Archive for December, 2012

RAPE IS A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION

December 24, 2012

Poem by Indira Babbellapati

a three year old
smeared with insane seed…
a daughter of earth
her hymen torn into
useless strips
a mutilated vagina
intestines in smithereens

o, mother earth
why don’t you charge
against your savage sons?
why don’t you throw
your fatal paw on these
barbaric bloodthirsty beasts?

let an earth-quake
bury them alive under
the vulgar sex hungry
contaminated debris
in gangs
in hoards
may they be stifled
may they struggle for breath!

put courage into your
daughters not to cringe
in guilt for no fault of theirs
let them display the wounds
of the crude act, in human assault
to the world with no shame
that Huns of this woman-plunderers
bow their heads in shame

nurture your girl-child
on manna of courage
and self-respect,
o, earth!

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December 24, 2012

This Newtown tragedy: Gun control (by whatever means) is a sensible approach in bringing some relief to the people of Newtown, but it is not the solution. It’s like shifting the burden from your head to your shoulder, with the high probability that a shooting incident of such catastrophe will occur again. Guarding schools or allowing teachers to have guns are not also the answer for remedy of the situation. Just imagine for a moment a gun- toting teacher in the Principal’s office being reprimanded for unacceptable behavior, and a possibility of being disciplined according to the rules of the school’s administration. Shoot to shut up or it’s a teacher’s prerogative out of the barrel of a gun. And so the situation or incident remains an unsolved mystery. – enough is enough ? What we need to make matters of this nature far less of a probability to happen, either in a school or mall or any other group gathering, is an understanding of the socio-psychological affect of people behavior in the norms of society, under economic and social conditions in which they live, work and play in the environment. Schools need to have educational programs of guidance and counseling to address unusual human activities within the school’s physical space. Awareness is the key to prevention, but like everything else, there is no absolute answer. Our world is a disturbing place to live in. Keeping an eye for an eye may make the visibility of another such calamity most unlikely to happen. Let us continue to pray for the lives that were lost and the grieving families for their strength to move forward .

The Paralegal Society™

By: Jamie Collins

Today, we felt compelled to share an opinion piece, written by the Founder in light of Friday’s tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut. Please note that this piece does not necessarily represent the views of The Paralegal Society as a group, its individual Mentors or its Members, although it certainly may. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by this terrible tragedy.


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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Last Friday, I dropped my 7-year-old, first grade son off at his elementary school, as many other parents did. We waved goodbye to our children as they stepped outside our parked vehicles or onto big, yellow school buses in route to another day of education at their respective elementary schools all across the country.

Little did we know that Friday, December 14, 2012…

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Requiem for Jan Carew (1920-2012)

December 8, 2012

From the mud-banks
of our coastal belt
through washing waves
of our sea shores
his voice echoed
with the wind
earthy and musical
resonant and breath-taking
we listen
we share
we sit under coconut tree
reading page after page
and now we take
one last look
at his name
to bow farewell
but never to leave
his work alone.