Project Do Better: A Call for Helping Hands

    Project Do Better works  to create a society where every child is safe, and that is more fully inclusive for all of us. 

       Feedback and Beta Readers needed: comment here, please, on this current 7th draft.  Note: I have removed chapter 6, and cut 50 pages in total from the 5th draft, so Draft 6 is quite different from previous drafts.   Please comment here if you wish to be a Beta Reader, and I will send you the latest draft 

     Project Do Better presents a vision of a world in which we all work toward a full safety net, and a better tomorrow, for all of us. 

   I have a request to make:

   I believe that planning ahead is a good idea, so:

 

  We need, still,  a better central portal set up for the project (any Idealists to do that, please?).  This temporary page works for now, I guess, maybe?

Oh, and a logo, please, although a friend of a friend may be working on this, not verified yet.

   The sections, of my nonfiction WiP Do Better, every Wondering Wednesday,  seek  to build up a Community of Interest around this vision to both share the idea, and eventually also help to share the work, as this project will obviously be inter-generational. I’ve tried to explain the entire idea in the post for the Preface to this book, which several readers found helpful in clarifying my idea.  I am  starting with my  rough draft, which I’ve been posting to share for later comparison with other Willing Workers On Our Future, hopefully younger than I am, who wish to take up the baton.

So, any sort of way that anyone would like to participate is great, from

1. simply liking and commenting on these posts, to

2. reposting or otherwise sharing any Wondering Wednesdays posts,  to

3. posting your own publications on The Educational Round Robin blog, if you wish, and I can give you publishing authority to do this, as I’ve already given others, to

4. actively collaborating on this book or the project detailed in the book, as there are many areas to subdivide, between now and the next 60 years, and many hands will be needed.

 

   So, in terms of what you can do, there are as many ways to contribute to this work as there are individuals with their own callings to read and share, to write, to draw, to teach, to build, etc! 

   In terms of being a part of what works to make the world a more just place, certainly there are many ways. What is essential to hold on to is the idea that there is more than just the one song, strike, campaign, movement, or even decade: each action that we take must be tied to a larger picture, so that that movement will keep generating progress for the whole, and to remember that there is always a next step to take.

 

Action Prompts:

1.) Share  your thoughts on how this project  could be improved, in the comments, here, please.  Consider sharing some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now.

2.) Share your thoughts on how we can build empathy in our society today

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

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Other Important Rulings are Being Forgotten…

    This topic, which is getting even less attention than the overturning of Miranda v. AZ ’66, may be nearly as important, over the long run (since the horrific state of affairs recently codified will be continued over the next generations by these rulings not being discussed as much):

“We have never previously held what the court holds today, namely that a state must use state funds” to finance private religious schools.

In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor pointed out that : “Today the court leads us to a place where separation of church and state becomes a constitutional violation.

from:  NPR.

   And  I keep trying to work, remembering Toni Morrison’s admonition that this is the time when the artist goes to work, and toni_morrison_2008-2 not to succumb to this world’s malevolence.
    I look forward to your impressions, Thoughtful Readers.
Shira

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Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Minbari Mondays, Two Lessons From “Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?” (B5:s4e2) On Loyalty

       This week’s lessons are questions, really:

          1.   How can one find such loyal siblings in arms as G’Kar is toward Garibaldi, now?

          2.   Why is romantic love, rather than fraternal loyalty, the love that G’Kar is showing for Garibaldi, always seen as THE reason to live, in our culture?

 

     This is one of G’Kar’s most worrisome episodes -for us!!  He runs straight into danger, just to find Mr. G.   Where is such a brother in arms, here, today? GkarCapt  Even Jack The Inquisitor would be impressed.

  Can we learn, ourselves, to show such loyalty?                

    We can Do Better.

 

Last Monday’s review was S4e1: Minbari Mondays, and Two Lessons From “The Hour of The Wolf” (B5:s4e1) On Wisdom,

and 

Next Minbari Monday will be episode 3 of the year  2261, in this 4th season:

           Season 4e3:  ;

  …

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.

 

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us, and how this episode of Babylon 5 could help that process.

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

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Shira

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Why Long Term Thinking is Crucial, on Day 17/67

               All I can think of as I schedule this is “the faith that the dark past has taught us” and the need for  far better education of various types, on this 17th Lesson Plan Day.   (Lift Every Voice and Sing)
Especially in this country.
   And remembering Toni Morrison’s admonition toni_morrison_2008-2 not to succumb to this world’s malevolence.
    I look forward to your impressions, Thoughtful Readers.
Shira

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector & Sihirli AnnemLupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

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Good Points, Pattie: The Supreme Court Got It Wrong — Thoughts From the Mountain Top

(Although White women could not be sold from the Auction Block, Pattie’s right -they had not many more rights than slaves. -Shira)

Photo by EKATERINA BOLOVTSOVA on Pexels.com It’s kind of ironic that I just started listening to the audiobook of Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. I’m just at the beginning, but there’s a lot there that’s relevant to the decision handed down by the Supreme Court. You see, Hamilton was painted as a […]

The Supreme Court Got It Wrong — Thoughts From the Mountain Top

Parashat Sh’lach-Lecha (שְׁלַח־לְךָ) & 40 Years?

     This week’s Torah portion, Parashat Shelach Lechah  (פָּרָשַׁת שְׁלַח־לְךָ),  is the 37th (37/54 or 52, depending on the year: this year, 5782, we read 54 separate parshiot…) reading in the annual cycle, and the fourth parashah in the book of B’midbar/Numbers. 

   Ok, so this week’s full reading has Moshe sending out for himself spies, bad reports, collective punishment, a stoning, and  Tzitzit (the blue fringes, sorry, now white fringes, on the Talit (prayer shawl)).   It’s a pretty iconic parashah on having faith even when things look bad, or so we’re told.  Problem is, it also looks like heavy-handed hierarchy.  I generally try to avoid the discussions on this parashah, because it has never been comfortable for me.   I’m too exhausted to think much, so I will add more thoughts next year.

     I look forward to hearing your opinions on this parashah, Thoughtful Readers.

We can really  Do Better.

-Shira   

 

      Last week was: Parashat B’Haalotchah פָּרָשַׁת בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ, & Double Standards ,   

Action Prompts:

    Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in to create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please.   Guest posts are always welcome.  Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better

What would yours be, if you had time?

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Babylon 5,  Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, Sihirli Annem,   Lupin,  or  La Casa De Papel/Money Heist Reviews,

Holistic College Algebra & GED/HiSET Night School Lesson Plans,

           or My Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction Serial Writing

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BsCs

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Review: Le Montreur D’Etincelles & Social Empathy to Reconcile Peoples

C’est l’histoire d’un jeunne homme qui doit trouver la façon de unir, à la longue, les deux peuples de sa planète. L’un ne mange pas de viande, l’autre si. Les deux doivent coopérer.

(Date Ethique: 20.8 12014 ere Holocene)

Le montreur d’étincelles”  MontrEtincl(‘The Spark Displayer’), by Christian Grenier is the story of a young man who must find a way to unite, over the long term, the two peoples of his planet.  One eats meat, the other does not. Both must cooperate.

And unite them, he does, with the help of a perpetual calendar!  Nice example in the story of having to use one, and how easy it is to learn quickly.  Also great example of culture-shock, and cooperation, and how a calendar shapes our ways of thinking, and can help build social empathy.

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

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Shira

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French Empathy Fridays, Connâitre ses Droits et éviter les Proces… Know Your Rights & Avoid Trial…

How can empathy help avoid trial?  By helping to make sure that everyone knows the basics of the legal system, their rights, and local facts about Pre-Trial Interventions/Diversions, for starters.

The common good, or the general welfare, is also tied up with Lupin (!), and with on-going legal & financial pro-bono education (aka Adulting Education), which must become more fully inclusive for all of us.

Click here for English…

“ -C’est quoi ça?
-Votre côte sur le marché de l’art: 11.000 euros”

Mais si Driss n’avait-t-il pas d’argent ? Et s’ils lui avaient arrêtaient dans la misère ? Aux États-Unis il y à une moyen d’éviter les procès mais qui coute cher, selon l’état dans on aura le procès. C’est mon espoir qu’on peut avoir des changements de cette politique, avec l’aide des citoyens Américains, et aussi ce de nos amis.

“ -What’s this?
-That’s what you’re worth on the art market: 11,000 Euros.”

But what about before Driss had that money? What if he’d been arrested utterly poor?

In many states, programs exist to help first time offenders avoid trial and charges. But, Pre-trial Diversion or Intervention programs, as they are known, are often unfair to the poor, as in MD and many other states: perpetrating the cruelty of charging money that some people simply do not have in order to avoid jail. My emphatic immediate-term policy recommendation is that all States emulate “Cook County … in Chicago, where defendants are not charged a fee ” for Pre-Trial service programs. And my long-term policy recommendation is that we strengthen our freely available legal services and Pro-Bono Legal Aide availability drastically, perhaps requiring ALL lawyers and law firms to offer 20% of their time or services free to lower income people, and that states and counties offer free continuing education in financial and consumer education, including the all too rarely taught rights in each state regarding debt, housing, health care and also criminal law. Both short-term and long-term approaches are needed, immediately.

Toward “…justice for all.”

Read, Write, Dream, Walk !

#PublicDomainInfrastructure
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11 April, 12018 HE (Holocene/Human Era)

So, it turns out that knowing what bits of legal information change from state to state is also important, as is knowing that one must actively defend against an expired medical or other type of debt, even if it is time-barred (or past the SoL), illogical as that may seem…

Action Items:

1.) Share two different sources giving the different Statutes of Limitations (SoL) for your state, or District,

2.) Share your thoughts on how changing those SoLs might help, or hinder,  allowing people to climb out of debt,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses that information and your thoughts. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

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B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

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metro

Ir en Metro, o en Deuda? Take the Metro, or Take the Debt?

Click here for English…

“ -Fuera lo espera un chófer con un coche oficial.


-Gracias.
Prefiero ir en metro. ”

Como el subsecretario Salvador Martí del Ministerio del Tiempo, ojala que habîan màs funcionarios que nos darîan el buen ejemplo de usar los transportes publicos. A menudo, la falta de transporte publico llega hasta faltar las citas medicas y legales, con consequencia de perder los procesos judiciales que no han de perder, si la persona endeudada hubiera podido llegar a la corte para defender sus derechos.

A corto plazo, otros estados de los EEUU podrîan seguir el ejemplo del estado de Maryland, que ha prohibido las acciónes civiles por parte de colectores de deudas ya pasado la fecha limite segûn el tipo de deuda. Mientras tanto, a largo plazo, reconstruimos nuestra estructura economica para crear la igualdad en vez de crear la pobreza. Los dos puntos de vista, corto y largo plazo, nos urge.


“ -An official car and choffeur are waiting for you outside
-Thank you.
I prefer to take the Metro.”

Would that more of our public officials, like subsecretary Salvador Marti of The Ministry of Time, set the example of using public transportation. Lack of transportation often leads to default judgement on an expired debt which could have been avoided, had the debtor been able to defend in court.

Over the short-term, states could follow the example of Maryland, and prohibit lawsuits on all expired debts, while also rebuilding our economic structures to create equity rather than poverty, over the long-term. Both short-term and long-term approaches are needed, urgently.

Let’s start to #EndPoverty by improving these four parts of our Public Domain Social Infrastructure, the #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4: (1. #libraries, 2. #ProBono legal aid and Education, 3. #UniversalHealthCare , and 4. good #publictransport )
Read, Write, Dream, Walk !

Shira

originally posted on May 7th, 12018 HE

Action Items:

1.) Search for more sources relating lack of transportation to joblessness, court case defaults, and homelessness, perhaps with a bit of help from your local public library branch’s Reference Librarian,

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how a public transit system might help, or hinder, both unfair debt cases, and also inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses those thouhts.

 

    Nos vemos!

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel/Money Heist Reviews

Holistic College Algebra & GED/High School Lesson Plans,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction Writing

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS


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Two Thought Thursday Lessons from La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) p2e5, ep. 18 on Belief

1.)  Why are women almost never believed?

2.)  People do illogical things when they know, or believe, that they will not be believed…

—     cap 18, p2:e5

101 horas de atraco

Arturito still being an idiot, the Professor in the hospital, and the press defending Berlin!

   Las desgracias de tres mujeres syncronizados.   Yup, the pain of all three women at the same instant.

They finally believe her, once it’s almost too late!

And why does her ex have the name Noah tattooed on his arm?

Yuck, Berlin!!

 

    Last week’s review was Two Lessons On Empathy from La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) p2e4, ep. 17:

Next weeks will be ep. 19, aka part 2, episode 6:  …

  “Somos la resistencia.”   -Umm, no de todo…

   We are the Resistance.   -Um, not quite…

Shira  

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we can be part of the Peaceful Resistance…

2.) Write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

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Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.

Shira

Do Better Wednesdays, Libraries Working for All, and Wind Turbines in Africa??

    A  prompt from old chapter 7, with the old chapter 10 tie-ins that require a world-class library system in every neighborhood: 

“I just gave a free debt law workshop at my local library as part of #ProjectDoBetter!”

How many folks recall that Mr. Kamkwamba, the 14 year old boy in the film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, build that wind turbine thanks to having a library with books that helped him figure out how to build it (Ejiofor, 2019)? More about this in Phase IV…

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B5, Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector, or  Lupin Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira


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