Category Archives: Public Transportation

Day 54/67 of GED in Five Months, Equations of a line, and making a bee line to Save The Bees

So, why do you think that equations of a straight line, aka linear equations, may be related to bees, transportation, and bee lines?  And why do they call it a bee line, when bees never seem to move in a straight line, or do they? 

Today’s reading comes from a well-known source that is citing two major secondary sources: can you agree with the authority of the two sources cited?

“… the Christian Social Union, which had not been at the forefront of climate change conversations and tended to resist serious environmental protection measures, responded by voting into law what the petition called for. The law commits the government to preserve the environment, support organic farming, increase the number of natural meadows, prevent further losses of biodiversity, protect clean water and limit pesticide use. Along with saving the bees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and wild herbs are to be protected.

…”

 End of week 14/18
Day 54, Week 14
Grammar: Compound Prepositions
Math: Solving linear equations
Science: see today’s reading above, and then look up bees!!
Please see the Lesson plan for Day 54’s Exit Tickets
 

Action Items:  

1.) Search for two different sources to learn about your local transit board,

2.) Please tell us where your information comes from, and how you know that the sources you found are reliable,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your findings, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

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  &  for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 (or even for good!)!:
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:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 53Day 55)

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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Public Transportation

The importance of a free and safe public transportation system for all Americans  must not be forgotten. 

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, with a fully inclusive mass transit network or all of us, and build the needed empathy to make that happen?

I believe that Marvin Caplan’s Neighbor’s, Inc. provided part of an answer, a few years ago, which continues with page seven of my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call, and the Preface for the book:

…   diverse heritages in that tense decade after desegregation. At about the same
time, in the same city yet another world away, Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn were
pioneering Black-Jewish cooperation, on the social and legal fronts. Both DC
families, old and new, drew on the faith which had kept them going, and used
that faith to inspire hope in a new generation, which took up the torch to carry
on the struggle to light the lamp of cooperation across yet more communities.

Page 7″

So, it turns out that  this Preface was intended to give an idea of some of the historic connections to the author with DC, but some more reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page six was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on the importance of everyone having access to safe and affordable transportation, especially in the context of this global pandemic, and the next one to come?

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, and inclusive health care, and

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 add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DCVote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.   Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

March, 2021 CE = March 12021 HE

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

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.

Free copies are available at https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…

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Day 43/67 of GED in Five Months, Area vs. Circumference, and, transportation

 Adulting often requires knowing how transportation ties in with a variety of types of knowledge, like the distance around an obstacle, given the area of the area you want to avoid.  Also, when does it make more sense to use mass transit than to drive?

 Start of week 12/18
Day 43, Lesson Plan:
Grammar: Essay Writing -Continue working on your Pros paragraph
Common Core Math, Skill practice #s4-6: Area and Circumference of Circles
remember student discounts on monthly bus passes!
Day 43 Exit Ticket
 

Action Items:

1.) Why might it be important to understand the public transit system in your city?

2.) Please explain how it may (or may not) help citizens of a Republic, especially those who are unable, for eyesight reasons, for instance, to drive a car…

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

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  &  for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 (or even for good!)!:
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:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 42Day 44)

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StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Public Transportation

I think that the importance of the public transit system is often overlooked as a tool for middle class uplift.

Yes, middle class uplift.  We used to talk about “colored uplift” to mean tools that would helping lift the Black community out of poverty, like education, and culture, but no one seemed to mention the need for the dominant community in the US to learn more about us, as Dr. King pointed out with the Kerner commission report.

If the common good, or the general welfare, requires each person to take responsibility for one’s individual duties of citizenship, then how can we not think of the role of trains in moving people in larger numbers and greater comfort than buses and cars?   How do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, without privatizing our transportation funding?

I had part of an answer, a few years ago, which continues with page three of my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call, and the list of people interviewed for the book:

Interviews:
Hayden Wetzel, Archivist, The Sumner School and Museum, Washington, DC, December 2010


Antoinette L. Bourke, Native Washingtonian of Color, November

-January 2012-2013

 

Rabbi Eli Aronoff, Rabbi, TBE

-7 November 2012

 

Gilbert Burgess Native Washingtonian of Color

-12.12.12

 

Steve Ross Native Washingtonian of Color And Head of Facilities, TI)

–22.12.2012


Dr. Edgar Cahn, Founder Antioch School of Law, Time Banks USA, RJI

– 25.12.2012


John (Johnny) Brown, Native Washingtonian of Color, 2 January 2013

 

Page 3″

So, it turns out that  this page needed more editing for date consistency, and that will need to be edited before releasing a new version.

Page two was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on the importance of everyone, especially the middle classes, supporting and using public transportation?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how middle class transportation 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 add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DCVote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.   Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

February, 2021 CE = February 12021 HE

(The previous GED lesson 67/67 , and the most recent lesson 1/67…)

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.

Free copies are available at https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…

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

Day 22 of High School in Five Months, Repeated Ops, and Repeated Steps

Transportation is the repeating of foot steps, and the knowledge of location, while tools like exponents, multiplication, and division, are repeated operations on the same numbers.  These repeated operations are what every democracy movement must teach:

Day 22/67,  Week 6 of 18 weeks

Grammar: Essay writing 3/4: on paper

(Please finish your outline for your 500 word essay, and add your thesis sentence…)

Easiest: Power of a power practice using the Power Rule
Day22ExitSlips
 

Action Items:

1.) Find three different sources describing the pros and cons of widespread public transportation,

2.) Share your  findings with us, and

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those findings, and then, 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
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

  Görüşürüz!    

Day 9 of GED in 5 months, salt, trade, and transit

So, if salt is so important, how did they get it from one place to another before we had trains?   One of the key details of Phase I of the Four Freedoms movement is public transportation, as important back in time as today, right?

 

Day 9 Lesson Plan
Khan Academy Comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs
optional extra GrammarBook.com activity: Comparatives & Superlatives
Khan Academy Multiplying Fractions
Khan Academy fractions-decimals
Day 9 ExitSlips
 
 

Action Items:

1.) Why is salt important, biologically?

2.) Why was salt traded from place to place?

3.) Share your thoughts on whether salt supplies could have influenced wars.

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
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:

 Nos vemos!  

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(Day 8Day 10)

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Day 54/67 of GED in Five Months, Linear Equations, and transportation

So, why do you think that linear equations may be related to transportation?

 End of week 14/18
Day 54, Week 14
Grammar: Compound Prepositions
Math: Solving linear equations
 
Please see the Lesson plan for Day 54’s Exit Tickets
 

Action Items:  

1.) Search for two different sources to learn about your local transit board,

2.) Please tell us where your information comes from, and how you know that the sources you found are reliable,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses your findings, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

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  &  for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 (or even for good!)!:
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:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 53Day 55)

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Day 43/67 of GED in Five Months, Area vs. Circumference, and, transportation

 Adulting often requires knowing how transportation ties in with a variety of types of knowledge, like the distance around an obstacle, given the area of the area you want to avoid.  Also, when does it make more sense to use mass transit than to drive?

 Start of week 12/18
Day 43, Lesson Plan:
Grammar: Essay Writing -Continue working on your Pros paragraph
Common Core Math, Skill practice #s4-6: Area and Circumference of Circles
remember student discounts on monthly bus passes!
Day 43 Exit Ticket
 

Action Items:

1.) Why might it be important to understand the public transit system in your city?

2.) Please explain how it may (or may not) help citizens of a Republic, especially those who are unable, for eyesight reasons, for instance, to drive a car…

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and then, please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

4.)  Feel free to answer the exit ticket questions in the comments, or pose any other questions you may have about the lesson, if you wish.

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  &  for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 (or even for good!)!:
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:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(Day 42Day 44)

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metro

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

Click here for English…

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


-Gracias.
Prefiero ir en metro. ”

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

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


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

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

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

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

Shira

originally posted on May 7th, 12018 HE

Action Items:

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

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

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

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses those thouhts, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking 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 GR button:, Vote (pref. using RankedChoiceVoting), Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!  

    Nos vemos! 

ShiraDest

January, 2021 CE = January 12021 HE

(The previous lesson 32/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 33/67…)


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Freedom for All Fridays on the New Year, and opportunity for all?

Well, opportunity if you were born in the upper working to middle classes, anyway…

Notice who had the BMW (Bike/Metro/Walk) vs. whose access to folks with wheels got those resource advantages moving, wittingly or unwittingly…

I’ve been mulling over some conversations with a person, white, grew up with a housekeeper, left home at 16 to work 3 p/t jobs to finish the last year of high school to avoid physical abuse at home.   But who had rides to and from each of those jobs, and an apartment whose deposit was paid by the school principal. What a pal.  And in a Sundown Town.  So this is a bootstraps story?  Ok, those are pretty strong bootstraps.

But this is not an up from the Projects story, growing up with all sorts of violence and CSA, where physical abuse was the norm, and dodging drug dealers was also the norm.  Getting a job at 16 was not possible in 1984 DC for someone living in Anacostia, and getting an apartment at all, let alone rides to and from school or work, was out of the question.  For the kid from the Sundown Town, getting out was difficult, but for the kid from projects, getting out was a minor miracle.

Yet, “if one person can do it, so can anyone else.”

One of these things is not like the other, right?

 

Racism, especially the currently ingrained systemic racism of the US, is entirely based on the teachings of slavery, which most in this country still receive in the home and in the media, wittingly or not.
Meditating on an issue of unack’d or self-hidden racism/prejudice: And maybe it’s that this landlord grew up and lived most of his 70 years in a Sundown Town in Southern CA, but he refuses to see the lack of opportunity for most … not only Black folks, but even for most working class white folks. He insists that “if even one person did it, then anyone can do it” as if he, a financial coach, has never heard of an outlier… (especially when he uses me as an example of escaping poverty, and I really feel used, having gotten DC’s appointment to Annapolis before our only Rep. even had a vote in The House…).
He has no clue what it’s like to be called “part of the Talented Tenth,” and the weight of expectation that carries, nor that only 1/10 make it out of the projects after surviving certain childhood traumas.

So, it turns out that 1.) transportation (and affordable and safe mass transit, at that) makes a huge difference, and 2.) our received ideas are harder to draw out than I’d hoped.  More on my continuing striving with hidden racism next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of freedom for all that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different sources to translate the word “racial justice” into your favorite language.

2.) Share your thoughts on #1 with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Write a blog post or tweet that discusses racism, tells a good story, or just makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of 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, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

2021 CE, which is 12021 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)