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French Empathy Fridays, Connâitre ses Droits et éviter les Proces… Know Your Rights & Avoid Trial…

How can empathy help avoid trial?  By helping to make sure that everyone knows the basics of the legal system, their rights, and local facts about Pre-Trial Interventions/Diversions, for starters.

The common good, or the general welfare, is also tied up with Lupin (!), and with on-going legal & financial pro-bono education (aka Adulting Education), which must become more fully inclusive for all of us.

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“ -C’est quoi ça?
-Votre côte sur le marché de l’art: 11.000 euros”

Mais si Driss n’avait-t-il pas d’argent ? Et s’ils lui avaient arrêtaient dans la misère ? Aux États-Unis il y à une moyen d’éviter les procès mais qui coute cher, selon l’état dans on aura le procès. C’est mon espoir qu’on peut avoir des changements de cette politique, avec l’aide des citoyens Américains, et aussi ce de nos amis.

“ -What’s this?
-That’s what you’re worth on the art market: 11,000 Euros.”

But what about before Driss had that money? What if he’d been arrested utterly poor?

In many states, programs exist to help first time offenders avoid trial and charges. But, Pre-trial Diversion or Intervention programs, as they are known, are often unfair to the poor, as in MD and many other states: perpetrating the cruelty of charging money that some people simply do not have in order to avoid jail. My emphatic immediate-term policy recommendation is that all States emulate “Cook County … in Chicago, where defendants are not charged a fee ” for Pre-Trial service programs. And my long-term policy recommendation is that we strengthen our freely available legal services and Pro-Bono Legal Aide availability drastically, perhaps requiring ALL lawyers and law firms to offer 20% of their time or services free to lower income people, and that states and counties offer free continuing education in financial and consumer education, including the all too rarely taught rights in each state regarding debt, housing, health care and also criminal law. Both short-term and long-term approaches are needed, immediately.

Toward “…justice for all.”

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11 April, 12018 HE (Holocene/Human Era)

So, it turns out that knowing what bits of legal information change from state to state is also important, as is knowing that one must actively defend against an expired medical or other type of debt, even if it is time-barred (or past the SoL), illogical as that may seem…

Action Items:

1.) Share two different sources giving the different Statutes of Limitations (SoL) for your state, or District,

2.) Share your thoughts on how changing those SoLs might help, or hinder,  allowing people to climb out of debt,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses that information and your thoughts. 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?

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B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector,  Lupin, or La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Range Nonfiction, or Historical Fiction

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Shira

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Why Emancipation, Parenting, and Education All Matter on Day 16/67

   First of all, no one can be free in any way without legal freedom, from the first Compensated Emancipation in DC,  which had long been celebrated as Emancipation Day on April 16th, with a parade, EmanDayDC even, through the early 1900s or so, in The District, to the final end of that process, for areas in rebellion to the Union, on Juneteenth in Texas, although most border states like Maryland, which had remained part of the Union, had also emancipated slaves, except for Delaware and Kentucky.  Slaves in those states had to wait until ratification of the 13th Amendment.
(src: The Washington Post)
      Then, no one can be entirely free of self-doubts without a loving, respectful, and supportive father.
    Finally, no one can be wholly free to expand and thrive without education of various types.
    I look forward to your impressions, Thoughtful Readers.
Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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L’empatie pour sois même, et pour être Adulte: la logique pour éviter les errors

(English)

Je viens de comprendre, tout d’un coup, ce qu’a voulu dire ma chef quand j’avais commencé comme prof de maths -elle m’avait rapproché en disant que le pouvoir n’était pas mal, parce que je n’arrivè pas a contrôler mes élèves. J’avais du mal à l’écouter, et j’avais fini par être renvoyée car j’avais perdu controlle de 3 des mes 5 classes. Maintenant je comprends -j’ai l’horreur d’imposer ma volonté aux autres parce que je n’avais pas le chois quand j’étais petite, et je ne veux pas être comme ça. Dommage que je ne pouvais pas comprendre in 2001.

et, une réponse:

Petit à petit, tu vas trouver tous ces (mauvais) anciens réflexes, les analyser et surtout les ramener à leur juste valeur et ils ne t’empêcheront plus d’avancer dans la vie.

   Salût ! 

Des Choses à faire :

1.) Imaginer comment peut on eviter ces genre de choses.

2.) Les partager ici, SVP.

   Chèrs lecteurs,  es que vous avez des conseils pour faire augmenter l’empatie ? 

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Shira

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Turkish Tuesdays, Happiness vs. Meaning, and Health vs. Home?

         When I lived in Izmir, a neighbor asked me one day:

Doydun yerin nerede?

 

Literally, this means, where is your full place

   She was asking me where is the place that makes me feel full, or happy.

   What I could not explain to her then, back in 2005, which some blogging friends have recently reminded me to point out, is that contentment, far more than happiness, is a stable emotion, rather than a fleeting feeling based on dopamine or serotonin, and it requires a larger context.  That context is built out of a life that renders service.  A life, for me, that builds tools and leaves a scaffolding upon which others may continue to build, to create the equitable world that would be safe, kind, and respectful of the dignity and potential of every human being born into this world, is a happy one.  

The common good, or the general welfare, in the United States, tends to presume that “the pursuit of happiness” is the good and the goal of life.  Yet those of us descended from enslaved people know that our ancestors, and often ourselves, as well, have not been free to follow that pursuit, and thus have been forced to define happiness in a different way.

True it is, that happiness is a part of one’s overall health.  But it requires having a safe home, first.  Access to affordable and comprehensive health care is also a major part of it: freedom from the stress of knowing that one illness can set back all of your life’s savings, or that one accident can deprive you of a livelihood.  Knowing just how precarious this health and access to health care is, especially for people who have no family or community to protect and/or take care of them, can be a major brake on a person’s moment to moment, not to mention overall, happiness.  That is in spite of, and separate from, the satisfaction or contentment that one may derive from seeing the works of her hands accomplish good things.  Even one who has stood in that small and fearful gap, in harms way for another, one who has brought hope to another at a moment when years had passed without greeting, even such a one may feel content with those works, yet aspire to rejoice at the happiness of others, when others are safe.  Is this happiness, for that one person? 

The happiness of one individual must be viewed, for me, in the wider context of each and every person’s ability to have every need met.  The reason is that if I go to some other part of the world, my own safety is compromised, based on a variety of factors that have nothing to do with my desire to help others, and everything to do with my appearance, origins, and connections.  That situation is neither equitable, nor safe, for anyone.  Ignoring these unpleasant truths will not make them go away, and focusing on one small part of the world that appears positive, while ignoring most of the pain, will never solve our collective problem.  Yet we have it within our power, collectively, to change the situation.  We have the technology, the resources, and the strategic ability to build a system that can allow every human being to reach full creative potential.  If we each choose to have a life of meaning, building for the entirety of humanity, over a lifetime of our pursuit of the fleeting happiness of a moment, we can leave a safer, kinder world where each individual is actually listened to, actually respected for the pebble of meaning that that person brings to help build the rising edifice, and leaves as part of the scaffolding.  We can each have, and also help others, to have a life of lasting meaning, if we want to.

The question is do we want to?

And more importantly, how can we help build a world where no one has to fear living in the street?

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to happiness versus meaning.

2.) Share the context of those sources, and what you think of them, with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how any ordinary person might help build a better world system, and thus be part of building a world where every person can be full.

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

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

 

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B5, La Casa De Papel/Money Heist, & Lupin & Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

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

Shira

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El Maestro de Esgrima (The Fencing Master), and a sense of Honor vs. Empathy, as part of Adulting Education?

     So, yes, old habits can be applied to modern purposes, thoughtful Readers!  Every tool is useful for the task, as every adult must learn!  With both honor, and empathy!

🙂

 

I finished what I found to be a very thought-provoking readingMaestroEsgrima, El Maestro de Esgrima, in my on-going, perhaps cooling now, love affair with the books of author Arturo Pérez-Reverte.  I think I most loved two points in the book: about living and dying, and about childhood games. I was impressed that he actually works a kids game into a major fight scene of the book!  His insistence on living his life by a set of rules that were nearly out of fashion already, even then, carries this book through some boring parts.  All of the boring parts are needed for the plot to make sense in the end, but the theme is the best part: why is it important for one to live by a code that makes life more difficult?  Why take responsibility for upholding the truth, and for living by that truth, in a world where no one else will do so?  Or, in the words of part 6 of an earlier post: “6. accepting responsibility to think independently, taking responsibility for one’s actions and for preventing exploitation.”   Here, honor, and defending the honor of others, involves taking responsibility for the mutual safety of all, even at the cost of self-sacrifice. But does that also mean that individuals have the responsibility to take care of themselves, and how?  And, more importantly, is that sense of honor similar to, related to, or the same as having empathy (both personal/individual empathy, and social empathy)??

  Then, there is the other question: about defending oneself legally, and financial self-defense.  Knowing one’s rights, such as the right not to be sued for an expired debt, also requires taking the responsibility to understand how to defend that right, and why such defense is needed, according to the local laws of the state or District in which one lives.  To me, such knowledge and application, for oneself and for or on behalf of others, is also part of upholding a sense of honor.

My notes from the book on living, and on dying:

“Me encanta ésa idea de cómo vivir, I tal vez mejor dicho, cómo morir:
“No de arrepentía de haber vivido: había amado y había matado…”
Cómo Alonso en El Ministerio del Tiempo:
“No tengo quejas: he amado… he luchado por mi patria…”

I love this idea:
No regrets, after having loved, and fought with honor…”

ettenhard

So, it turns out that a modern sense of honor may have more to do with fighting via our modern civil and legal processes, for the honor of our Republic. What do you think?

More on my continuing striving with Castillian next week, friends:

   Nos vemos!  

Actions in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different sources to translate the word “honor” into Spanish. 🙂

2.)   Share your thoughts on how you like each of the sources you found, 

3.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a Spanish word, tells a good story, and 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

French Fridays Book Review: Ne Lâche pas Ma Main, Racism vs. Health Care, and Empathy

Can racism be diminished by building Social Empathy, do you think?

This is the review of a book I read in 2015, set on the French island (in the Indian Ocean) of la Réunion. The English is first, and then the French.

This book showed me how reading novels can build both empathy and understanding as part of new knowledge placed in context.

Ne lâche pas ma mainNe lâche pas ma main by Michel Bussi

Busssi shows us a world within another world ; that of people of color and the prejudices which the tourists do not see. He describes the island so well that you feel as if you were there, and finishes with a final word so moving it demands thought, and even an immediate re-read. (Also may go well with Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, perhaps.

Shira HoloceneHuman Era Destinie
24 August, 12015 HE

BUSSI nous montre le monde dans un autre monde, celle de gens de couleur et les préjuges invisibles aux touristes. Il décrit l’île si bien qu’on se sent la-ba même, et fini la dernier mot si jaillissant qu’on ne peut pas s’arrêter de y penser, et même le relire tout de suite.

24,8,12 015 èH( ère Holocène ou ère Humaine)
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I really hope that this book is available in English, for those who cannot read it in French.  Please read it, and share!

   Salût !  

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

1.) Share two different sources to check out this book (the Open Library, for example),

2.)  Share your thoughts on how you like this book, after reading, or while reading it,

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

Thank You, Octavia Butler

 Today is the Yahrzeit, or the anniversary of the day, in 2006, on which this American prophet and Science Fiction/Fantasy writer left us. 

   I look back to her words, dreaming of  one united human race.

 

And I look to finding a community of willing workers, united in service to the good of all humanity, where I can both contribute, and be truly included, myself, as well.

To Human Kindness, and in thanks, to Octavia Butler,

S. Destinie

 

Action Items:  

1.)  Share your thoughts on how story, and dreaming, may encourage empathy-building cooperation, and might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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Shira

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A Neglected Part of Black History

Here is what language-learning and family history research can do for your health: perspective…

-History of Black Slavery in Puerto Rico, by Soler:

Historia de La Esclavitud Negra En Puerto RicoHistoria de La Esclavitud Negra En Puerto Rico by Luis M. Soler

This extensive and not easy to read, but well worthwhile history of slavery in Puerto Rico, shows the importance not only of where we have been, but also what tools we have now and how to evaluate them in the light of past and present situations. The author comments that a Cooperative could have saved the small coffee producers of Puerto Rico, though not on whether that would have enabled the liberation of their enslaved workers. Yet this is a step forward in the analysis of both labour relations and the history of People of Color in the Americas.

I now also know that the family of my enslaved 5xGreat Grandfather Miles Manzilla could even have originated in Spain itself, potentially. Our shared origins are important to know, both for understanding why enslaved workers would have defended their masters during Indian attacks, and also in deciding how to relate to our history of enslavement today. What feelings remain to be resolved on all sides?

P. 15 del pdf = P. 21 del libro
La Corona y los esclavagistas se creaban liberales y generosos, evidentemente, pero sus esclavos no compartieron ese sentimiento!
The Crown and owners thought themselves generous, but their slaves disagreed!

P. 25=32: Ya sabîa Bartolomé de Las Casas pero no de Fray Antonio de Montesinos a favor de los indigenes.
Dominicans vs Franciscans ??

P.33 Las Ordenanzas No Fueron Cumplidas…

         The Orders (…of the King to protect the Indigenous/Indian/Native Population) were Not Obeyed…

 

P.33=P.40: At least he admitted his error before he died;

                   Al menos se admetîa su error antes de su muerte.

 

P.77pdf=P.86: The author thinks that a Cooperative would have saved small producers in PR from the falling coffee prices (due to Cuban overproduction)…

 

P. 126 So France had a Black Code, too? Of course, where did the southern colonies/states (USA) get them from…

3 November, 1839: Pope Gregory XVI condemned the Slave Trade? and Baltimore, and Maryland…

In summary, there was not only lots of Mestisage, but a good bit of back-and-forthing of slaves between PR and the English and French-speaking colonies. Thus, entirely possible that Miles Manzilla, Sr’s family was of Spanish colony origin.

Read, Write, Run, Teach !

ShiraDest
18 February, 12016 HE

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 Nos vemos!  

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

1.) Consider your thoughts on slavery and the modern-day effects on Black families in the USA.

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

 

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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Click here to read, if you like:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows,  Lupin, or Money Heist

Holistic High School Lessons,

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

Shira

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Black Women Writers at Work: A Neglected Book

I am so glad I happened to see this book Black Women Writers at WorkBlack Women Writers at Work by Claudia Tate
at the public library.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was moved with both recognition, and with fear, at Audre Lorde’s comment that “it’s scary because we’ve been through that before. It was called the fifties.”

audre_lordeThen I was moved with that stirring to act, upon reading in print what I have known and been told in different words since Dunbar (High School): “My responsibility is to speak the truth… with as much precision and beauty as possible. … We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.”
And we must not remain silent while the blood of our sisters/brothers/neighbors/communities/fellow human beings is shed.

Sherley Anne Williams reiterates this responsibility of a writer to write as well as one can and to “say as much of the truth as I can see at any given time.”

Although this book is dated, and does not include my favorite author (Octavia Butler), I am so glad that I read this book in spite of my initial misgivings. From Bambara’s hope that “We care too much … to negotiate a bogus peace,” to DeVeaux’s “responsibility to see,” I find my own compulsion to write validated by the responsibility of a writer to render individual expression into a universal expression, and to give voice to the voiceless/unseen/erased. To show the unspoken and to “empathize with the general human condition.”

Society needs all perspectives because without those perspectives, we are missing vast parts of what our society actually looks like, which leads to deep problems. Writing, as was pointed out, must transcend individual experience, but it also comes from and is filtered through individual experience, so we desperately, as leaders from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr to Octavia Butler have pointed out, need every point of view.

Last note (not in my GR review): I think that this book has helped me to see that my intended audience has two possibly conflicting sections –
I. those who have endured traumas in early childhood or also in adulthood, particularly due to structural racism, and
II: those who can change that situation.

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Holistic High School Lessons,

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Shira

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Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison

 Today is the day, in 1931, on which this Nobel Laureate and exemplary writer was born. 

   I look back to the words of Toni Morrison, that we need dreamers to dream of new possibilities for shaping our world, new ways of being, ways that move us toward caring for each other, toward making it possible for each and every one of us to have safe and secure shelter, enough nutritious food, clean water, and dignity of work that allows all human beings to contribute, to rest, and to move us all forward as one human race.

R

And I look to finding a community of willing workers, united in service to the good of all humanity, where I can both contribute, and be truly included, myself, as well.

To Human Kindness, and in thanks, to Toni Morrison,

S. Destinie

 

Action Items:  

1.) What thoughts do you have about the past year, and how we can make the world a better for all human beings?   Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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