“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
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“Ezra is one of at least seven children to die while on DCF’s radar during a bloody Florida summer.” That quote is from an article I posted just two weeks ago about the Department of Children and Families here in south Florida. Here’s a link: “… A Bloody Florida Summer.” -Miami Herald
The Miami Herald came out this morning with a follow up article: Killing Our Kids; At DCF, An Untold Epidemic Of Abuse, Neglect And Death -by Carol Marbin Miller, Audra D.S. Burch.
It seems that “seven” was not an accurate count… it was more like “TWENTY”.
Excerpt: “A month ago, the head of the state agency designed to protect FL’s children resigned amid a widening scandal over the deaths of four small children within six weeks, all with a history of involvement with child-abuse investigators. The reality of mounting child deaths in FL is far grimmer. A Miami Herald investigation… shows the number of children who died is nearly four times what had been acknowledged. Jewel is among 20 children with child protection histories who have died since April 11, a span that saw the resignation of DCF Secretary David Wilkins.
We humans like to consider our selves quite intelligent as a species, quite evolved. – Compared to what?
“People may excite in themselves a glow of compassion, not by toasting their feet at the fire, and saying: “Lord, teach me compassion,” but by going and seeking an object that requires compassion.” -Henry Ward Beecher
In a number of cases, the abused today will become tomorrow’s abusers. Both need help, understanding, guidance, mental health counseling/ treatment AND compassion – even if while behind bars.
“We must become the change we want to see in the world.” -Gandi
“The chairwoman of the state Senate’s Children, Families & Elder Affairs Committee, Hlwd Dem Eleanor Sobel, will host a “town hall” meeting Tues with members of the delegations of Miami-Dade, Broward & P.B. counties.” – - I’ll update this post next week after the meeting.
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