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

Libraries are part of the community gathering and information sharing system for all Americans that must not be forgotten, nor underfunded. 

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to give more money for local branches of Public Libraries?

I believe that attention to connecting community institutions, like Public Libraries, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, on page nine of my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

Chapter 1: Shared Oppression, Shared Cultures, Shared
Resistance, Shared History Of Oppression:


“You accepted 400 years of oppression, I have just accepted three thousand years of
oppression!”


-African-American Dr. Jean Cahn, upon converting to Judaism, by permission, E. Cahn


   The rabbis say that it took one man plunging into the Sea and wading in
up to his neck before the waters parted and the Children of Israel were finally
able to be free. As Moses led the Hebrew slaves out of the land of Egypt, up
and out of bondage, so the Negro slaves looked to their faith, even as the
spiritual waters of oppression seemed to rise up to the necks of people of color,
both free and enslaved.


People of color formed communities in spite of the
oppressive atmosphere, overcoming great prejudice to do so, as mistrusted and
often denigrated Jewish citizens also had to do. From Benjamin Banneker in
1791, to Isaac Polock in 1795, the first non-White residents of the city faced
unique challenges, having to prove themselves to their White contemporaries.
In 1850, abolitionists and free people of color advocated for the rights of slaves,
while Captain Jonas P. Levy and the Sons of Israel fraternal members had to
advocate for the rights of Jews, overlooked in our very own treaties.
Just as free individuals and families of color formed connections in the Capital, as with…

Page 9″

So, it turns out that my endnote references to this page were too “dense” for some reviewers.  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page eight was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on the function of libraries as community information centers?

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
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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…), and Babylon 5 review posts, and

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.

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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Pro-bono Adulting

Terms change over time.  So do laws.  Thus, the importance of a free and continuously self-updating public consumer legal local education system for all Americans  must not be underestimated. 

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, with a fully inclusive system of free continuing financial education which includes updates on debt and tax laws for all of us (by state and/or locality…), and build the needed empathy to make that happen?

I believe that attention to terminology may provide part of an answer.  I noted that, a few years ago, on page eight of my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

*Notes:


This book will use the terms Colored, Negro, Black, and African-American interchangeably, depending on the time frame under discussion.

This refers to the terms which were in use during the periods in question.

Also, the term Community Cooperation will be defined here as institutional groups, such
as religious and community-based organizations, which bring people in the
aggregate together to cooperate or act together collectively, rather than simply
on the individual level.

Page 8″

So, it turns out that  this note refers to words that we no longer use, for the most part, today.  The sources I looked up used those terms, as they were often written during different time periods, but some authors seem to be using only the phrase African-Americans, these days, even when referring back to times when that phrase was not yet in use.  Some more reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page seven was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on the importance of everyone having access to free and on-going legal and financial information, especially in the context of this pandemic and medical debts that many people have incurred as a result, and the next pandemic 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

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

StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

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…

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

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

The importance of a free and effective public health care system for all Americans cannot be overstated.  In fact, it should actually be pretty obvious, at this point, no?

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, with a fully inclusive health care system for 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 six of my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call, and the Preface for the book:

Preface

“A bridge between economics and spirituality…” That is how Dr. Edgar
Cahn, co-author of “The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective” and inventor
of Time Banking, characterizes his new social structure dedicated to System
Change. That is also what this book hopes to inspire: the building of more
bridges between social economics and lived spirituality, starting with my
community of origin and my spiritual community of choice. My family, Black
DC residents for five generations on each side, is an intimate part of DC ́s
African-American community, singing and worshiping at Mt. Zion UMC, St.
Augustine’s, and St. Luke ́s. We also form part of the history of Black-Jewish
community cooperation in the city, back to my adoptive great grandfather
Adolphus Johnson, who worked as head tailor at Kann ́s Department store for
many years (“Can’s” as they used to pronounce it). My mother, Antoinette
Bourke, shares recollections of Jewish shop owners Rose and Herman Gerber,
who ran a small store on the corner near her home at 1905 Lincoln Rd, NE. The
Gerber’s and other Jewish-owned shops, like that on the corner of 10 th and O St.,
NW, frequently extended credit to their colored* customers. In starting at
Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in 1964 with classmates from the Hebrew
Academy, my mother also recalls learning about Jewish culture and sharing …

Page 6″

So, it turns out that  this Preface was dedicated partly out of a sense of obligation, to some folks in DC in the older generation with whom I no longer have ties.  I am not sure if removing them would also remove part of the tie to some of the historic people of DC, but some more reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page five was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on the importance of everyone getting free health care to everyone, 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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Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

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

The importance of a free and effective public education system for kids and adults cannot be overstated.

Yes, that was for adults as well.  We all need to continue learning until we push up daisies.

  Yet, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, without privatizing our public education system?

I believe that Dr. King’s call for a Citizen’s Income provided part of an answer, a few years ago, which continues with page five of my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call, and the Table of Contents for the book:

“Table of Contents
Stayed on Freedom’s Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities
In Washington, DC ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..1
Preface……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….6
Chapter 1: Shared Oppression, Shared Cultures, Shared Resistance………………………………….9
Shared History Of Oppression: …………………………………………………………………………………9
Shared Musical Styles: Call And Response……………………………………………………………….12
Shared Strategies: Cooperating To Resist Oppression………………………………………………..13
Chapter 2: Before Jews Were White: Black-Jewish alliances in DC Before 1948………………16
Carnegie Library and Central Market……………………………………………………………………….16
Kann’s And Morton’s……………………………………………………………………………………………..18
New Negro Alliance, Shared Tactics: Pickets And Boycotts ……………………………………….20
Chapter 3: Shepherd Park: Integration Starts In The Home……………………………………………..22
Keeping the Neighborhood Integrated: Neighbors, and T.I. ………………………………………..22
WES/Fabrangen and Hanafi Muslims: Liberal Jews and Neighbors of Color re-forming
alliances ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………24
African-Americans As Part Of The Jewish Community: On The Inside Looking Out…….25
Chapter 4: A Ground Breaking Couple: Jean and Edgar Cahn ………………………………………..27
Antioch School Of Law/UDC ………………………………………………………………………………..27
Time Banks USA…………………………………………………………………………………………………..29
Racial Justice Initiative (RJI)…………………………………………………………………………………..32
Chapter 5: Current Efforts In DC Black-Jewish Community Cooperation ……………………….34
Tifereth Israel Neighborhood Tutoring, EBL Walk …………………………………………………..34
Sharing Points Of View………………………………………………………………………………………….35
SHIR Tours…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..36
Chapter 6: Walking Tours Highlighting Black-Jewish Community Cooperation, With Songs
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..38
Downtown Black-Jewish DC: From the Library to the YMHA……………………………………38
Uptown Black-Jewish DC: Shepherd Park………………………………………………………………..44
References:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….52

Page 5″

So, it turns out that  this ToC shows only the first page of references, which have been called “dense,” and still “need unpacking,” according to some reviewers.  This is likely to be true, but some more reviews would help me with the specifics.

Page four was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on the importance of everyone getting free Higher Education?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing educational 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

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

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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Continuing Legal and Financial Education

I think that the importance of continuing pro bono legal and financial education at the local level is often overlooked as a tool for all of our uplift.  There are many ways that ordinary people can help one another learn about local legal laws, like state Statutes of Limitations, or consumer protection laws in your county, in cases where they clarify, as in Montgomery County, in Maryland.

If the common good, or the general welfare, requires each person to pay one’s debts, then how can we not think of the role of understanding the implications of each financial document that we sign, and how to understand that, in the absence of understanding of local financial law?   How do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, while helping us all, especially young people, understand financial legal bindings?

I had part of an answer, a few years ago, which continues with page four of my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call, and the two song titles which were combined to create the title for this book:

“Stayed on
Freedom” lyrics
Woke up this
morning with my
mind
Stayed on
freedom
2x
Hallelu, Hallelu,
Hallelujah.
I’m walking and
talking with my
mind stayed on
freedom
2x
Hallelu, Hallelu,
Hallelujah.
“Dror Yikra”
lyrics
Dror Yikra l’ven
im bat
V’yintsorchem
k’mo vavat.
“Freedom Will Call”
lyrics
(title is author’s
translation)
He will proclaim
freedom for all his
children
Na’im shimchem And will keep you as
velo yushbat.
the apple of his eye
Sh’vu venuchu Pleasant is your name
b’yom Shabbat.
and will not be
destroyed
D’rosh navi
Repose and rest on the
v’ulami
Sabbath day.
Va’ot yesha ase
imi
Seek my sanctuary and
Neta sorek b’toch
my home.
karmi
Give me a sign of
She’e shav’at
deliverance.
b’nei ami.
Plant a vine in my
vineyard.
Look to my people,
hear their laments.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/soundtrack-lyrics/#morning


http://www.hebrewsongs.com/song-droryikra.htm

Page 4″

So, it turns out that the page will not easily format as it is seen in the book, but the idea is there (and I kind of like the way it came out almost as an interlinear translation).

Page three was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on the importance of everyone, especially the young, understanding local financial laws regarding Statutes of Limitations, etc?

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.  (My example: the CA Office of the AG’s summary, from the CA legal code online…)

3.) Share your thoughts on how Continuing legal and financial Education via citizen 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 last on-going 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…

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

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…

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

StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

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

I think that the public library system is often overlooked as a writing resource.

If the common good, or the general welfare, requires each person to take responsibility for one’s individual duties of individual on-going education, and also for one’s responsibility to the community, then how do we do that?  Can encouraging better funding and conditions for Public Libraries really contribute to that general welfare?   How do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us?

I had one answer, a few years ago, which continues with page two of my book: Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

Acknowledgments:
Matt Holsen, who encouraged me to sing, and to imagine. Dr. Carolivia Herron, who encouraged me to write books. Ray Natter, Esq., whose patient readings of the rough draft of this book got me going through difficult days. To
Ken Bossong, fellow scholar of DC history, Rachel, and Deborah HF, whose critiques helped me keep going. To Mrs. Cheryl Freeland, who insisted on trusting me not to give up, and to all those long time DC residents who told me about the forgotten yet proud history of community cooperation in our city.

Page 2

So, it turns out that I never had time to properly thank some of the people mentioned in the forward of this book.  So, I am now going through each page to look at where it is and whether it may be worth editing and releasing a new version.

Page one was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on freedom, safety, individual and communal self-learning?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how community cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses these 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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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and types of Mental Health Care

I think that there are several different yet connected types of mental health care.  If you break down your own psychological needs, you will see that you have needs that are mostly emotional, like the need for solitude, or to feel safe, or to feel that your needs will be met.  Then there are intellectual needs, like the need to keep your brain active, through new stimuli, such as learning a language, or working out an interesting proof.  The need to have those two things, emotional and intellectual needs, met in some way that helps, holds, or makes space for others, I personally consider to be a spiritual need, but I generally also place it under mental health needs, a bit like my need to feel that my life has use, and that suffering can be made to be useful for others.  But we each need to take responsibility for working to meet both our own needs and the needs of others, by taking care of our health in a holistic sort of way, by being careful of the foods and drinks and fumes that we allow (or force) ourselves and those around us to imbibe.  That goes hand in hand with our communal responsibility to help our fellow human beings take care of themselves, and of each other, aka, us.

If the common good, or the general welfare, requires each person to take responsibility for one’s individual duties of health, intellectual as well as emotional and spiritual, and also for one’s responsibility to the community, then how do we do that?  Can an individual isolated writer contribute to that general welfare?   How do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us?

I had one answer, a few years ago, which I will begin posting one page at a time, starting today with just the title page, since I’ve already said more than I wanted to say today, about how freedom for one must be freedom for all, and requires safety, from fear of bullying, from fear of smoke or choking, from fear of hunger, and from fear of unfair rejection, for all of us.

Stayed on Freedom’s Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington,
DC

by ShiraDestinie A. Jones  is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-
NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Dedicated to  Dr. Edgar Cahn
Page 1

So, it turns out that I never had time to properly edit this book, and as I feared that I never would have time to edit it correctly, I released it as it currently is, and now I am hoping to begin to salvage and possibly even re-publish it, under a second edition.  So, I am thus going through each page to look at where it is now, and whether it may be worth editing and releasing a new version.

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on freedom, safety, individual and communal health?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how community cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses these 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…

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

Thoughtful Thursdays, still Separate and Unequal, and Adulting for all

This book should be read by every Adult, and our country must become more fully inclusive for all of us.  Gillon expains the importance of The Kerner Commission’s Report, which was apparently ignored, and then buried.

Following the Report’s recommendations, as Dr. King suggested, would have made, and still can make, a tremendous difference:

How sad that the contents and conclusions of this report are still relevant, and still ignored, today, 50 years after it was released in response to the riots in Newark and Detroit of the “long hot” summer of 1967. I found this book after seeing Dr. King’s response to the question, during the Memphis garbage workers’ strike, of what it would take to prevent or call off his Poor People’s March on Washington: the answer was to implement the recommendations in this report.

The report was commissioned to find out what caused the rioting, not how to prevent further riots. The clearest distinctions between those who actively participated in the rioting and their neighbors who did not, at least at the start of each riot, was the trigger of having witnessed or experienced police brutality. But what primed that trigger for action was the underlying anger, poverty, constant discrimination, and despair to which the Black community in particular was subjected over a very long period of time.

The report called for various measures to be taken which would have improved the lives not only of members of the Black community, but also everyone else in the nation. Measures like the elimination of sub-standard housing in inner-cities, building new schools, health centers, and community facilities, and introducing a guaranteed minimum income would help all citizens, not only those bereft of resources and hope when they were freed with only the clothing on their backs, unable to melt into White American society. From the disrespect by police, to the lack of garbage collection in inner-city neighborhoods, Black Americans were fed up with White America’s deliberate disregard for “the realities of life for many poor blacks” in the United States. This anger, combined with the criminalization of poverty (which was just beginning to kick off the era of Mass Incarceration), the lack of Black faces in [the media, police, highly paid professions and other areas of potential] power, led to a sense of hopelessness and fear that non-violent resistance would never break down a system which was inherently designed to break down the Black community. Ideas like the War on Drugs, brought back by Reagan after the Carter years, and Law and Order, parroted by both right and left, muddied the discourse around solving the problems that led to the riots, instead creating a cloud of convenient reasons to blame inner-city Black communities for their problems while ignoring the structural issues that had created and perpetuated the problems since the slavery era.

The conclusion drawn by the report, above all, was that the entire nation needed education and “a richer portrait of life in urban areas” and to hire many many more Black police officers.

I think that many of the issues of perspective mentioned in the book by the author in his analysis of the report and its time are now beginning to be looked at again, as the discussion around White Privilege becomes louder and more mainstream. That discussion is a necessary but insufficient part of the solution to our current problems, which go back to pre-existing problems pointed out by the report. Please read this book on the Commission report (and also see Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin), and then, write your reps!

Pages I found especially relevant included:

P. 6: 1966 result of creation of ghettos by the 1930s-50s urban renewal aka Negro Removal all across the USA
** P. 12: What a contrast: only 1/100 white people thought that blacks were poorly treated in the USA…
***Ribicoff P. 37: recos…
P. 100: “in the ghetto” last garbage collection (if at all), police disrespectful, school & housing dilapidated
P. 228 (and the answer to that boot-straps baloney:) discrimination and segregation prevented many blacks from following the same patterns which had been followed by immigrant groups, and limited blacks to all but the lowest … jobs

Let’s #EndPoverty & #EndMoneyBail by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4:
1. #libraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare , and
4. good #publictransport

So, it turns out that most, if not all, of these problems are still with us, today.

We could change that.

Action Items:

1.) Read this book, preferably getting the first copy from your local public library,

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how a calendar based on the Holocene Epoch might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses an alternate calendar, 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:

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

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