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Day 29/67, High School Equivalency in Five Months: Middle of week 8/18

Week Eight:
Day 29, lesson plan Grammar: colons Math: similar triangles Day 29, ExitTicket
All of the lesson plans can be found for All Weeks: 1-18, here…

My #historical #fantasy #WiP shows a man striving to save his family, at any cost.

Quotes for a previous related post about a modern family’s fight for justice came from a recent ProPublica article co-published with The New Yorker.

Let’s #EndPoverty , #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4:
1. #libraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !


#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

scheduled in:  September, 12020 HE

Day 28/67, High School Equivalency in Five Months: Start of week 8/18

Week Eight:
Lesson Plan Monday, 22 October, 2018 Day 28 Grammar: Essay Writing -write your Introductory Paragraph Three kinds of triangles Monday Day 28 ExitSlips
All of the lesson plans can be found for All Weeks: 1-18, here…

My #historical #fantasy #WiP shows a man striving to save his family, at any cost.

Quotes for a previous related post about a modern family’s fight for justice came from a recent ProPublica article co-published with The New Yorker.

Let’s #EndPoverty , #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4:
1. #libraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !


#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

scheduled in:  September, 12020 HE

Tuesdays with Adulting ed

Today, adulting education comes as a short post on financial self-defense in DC history, which is one of the pre-requisite bits of knowledge to be proven before one can show that one is a true adult, in the proposed Adulthood Challenge. This part of the three parts of self-defense (physical, financial and emotional self-defense), involves knowing your rights and responsibilities in your state or region, as well as in your nation of residence (and origin, if that nation, as often happens, has a claim on you, still).

Before I delve into DC history, please remember to “Adult” for yourself, and find out what your legal financial rights are, for instance regarding statutes of limitations on debt, which is is your responsibility to know and defend…

Here is why I am using an old photo taken of me with a fellow anti-war peaceful protestor at the weekly silent Stop The War vigil in Bath, England, back in 2007:  it reminds me of where I personally have been, just as the research I did on DC history reminded me where my family and those around them, from DC and the MD, VA, but mostly DC area, since well before the Civil War, in varying states of free-ness, but all either MU (mulatto) or Black, and thus subject to the Black Codes in whichever of the three states they live in or passed through.  So they really had to be Adults, and know the laws of every area they were in or from.  Part of that “adulting,” as some people like to call it these days, included protecting themselves and their family members whenever possible by owning property

2011-08-08 16:52:00
gender-diffs among Black landowners in Wash. County, 1855… Curious…
I do not have time now, but I am dying to look into why (on p. 127 of Washington at home: An illustrated history of neighborhoods in the nation’s capital; second edition, 2010, JHU Press, Kathryn Schneider Smith, ed.)

4 of the 5 black landowners in what is now roughly the Brightwood neighborhood (via the 1855 Washington County assessment listing 31 landowners along the 7th St. Turnpike, opened in 1822, from Rock Creek Church Rd to the District Line

(presumably meaning to what was then Boundary Street, now FL ave., marking the border of the Federal City, aka City of Washington)  Line, were women.

No time to delve, must check this wonderful book out again in a few weeks!

 

So, it turns out that many of the former slaves who owned property were light-skinned women, manumitted by their owners, as has happened in at least two cases in my family.  This may or many not partially explain the lack of Black male property owners in DC at the time vis-a-vis Black Women owners.  More research is needed, but it holds with commentary down the family line about women being differently positioned in the DC black community.  More on my continuing striving with family history and financial self-defense next week, friends:

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

1.) Search for two different resources on your ideas of financial self-defense.

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how you found and like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses that information, 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
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

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

Mean Monday? Invisible Children vulnerable to invisible debts: Action Items to help

Orphans like Çilek deserve protection, especially if they cannot do magic to protect themselves!

(from free book Invisible Children, KARA:)

“In your Child Protection System is there a volunteer program from a local law school that assigns a volunteer attorney to an abused child? I’ve met some well- meaning and bright attorneys who genuinely care for their clients this way. If not, are there adequate public legal representation for abandoned children?”

Kids who grow up ‘invisible,’ especially those without stable and functional families who protect and give them middle class cultural capital, like dinner table discussion of financial laws and mutual funds, are especially vulnerable to predatory lenders and debt collectors.

Until there are enough pro bono lawyers giving free legal and financial clinics, the rest of us can help in these ways:

1.)  ask local community colleges to offer free legal and financial clinics on your state’s statutes of limitations, contract and debt related laws, and consumer protection laws.

2.)  ask your law-makers to prohibit law suits on expired (aka Time Barred) debts.

3.)   ask your law-makers to lower the Statutes of Limitations on verbal and written contracts, which are often how kids unknowingly get into debt and end up in collections.

4.)  Write your own story (or novel) showing a world where kids get the protection they need, in multiple ways…

Please share your ideas for increasing Legal and Financial Literacy and opportunity for ALL of us!

This post is dedicated to my Great Great grandparents Wayne Anthony, murdered for succeeding, and his wife Maude Eleanor West Manzilla, who never gave up her legal suit to clear his name of the suicide charge by the life insurance company, and worked valiantly to keep her family together. Their descendants continue their work.

Quotes for a related post came from a recent ProPublica article co-published with The New Yorker.

Let’s #EndPoverty , #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4:
1. #libraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !


#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

September, 12020 HE

Day 14 Lesson Plan w/Damascus, Arabic Numerals, and decimals: GED in 5 months

Damascus is most likely to have been known to most, in 1836, as the place to which St. Paul was heading before his conversion, rather than the place that gave us our number system, but decimal numbers may well have been part of the lessons taught to our hero and his fellow escaped slaves and Free People of Color by his particular friend, one of the main characters in my WiP.

Day14, Lesson Plan, Monday, 25 February, 12019 Grammar online worksheets to choose from easy/medium/hard, Khan Academy Estimating online worksheet, Part 1 Khan Academy online worksheet for Estimating, part 2 Day14ExitSlips

Lesson Plan, 6-9pm, Monday, 25 February, 12019 HE rm. 211,
In our Learning Toolbox:
close reading and observation
Vocabulary:
Copy into your notes, and Mind Map each word:
Reading Comp. Vocab. Grammar Vocabulary Math Vocabulary Test-taking
Skills
Topic: opinion/
assumptions
Topic: idiomatic
prepositions
Topic:estimation observe
closely
prominent idiom ball park figure do things in
order
influential preposition rounding translate
problems
observation prepositional phrase nearest ten re-write
problems
assumption convention nearest hundred equivalent
values
opinion writing convention nearest thousand different form
6pm: Spend one minute imagining the Middle Ages in Damascus, and decimal numbers today.  Write yourself a note in your agenda to Google “Arabic Numerals” later, and if you have some extra time, energy, and curiosity, read a scholarly article that searches primary documents on the subject.

Then:

-Imagine the other side of the world, in a culture far, far away:  Think of The Mayans…
Write one or two sentences explaining what you think or feel when you
think about the what life may have been like among the Maya 1200 years ago…
6:02 Continue on work from your folder (on Reading/Literature/Science/Social Studies).
7pm: Stand up & Stretch, if you wish…
7:00 to 7:07 Reading Comprehension
7:07 to 7:15 we will have our Grammar lecture, using this passage
7:15 to 7:25 we will have our math lecture, also using this same passage.
7:25-7:30 We will do the first question/problem from each online worksheet together, then you
finish the online activities from all three lectures individually on the classroom computers, on
your laptop or, on your smart phone.
7:00-7:07 Reading Comprehension: What is opinion, and how can we distinguish
between opinion and assumption, and observation in writing? Would making a Mind Map or an outline
help to organize your possible choices of supporting evidence?
“The three most prominent and influential cultures in Mesoamerica and South America
before 1500 is the Maya, the Aztec, and the Inca. All three societies developing sophisticated
ways of life.” Scholars estimate that the Maya arose around 250CE. (Today’s reading comes from page
282, Master the HiSET Exam, 2nd edition 2nd Edition by Peterson’s…)
What, if any, is the assumption in this passage?
Is there an opinion in the passage?
Where are the observations?
Where are the Grammatical errors?
7:07 Grammar lecture: Idiomatic usage of common prepositions
Some words are used with a standard preposition that must be memorized.
Find the idiomatic phrase in today’s reading passage.
Here is a long list: http://www.advanced-english-grammar.com/list-ofprepositional-phrases.html and https://www.englishgrammar.org/common-prepositionalphrases/
Some that are not on the list: (pg. 63, Master the HiSET Exam, 2nd edition 2nd Edition by
Peterson’s)
a critic of
consist of
according to
afraid of
agreed to
anxious about
apologize for (having done something wrong)
apologize to (someone)
blame on
capable of
complain about
conform to
congratulate on
way of life
Please write one sentence using a phrase above: (i.e. “Each person is capable of great things.”)
7:15 Mathematics: Estimation
Please write one sentence using the word “estimate.”
What do the words roughly, about, approximately, or around tell you?
What is the first thing we can do when we estimate?
What is rounding to the nearest ten? Round 322 to the nearest ten.
How would we round 322 to the nearest hundred?
What if we have the number 4.89, and we only need to multiply it by 3?
How would we round this decimal number? So x*3 ≈ Y
How could we estimate 322 * 4.89
Now, let’s do the first online Grammar worksheet question together: https://www.khanacademy.org/
humanities/grammar/usage-and-style/common-expressions-and-idioms/e/common-expressions–medium
Now let’s do the first online math worksheet problem together: https://www.khanacademy.org/
math/cc-fifth-grade-math/multiplication-and-division/cc-5th-mult-decimals/e/estimating-withmultiplying-decimals
7:30
1.) Please do the rest of our online grammar worksheet from Khan Academy: https://
http://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/usage-and-style/common-expressions-and-idioms/e/commonexpressions–medium (Note that if it is too easy or too difficult, you can do the other worksheets shown on the left
hand side bar…)
and
2.) Please do the remainder of online math worksheet on Khan Academy: https://
http://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fifth-grade-math/multiplication-and-division/cc-5th-mult-decimals/e/estimatingwith-multiplying-decimals (if too difficult, please do https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-fifth-grade-math/
cc-5th-arith-operations/adding-decimals-intro/e/estimating-with-adding-decimals to start with, instead…)
Mathematics work online and/or in books from 7:45 until 8:45.
8:40 Exit Questions:
1. How can we convert from between decimals and percents?
2. Which is correct: afraid of or afraid from?
3. Round 188 to the nearest ten.
4. Round 188 to the nearest hundred.
8:45 Turn in Exit Slip, Dismissal

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

1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book, or grab your favorite version of the The Arabian Nights (yes, I know: the 1001 Nights was by Antoine Galland, who made up a few stories and inserted them into older Arabic and Persian stories that may have come from India, but still…) or any other story, in an original language, if possible!

2.) Read a page,

3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, 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.

Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

1. #libraries,

2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,

3. #UniversalHealthCare, and

4. good #publictransport

Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !

#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19

ShiraDest

how to organize an essay

Lessson plan from Day 3 of Spring Semester, 4th of February, 2019

Reposting my Adult High School Lesson Plan (source notes in library may also be available via Khan Academy, see bottom for quote…)  from Day 3:  https://shiradest.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/lessonplanthurs6september2018.pdf

Lesson Plan, 6-9pm, Monday, 4 February, 12019 HE
In our Learning Toolbox:
Vocabulary:
copy into your notes, and MindMap each word (what is a Mind Map??):
reverberates conjunction (review) counting numbers Elimination
expression if…were… would (but) real numbers Process of Elimination
mood lie/lay whole number 30 x 30 Times Table
admiration sit / set natural numbers Patterns
pride rise / raise multiple multiplication table
6pm: Spend two minutes imagining ancient Greece:
Write one or two sentences explaining: If I could visit the Parthenon, why would
I? Or why wouldn’t you? (If you want to hear a story, write “Yes, I would like to hear a story” on your
paper, as well.) Please raise your hand when done.
6:02 Continue on work from your folder (on Reading/Literature/Science/Social Studies).
7pm: Stand up & Stretch!
Imagine you are a young girl living long ago, and what could
motivate her to risk her life for others. (P. 13, Tales from the Arabian Nights, D. Jo Napoli)
Why do you think the characters made the choices they did in this story?)
7:02-7:07 Reading Comprehension:
“That same love of his native city reverberates in his plays, and finds its highest
expression in the Oresteia.” *
What mood does this reading express?
Hint: see the last two L.A. vocabulary words for today: Definitions??
7:07-7:15 Grammar lecture: Conjunctions (review), if…were…(would…but…), lie/lay, etc.
What is a conjunction?
What does it do for us?
Name some examples (volunteer board writers??).
What does “If I were you…” mean?
Is it ever true? If…were… always means that something is not the case!
Before I lie down I will lay down my pen.
Do online if/were and lie/lay exercises online together
7:15 Continue with Language Arts work from folders until 7:45; Break if desired, from 7:30-7:45
7:45 Math review warm-up Question: What numbers did the ancient Greeks use for counting?
1. negative numbers
2. whole numbers
3. imaginary numbers
4. irrational numbers
(Eliminate 3 choices!) Ask any math questions!!!
Work on your mathematics from folders…
8:20: Stand up & stretch, think about counting.
Please write one sentence explaining what counting numbers are, and why they are
different from other numbers. What other kinds of numbers do you know about?
8:22 Mathematics: Introduction to Real numbers
If you wanted to find all multiples of the whole number 5, how would you count?
Let’s draw the 5‘s column of the Multiplication Table and see all of the multiples
of 5: (volunteers?)
What kind of numbers are we using to count by 5s?
So, multiples of 5 are the product of 5 and what other numbers?
As an equation, that looks like 5x = ?
What multiples would the numbers 10 and 2 share?
What is the lowest number that both 10 and 2 have in common?
Do online exercises:

Khan Academy conjunctions practice  Interactive lie/lay quiz   Khan Academy LCM practice 33×33 Times Table Chart helps, 33MultTableespecially if you write it by hand!!   3rdDayExitSlips
8:40 Exit Questions: 1. When did Socrates criticize the Athenian Democracy?
2. How many years ago was 500 BCE?
3. What is an LCM?
4. Will I lie my pen down, or lay my pen down?
8:45 Turn in Exit Slip, Dismissal
*This quotation comes from p. 204, The Trial of Socrates, by I. F. Stone.

CornellNotes Cue is Things to Recall

Lesson plan from Day 2: Context, P.L. Dunbar, and the Nile, 2019

RePosting lesson plan from last year (though part of the grid is missing from the original post, no time to fix it just yet, sorry…) in hopes that it will help home-schooling High Schoolers and even Middle School students…

Lesson Plan, 6-9pm, Thursday, 31 January, 12019 HE

In our Learning Toolbox: this thought: “Keep a-plugin’ away…” *

Vocabulary:  Copy into your notes, and MindMap each word (what is a Mind Map??):

river banks

verb tense

ordering

context

silt

past

6pm: Spend two minutes imagining ancient Egypt.
Write , one or two sentences explaining: If I were an ancient Egyptian, why
would I love the Nile river?
6:02 Continue on work from your folder (on Reading/Literature/Science/Social Studies).
7pm: Stand up & Stretch!
Reading Comp.: What is context? How can you understand words from the context?

The ancient Egyptians lived along the banks of the Nile river. The Nile’s annual flood
cycle was essential to the development of ancient Egypt. Every year the river flooded the
valley, enriching the soil with silt and minerals. The ancient Egyptians believed their pharaohs to be gods who reigned even after death, so their tombs were very important. The largest tomb, called the Great Pyramid, was built in 2530 BCE.
What is a science word for putting things back into someplace?

If you wanted to explain how long ago the Great Pyramid was built, how would you begin?

Which was a longer time ago, 500 BCE or 1776 CE?

Why?

Let’s draw the distance between 500BCE and 50 BCE: (volunteers?) How far is 500BCE from 50BCE? Where is Year 0 BCE/CE?

What is the total distance from 500BCE to 1776 (to tell us how many years have passed)? How can we draw any positive number x to show that it is less than any positive number y?

How can we draw any negative number x to show that it is less than any negative number y?

Can we show them both at the same time?

Could you use a number line to do subtraction?

What other tools can you use to help you do subtraction problems?

8:40 Exit Questions: 1. What is |-15|? 2. What is |15|? 3. Draw x

Grammar:

Verb Tenses: To Be   and

Khan Academy verb tenses practice  Number Line and Subtraction

Math:

Khan Academy Greater Than/Less Than

2ndDayExitSlips

I am reposting my lesson plan (with connected HSE syllabus) from when I taught GED/HiSET prep. using online resources, in case this is of help to either High School teachers and students, or precocious Middle School kids… 30 January, 2019: Day 1 of Spring 2019 semester, SDCE High School … Classes — ShiraDest: toward The Four Freedoms for All Human Beings

Syllabus: Ms. S. D. Jones Spring 2019 HSE and Diploma Syllabus: a Syllabus tells you the course schedule, what the course will be about, and what materials you will need for the course… Lesson Plan for today follows below GrammarBook Link… Note for when you finish this Diploma/Equivalency: the SD Promise gets you your first two […]

30 January, 2019: Day 1 of Spring 2019 semester, SDCE High School … Classes — ShiraDest: toward The Four Freedoms for All Human Beings

Stop modern lynchings by learning languages, and getting ProBono Legal education for land owners

Some languages help us communicate, while other languages help us make things run smoothly. Computer languages and legal language are examples of the latter. To understand computer languages, one studies computer science, and to understand legal language, one studies the law and policies active in the state of residence. But not all of us have the opportunity to study the crucial legal language that governs much of our existence, and the consequences of that unequal knowledge can be devastating.

Lynching once occurred physically, but now happens financially, through the court system all across the South, and make no mistake, it is just as murderous, and just as racist:

“…42% of the cases involved black families, despite the fact that only 6% of Carteret’s population is black. Heirs not only regularly lose their land; they are also required to pay the legal fees of those who bring the partition cases. In 2008, Janice Dyer, a research associate at Auburn University, published a study of these actions in Macon County, Alabama. She told me that the lack of secure ownership locks black families out of the wealth in their property. ”

That is, land that is owned by their families.

Historically separate and highly unequal educational systems have also contributed to this system:

“A former state politician named Thomas Limehouse, who owned a luxury hotel nearby, bought Reed’s property at a tax sale for $2,000, about an eighth of its value. Reed had a year to redeem her property, but, when she tried to pay her debt, officials told her that she couldn’t get the land back, because she wasn’t officially listed as her grandmother’s heir; she’d have to go through probate court. Here she faced another obstacle: heirs in South Carolina have 10 years to probate an estate after the death of the owner, and” you can only do that if you know how to probate an estate, which you can only do if you know what it means to probate an estate.

Like my 2xs Great Grandfather Wayne Anthony Manzilla, many Black men were killed “between 1890 and 1920 because whites wanted their land.”

The problem with land law is that it is often “co-opted by big business. One lawyer said that people saw it as a scheme ‘whereby rich men could seize the lands of the poor.’ Even lawyer Nelson Taylor acknowledged that it was abused… his own grandfather had lost a 50-acre plot to (the) Torrens (law). ‘First time he knew anything about it was when somebody told him that he didn’t own it anymore,’ Taylor said. ‘That was happening more often than it ever should have.’ ”

And it should never happen.

“The leading cause of Black involuntary land loss,’ heirs’ property is estimated to make up more than a third of Southern black-owned land — 3.5 million acres, worth more than $28 billion. These landowners are vulnerable to laws and loopholes that allow speculators and developers to acquire their property. Black families watch as their land is auctioned on courthouse steps or forced into a sale against their will.”

So, what can we do about this? Well, several things. To help stop this injustice, at least 4 Action Items spring to mind:
1.)    Please consider giving your time, your cash, or your attention by sharing via your social and personal or business networks to The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, in South Carolina, and:
2.)   Please consider reading and sharing publications by ProPublica, a non-profit that spreads the word on these matters together with potential solutions, and

then:
3.)   Please read, review, and share Dr. Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow, because “42% of the cases involved black families, despite the fact that only 6% of Carteret’s population is black.” so, it really is about race.

4.)   OR:  Simply search for the term “Statute of Limitations” on Google, or your favorite search engine, to see how states like SC prevent heirs like Ms. Reed from probating their property.  If you have the energy, please share your findings with someone, over FaceBook, Twitter, or the phone.

Please share your ideas for increasing Legal and Financial Literacy and opportunity for ALL of us!

This post is dedicated to my Great Great grandparents Wayne Anthony, murdered for succeeding, and his wife Maude Eleanor West Manzilla, who never gave up her legal suit to clear his name of the suicide charge by the life insurance company, and worked valiantly to keep her family together. Their descendants continue their work.

Quotes for this post came from a recent ProPublica article co-published with The New Yorker.

Let’s #EndPoverty , #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4:
1. #libraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !


#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

August, 12020 HE

Weeks, Languages, Loans, Aladdin, and Elisha?

As we come up to the holiday of שָׁבוּעוֹת Shavuot, for the seven weeks, or 50 days counted down between Passover and Shavuot, we naturally think of the pleasures of staying up all night long to study languages, er, em, that is, to study Torah, in our Biblical languages of Hebrew and sometimes also Aramaic, with the occasional reference to another Semitic language like old Arabic, or Ugaritic, etc, for difficult words.

Great, so where do the loans come in, and what could the thief Aladdin and the prophet Elisha possibly have in common, apart from having spoken sister languages, you say.

Thank you! I am so glad you asked. It turns out that Aladdin and Elisha had quite a bit in common, being literary figures, young men of action, and you could even say financiers: they both gave Free Financial Assistance in their communities!

We know who and how Aladdin helped in stealing to survive, and in solidarity with other poor souls living in the streets. We also know how the prophet Elisha helped the widow by multiplying her oil and telling her to sell it, saving her and her sons from enslavement by their creditors. But how much better could it have been for both Aladdin, Elisha, and their communities , if crushing long-term debt didn’t exist in the first place? Isn’t that why we were commanded to release debts (and slaves) every seven years, and return property to original owners every 50 years?

This is where the Pro-bono legal aid, free debt and financial consumer education piece of our #PublicDomainInfrastructure is crucial. Knowing your rights and obligations is the first step toward taking responsibility for your own house, and then toward contributing to your community. Our financial and economic infrastructure must help create ways to rectify the structural biases inherent in our system, and encourage both individuals and communities to do the same. One tool for accomplishing this is debt-forgiveness, in circumstances of structural or personal inequity. Another tool is locally created currencies, such as Ithaca Hours or Time Banks. These are most effective when encouraged by local government as a supplement, or a means of complementing the existing federal currency. While local or community issued currencies are useful, they can be more useful in a society that has more fully included all of the population in the economic life of the community. For this reason, local currencies are more fully discussed in conjunction with Phase III of the #fourfreedomsmovement. These tools provide some short and long term solutions to problems that inhibit our democracy from building to full potential. Such solutions can further our ability to encourage every human being to live, contribute, and create to the fullest potential possible.

Let’s #EndPoverty , #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:

1. #libraries,

2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,

3. #UniversalHealthCare, and

4. good #publictransport

Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !

#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 ShiraDest

May, 12020 HE