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Astérix: Learn a Language to Build Housing…

In Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, the Druid Panoramix, of that unconquerable village shared with Astérix the Gaul, came away with a scroll from the Library of Alexandria. Could it have contained what we see in the image above? Unlike Queen Cleopatra, we do not have to speak ten languages, but studying at least two or three can help widening one’s perspective, and build empathy.

FDR’s Four Freedoms, particularly freedom from fear, are echoed in this funny, but informative French film. From fear of being fed to Sacred Crocodiles to fear of losing face, languages and learning play a key role in this film, as in our real world today. Languages and libraries can also play a key role in moving us from our current world situation to one in which every human being is free from fear. Here is one proposal for how I hope we could move on, from #publicdomaininfrastructure as phase I, to phase IV’s #freeRoomAndRice for every person.

Phase I, already coming into motion, involves both humanizing all people in the eyes of one another, and building up existing infrastructure that contribute most directly to our long-term democratic institutions. The arts and media have been effective, historically, in sculpting ways of seeing the world, and in bearing witness to events. This is important for building empathy. Films like Astérix..Cléopatre, books like the Harry Potter series, and TV series like Babylon 5 all help. But our institutions also need support, in order to support us over the long haul.

Events over the last four years have shown us all the importance of 1.) both public education and also of adult education in the local community, as well as ongoing availability of 2.) free legal and financial advice. These sets of needs all come together in 3.) the institution of the Public Library system, as does one other: 4.) the public health system. Public health relies heavily on the assumption that both basic health education and current information are accessible to the entire population. Thus, all four parts of our infrastructure: transport, libraries and early education, adult continuing education (especially free financial and legal), and access to health care, impact all of us at all income levels. So, the hashtag #publicdomaininfrastructure was created to pull together those specific issues as a way to focus on a reduced set of areas that could have a higher impact on the lives of many people. In doing so, energy and time are freed up to allow more constructive solution sets to be created to all of our problems. Once transportation and knowledge are established in support of general health, ways of funding our remaining critical policy needs can be found, starting with reducing the needless and crushing collections burden many face for medical and student debt. Once reduced, these burdens then allow time and energy for more apprenticeships, tutoring, and ways of educating ourselves that allow for far more cooperation and community building.

Phase II can then begin to lay the groundwork for new ways of seeing ourselves and our responsibilities toward one another. More to come on Phase II soon (in about 10 years or so)…

More ways of supporting the requisite empathy, which must exist first in order for our society to care enough to pull together in mutual aid, include books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music. All of these media have a strong effect on ways that people view the world, and so, here are some Action Items in support of #PublicDomainInfrastructure that artists can take over the next ten years or so:

1.) Write a novel that both 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.

2.) Write blog posts pointing folks to non-profits that offer pro Bono legal aid and free financial education for those most needing it, such as The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, in South Carolina.

3.) Draw or caligraph something in favor of Universal Health Care.

4.) Write songs or music that get people thinking about public transportation, like the song ‘Walkin to New Orleans’ by Fats Domino

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

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Stop Black Land Loss via Language Learning, and ProBono Legal Education

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.

Originally posted in December, 12020 HE

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Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better, Chapter 8, section I: Introducing a map for the early years of Phase II

This post is the start of the rough draft of  Chapter 8 of my non-fiction WiP, Do Better fka Baby Floors.   This chapter will begin the early years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase II, with a potential new adulthood rite of passage.

The overall objective remains that of putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Outlines for chapter 8 will attempt to match with each section, at the bottom of each post.

(Side note:  I’m still trying to figure out how to find reference on the Tsalagi exchange with the Gentleman of South Carolina, colonial era.  Cherokee leader was Onacasta (or Ocanasta), maybe of the Middle Towns,  around or just before the Ango-Cherokee war sparked by Virginia colonists, or perhaps the Tuscarora War, but the Cherokee sent 4 kids to a white College, and they came back “useless” because they couldn’t run well, or withstand cold or hunger.   The leader’s comment was ‘send us some of yours,’ and “we will make them men.”  Paraphrasing him except for the make them men, that part I remember quite clearly.

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

(Chapter 7, section III. D. was last week  ) :

Chapter 8, Introductory section I.

Chapter 8 Introduction (500 wds):  Phase II

I.

A(329/250).

In the early years of Phase II, after the hard work of Phase I, and building up our physical infrastructure while starting a new system for continuous rotation of upgraded financial legal learning, this new stage may at first appear a bit esoteric.  The prerequisite education needed, in these early stages of Phase II, merely to see why a new type of education is necessary in our country, may be lacking for many, if not most people.  the tools for measuring the kind of progress we plan to make during this second phase may also need to be created nearly from scratch, while being shown to be of practical use.  The declaration of intention to undergo the Adulthood challenge rite of passage may appear to have little practical use, in these early stages, as might the Challenge itself.  Nevertheless, there is a strong practical and symbolic value in proving ones worth to the community, and to oneself.  The usefulness in multiple ways of this new rite of passage will have to be proven early on, during these first years of Phase II, by a group of dedicated volunteers, some of whom are hopefully intent upon undergoing the Challenge ourselves.  These early years will need to see decisions around prerequisites, declaring sincere intent to take on The Challenge, sorting out the reasons for which each candidate wishes to undergo this Challenge, and then of course, creating some appropriate form of modern ritual  to then confer recognition of success upon those candidates who manage to meet all of the requirements.  That may be a lot to ask in just 5-7 years, considering that this will be an entirely new concept, the idea of having more than just the turning of 18 years of age, to determine who is an adult in our society.  While the consequences of passing or failing The Challenge may not carry great weight yet, the need is clear, and the benefits will also become clear, with time.

B (325/250 wds).

Immediately we come upon the first problem with creating this Challenge: to whom should it apply, and by whom should it be created, evaluated, and recognized.  Who will be the volunteers in which communities to start this process of creating a new adulthood rite of passage, and from where will these volunteers draw inspiration, knowledge, and the courage to dare to create something new for our modern world, from an ancient human need, and an ancient human response.  The implementation stage, at the middle to later years of Phase II, will need to have answered these questions sufficiently satisfactorily to move forward with the work of setting any prerequisite requirements in motion, in communities where this has been decided to be the case.  Communities who choose to allow candidates to move forward without meeting any prerequisite requirements may need to coordinate this with other communities who have decided differently.  The declaration of intention and reasons for attempting the Challenge are also, likewise, left up to the individual community to keep or to dispense with, as the needs of any given locality or community of non-geographical type may decide is best in keeping with their needs.  But again, this may encounter translation difficulties, so to speak, as candidates who have been recognized  as having passed the Challenge in one community seek to enter or have dealings with another community whose criteria may be different enough to be incompatible with their sense of adulthood.A bit like the Tsalagi, and the gentlemen of South Carolina.  By the later years of Phase II, the work of education, advocacy, and also lobbying, will have to have begun around changing the way our education system recognizes the ability of any given person to accomplish any given task.  The knowledge and skills that each adult citizen of a republic must have in order to make logical informed decisions is really what this new rite of passage is about.  Critical thinking with empathy, and the rest are details.  We move to those details now.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 8, section II. A. )

 

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

 

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

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

  

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

Action Items:

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

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

      Ok, JYP, this is for you!   

🙂

 

Chapter 8 ch8hghLvl  intro. outlines (sometimes I wing the transition paragraphs…)

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Working Wednesdays, Do Better, Chapter 7, section III: D, a map for the later years of Phase I, 4/4

This post is the start of the rough draft of  Chapter 7, section III, part D, for my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, fka Baby Floors.   This section will complete the early years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase I, with our Public Domain Social Infrastructure.   It is here for future comparison, and for me to weep over what I’ve removed, with the book, once published.  This WiP is currently in the 3rd draft, and I am still looking for Beta Readers. 

     Once I publish it on the Internet Archive, I will list it as in the Public Domain (non-commercial: if anyone makes any money off of my work, somehow, I’d like my fair share, please), and the text (rft) will be here and on the (when someone creates a better one than this one, please) Project site, as well, so that communities can modify the book to suit their own guidelines for this process.

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

Outlines for chapter 7 are already at the bottom of section II’s posts.

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

(Chapter 7, section III. C.  was last week) :

III. D.

III.  D (x/1000wd).

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Finally, the more nebulous, perhaps, system of free or pro-bono legal financial financial-legal public education, as we reach the mid-point of this phase, must be built up, partly from scratch, to fit the purpose for which the project wishes to build this part of our crucial yet often unseen public domain social infrastructure.  These free and freeing activities, from walks to workshops, on financial legal ongoing education, advocate in and of themselves for democracy.  Now will be the time to check on the timeline, and also to begin pushing harder on legal avenues, from letters to lawmakers, to lawsuits, if and when necessary, just as used by the NAACP in their coordinated campaigns with the SCLC to end segregation and bring about economic as well as civil justice.  This new system is teh last part of phase I, and the first of a set of new systems we will introduce during this project.  This one is an integral part of the #PublicDomainInfrastructure movement as education for democracy.  By this time, between the middle and the end of our first phase in the project, there should be daily ReTweeting of posts, comments, articles, and workshop schedules on SoLs by volunteers in each state.  There should also, by this point, be daily article reposts and discussions on social media, blogs, and in person, between volunteers and the general public, in each community, around how medical debt in particular is related to creating and prolonging the experience of homelessness by two years or more, in some places.  Advocacy, especially by law students, should be paid for, in anything from local currencies to student loan forgiveness, to free food, as they give their time to present seminars and workshops in each community, in every state.  Finally, lobbying to update all SoLs and remove the practice of requiring accused debtors to defend themselves in court, especially on Time-barred debts (if indeed validated), should become especially intense at this time.

 

2. (325/250 wds)

At this time, also, measurements should be looked at to determine whether teh milestones for this part of the first phase will be met, and whether this, in conjunction with other parts of Phase I, merits extending the time period for this first phase of the project by up to 5 years.  By the end of phase I, which will be decided by each community for themselves, and thus may result in overlapping phases, by location, there should be weekly seminars being given on the soL for that state, in each major city of all 50 states in the union, DC, and territories.  By the end of Phase I, each week, there should be at least one report on debt collection activities, and on the outcomes of these activities for those pursued by the collection agencies or creditors, by county, in each of the 50 states, and in the District of Columbia, with comparisons to nearby counties by SES level and court paper filing requirements for that jurisdiction.  By the 14th year of this project, weekly library ‘How to Reply’ seminars should be in place, in every branch library, in every city of every state and territory in the USA.  These seminars require, it will be reminded, no money nor payment, only willing hands to do the labor.  Likewise, weekly seminars disclosing the state of pre-trial diversion or intervention in each jurisdiction, as well as the legality of body attachments, cash or money bail, and any other priorities which the local community may deem to be most important, should be held in easily accessible locations for the public, with handouts to take home and share.  Finally, pre trial interventions, body attachment, and cash bail should be either ended, or in the process of being ended, in all states and territories across the country, with strong lobbying of lawmakers, legal proceedings, and other forms of non-violent direct action, if necessary, as agreed upon within each community.

 

 

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At this point, we will have passed the mid-way point of Phase I.  The tools and activities which have been developed for other parts of this phase, like public libraries, thus far, can also be applied to this part of Phase I.  The 1-minute activities and other tools should now be joined with campaigns to get the attention and agreement of lawmakers, including lawsuits, brought by organizations like the ACLU and the NAACP, if needed, as partners in this work.  Weekly criminal justice reform reposts, retweets, articles, workshops and handouts should, by this time, be being presented in every major city, in each state and territory of the US.  In like manner, workshops and seminars with free handouts to share on debt law as it has changed, as well as ongoing activities like “Free Walks for Freedom from Debt” and letters to lawmakers regarding, in particular, medical debt as a problem to be solved alongside increasing support for a truly robust public health care system, should be happening in every community, in every major city, and in every state and territory of the US, on at least a weekly basis.  Other 1-minute activities, letter writing and delivery campaigns, education, advocacy, and lobbying tools should be developed by committees of volunteers in each community, based on the needs and assets, abilities and unique strengths found within those communities.  As these tools are developed, they should be shared, in the context of the problem being solved , the particulars of the solution, and the community for which the solution worked, with other communities, far and near.

 

4. (387/250 wds)

It should be remembered, first of all, that the very act of giving or attending, or discussing later, a free financial legal seminar or workshop is both practical and symbolic.  It is clearly practical in that a set of people are learning a very important set of connected peices of information that we all need in our daily lives, and symbolic in that there is no more powerful symbol of democracy than sharing the rules of how our law works, especially our laws in relation to money, and how it affects the demos, or the people.  Ending the scourge of having to pay for pre-trial interventions or diversion, the permitting of body attachments, and the requirement of cash money to make bail, is a crucial act of equity, and also a symbol of hope, and of the earnestness of society to make good on that promise “that all men are created equal.”  Or at least, to make a real start on making good on that promise.  Any citizen in fear of unjust treatment is bad for both the rule of law, and for our democracy.  Therefore, continued walks, use of social media and other tools for education and advocacy, and lobbying of lawmakers for support of free workshops for changes in the criminal justice system tie in with the need for solid library systems, just as they connect to the need for robust public health and transportation systems.  Some will ask how we can possibly afford to pay for all of this, which is a fair question, looking at it from where we currently sit, in 2021 CE.  But, it should be remembered that not all of this actually needs to be paid for.  What it will take is an army of volunteers dedicated to working for peace, democracy, and empathetic education, and willing to do the learning required to then help teach others how to learn, and how to pass that learning on, so as to create a ripple effect down the years and generations.  Finding the Willing Workers On Original Formats to create the structures that new tools will fill to help all of us build a better, kinder, safer Democracy, that does not take money, but time, effort, and the faith that it is possible, and worth doing.  That, we can certainly pay for.

 

As we leave chapter 7, and it’s vision for how we might get to the potential of a set of public systems of infrastructure that can help build up our democracy, we look ahead to the concept of adulthood, in the dominant society.  Having the space that a good public health care, transport system, library system, and ongoing system of updated legal financial learning can provide gives every citizen the space, at this point, to breath, and to reflect.  Reflection is a key skill in the constituents of a republic, and a more robust conception of adulthood can help us learn to think more rationally, and to evolve a habit of reflection, free of the existential fears of not having health care or transportation, and not knowing how to access them.  Thus, all members of our society will at have become more able to contribute, and more likely to find the best way that they can contribute.  After all, it takes finding the best in ourselves and in others, and nurturing those better angels, in order to become the excellent society that we can be.  We shall see a road map for arriving in the place within another 20 years, as we move through chapter 8, coming up next.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 8, section I. )

 

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

 

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

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

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

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

Action Prompts:

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

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

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

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

-we can learn from the past via Stayed on Freedom’s Call,

       by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plan List) in the present, to

                                                                            help build a kinder future:  Project Do Better

 

  Our society can Do Better to build Peace…    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2022 CE = year 12022 HE

(5 month GED lesson 22 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts from a fictional Minbari Ranger’s point of view, and my historical fiction serial Ann&Anna,  escaping slaves’ learning to read…

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(freehttps://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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Project Do Better Working Wednesdays, Chapter 7, section III: C

This post is  the rough draft of  Chapter 7, section III, part C, a map for the later years of Phase I, 3/4, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.   This section will complete the mapping out of a path to get there for Phase I, with our Public Domain Social Infrastructure.  I leave this rough draft for comparison, for the curious, with the current version of the 3rd draft.

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

Outlines for chapter 7 are already at the bottom of section II’s posts.

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

(Chapter 7, section III. B.  was last week) :

III. C.

III. C (1146/1000wds).

1. (307/250 wds)

For the final years of this part of Phase I, nearly 15 years, it willl have been, since the start of this overall project, education and advocacy around the importance of public libraries must also become lobbying, as the time grows closer to starting Phase II.  While we are accostumed to all public libraries being free, here in the US, an even better state of affairs would be a regular and normal connection, easy for all patrons to use, between the public library systems and university libraries, so that any resident could freely access all academic journal articles, for example.  Advocacy, more urgent at this point in Phase I, must show the need for more group and individual study rooms, in each and every branch library, with power outlets and good wifi, and push lawmakers and even private funders, if need be, to make this happen.  By this point, near the end of Phase I, it is taken for granted that libraries will all have much better internet access for patrons and staff.  Something that will likely continue to need more pushing for is the idea of auto-cleaning restrooms, as many rest stops on highways in France already have, outside of each branch library to augment the restroom facilities already in the library building.  This is especially important in particularly vulnerable inner city neighborhoods.  Finally, what should be the most obvious fact, is that each and every main or central library, and also each and every neighborhood branch library, should be open and staffed 24/7/365.  With sufficient support, this will not be a problem, particularly if a community youth center is also open next door to each library branch, to give youth a place to come play, relax, learn, and get homework help with the library available to pop over and do research, whenever needed.

 

2. (281/250 wds)

The measurements by which we judge our progress in regard to libraries can include the usual statistics, and also should include information kept by the volunteers working on this part of the project.  The metrics decided upon earlier in Phase I should now be used, after the half-way point of 5-7 years, to see which way every community needs to take the effort to improve public libraries in order to meet the overall goals they have decided upon.  One easy metric is whether every branch library in every community, as well as the main or central libraries, of course, are lending some form of e-Reader out to patrons, as well as lending in all media, like DVDs, paper, etc.  Another easy metric to assess is whether each branch library now has at least 2 reference librarians available all day long.  The question of why certain small branches may need to trained librarians can be answered in looking at the upswing of patronage, and the increase in complexity of questions fielded by librarians, as more and more of the population begins to use the library system for academic research, as well as for ordinary reading.  It is hoped that the level of average reading will also be upgraded, so that much more of the general population becomes used to reading and engaging with academic publications.  Clearly the numbers for maintenance and other staff in each library system will also be a key metric for community volunteers, as will book purchases and general book repair and capital funding.  Most importantly, though, will be the number of new branch libraries being built within easy walking distance of the average person’s home, school, or office.

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By this stage in the project, the tools and 1-minute activities that have been used since the start of Phase I should be joined by a legal push to get lawmakers, and laws, in line with the robust public library system that a strong democracy needs.  The groups of committed community members walking together each day to the public library are making practical demonstrations of health benefits, learning, and solidarity with the general public, which needs a well-supported library in every neighborhood.  But even more than that, these walking groups symbolize the long walk of peace that leads to freedom, recalling the freedom marchers of many earlier civil rights campaigns.  It must never be forgotten that the project is part and parcel of civil rights, as a part of human rights.  By this point in the project, nearing the end of Phase I, every library branch should have at least one conference room, and free nightly lectures open to the public on a variety of topics.  Social media, continues to be a tool that should not be neglected.  Added to this, now, should be the setting of appointments and scheduling of groups to walk to lawmakers offices to meet with them and discuss the progress of this work on building a robust public library system.  By this time, an article each week in each library’s newsletter (created by volunteers for this project, if need be) should recap the local financial legal workshops recently held, and coming up soon, at each branch.  Handouts, of course, from lectures, seminars, and workshops, should be available, by now, in each branch library and also telling patrons where to find more financial legal information for themselves.

 

4. (257/250 wds)

It is difficult to imagine why one would wish to object to upgrading our public library system in order to serve all citizens well, but there are, nevertheless, good reasons for doing so, a few of which will be given here.  First, tying the library system to a system of ongoing consumer legal updates and education, which may be a good reason to bring law students and librarians together, btw, benefits any democratic system of governance.  This way, the sight of the next generation of legal scholars working together with librarians to help every person help every other person, oneself and others, is a powerful practical step, and also a powerful symbol of the rule of law being continued by us.  Free information, obviously, is an important part of being free, oneself, to learn and to engage in and work with our democratic governance mechanisms.  This is all part and parcel with freeing ourselves and helping others to be free.  Finally, law students and librarians sharing knowledge and working together is not only about the relationship between learning and the rule of law, but also about breaking down ‘knowledge silos’ and helping people both as individuals and as members of the larger society to move forward.  In this way, we all move forward, together.  This movement, particularly where the next generation of legal scholars is concerned, becomes especially important in the fourth and final piece of Phase I’s Public Domain Social infrastructure, the new system of financial legal ongoing updated learning for all citizens, free of charge.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 7, section III. D.     …  )

 

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

 

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

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

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

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

Action Prompt:

      Consider some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now.  Share them with us in the comments, here, please, and 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

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

         by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                      We can  Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to create a kinder future

 

( 5 month GED lesson 21 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning, and historical fiction can also inspire courage

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

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

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

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

 

for the sake of and in service to HumanKind…

Shira  

Working Wednesdays, Umbrella Project Do Better, From Rough Draft to 3rd Draft, Chapter 7

  This post continues the rough draft of  Chapter 7, section III, part B, for my non-fiction WiP (get the 3rd draft here) intended to explain and begin Project Do Better, fka Baby Floors (fka Baby Acres, or Acre Baby…).  I’m posting it for later comparison with the current 3rd Draft of this WiP.   Phase I, with our mass transit piece of Public Domain Social Infrastructure, starts now.

  Comment on Part I: Dreaming, in Draft 3 of the book.    To comment on chapter 7, in Part II: Engineering, look here

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

Outlines for chapter 7 are already at the bottom of section II’s posts.

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

(Chapter 7, section III. A.  was last week) :

III. B.

III. B(1340/1000).

1. (365/250 wds)

The later years of Phase I, for mass transit, may be fraught with many time related challenges, as we work to complete the task of educating the entire public on the need for the middle classes to ride and advocate for funding of public transportation.  Lobbying must be strongly taken up by the more well to do members of society, as the also use their cars less, and ride mass transit far, far, more.  This will show both them and our lawmakers that all of the public is serious about improving mass transit, for our freedom, and for our planet.  Many job advertisements include a requirement for “own reliable transportation” as a condition of applying for, or actually obtaining, employment.  This should be prohibited, as it discriminates against both the many people unable to drive, and also against the improvement of the very mass transit systems that would solve this problem.  Education and policy advocacy, moving into the lobbying phase at this point in the project, should also focus on the lower cost of mass transit in a variety of ways, especially of rail, for society.  Another way in which we could expand the benefits of rail transportation is to make the price of nation wide rail transport, now in the hands of Amtrak, roughly the same as the cost of public subway transportation in most cities.  Expanded ridership could well pay back this cost much sooner than we think, if high speed trains become the norm soon enough.  This point in the project should also see the expansion of lobbying for light metro systems, like the VAL, or automated light rail line, in Rennes, with a stop within one mile of every place of employment, and of the average person’s home.  One more innovation for mass transit may come as a surprise proposal, but it may add nuance and utility to the public transportation experience.  Creating several choice tiers for riders of public transit, including free fare for those who wish to stand during their trip, the standard fare for seated passengers, and a slightly higher fare, waived for students, for those wishing to use ‘study compartments’ with desks or tables, during their commute.

 

 

2. (283/250 wds)

The later stages of Phase I, for public transportation, should be fairly straight forward in terms of measurements and determining whether we have hit our milestones, thus far.  There should, by this point or shortly thereafter, be free door to door transportation provided for the elderly and for those persons in a state, permanently or temporarily disabled, essentially, unable to navigate the mass transit system in their town or city.  This should be an automatic service, provided without the need for tokens, or long waits on the telephone to access these services.  There should be in the works, by this time, firm plans for a light rail in every city connecting to airports, schools, hospitals, and obviously shopping, etc, easily within reach of every housing development so that there is no need for a car, if one does not wish to drive.  It seems reasonable, therefore, that there should be a light rail stop, preferably, or a bus stop, within one mile of the average person’s home, in both the cities and in the suburbs, and within 2 miles does not seem unreasonable out in rural areas.  By this time, or at the latest, by the end of Phase I, there should certainly be connected rail systems, allowing one to use public transportation, to all cities across the country.  Safe sidewalks, level and with cuts in appropriate places for those who need to use canes, walkers, or are simply unable to step up and over a curb, and fully protected bike paths, with hard barriers between the bike lane and vehicular traffic, should, by the end of Phase I, be provided all the way from every residential area into every mass transit center.

 

 

 

3. (355/250 wds)

The tools in use, as with the activities, like our 1-minute acts for togetherness, should be joined, at this point, with pursuit of greater lobbying and legal action, in service to public transportation that is truly accessible to all residents and visitors to our country.  After all, why should others boast of excellent trains when we were the ones who invented them?  Walking and social media activities should continue apace, gathering steam, as we see, acknowledge, and act upon the increased need to develop new tools better suited to the growing awareness and use of mass transit.  Lobbying for some level of free mass transit, perhaps beginning with the standing passengers, and of course completely free travel for the elderly and disabled, should begin at this point, if it has not already started, and must remember to help raise awareness, educate around the benefits of this new policy, and advocate for it among both our lawmakers and the upper classes, at the same time.  Getting middle and upper SES residents to use mass transit could go a long way toward solving many of our society’s problems, in addition to the transit system itself.  Building empathy begins with being in the same boat, or on the same train, in this case.  While ‘study compartments’ may be new for American public transportation, it is not a difficult thing to add, and could encourage not only students, but professionals like lawyers, professors, teachers, business people, and others who need to use their commuting time productively to read papers, mark up plans, or simply to think and brainstorm new ideas onto paper, with a desk or table to facilitate that task en route to work.  Adding to the set of new tools could be something like a ‘walk 1 mile, bike 2, together for commuting with community’ days, possibly even making fares free on those days, in order to encourage them.  Finally, increasing the campaign for ‘Transit Tourism’ could result in large gains in both visitor ridership, and even in resident ridership, particularly if residents volunteer to show out of town visitors the hidden gems of the local community.

 

 

 

4. (318/250 wds)

Finally, in the last stages of Phase I, it should go without saying that fully accessible and dependable public transportation is a crucial common good, and that it needs robust support and upgrading.  The multiple nuances of transit, such as standing, seated, or study, needed to fit the needs of travelers and commuters of various NeedSpecificationsFindABetterWordHere, fills both a practical role and a symbolic role.  The practical is that of actually meeting the needs of different types of commuters, while the symbolic is that of getting to where we need to go, with what we need done, done.  For those commuters, in particular, who need to use that commute time to do HW in peace, the ‘study compartment’ can be both practical, for getting that HW done during otherwise ‘dead time,’ and also symbolic of hope.  For a young student pinning her hopes for surviving and thriving in this world on getting an education while working full time, this hope is crucial, not only to her, but to all of our society.  Transportation, in general, has always been both a practical way to get around, and also, as travel, a representation of freedom.  It should be such for all of us, without exception.  The graduated levels of seating serves the practical use of meeting the needs of various travelers more efficiently, while symbolizing the fact that there is a wide variety of tools and solutions available to us, if we only seek to create them, together.  Finally, by the end of this phase, 15 years since the start of our project, we hope to see another phenomenon beginning to take off, possibly even around the world: Transit Tourism.  This kind of tourism, apart from being more environmentally friendly, and even local economy friendly, not to mention meeting the transport needs of the tourist in a new city, also offers a symbol of hope, for all of the world.

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 7, section III. C.     …  )

 

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

 

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

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

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, perhaps.

 

Action Prompts:

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

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

   Thoughtful 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

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

         by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                      We can  Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to create a kinder future

 

( 5 month GED lesson 23 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning, and historical fiction can also inspire courage

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

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

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

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

 

 

Working Wednesdays, Umbrella Project Do Better, From Rough Draft to 3rd Draft

     (credit and thanks to The Atlantic for image, I make nothing from it.)

        This post is the start of the rough draft of  Chapter 7, section III, part A, for my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, fka Baby Floors (fka Baby Acres, or Acre Baby…).    This section will complete the early years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase I, with our Public Domain Social Infrastructure.    It’s here for comparison, because I can’t bear the pain of letting the original version of this idea go without at least a whimper. 

    Comment on Part I: Dreaming, in Draft 3 changes Do Better into a much more community project oriented book, as I prepare to pass on the torch.    To comment on chapter 7, in Part II: Engineering, look here

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

Outlines for chapter 7 are already at the bottom of section II’s posts.

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

(the Rough Draft of Chapter 7, section II. D.  was last week) :

III. A.

III (abt 4k wds). :  What Phase I could look like in the later years of this project:

III. A (1080/1000 wds).

1. (263/250 wds)

The later years of Phase I, for public health service concerns, will be doubtless years of building upon the network of volunteers recently begun while continuing to educate around public health issues, advocate for more free public health services, and begin the task of seriously lobbying  and building a grassroots movement to finish these goals within their appointed time frame.  Communities and the groups of volunteers dedicating themselves to this part of the project, will be able to report on the progress made thus far in attaining the milestone markers for this part of Phase I, particularly those for education around the need for a robust public health service, and to decide where to go from here.  Advocacy for public health is advocacy for all of our health.  This needs to be the paramount point being made by all communities on this issue.  At this point, serious lobbying needs to have begun, in particular, around federal policy designed to help pay for greatly expanded mental health services, and even pushing for a  psychologist on every corner.  This will be the time to finish the implementation of getting a public health clinic on every block, and for starting to evaluate our goals for this part of phase I.  New tools and more volunteers to help with the new lobbying push will both be essential to develop, at this point in our work.  In addition to checking the timeline, and deciding whether more time, at the most another five years, may be needed, the metrics should also be evaluated, to determine whether they need adjusting.

 

 

2. (255/250 wds)

Setting milestones and metrics for public health clinic and service related issues, at this stage, should be a bit more rounded out, as a process.  At the mid-way point, now, there should be just enough perspective to determine if the set of milestones, and the metrics for showing how quickly we are reaching those milestones, are sufficiently well adapted to the communities and purposes they are trying to serve.  By this time, one hopes, the ACA should have been expanded into all states and territories of our country, and there ought to also be a public health clinic in every neighborhood.  Each person, on average, in this country, should have a public health clinic within a reasonable walking distance from home.  Every school of every kind should have a nurse on duty, including community colleges, continuing ed facilities, and also shopping centers.  Not only are they there for when shoppers have emergencies, but they can also serve as information relays, responders for questions, and also even very quick light blood-pressure testing or down-time aid, of a sort.  There must be a full time nurse and a full time prescribing therapist or psychiatrist available 24 hours, 7 days/week, every single day of the year, at every single shelter: battered women’s shelters, homeless shelters, etc.  And these milestones, as well as the metrics for finishing this phase, may need changing based on the needs of any given local community.  That will be for the committee of dedicated volunteers in each community to decide at that time.

 

3. (264/250 wds)

The tools and activities for this part of Phase I should now, 5 to 7 years into the project, be relatively regular in updates, engagement, and developing new examples of both.  Joined to the now familiar 1-minute acts should, at this point, be the start of legal campaigning and possibly even strategic lawsuits, as used in past times by the NAACP, the SCLC, and other organizations while pursing complementing tactics simultaneously.  We should begin to intensify our “1-minute active aiding for democracy” actions, with ideas like ‘post cards for public health’ and other ideas to get and keep the attention of law-makers on the goals around public health, for this phase.  Supporting the USPS would also be good.  Getting law students to work together with medical or nursing students to target states in which the ACA’s medicaid expansion has not been fully implemented, or where there are not yet clinics on each block, could be most fruitful.  Deciding how to get organizations like the ACLU and the SPLC or ProPublica involved more deeply in the issue of medical debt related lawsuits may also prove most productive at this stage, once some progress has been made on building up a cadre of volunteers to help with footwork of various kinds.  Finally, giving workshops and seminars that include updates and comparisons with the free publicly accessible health care systems in countries like Denmark, France, and NZ should be taken a step up, given more often and with more references to the current state of affairs in our own health care system, and how to improve it.

 

 

4. (268/250 wds)

Finally, the ending years of Phase I ought, by that time, to have show for themselves how the actions taken by volunteers for this project have been both of practical use for individuals and communities,and symbolic importance which helped to cement the solidarity of communities who have thus far chosen to engage in this process.  The obvious practical importance of having a robust public health system for both individuals and for communities cannot be overstated, but may often still need to be demonstrated.  What must be shown by this project, however, is how, in concrete economic and public health terms, the work of this project has thus far helped both the middle classes and the upper classes, who decide where to allocate our resources.  We must also show how the lack of health care in other places, even far away places, leads to health care problems for all of us to deal with, sooner or later, as with smallpox in 1947 NYC, the 1918 flu pandemic, Coivd-19, and even simply the recent Hepatitis A outbreak among local homeless persons in San Diego, which had the potential to spread into the general population.  The post cards for public health campaign, in particular, is one that should be used to springboard into lobbying lawmakers, while reminding us symbolically of the love of getting a hand-written letter from a far off grandparent, for further improvements.  Such grass roots acts, the 1-minute acts included, though they may be less ‘real’ for some, can help consolidate the movement as really intent upon accomplishing a set of specific goals for the common good.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 7, section III. B.     …  )

 

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

 

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

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

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

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

Action Prompts:

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

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

   Thoughtful 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

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

         by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                      We can  Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to create a kinder future

 

( 5 month GED lesson 23 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning, and historical fiction can also inspire courage

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

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

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

Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better, Chapter 7, section II: D map for the early years, 4/4

This post is the start of the rough draft of  Chapter 7, section II, part D, for my non-fiction WiP Do Better, fka Baby Floors, fka Baby Acres.   This section will complete the early years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase I, with our Public Domain Social Infrastructure.

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

Outlines for some of chapter 7 will be at the bottom of this post (JYP!).

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

(Chapter 7, section II. C.  was last week) : (3rd draft update -this part is now called Financial Knowledge Infrastructure…)

II. D.

II.  D (1298/1000wd).

We now come to the final piece of our #PublicDomainInfrastructure improvements of Phase I: Pro-Bono legal-financial updating for the general public on a regular basis

 

1. (260/250 wds)

What is possibly the most nebulous system of free or pro-bono legal financial financial-legal public education, as we start this phase, must be built up, partly from scratch, to fit the purpose for which the project wishes to build this part of our crucial yet often unseen public domain social infrastructure, which rests upon the physical infrastructure which meets society’s more basic needs of health care, transportation, and communal gathering and learning spaces, via the public library system.  Educating and advocating for this new yet not so new form of continuous education should be fully cooperative, shared, collaborative work, bringing into greater use the multi-media technologies, the arts, social media, and as many other tools as possible.  Examples of topics needing urgent education for the wider public include Statutes of Limitations, which very by state, how many people end up experiencing homelessness due to medical debt, the right to know about one’s obligation to defend on expired debt lawsuits, and changes in local and state legal statues.  This last is a point that bears repeating: laws and statutes change often, in states, and are also almost all available online, and all are, of course, a matter of public record.  But knowing that this information is publicly available, and knowing how to access and use it are two different things.  Both of those things from a part of the knowledge related to the ‘Financial Self-Defense’ requisite of the next phase, and indeed, part of what absolutely every member of society has a right and a duty to be updated on regularly.

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2. (384/250 wds)

Moving to ways that we could measure the starting progress of this movement for free pro-bono financial legal learning, we begin, as always, with honor and with empathy.  Honor for the obligation of all of us to be informed and rational members of our society, and the empathy that is required to keep our society functioning.  By the 5th year of this project, though it will still be in it’s infancy at this point, it should be reasonable to expect to be able to hold at least one seminar per month in several cities, teaching the importance of and distinction between the various types of statutes of limitations, and how to find them for each state.  In a similar time frame, it should be fairly easy to find volunteers to present reports on the relationships between medical debt, debt buyers and collectors, debt validation, and local laws regulating how debtors may be treated by original creditors, debt collectors, and debt buyers, both in federal law and in local or state law.  Particularly important, during this time frame, is to find volunteers willing to research and present workshops explaining the need and ways to ‘reply’ to a legal summons, and how to deal with a debt collection case, in that volunteer’s local state or community.  Many counties, such as Montgomery Co, MD, also have additional policies, for instance, forbidding hospital discharge to the street, which should be looked up and discussed for wider dissemination.  Within the first 5 years of Phase I, there should be many interested volunteers able to look up and give a short workshop explaining the local policies and state laws governing pre-trial diversion, or intervention, and whether it is equitable, or requires payment, as well as citing studies to that point showing results of those policies in their local areas.  The same can be applied to finding out about and discussing the policies related to Body Attachments, cash bail, and other important policies, such as the use of choke hold tactics in local policing.  Informing the public on where to find all of these legal codes and policies is the primary objective of these seminars, so that upon leaving, every participant should be able to find them and look them up again, and share them with other members of the community.

 

3. (265/250 wds)

Tools for accomplishing the above tasks will need to be developed, alongside the use of existing tools, of course.  Some simple tasks within the first 5 years are the creation and sharing of hashtags like #PublicDomainInfrastructure, and other appropriate tags for the milestone tasks that will take us through this phase, related to public health, transport, and libraries, and tying them all to Pro-bono financial legal learning updates as one whole, with daily shares on social media.  Some activities related to these tags could be, for instance, “Walk with me to learn to be financially free, at the library!” tweets, blog posts, and Facebook shares, to start with.  An easy 1-minute activity could be a daily tweet of 1 law code quote from the state legal code of each volunteer, from the debt section of their state legal codes, with links, of course, on where to find more, such as the official state web site for that state’s legal statutes.  Volunteers could also share just the web sites for the online legal codes in their states, with an explanation of the importance of those links, and why they are reliable.  By the 5th year of this project, it seems reasonable to hope that at least one volunteer per month is giving a seminar explaining the Statutes of Limitations in their states, with references on handouts for easy sharing, in several communities.  Similarly, it seems reasonable to expect that by this point in the project, at least one seminar per month will be given, in several communities, on debt collection studies for their state or county.

 

 

4. (344/250 wds)

In responding to the question of why it is important to make ongoing updated free financial legal learning a regular part of every person’s daily or monthly routine, one need only point to the number of people, in the general public, who cannot cite the 4 SoLs for their state of residence, and why it is important to know this and to share this knowledge.  The many Americans in debt, for medical reasons and for other reasons, need to know how to find this important information, and those who are not in debt also need to know how to find it, both for the sake of those who are suffering under often undeserved debt burdens, and also for the sake of those who have no debt, but do not understand enough to prevent making mistakes that could lead them into debt.  Some activities that may be able to help bringing us to this point include walking together to the library for financial freedom seminars (not, we add, about making money, as is usually meant by ‘financial freedom,’ but rather around preventing money from becoming a noose around our necks, whether we have much or little…).  Walking together in this way is practical, for the learning, of course, and also symbolic of being in this together, and walking through it, together.  This part of financial self-defense, referring to the next step in the project, as we prepare the way for Phase II, is needed for self-evident practical reasons in daily life, and also shows the ability to help others to learn crucial life skills and how to develop them independently, as with finding the various state legal codes online.  Clearly, sharing references to state legal codes is both education for citizen’s rights, and also symbolizes the rule of law to which we all agree.  Having volunteers in each state makes more possible, and also builds solidarity.  Sharing studies on debt collection tactics and outcomes, especially across counties, shows both that racism is still very much alive and well, and also how to help end it.

 

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 7, section III. A.      )

 

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

 

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

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

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

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

   And, for JYP:  !  🙂

Chapter 7 section II. D. and III. D. are outlined together, since  they run in parallel: 

outlines

 

Action Prompts:

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

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

   Thoughtful 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

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

         by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                      We can  Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to create a kinder future

 

( 5 month GED lesson 21 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning, and historical fiction can also inspire courage

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

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

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

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Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Floors, Chapter 7, section II: C map for the early years, 3/4

This post was the start of the rough draft of  Chapter 7, section II, part C, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.     Now in the third draft, and re-written as Do Better (Beta Readers wanted, no spoons available )…

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

Outlines for some of chapter 7 will be at the bottom of this post (JYP!).

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

(Chapter 7, section II. B.  was last week) :

II. C.

 

II. C (1252/1000wds).

1. (300/250 wds)

For public libraries, Beginning Phase I, with the lamentable state of our public library system in many states, and in certain counties or neighborhoods even in wealthier states, there will be much work to do.  the first stages will begin with reminding ourselves of how libraries helped build community in the past.  Libraries have always been more than just information centers and lenders of books.  They have also been, and continue to serve, as community safety nets, and as gathering places for community members from all walks of life.  Education and advocacy around the need to increase support for libraries may immediately bring to mind one recent point of contention: voting.  Libraries have often been used as polling places for local residents, as just one example of the role branch libraries play, in particular, in the community.  Another possibly unexpected role libraries are increasingly playing in is as a safety net for people experiencing addictions, as librarians in some states are being trained to administer narcan, a prepackaged nasal spray used by first responders as a medication for reversing or preventing opioid overdoses.  Many libraries in vulnerable neighborhoods are also hosting the rotation of social workers on an occasional basis as information providers and referrers for troubled members of the community.  Libraries have always been community meeting places, and, as the former DC Central library, the Carnegie Library reminds us, often also the only places where residents of all races could meet without the onerous rules of racial segregation following them through the door (cite Stayed, p. 16).  Today’s crying need for increased staffing, bathroom upgrades, and extended hours, just for starters, requires educating the non-library going public, while building up the patronage levels, and advocating for a far more robust library system, in the interest of all of society.

 

2. (274/250 wds)

Metrics and milestones for this work of educating and advocating increased support for public library systems, as well as connecting those systems with each other, and more closely to university library systems, should start at the local branch library level, unless a given community decides otherwise.  Clearly librarians or former librarians, in particular, would be well placed to help in adjusting these metrics.  A good start might be to have library restrooms cleaned every hour, and a plumber come in to do maintenance twice per week, or more as needed.  So would increasing the number of book purchases for local library systems, especially in cities that have larger vulnerable populations, by 50% per year, and adding a similar percentage of additional staff, with a corresponding increase in book maintenance and capital budgets, within the first five years of the project’s start.  Further, one free local financial law workshop per branch per week, along with an annual celebration event planned, perhaps at the main branch, to raise visibility and remind residents of their educational updating events.  Clearly, connecting each of the InterLibrary Loan systems between cities around the US should be quite doable within the first five years, and finally, physical plant must not be forgotten.  It may be ambitious, but not impossible, within the first 5 years of Phase I, to see one new branch library built in every community or city across the country.  These milestones might be difficult to achieve in the start of a brand new project, but with the infrastructure support already promised to be “on the way” by President Biden, these milestones are absolutely doable, if we will it.

 

 

 

3. (294/250 wds)

Tools and activities for accomplishing those milestones, and the mid-phase goal, can be as simple as sharing a post over social media.  One measure might be to reach 2000 ReTweets per day, over the first five years of Phase I, of a tweet related to public library users mentioning this project.  One new daily ‘walk to our library’ group starting up per year in every city may be ambitious, but is also completely doable, within the first five years of beginning this project.  Likewise, one tweet per month, in the first couple of years, by project volunteers in their communities to say that “I just asked for more library funding in my city, as part of #PublicDomainInfrastructure!” is entirely possible to meet.  One article per year, in each city, with the handout attached, on how “I just offered a free debt law workshop at my local library!” sharing a link to all of the information from the workshop, is certainly doable, in all fifty states, by the end of the mid-way point in Phase I.  Any careful volunteer, who pays attention to the details of local Statutes of Limitations, updated laws on debt-buyers and time-barred suits, for example, can give such a workshop, in a public library space, and obviously, listing current books available at that branch library, to encourage library patronage.  Finally, a dozen tweets per year reminding us of how any volunteer or library patron has “just requested a book purchase,” for each library system, should be easily reachable as a milestone goal during the first five years of Phase I.  These activities are easy, accessible, and should help to generate both interest and support for this part of our project, as it begins to pick up momentum in the start-up stages.

 

 

4. (364/250 wds)

Looking at the reasons for doing these activities, and more ideas are eagerly awaited, as communities find volunteers dedicated to moving this project forward over the next few generations, we hope to show how there are both practical and symbol reasons behind these activities.  First, tweets, in particular, are very easy to produce, and practically everyone has access to Twitter, which can also be shared via link posts across other social media.  The symbolic act of taking back a part of social media for good, by using it to spread a message of hope and ways to help, is also an important part of this choice of tool.  Walks to the library are also a two for one sort of deal.  Walking brings an immediate physical health benefit, as well as transportation to the library on one’s own two feet, and of course benefits the library via increased patronage, but also, walking has always been a potent symbol of getting to a better place.  While writing articles with accompanying handouts may be a bit less easy, it is not so difficult as it may first appear.  Many states, like CA and MD, have their entire current legal code online, with good and well-verified explanations by authorities with experience in finance law.  Given the time to carefully investigate and explain these laws and look at a few current applications, any volunteer can write up a lesson, with sources, and speak at the library.  Leaving the handouts for local residents to find more information is both a practical application of free continuously updated learning, and symbolic of another way that “help is on the way.”  Offering these workshops at the library also both boosts library usage, and symbolizes ‘leaving now person behind’ in the community, as they are accessible to all members of the community.  Finally, sharing social media postings about book purchase requests both supports authors as it supports libraries, and makes a symbolic request to leave no reader behind.  We now turn to how a more generalized sort of free continuous learning can have an even greater impact on society, moving us forward in both this project, and also in the world at large.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 7, section II. D.     …  )

 

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

 And, JYP! 

 
     🙂
 

Chapter 7 section II. B. and III. B.  and the Cs, as well, outlined together, since  they run in parallel:  

outlines!!

And with regard to comps for  audience

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.

Category is clearly   Non-fiction.

  I’m leaning toward Social Sciences, and Inspirational, for shelving label.

Action Prompts:

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

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

   Thoughtful 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

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

     by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

           We can  Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to create a kinder future

 

( 5 month GED lesson 20 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning, and historical fiction can also inspire courage

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

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

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

Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better, Chapter 7, section II: B map for the early years, 2/4

      This post notes a major change to the WiP (in the 2nd Draft), and is the start of the rough draft of  Chapter 7, section II, part B, for my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, fka Baby Floors/Baby Acres.  

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

    In the second draft, as some volunteers have begun to Alpha Read it for me, a point of contention regarding Phase II arose.  As a reader pointed out that in the USA, many more non-white folks have been put under Guardianship, ie had their rights as adults stripped away, than white citizens.  This leads to a wariness to raise any bar for being considered an adult.   My attempt to redefine adulthood as a call to serve does not make sense in our current context of the legal meaning of the word adult, and this is causing confusion.  After rethinking what I would like to see happen in Phase II, and how that sets up for Phases III and IV (described in Chapter 6…), I’ve decided to rename The Adulthood Challenge.

    I am in need of a catchy, short, and descriptive term, but my current working term is The Service Cooperation Challenge, with those committed to accepting that challenge being called (instead of Adults, )  Service Cooperators.  Ok, this is neither a short phrase, nor catchy.   Better ideas appreciated…

  (  Essentially, I am hoping to get the ball rolling on building a cadre of folks who both understand the task of Do Better, identify with it, and care, very very deeply.

    In other words, I guess I need (to help build?) a non-military version of the Anla’Shok for our time and place.)

Outlines for some of chapter 7 will be at the bottom of this post (JYP!).

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

(Chapter 7, section II. A.  was last week) :

II. B.

II. B(1255/1000).

1. (251/250 wds)

Moving from health to transit, as we travel down the years from 1918 with a certain Irish immigrant to NY, and consider the state of mass transit in NY as one example, we look at the need for safe, clean, efficient, and affordable public transportation in every community.  These early stages of our overall project will entail education, both of the general public, and also of the newly forming cadre of volunteers who wish to take on the challenge of education all of us, and advocating for this vision of human solidarity.  The starting years of Phase I, for mass transit, may be especially challenging given the low usage of mass transit among most of the middle and affluent classes.  Educating the public on the benefits of mass transit, and telling the history of how widely used trolley and street car systems in many cities were before and into the early 1960‘s, should dovetail smoothly into advocacy for renewed public transportation systems of high quality in every community.  Increased requests for adding light rail and trolley lines and stops, more bathrooms in transit centers and near trolley and bus stops, more frequent scheduling, and more cleaning of the centers and rolling stock will come from educating around and advocating for those benefits.  More transit security and more sturdy shelters for every bus stop will certainly increase middle and upper class support for using public transportation, particularly in light of the traffic benefits, as well as pollution benefits, to mass transit systems.

 

 

2. (329/250 wds)

As to milestones and metrics for mass transit during the first years of this first phase of our project, once again, local communities will have to assess and set both, after taking into account the particular needs of their localities.  Some suggestions, however, do follow.  One idea is that one or more people could take a walk per day, sharing the reasons for these walks over any variety of social or other communication media.  Walking as transportation, walking for health reasons, and walking for other goals are only some of the many possibilities.  A “one walk away from…” sharing contest, with the modest goal of getting 1 share per month in the 1st year, could have people recount their goals and what they felt as they reached the milestone of just one walk away from completing that goal.  Similarly, in the first year, one article on the connections between health, walking, and community as part of public transportation, like walking together to the metro or trolley stop, or “and that’s why we all decided to walk two miles, instead of waiting for the bus!” ideas would be progress.  Getting 6 shares of this article in the next 6 months could also be considered modest but useful progress.  Over the 1st 5 years, having 6-10 regular transit riders or walkers posting on a weekly blog, FB page, twitter account, or even writing a LinkedIn or Medium (free) article, could help boost visibility for public transportation issues.  Finally, over this same first 5 years, even just one tweet per day more than the month before about local transit issues, and telling everyone how to reach their local transit board with concerns, shared by even just 2, or 5, people per day would be a start.  Again, it must be left up to each local community to decide firmly on the specific details appropriate to the locales in which they live, since they know best, by living the experience on a daily basis.

 

 

3. (297/250 wds)

Tools and universally accessible activities for this part of phase I should clearly involve both using mass transit, walking to and from, or simply walking as another version of mass transit, and helping to raise awareness of the importance of these usages and walks.  The popular saying of “I’m taking my BMW, as in Bike/Metro/Walk” has great application for all of us, for transportation, for health, and for us as humor and as life, and could be shared via anything from Twitter, on the walk, to simply telling another soul the joke.  Another idea is “I’d walk x miles for…” and “walk a mile for community” campaigns, with the point of raising awareness of how public transportation binds communities together.  Getting 2 people, then 4 people, then 8 people, then 16, 32, and so on, to post shared tweets as they walk, could be fun ways to help publicize this activity that other members of the public can easily engage with, as well.  These “transit math” tweets, like the walks themselves, and even sharing meetup times on the subway, trolley, light rail, or bus, for flash meetings about any transit concern, could help build community and solidarity among all mass transit riders.  Even travelers visiting other cities could get in on the act, by inventing “transit travel” tourism ideas at home and abroad.  “Try the ‘T’” tweets from Boston, or “ride in Rennes” from the automated light rail in that city in France (or in Brittany, as residents prefer to emphasize), can help remind us that even when taking a vacation far away, public transit is an important part of everyday life for many people, as well as a key part of dealing with climate change and helping bring about economic justice, and needs our support.

 

 

4. (355/250 wds)

The clearest answer to any objections regarding the proposed upgrades and expansion of public transportation in our country is that fact that getting from point A to point B, the practical point of any mode of transportation, is neither as simple nor clear cut as we might like it to be.  Transportation, and the mode of transport that we employ, directly impact our physical and emotional health, our safety, our living arrangements, jobs, and our communities.  Bike/Walk/Metro and “walking a mile for community” are each therefore practical and symbolic actions, getting us there physically, to the places we want to go, and getting us there together, symbolizing the many steps in the long walk that humanity as a whole has taken to get us to this point in history, and what we must do to make forward progress from here.  Walking together, apart from simply getting us there, gets us there in solidarity with other human beings, and ensures safer communities and sidewalk cuts, if we are careful to speak up for those who need protection and caring, and use apps like Get It Done San Diego!  Likewise, a smile on the subway, or on the street, can go a long way toward easing tensions, lowering stress levels, and maybe even preventing a mass shooting, while also symbolizing the solidarity of recognition that you are also a fellow human being, and I can at least nod, smile, or wave a hand of friendship at you, as we pass by on our way.  Transit math tweets are another fun way of promoting multiple forms of learning while raising awareness and educating ourselves about the important role that mass transit plays in so many issues, from mitigating climate change and pollution, to saving on traffic and parking tickets, to building community in many ways, both online, such as on twitter via humorous B/M/W tweets, to reminders of how important transportation is to getting to medical appointments, jobs, and cleaning up our environment.  Mass transit not only gets us there, but it can get us all the way there, in 60 to 80 years.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 7, section II. B.     …  )

 

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

 

     And outline photos, JYP!

🙂

Chapter 7 section II. A. and III. A. outlined together, since  they run in parallel:

 

And with regard to comps for  audience

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.

Category is clearly   Non-fiction.

  I’m leaning toward Social Sciences, and Inspirational, for shelving label.

Action Prompts:

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

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

   Thoughtful 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

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

                by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                                We can  Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to create a kinder future

 

( 5 month GED lesson 18 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires problem solving, and historical fiction stories also encourage learning…

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

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

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