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Update: Invisible Children vulnerable to invisible debts: Action Items to help

Update from Project Do Better (Phase I, Financial Self-defense…)

  1.   Identity theft precautions, 
  2.  Validation of a debt to ensure that it was actually contracted by the person being pursued by the collector

(many people receive bills for debts they don’t owe, ignore them, and then end up wrongfully sued and even hit with default judgments because they didn’t reply to the court summons, or demand that the collector validate the debt).

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

(from free book Invisible Children, KARA:)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19
ShiraDest

originally posted in September, 12020 HE

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Public Financial Knowledge Infrastructure: Is Your Debt Time-barred?

   This basic post is meant to be useful for anyone wishing to give a 5-minute seminar at the Metro/Trolley/Bus stop.
Please share widely.
Now that we know what a Statute of Limitations
is,  statutes-of-limitations and how to get the  information  on your debt, if it is Valid, you have the information that a legal expert needs to figure out if your debt is still enforceable in your state (or DC).
You should also look at your credit report, since debts are often listed by type there, as well.
1.  revolving  or open, is credit card;
2.  written contract is an apartment lease, for example;
3.  verbal contract;
4.  promissory notes.
        Again, many web sites list the various SoLs by state, but be sure to compare the SoL in your state with the online legal code of your state, and be sure that it is up to date (ask a law student if you are not sure, at a free legal clinic).
    Now that you have all of the dates from your last payment, check your state law to see how soon after that the SoL for that type of debt kicks in, and count the years.  If it is too old, then the debt is not enforceable, but you need to tell them that.  In writing.  There is a lot of advice online about this, but you probably want to get a Pro-Bono lawyer or law school student to help you, just to be sure.
   Remember to always respond to a letter about debt, after checking with a legal person.
Don’t wait  until_debt_tear_us_apart_28unsplash29
      More on getting our state legislators to change this situation in a couple of weeks.

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Public Financial Knowledge Infrastructure: What is Validating a Debt?

    Here is another very basic post, meant to be useful for anyone wishing to give a 5-minute seminar at the Metro/Trolley/Bus stop.  Please feel free to print, handout, repost, and share widely.
statutes-of-limitations
   Last week, we defined the phrase Statute of Limitations for four types of debt.
    We mentioned that a crucial point to remember is that in most states, the clock can restart on an old debt if you promise to pay, or make even a token payment on an old or expired debt, which is why it is very important to be careful in dealing with debt collectors of any type, even if the debt has  been validated.
   Validated?
     Validating a debt is the process of sending you certain required information that proves you to be the person owing a certain debt.
    Federal law requires certain information, so be careful to get all of the details:  this site, for instance (unless I missed it in the fine print), neglects to mention the ‘tear-off’ that collectors must send you, right?
      Details matter.
     So, if you know someone being called by debt collectors, let that person know that they should ask, preferably in writing,  that the collector Validate the Alleged Debt.  Lots of sample debt validation letters are available online.
   Please share widely, and we’d love links here to some great sample letters you find or write!
      Using this information now, if your debt is valid, you can get help finding out if it is Time-barred, yet.  printable_yearly_2020_calendar
      More, after that, on how to help change this by mailing your state legislators in another week or so.

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Public Financial Knowledge Infrastructure: What is an SoL?

    Since no one seems to be jumping up and down to get this part of the Project started, I am beginning with a very basic post, meant to be useful for anyone wishing to give a 5-minute seminar at the Metro/Trolley/Bus stop.
   SoL  ==  Statute of Limitations
   Statutes of Limitations are time limits on the enforcement of laws, basically.  The kinds of SoLs that Project Do Better focuses on, in Phase I, are those related to debt.  Every state has a different set of SoLs for each of the 4 kinds of debts:
  1.   revolving  or open, is credit card;
  2.   written contract;
  3.   verbal contract;
  4.   promissory notes
        Many web sites list the various SoLs by state, but be sure to compare the SoL in your state with the online legal code of your state.
  statutes-of-limitations
    Another crucial point to remember is that in most states, the clock can restart on an old debt if you promise to pay, or make even a token payment on an old or expired debt.  That is why it is very important to be careful in dealing with debt collectors of any type, even if the debt has  been validated.
  until_debt_tear_us_apart_28unsplash29
 And
a week or so after that…
  printable_yearly_2020_calendar
  And then, you can determine whether that debt, if valid, is time-barred.

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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.  MargarFelixManzilla-4Their 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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2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

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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 done, and I am still looking for  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.

 

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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.

3. (281/250 wds)

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!  🙂

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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 free published versions 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.