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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Libraries as Safe Spaces

Who remembers the role that public libraries played in bringing neighbors together?

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us now, and to come and work together, for all of us?

I believe that attention to shared histories of times when a certain library in DC helped, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” …Carnegie Public Library. Some working class neighborhoods, such as the SW neighborhood where Al Jolson learned the speaking style he would later play on
stage, allowed limited mixing. The annual Easter Monday Egg Rolling contest was, however, the only officially non-segregated social event in the city for many years. Despite this, or because of it, Washington, DC was eventually
declared the most segregated city in the Union. That artificial separation of groups and classes of people, with its attendant humiliation and ambiguity for both Negroes and Jews, was shown for the disruptive force it was meant to be, and broken down in two places: the lone institution of learning where all could meet and see past their differences, and the largest market in the city, where all could meet and see their common needs for food, and other goods, as human beings.

At the turn of the century, both communities developed similar ways of evading White discrimination. Both communities built their own institutions, and both sometimes had assimilation attempts. The Jewish community took refuge in its own institutions, from the synagogues to the YMHA near 11th and
Pennsylvania Ave, NW.

Comparable institutions in the African-American
community included churches and the 12th Street YMCA, also known as the Anthony Bowen YMCA, after a prominent free man of color who was a…

 

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So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the levels of segregation in the city, on this page.  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page sixteen was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on shared community spaces, like libraries?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,  Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plan Book):

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

Babylon 5 review posts (online, offline: B5EpsThr15), and

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.

 

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

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 1, part II A: Adulthood

This post continues the rough draft of  Chapter 1 of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  This is the next outline section, chapter 1, section II A.

I think I’ve finally managed to stay within my word count guideline for this section, with 288 words for a 250 plan!  🙂

And 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 will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible 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 One, section II A:

Phase II with respect to Phase I and to the entire project:

(section I. D. was last week…)

II. A.  rough draft:

The Adulthood Challenge, or Phase II, of this project, comes after our #PublicDomainInfrastructure phase, because Adulthood is a process of growing from looking at oneself to seeing the larger set of needs and possibilities in the world.  Travel, developed as one tool during this stage for all young people, rich or poor, leads to growth and builds more democratic thinking, particularly if a wide range of interchanges is facilitated through the learning of different dialects and languages.  Obviously such travel would need to first be made possible through a much larger, safer, and more financially accessible rail network, as developed during the first stage of this project.  International travel can broaden the mind even further, as seen in the example of how Malcolm X became Malcolm Shabazz, growing to understand more through his experience of traveling on the Haj.  Indeed, travel as part of a quest for knowledge has long been understood as a crucial part of coming of age, as navigating new places and solving new problems force growth in unexpected and life-changing ways.

 

  Meeting and interacting with other cultures from a living and working point of view also provides a vastly different experience from that of tourism, and facilitates freedom of thought, freedom of worship, and new ideas for fuller interaction in governance mechanisms at all levels, by challenging received ideas.  Seeing other ways of living and doing things can do this, and more, can facilitate a greater appreciation for all life on this planet, by seeing how many other cultures appreciate life in ways that our culture does not, yet.  This second stage and some of the tools available or in development to help building new cultural norms will be fully discussed in chapter 3.

— (Next section: Chapter 1, II B …)

I’m continuing to work on wording, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still not quite  fixed in my mind, 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:  Non-fiction,   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 having the ability to travel, for all of us, could help our society move forward in 45 to 60 years,

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 add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads 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

(Lesson plans for: 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.

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

Who was considered to be “Colored” and who was considered to be “White” when these things made nearly (and often literally) a life and death difference, and who decided?  That was a complex question, but there was never a question of where both groups stood.  The Reconstruction benefited both, as did working together.

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us now, and to respond to work together, for all of us?

I believe that attention to shared histories of times when we grew a bit more free from discrimination may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

Chapter 2: Before Jews Were White: Black-Jewish
alliances in DC Before 1948


Image: Carnegie Library and Central Market
-Carnegie Library

 

Much attention has been paid to the alliance between the Black and Jewish communities as a twentieth century phenomenon, but this alliance was born long before the Holocaust.   Between the Civil War and the end of the Reconstruction, the Federal City was relatively desegregated and offered some freedom of movement for people of color, but as the 1880 ́s progressed, those
freedoms were eroded.


By the turn of the century, the city was firmly
segregated, negatively affecting both Jews and African-Americans.

With small and informal exception, the only places where citizens of differing races might mingle freely on any regular basis were Central Market, now roughly located where Archives is, at 7th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW, and the never-segregated ….

 

Page 16″

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the different periods of cooperation, and that shared color line mentioned on this page.  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page fifteen was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on shared adversity as a mandate for cooperation?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,  Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plan Book):

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

Babylon 5 review posts, and

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.

 

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

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 1, part 1D: Are We There, Yet??

This post continues the rough draft of  Chapter 1 of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  This is the next outline section, chapter 1, section ID.

I just realized that this will finish my first outline section, chapter 1, section I (of IV), but it definitely went over 1000 words, which is pretty normal for me on a rough draft.  I’ll still need to look at the transitions and then cut words, later, but I prefer to make sure that I get it all in there at the start.

And again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible 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 One, section ID:

Phase IV with respect to Phase I and to the entire project:

(section IC was last week…)

ID rough draft:

Chapter 5 will show what the fourth and final stage of this project could look like.  But why, one could ask, must Phase IV come well after Phase I?  Couldn’t we jump straight to the goal, while building increasing support for our  PublicDomainInfrastructure as needed?  To answer that question, we really need to begin at the end, so to speak, with the final goal at the end of the fourth stage of this project being to provide a set of inalienable rights, and connected  responsibilities.

 

The rights would include an acre, or even up to a hectare, of land at birth to each human being, with the GPS coordinates being recorded on each birth certificate as a human  right.  Further, since land is of little use without the knowledge, tools, and work energy to put it to productive use, there would be at least one additional stipulation.  That would be the  xyz of a simple ration of basic food, such as brown rice, local greens, and beans or lentils, enough fresh drinking water, and a basic form of shelter, such as a sturdy bedsit, or a Tiny House.  These rations and rooms would also be “as of right,” as some say, for each and every human being, from birth, and accessible as of the moment the person as a child is able to safely cook an egg unsupervised.

 

Some of the connected responsibilities might include serving, as many Europeans do, in either the defensive services or unarmed civilian sector services such as hospitals or schools.  A commitment to serve a rotation in some form of public service such as local or regional government, for example, could also be a responsibility, if agreed upon by society during this phase.  The crucial point is that getting to this point must also be entirely non-exploitative, non-violent, and non-coercive, if such a society is to be both just and sustainable.  It must be built from the very beginning upon free choice for all, as well as equity and contribution.  But those things do not come unless there is already a sense that there truly is and will be enough for all, and equitable opportunity for all.  Thus, much of the current systemic discrimination must first be demonstrably undone.  The clear changes in our infrastructure, culture, and governance systems as well as outcomes will have to show in absolute terms that society can really be trusted to deliver the inalienable rights as their connected responsibilities are taken up by enough willing citizens.  These changes will neither be easy nor quick, and a certain sequencing will obviously be important, since land availability will depend on openness to new ideas, and yet we cannot have a corresponding opening of borders without more full global development.  This requires both education and tools to be shared far more widely than we see in the world today.  Thus, Phase IV cannot happen without a large amount of preparation, from physical and cultural infrastructure, to education of several kinds, and this takes both time and careful planning.

 

In chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5, we will show the proposed details of what each stage of this project should look like by the end of its fifteen year time frame.  Chapter 6 will lay out some final thoughts on metrics and how one might decide if and how well each phase is progressing at any given point.  Chapters 7-10 will show both suggested pathways to get to each stage, and examples, when available, of previous or current pilots, experiments, or other examples of partial implementation of similar projects or programs.

 

Thus all four parts of PublicDomainInfrastructure are bound together in a crucial knot connecting freedom of speech and freedom of association and worship as integral parts of freedom from fear.   Without first addressing these key issues, little if any progress can be made in other resolving other problems.  This is why these four social infrastructure items (transit, libraries, health care and consumer debt law) that are within our public domain are placed in the first phase, leading directly into Phase II, which we look at next.

— (Next section: Chapter 1, II …)

I’m continuing to work on wording, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are far from fixed in my mind, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rgh Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

 

And 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:  Non-fiction,   System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Last week was the tenth installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how having a safe place to fall back on, for every person able to cook an egg safely, could help society move forward in 45 to 60 years,

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 add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plan Book)

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 2020 CE =  12020 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.

StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Alliances

Mutual problems, mutual aid.

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to respond to the human need for aid, to all of us?

I believe that attention to shared histories of cooperation may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

“…burdens while being subject to rather different cultural and ethnic constraints, it
seems only natural that alliances would form between the two communities to
facilitate resistance to their mutual oppression. Such alliances would inspire
communities to cooperate to make positive changes for the benefit of all
citizens. And cooperate they did, both in private and in public….

 

Page 15″

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about that shared oppression mentioned on this page.  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page fouteen was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on shared humanity as a mandate for alliances?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,  Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plan Book):

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

Babylon 5 review posts, and

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.

 

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

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 1, part 1C: Governance & Tools

This post continues the rough draft of  Chapter 1 of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  This is the next outline section, chapter 1, section IC.

I am posting the 288 words, which was meant to be 250 words, for this section along with some more thoughts on the overall chapter outlining process for the book as a whole.

Yet again, as previously stated, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible 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 One, section IC:

Phase III with respect to Phase I and to the entire project:

(section IB was last week…)

IC rough draft:

Phase III will build on phases I and II, which help prepare a physical and cultural climate in which Human Rgts and Equity both thrive, and create a virtuous feedback loop to drive further peaceful change.  The three principle goals of Phase III would be to implement a fully universal single payer system of health care, universal free education from pre-k to trade-craft or PhD, and a universal  basic income.  These goals would clearly require coordination across a wide variety of policy and geographic areas in order to prevent in-migration from lesser advantaged places before sufficient development has taken place at the global level.  This brings home the adage that “no one is free until all are free,” to paraphrase the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  If people in all parts of the world are assured of their safety and freedom from want, then greater development for all of, and contribution from all of us, becomes possible.  Many of the tools currently being used, like RCV/IRV, Participatory Budgeting, Citizens Juries, local complementary currencies, and even Cesare Emiliani’s proposed Holocene Era calendar, can help in building new policies and forms of governance based on equal Human Rights.  So can some old tools, like the New Deal era CCC, and the Peace Corps.  Updating old programs for new purposes and times can bring policy in line with good governance objectives while potentially avoiding some of the pitfalls involved in crafting brand new programs from scratch.  The scope of each program can be widened as needed to aid other regions and nations in developing similar benefits as should be visible during Phase III.  Such cooperation, becoming the norm, can lead the way to a relaxing of travel restrictions for many more people, and create pathways toward Phase IV.

— (Next section: Chapter 1, ID…)

I’m continuing to build my detailed section outlines, and then write each section, but I found Phase III much more difficult to outline, probably because I never really had a clear idea of what that stage was supposed to be.  

(JYP, this photo’s for you:)

ChptrI1CPhaseIII

Going back to my earlier posts was annoying, since they are scattered around, but helpful, since it made it obvious to me that essentially I was thinking of what many call “the Good Governance paradigm,” from my PhD days.  It finally hit me that that is what this middle phase is really about: building enough faith in each other and tools (like local complementary currencies) for working together, to get to the fourth and final stage.  For some reason, I found myself hearing (Lionel Richie?) the song The Children are our Future, just after imagining our infrastructure as a Village lifting up kids to Adulthood, which led me to how It takes a Village to Raise a Child, and The Children are Our future, and thus to today’s featured image.  🙂   I hope that that made sense, and that no one considers me too crazy, yet!

Oh, right, and I think I’ve finally figured out who my audience might be, or 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, apart from the obvious Non-fiction, I’m not sure where this book falls.  System Change, Causes, someone even suggested Inspirational, but I doubt that one.

Last week was the ninth installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how having really good shared infrastructure and tools could help society move forward in 30 to 45 years,

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 add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plan Book)

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 2020 CE =  12020 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.

The Bright side of PTSD: understanding Firuze, Amelia, and Harry?

Smells, noises or lights can suddenly awaken some of us, and refuse to let us sleep until identified. Long-lasting childhood traumas can leave your Inner Child reluctant to come out from under the coffee table. Some ideas, illustrated by examples from historical and fictional sages, may help your Inner Parent to teach safety and trust to that Frightened Inner Child so that your Inner Adult, your competent and ambitious self who’d rather ignore both Child and Parent, can get on with succeeding in life.

First, one possible intrepretation of Hillel’s famous pair of questions:
A. אם אין אני לי, מי לי (Im ein ani li, mi li: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me,”) is that each of us must parent and protect his or her own inner child, and

B. ? וכשאני לעצמי, מה אני ; (Vekesh’ani le’atzmi, mah ani ? “And if I am only for myself, what am I?”), also stand with others who have been wounded.

Second, if, like Harry Potter, you’ve sustained significant losses in your life, even very early on, is there someone you can recall, or as Harry uses to conjure his first #Patronus, even some imaginary memory, showing love or kindness, even if from or to a stranger just for a moment? Your Inner Parent can use that image to show your Inner Child that there is hope for this world, and that is worth holding on to and fighting for, to motivate your ambitious Inner Adult to keep going. This is being for yourself in the most crucial way: parenting yourself through the panic and soothing those constantly jangled nerves until you learn to trust life. Then your ambitious and centered Inner Adult can take it from there to build the life you want to live.

Third, if, like Amelia, you see that it would be safer to give up than to fight, perhaps your Inner Adult can take the lead, having learned by watching your Inner Parent defend your own Inner Child, that sometimes an adult must sacrifice to create a better world for all Human Children. And like Feruze Hatun, healing all those around you may come at a high personal cost, but honesty and love, even shown to our enemies, as Gandhi and Dr. King proved, can indeed defeat hate, and bring you greater self-confidence and feelings of security.

So, warrior like Amelia or Intergenerational Community Parent to all, like Feruze Hatun, or just competent, capable, and knitting lots of hats for House Elves like Hermione, parenting yourself can lead to parenting others , for the good of All Humankind. Or you could still become a Body Guard.

Some more of my thoughts on how local government Policy such as accepting part of local taxes in local currencies/Time Dollars can help stimulate local community employment and inclusion for PTSD survivors are found in my related paper on Building Community and the crucial role of Intergenerational Participation in Community : Shavuot (Pentacost) as one of four Biblical pillars of building community.


My books on Economic and Social Policy: Shared Monetary Governance, and Stayed on Freedom’s Call…

originally posted September 10th, 12017 HE
Community4BiblicalPillarsShavuot

Action Items:

1.)  Sourcing information: What sources might help you find the relationship between exponents and radicals?  Any primary sources, and from where?

2.) Share your  ideas with us, and why you think that way,

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GR button:,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plan Book)!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 2020 CE =  12020 HE

(Day 1Day 5 GED lesson plans)

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.


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

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Parashat Re’eh

Biblical calls to action form part of our society’s foundation, at least in theory.  

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to respond to the call for justice?

I believe that attention to shared histories of oppression may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

“…to the congregation. You shall not oppress the runaway slave, let alone return
him to his cruel master. So what, then, could you make of the growing tensions
over the Fugitive Slave Act, now nearly ten years in effect across the country,
including in slave-holding Washington City and County? The slave trade had
been banished in the Capital, but replaced with something perhaps worse. That
Biblical mandate for freedom must have led many in the Jewish community to
wonder what they could do, particularly given the history of persecution of Jews
even in the United States moving forward as late as 1884 with the lynching of
Leo Max Frank. Thus, shared histories led to cooperation between the two
communities in a variety of ways, at first private, and later more public. The
Jewish community grew in Washington, DC, opening shops and businesses,
mingling with working class families, colored and white, of pre-Urban Renewal
SW. With the Navy Yard as one of the very few employers in the city willing to
hire based on ability alone, both communities faced difficulty in finding jobs
and housing. The new railroad and streetcar suburbs of the 1880s and turn of
the 20 th century, advertising to “the better classes,” frequently employed racially
restrictive housing covenants barring both Jews and Negroes. These shared
burdens, combined with the complementing religious and labor roles of the two
communities, threw their lots together while preventing the rivalries seen
between colored and Irish workers, whose competition for jobs certainly
contributed to the Snow Riots of 1835, the city’s first race riot. Having similar  …

 

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So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about some of the events, oh, and not left it up to the reader to go look up Parashat Re’eh, mentioned on this page.  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page thirteen was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on shared oppression as a mandate for cultural cooperation?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

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

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

Babylon 5 review posts, and

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.

 

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

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 1, part 1B: Cultural Change

This post continues the rough draft of  Chapter 1 of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  This is the next outline section, chapter 1, section IB.

I am posting the 392 words, which was meant to be 250 words, for this section along with some thoughts on the overall chapter outlining process for the book as a whole.

Again, as previously stated, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible 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 One, section IB:

Phase II with respect to Phase I and to the entire project:

(section IA was last week…)

IB:

Phase II will be about moving our societal culture from one of corrosively assigning blame to cooperatively solving problems. Phase I must set the stage for such cultural change by putting enough of the shared infrastructure in place to allow the breathing room for that  cultural change to begin. Then, those cultural changes can make the space needed to allow  further progress in our society that will facilitate and drive the desperately needed increasing global cooperation moving forward.

First, the building up of our PublicDomainInfrastrcture leads to a growing Each One Teach One mindset, through on-going adult learning. Normalization of constant adult learning will inevitably show the gaps in public education, and thus the need for better educational foundations in several areas. In particular, the pre-requisite knowledge requirements for the Adulthood Rite of Passage Challenge already point up the lack that many adults face in legal, financial, and emotional, not to mention physical, self defense techniques. Those needs, in an environment of increasing access to free community safe spaces and on-going legal and financial education, can in turn help push for better access to the Commons for all, and a growing sense  of public service and solidarity. Better libraries, health care, transit and education across all communities in the United States could then also begin to build, as Phase II progresses and more adults step up to the Each One Teach One challenge, an increasing thirst to help improve other communities outside of our country as well. Yet, we have much to do first, to clean up our own house.

As the infrastructure building work of Phase I begins to solidify into solid educational benefits during Phase II, both freedom of speech and freedom of association begin to widen, as fear of lack of accessibility starts to loosen its grip. As learning spreads, for instance, regarding state Statutes of Limitations on medical debt, for instance, fewer people will suffer the fear of harassment or default judgments from predatory debt collectors. As more upper and middle class citizens use public transportation, greater safety and reliability of access to places of learning and public gathering can encourage curiosity and cooperative ventures. Chapter 3 will show what Phase II’s increasingly cooperative learning could look like in greater detail, while Chapter 8 will lay out some steps for how we might get there from Phase I.

.

— (Next section: Chapter 1, IC…)

I’m continuing to update the outline for chapter 6, and finally figured out what was nagging me about that chapter, and the 4 chapters to follow it: Metrics!!  I need metrics, some way to measure progress, to mark the goal for each phase, and to figure out how to answer the question “Are We There, Yet?” -and I’ll clearly have to do a better, more cooperative job than I did when I created the metrics (methodology) for my thesis

Last week was the eighth installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how having really good shared infrastructure (Libraries, Mass Transit, free legal and financial workshops, and Health Care) could help society move forward in 15 years,

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 add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plan Book)

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 2020 CE =  12020 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.

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Call vs. Response

Musical calls to action form part of our society’s way of remembering, and of teaching.  

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to respond to the call for justice?

I believe that attention to shared musical forms may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

“… Prayer and a traditional call and response section of prayer, all the way to the frolicking “Cherie Bim Baum Bim Baum Bim Baum”, Jewish music adapts this
mode of song. Likewise, the familiar spiritual turned freedom song  “Woke up this Morning”   springs instantly to mind as a key example of Call and Response in African-American spiritual music, sung in a variety of settings. That same back and forth structure can also be felt in the slowly building tension of a Klezmer tune, often sharing the same beat pattern as much of the music of the
traditional Negro Spiritual. Rag-time, Jazz, Blues, R & B, and even rock and roll arguably come out of these shared musical structures, interwoven into the fabric of our culture. These shared cultural structures, the challenge of a call used to inspire the ringing response, function both to keep communities together, and to bind them mutually, one to another, in hope and in marching forward.


Shared Strategies: Cooperating To Resist Oppression


“Said Property shall not be sold, conveyed, granted or leased, in whole or in part, to any
Hebrew … or any person or family not of the white race. ”
http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/covenants.htm…


In many ways, shared oppression can be seen as a shared mandate.

Imagine listening, in the summer of the year 1860, to Parashat Re ́eh being read…

 

Page 13″

So, it turns out that I might have needed to give better notes on the shared styles and purposes of the songs mentioned on this page.  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page twelve was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on musical styles as part of cultural cooperation?

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this

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

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie

April, 2021 CE = April 12021 HE

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

Babylon 5 review posts, and

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.

 

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