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When Frederick Bailey became Frederick Douglass

If today is a lesson in history, let it honor our Enslaved ancestors…

 

So, now my novel is back in planning mode.

 

And, it turns out that I can work him into my novel, as he is still in Baltimore at the same time that my protagonist is there.

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

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

1.) Search for two different resources in your local public library on the life of any escaped slave.

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

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

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts.  Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

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Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…    

 

 

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

 

 

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

 

 

(GED lesson plans: Day 1Day 5)

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Page thirteen was last week…

Action Items:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


Shared Strategies: Cooperating To Resist Oppression


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


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

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

 

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

Page twelve was last week…

Action Items:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie

April, 2021 CE = April 12021 HE

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

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

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

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

 

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StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

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

Music is also a crucial part of a person’s health.  

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to understand how very connected we all are?

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

Shared Musical Styles: Call And Response

“I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously;
Horse and driver He has hurled into the sea.
2 The Lord is my strength and might;
He is become my deliverance.
This is my God and I will enshrine Him;
The God of my father, and I will exalt Him.
3 The Lord, the Warrior —
Lord is His name!”
-from the JPS Tanakh Exodus 15:1-3

From the celebratory “Song of the Sea” quoted above, sung each morning
at daily prayers to this day in the Orthodox and Conservative Jewish
movements, to the hauntingly beautiful strains of Drok Yikra, Freedom will be
Proclaimed, (Inside Cover) sung most famously on the Sabbath day by the Jews
of Yemen, Jewish liturgical song has long expressed the human yearning for
freedom. This yearning is shared in the well-known music of traditional Negro
Spirituals, often adapted by the Civil Rights movement as Freedom Songs,
replacing words to fit the situation. Both Jewish and African-American music
show this need to be free, and share other similarities.
Much Jewish liturgical music takes the form of Call and Response, both
in and outside of the sanctuary. From the Barchu, to Ldor va Dor, the Call to…

 

Page 12″

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain some more of the prayers and traditions mentioned on this page.  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page eleven was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on music as part of cultural change?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie

April, 2021 CE = April 12021 HE

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

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

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

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

 

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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Transportation for “contraband” people?

Libraries and buses are also an intimately connected and crucial part of a community health care network, for many of us.  

So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us, and to give more money for mass transit as part of Public Health Care?

I believe that attention to shared and connected community institutions and systems, like Public Transportation and Public Health Care, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, on page eleven of my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

“… observant Jews?  They were barely accepted themselves in this Southern city,
where the community felt obliged to petition for permission to purchase a house
of worship, despite the existence of St. John ́s and other prominent Christian
houses of worship. What fear and guilt may have gone through the minds of
those hearing the words of Parashat Ki Tetzei, Deuteronomy 23:16,
commanding that a slave running away from a harsh master must be allowed to
live wherever he wished, and not oppressed? Here in Washington, DC, the
compensated emancipation, which conditionally freed slaves nine months
before the Emancipation Proclamation, left many slaves waiting for freedom,
continuing to hope for a Moses of their own, as Harriet Tubman was sometimes
called. The well known comparison actually went both ways, as Negro slaves
identified with the plight of the Hebrews enslaved in Egypt, and many Jewish
families in Mississippi and other areas of the South controlled by General Grant
́s troops experienced a homelessness similar to their recently enslaved
contemporaries.

   Runaway slaves crossing Union lines were known as
contrabands, considered to be confiscated contraband property of war.   While
Jews were being expelled from their homes in areas occupied by General Grant’s troops, people of color like Harriet and Louisa Jacobs in the Federal City and
surrounding areas, worked to inspire hope and provide housing for the many
contrabands pouring in to the Capital from the South, an ironic twist of fate in
the history of these two oppressed peoples.

History was not all they shared.

 

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So, it turns out that page 10 might have done better with this image toward the bottom, even if it is early in the first chapter?  The Fugitive Slave Act is mentioned on that page, but the consequences are on this page (page 11).

Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page ten was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on the function of trains and buses as part of the community health care system?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.   Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

April, 2021 CE = April 12021 HE

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

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

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

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

 

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

Day 6 of GED in 5 months, serfs vs. slaves

Adulting is about getting better and better at distinguishing fine details, and understanding why those details are important.   One of the key details of Phase I of the Four Freedoms movement is the Adulting skill of finding information on local laws that affect your status, like a serf being free after one year and a day in a city.

What, if you can remember (or ever learned), is the difference between a serf and a slave?

Day 6 Lesson Plan:

Khan Academy

that/which, who/whom

Khan Academy fractions , Day 1 of 3
Day 6 ExitSlips

Action Items:

1.) Search your local public library’s online catalogue for books on the European Middle Ages.

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

3.) Share your thoughts on what serfdom was, and what it might have been like to live in Europe as a serf at that time, and how it was different from being a slave.

4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

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

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

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!,
and my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and
a Vision for a Better World posts…
   

ShiraDest

our year 2020 CE =  12020 HE


(Day 5Day 7)

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.

Free copies are available at https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…

Minbari Mondays, Born to The Purple, and trained not to see?

This is the continuation of our fictional letter (reviewing each film and episode of Babylon 5) that I receive each week from Ranger Mayann.

Here is her fifth report:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa, Greetings from Tuzanor:

In this fifth report, still in your Earth year 2258, the second year of operation of the station, Ambassador G’kar and Ambassador Mollari, with the mediation of Commander Sinclair, have been dancing around the issue of an important treaty for some time, telling enough untruths to make the head of your poor human telepath, paid to monitor the negotiations, spin with unease.

As talks around the Euphrates sector, indeed, possibly named for a key civilization on your world, falter, the two ambassadors mutual fondness of drink, of which we Minbari cannot partake, and romance, with which we Minbari are well acquainted, showed that Narn and Centauri were more alike than they wished to think.

At this same time, Lieutenant Commander Ivanova was learning that Mr. Garibaldi was a better sniffer of electronic truth than she might have first imagined. Her tale of Russian fighter pilots and gremlins did not stop the relentless comic from catching her in a sadly needed, yet still unauthorized misuse of station resources.

While then still new to the station, Vir Koto had his first taste of ambassadorial authority, if for only a few hours. In contrast, another Centauri experienced the consequences of lack of any authority, and what that could lead to for the powerless from their world.  Despite having the love of an ambassador.

As Commander Sinclair learned more about the resident telepath, Talia Winters, his two closest subordinates were coming to know each other as opponents in a game of ‘catch Lt. Gremlin‘ accessing the communication system. At the same time, a powerless woman is forced to access the system on behalf of her power hungry master. A saddening balance of abuse for good, and abuse for ill. Neither abuse of the system ought to have been made necessary. Only the solidarity among the less powerful prevented this incident from turning into an even greater tragedy for both parties.

This incident is an important introduction to the importance of appearances and of saving of face for the overly prideful Centauri, and it further shows that human telepaths had free will to decide to help other human beings, despite the power of your Psycorps, which ran their lives without mercy, for a time.  It also brings into sharp focus the lengths to which those who abuse the vulnerable will go to gain power, including lies, theft, and even murder, if permitted.

Knowing the station and those who frequented it were what allowed then Commander Sinclair to apply some of that wisdom which he would later use in full measure, upon becoming…

Sadly, even the oppressed run out of the solidarity that could save them, and the ruthless find strong arms with out conscience to do their ill bidding.

Fortunately, there is always a way around such problems, if we are willing to find creative solutions and act with courage to protect the vulnerable. And to forgive the broken of heart, when they are people of honor.

From the city of  Tuzanor, on Minbar

Earth year 2278,

Anla’Shok Mayann

  Addendum to her report, by Shira: My personal view of this episode is that while it is important for characterizing all of the main players, it really shows the power relations within the Centauri Republic-turned-empire. This will be very important later on.   I am grateful to Ranger Mayann for including these issues in her report.

  I also really enjoyed seeing how poor G’kar has to put up with his new attaché’s disgust with the dancing ‘establishment’ in sharp contrast to his own liking for it, and especially the glee with which Londo watches all of this.  It is fun to watch G’kar’s own ambition being used against him, in the end, to ‘save the honor of the Centauri Republic’ and his almost (but at this point, not quite, as far as he knows, anyway) arch-enemy Londo’s career!  🙂  At this point in the series, he seems to be setting up to become the villain, and it looking back on it, will be … ok, no spoiling!

  This is also a great episode from a human rights point of view, highlighting as it did, back in the 90s, the problem of sex-trafficking and showing how a woman can be coerced even when it is not obvious that that is the case, at first glance, anyway.   

  I also love the cat and mouse game between Garibaldi and Ivanova, with her never outright lying, but knowing that she is not being entirely truthful, either, and too proud to ask for permission to use the Gold Channels, even though Commander Sinclair would surely have authorized her use of that limited resource to talk with her dying father.  Garibaldi’s tact and empathy in dealing with her, once he had proof, was the highest example of kindness and even of humility, as he let her save face, and keep her honor clean.  The final bit of seeing her at last drop her pride to accept ‘that drink, some other time’ is almost like the moment in Harry Potter when Hermione lies to Professor McGonagal to save Harry and Ron from punishment: a turning point where the habitual behavior of a character changes, revealing that a key lesson has just been learned and acted upon with a new ‘self’ being born in that moment.  Or perhaps I go too far?

That was part 5 of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  It can be seen from another point of view by watching the Babylon 5 Season 1, Episode 3: Born to the Purple, which I highly recommend.

Ranger Mayann’s fourth report, from last week, can be read here.

-Shira

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on inheritance and power, if you will.

2.) Share your first imaginings about how to change such cycles, if you like.

3.) Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us, and how something like Babylon 5 could help that process.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses these 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 for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button:

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

ShiraDest

March, 2021 CE = March 12021 HE

(The previous lesson 67/67 , and the most recent lesson 1/67…)

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.

Free copies are available at https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…

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

Day 6 of GED in 5 months, serfs vs. slaves

Adulting is about getting better and better at distinguishing fine details, and understanding why those details are important.   One of the key details of Phase I of the Four Freedoms movement is the Adulting skill of finding information on local laws that affect your status, like a serf being free after one year and a day in a city.

What, if you can remember (or ever learned), is the difference between a serf and a slave?

Day 6 Lesson Plan:

Khan Academy

that/which, who/whom

Khan Academy fractions , Day 1 of 3
Day 6 ExitSlips

Action Items:

1.) Search your local public library’s online catalogue for books on the European Middle Ages.

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

3.) Share your thoughts on what serfdom was, and what it might have been like to live in Europe as a serf at that time, and how it was different from being a slave.

4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

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

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

 Nos vemos!  

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(Day 5Day 7)

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Sacred Study Saturdays, Aaron as Watson Reparation, and extended Adulting

The common good, or the general welfare, requires that Adults see the need for restitution, or other kinds of reparation to restore trust,  as earlier generations saw in the book of Exodus.  Those two types of repairing go hand in hand with our need, today, to become a more fully inclusive society.

The first reparation happens in last week’s traditional cycle Torah reading.  This week’s parashah (Torah reading) continues with Aaron and Moses dealing with Pharaoh, and with the enslaved People of Israel.  Last week’s parashah, VaEra, however, started by repairing one problem:  Moses’ privilege.   It dealt with Moses’ attempt to refuse on the grounds of slowness of speech, yet one article argues that that slowness may have been all in his mind, kind of an inverse to Sherlock Holmes’ concern about arrogance: his own.  Both men see potential flaws in themselves, and both seek responses.  Moses gets it in his brother Aaron, who has grown up as a slave, unlike Moses’ palace upbringing.  Sherlock Holmes gets his remediation in-waiting by asking Dr. Watson to be a brake on any perceived arrogance via a one word reminder of his (imho) most beautiful story, Yellow Face: “Norbury.”

The second repair is made this week, in Parashat Bo.   Reparations for 400 years of enslavement by the Egyptians:

דַּבֶּר־נָ֖א בְּאָזְנֵ֣י הָעָ֑ם וְיִשְׁאֲל֞וּ אִ֣ישׁ ׀ מֵאֵ֣ת רֵעֵ֗הוּ וְאִשָּׁה֙ מֵאֵ֣ת רְעוּתָ֔הּ כְּלֵי־כֶ֖סֶף וּכְלֵ֥י זָהָֽב׃

Tell the people to borrow, each man from his neighbor and each woman from hers, objects of silver and gold.”

 

These reparations happened in cash, so to speak, but there are other ways to repair generational damage, such as scholarships, acknowledgement of the truth of systemic wrongs, help with finding family history, free tutoring, etc, and creation of a floor on poverty for all, which in effect helps most those who have historically been wronged the most.  Such a safety net in the long run helps us all.

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to the concept of restitution

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how a study of restitution might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses your thoughts, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

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

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

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(The previous lesson 20/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 21/67…)

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Mindful Mondays, using past pain, and Adulting as racial sensitivity work

So, why bother: Why work and walk, when being who you were born still hurts? 

 1994 Baltimore, when I had finally secured the protection of a job at Space Telescope Science Institute, and was trying to make friends with co-workers, and forget my origins:

“There are people here who will not want someone who looks like you on their land.”

“The races don’t mix.”

Apparently, the South had risen, again, up in northern Maryland.  

Why bother, again?

Because Adulting includes the responsibility to strive for better. Better from oneself, and better from and for our world.

Though many up north do not recognize those of us whose families have always officially been labelled “colored” (as my birth certificate reads), yet called “mulatto families” informally, the resentment remains, and so does the pain.  Brown parties were real, but so were efforts to use our light skin for the good of our people.   Like my maternal grandfather, light enough to pass, but who kept his OB/GYN practice in SE when most DC doctors were avoiding the area, while other Black families, as my paternal grandfather did with his second family, left for white neighborhoods.  Both men fought in WWII and attended Howard University, yet both of their children, my parents, were rejected for being too light-skinned.  One parent railed against this rejection by both sides (particularly by the Puerto Rican commuity in DC), while the other parent went north and passed for white. Mostly.

The common good, or the general welfare, requires that we rise above our childhoods, rise above how we may have been treated, what we may have endured, missed, never had, and or had to do to survive to adulthood.  And being a true Adult requires that we commit, in my humble opinion, to making this world  more fully inclusive and safe for all of us.   To do that, we must continue to learn from our past, collectively and individually.  Earlier this week, I stumbled across something I wrote a while ago, that I am still working on striving to figure out how to use for the greater good:

This is an off-the-cuff post, as I need to get this off my chest in order to concentrate on the book  I am reviewing and the one I am writing, but this cuts into both like a hot rusty knife. The jagged edges left from the taunts of the kids in kindergarten and 1st grade of how I must be white because my mother is dating a White man, and my skin is so light, I look like a little wild indian.
Of dark-skinned girls saying how I had “that good hair” while not letting my play double dutch with them, and of feeling grateful to the one girl who “took up for me” in school for a short while.

And for another short while there was my mother’s Jewish roommate Susanna, the 18 year old who took me everywhere, while my mother was out with her White boyfriend every weekend, and often weekdays as well. The one adult who never said “stop asking so many questions!” Yet the one adult who really showed the fear I lived with: a NY police officer pulled us over and she looked at me

-don’t say anything smart alecky, because this cop is going to think you are my daughter, so he is going to think I’m dating a Black guy.

A that moment, I knew. There really was no place for me in this world, and there never would be.

Through all of the moves to different projects and evictions, through sleeping in cars, begging to be let back into the school program I’d been in before … then even while staying in a professor’s apartment as she traveled to Africa, grateful to have a place to stay that week before my internship, I knew I had no place in this world. And I knew that it would always be that way: too light-skinned to be included by most of my fellow Black people, even within my own family (“you know your grandmother only tolerated your mother because she was so light-skinned” -thanks, Uncle…), but always reminded by the white folks, like my first day of school in VA, that I am a “nigger,” and nothing will change that constant outsider-ness. Not even fleeing to another …

But I can try to help make this world a place where skin color and connections matter less. A world where no one ever sleeps on the street or fears for his or her safety, and thus a world where who you were born only means who your friends might (or might not) be, but doesn’t mean you are out on the street or fear for your safety.

So I work and I walk: I work for the Universal Basic Income that Dr. Martin Luther King called for, so that no child, black or white, ever has to fear the police just because of skin color, and no person ever has to sleep on the street for any reason, or go hungry, or come with hat in hand to ask anyone else for food, clothing, shelter or money for basic needs (and yes, a basic phone is also a basic need, as is free decent Public Transpo and Universal Health Care).

And I walk because a car (which I will admit to having fears of driving due to my PTSD, but I could usually keep that under control enough to pull over, back when I used to drive) also divides us economically, and any car takes money from public transportation. Yes, I am also lucky to be able to walk. And grateful. Ok, back to reading and writing…
Peace,
Destinie (Shira… ? really?)
yes: Shira

Back-posting this so it shows only to my Readers… Written on Monday, March 11th, 12019 HE…

So, it turns out that a sense of belonging doesn’t magically appear with a good job, or upon graduation with a degree, nor even upon completing a major thesis.  Living among people who never missed a meal (involuntarily), nor had to worry about where they’d lay their head that night after the library closed or after finishing the grave-yard shift at People’s Drug Store in Dupont Circle, which meant dodging the dodgy folks on the way to and on the Metro platform.   Yet feeling their pity when finally opening up.  That alien sense that no one really gets it, and that those who do, still feel you to have been more lucky than they were:

you got out.

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different books, articles, blogs or stories, like Passing, perhaps, that show or tell the experience of being outside looking in…

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how we can build inclusive thinking to change this situation,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

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

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

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(The previous lesson 24/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 25/67…)

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