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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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   Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please share our key #Project Do Better  tweets:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

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                                                                                         or Historical Fiction Story

Shira

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Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 16): Power

      …  Parts 15 (Knowledge)14 (Words)13 (Interruptions)12 (Gifts)11 (Punishment),  10 (Warmth),   9 (Found)8 (Lost)7 (Rock)6 (Believe), 5 (Naming), 4 (Home), 3 (Trust), 2 (Hope), and 1 (Nightmares) have posted on previous Sundays…

     Anna looked at us, her mischievous smile mirroring that of little Tilly.  They looked at each other, and Anna gave a slight nod.  I was sure there had been a wink of her eye in there, too, although her head was turned away from me.

 

Little Tilly skipped over to the writing desk, withdrawing a particularly small but official seeming document with great care.  Then, turning to face me, she folded her body into the most graceful curtsy I had ever seen from a child so young.  I glanced in confusion at Anna, who merely lifted an eyebrow at me.  Tilly arose from her curtsy and carried the paper to me, holding it out with her head bowed, as if I were…

 

“No, oh, no, Tilly.  Anna -”  I shook my head as my eyes began to fill with tears.  I would not play the role of those from whom we had so lately escaped.

 

“Yes, Miss Willow, it must be this way.  And you must conform.”  The steady look Anna placed upon me was almost stern.

 

Poor Mrs. H. looked quite bewildered.

 

“I cannot do it.”

 

“You can, Miss Willow, and for all of our sake, you must succeed.”

 

Anna crossed the few steps separating us, which had suddenly begun to seem like a great chasm.  She took my hand in both of hers, those hazel eyes looking directly into mine.

 

“Willow,” she whispered, “this is our best chance to get away safely, all three of us.  Free .”

 

I’d begun to tremble so violently that I could hardly speak.  This was apparently what Anna had been expecting, for she nodded once again to Tilly, who turned, now facing Mrs. H., and held out the paper to her.  Mrs. H. patted the tiny hand as she took the paper and glanced at it, before looking back up.

 

Tilly held her hand out for the paper again, which Mrs. H. relinquished.  Again, that demure approach, deep curtsy, and the paper held up to me, with her head bowed.  Anna squeezed my hand, nodding toward Tilly.  I felt like a small child being encouraged to eat.  I reached out for the paper, hefting its weight as if it were my sewing scissors.  I looked at it, waiting for the marks on the paper to resolve themselves into words.  None did.

 

I looked up at Anna in despair, but she merely nodded again, this time winking her eye, at me!  What was going on, here?

 

I looked back at the paper, knowing that I had missed something.  It became our old game once again, as I sought for words that Mrs. H. had shown us, now not on the printed page, but on a handwritten paper.  Mrs. H. had been schooling us in reading her handwritten copy of that passage through the Sea which I loved so, and we grew to love her, for that great labor.

 

“My hand” was the first phrase I was able to make out.

 

I jumped slightly, as Mrs. H. nodded her approval.  She had drawn very near, reading the paper over my shoulder as I worked to puzzle out the handwritten words.

 

Anna nodded at me again, encouraging my return to our reading game.  This challenge was far greater, but I now understood how great would be our reward.  I must not fail.

 

“Servant!”

 

I looked up in time to see a rapid look pass between the two women, no longer shocking me by it’s equality.  I was now too bound up in the task at hand.  The final word on the paper sprang out at me, setting my teeth on edge as it came clear.  The one word I would know without ever needing to be taught.  My throat caught as I read out the name of that odious Dominion.

 

 “Virginia.”*

 

*Readers not from DC or Virginia may not know that this Commonwealth is also known as The Old Dominion.

       This is the continuation scene in my historical fiction series  Ann&Anna.  I  hope that this series will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools.

  Part 15 (Knowledge) was last Sunday, and Part 17 will be next Sunday.

I look forward to your thoughts.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how this story may encourage empathy-building cooperation, and might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.  It is my personal contribution to Project Do Better.

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

Dear Readers, have you 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 via Stayed on Freedom’s Call,

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

                                                                                     Do Better:  to create a kinder future

 

Peace    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

( 5 month GED lesson 28 of 67 plans…),

       and Ranger M.’s Babylon 5 review posts, because story inspires learning, and historical stories inspire tool-building, right?  “Of course right!”

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.

 If you have time, please let us know, here, if you do read Stayed.

Shira 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

III. D.

III.  D (x/1000wd).

1. (324/250 wds)

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

 

2. (325/250 wds)

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

 

 

3. (263/250 wds)

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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Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 15): Knowledge

      …  Parts 14 (Words)13 (Interruptions)12 (Gifts)11 (Punishment),  10 (Warmth),   9 (Found)8 (Lost)7 (Rock)6 (Believe), 5 (Naming), 4 (Home), 3 (Trust), 2 (Hope), and 1 (Nightmares) have posted on previous Sundays…

     Not long after beginning our lessons, Mrs. H. had noted a peculiarity about me.  While Anna was quick to learn her letters and put them together as sounds, spelling out her name and mine, I was not.  One evening, wishing to hear the story of Moses leading the Children of Israel through the Red Sea, I had asked Mrs. H. if she would read it to us.  She did so with excellent cheer, pointing to each word as she spoke it.  Not long into our reading, she was suddenly called away, and had handed me the Good Book to continue looking at it.  It was wondrous in my eyes, having always been forbidden the liberty of seeing any books, and having been closely watched for any signs of excessive curiosity.  Even my embroidery was forbidden to use any lettering.  The samplers one sees in the homes of white women were forbidden to my eyes, and thus I had to make due with flower and other designs taught to me by Miss Mary.  That evening, I had eagerly grasped the chance to devour these words.

The memory of sitting there, free to drink in both the words before me and the scent of my dear Anna, brought the first joy I had ever felt:

“Shall we see what we can read now, Miss Anna?”

I’d lowered my head just a tad, and favored her with my best coquettish regard, batting my eyelids twice for effect.  It had worked.

“Are you inviting me to try reading from the Song of Songs, Miss Willow?”

She’d moved closer to me on the bed, her warmth spreading over me like the softest of comforters.  I blushed now to remember how I had quite nearly forgotten myself.

“Well, I do not know how we are to find the right place in this enormous Book, but I…”

She had taken my hand in hers.  I had then found myself lost for words, gazing at her lips, feeling the smooth paper in one hand, and the softness of her fingers in the other.

“Let us start at the Beginning, then, my dearest Willow.”

All I could do was nod.

Anna and I had made a game of it, seeing which words we could puzzle out for ourselves.  Imagine our surprise upon finding that looking back at the words to which Mrs. H. had pointed, I could recall each of them perfectly, even in other places in the good Book.  Now, that strange ability, it seemed, might come to some good use.

“Mrs. H. you must put our dear Willow here to the test, if you please.”

Anna’s voice shook me from my reverie, as I realized that the good doctor’s wife was standing in our room, somehow having managed to escape my notice.  This was very odd, for I never missed the sounds, however slight, of a person approaching my doorway.  I took it as a sign that I must be coming to feel safer in this place.  Sadly, I knew that we couldn’t stay much longer.  Each day that we passed here put us all in greater danger.

“Why of course, young Joe.  What did you have in mind?”

The doctor and his wife were always calling her Joe, now that little Tilly was here.  Perhaps preparing for the roles we must play upon departing this station.

“Well, Mrs. H., I have an inkling of an idea, but I believe that it hinges upon Miss Willow here being able to use her particular talent to recognize certain words where ever they might appear.”

We both looked at her with questions in our eyes.  Little Tilly simply smiled.  What did this young child know that we did not?

 

       This is the continuation scene in my historical fiction series  Ann&Anna.  I  hope that this series will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools.

  Part 14 was last Sunday, and Part 16 (Power) will be next Sunday.

I look forward to your thoughts.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how this story may encourage empathy-building cooperation, and might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

Dear Readers, have you 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 via Stayed on Freedom’s Call,

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

                                                                                     Do Better:  to create a kinder future

 

Peace    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

( 5 month GED lesson 28 of 67 plans…),

       and Ranger M.’s Babylon 5 review posts, because story inspires learning, and historical stories inspire tool-building, right?  “Of course right!”

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.

 If you have time, please let us know, here, if you do read Stayed.

Shira 

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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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Shira  

Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 14): Words

      …  Parts 13 (Interruptions)12 (Gifts)11 (Punishment),  10 (Warmth),   9 (Found)8 (Lost)7 (Rock)6 (Believe), 5 (Naming), 4 (Home), 3 (Trust), 2 (Hope), and 1 (Nightmares) have posted on previous Sundays…

 

Part 14: Words

 

     Anna looked back at me, shaking her head ever so slightly.  Now was not the time for questions.  Apparently the state of things was more delicate than I had surmised.

 

“Well, no decisions should be made on an empty stomach.  Young Tilly has helped me to prepare dinner, and there is to be pie afterward.  Then, and not a moment before, we will find some manner of resolving this situation.”

 

The doctor’s wife had spoken, and not an objection was there to be heard.  The doctor placed the sheaf of papers upon the writing desk by the bedside, nodded at both of us, and left the room, his wife having already gone down to see to dinner.  The smell of pie was now being joined by that of what seemed to be a collection of roasted vegetable smells, as though it were Sunday after church.

 

The three of us shared a basin to wash up and dress for dinner, only just sitting in a row on the bed by the time the doctor’s wife arrived carrying a larger tray than usual.  Anna and Tilly helped her arrange our place settings, while I made sure that all remained in equilibrium, seated as we were upon the bedside.

 

“I must return and dine downstairs with my husband, in case any curious neighbors look in, but I shall come back up shortly to collect the dishes.  I do wish you all a good meal.”

 

We each nodded our thanks, and she gave a gracious nod in return before closing the door behind her.  I looked at Anna, nodding toward little Tilly’s plate.  Anna turned to the child, encouraging her to eat, but the little girl shook her head.

 

“Grace.”

 

By all the heavens.  At last!  I was overjoyed to finally be able to say grace without seeming to be a troublesome patient.  Anna smiled, and all three of us bowed our heads.  Tilly looked up at me, and I decided to give some small thanks to the good Lord for getting us here safely.  Then, our hearts more at ease, we ate with less worry.  It was still plain that each of us feared this new development, but things suddenly seemed just a little bit better.

 

After clearing about half her plate, seeming to be absorbed in her thoughts as she ate, Anna looked up at me.

 

“Miss Willow?”

 

“Yes, Miss Anna?”

 

“How do you feel about your reading, now?”

 

My heart sank.  I had been sure that this question would come soon, and equally sure that I would not be up to the challenge which the question was meant to represent.

 

During the time I spent convalescing at the home of Dr. H., we were not idle.  The doctor’s wife spent every spare moment, it seemed, showing me a new eye chart, with diverse characters of the alphabet.

 

This served two purposes.  First, in checking my vision after each meal, we could all see the progress of my recovery.  Second, and most urgently, Anna and I were learning our letters.  We would need to know how to read if we were to make sure our escape, for many papers and postings made mention of our evasion, and according to a certain Mr. Bacon, knowledge was power.

 

Little did we know how soon the need for such power would arrive.

 

 

       This is the continuation scene in my historical fiction series  Ann&Anna.  I  hope that this series will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools.

  Part 13 was last Sunday, and Part 15 will be next Sunday.

I look forward to your thoughts.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how this story may encourage empathy-building cooperation, and might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

2.) 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

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

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

                     We can  Do Better:  Project Do Better proposes a path to create a kinder future

 

Peace    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

       and Ranger M.’s Babylon 5 review posts, because story inspires learning, and historical stories inspire tool-building, right?  “Of course right!”

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 let us know, here, that you’ve read it, and what you think.

Shira 

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Do Better Elevator Pitch

      Has anyone got an opinion about this elevator pitch (namely, is it interesting, moving, and would it motivate you to want to hear more) for this book (most current draft)?

“This book lays out a vision of a world described by FDR’s Four Freedoms and a pathway which could get us there in about 70 years.”

Shira

 

     Thoughtful Readers, do you have 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

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

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

                                                                                                         Do Better  to create a kinder future

 

( 5 month GED lesson 24 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning, and historical fiction about daring escapes 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 above, 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 3rd draft here) intended to explain and begin Project Do Better, fka Baby Floors (fka Baby Acres, or Acre Baby…).  I’m posting it for later comparison with the current 3rd Draft of this WiP.   Phase I, with our mass transit piece of Public Domain Social Infrastructure, starts now.

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

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

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

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

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

III. B.

III. B(1340/1000).

1. (365/250 wds)

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

 

 

2. (283/250 wds)

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

 

 

 

3. (355/250 wds)

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

 

 

 

4. (318/250 wds)

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

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

 

Action Prompts:

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

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

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

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

Read, Write

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

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

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

 

( 5 month GED lesson 23 of 67 plans),

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

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

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

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

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

 

 

Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 13): Interruptions

      …  Parts 12 (Gifts)11 (Punishment),  10 (Warmth),   9 (Found)8 (Lost)7 (Rock)6 (Believe), 5 (Naming), 4 (Home), 3 (Trust), 2 (Hope), and 1 (Nightmares) have posted on previous Sundays…

     During the time that we stayed in that place of respite, we always took our meals up in our room.  It had a small window very high up, and thus seemed safe enough from curious glances.  Though I gained steadily in strength each day, all the household, it seemed, hung on tender-hooks for my recovery.  We ate simple fare, whether due to my delicate condition, or to Mrs. H.’s lack of kitchen help, I did not know.  But we ate often, and the food was filling.  We knew we would need it for the journey ahead.

 

One morning, the doctor knocked on our door.  This was unusual, now that my head injury no longer needed such precise looking after.  Anna normally performed this service for me, several times per day.  I wasn’t sure it was always strictly necessary, but I enjoyed the closeness of her attentions.  As she opened the door, the smell of an apple pie wafted in with Dr. H.  He looked a bit nervous, as did the young dark-skinned girl behind him.  Who was she?

 

He was holding some papers, which he looked at so long that I thought they must burst into flame.  At last, he cleared his throat.

 

“I am sorry to impose a change of plans on all of us, but I have found myself presented with a situation for which I had not been entirely prepared.”

He glanced down at the child, who lowered her head even further, as if attempting to make herself invisible.  Just at that moment, the doctor’s wife appeared in the doorway, stepping in and bending down to take the girl into her arms in one graceful movement.

 

“Don’t be afraid, Tilly.  None of this is your fault.  You are a very good and brave little girl.”

The woman’s whisper had somehow managed to carry all the way across the room, filling each of us with a dread that grew heavier with every passing moment.  The doctor broke the silence by holding up the sheaf of papers in his hand.

 

“Poor Tilly, here, has come to us with a Porter from another town.  Unbeknownst to him, our house was not empty, as it was scheduled to be.  He brought her here from a departure that did not go as planned elsewhere.  I cannot tell you more, of course, but I could not bear to turn her away.  I hope that you can make do with this situation until we find a way to resolve it.”

I looked at little Tilly, seeing how small she was, like my dear Little Sal.  Before the tears could come to my eyes, I beckoned for the child, who came cautiously toward me, as if approaching a hot frying pan.  I held out my hand, waiting for her to reach out, and found Anna there beside me, holding both of our hands together.  She was looking from me to this child as if the oddest notion had just occurred to her.  I wondered what new mischief that agile mind of hers was cooking up.

 

“Doctor, what are those papers you’ve got there?”

He looked relieved to finally have a question to answer.

 

“These are your Free Papers, Joe, and your Hack License to drive up to Philadelphia.  This was to have been a simpler affair, but now we have had to improvise, as Mr. D. is no longer available for you to drive him up there.”

I looked at Anna.  Would she, or could she, explain who this was?  So much of this affair was shrouded in deliberate mystery.  I hoped to hear at least some of it brought to light.

 

 

 

       This is the continuation scene in my historical fiction series  Ann&Anna.  I  hope that this series will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools.

  Part 12 was last Sunday, and Part 14 will be next Sunday.

I look forward to your thoughts.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how this story may encourage empathy-building cooperation, and might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

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

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-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:  Project Do Better proposes a path to create a kinder future

 

Peace    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

       and Ranger M.’s Babylon 5 review posts, because story inspires learning, and historical stories inspire tool-building, right?  “Of course right!”

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.

Shira 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

III. A.

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

III. A (1080/1000 wds).

1. (263/250 wds)

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

 

 

2. (255/250 wds)

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

 

3. (264/250 wds)

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

 

 

4. (268/250 wds)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

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

Action Prompts:

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

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

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

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

Read, Write

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

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

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

 

( 5 month GED lesson 23 of 67 plans),

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

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

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

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