1)Food 2)Water 3)Shelter 4)Love
"Congress finally passes $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill. Lawmakers added $300 million above the president's request for Basic Allowance for Housing, but agreed with the Defense Department's plan to slow the growth of the program. Veterans Affairs' operations will get $163 billion which includes $71.4 billion in discretionary funding, an almost 10 percent jump from fiscal 2015." (Association of the United States Army News, January 2016 p. 3)
Anyway, I'm an artist so the highlight of my time in Philadelphia was when I debuted the theme song for my ministry "MA'AT" at the Freedom Party, then from there I relocated back to the District where it all began with my homies from SuperDope Nation who helped me heal through "Beat Therapy." Just one year earlier, we had been there in 1522 working to start-up SuperDope Nation LLC and now we were catching up on our progress. Then on June 24th, 2015, my 25th birthday, we recorded mixed and mastered MA'AT and I had breakfast with GovLoop where I listened to Chief Information Officers and other Executive Staff pitch to me about the United States. This was drastically different from being homeless, especially since I had a front seat and people twice my age were calling me sir. It was pretty crazy. Writing this stuff is helping me digest the magnitude of what went down in 2015.
In October 2015 I graduated from BAU International University with an Executive MBA and I became a member of the Association of the United States Army in the American Dream branch as a Community Arts Officer after being denied acknowledgment of my service for an entire year and being harassed by law enforcement several times. Luckily I had several advocates associated with the Federal Government that were on my side who helped to mentor me and even exponge my record from those charges. I then delivered the 20 copies of my book they asked for and I interviewed the top chaplains in The Army (they didn't interview me, I interviewed them) and was recognized as Rastafarian Protestant at the AUSA Annual Conference. I believe in the exercise of freedom of religion and the separation of church & state. So did they.
I told them I smoke cannabis as a part of my ministry and should contract as a Chaplain for the War on Drugs since they didn't have anybody in the service specializing on that. They said we need to make sure that those serving our country have all that they need. Cannabis is legal in the District where my ministry is based so I wasn't breaking any laws.They agreed but said they must abide by federal policy which I understood. If you have a disability such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which many of our veterans suffer from, then cannabis may be a good treatment for you. Make sure you have healthcare and consult with your healthcare provider.
Oh yeah, I also advocated to End the War on Drugs and over 6,000 nonviolent drug-offenders have been released from prison. Thanks PO (that's what I call President Obama).. It's been fun #ReWriting13-- 13th Amendment of the Constitution. In January 2016 I returned to Washington, DC and saw I had received a medal and benefits from Association from the United States Army. Then I welcomed and presented on entrepreneurship to the newest class of MBA international students at BAU International University just blocks away from The White House. Finally, today Michelle Obama told me on the phone that she was proud of me :-D!!!
That's my State of The Utopia address #SOTU for the year 2016 which is the divine 9 (2+0+1+6=9) Also, 6 & 9 are like ying, and yang. They also reflect each other. (I'm a nerd...i know...but I'm a cool one.)
P.S. Since I'm under the age of 25, thanks to Obamacare I still have health insurance through my dad, my business partner and mail carrier with the United States Postal Service. I have to start shopping though since I turn 26 on June 24th which is when I plan to release my album and often times artists don't have health insurance. That's why I'm going to ObamaCareUSA.Org and consulting with my network to see what plan is best for me. Check it out!
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