Une Histoire D’Amour.

De Laurent Akpali.

Un homme épouse une belle fille. Il l ‘aimait beaucoup. Un jour, elle développa une maladie de peau. Lentement elle commença à perdre sa beauté. Un jour son mari part pour une tournée. En revenant il y eu un accident et perdu la vue. Cependant leur vie conjugale continua comme avant. Mais au fil des elle perdit peu à peu sa beauté. Le mari aveugle ne saurait pas cela et il n’y avait aucune différence dans la vie conjugale, il continua à l’aimer et elle l’a aussi beaucoup l’aimé. Un jour elle mourut. Sa mort lui causa beaucoup de chagrin. Après avoir finit tous ses derniers, il voulut quitter cette ville. Un homme derrière lui l’appela et lui dit: maintenant comment allez-vous être capable de marcher tout seul? Tous ses jours votre femme vous aidait. Il répondit: je ne suis pas aveugle. J’agissait ainsi, parce que si elle savait que je pouvais voir sa laideur, ça lui aurait fait plus que sa maladie. J’ai donc semblant d’être aveugle. C’etait une très bonne épouse. Je voudrais seulement la garder heureuse.

MORALITÉ: Quelquefois, il est bon pour nous de faire semblant d’être aveugle et d’ignorer les défauts des autres bref, afin d’être heureux.
PARDON: Peu importe combien de fois les dents mordent la langue, elles restent toujours ensemble.
UNITÉ: Même si les yeux ne se voient pas, ils voient les choses ensemble, clignent simultanément et pleurent ensemble.


From the Prom to the Presidency.

By Shakyra Kokobissi.

It was April 12th at Laketon High School. A month from now was the school’s prom. There were two boys that wanted to take the same girl. Her name was McKenna. The two boys are named Jackson and Henry. They are best friends. They never told each other who they were going to ask. But they told each other that they were going to ask them later.

It is one week until Prom. Jackson asked McKenna if she can go to the Prom, she said yes. One hour later, Henry asked McKenna. She said sorry I’m going with someone else. Henry asked: who are you going with? McKenna responded: I am going with Jackson. It was the end of the school day. Henry was thinking of a way to get revenge on Jackson.

It was Prom day. Jackson picked up McKenna and Henry thought of a way to get revenge. Henry said to himself “ok let’s go over the plan, when they do the slow dance, I will talk to Jackson, and then start a fight.” Everyone was at the Prom; they had delicious food, and great music. They took pictures it was so much fun!

The DJ said “In five minutes we will do the slow dance.” Henry got ready for the plan. The slow dance started and Henry walked up to Jackson and asked “can I talk to you? “ Jackson said “sure, wait right here, McKenna.” Henry pushed Jackson. Jackson said “dude” what’s your problem? “You took the girl I wanted to take.” Jackson said “sorry I didn’t know”. Henry mimicked “sorry I didn’t know, eh”. Stop it right now! McKenna said. I will pick who I want.

The next two weeks Henry tried to impress McKenna. Jackson thought he didn’t need to impress her.

Couple months later, McKenna called Jackson and Henry to go to Sellers Park.

Hey Guys, I picked ……………………………………………..Jackson!!!!!!

16 years later Jackson and Henry both decided to run in the president election. This time they did tell each other they were going to run. McKenna helped Jackson make buttons and signs VOTE FOR JACKSON.

Henry got married to a woman named Gloria. Gloria helped Henry make shirts, buttons, and flags. Their first debate started Henry fought but Jackson won.

Two months from now, everyone would vote for president. Jackson make a song, and Henry made motto.Henry started his first campaign. It was in Atlanta Georgia.

Jackson stared his first campaign in Detroit Michigan. It was fantastic. The crowd cheered him on.

They did the second debate in Baltimore, Maryland. Jackson fought hard but Henry won.

Jackson did another campaign, in Dallas, Texas. He thought another campaign would help him. Jackson talked about helping communities making cleaning groups and bringing more jobs. It was the day, the day to vote. Jackson and Henry wished each other good luck. In the afternoon we found out the results. Jackson had 43,758 votes but Henry 47,298 votes. Henry won. Gloria said “I’m going to be the first lady.” McKenna said “it’s Okay”.

It is May 15th, the first day of the new president, Henry Boldman.

One week later, the FBI found out that Henry campaign cheated 5,897 votes.

The next day, Jackson and Henry both found out that their wife had a baby. Both of the babies were a girl. Gloria named her Angela, and McKenna named her Rachel.

Henry has to go to court for three days. Rachel and Angela had a play date. They became best friends. Gloria and McKenna both decided they could live together.

The next day of court, Henry got mad and yelled. The judge sends him away. Jackson, McKenna, Henry, Gloria, Rachel and Angela enjoyed moving in. They decided Henry, Gloria and Angela would move in.

It was the first day of pre-school. Rachel and Angela were terrified to go to pre-school. It was the end of school day they thought their teacher was nice. Angela and Rachel are in the same class.

The last day of court the judge decided that Jackson would be the President instead. Jackson said “I don’t want to be president let Henry be President. They had a celebration. It was so much fun!!!!

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Can the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ Continue to Show Love? How Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration Impacts Philadelphia?

By Rachelle Martinez.

Long before Trump officially took office, people the world over have spoken out and protested against the policies he proposed should he be elected as President of the United States.  Tightening existing immigration policies remain paramount amongst the changes he proposed taking in his first 100 days, as evidenced by the recent executive order he signed less than six days after swearing-in as our nation’s 45th president.  On January 27th, President Trump signed the Executive Order entitled, “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States”. This order is by definition intended to serve as a “policy of the United States to protect its citizens from foreign nationals who intend to commit terrorist attacks in the United States; and to prevent the admission of foreign nationals who intend to exploit United States immigration laws for malevolent purposes.” In principle, Americans would support such a measure; however, its lack of clarity, abruptness of existing measures undertaken by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and unspoken prejudiced towards certain groups of individuals have done nothing less than spark outrage, heighten concern, and mobilize the masses to protest in response.  In a recent assessment of Trump’s travel ban and its global reverberations, Debra Amos, NPR reporter, indicates that “as the order took effect, travelers who had previously been issued valid visas were detained at airports around the country, prompting protests and calls for their release. Judge Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn, N.Y., issued a temporary restraining order barring the deportation of as many as 200 people, citing the ‘irreparable harm’ they would face. The mixed signals continue, however, as refugee advocates and resettlement groups say they lack guidance for helping refugees already in the pipeline.”  Undoubtedly, we witnessed the balancing act of our government at play, as individual states and U.S. Circuit Courts have challenged and repealed Trump’s order. In Philadelphia, Mayor Kenney has made it clear that Philadelphia REMAINS committed to protecting all of its residents, regardless of what Trump’s Administration dictates; further, Philadelphia is NOT in the business of breaking families apart.  Recently, the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, declared a new paradigm shift from supporting “Sanctuary Cities” to taking on a more punitive, “Priority Enforcement” stance.  In defiant response, Mayor Kenney announced in early January that it would remain a Sanctuary City. Why is this important?  Before presenting here the implications of Mayor Kenney’s stance, allow me to define what a “sanctuary city” is.  A Sanctuary City, by definition, is a municipality that has adopted a policy of protecting unauthorized immigrants by not prosecuting them for violating federal immigration laws and by ensuring that all residents have access to city services, regardless of immigration status.  In the context of Trump’s clamp down policies, defying Trump’s authority has serious consequences for cities like Philadelphia.  Specifically, Philadelphia faces losing up to $638 million in State and Federal funding to support City Operations–a significant pool of funds that this city relies on.  The money paid for HIV counseling and testing, after-school snacks, analysis of narcotics evidence, services for neglected or abused youth, and the testing of DNA samples backlogged in the criminal justice system (Source: PhillyNews.com, 1/25/17, “Kenney Says Philly will Remain A Sanctuary City Despite Trump’s Order to Pull Funds”).

Certainly, the threat of losing this looms very close, since PA legislators are at this moment considering crafting PA legislation that would eliminate funding to support cities who defy federal policies. Based on the actions of leaders like Mayor Kenney and other notable mayors in large municipalities across our nation, the likelihood of lawmakers removing this vital funding will pale in comparison to the growing protests supporting immigrants, refugees, and other migrants here in the United States.

The question remains, however, will Philadelphia remain steadfast in its commitment to being an inclusive “City of Brotherly Love”? Undoubtedly, Philadelphia government has made significant strides in showing this steadfast commitment, and based on my observations from local efforts, she will continue to keep this stance for as long as possible. As recent as late January 2017, Mayor Kenney through his Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIMA) held a special Round-Table to serve as a launching in a series as a way to connect the Mayor directly with the ethnic communities’ journalists here in Philadelphia and keep them apprised of important information that they, in turn, can deliver to their respective communities in a timely and accurate manner.   In addition, Mayor Kenney has continued to uphold and make considerable use of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIMA) as the premier conduit to engaging with various ethnic groups throughout the City.  One of their flagship activities is the Mayor’s “Cup of the Nations”, which is an annual soccer tournament designed to increase varying ethnic communities’ visibility here in Philadelphia and celebrate each group’s uniqueness in our pluralistic community.  “Philadelphia Immigration Hub” is another testament to Philadelphia’s commitment to integrating immigrants, particularly into the business community here in Philadelphia.  The Philadelphia Immigrant Innovation Hub provides aspiring entrepreneurs and established small business owners with the tools and expertise they need to develop their businesses and is located in Northwest Philadelphia.  It is a joint project of Mt. Airy, USA and The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.  Further, the School District of Philadelphia has also played a proactive role in supporting immigrants and undocumented individuals.  On Tuesday, January 24th, in response to the quelling fear and uncertainty of many immigrant groups, the School District hosted a town hall meeting that was led by Superintendent Hite to address students’ and parents’ concerns with regards to pending changes in immigration policy.  Many parents expressed their concern over being separated from their children because they do not have legal status at present.  And just like many others, the School District awaits the outcome of such policy changes, but in the meantime, they affirmed their role as advocate in support of keeping families together.