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Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Floors, Chapter 5: Introduction to Baby Bonds and Baby Acres, now Floors

This post starts the rough draft of  Chapter 5, the y section, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.

It was Baby Acres, for an Acre per baby, but may now become A floor per baby, and Baby Bonds… 

Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter 5:

( Chapter 4’s  ending section, section II,  was last week…)

 Chapter 5,  Intro.:

Chapter 5Introduction (600/500 wds): How Phase IV helps complete the 4 Freedoms

 

A (342/250 wds).

In the first year of Phase IV, the final stage of this project, 45 years will have gone before, of preparation for this moment.  The previous three phases, lasting 15 years each, have had time, by this point, to educate and build support for three necessary sets of conditions to be achieved before this stage.  First, the rebuilding and expansion of a connected network of safe, clean, accessible and widely used mass transit and railway systems, which now give full transportation coverage to all across the entire country.  With that system, a robust library system connecting university and public libraries fully and freely open to the public has been expanded into a safe set of community education and gathering hubs, offering space for daily ongoing educational updates of local legal and financial information to all residents, on a pro-bono basis.  Interlocking with this is a now robust and fully accessible public health service, which has become universally available to all, thanks to the work done in a later stage.   Second, a cultural shift has begun which began to move us all closer to a cooperatively problem solving mindset, which then, during the third phase, opened access to both the health care, and the formal as well as informal sets of education needed by all of society to continue progressing.  Third, during the prior phase, a universal basic income has been installed which provides the needed relief from fear of want which allows us to move into the current and last stage of our project, this year.  We now have the breathing room, both physical space and emotional and critical thinking tools with which to solve the remaining problems that might beset our societies as a country, and as a planet.  The freedom of speech and association which the first three phases opened up are now joined by the freedom from fear and freedom from want, which by necesity imply a basic level of housing, food, water, and emotional security.  The final stages of this phase are designed to get us to that point.

 

 

B (292/250).

An earlier image of this phase comes first, then to evolve as needed.

First cut idea:

1. Each child, at birth, receives half a hectare of land, non-alienable. The person may rent, lend or swap the land, but always remains the owner of the land or the swapped parcel. Where ever the location, it should have a well and be arable. (This way, at a minimum, every person on the planet will own at least 1/2hectare of land, free and clear, withno way tolose it…)

2. Beans, Rice, local Greens, and enough fresh drinking/cooking water, and fresh or filtered salt water for bathing for every individual person;

3. Free Bedsit or Tiny House for each individual person, accessible from the time a child can safely (independently) cook an egg;

4. Each family should have a book in the local public library, containing the autobiography of every adult in the family (which means that each person needs free time and the means to write his or her autobiography).

5. Each ADULT is both:

  1. trained to serve in the national protection forces (police or military), and
  2. prepared to rotate, if called upon, into a limited time term of either Jury Duty, city, state, or federal level government duty as a local/state or federal Representative or Senator, Governor, or cabinet member. A system o fsortition could gradually replace elections for the House of Representatives and state assembly lower chambers, followed by the upper chambers and executive level elected positions via IRV/Ranked Choice Voting, as the national educational system evens up in quality across the country.

 

These initial ideas of what this phase could eventually look like will be subject to much negotiation, at all levels, across the entire country, and undoubtedly, beyond, in the early years of this phase.

 

(Note: 1. and 3. have now been swapped…)

 

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 5, section I, on the early stages.  )

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

 

And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  clearly part of  Non-fiction.

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Last week’s installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,

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

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -add Stayed on Freedom’s Call on GoodReads via this GR button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plans Offline),

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page, and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!  🙂

Day 5 of GED in 5 months, libraries, and La Convivencia during Sukkot (aka Tabernacles)!

During this holiday of Sukkot, aka the Feast of Tabernacles, or Booths, the verse proclaiming this holiday as one of inclusion for all nations, and that inclusion which happened 1000 years ago in Islamic Spain, seems especially important to remember, today. 

Remember, if we did it before, we can do it again!  We go farthest fastest by working together, right? 

“Of course, right!”

Libraries are one of the greatest legacies of the Convivencia (remember that cooperation, in Muslim Spain, of Jewish, Christian and Islamic scholars, that gave Europe books again?), and one of the key parts of Phase I of the Four Freedoms movement.

 

Day 5 Lesson Plan

Khan Academy Indefinite Pronouns
Interactive Indefinite Pronouns Worksheet Online
IndefPronouns Prntable WrksheetWoutAns
IndefPronouns Printable WksheetAnswers
Khan Academy Basic Adding negative integers BasicNegativeIntegersJustPg1
Day5 ExitSlips

(Day 4Day 6)

Action Items:

1.) Search your local public library’s online catalogue for books on La Convivencia.

(here’s a good one to start with: Read more in M. Rosa Menocal’s book, available at most public libraries!)

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

3.) Share your thoughts on what La Convivencia was, and what it might have been like to live in Al Andalus at that time,

4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy 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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. 

my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and

a proposed Vision for a kinder world on Wondering Wednesdays…    

 

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

 

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

 

(GED lesson plans: Day 1)

 

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

 

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

 

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

 

 

Shira Destinie Jones is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 29, and new spins on old solutions

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?  

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … Time Banks USA
“What is the function of a currency? Rewarding caring and sharing…


A medium of exchange reinforcing what we say we value.” -Dr. Edgar Cahn on Time Dollars


Lying in his hospital bed in 1980, Edgar Cahn realized something.  Each person needs something, and each person has something to contribute. Money is an impersonal and scarce medium of exchange which devalues those who cannot give in terms that the market recognizes as valuable. But if we could match the time needed with the time available to contribute, then we could organize our society along more caring and mutually respectful lines. Thus, from a heart attack, Time Banking, a new system of community economic self-
help now used all over the world, was born. Here is an explanation of how Time Banks work in the United Kingdom:


“ What is timebanking?
Timebanking is a means of exchange used to organise people and organisations around a purpose, where time is the principal currency. For every hour participants ‘deposit’ in a timebank, perhaps by giving practical
help and support to others, they are able to ‘withdraw’ equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need. In each case the participant decides what they can offer. Everyone’s time is equal, so one hour of my time is equal to one hour of your time, irrespective of whatever we choose to exchange.


Because timebanks are just systems of exchange, they can be used in an almost…


29  “

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about  something on this page, but I’m not sure what.

Page twenty-eight was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can read Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

  Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline):

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 67/67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

 

Creative Commons License
Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Floors, Chapter 4: Section II, the later years of phase III

This post starts the rough draft of  Chapter 4, the last section, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.  

This section of chapter 4  has  about 1000 words, (hopefully currently practicable words).  Below, I will also include the outlines that I missed last week for Chapter 4.

And  once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will show what Phases III could look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter Four:

( Chapter 4’s   section I  was last week…)

 Chapter 4,  section II

II. (1915/1250 wds):  Later years of Phase III -What it could look like:

II. A (359/250 wds).

In the middle to last years of this “Three Universals, Plus” stage of our project, nearly 45 years since the beginning of Phase I, at this point, the task of advocating for and helping to implement a Single Payer System of universal health care across the entire United States.  Due to the work of building up the public health service, and improving access to information and education of the earlier phases of this project, there should now be less and less smoking and drug usage, coupled with more and more recognition of the fact that “your health = our health” and accordingly, there will be less and less public expenditure on preventable health maladies.  This all results in an easier task of implementing universal health care.  Dedicated volunteers will continue to show the public how free condoms and birth control increase public health statistics in several areas, with the Single Payer System of universal health care as a driver for ever improving public and individual health outcomes across the board.  As continuously updated public health and financial law workshops remind us all how pandemics have been driven by all residents and visitors in an area, the natural conclusion will become continuously clearer.  That conclusion is that all people need free access to health care in order to protect the public, and that protection works more effectively when all people have access to basic preventative health care upon arrival in a community.  Studies, and volunteers opening up access to those studies, will continue to show how a Single Payer System lowers the costs of prescription medications over the long term, and improves quality of life for all members of society.  By the end of this Phase, 45 years after the start of Phase I and the efforts to build up the public health service, every single person in this country should be able to walk into any clinic, hospital, doctor’s office, or store, and update his or her medical history, make a cost free appointment for medically necessary procedures, and get information and advising on needed medical concerns, all in a safe and comfortable environment via safe, clean, comfortable and efficient public transportation.

II. B(330/250).

By the end stages of Phase III, the work of advocacy and educating should have led to the implementation of a truly universal basic income for every citizen in the United States, if not also for every resident of the country.  The work of Andrew Yang to popularize the concept of a UBI for every American adult must, by this point, have come to be understood as the possibility of hope for all of society.  It must also have been updated to include access to that rightful income by children able to care for themselves, in cases where parents, guardians, or caretakers are not taking sufficient steps to ensure the care and protection of said children.  The results of the 2020 Basic Income pilot in Stockton, CA will also have had time to be understood and updated, by this time, so that every person in our society understands how we all benefit from putting a floor on poverty, want, and fear, through the issuance of a UBI, and why it must be all three things: Universal, Basic, and an Income.  Many other documents explain the details of a UBI, but suffice it to say here that such an income must go directly to every individual resident in the form of federal money accessible to that individual without an unwanted intermediary.  It should provide enough money to be able to buy all of the basics needed to live simply, including basic nutritious foods like beans or lentils, rice, organic greens (and we hope that by this time, all food will be grown without toxic chemicals), basic essential clothing, and basic safe individual shelter.  That it is an individual income means that it must go directly to every man, woman, and child, with that child being able to have full and exclusive spending and saving control over his or her own money after, perhaps, passing a simple basic budgeting test to show ability to safely manage that money independently for basic daily needs.  The details of how we could get to a place in which we can safely make this happen for us all we be discussed in chapter 9.

 

II. C (425/250wds).

Returning to the importance of education across each phase of this project, the last years of Phase III should see the solidifying of a movement across the country in favor of free preschool through PhD or vocational technical education for every member of society.  By the end of this phase, marking 45 years of work on the overall project, all child care should already be of high quality educational time, whether designated as childcare or day care, as preschool willl be, but more so.  The public education system, starting with the public library system, will have been shored up to be able to reach the highest standards of quality, as is already the case in many OECD countries.  Free vocational technical, trade school, arts training, and apprenticeships with on the job training should all be freely available to all residents, by this point in the project, with the support and understanding of the importance of such availability of all of society.  Clearly, there must also be free preparation and tutoring, provided one on one by individuals, or also provided by organizations working in the public interest rather than for profit, to ensure that each and every person willing to work hard enough and dedicate the required persistence has the opportunity, like the wealthy, to obtain the best preparation for any educational entrance exam.  In this way, society can ensure that time will not be wasted by those merely seeking to use the time in college as a diversion, and can also be assured that only those qualified to complete the training offered by society actually embark upon such educational opportunities, and do not waste them.  The benefit of making free university training up through and including research degrees, such as the PhD, should be obvious, when viewed in the light of the number of missed opportunities each person who does not pursue such research represents as a loss to society, in knowledge and in new tools build for later use.  Often, research and development in a variety of disciplines does not show its practical utility until later on, when the engineering science has finally caught up with the theory developed years earlier, as in theoretical mathematics.  For this reason, and more, all education must be free of cost, but full of work, with discipline and a sense of commitment to the good of society.  In the last years of this phase, new educational courses to provide free training for Citizen Jury and government service should also be developed and offered, in preparation for Phase IV.

 

II.  D (335/250wd).

By the end of this third phase of our project, most of the country could be using old tools which have been updated to become modern tools, some with a US twist, in keeping with the needs of each particular community and region in this large and diverse nation.  For a local means of complementing the federal money supply, communities may choose to add a community issued currency to the supply of money in circulation, thus adding options for spending on and incubating local businesses, and providing another way of rewarding local customer loyalty.  Local currencies have also been shown to improve levels of trust and empowerment within communities (citeGreenMoneyCommunityEmpowermentPaper2010).  In combination with other old friends, like Ranked Choice Voting, aka IRV, which should also at this point be in use in cities, counties, and states for elections across the nation, such tools meet the needs of today, adding resources and options in local communities.  Participatory Budgeting is another tool already well known places like Porto Alegro and Paris, where they have been used before, but perhaps less known here in the US, but by the end of Phase III, understood and used across the country.  Likewise, citizens’ juries could be in use in many parts of the country to help develop local and regional policy, based on the work done in earlier years by dedicated volunteers to educate the public regarding the benefits of using such juries in answering a variety of policy development questions in other countries.  Finally, youth courts, also known as teen or peer courts, already known in much of the US, should certainly have greatly expanded use, nation wide, and greater funding and support from a now far more well-informed and thoughtful citizenry.  Thus, at then end of Phase III, as old tools have been adapted for modern use, the stage will also have been set for the building and sharing of newer tools, by a new generation, to solve the unique, multiple, and extremely challenging problems that face this new generation.

 

II. E (403/250wds).

Finally, at the end of Phase III, we finish advocating for and building some new tools in preparation for new policy crafting, and a new paradigm, coming forward in the next and final phase of this project.  By this point, 45 years into our 60 year project, the DoE may be able to begin doing on a nation-wide level what many states may have been doing for some years, already: rotating teachers all around the US, as new teachers are rotated in many European countries already.  The World Youth Parliament, like the Belgian Youth Parliament before it, could have, by this time, paved the way for experienced veterans of such bodies to take part in transforming the United Nations into a sort of world parliament, modeled, perhaps, on the European Parliament, with nation-states looking to the EU as one possible model for world wide cooperation.  Here at home, the movement for a Constitutional Convention could suggest several updates for the needs of the coming centuries based on an educated population that did not exist in 1787, including the use of proportional representation as Denmark has, at least in the House of Representatives, and removing the Electoral College as no longer in keeping with an educated and engaged citizenry, and making health, education, housing, and basic food a human right, as several European constitutions also do.   Provisions could also be added for frequent referrenda, as is done in Switzerland, as the start of a move toward greater levels of direct democracy, now that we have the technology to permit this process to work.  Building on the work of the Adulthood Challenge rite of passage, this would be the time to begin working actively for all Adults to be placed into a jury pool for a variety of difficult responsibilities, including national policing and defense services, somewhat like that of the Swiss model.  This pool of Adults could also be used to build the lottery for Sortition into the House of Representatives, once proper training in good governance and policy craft is assured (although much of that work, in reality, is done by Congressional staffers, rather than the elected lawmakers themselves).  By the close of the final year of Phase III, the infrastructure, cultural, and policy tool preparation for a paradigm shift should now be in place, allowing the work of looking forward to the next and final stage of this project, Phase IV, to begin.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 5, Introductory section…  )

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

 

And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  clearly part of  Non-fiction.

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness, starting right now,

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

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plans Offline),

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Day 1  Lesson plan…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page, and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!  🙂

Chapter 4

outlines.

 

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 28, leaping forward

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?  

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … When GWU shut down the Urban Law Institute, a hole was left in community legal services which the Cahn’s endeavored to fill.

They created the Antioch School of Law in 1972, each serving as “Co-Dean” of the law school.


This law school took a unique approach to training lawyers. First year law students were assigned to live with the clients for the first six weeks of the new school year while learning to do legal research, getting oriented to the city, and handling administrative cases not requiring a lawyer. This allowed greater contact with the local community, while building an ethos of public service.


By 1979, financial problems and difficulty meeting the payroll for the Antioch Law School caused Antioch College to cut the law school, not without a long fight from Dr. Edgar Cahn. The Antioch College Law School became
part of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). The UDC Law School, now called the David A. Clarke School of Law, is known as the most publicly spirited law school in the city, with a higher percentage than any other
of graduates who go on to practice public service law. But that fight had a price. On February 29th, 1980, Edgar had a heart attack. That day, not only did the calendar observe a leap year, but the stage was set for the next leap forward
in community-based economics and cooperation.


28 …

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about  something on this page, but I’m not sure what.

Page twenty-seven was the previous week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can read Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

  Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline):

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 67/67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

 

Creative Commons License
Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Floors, Chapter 4: Section I, the early years of phase III

This post starts the rough draft of  Chapter 4, the first section, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.  

This section of chapter 4  has  about 1000 words, (hopefully currently practicable words).  Below, I will also include the outlines that I missed last week for chapters 2 and 3.  Chapter 4’s outlines will come in next week’s posts.

And  once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter Four:

( Chapter 4’s  introductory section  was last week…)

 Chapter 4,  section I

I. (1250 wds) :  What Phase III could look like in the early years:

 

I. A (340/250 wds).

 

The starting year of Phase III will be 31 years into the full project.  These prior thirty years will have been spent building up both physical public infrastructure and cultural infrastructure, so that by this point, libraries will be hosting regular public health workshops, perhaps given by doctors and nurses sent from local neighborhood health clinics on a rotating basis.  The new cadre ofAdults who began building their cohort 15 years prior will also now be available to give free workshops telling of their own personal emotional and financial self-defense learning, which ties in directly to the emotional health of the entire community, as they give referral information to local health clinics even while sharing tools, like Tai Chi in the libraries or parks.  As local health clinics provide and push for the ability to provide more and longer preventative and mental health care tools, like nutrition classes, or podiatry services, or various types of therapy, they can also continue to offer updating education classes regularly in library conference rooms.  Each of these sets of workshops can be opportunities to show the benefits of a dignified and fully accessible system of essential basic health services fully available to all residents, and how such a system, properly funded and prepared, can act to prevent the spread of public health emergencies, such as Hepatitis A, or Covid-19 outbreaks.  Multi-media, arts, pamphlets and other forms of popular communication can be used, during this period, to start a “doing your part to keep yourself healthy helps us all” campaign, similar to and connected with the American Lung Association’s stop smoking campaigns, with links to the connection between individual responsibility and action, and better outcomes for all of society’s public health situationsNeedBetterWordHere.  As we start to move into the later stages of this third phase, a strong public education and media campaign should be well under way to end the demand for all smoked products, whether tobacco or other particulate-producing items, and to show alternatives to and the benefits for moving away from all mood-altering chemicals, prescription or otherwise.    .

 

 

I. B(400/250).

The same time period, 30 years after the initial opening of this project, should see the opening introductions and arguments on a wider level in favor of a universal basic income, as we educate ourselves on the benefits of seeing that the basic needs of every resident are met so that each of us can contribute fully to society.  Building on earlier campaigns by those like A. Yang, and others, a fuller examination of what it means to provide a universal benefit to all members of society, without means testing or questioning, and how this saves much time and effort on the part of every level of government, individuals, and communities, can begin.  That such provided benefit would be basic is already clear, given the propensity that we all have, as Americans, toward austerity.  Any universal benefit would be given at a level which is basic enough to be minimal, and allow subsistence, but not so much as to be a burden upon society’s resources.  For comparison, studies should be cited which have determined minimum levels of expenditures necessary to maintain a basic living arrangement, such as a studio apartment, with enough funds to purchase an adequate level of nutritious food, and to pay for basic clothing and public transportation, which, by this point, will have had 30 years of development into a system used by all classes of society, including the middle and upper classes, on a daily basis.  That this is an income means that it is neither a tax credit, nor a loan, nor a grant, nor a benefit, but an income given to each individual as a human right.  Additional income aside, those who do not need this income should, upon their honor, choose to use that surplus to help others attain their worthy goals, in the service of humanity.  Examples of a limited experiment in basic income, such as that of Stockton, CA in 2020, and others which have been conducted around the world, like Finland and other places, can be used as a starting point for developing this concept, and making it work in the context of all 50 states.  As we move from the early stages into the later stages of Phase III, the universal basic income will become known, discussed, and decided upon within each community, nationwide.  Specific ways in which this can happen will be discussed in further detail in chapter 9.

 

 

 

I. C (350/250wds).

The third Universal, universal free education, builds on the existing public education system already in place.  In 2021, President Biden began to build support for his proposal for free education from preschool through Community College, or at least the Associate’s Degree, for all Americans.  This start will be added to, in Phase III, by advocating and educating for a fully free public education system, from preschool through and including the PhD level for research education, and vocational or trade school education for the manual or craft trades and arts.  Finland and other countries offer entirely free education to their citizens as a Human Right, according to Diane Ravitch, and if they can, so ought the United States be able to do for American society.  Starting from an ‘Each One Teach One’ level of one on one tutoring and tool sharing, every person can help every other person find and triage information, going back through the third, second, and first hand sources to verify information and judge data and statistical conclusions based on that data.  From these vital citizenship skills, individuals can decide whether a college preparatory path, or a vocational technical trade, or even an apprenticeship in a trade or art is most apt for that person, which also helps society.  Likewise, the newAdults recognized in Phase II can now help to find, build, and share  new tools based in the VAK mode, widening out to sharing tools based on all of the multiple learning styles.  Other tools like Project Gutenberg, LibriVox.org, The Archive, and more new tools will certainly be developed to help propagate access to free information in the public domain.  As we move into the later stages of Phase III, this movement for independent and shared learning can expand, showing us how all students can get help with their preparation for SAT, or GRE, or LSAT and other entrance exams via free test preparation tools, the Open Textbook movement, and people willing to share their time and expertise to help each individual realize the human potential that also helps all of society to successfully move forward.

 

 

 

I.  D (330/250wd).

One of the most important tasks in the beginning years of this phase of our project will be to tell of old tools, and show their importance in solving the problems for which they were developed, as well as their utility, once updated, for solving the problems confronted by the current generation.  During the Great Depression, as many will still remember from their studies, FDR formed the CCC, often known as “Roosevelt’s Tree Army,” which served a variety of functions, including job training, travel, and infrastructure cleaning.  What many may not have heard of from that same era are local or community currencies, like the 1930‘s Stamp Scrip described by Loren Gatch (citeGreenMoneyTalkGrtrWashExchange29june2010).  The many such locally issued currencies, thriving especially during the March 1933dlbChkYr Bank Holiday, were based heavily on community trust, and hence, partly also on empathy.  A modern form of these local currencies, like Ithaca Hours, is an example of such an update to an old tool, just as a modern version of Roosevelt’s CCC will be shown to be a potentially valuable tool.  Some other existing tools, like IRV or RCV, as adopted in Maine via the November 2020 general election, are already in use around the country and around the world, but will need further elucidation.  More tools, like Participatory Budgeting, used in places as different as Puerto Alegro and Paris, should be discussed and updated to enhance citizen voice in local decision-making, while Citizen Juries, also used around the world, should be explained all across the United States, particularly by the cohort of newAdults recognized during Phase II, and now ready to take the lead in educating the public on these tools.  Similarly, Youth Courts,like the DC Youth Court started by Edgar Cahn, also known as Teen or Peer Courts, are another tool used in parts of the US that have proven to be effective, when supported by local judicial and funding processes.  They should also be given much more exposure, and adapted, where necessary, for current needs in each locality.

 

 

I. E (475/250wds).

By the beginning of Phase III, 30 years, half of the sixty years of this project, will have passed.  Both the infrastructure improvements of Phase I, and the cultural innovations of Phase II, by this point, will have had time to make a good start in introducing and educating in favor of a paradigm shift: from that of blaming to that of solving, and from that of crushing critiques to that of creating tools.  This new paradigm, over the next 15 years, could introduce some tools that seem new for the US, such as rotating teachers, first for example, within each state, as countries like Greece and France do, but are standard practice in many EU member states.  Other tools, like a World Youth Parliament, already in use in places like Belgium, where the Belgian Youth Parliament issues serious resolutions, are quite familiar to many Americans in the form of a model UN.  But such a new body could be designed to hold some level of actual responsibility and increasing authority in part or all of many communities, depending on the preparation and decisions of the entire community, from area to area.  Such experience can also build education and generate new ideas for a proposed Constitutional Convention, allowing for the invitation of all citizens to submit proposals and vote, as other republics like France and Spain have done, on an updating of our primary national document to frame a system of laws, as in 1787, which can be more faithful to our ideals of the security and freedom of life, liberty, and equitable chance at the pursuit of happiness for all members of an equal US society.  Such a set of proposals might include more processes involving Direct Democracy, including old tools like polling, and newer tools like instant minute referenda at the library, or pop-up votes in the park, to give more breadth to the random samples used by pollsters, and more say to all citizens.  As this third phase moves into the middle and later years, from 30 toward 45 years of the project’s overall life span, education for direct democratic tools can also lead into a start for educating about the possibility of using, at least in lower chambers of state and even the Federal House of Representatives, a system of sortition, aka demarchy, first written of in the democracy of ancient Athens.  To get there will require a fully equitable education system, excellent public transportation, a culture of active sharing of problem solving tools, and a tradition, which begins to be built right here, of civic engagement as a responsibility of honorable elevation of all members of society together.  Such a cultural paradigm can progress through the work of the later stages of Phase III, the “Three Universals, Plus” phase of our vision for a kinder, safer, and fully equitable world for all.

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 4, section II, on the later stages.  )

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

 

And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  clearly part of  Non-fiction.

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Last week’s installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness, starting right now,

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

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

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and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page, and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!  🙂

Chapter 2 ch2dtld outlines, chapter 3 chptr3Outlines outlines, but chapter 4 outlines will be with next week’s post.

 

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 27, taking AIM at hunger

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?  

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … Chapter 4: A Ground Breaking Couple: Jean and Edgar Cahn
Antioch School Of Law/UDC

“RFK did not hesitate to remind us that poverty and race are intertwined, characterizing indifference and apathy to racism as “violence that afflicts the poor.”

-Dr. Edgar Cahn, 2008

Drs. Jean and Edgar Cahn came to Washington, DC in 1963, the year in which Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy presented the award to Marvin Caplan on behalf of Neighbors, Inc, for keeping Shepherd Park an integrated
neighborhood. Edgar Cahn was here to work for the Department of Justice, as a speech writer for Attorney General Kennedy. His wife Jean Cahn, whom he
had married in 1957, came with him, also working on the War on Poverty.

During those first two years, 1963 and 1964, the Cahn’s helped to form Temple Micah, splitting with the Temple several years later.

Edgar Cahn left government in 1969 to create the Citizen’s Advocate Center, whose objective was the eradication of hunger in the United States. He also became active in working with the American Indian Movement (AIM) for Native American tribal self-determination and control of resources.

His wife Dr. Jean Cahn, meanwhile, had been hired by the George Washington University’s (GWU) Urban Law Institute to train law school graduates for community practice.
27 …

Page 27″

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about  something on this page, but I’m not sure what.

Page twenty-six was the previous week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
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the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(The last GED lesson 67/67 , and the first lesson 1/67…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 4 introduction

This post shows the introduction of the rough draft of  Chapter 4, of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  

Since this is a rough draft, and I am very keen to hear suggestions if they improve the ideas presented here, as they are still in flux, please do share your thoughts per the Action Items at the bottom of this post.

And  once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter Four:

Chapter 4: (abt 3000 wds) What Phase III could look like, sooner, and later

Chpter 4 Introduction:  Phase III earlier, and then later stages

A (330/250).

In the early stages of the “Three Universals, Plus” phase, 30 years or so will have passed, from the start of Phase I, through the end of Phase II, marking the beginning of this phase, Phase III.  After thirty years of working on this project, many of those involved in the earliest years will have handed off their roles to those now beginning to lead the charge forward in to this third stage of this vision.  Perhaps the most urgent need, in the United States, is for fully accessible health care by all of those who find themselves within our borders.  Thus, this is the time when the arguments and the education on behalf of a Single Payer System for universal health care should take on full vitality.  At the same time, continuing and extending the introduction to and argument for a universal basic income will need to start with educating everyone around the concepts of the Citizen’s Income, which Dr. King first called for in 1968, and how that differs from a UBI or a Federal Jobs Guarantee which may also be needed alongside a UBI.  Similarly, in these early years, some idea of why free pre-school to PhD or trade and vocational school education must also be made, undoubtedly pointing to the examples of nations who already implement that policy.  The task, at the same time, of re-introducing old friends such as the CCC, aka Roosevelt’s Tree Army, and other tools which served our country and allies well during the difficult days of the Great Depression and Second World War, falls to those brave souls who will be working to show everyone what those tools did for us in past times, and how they must be updated for current needs.  Finally, this core group of courageous volunteers will also have the challenge of introducing and educating all of us for the new ideas and paradigm shift by teaching via known quantities and examples, and extending those examples into new processes and systems.

B (254/250 wds).

In the later stages of this “Three Universals, Plus” phase, the core group of dedicated volunteers should have managed to educate enough of the public that a critical mass has built a consensus in favor of implementing a fully accessible Single Payer System of universal health care nationwide.  Likewise, such a consensus should then be close, if not already accomplished, in favor of a UBI, or at the very least, a Citizen’s Income, possibly also in conjunction with a Federal Jobs Guarantee should that be deemed necessary by the majority of citizens, at that time.  From this point, given the number of countries which already have this, advocating for the completion of adopting a nationwide universal free pre-school to phd or vo-tech and trade school education should be essentially fully accomplished and in the end stages of implementation.  The task of updating old friends and explaining the utility and implementation of counterpart tools for the current generation should likewise be nearing its completion, as the levels of education at both individual and community and society-wide levels continue to be augmented.  This should have allowed, by the end of Phase III, enough time for the development and implementation of new tools for new kinds of governance, with more equitable access, and demonstrably better outcomes for all residents.  The details of those first years of Phase III and the new policy and governance tools that those years will enable via, as always, education and empathy, will be discussed in part one of this chapter, coming next.

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  Non-fiction,   System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Last week’s installment of this series…

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on whether our society could use certain universals,

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

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via  GoodReads,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plans offline)

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Lesson plans:  Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 3 section II

This post shows section II of the rough draft of  Chapter 3, of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres, completing chapter 3.  

Since this is a rough draft, and I am very keen to hear suggestions if they improve the ideas presented here, as they are still in flux, please do share your thoughts per the Action Items at the bottom of this post.

And  once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter Three:

Chapter 3:

II. (1500 wds):  Later years of Phase II -What The Adulthood Challenge could look like:

II. A (430/300 wds).

We should be able to begin the later years or stages of Phase II with a sense of a more maturely developed Rite of Passage, and a small core group of dedicated volunteers helping to shape the Adulthood Challenge.  That group can work to enlarge our definition of the word “community” as the adulthood rite of passage challenge prerequisites sharpen and become more consistent across communities and regions.  There is also a danger that the process, from prerequisites to finish, may become entrenched or difficult to change.  Coming to see all people as human beings, and thus worthy and part of our own in-group or tribe, by enlarging our way of looking at community, is a step in the direction of preventing such fossilization of this new system.  Another key part of keeping the rite of passage system adaptable is the question of who is allowed or encouraged to suggest additions, changes, or even removal to the set of Challenge prerequisites.  It is important to know who gets to help set the agenda, and to be sure that each and every member of society has a real voice in setting that agenda, and in getting to help decide who actually does decide, and what gets decided on, as a truly consensual group.  Such widening of access may initially complicate the process, but by the end of Phase II, most people should be accustomed to the process of good faith questioning and negotiation of this new idea, and thus the widened access should help prevent stagnation of the process, over the long term.  A wider set of eyes on the process, and on those undergoing the process, should also help ensuring that a set of rigorous standards forAdulthood is proven to be met consistently, across regions, time periods, and groups of people, such that all can have confidence in the Challenge as a useful addition to our culture.  Finally, the questions of where and when any ceremonies or rituals to signal acceptance of that proof that all the needed requirements have been met, and to bestow the status ofAdult upon the candidate(s) must also be decided with the input not only of all those to be involved in such ceremonies or rituals, but also with full buy-in from the people who live in or near the region where such finales will take place.  Such needs as swimming, statistics, navigation, emotional, physical and financial self-defense will take time to flesh out, but the end goal of those initial specifications is to ensure the safety, respect, and well-being of all communities and people.

 .

II. B(415/300).

By the end stages of Phase II, the process of declaring candidate intention to attempt the Adulthood Challenge should be fully fleshed out, and stabilized across communities and regions.  A person of 50 years old, for example, should be able to declare a firm intention to meet the Challenge, presuming that the community in which the candidate wishes to qualify forAdulthood allows it, in any manner from an online forum to an in-person community Assembly.  Such community assemblies of committee Adulthood Challenge volunteers (who could, in fact, actually be paid for their service in a locally issued community-based complementary currency) would likely find it in the best interests of the community to examine the good faith declaration of the potential candidate, assuming that every member of the committee is a person who has taken the pledge to do such work for the long term benefit of all of humankind.  Much like the Pledge to stand up for Human Rights, circulated by the UN HCHR in May, 2021, such a pledge would be rooted in the honor system, and rely upon the trust of fellow committee members in the sense of honor of each participating fellow member.  The full community assembly may wish to meet with the prospective candidate to discuss the benefits, risk, consequences of passing or of failure, and the desired and expected outcomes with the potential candidate, before accepting a declaration of intent to undergo the Adulthood Challenge by a candidate.  Some communities may even find it more appropriate to refer potential candidates to other more apt communities.  Initially, there may exist risks that could seem to outweigh the benefits, even at the close of Phase II, as preparation begins to start building the new governance tools and policy proposals of Phase III, but it is, above all, the intention of candidates, committee members, and community assemblies to embark upon a journey of change for the good of all, that matters most.  Hence, questions in the minds of community members like how has the potential candidate served in the past, or would the proposed candidate serve both willingly and gladly now, for the well-being of all, are important questions to ask.  Prior accomplishment, of course, of some set of prerequisite learning and actions would constitute an initial proof of serious intent on the part of the potential candidate, to undergo the Challenge, for the right to help build progress in the most serious matters of the community, and to take on the greatest responsibilities in the future.

II. C (358/300wds).

Returning to the question of why would a new adulthood rite of passage be helpful for building new tools to improve governance processes and policy crafting, we must look at the question from both an individual and a communal point of view.  To be frank, in the first years of Phase II, and even in the first years of Phase III, quite likely, there will be little tangle benefit, from a material perspective, for the individualAdulthood candidate who succeeds in passing the Adulthood Challenge.  Even up through much of Phase IV, it is likely that those passing the Challenge will need to be focused on bringing a new world into view, which other members of society can see will be beneficial to all of humankind, and pull together to make that happen.  Thus, the building of a core group of Adults who have proven their intellectual flexibility and long term commitment to building a new cultural paradigm that will drive the well-being of all people is paramount.  This dedicated group of people, committed to moving the world forward though new governance tools, must be able to create those tools, share them, and teach others both the utility of the new tools, and how to use them.  Hence the importance of learning how to learn, and learning how to teach, and eventually, learning how to teach others to learn and teach, in their own turn.  Through this new rite of passage, such a dedicated core group will have shown their ability to set goals, take risks, share, cooperate, teach, and most of all, to build empathy, personally and in others.  Those abilities will be key to developing  new governance tools and processes, and then sharing and teaching the use of those new tools, as well, most importantly, of mentoring other people who will continue to build on that work into the future, with the benefit of all humankind constantly in mind.  This commitment to training the next generation of innovative cooperators has the potential to lead us all to greater global well-being, given the necessary cultural changes, which this new rite of passage has the potential to encourage.

II.  D (418/300wd).

Looking at the ritual itself, by the later stages of Phase II, there should be a better practical understanding of how this updated rite of passage into adulthood can be handled among communities and regions.  the objective of this process, it should always be kept in mind, is the formation of modernAdults equipped to take a leading role in remaking our world into one in which each and every human being can safely reach the full creative potential that contributes to all of humankind.  If the Teaching Terror remains a part of this process, then that year to two-year long period of one-on-one teaching would be the first part of the Adulthood Challenge process, apart from any prerequisites that communities might require of potential candidates before admitting them to the Challenge, of course.  The second part of the AC process should be some sort of physical challenge, set up to demonstrate both mastery of the needs of the modern world, and also to show the candidate’s ability to pass on essential skills to other people.  A physical object that can also act as a keepsake would be even better suited to this process.  Looking at rituals from around the world, initiation rituals always involve some sort of physical challenge, generally with an intellectual or learning demonstration component.  From vision quests, to walkabout, to hunting or sewing enough quilts to fill a Hope Chest, Viva Voce thesis defense, the creation of some physical and useful item, whether by building, or walking and finding some key item, climbing to discover a symbol, or even copying or completing a major work of literature or art representative of some key facet of both that individual’s personal story, combined with the story that moves that community forward, some physical act has always been part of initiating a new person into a new stage of life or or the community.  Today’s equivalents might be building a Tiny House, a Ropes Course type crossing, or even hand-copying a manuscript of the Constitution, or the UN Declaration of Human Rights.   One possibility for ritual completion is that the candidate could present the person whom that candidate taught the crucial life skill, and then present the object which the candidate found or made, with appropriate explanations and answers to questions or objections from members of the community.  The end goal remains to show newAdults committed to and capable of leading the way to building a safer, kinder world together with and for all human beings.

II. E (412/300wds).

Finally, in the last years of Phase II, recognition of the new status ofAdult in this context should begin to have more solidity and meaning beyond the core group of people working on the new Rite of Passage.  Each community of committed volunteers should then have set tester and testing criteria and even training for the testers, centered around empathetic and innovative forms of teaching, and around cooperation.  After completing the one to two year Teaching Terror process, or whatever form a given community chooses to have the candidate demonstrate those same skill sets, the testing committee can choose to add requirements as needed, suited to the various circumstances of that particular community’s needs in a leader.  Since these later years should now allow for expanded ability to travel for all, given the improvements in public transportation made during Phase I, this part of Phase II could also include a travel requirement similar to the Gap Year widely practiced in Europe, but with a stronger learning component, alongside the Teaching Terror or other tool-teaching requirement of the Adulthood Challenge, as it is fitted for the particular community.  As we prepare to move into Phase III, with the passage of the final physical requirement by the candidate, the community giving recognition may designate a specific location for the ritual of recognition, which should be accessible by all members of the community, as well as all others allowed by the community to attend the ritual, via public transportation.  Assuming that a friendly examination of the person whom the candidate taught is done first, this may require a two-stage ceremony, or a change of locations.  One suggested ritual phrase to encapsulate the prior two years of the Challenge could be expressed by one or more (a chorus?) of the testers: “Oh, candidate for Adulthood, what did you teach, and what did you learn in the teaching of your student?”  A similar phrase, should communities find it appropriate, might be the touchstone of the recognition ritual, as the candidate shows how all requirements have been met, and receives the new status of Adult in the community, leaving it up to other communities and regions to decide whether to accept the decision of any particular community for itself as well.  In the last year of Phase II, we should thus have a dedicated core group of leaders committed to creating tools and teaching other people how to build and use new governance tools and policies for phase III, which we come to now.

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  Non-fiction,   System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Last week’s installment of this series…

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on whether our society could use a new rite of passage,

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a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Lesson plans:  Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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Stop modern lynchings, learn languages, and get ProBono Legal education for ALL

Some languages help us communicate, while other languages help us make things run smoothly. Computer languages and legal language are examples of the latter. To understand computer languages, one studies computer science, and to understand legal language, one studies the law and policies active in the state of residence. But not all of us have the opportunity to study the crucial legal language that governs much of our existence:   the consequences of that lack    are devastating.

Lynching once occurred physically, but now happens financially, through the court system all across the South, and make no mistake, it is just as murderous, and just as racist:

“…42% of the cases involved black families, despite the fact that only 6% of Carteret’s population is black. Heirs not only regularly lose their land; they are also required to pay the legal fees of those who bring the partition cases. In 2008, Janice Dyer, a research associate at Auburn University, published a study of these actions in Macon County, Alabama. She told me that the lack of secure ownership locks black families out of the wealth in their property. ”

That is, land that is owned by their families.

Historically separate and highly unequal educational systems have also contributed to this system:

“A former state politician named Thomas Limehouse, who owned a luxury hotel nearby, bought Reed’s property at a tax sale for $2,000, about an eighth of its value. Reed had a year to redeem her property, but, when she tried to pay her debt, officials told her that she couldn’t get the land back, because she wasn’t officially listed as her grandmother’s heir; she’d have to go through probate court. Here she faced another obstacle: heirs in South Carolina have 10 years to probate an estate after the death of the owner, and” you can only do that if you know how to probate an estate, which you can only do if you know what it means to probate an estate.

Like my 2xs Great Grandfather Wayne Anthony Manzilla, many Black men were killed “between 1890 and 1920 because whites wanted their land.”

The problem with land law is that it is often “co-opted by big business. One lawyer said that people saw it as a scheme ‘whereby rich men could seize the lands of the poor.’ Even lawyer Nelson Taylor acknowledged that it was abused… his own grandfather had lost a 50-acre plot to (the) Torrens (law). ‘First time he knew anything about it was when somebody told him that he didn’t own it anymore,’ Taylor said. ‘That was happening more often than it ever should have.’ ”

And it should never happen.

“The leading cause of Black involuntary land loss,’ heirs’ property is estimated to make up more than a third of Southern black-owned land — 3.5 million acres, worth more than $28 billion. These landowners are vulnerable to laws and loopholes that allow speculators and developers to acquire their property. Black families watch as their land is auctioned on courthouse steps or forced into a sale against their will.”

So, what can we do about this? Well, several things. To help stop this injustice, at least 4

Action Items

spring to mind:

1.)    Please consider giving your time, your cash, or your attention by sharing via your social and personal or business networks to The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, in South Carolina, and:
2.)   Please consider reading and sharing publications by ProPublica, a non-profit that spreads the word on these matters together with potential solutions, and

then:
3.)   Please read, review, and share Dr. Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow, because “42% of the cases involved black families, despite the fact that only 6% of Carteret’s population is black.” so, it really is about race.

4.)   OR:  Simply search for the term “Statute of Limitations” on Google, or your favorite search engine, to see how states like SC prevent heirs like Ms. Reed from probating their property.  If you have the energy, please share your findings with someone, over FaceBook, Twitter, or the phone.

Please share your ideas for increasing Legal and Financial Literacy and opportunity for ALL of us!

This post is dedicated to my Great Great grandparents Wayne Anthony, murdered for succeeding, and his wife Maude Eleanor West Manzilla, who never gave up her legal suit to clear his name of the suicide charge by the life insurance company, and worked valiantly to keep her family together. Their descendants continue their work.

Quotes for this post came from a recent ProPublica article co-published with The New Yorker.

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plans offline)

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Lesson plans:  Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.