Author Archives: Gareth Bryant

About Gareth Bryant

I'm a Muslim, Poet, Writer, Lover, Fighter...misunderstood, like everyone else in the world...yet, still manages to enjoy Life.

Death Of Teen Shot By CPD Officer 16 Times Focus Of Federal Investigation

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Death Of Teen Shot By CPD Officer 16 Times Focus Of Federal Investigation

Gareth Bryant:

Why is there no prevention of the systematic murdering of Non-White Urban Youth?!!! When is this going to stop?!!!

Originally posted on CBS Chicago:

(CBS) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed Monday that they are investigating the death 17-year-old who was shot by a Chicago police officer 16 times.

Laquan McDonald, who authorities say was armed with a knife, was killed in an encounter with police on Oct. 20, 2014 near 41st and Pulaski in the Archer Heights neighborhood.

The officer who fired the shots claimed he was in fear of his life, though no other officers on the scene fired.

A lawyer for the family argues a police camera shows McDonald was no threat was trying to walk away from the officers.

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon confirmed that the joint investigation would be led by the FBI’s Chicago office along with the Independent Police Review Authority, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

On Monday, the City Council Finance Committee approved a $5 million settlement for McDonald’s family.

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The Known & Unknown:

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What is known is that I:

am a shame to my Lord’s Providence…
…my life stained by sinful indifference.

act out of impulse, without care nor consequence…
…I treat advice that’s given by others as nonsense.

leach off of the kindness of others…
…am often malicious to my brothers.

contradict my self-proclaimed ideals…
…care nothing for what the other feels.

What is Unknown is that I:

have no idea how many People I’ve hurt…
…don’t know if I’ve achieved my true worth.

don’t know whether I will ever good enough…
…don’t know why Humans make Life so rough.

don’t know where, when, or how I’ll die…
…don’t know whether I’ll be History’s lies.

don’t know whether I’ll be among the Eagles, as they fly…
…or whether I will be crowned the lowly Lord of the Flies.

Gareth Bryant/2015

“Shine”

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A feeling divine

The light sets behind the pines

A pack of wolves whine

Hunting has its time

The old country doesn’t mind

Something undefined

A natural lust

Hunger wants us to survive

Moths all turn to dust

Drugs turn men to crime

Words left dead without a rhyme

Murder the despised

Turning to the skies

Howls of hunters wet the eyes

Songs of taking lives

Cyrus McGoldrick/2014

Darren Wilson: Wanted Dead Or Alive

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Drastic actions, deadly reactions…
…freed by racist Judicial-Magicians.

Human life given no value because the victim is a Black-Youth…
…Michael Brown seen in the eyes of White-America as uncouth.

Darren Wilson, Cop in Question, snuffed-out a fellow Human being…
…he had him marked for Death, he was on his list from the beginning.

He himself is a cowardly bastard, preying upon the weak…
…no chance against his oppressor, he was way too meek.

This young man was murdered, because of the color of his skin…
…now the killer has gone free, insulting his kith as well as his kin.

But, he deserves to die, because of his crime against Humanity…
…the bogus Kangaroo-Jury who set him loose possesses insanity.

His time will come, either now or in the Hereafter…
…yet, he thinks that he can just walk with laughter.

Someone, anyone…take him down…
…destroy the arrogance of this clown.

Some may think that I’m an extremist, but screw em…
…just think of the community and lives he has ruined.

He needs to pay for his wrong…
…may his life not be at all long.

May he burn in Hell for what his hands have earned…
…may this be reminders for us & lessons be learned.

Gareth Bryant/2014

Muslims Giving Back gives People the tools to save Lives…one CPR-Class at a time:

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The Muslims Giving Back #Muslims4Life Mobile CPR-Team is established: it’s a unique team of American Heart Association Instructors, dedicated to training and certifying members of all communities in the NYC-Area.

Our team is 100% Mobile…we can come to your local institution or community. We sponsor 2-4 classes every month at Muslim Community Center located in Sunset-Park, Brooklyn: 5218 Third Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220.

 

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All classes are FREE however the students are responsible to purchase the Student Materials which are required. All classes are separated by Gender, so our Women are also encouraged to sign up.

All classes will provide light refreshments and snacks.The price for the Student Materials is $40.Students will receive the following:

 

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  • American Heart Association Student Workbook
  • CPR Mask for Adult/Child, & Infant mask with 1-way valve.
  • American Heart Association Certification Card.

For more information, please feel free to visit us online @:

http://www.muslimsgivingback.org

Seductive Selfies

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Gareth Bryant:

A terrific article about “Selfie-Culture”…very thought provoking. Kudos to the author: Scotland’s Sweetheart.

Originally posted on scotlandssweetheart:

Seductive Selfie-Side Effects

When I joined the ‘Social Media Craze’ almost instantly, I felt vulnerable.

I felt like I had entered a dark world in which self-worth was determined by the number of seductive and glamorous selfies, likes and follows. A place full of young girls and woman, mimicking the flirtatious poses of celebrities in order to prove their worth.

The pressure of taking the right picture, with the right filter, wearing the right outfit, at the right place, with the right people, with a full-face of makeup is putting immense pressure on young girls and woman and is a major cause of depression.

The high rates of depression seen in social media-friendly people is also attributed to the inconsistency they observe between their ideal cyber self and their self-image. The desire to be seen positively has taught us to silence our troubles and we now do not know how…

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Meki-Vee Fashion: Struting the Runway for Charitry

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Strut for a Purpose

When we think of Fashion, typically: many things come to mind, like Runways, Fabrics, Colors, Fashion-Weeks all over the Planet, sponsored by the titans of the Fashion & various other industries. What does not, however, come across our minds is the thought of Charity. No matter how noble Philanthropy is, in an industry as fast-paced & focused on materialism, presence, the desire to look great at all times, being charitable really doesn’t fit the typical profile. But, fortunately, there exists fashion companies such as Meki-Vee.

Meki-Vee fashion production has just completed their very first charity fashion show. The Meki-Vee team truly pride themselves on giving back to the community and making a difference in the lives of others. This year, as they’ve prepare for the production of their fashion show, they desired to place important focus on their philanthropic efforts to raise monies for healthcare facilities, which is centered on helping children receive medical care from various illnesses, which is exactly why they believe Queens General Hospital is the ideal facilities for people to donate to, because of all this hospital does in Queens, NY.

For more info. about both Meki-Vee & Queens General Hospital:

Munir Avery is for the People…let the People be for Munir:

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Author’s-Note:
I’ve been given an exclusive opportunity to interview Munir Avery, New York State’s first upcoming Muslim State-Senator: