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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 47, and Song

       How do melodies help keep us going, and even connect us to community?

     I wrote this book in the belief that song is a powerful way to help bring people together, and that remembering the stories around those songs can help us learn from our history.  I hope, as we come to the end of my book, Stayed on Freedom’s Call, that this journey has been a valuable one for you (last week was Page 46…):

 

” …  7.   Washington Ethical Society: 7750 16th Street NW

Proudly built in Shepherd Park specifically because it was an integrated neighborhood. This humanist congregation is part of the history of Civil Rights, and the present of community cooperation.

Sometimes you can hear folks standing outside the building, next door to the former home of NAACP lawyer Frank Reeves, singing:

“I woke up this morning with my mind,
stayed on Freedom… ”

8. Tifereth Israel Congregation: 7701 16th Street, NW

The shul stayed, and is helping to Repair the World, one step at a time down Georgia Avenue. Now we finish up the tour looking down 16th Street, toward the White House if we could see that far along what was once the nation’s Prime Meridian, and we close with a niggun, a melody that both soothes and recalls hope, as we recall the ideals which inspired men two centuries ago to found a nation predicated on the fundamental equality of all men.

“Yai daaiii dai daii, yai daaiii dai daii,
yai daii dai dai dai daii daiii aaayyyii…”

 

47

      “

    So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about niggunim?

Page 46 was last week, next week will be Page 48…

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how this page from Stayed On Freedom’s Call helps continuing empathy-building cooperation, and may also  help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.   (You can download the entire book for free here from The Internet Archive…)

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

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Narrative and Prose Nonfiction,     

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Historical Fiction Serial Stories

 

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

Shira

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Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better, Chapter 8, section I: Introducing a map for the early years of Phase II

This post is the start of the rough draft of  Chapter 8 of my non-fiction WiP, Do Better fka Baby Floors.   This chapter will begin the early years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase II, with a potential new adulthood rite of passage.

The overall objective remains that of putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Outlines for chapter 8 will attempt to match with each section, at the bottom of each post.

(Side note:  I’m still trying to figure out how to find reference on the Tsalagi exchange with the Gentleman of South Carolina, colonial era.  Cherokee leader was Onacasta (or Ocanasta), maybe of the Middle Towns,  around or just before the Ango-Cherokee war sparked by Virginia colonists, or perhaps the Tuscarora War, but the Cherokee sent 4 kids to a white College, and they came back “useless” because they couldn’t run well, or withstand cold or hunger.   The leader’s comment was ‘send us some of yours,’ and “we will make them men.”  Paraphrasing him except for the make them men, that part I remember quite clearly.

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 7, section III. D. was last week  ) :

Chapter 8, Introductory section I.

Chapter 8 Introduction (500 wds):  Phase II

I.

A(329/250).

In the early years of Phase II, after the hard work of Phase I, and building up our physical infrastructure while starting a new system for continuous rotation of upgraded financial legal learning, this new stage may at first appear a bit esoteric.  The prerequisite education needed, in these early stages of Phase II, merely to see why a new type of education is necessary in our country, may be lacking for many, if not most people.  the tools for measuring the kind of progress we plan to make during this second phase may also need to be created nearly from scratch, while being shown to be of practical use.  The declaration of intention to undergo the Adulthood challenge rite of passage may appear to have little practical use, in these early stages, as might the Challenge itself.  Nevertheless, there is a strong practical and symbolic value in proving ones worth to the community, and to oneself.  The usefulness in multiple ways of this new rite of passage will have to be proven early on, during these first years of Phase II, by a group of dedicated volunteers, some of whom are hopefully intent upon undergoing the Challenge ourselves.  These early years will need to see decisions around prerequisites, declaring sincere intent to take on The Challenge, sorting out the reasons for which each candidate wishes to undergo this Challenge, and then of course, creating some appropriate form of modern ritual  to then confer recognition of success upon those candidates who manage to meet all of the requirements.  That may be a lot to ask in just 5-7 years, considering that this will be an entirely new concept, the idea of having more than just the turning of 18 years of age, to determine who is an adult in our society.  While the consequences of passing or failing The Challenge may not carry great weight yet, the need is clear, and the benefits will also become clear, with time.

B (325/250 wds).

Immediately we come upon the first problem with creating this Challenge: to whom should it apply, and by whom should it be created, evaluated, and recognized.  Who will be the volunteers in which communities to start this process of creating a new adulthood rite of passage, and from where will these volunteers draw inspiration, knowledge, and the courage to dare to create something new for our modern world, from an ancient human need, and an ancient human response.  The implementation stage, at the middle to later years of Phase II, will need to have answered these questions sufficiently satisfactorily to move forward with the work of setting any prerequisite requirements in motion, in communities where this has been decided to be the case.  Communities who choose to allow candidates to move forward without meeting any prerequisite requirements may need to coordinate this with other communities who have decided differently.  The declaration of intention and reasons for attempting the Challenge are also, likewise, left up to the individual community to keep or to dispense with, as the needs of any given locality or community of non-geographical type may decide is best in keeping with their needs.  But again, this may encounter translation difficulties, so to speak, as candidates who have been recognized  as having passed the Challenge in one community seek to enter or have dealings with another community whose criteria may be different enough to be incompatible with their sense of adulthood.A bit like the Tsalagi, and the gentlemen of South Carolina.  By the later years of Phase II, the work of education, advocacy, and also lobbying, will have to have begun around changing the way our education system recognizes the ability of any given person to accomplish any given task.  The knowledge and skills that each adult citizen of a republic must have in order to make logical informed decisions is really what this new rite of passage is about.  Critical thinking with empathy, and the rest are details.  We move to those details now.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 8, section II. A. )

 

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.

  

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 and child abuse, starting right now,

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

      Ok, JYP, this is for you!   

🙂

 

Chapter 8 ch8hghLvl  intro. outlines (sometimes I wing the transition paragraphs…)

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   Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please share our key #Project Do Better  tweets:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

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                                                                                            High School Lesson Plans,

                                                                                         or Historical Fiction Story

Shira

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Review of Mindhunter, and Thinking on Abolition

         I  would like to hear your thoughts, Thoughtful Readers, on the idea of Project Do Better as what Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore said of some striking teachers, that “this is also abolition work.”  I’ve been thinking of her partly because I think that our goals are nearly identical, but fear being identified as a radical.  The other reason I’ve been thinking of prisons is that someone recently thanked me for my service, at the US Naval Academy (though I served more usefully imho, as a cadet in the CAP and Jr. ROTC, by rendering first aid after a Metro bus accident!!).  That reminded me of an overheard conversation in my senior year of high school.   As I was nearing graduation, contemplating Annapolis, two guys in my class were also discussing their options.  One said “three hots and a cot.” The other said “hospital, prison, military.”  Then they both agreed -they had to enlist.  So, when someone thanks me for my service, I think of the many reasons, especially health care benefits, that Americans “volunteer” to serve in the military.  And then I think, can’t we do any better?  So, between a Soylent Green world, and where we are today, is there any third way?   I think there is, and I think that Prof. Gilmore is on to something.   It’s not so different, in it’s end goal, as that of Project Do Better.

     I’m quite drawn to her assertions that society must become just, equitable, and sustainable for all of us, which requires support for social and caring infrastructure.  That is the basis of my backward engineering from a vision of a secure world for all of us, to where we are now via 4 phases.  She, on the other hand, starts with a world in which there is no need for prisons.  Come to think of it, a world where no child lacks food, shelter, etc, would pretty much be, it seems, a world where there is no need for prisons, right?  In fact, I actually suggest a similar idea, as part of Phase IV, in chapter 5, P. 105/6

   I was reading a NYT (which I am apparently able to access only one time) article in which Prof. Gilmore is interviewed about her activism to abolish the prison system:

    “The path that abolitionists called for to achieve these goals seemed strikingly similar to the original (if ultimately failed) goals of the Great Society and “war on crime” laid out by Lyndon B. Johnson in the mid to late 1960s: to generate millions of new jobs, combat employment discrimination, desegregate schools, broaden the social safety net and build new housing.”

   Instead, we got “new and harsh forms of criminalization”  and even worse:

   “… prisons can access funds that traditionally went elsewhere — for example, money goes to county jails and state prisons for “mental health services” rather than into public health generally. “If you follow the money, you don’t have to find the company that’s profiting,” Gilmore explained to me later. “You can find all the people who are dependent on wages paid out by the Department of Corrections. The most powerful lobby group in California are the guards. It’s a single trade, with one employer, and it couldn’t be easier for them to organize. They can elect everyone from D.A.s up to the governor. They gave Gray Davis a couple million dollars, and he gave them a prison.””

 

     These are issues directly touching the work of Project Do Better, and for the same reasons:  to build a world in which all of us have all of our basic needs met, which by extension means that there is little to  no need for prisons, we need to trace the flows of money and find out who benefits from various types of expenditures.  Those resources could be going to Head Start, health services, etc, where a huge difference would be made well before the age most are sent to prison.   And again, avoiding unneeded suffering for all of us.

 

   “Her fundamental point is that prison was not inevitable — not for individuals and not for California. But the more prisons the state built, the better the state became at filling them, even despite falling crime rates.”

 

   And in spite of falling crime rates.  While the numbers may be in dispute, the fact that this:

   “Project Head Start, one of the most effective long-term, anticrime programs in history.”

   could be stated by a rather conservative person like John E. Douglas is impressive. 

         Here’s my review:

   ”  

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit

First of all, on the last page he says:
“I truly believe that along with more money.. what we most need more of is love. This is not being simplistic, it’s at the very heart of the issue.”

 

He is absolutely right. This is a world, particularly American society, that has put down true connection as secondary to a lot of things. And it’s costing us our lives. The lack of open emotional connection, the lack of friendship, the lack of love in society, and especially the lack of early childhood education and high quality child care, is creating a nightmare for people of all ages in this country that won’t be solved until we have a few generations of kids who’ve grown up being cared for by every single adult. Nothing more true was ever said than to point out as he did, or as one of his colleagues did , that the Head Start program is the most effective anti-crime program invented.
Secondly, a pox upon people who write in library books. Especially when they scratch out words so that you don’t know what the author said about someone. Back to our review:

We need to put our money where our mouths are and begin investing in those Early child Care programs for everything from childcare itself and paying our babysitters not only a living wage but to make sure that they’re giving even the very youngest of children educational and loving experiences, and of course early childhood education. These are the most important things that any society can do and we have neglected it to our detriment. It’s only now taking the toll on society that will take another 40 years to reverse.
We’d better get started.

 
 
page 25
 

5.58%“Interesting. It took quite a while before the dots left by Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were finally connected and institutionalized by the FBI.”

 
October 20, 2021 –

 

page 75
 

16.74%“There’s even more paranoid self importance today…”

 
October 21, 2021 –

 

page 119
 

26.56%“A prostituted 16-year-old or 15-year-old actually, does not have lovers. She cannot pawn off her child nor is the child illegitimate, because the child was a product of rape so illegitimacy or legitimacy is not involved here: she is a victim, not a criminal.”

 
October 21, 2021 –

 

page 157
 

35.04%“It just takes a wide enough experience and enough reading of other cases with that experience and the needed details to get to the “How could you know that Holmes? 100 years ago they had burned you for a witch!” moment.”

 
October 21, 2021 –

 

page 201
 

44.87% “Why did someone scribble out the adjective on both pages:

P. 200: “situation with this …girl and realized…
P. 201: “… where some other…girl would be in danger.””

 
October 21, 2021 –

 

page 389
 

86.83% “Exactly: early childhood education

“Project Head Start, one of the most effective long-term, anticrime programs in history.””

 
October 22, 2021 – Finished Reading

    So, there are a couple of points of intersection here: resources can go into early-age social services and we reap a seven-fold benefit,  dollar for dollar, and then also the fact that even an FBI official can admit that prison is not inevitable, as Prof. Gilmore said.  So, in other words, we really can change the way we do things, with not terribly radical methods.

 

   We can definitely  Do Better.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we might start to build a world where all have at least enough.

2.)   What is your favorite hobby, and how could you see it fitting in with building empathy, or creating new tools for teaching adaptable thinking?

    Thoughtful Readers, do you have any 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 COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past via Stayed on Freedom’s Call ,

        by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plan list) in the present, to

                                                                     help build a kinder future: Project Do Better

( 5 month GED lesson 29 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story, especially historical women’s stories, can inspire courage and learning…

In Service,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2022 CE = year 12022 HE

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.

Please let us know, if you have a moment, how you liked it.

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Continue reading Review of Mindhunter, and Thinking on Abolition

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 46, and Legends

       How do you hear the local legends in your neighborhood?  How do you know if they are right?

 

     I started my own walking singing tour company in the belief that legends were a powerful way to help bring people together to learn from our history.  Some of what I learned is in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call (last week was page 45…):

 

” … the 1980’s, when the practice was finally prohibited.

“They won’t admit they love us, and so,

how are we ever, to know? They always tell us, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps…”

4. The site of Pomona: 7714 13th Street, NW Shhh.  Don’t tell the local residents, but this was not really the mansion of Boss Shepherd.  Lots of long time residents seem to be sure that it was, but this Victorian era home was actually the home of dry goods merchant D. Clagett. Best to just keep on going, and whistle a happy tune…

“How much is that doggie in the window?

How much can that little doggie be…”

5. Shepherd Elementary School: 14th and Kalmia Rd, NW Dedicated in 1932 as
an all White school, in a neighborhood where the houses had covenants prohibiting
their sale to people of color, and now, it is, 1963. Thirty years later, Bobby Kennedy
is standing here giving an award to Marvin Caplan on behalf of Neighbors, Inc. from his brother the President! They say that the North Washington Neighbors, Inc. chapter was emulated as a model for stabilizing integrated neighborhoods in cities all across the country!

This truly is a time when every one of us can join hands and sing, all together:

 

“We Shall Overcome…”

 

6. The Shepherd Playground: 15th and Kalmia Rd, NW

          It is 1948, and frightening changes are about to come. Will the neighbors stay, now that colored families could move in, or will they go?    It is so nice here, close to Rock Creek Park and all of the walking and hiking trails.

“Don’t you let nobody,

Turn you ’round, turn you round, turn you round,

Don’t you let nobody, Turn you ’round,

Walking on the Freedom Trail…”

46 …

      “

    So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about Home Rule in Washington, DC, too…

page 45 was last week, next week will be Page 47…

Action Prompts:

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

2.) Share your thoughts on how this page from Stayed On Freedom’s Call helps continuing empathy-building cooperation, and may also  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

-we can learn from the past via Stayed on Freedom’s Call,

          by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plan list) in the present, to

                  help build a kinder future:  Project Do Better: we can build a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(5 month GED lesson 22 of 67 plans…), and

                                              Babylon 5 review posts, and my historical fiction serial Ann&Anna posts show how story inspires learning…

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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Working Wednesdays, Do Better, Chapter 7, section III: D, a map for the later years of Phase I, 4/4

This post is the start of the rough draft of  Chapter 7, section III, part D, for my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, fka Baby Floors.   This section will complete the early years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase I, with our Public Domain Social Infrastructure.   It is here for future comparison, and for me to weep over what I’ve removed, with the book, once published.  This WiP is currently in the 3rd draft, and I am still looking for Beta Readers. 

     Once I publish it on the Internet Archive, I will list it as in the Public Domain (non-commercial: if anyone makes any money off of my work, somehow, I’d like my fair share, please), and the text (rft) will be here and on the (when someone creates a better one than this one, please) Project site, as well, so that communities can modify the book to suit their own guidelines for this process.

Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Outlines for chapter 7 are already at the bottom of section II’s posts.

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 7, section III. C.  was last week) :

III. D.

III.  D (x/1000wd).

1. (324/250 wds)

Finally, the more nebulous, perhaps, system of free or pro-bono legal financial financial-legal public education, as we reach the mid-point of this phase, must be built up, partly from scratch, to fit the purpose for which the project wishes to build this part of our crucial yet often unseen public domain social infrastructure.  These free and freeing activities, from walks to workshops, on financial legal ongoing education, advocate in and of themselves for democracy.  Now will be the time to check on the timeline, and also to begin pushing harder on legal avenues, from letters to lawmakers, to lawsuits, if and when necessary, just as used by the NAACP in their coordinated campaigns with the SCLC to end segregation and bring about economic as well as civil justice.  This new system is teh last part of phase I, and the first of a set of new systems we will introduce during this project.  This one is an integral part of the #PublicDomainInfrastructure movement as education for democracy.  By this time, between the middle and the end of our first phase in the project, there should be daily ReTweeting of posts, comments, articles, and workshop schedules on SoLs by volunteers in each state.  There should also, by this point, be daily article reposts and discussions on social media, blogs, and in person, between volunteers and the general public, in each community, around how medical debt in particular is related to creating and prolonging the experience of homelessness by two years or more, in some places.  Advocacy, especially by law students, should be paid for, in anything from local currencies to student loan forgiveness, to free food, as they give their time to present seminars and workshops in each community, in every state.  Finally, lobbying to update all SoLs and remove the practice of requiring accused debtors to defend themselves in court, especially on Time-barred debts (if indeed validated), should become especially intense at this time.

 

2. (325/250 wds)

At this time, also, measurements should be looked at to determine whether teh milestones for this part of the first phase will be met, and whether this, in conjunction with other parts of Phase I, merits extending the time period for this first phase of the project by up to 5 years.  By the end of phase I, which will be decided by each community for themselves, and thus may result in overlapping phases, by location, there should be weekly seminars being given on the soL for that state, in each major city of all 50 states in the union, DC, and territories.  By the end of Phase I, each week, there should be at least one report on debt collection activities, and on the outcomes of these activities for those pursued by the collection agencies or creditors, by county, in each of the 50 states, and in the District of Columbia, with comparisons to nearby counties by SES level and court paper filing requirements for that jurisdiction.  By the 14th year of this project, weekly library ‘How to Reply’ seminars should be in place, in every branch library, in every city of every state and territory in the USA.  These seminars require, it will be reminded, no money nor payment, only willing hands to do the labor.  Likewise, weekly seminars disclosing the state of pre-trial diversion or intervention in each jurisdiction, as well as the legality of body attachments, cash or money bail, and any other priorities which the local community may deem to be most important, should be held in easily accessible locations for the public, with handouts to take home and share.  Finally, pre trial interventions, body attachment, and cash bail should be either ended, or in the process of being ended, in all states and territories across the country, with strong lobbying of lawmakers, legal proceedings, and other forms of non-violent direct action, if necessary, as agreed upon within each community.

 

 

3. (263/250 wds)

At this point, we will have passed the mid-way point of Phase I.  The tools and activities which have been developed for other parts of this phase, like public libraries, thus far, can also be applied to this part of Phase I.  The 1-minute activities and other tools should now be joined with campaigns to get the attention and agreement of lawmakers, including lawsuits, brought by organizations like the ACLU and the NAACP, if needed, as partners in this work.  Weekly criminal justice reform reposts, retweets, articles, workshops and handouts should, by this time, be being presented in every major city, in each state and territory of the US.  In like manner, workshops and seminars with free handouts to share on debt law as it has changed, as well as ongoing activities like “Free Walks for Freedom from Debt” and letters to lawmakers regarding, in particular, medical debt as a problem to be solved alongside increasing support for a truly robust public health care system, should be happening in every community, in every major city, and in every state and territory of the US, on at least a weekly basis.  Other 1-minute activities, letter writing and delivery campaigns, education, advocacy, and lobbying tools should be developed by committees of volunteers in each community, based on the needs and assets, abilities and unique strengths found within those communities.  As these tools are developed, they should be shared, in the context of the problem being solved , the particulars of the solution, and the community for which the solution worked, with other communities, far and near.

 

4. (387/250 wds)

It should be remembered, first of all, that the very act of giving or attending, or discussing later, a free financial legal seminar or workshop is both practical and symbolic.  It is clearly practical in that a set of people are learning a very important set of connected peices of information that we all need in our daily lives, and symbolic in that there is no more powerful symbol of democracy than sharing the rules of how our law works, especially our laws in relation to money, and how it affects the demos, or the people.  Ending the scourge of having to pay for pre-trial interventions or diversion, the permitting of body attachments, and the requirement of cash money to make bail, is a crucial act of equity, and also a symbol of hope, and of the earnestness of society to make good on that promise “that all men are created equal.”  Or at least, to make a real start on making good on that promise.  Any citizen in fear of unjust treatment is bad for both the rule of law, and for our democracy.  Therefore, continued walks, use of social media and other tools for education and advocacy, and lobbying of lawmakers for support of free workshops for changes in the criminal justice system tie in with the need for solid library systems, just as they connect to the need for robust public health and transportation systems.  Some will ask how we can possibly afford to pay for all of this, which is a fair question, looking at it from where we currently sit, in 2021 CE.  But, it should be remembered that not all of this actually needs to be paid for.  What it will take is an army of volunteers dedicated to working for peace, democracy, and empathetic education, and willing to do the learning required to then help teach others how to learn, and how to pass that learning on, so as to create a ripple effect down the years and generations.  Finding the Willing Workers On Original Formats to create the structures that new tools will fill to help all of us build a better, kinder, safer Democracy, that does not take money, but time, effort, and the faith that it is possible, and worth doing.  That, we can certainly pay for.

 

As we leave chapter 7, and it’s vision for how we might get to the potential of a set of public systems of infrastructure that can help build up our democracy, we look ahead to the concept of adulthood, in the dominant society.  Having the space that a good public health care, transport system, library system, and ongoing system of updated legal financial learning can provide gives every citizen the space, at this point, to breath, and to reflect.  Reflection is a key skill in the constituents of a republic, and a more robust conception of adulthood can help us learn to think more rationally, and to evolve a habit of reflection, free of the existential fears of not having health care or transportation, and not knowing how to access them.  Thus, all members of our society will at have become more able to contribute, and more likely to find the best way that they can contribute.  After all, it takes finding the best in ourselves and in others, and nurturing those better angels, in order to become the excellent society that we can be.  We shall see a road map for arriving in the place within another 20 years, as we move through chapter 8, coming up next.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 8, section I. )

 

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 Prompts:

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

2.) 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

-we can learn from the past via Stayed on Freedom’s Call,

       by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plan List) in the present, to

                                                                            help build a kinder future:  Project Do Better

 

  Our society can Do Better to build Peace…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2022 CE = year 12022 HE

(5 month GED lesson 22 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts from a fictional Minbari Ranger’s point of view, and my historical fiction serial Ann&Anna,  escaping slaves’ learning to read…

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(freehttps://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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Book: L’Île sur l’océan Nuit, & let writers write, please!

        Ok,  I have to whine here, instead of working on my revision of Do Better:   Right after my review for a book that really needs more love!

  (updated title, too bad I didn’t think of this title when I posted it!!)

     Book: 

L’Île sur l’océan Nuit

     This is one YA heroic quest, by Michel Grimaud, that is a step above others -set mostly in a dystopian colony of earth, the STRESS (I love this acronym) – Société Terrienne D’EXPLOITATION du Système Solaire – keeps colonies ignorant and enslaved. Mar (our young protag.) must grow both courage and knowledge as he builds networks to change the system, and save his loved ones. 

    The story also shows the ideas in “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us” and General MacArthur’s Long Gray Line speech: that those around us impart the values and dreams of our society, and that is how children frame the context of their actions.  So it is really important to keep that in mind, and also to pay attention to them when they come back after traveling somewhere: they may have things to teach us!

   Hopefully this is not a spoiler, but I love the last line (that I remember):

“The Debt Does Not Exist!”

Ok, mild rant, or whine, maybe:

   Why is it so hard to find a specific book when no one else seems to like it, and why are there not some sort of mechanisms for fairly and freely publicising all books in a particular genre, rather than making readers search ten different sites, while the authors spend half their time marketing instead of writing? 

  (and I guess it’s time to actually find and read that book again, if I can get a library to ILL it from France…)

 

   OK, no rant, I guess.  Sorry, back to editing.

We can definitely  Do Better.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.)  Share your thoughts on how we might make some way of finding and sorting all of the books out there in a way that really does help the well-written books find readers, without exhausting the writers!

 

    Thoughtful Readers, do you have any 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 COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past via Stayed on Freedom’s Call ,

        by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plan list) in the present, to

                                                                     help build a kinder future: Project Do Better

( 5 month GED lesson 29 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story, especially historical women’s stories, can inspire courage and learning…

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2022 CE = year 12022 HE

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.

Please let us know, if you have a moment, how you liked it.

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Continue reading Book: L’Île sur l’océan Nuit, & let writers write, please!

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 45, and “Farther Along”

       How do neighbors in your town come together?

 

     I started my own walking singing tour company in the belief that song was a powerful way to help bring people together to learn from our history.  Some of what I learned is in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call (last week was page 44…):

 

” … 1. The site of Bleak House: Geranium St, NW, between 15 th and 14 th Streets, NW

   It has been here since the year 1870, and now “Boss” Alexander Robey Shepherd’s mansion Bleak House, named for the Dickens novel which he and his wife read
together, is finally being torn down. Now that 1916 has arrived, so have developers who want to subdivide and build houses in this lovely area.   For the “Better Classes,” of course.   What will it be like in forty more years, we wonder?

“Que sera,
sera,

whatever will be, will be…”

2. Marvin Caplan Park: triangle bounded by 13 th Street, Holly St, and Alaska Ave, NW

    Traveling to the year 2009, if he could see this, Boss Shepherd would be rolling in his grave.

When he moved here in 1957, Marvin Caplan saw a problem that he was uniquely suited to solve, having lived among people of color for years, and the next year formed Neighbors, Inc to create a solution.

He continued a tradition, going back at least to 1933 and the sharing of tactics between labor movement and civil rights advocates begun with the New Negro Alliance, of cooperating with fellow advocates for change. He went on to tell the story of that cooperative endeavor,
describing it in his autobiography,

“Farther Along,”   after his favorite song.

How serendipitous!    Here is a group standing in the park singing it right now!

“Farther along,

we’ll know why, oh,

farther along, we’ll know why …

we will understand it all by and by…”

3. Thirteenth Street, North West: 13 th and Alaska Avenues

Welcome to the boundary line.

Thirteenth Street was the unofficial dividing line that the real estate agents used to use when directing customers wishing to purchase a home.

West of 13 th street to 16 th was white, and between

13 th Street and Georgia Avenue was colored, even until…

45 

      “

    So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about Negro Spirituals, and the historic Black Churches (like Mt. Zion UMC!!)  in Washington, DC, too…

 Page 44 was last week, next week will be Page 46…

Action Prompts:

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

2.) Share your thoughts on how this page from Stayed On Freedom’s Call helps continuing empathy-building cooperation, and may also  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

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

          by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                  help build a kinder future:  Project Do Better: we can build a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(5 month GED lesson 22 of 67 plans…), and

                                              Babylon 5 review posts, and my historical fiction serial Ann&Anna posts show how story inspires learning…

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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Project Do Better Working Wednesdays, Chapter 7, section III: C

This post is  the rough draft of  Chapter 7, section III, part C, a map for the later years of Phase I, 3/4, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.   This section will complete the mapping out of a path to get there for Phase I, with our Public Domain Social Infrastructure.  I leave this rough draft for comparison, for the curious, with the current version of the 3rd draft.

Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Outlines for chapter 7 are already at the bottom of section II’s posts.

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 7, section III. B.  was last week) :

III. C.

III. C (1146/1000wds).

1. (307/250 wds)

For the final years of this part of Phase I, nearly 15 years, it willl have been, since the start of this overall project, education and advocacy around the importance of public libraries must also become lobbying, as the time grows closer to starting Phase II.  While we are accostumed to all public libraries being free, here in the US, an even better state of affairs would be a regular and normal connection, easy for all patrons to use, between the public library systems and university libraries, so that any resident could freely access all academic journal articles, for example.  Advocacy, more urgent at this point in Phase I, must show the need for more group and individual study rooms, in each and every branch library, with power outlets and good wifi, and push lawmakers and even private funders, if need be, to make this happen.  By this point, near the end of Phase I, it is taken for granted that libraries will all have much better internet access for patrons and staff.  Something that will likely continue to need more pushing for is the idea of auto-cleaning restrooms, as many rest stops on highways in France already have, outside of each branch library to augment the restroom facilities already in the library building.  This is especially important in particularly vulnerable inner city neighborhoods.  Finally, what should be the most obvious fact, is that each and every main or central library, and also each and every neighborhood branch library, should be open and staffed 24/7/365.  With sufficient support, this will not be a problem, particularly if a community youth center is also open next door to each library branch, to give youth a place to come play, relax, learn, and get homework help with the library available to pop over and do research, whenever needed.

 

2. (281/250 wds)

The measurements by which we judge our progress in regard to libraries can include the usual statistics, and also should include information kept by the volunteers working on this part of the project.  The metrics decided upon earlier in Phase I should now be used, after the half-way point of 5-7 years, to see which way every community needs to take the effort to improve public libraries in order to meet the overall goals they have decided upon.  One easy metric is whether every branch library in every community, as well as the main or central libraries, of course, are lending some form of e-Reader out to patrons, as well as lending in all media, like DVDs, paper, etc.  Another easy metric to assess is whether each branch library now has at least 2 reference librarians available all day long.  The question of why certain small branches may need to trained librarians can be answered in looking at the upswing of patronage, and the increase in complexity of questions fielded by librarians, as more and more of the population begins to use the library system for academic research, as well as for ordinary reading.  It is hoped that the level of average reading will also be upgraded, so that much more of the general population becomes used to reading and engaging with academic publications.  Clearly the numbers for maintenance and other staff in each library system will also be a key metric for community volunteers, as will book purchases and general book repair and capital funding.  Most importantly, though, will be the number of new branch libraries being built within easy walking distance of the average person’s home, school, or office.

3. (281/250 wds)

By this stage in the project, the tools and 1-minute activities that have been used since the start of Phase I should be joined by a legal push to get lawmakers, and laws, in line with the robust public library system that a strong democracy needs.  The groups of committed community members walking together each day to the public library are making practical demonstrations of health benefits, learning, and solidarity with the general public, which needs a well-supported library in every neighborhood.  But even more than that, these walking groups symbolize the long walk of peace that leads to freedom, recalling the freedom marchers of many earlier civil rights campaigns.  It must never be forgotten that the project is part and parcel of civil rights, as a part of human rights.  By this point in the project, nearing the end of Phase I, every library branch should have at least one conference room, and free nightly lectures open to the public on a variety of topics.  Social media, continues to be a tool that should not be neglected.  Added to this, now, should be the setting of appointments and scheduling of groups to walk to lawmakers offices to meet with them and discuss the progress of this work on building a robust public library system.  By this time, an article each week in each library’s newsletter (created by volunteers for this project, if need be) should recap the local financial legal workshops recently held, and coming up soon, at each branch.  Handouts, of course, from lectures, seminars, and workshops, should be available, by now, in each branch library and also telling patrons where to find more financial legal information for themselves.

 

4. (257/250 wds)

It is difficult to imagine why one would wish to object to upgrading our public library system in order to serve all citizens well, but there are, nevertheless, good reasons for doing so, a few of which will be given here.  First, tying the library system to a system of ongoing consumer legal updates and education, which may be a good reason to bring law students and librarians together, btw, benefits any democratic system of governance.  This way, the sight of the next generation of legal scholars working together with librarians to help every person help every other person, oneself and others, is a powerful practical step, and also a powerful symbol of the rule of law being continued by us.  Free information, obviously, is an important part of being free, oneself, to learn and to engage in and work with our democratic governance mechanisms.  This is all part and parcel with freeing ourselves and helping others to be free.  Finally, law students and librarians sharing knowledge and working together is not only about the relationship between learning and the rule of law, but also about breaking down ‘knowledge silos’ and helping people both as individuals and as members of the larger society to move forward.  In this way, we all move forward, together.  This movement, particularly where the next generation of legal scholars is concerned, becomes especially important in the fourth and final piece of Phase I’s Public Domain Social infrastructure, the new system of financial legal ongoing updated learning for all citizens, free of charge.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 7, section III. D.     …  )

 

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 Prompt:

      Consider some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now.  Share them with us in the comments, here, please, and 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

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

         by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                      We can  Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to create a kinder future

 

( 5 month GED lesson 21 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning, and historical fiction can also inspire courage

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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.

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

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

 

for the sake of and in service to HumanKind…

Shira  

Book Review and Mild Rant

This might become more of a rant, but I doubt it.  This book needs more circulation, and Black History needs more attention.  See the book review first:

A Free Man of Color and His Hotel: Race, Reconstruction, and the Role of the Federal GovernmentA Free Man of Color and His Hotel: Race, Reconstruction, and the Role of the Federal Government by Carol Gelderman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Here is another important book on Black History in DC that I read in 2013, but neglected to review, in the rush to finish editing Stayed on Freedom’s Call. This book details the success of a man who rose to importance and wealth in DC before the Civil War, and is generally not spoken about on the DC Tour circuit. That was part of what I tried to include in my walking tours of different parts of the city, and I hope is remembered in the new free walking tours of various neighborhoods of DC.

View all my reviews  and now, the rant:

I’m shocked by how little I can find of Black History, or of Black Historical Fiction,   in comparison to Regency, WWI, or other types of history on the blogosphere.  Am I just looking in the wrong places, or is the lack of attention to issues concerning BiPoC also here in blog land, too, and if so, how do we address this lack?

 

Action Prompt:

      Consider some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now.  Share them with us in the comments, here, please, and 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

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

         by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                      We can  Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to create a kinder future

 

( 5 month GED lesson 21 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning, and historical fiction can also inspire courage

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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.

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

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

 

for the sake of and in service to HumanKind…

Shira  

Do Better Elevator Pitch

      Has anyone got an opinion about this elevator pitch (namely, is it interesting, moving, and would it motivate you to want to hear more) for this book (most current draft)?

“This book lays out a vision of a world described by FDR’s Four Freedoms and a pathway which could get us there in about 70 years.”

Shira

 

     Thoughtful Readers, do you have 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

Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

                  by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                                                                                                         Do Better  to create a kinder future

 

( 5 month GED lesson 24 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning, and historical fiction about daring escapes can also inspire courage

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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.

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

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

 

for the sake of and in service to HumanKind…

Shira