorist. With my European passport.. I'm treated with respect and deference. It hurts because I'm the same person, but my place of birth makes a difference to some. It's but a small example of what racism can do.
Date: 6/6/2020 1:56:00 AM
Hello, Eileen this is deep and hurts to know it's a subject we are struggling with right now. The officers will pay for the hurt and murder of George. However, at the same time we are pressed against a glass and being taken advantage of. I'm sad over the innocent lives lost to his cause. I'm proud to read this. Linda.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 3:46:00 AM
Thanks for the bday wishes. :)
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 3:45:00 AM
Hi, PD. I know there's a lot of pain in the US at the moment. It has spilled over into the rest of the world. Those who want to take advantage of the situation must be held accountable. The looting and vandalism is wrong. However, that shouldn't take away from the message of the protests... Black Lives Matter. Thanks for stopping by...
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Date: 6/6/2020 1:56:00 AM
Happy Birthday, Eileen
Date: 6/5/2020 11:17:00 PM
Interesting. So what you're saying is that officer wouldn't have done that to a white guy and that he was motivated by "hate" and "colour". It's amazing how you know so much about what was going through that cop's mind. Perhaps you should be a character witness for the prosecution. No one is condoning what he did but just so you know, not all white people are racists.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 3:35:00 AM
Keith, police brutality against people of colour is not something that you can negate. Let's talk about civilians hateful attitudes. Im sure you've watched the video of Amy Cooper calling the police and claiming that a black man (Christian Cooper)was threatening her when all he did was ask her to put a leash on her dog. You lose your position by turning a blind eye to these instances. Just be happy you don't have to live in constant fear. Be happy you're not dehumanised. Be compassionate.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 6/6/2020 2:15:00 AM
Here's what I find interesting. The cop is charged with 3rd degree murder then upgraded to 2nd degree because of political pressure to help pacify the mobs baying for blood. My question is who intentionally murders someone in broad daylight on the street in public view in front of a crowd of people standing around knowing that they are being filmed?
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 1:03:00 AM
Keith...protests are taking place around the world. Keep that in mind when you refer to people as "halfwit" for what they perceive the problem to be.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 12:48:00 AM
:) That's what you think! ;) I just want there to be compassion for a people group who have struggled to be seen and heard. I don't believe that's a bad thing, and I will write about it.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 6/6/2020 12:44:00 AM
I could agree with you, Eileen, but then we'd both be wrong!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 12:41:00 AM
Why would I call you deplorable? You obviously don't know me very well. We can disagree and not be disagreeable.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 12:40:00 AM
I won't be baited into a political discussion with you, Keith. You hold on to your beliefs. You have a right to them. I have a right to mine.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 6/6/2020 12:39:00 AM
Next you'll be calling me a deplorable. Sorry if being white triggers you.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 6/6/2020 12:32:00 AM
Mr Floyd was a man with a lengthy criminal record who died tragically and unnecessarily but the media want to turn him into a martyr. Let's not pretend these well organised "marches" are about Mr Floyd, white educated middle-class kids don't outnumber blacks at race riots. Any halfwit can see this is all about an election in November.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 12:23:00 AM
"white fragility - noun discomfort and defensiveness on the part of a white person when confronted by information about racial inequality and injustice."
Date: 6/5/2020 3:30:00 PM
When will come the day that we will realize our blood is the same color, So are our souls. How sad dear poet. Will we ever learn, xo
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 12:26:00 AM
I don't think we will learn when people refuse to see the problem, Pixie. There are people who will never admit that this exists...and that's why the anger and frusteration is rising. Yes, our blood is the same color. Hugs, dear one.
Date: 6/5/2020 2:36:00 PM
a beautiful and very touching tribute, eileen! i keep wondering what's going through the mind of that cop with the knee on floyd's neck. could he have had any idea what his actions would start?
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 12:27:00 AM
8 and some minutes, dear....all while he is saying..."I can't breathe...I'm going to die". Nothing justifies that, and the simple fact that those officers have been take to the court of law shows that what they did was criminal. Thanks for passing by. We need an awakening.
Date: 6/5/2020 1:33:00 PM
such a heartfelt tribute Ilene the repercussions on his death will continue for a long long time:-( hugs Jan xx
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 12:31:00 AM
I think change will be forthcoming...if slow. I've been disturbed by these events. Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor..... Amaud Avery was shot down while jogging and was called a racial slur as he lay dying. George Floyd. This is just a very short list. It's sad...
Date: 6/5/2020 11:19:00 AM
A heartfelt and moving tribute, Eileen...we are seeing a change. I do have faith that love will win over hate. Sadly, there's been too much media emphasis on the rioting and looting. Those people are only a small fraction of the movement. The peaceful protesters and activists FAR outnumber those criminals who are taking advantage of the situation. I'm just sorry that so many had to die for us to get to this point in history. Thank you for sharing your loving heart, Eileen! Hugs, Rhonda
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 12:34:00 AM
Yes...the rioting and looting is WRONG. People who highjack any movement for the good to divert it to their own purposes...but as you said...it is a fraction of the movement. You write that I have a loving heart. I thank you for that. I'm trying to raise awareness. These days have taken their toll on my heart. I can't believe the cruelty of man to man. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. One needs to see man's cruelty to animals to believe that some are inherently evil.
Date: 6/5/2020 7:27:00 AM
Heartfelt and poignant write Eileen. These are disturbing times. I hope they bring about the needed change. Hugs Rick.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/6/2020 12:34:00 AM
I hope so. It will take time...Others will die for the cause as is happening right now...but not to speak up is to be complaicent.