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We Can Do Better Wednesdays, Universals, & Empathy to End Poverty.

This post is  the rough draft of  Chapter 9, section II B, giving 2/4 Map for the early years of Phase III of my (now published) non-fiction book for communities: Do Better, fka Baby Floors.   This part of chapter 9 will introduce the early years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase III.

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 9 will attempt to match with each section, at the bottom of early years 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 9, section II. A. was last week)

II. B:

II. B (1179/1k wds).  Early years of Phase III, Free Uni or VoTech for all

1 (291/250 wds).

Education and advocacy for the Three Universals, during the earliest stages of Phase III, some 30-40 years since the start of this overall project, may take on separate tasks forces for each of the Three Universals Plus.  If this turns out to be the case, the group of volunteers leading the task force for free university or vocational technical training for all must remember that while advocating for free education related to critical thinking, creating new tools, and free hands on training for the trades is important, it is the education for Human Rights, first and foremost, that is the key.  As pointed out by Diane R., Finland and other countries, particularly in northern Europe, consider education a human right to the point that all education up to the highest levels is entirely free.  To get to that point as a general sentiment in the US, will take, even after the work of the first two phases has been accomplished, a strong push from a new generation of creative thinking problem solvers working together to coordinate various sets of educational and advocacy campaigns.  From moving the E1T1 groups started during the earlier phase from tutoring, to providing help and creating groups for decision-making around whether to attend college or VoTech training, to providing counseling on how to create more such groups, to decision-making around new strategies and tactics for implementing those strategies connecting free university, vocational and trade training, and other forms of education with better understanding of public health education, the newAdults recognized recently should now be preparing to take the reins of this movement.  This advocacy for universal education must connect up with a general movement for independent learning and sharing personal learning techniques with the larger public.

 

2 (271/250 wds).

Milestones for the early years of this part of Phase III, and the measurements to decide on whether communities are on  track to meet those milestones, may need to be created in ways that can measure both one on one or grassroots, level teaching and learning as part of this movement, and top down progress toward establishment at the federal level of full funding to ensure free attendance at universities and VoTechs across the country.  A movement for independent learning should lead to every person getting personal help in learning as much as possible, as quickly and as deeply as that person is capable of and interested in learning, in every discipline.  This movement will help both individuals and society in general, obviously.  Assuming that they still exist at this point, free and comprehensive standardized testing preparation tools must be made equally available and accessible, in reality, for the SAT, GRE, LSAT, etc, for those wishing to pursue higher education, and they must have the resources both to prepare and to pursue those studies.  Free test preparation tools online, in groups, and for independent study should be subsidized, whether on the basis of later service or of a grant from some other donor, paths must be cleared by volunteers to make equal access to such studies possible for all hard-working aspirants.  The Open Textbook project may be one model to follow for such test taking tools to be developed and shared, much like open source and free software, more tools for creating unlimited numbers of free practice tests for all standardized entrance exams should also be created to ensure equitable accessibility.

 

3 (296/250 wds).

The tools and 1-minute activities developed in earlier years for infrastructure advocacy and for the new rite of passage will likely need adapting for this part of Phase III’s work on building support for free university and free vocational and technical training.  Volunteers will be needed to find, build, share, and teach others how to use and update new tools, including tools attuned to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners, at the very least, of Gardner’s multiple learning styles.  New activities and tools based on such projects as the Gutenberg project, for putting books now out of copyright or otherwise in the public domain online and making them accessible to all internet users, should be expanded to help making up to date educational materials more available to all potential learners.  Obviously this also means that devices and wifi must also be available to all potential learners.  Projects like the LibriVox project in multiple language for the hard of hearing, and for those who prefer to be able to listen to books that are in the public domain, and also to auditory learning materials, should also be made fully accessible, again also including the hardware and any internet access needed for this to be reasonably useful to all potential learners.  Likewise, The Internet Archive is another resource for finding and for storing freely available materials, although the quality of those materials must carefully be checked before advocating their use in any sort of educational setting.  Activities like walking classes, and even campaigns for “classrooms on the walk” might be ways of emphasizing the different learning styles and ways of molding lesson plans to the needs of individual students, so that every type of learner can best meet their strongest learning styles, and contribute most fully to our society.

 

4 (289/250 wds).

The clear practical uses of both university and vocational or technical training for job market purposes have no need to be explained, but education for citizenship, perhaps, may need some explaining.  Education for citizenship, and for freedom, is far more than merely learning how to apply logic to solve work related problems.  Education for citizenship is learning how to think critically and apply logic to solve parts of the social problems plaguing our society, and education for freedom is learning how to think flexibly in order to help contribute pieces of solutions to the many problems plaguing our planet.  On a symbolic level, education is what makes one truly free, because education is what allows one to think more broadly, and to see more than what one is mired in, to see beyond what is currently happening, currently available, or currently even possible.  Education is what allows us as human beings to take that which we can imagine, and apply logic to that creation until a design begins to appear.  Education then allows us to focus and continue to refine that design until it forms a full solution, capable of being applied to new problems, and education allows us to share those new solutions with our fellow human beings on the other side of the globe, helping to solve problems that may not even appear to be related to one another, at first glance.  Education shows us how to look beyond that first glance.  But one can only do that if and when one has the freedom from the stress of survival level problems in order to reflect upon the greater problems we face as a society.  That is where a UBI comes in, which we will discuss next.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 9, section II. C. )

 

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 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).   In tribute to both Dr.s Cahn, one born Jewish, and the other Jewish by choice, today, April 20th, 2022, will be the 4th day of the Omer, the 18th of Nisan 5782.  I am counting the fist week as Empathy, and this day as Ending Poverty via Free Consumer and Debt Related Legal Education.

  While many consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted,  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.

Prompts:

1.) Consider sharing 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?

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

ch9BoutlinesChapter 9, both sections II and III B.  outlines

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Shira

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Floors, Chapter 5: Section II, The Vision

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

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

    I am nearly done editing this draft, to complete my “shitty first draft,” as Stephen King would say, so bear with me, and I hope that the outline marks are interesting for those following the writing process.

 

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

Chapter 5 section II:

( Chapter 5,  section I was last week…)

Chapter 5, II:

II. (1250 wds):  Later years: We’re Almost There!

 

II. A (385/250 wds).

As the fourth and final phase of this project to update our paradigms draws to a close, nearly 60 years since the start of Phase I, much work, and many of those who began it, will have passed.  By these laterOrLast years, the dream of a Tiny Home, Hobbit Hole, bedsit, Pod Dwelling, or other basic shelter owned by each individual person should now be a reality for many, and progressing toward becoming a reality for the rest of us.  Such a basic minimum of ownership is not difficult to build, quite literally, and by these final years of this stage, even old hotel rooms can have been converted in to safe, well-insulated, well-ventilated studio apartments suitable for any person, including the aged, infirm, vulnerable, and allergy-sufferers.  These last years of Phase IV, as the final years of the overall project, should see the education and advocacy of previous years converted into concrete personally owned shelter for each individual resident.  From this point, it should be clear and popularly supported that this housing, together with a minimum ownership of one inalienable acre per person, can be world-changing.  Through donations, reclaimed family-owned land (cite ProPublica Black land loss…), and even “ocean acres” with a free boat, for the most intrepid among us, as sea levels rise (although, since a mere half of the nearly 200 million acres managed by the US Forest Service would suffice for an acre for 1/3 of the US population, this may not be an issue…), more than enough land is available, when society decides to make this happen, for each newborn infant to be issued an acre for life.  By the end of the last year of this fourth phase, and of the entire project, formally, 60 years will have passed since the start of  this work.  By the 61st year after the start of phase I, in which needed infrastructure was built up, followed by cultural and governance tool-building, something marvelous can have happened.  By this 61st year, every new citizen born can have a name, age, and an acre, with the GPS location listed on the birth certificate.  Whether that person, growing into adulthood and old age, ever chooses to live on, farm, garden or even ‘give away’ that acre during this lifetime, is an individual choice.  But for the lifetime of each child, there will be an acre and a safe dwelling on, above, or even below that ground, where the person can go to be safe, yet know that the community will be there, should the need ever arise.  From this can grow the strength and energy of every person to contribute to a safe and progressing society.

 

II. B(262/250).

By the end stages of Phase III, improved physical and social infrastructure will have made it clear that these earlier developments were a necessary but insufficient set of steps toward making The Four Freedoms a reality.  The delivery of a supplementary basic set of food items can be, for many people, the difference between merely surviving, and actually contributing.  Contributing being made possible by the security, or the lack of fear of want, of having both shelter and food, where income is needed to meet other basic life needs, such as care-taking or other daily life help.  For those battling mental or physical infirmities, the elderly, or people living in areas where they are not yet conversant in the local language, a needed daily delivery of basic food like beans, rice, and greens can make the difference, allowing them to then take on  ever greater levels of responsibilities in the future.  This assurance of a minimal basic level of nutrition, and of a minimal basic level of human contact each day, if wanted, is a lifeline for both the individual and the community.  Supplementing the UBI in times of sudden food shortage or price inflation is another reason for these basic daily deliveries, as Haiti’s rice riots in 2008 teach us, among other places where the “rise over the run equals insecurity.”  Such a lifeline, in addition to helping in the process of learning to save for a rainy day as happened in Haiti, and preventing food insecurity, may also teach, for those who are able, the value of composting in caring for the land, for future generations, and for guarding against waste.

 

II. C (370/250wds).

Thus, as necessary as the Tiny Home of some sort, is an acre, for each child upon which to place that home.  An acre and a home which, come what may, can never be taken away.  For any reason.  One could even suppose that in the future, prisons can be eliminated and house arrest in one’s home on that acre could be substituted, in cases where the person convicted of a crime serious enough to warrant loss of liberty could not be more effectively helped to make restitution to the community and to learn to reenter society through community service of an appropriate sort.  Thus, even in the case of a dangerous person, the acre and home should be a place of safety, lack of fear, and lack of want.  In later chapters, those chapters which consider ways to get there from here, we will show how the amount of arable  public land compares quite favorably to the population level, and will also suggest ways that the current discussion around giving back occupied native lands can be included in voluntary land donation suggestions.  This could also help billionaires like Warren Buffet, who have signed a pledge to give away much of their wealth before death, by giving them more concrete ways in which to give that will directly benefit society.  By assigning an acre of arable land to each newborn infant, whether that child later chooses to live on that acre or not, there is always a place for that person, with fresh water, a home build with that person’s own hands and the help of the community.  There will be a sense of safety, of freedom, and of purpose, however that person chooses to contribute to the larger society, even if it is only by leaving a Time Capsule for the next child who will hopefully grow to adulthood having that particular acre of land after this person who currently owns it.  Whatever the use that a person decides to make of the acre assigned at birth, always mindful that another will have that acre after the current owner’s passing, having such a spot to call one’s own for a lifetime can open up a life of possibilities, rather than a life of suffering.

 

II.  D (290/250wd).

By the last years of this final phase of our project, not only will we have opened a vision for everyone of a way of life free to speak and associate, free from fear and from want, but also a way of life that opens the possibility for respect and accomplishment for all.  One way of accentuating this respect for the accomplishments of all of us is to encourage, during this phase, the writing of biographies for those who risk being forgotten, and even autobiographies, for those nearing the end of their lives, with ideas, memories, and lessons of use to the rest of us.  Each and every community and family has such lost memories, ideas, and potential tools that our society needs to be aware of.  Thus, all interested residents, particularly those volunteering on local archival committees, could give their time to help make these memories a part of their local branch library’s family archives.  Given that everyone will have more time to contribute, those who wish to contribute in this way can help rescue a small part of the history of many local organizations, communities, families, and individuals whose earlier contributions would otherwise be forgotten, and lost to our potential set of updated tools for society.  Likewise, the knowledge of crucial flora and fauna contained in many native local languages, in the Amazon, for instance, can also be documented, saving the culture of those communities, and also the knowledge needed for future medical advances, as well.  In terms of restoring a tiny bit of the balance for colonized peoples whose languages and stories have nearly been extinguished, this part of the project can also represent a very small part of restitution to those communities, though there remains much more to be done.

 

II. E (371/250wds).

Finally, in the last years of Phase IV, which mark the last of the 60 years of this project we come to see, now, how the end goal of reaching each of the four freedoms laid out by FDR can help all of humanity.  With the needs of each person fully met, all are free to serve the community in the capacity best suited to that individual person.  Every person who succeeds in  becoming a recognizedAdult should also be expected and personally committed to serving the wider community in any of a variety of more demanding areas.  One of those choices offered could be to serve in the local protective services, currently known as police forces, but updated to emphasize the role of protecting all members of the community as community servants, while enforcing the laws equitably and safely.  Another choice could be to serve in the national armed forces, while continuing to work toward cooperation among all democratic military forces, and for the reasoned and cautious use of force only when necessary to protect democracy, and always careful to prevent greater loss of life, especially that of civilians in any war zone, no matter on which side of the conflict.  A newer and perhaps more challenging option may also be to serve as a lawmaker, either in Congress or at a state or local level, as part of the Sortition pool ofAdults trained to rotate into one of the legislative bodies.  While all residents will clearly have the right and hopefully also the sense of honor to vote with well-informed thoughtfulness,Adults will also be expected to take on roles as civil servants, should they not choose to serve in some other capacity.  As public servants, they are to be held to a higher standard of honor, behavior, and learning.  In the very final years of this phase, and beyond, it can be hoped that they will take on leading roles in working to establish full and stable democracies around the world, and to eventually even work toward converting the UN General Assembly into a lower house of the UN as part of a World Parliament, perhaps looking to the European Parliament as an example to emulate and improve upon.  Details of these suggestions will be discussed in chapter 10.  We now continue to chapter 6, which will give an overview of what chapters 7-10 will detail: how to get there from here.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 6, Intro to how to get there…  )

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.

Social sciences seems to be the library shelf it would be on, at least here in San Diego.

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

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

Last week’s installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Read, Write -one can read Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

  Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline):

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

Babylon 5 review posts, and

We Can Do Better (former working  title is Baby Acres): a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

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

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

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

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!  🙂

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

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

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

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

Chapter 5:

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

 Chapter 5,  Intro.:

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

 

A (342/250 wds).

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

 

 

B (292/250).

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

First cut idea:

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

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

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

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

5. Each ADULT is both:

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

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

Last week’s installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

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

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

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

Moody Mondays and libraries for change

Here is a post I wrote a few years ago linking libraries, among other things, to the War on Poverty (any one remember President LBJ, whom I missed, but read of…):

 

Change has to come. But it does not have to be bloody. Yes, local elections, won in large numbers, can change things if the Federal government allows the change. But at the same time, I am convinced, we must have cultural change in order for the practical changes to take hold. Otherwise there will be no understanding of the importance of the changes, and no will to make the sacrifices needed for the changes to come about.
1. Get people thinking in terms of cooperation -I am my Brother’s (and Sister’s) Keeper
2. Get people thinking in terms of humanity rather than individuals:
       1.) start using the Human Era (Holocene Calendar) (2014 AD =12014 HE)
       2.) start encouraging workers cooperatives, food coops, consumer coops, and babysitting coops
       3.) teach everyone why Voluntary Simplicity is important, and walk together.
     4.) share the facts that water can make you healthier, and share brown rice together at meals -Oh, yes: Share Meals together with neighbors and friends!

3. Petitions, letters and walking, of course. Walking to the library, coop, or work, and walking in peaceful demonstrations as well as walking to the offices of lawmakers.

Many more suggestions have obviously been made at the policy level by many people, such as strengthening the Public Library system and a single payer Universal Health Care System with housing reform that ensures we all have housing. This is all local level or State level implementation that winning local elections would help with, but education and cultural change cements. Even just starting to talk and think in different ways is a possible start.
Be well, everyone,
ShiraDestinie,
UN Date: Saturday, October 21. 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era)

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

Action Items in support of eliminating poverty that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different ways to help fund your local  Public Library system.

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

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

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NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

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

metro

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

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“ -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

May 7th, 12018 HE

Gossip, Abuse, and trigger warnings…

The common good, or the general welfare, absolutely requires a more fully inclusive society for all of us.  And learning to sit with the pain of another, and ask what is underneath it all…

Self-Discipline and the importance of mastering ones feelings

I am saddened and surprised at how old a person can become and still not have learned how to see from another one’s perspective. How crucial it is to give what that person needs rather than what you want to give, what that person really wants rather than to simply give what you wish to be given. We all do it, but time should teach us to better discipline our feelings and learn to put our actions in line with our principles rather than our base desires.

But discipline -self discipline, restraint, and working for a cause seem to be little cherished values in the world today.

So many friends lost because they wished to gossip, prefered to snicker about the past rather than learn from it, or refused to uphold their promises of brotherhood over the gossip of relationships long gone.

Another unable to listen, unable to consider, to subordinate cravings for intention, to walk the truths spoken lets fellowship crumble to indulge base fears.

None of them could understand, perhaps, how important their promises to me were, and how painful was their betrayal. We promised to be family, ended in anger.

Why does it always fall to me, the gadfly, to tell the truth, and be disowned for it?

To your gossips and your bottles, then, go, and there remain,
but pledge me no more your brotherhood
offer me not again your solace
abuse me not for your gain
I am tired nearly to death
can stomach none of it
my wounds grievious
rage smouldering
yet discipline
ever consoles
and true so
I remain
working
for
Peace

So, it turns out that a week later, I wrote this, which explains the gossip :

“2008-03-07 13:33:00
how out of touch ‘nice middle-class people’ can be

As I look back over Senn’s 1981 ‘Poverty and Famines’ after yet another argument with my nice Thai officemate on why America is not in fact the Land of Opportunity if you start off poor, I see again what hit me when I first arrived at this university.

Middle class people really don’t get it. My office mate keeps saying ‘just work hard adn you’ll get a job’ but can’t fathom the lack of opportunities for people who have no connections and no home or family on which to fall back.

Senn likewise documents the lack of resources and opportunities that play in with the system of entitlments in famines to ensure that the wealthy and middle classes tend not to suffer much, but the poor suffer by falling further into destitution or even starving to death. This is something I found myself thinking as I read ‘well, duh’ -it’s obvious to someone who lives among poor people because it’s all around the poor and the working classes. But to someone living in a house the next block over, with an office or a shop to tend to daily, it may not be so obvious. Just like an academic presenting ‘findings’ showing that the poor in England (lone mothers in that seminar) were better off if they had both a job and child care support. Well, duh. Why is this not immediately obvious to begin with? Because people with connections can’t imagine not having them. Or something. I’m not sure. It looks clear to me that people who’ve never missed a meal (as my older Chinese former roommate pointed out about the younger students, saying “they can’t understand because they haven’t suffered”), like my officemate, can’t understand the difficulties of people who weren’t blessed with such luck.

Let’s make more luck for all of us, together.”

and the poem that got me banned from the survivor’s group (Triggerssuicidality…):

“Sliding into the hot water
perfume so strong in her nose
memory of his scent, his touch
driving her into the reeking inferno
heat is not as hard as a thrust
pushing into the watery bed of nails
“It won’t feel warm for long”
the perfume will cover his smell
awful fragrance of blood and lust
“I will wash it away…”

The blade feels clean down her arm
carrying away guilt, the blood flows
another thrust, another blow
another vein to sate the lust
like the smell of his semen
the smell of blood permeates
over the perfumed bath oils
carrying away the pain
into the baptismal water
‘love’ and blood.”

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to the Holocene Epoch and to the Holocene Calendar.

2.) What do you think about Toni Morrison’s idea of “bearing witness” to our pain?

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

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how we can build empathy in our society today

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

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Shira

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