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About ShiraDest

Shira Destinie Jones is a published poet, author, and research/problem-solving consultant. Her latest book, Stayed on Freedom's Call, on Black-Jewish Cooperation in DC, is freely available via the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/StayedOnFreedomsCall. She has organized community events such as film discussions, multi-ethnic song events, and cooperative presentations, and is a native of Washington, DC. She promotes peace, NVC and the Holocene Calendar, and is also a writer of reviews and stories on: http://www.tuquelees.com/ver-perfil-l... http://www.livraddict.com/profil/shir... https://www.wattpad.com/user/ShiraDest and https://www.linkedin.com/in/shiradest In Solidarity with All Kind People, Peace via Cooperation and Non-Cooperation, July, 12017 HE ShiraDest

In Process: Community Currencies and Coops; En Camino: Las Monedas Sociales y las Cooperativas

This is a stub for my new format of posting, which will continue to show how Public Policy and the Arts work together for our common good, particularly when encouraged via complimentary local currencies used to incubate local workers cooperatives (as in Ithaca, NY).

Este es un comienzo para mi nueva forma de escribir, lo que voy a seguir mostrando como la Politiqua Publica y los Artes van juntos para el bien de todos, sobre todo cuando apoyado por las Monedas Sociales para empezar cooperativas de trabajadores (como han cho en Ithaca, en el estado de Nueva York).

This is the handout from one of my more simplified talks:

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While this is the handout from my most recent talk, given to university students studying the issue:  UNMaltEconTalkWhomeSpun

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Historia de la Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos

Tying in with Worker’s Cooperatives, via the Pact of Economic Rights:    I didn’t know that the Pact of International Rights is composed of the Declaration and the International Pact of Civil and Political Rights & of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, based on the English Bill of Rights of 1689 and the Founding Documents of the USA and the French 1st Republic.  Local Co-ops are facilitated by Local Currencies, particularly (as Georgina Mercedes Gomez found in her studies) when partial tax payments are accepted in local/community issued currencies: UNMaltEconTalkWhomeSpun  DCBM20AugustReehClass

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Help fund RCO Tires through micro loans at Kiva

Reblogging… Let’s help “Rco will become a 100% worker owned cooperative” and thank the boss for her courage and vision!

https://www.kiva.org/lend/1384926
A loan helps us purchase a used forklift to increase our production and efficiency. This way we can recycle more tires, make more products, and hire more people.

Niki’s story

My mother, and her mother before her, started their own small businesses, auto-repair & hairdressing shops, here in Los Angeles – I come from a strong line of women entrepreneurs and community activists. After school I worked in corporate positions but always knew I wanted to build businesses to impact my community: a brick-and-mortar business, with an environmental mission, that created good blue collar jobs for my friends and neighbors. We knew from the start that we would ban the box, unionize our shop, and offer a decent and dignified workplace. Our next mission is to leave the company to the incredible people who have built it — Rco will become a 100% worker owned cooperative, offering its staff…

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A fun service at CBI this morning

Thanks again especially to the gentlemen of the Men’s Club who helped make the Minyan (10 ppl required for public prayers), and also to Sister Sarah of the Islamic Center, who’d intended to come but was prevented due to health reasons at the last minute.
In Service to ALL of Humanity,
Shira

Rosh Chodesh Services in the 505, in solidarity with Women of The Wall

The minyan was made almost before we started, and several guests who are unaffiliated attended, along with two more guests from out of town, singing and clapping with us through Psukei, Hallel and even the Aleinu.  🙂   We sang with joy, with ferver, and just about 2 minutes over our planned time!   🙂

Many many thanks to all who attended!!  We’re starting to plan R. Ch. Av, at C. Albert, so save the date for Monday, July 24th at 8:30am!

Rosh Chodesh supporters of Women of the Wall in the 505!

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Humanity’s Last Gasp? Let’s make it a good one for ALL of us: Local Currencies can help!

If Stephen Hawking is right, and this is Humanity’s last century, then let us “make such an end as to be worthy of remembrance. ”

Let us feed, clothe, care for and help release the creative potential of every human being on this earth until such time as we are no more. When others look back on this time, they can say of us, either that we died foolishly, mired in our own inhumanity, or that we died well, making the best life that could be had for each and every one of our fellow human beings.

We have the means easily at hand to allow a Basic Income as called for by Dr. King, Participatory Budgeting, Universal Health Care and Local Currencies, starting with multiple Time Banks and scrip currencies at every level.

Every person should have the help needed to write his or her own story, unlike in Orwell’s 1984 where writing was banned, and the Star Wars films, where writing is neglected, to the delight of a dictator who has that many fewer journalists/poets/novelists to round up and shoot or make disappear.

All we lack is the will.

In Service to Humanity,

Read, Write, Dream, Walk !
ShiraDest

October 24th, 12017 HE

(caption: Image from Walter Swan and his ‘One Book Bookstore’ in Bisbee, AZ -fr. Wikimedia Commons)

 

Resisting Unjust Laws Then and Now, Stayed on the Call of Freedom and Cooperation

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Many laws in our history have been resisted as unjust, from the Enclosure of the Commons, to the Cherokee Removal which was litigated successfully by the Cherokee nation, to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, to the recent Muslim ban.

In the 17th century, from whence this popular folk song comes, litigation was not an option for most people, so they resisted in rhyme:

They hang the man and flog the woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
Yet let the greater villain loose
That steals the common from the goose

And then as now, community cooperation on a very wide scale was key to winning the freedoms promised in our foundational documents like the Magna Carta, the Constitution, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  So we continue to walk, rhyme, and support court and non-violent community-based actions to cooperate in making this a safer and kinder world for all of us, and to non-cooperate with injustice.

Read, Write, Dream, Walk !
ShiraDest

October 22nd, 12017 HE

How the Arts/Media and Public Policy influence one another, and how Time Banks can help!

When I lived in Izmir, a Turkish TV spot shocked me: it showed an image of an elderly Black man, evidently homeless, sleeping in a stairwell directly beneath a sign that pointed up the stairs and read “White House” followed by the caption “Yorum Yok” or “No Comment.” This was about the same time that a major Turkish newspaper criticized the Erdoğan government over the death by hypothermia of an elderly homeless man up in Istanbul, sparking outrage among my Turkish coworkers. These two media pieces, taken together, led me to wonder about the links between the media and public policy.

When I was a kid, PBS School House Rock spots taught me things like the Preamble to the US Constitution, and how bills become law.  These and other PBS shows like Sesame Street demonstrated the concept of cooperation and taught a generation of kids ideas of fairness, social justice, and may have helped pave the way for later laws passed once we became adults on issues ranging from birth control and same-sex marriage to the Affordable Care Act.

In like manner, shows like El Ministerio del Tiempo, in Spain, provide social commentary and critique, while framing various often opposing views on social justice, cooperation, and the policy elements that can encourage those values. Similarly, the Turkish family show Sihirli Annem also showed a generation of kids in Turkey respect for women, social justice and cooperation. That generation is now part of the push-back against radicalism in Turkey today.

All of these shows are examples of how the Arts and Media can influence Public Policy, and vice-versa. Time Banks, when encouraged by local government and community-based organizations, can help in facilitating access to the arts through Open Access Cable, local arts organizations, and extending Time Bank credit to local artists through mural projects and other local culture projects, for the benefit of both local and extended communities.

Join or start one in your community now!

Read, Write, Dream, Walk !
ShiraDest

October 18th, 12017 HE

Walking: It’s not just about carbon…

Walking, for me, stirs something. I think better, I feel better both physically and emotionally, and I may even get somewhere at the same time. Walking gives me a sense of calm, a sense of health, even a sense of quiet strength (especially after a man on the bus I’d thought I missed saw me running to catch it after it passed me and then waited at the next bus stop; his exclamation of “I saw you walking back two blocks ago: a strong woman! made my day!).

These are feelings, compliments and insights that I never got when I drove my little car. More importantly, when I walk, I have a sense of solidarity. I feel not only that I am reducing my carbon impact, but also that I am sharing in a very Human activity that has moved us, literally, from out of Africa to almost every continent on the planet. With our feet. And that feels good. It feels like making progress, every time I stand up, flex those muscles, and move forward. That feels like I can go somewhere under my own power, and so can every other human being blessed with the health and strength to be ambulatory.

Of course low-impact living is important to me, but walking goes so much farther than that. I feel myself healing, even when I rush to a job running late, literally jogging in my good middle-class work clothes. I feel safer under my own foot-power, and I feel like I am in solidarity with those who cannot or simply, like myself, wish not, to drive a motor vehicle rather than get there under my own steam. And walking is a harmonious tool for keeping both the body and the mind sound, or making it sound if it is not. We have always known this, but now we add walking as a tool for both environmental justice, and for social and economic justice:

Walking makes us Equal.   As Time Banking was invented to help do: walk the talk, equally.

That’s why I walk.

Read, Write, Dream, Walk !
ShiraDest

October 1st, 12017 HE

How Chinese Kung-Fu and Neighborliness Really Do Help Build Community

I’ve been thinking all morning about Kung Fu and Knowaste: two tools which are locally produced and can help build community.

Ski” is one of the founders of Knowaste, and a neighbor who helped me change a stuck lock on my Landlady’s front door: by taking the door off of the hinges.  This community cooperation task gave me the opportunity to practice my out-of-use spinning back-kick on the door’s stubborn hinges while we worked together to dismount the door.

After initially refusing any sort of payment, Ski finally gave in to my insistence on paying him something, accepting payment in a local currency, as we’d spent a solid 5 hours or more working on the door.  What local currency, you ask?  In this case, it was a gift card from a local cooperative, which is now being made to circulate as a local medium of exchange.  I described the benefits of this and other local currencies in my talk on Gandhi’s homespun and salt, last year at UNM.  That talk, like working with Ski the other day, showed how locally issued currencies can build both trust, and sustainable local economies.

Read, Write, Dream, Walk !
ShiraDest

September 24th, 12017 HE

The Bright side of PTSD: become a Body Guard?

Smells, noises or lights can suddenly awaken some of us, and refuse to let us sleep until identified. Long-lasting childhood traumas can leave your Inner Child reluctant to come out from under the coffee table. Some ideas, illustrated by examples from historical and fictional sages, may help your Inner Parent to teach safety and trust to that Frightened Inner Child so that your Inner Adult, your competent and ambitious self who’d rather ignore both Child and Parent, can get on with succeeding in life.

First, one possible intrepretation of Hillel’s famous pair of questions:
A. אם אין אני לי, מי לי (Im ein ani li, mi li: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me,”) is that each of us must parent and protect his or her own inner child, and

B. ? וכשאני לעצמי, מה אני ; (Vekesh’ani le’atzmi, mah ani ? “And if I am only for myself, what am I?”), also stand with others who have been wounded.

Second, if, like Harry Potter, you’ve sustained significant losses in your life, even very early on, is there someone you can recall, or as Harry uses to conjure his first #Patronus, even some imaginary memory, showing love or kindness, even if from or to a stranger just for a moment? Your Inner Parent can use that image to show your Inner Child that there is hope for this world, and that is worth holding on to and fighting for, to motivate your ambitious Inner Adult to keep going. This is being for yourself in the most crucial way: parenting yourself through the panic and soothing those constantly jangled nerves until you learn to trust life. Then your ambitious and centered Inner Adult can take it from there to build the life you want to live.

Third, if, like Amelia, you see that it would be safer to give up than to fight, perhaps your Inner Adult can take the lead, having learned by watching your Inner Parent defend your own Inner Child, that sometimes an adult must sacrifice to create a better world for all Human Children. And like Feruze Hatun, healing all those around you may come at a high personal cost, but honesty and love, even shown to our enemies, as Gandhi and Dr. King proved, can indeed defeat hate, and bring you greater self-confidence and feelings of security.

So, warrior like Amelia or Intergenerational Community Parent to all, like Feruze Hatun, or just competent, capable, and knitting lots of hats for House Elves like Hermione, parenting yourself can lead to parenting others , for the good of All Humankind. Or you could still become a Body Guard.

Some more of my thoughts on how local government Policy such as accepting part of local taxes in local currencies/Time Dollars can help stimulate local community employment and inclusion for PTSD survivors are found in my related paper on Building Community and the crucial role of Intergenerational Participation in Community : Shavuot (Pentacost) as one of four Biblical pillars of building community.

Read, Write, Dream, Walk !
ShiraDest
My books on Economic and Social Policy: Shared Monetary Governance, and Stayed on Freedom’s Call…

September 10th, 12017 HE
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