Dear David,

Here is a long letter combining some practical and some theoretical notions. Please forward any of this to whomever might find some of it useful.

I would like to be an “internet broadcaster” for the Save the Eighth St. School Movement.

I have been in e-mail contact with about 4,000 Milwaukeeans for a few years now.

I would appreciate this kind of help:

  • E-mails that contain some good stories of the school, students, building, programs

This information will be stored at…

  • I would be very welcoming of e-mails from the allies in the good cause. to talk about the Save the Eight St. School Movement.

  • Students: current students alumni and alumnae

  • Faculty: current faculty past supportive faculty

  • Employees: of all kinds who are internet endowed

  • Allies

  1. School Board Members and Civic Leaders to Connect With

  2. Educational Community, e.g. UWM, M.U., MATC, etc.

  3. Government, Religious, Economic, and Culture Institutions, Leaders,

Networks who would be recepetive

  • I would be very happy to participate in an on-line project team to Save the Eight St. School as well as attend workshops, meetings, assemblies, etc. to do the same.

Here Are Some Thoughts on Why I Am So Deeply Committed to Save the Eight St. School.


It is my honor to do my best to Save the Eighth St. School.

The Eighth St. School and Project STAY are sacred to me and my family.

The Eight St. School is wondrously resourced, in terms of bright and loving faculty, a beautiful, resonant building glorious in student created art throughout, programs that have worked, and more, to respond to the challenge of sparking the transformation of at risk adolescents into creative working class citizens Milwaukee will become renown for.

Please know that I aspire to contribute toward a Grand Alliance to Save the Eight St. School.

The same Grand Alliance that is Saving the Lakefront from the Warship and is on the edge of a generational victory in regard to the Save the Soldiers Home Movement is primed to sign on with great exuberance to the Save the Eight St. School Movement. The entire neighborhood movement, the NAACP National Convention Task Force, the small school, environmental corcortium, the American Freedom Center, the Young Professionals of Milwaukee, the Urban League, the Wisconsin Association of African American Attorneys, the Civil Liberties Union, and more, are poised to sign on to this worthy cause.

The history and the promise of the Eight St. School is in perfect alignment with a list of core values that express aspects of the emergent Grand Alliance for a Milwaukee Renaissance.

The Eight St. School is a loving, safe, even sacred space where our children and youth are offered the keys and the doors toward acquiring the many kinds of intelligences necessary to become knowledge workers and creative working citizens, or, “creatives,” and thereby fuel our journey toward sustainable development in the global information society and marketplaces of the world.

R……………..rainbow, advance harmony of major identity groups

E……………..ecology, advance cause of healthy land, water, air, environment

D……………, advance city beautify and new urbanism movements

P……………..preservation, advance the husbanding of our historic treasures

E……………..enterprise, advance sustainable economic development and creative job growth

N…………….network, harness the power of the internet to the good fight, grow the on-line

f it is true that Milwaukee is in transition from an industrial to an information and service society, and that creativity is the key to economic growth in the world marketplace, then we must carefully attend to the question of what kind of city fosters the creative working classes and avante guard knowledge workers requisite for new enterprises and job growth.

The Eight St. School is of great promise regarding a new “City Beautiful Movement” in Milwaukee.

A Beautiful City—Guild Development

Many Milwaukeeans are coming to appreciate the relationship between urban design and beauty and our ability to develop, attract, and retain people with high value added skill sets, entrepreneurial energies, and a commitment to the commonwealth. Networks of artist and artisan custom shops are developing that hope to team up with schools and building owners to increase the supply of talented but modest artisans and architectural artists.

The Eight St. School is of great promise regarding the integration of artisanal, artistic, and technological pedagogy.

It’s location is perfect:

close to the Enterprise Centers on 9th and National and 4th and Hadley, not to mention Bucketworks, the Museums of Downtown, the Renew the Valley social enterprises needing student interns, the vibrant places for in-shop learning at the increasingly vibrant “civil society” of Historic Milwaukee, the emerging Main Street and Walk to Work projects, the NAACP Office looking to integrate student interns into the advancment of the National NAACP Convention, July 9–14 in Milwaukee; the medical facilities to be developed in the Bronzeville neighborhood, the restoration of historic neighborhoods like Concordia, Cold Spring Park, Harambee, Walnut Park, Sherman Park, Brewers Hill, Riverwest, Brady St. and Eastowne, and so forth.

A City With Sacred Destinations

Places that evoke a sense of awe, wonder, and peace are vital for the mental and emotional health of our citizens. That the Soldiers Home buildings have been literally rotting for the past 20 years but are now on the edge of renewal is the most dramatic evidence of our fair city’s awakening to the power of our history for the good of our future.

The Eight St. School is of great promise regarding a re-visioning of Historic Milwaukee as a destination for people seeking the union of history, beauty, and enterprise in our schools.

The Preservation Movement of Milwuakee, Wisconsin, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation will be very interested in supporting the Save the Eight St. School Movement.

A Safe and Welcoming City

Anxieties about crime have played a role in the suburban exodus. The emergence of neighborhoods like Riverwest with increasingly connected neighbors, a thick, participatory civil society, and increasingly more and more people on the streets at neighborhood enterprises brings to mind Jane Jacobs’ basic premises from “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”: people on the sidewalks are the best security force possible. There are many signs of improved community/police relationships that suggest the time is ripe to call for a great return of our brothers and sisters lost in the banality of cars, malls, and excessive suburban lots and dwellings. Milwaukee should welcome its children lost to the suburban diaspora. The Mainstreet and Walk to Work projects offer some good concepts and resources for this effort. I have a dream of Rockwell International connecting with community efforts to foster “social enterprise homesteading of main streets” for modestly paid employees

Lifelong Learning Centers, Internet Empowerment, Small Schools, and Social Enterprise Internships

In an Historic City in Renaissance, education is a lifelong process, combining formal, theoretical work in classrooms, librariers, and increasingly on-line, with real-life experiences in the various sectors of society. As more of our learning, business, and commonwealth efforts are computer and internet based, a greater percentage of our work life can occur in our homes or neighborhoods, rather than formal work places. Much of the work of the creative working classes can occur at work stations away from work.

A city empowering its citizens in educational experiments throughout the lives of the citizens, e.g. social internships, cafe cyber mentors, neighborhood networks, wiki webs for creatives.

A city aggressively promoting itself as place for creatives to make a life and for cultural and heritage tourism rooted in our unique social democratic traditions, our historic neighborhoods, and the creativity of our citizens.

Theory and Practice to Spark a Renaissance of Historic Milwaukee

I am a great believer in the value of experiments in society that are informed by theories, and which, in turn, help refine, modify, or transform the theory. I have become increasingly impressed with the value of metaphors, concepts, and “good idears” to increase the value of our social practice. I also use ideas and thoughts influence my moods, i.e. we feel as we think, we think rooted in words.

Working Theory #1. The Time Is Ripe for Nanosecond Partners in Social Enterprise

I believe that just about everyone I encounter is a potential partner in the good cause. The probability of that being the case is especially so if that person is internet empowered and predisposed to swap “good idears” and stories about advancing Milwaukee as a key part of fulfilling their personal and family responsibilities.

If a person is internet empowered and enjoys giving “voice” to their most enobling aspirations, they are good potential partners for experiments in social enterprise, be that small businesses or a social cause. Everyone is an expert in that which engages their daily works and passions. Sparking visions and experiments and connecting people with complimentary quests is made more easy by an unhurried exchange of ideas on line, punctuated with good encounters in social settings.

REDPEN contributors

R……………..rainbow, advance harmony of major identity groups

E……………..ecology, advance cause of healthy land, water, air, environment

D……………, advance city beautify and new urbanism movements

P……………..preservation, advance the husbanding of our historic treasures

E……………..enterprise, advance sustainable economic development and creative job growth

N…………….network, harness the power of the internet to the good fight, grow the on-line RoundTablePartnership

Milwaukee “social brain” and internet empower the Milwaukee working classes

AllTheAlliesConnectingInTheSaveTheEighthSt.School Movement

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