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  1. Sacred Manuel Labor Training For “The Other” And Our Human Venture
  2. James C. Scott’s Weapons of the Weak, Metis, South Side Chicago/Ivy Conversation
    1. 2.1  Responses
  3. Trades Training and Exchange Project For Old City Rainbow Renewal
  4. Grant Collaboation Experiment: Rainbow LGBT Restoration “Guild” w. NOLA, Chicago/Wisconsin, and Detroit; “Partners”
    1. 4.1  Individualized Note to Faculty of Gender and Sexuality Tulane University New Orleans
    2. 4.2  Responses
  5. Advancing Historic Home Restoration Artisanal “Guild” Connecting LA, Chicago/Wisconsin ​
    1. 5.1  To Professors Desmon and Sen, and National Trust’s Genell Scheurell
  6. Emerging LGBT Airbnb and Vintage Home Restoration Guild Network, Chicago/NOLA
  7. Geographically Fluid Restoration Guild
  8. Reaching Out to the Jesuit’s Loyola University tof New Orleans
  9. Grant Collaboation Experiment: Rainbow LGBT Restoration “Guild” w. NOLA, Chicago/Wisconsin, and Detroit; “Partners”
    1. 9.1  Individualized Note to Faculty of Gender and Sexuality Tulane University New Orleans
    2. 9.2  Response
  10. Advancing Historic Home Restoration Artisanal “Guild” Connecting LA, Chicago/Wisconsin ​
    1. 10.1  To Professors Desmon and Sen, and National Trust’s Genell Scheurell
  11. Advancing Historic Home Restoration Artisanal “Guild” Connecting Louisiana, Chicago/Wisconsin ​
    1. 11.1  Responses
  12. Emerging Rainbow LGBT Airbnb and Vintage Home Restoration Guild Network
  13. Reaching Out To Urban Agriculture Community USA
    1. 13.1  Vison: Growing, Fixing, & Sharing Skills As Healing Therapies Through LGBT Airbnbs
  14. Outreach Letters
  15. Geographically Fluid Restoration Guild

Sacred Manuel Labor Training For “The Other” And Our Human Venture

I am a “sissy roofer” who, since 1961, has rarely been understood regarding my intuition then, my understand now, of the sacred quality of work in the trades. I am an Alpha Sigma Nu, Fulbright, and NSF Fellow whose family and friends were stupefied when I began the Community Roofing “collective” in 1974. Their profound disappointment was diminished when Community sparked the emergence of Sweet Water, advancing aquaponics and urban agriculture as technologies for racial healing and old city renewal.

And, for those with the eyes to see, the importance of trades training in our globalized, information economies, i.e. you can’t outsource your roofing needs, has inspired this note to you and other professors of theology in Jesuit schools across the land.

Dear Professor _____,

Fr. Teilhard de Chardin* and Rumi have inspired this note.

You and your students are invited to join a conversation regarding an LGBT trades training program in NOLA, sparked by collaboration experiments involving Brydie Wines, the first woman slate, tile, and copper roofer of the USA, and the Sweet Water Foundation’s Emmanuel Pratt, introducing this project to “engaged museums,” aiming to build bridges from our universities to working class communities.

Pratt’s work has been featured in just about every major Chicago museum, including the Water Tower Park, School of the Art Institute, Columbia College, the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum, as well as at Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Art. His work advancing Detroit’s West Riverfront Park with Michael Van Valkenburgh of Brooklyn Bridge Park fame and Leob Fellowship to the Harvard Graduate School of Design will provide further impact outcome possibilities.

​This is a multi-dimensional, intergenerational experiment​ I hope you will minimally look in on over the next 27 years, up through my 100th birthday party.

Grateful,

Godsil​

“The Age of Nations is past. The task before us now, if we would not perish, is to build the Earth.
Father Teilhard de Chardin

Build and grow with the earth, one neighborhood, one rural community, at a time. In quest of some kind of renaissance. Introducing an On-Line Magazine and Movement Resource, for Milwaukee first, but then for the Great Lakes cities, towns, and rural communities, and always, God willing, open to the wider world, all of God’s children.

I don’t think Father Chardin would have used the word “build” were he alive today. But it does make sense to imagine the many movements of our time would become more perfect, with a “richer and better organised material edifice.”

You’ve been walking the ocean’s edge,
holding up your robes to keep them dry.

You must dive naked under, and deeper
under, a thousand times deeper!

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James C. Scott’s Weapons of the Weak, Metis, South Side Chicago/Ivy Conversation

Dear Professor _____,

Professor Scott is intrigued by the adaptation of his work at the Sweet Water Foundation’s South Side Chicago experiment. We would be intrigued if some Yale political science students would look in on this Great Lakes Heartland rainbow, multidimensional, intergenerational, complex, adaptive coalition advancing self reliance within beloved communities by teaching ourselves how to grow, fix, build, and share.

We are inviting Ivy to experience grass roots experiments in the Midwest. Harvard’s Graduate School of Design has signed on with a Leob Fellowship award resulting in this:

Why not?

Godsil

P.S. Your students are also invited to join a conversation regarding an LGBT trades training program in NOLA, sparked by the arrival of Brydie Wines, the first woman slate, tile, and copper roofer of the USA, and SWF’s Emmanuel Pratt’s introducing our work to museums aiming to build bridges to working class communities.

Pratt’s “waste to resources” preservation/transformation work has been featured in just about every major Chicago museum, including the Water Tower Park, School of the Art Institute, Columbia College, the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum, as well as at Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Art. His work advancing Detroit’s West Riverfront Park with Michael Van Valkenburgh of Brooklyn Bridge Park fame and Leob Fellowship to the Harvard Graduate School of Design will provide further impact outcome possibilities.

Responses

​Daniel Mattingly <daniel.mattingly@yale.edu> wrote:

Dear Mr Godsil,

Thank you for your message. This seems like a fantastic project. If I encounter any interested students I’ll send them your way!

Best,
Dan

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Trades Training and Exchange Project For Old City Rainbow Renewal

I have begun a modest collaboration with some faculty of the Tulane School of Architecture to develop a rainbow restoration trades training and exchange program with support from Chicago’s Sweet Water Foundation(SWF). I co-founded the SWF in 2010, now serve as Board President, and, along with our director Emmanuel Pratt, have made great progress linking urban agriculture with a carpentry and restoration career development programs. We hope to enhance this project with Tulane and University of Chicago social science and humanities faculty, and especially with graduate students wishing to begin careers as engaged scholars helping renew our old city neighborhoods.

We intend to chronicle and celebrate this project in some of the major museums of the Great Lakes Heartland and Southern States. Pratt’s “waste to resources” preservation/transformation work has been featured in just about every major Chicago museum, including the Water Tower Park, School of the Art Institute, Columbia College, the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum, as well as at Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Art. His work advancing Detroit’s West Riverfront Park with Michael Van Valkenburgh of Brooklyn Bridge Park fame and Leob Fellowship to the Harvard Graduate School of Design will provide further impact outcome possibilities.


Trades Training At SWF’s Timber Framed “Thought Barn”

This will be a public/private, “town/gown” project. I am the co-founder of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance and elder of two Wisconsin historic home restoration firms: Community Roofing & Restoration, which I founded in 1975 and Community Building & Restoration, 1999. The Harvard Business School, State Department, and Wall Street Journal and NBC Nightly News have reviewed and/or supported our work.

My daughter Bridie Wines, the nation’s only female slate, tile, and copper roofer will be helping us advance this project in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, with a tilt toward the LGBT community.

What say?

Why not?

Godsil

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Grant Collaboation Experiment: Rainbow LGBT Restoration “Guild” w. NOLA, Chicago/Wisconsin, and Detroit; “Partners”

Individualized Note to Faculty of Gender and Sexuality Tulane University New Orleans

Dear Professor _____,

I would appreciate your joining;, over the next 10 years, a conversation and grant collaboration with historic preservationists, academics, and an emerging LGBT; “rainbow guild” of restoration artisans, focused first on a modest exchange experiment in which 3 Great Lakes; restoration artisans would join a winter project in Baton Rouge or New Orleans, with 3 top Louisiana artisans signing on to a summer project in Milwaukee, Chicago, and/or Detroit.

This exchange of journeymon and/or master restoration artisans would enhance the Sweet Water apprenticeship program that provides artisinal career pathways to young people of color and the LGBT communities.

My daughter Bridie Wines Godsil, the nation’s only female slate, tile, and copper roofer, will, with her partner and wife, Summer, help design and orchestrate the New Orleans and Baton Rouge piece.

I co-founded the Sweet Water Foundation in 2010 with Emmanuel Pratt, director, who has a well developed program advancing career pathways in the trades in Chicago, key to his being awarded a Leob Fellowship to the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and partnership with Jeanie Gang et al to develop the only timber frame barn in Chicago since the great fire.

I am also the co-founder of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, 2004, the Sweet Water Foundation, and elder of two Wisconsin historic home restoration firms, Community Roofing & Restoration, 1975 Community Building & Restoration, 1999, which grossed $2,500,000 and $1,000,000 respectively in 2017.

The Detroit element of this experiment will be organized through a collaboration with Kim Sherobi of the famed Boggs Center of Detroit.

This project is one way to elevate the status and quality of life of restoration artisans, enhance an inclusive restoration industry, and improve the skill sets of people we hire to work on our treasured historic buildings.

Responses

Dear James Godsil,

Thanks so much for this invitation, and your project sounds wonderful. Unfortunately, I am not able to participate, but I wish you well with this important work.

Best,

Peter

Peter Cooley
Professor of English
Director of Creative Writing
Poetry Editor, Christianity and Literature

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Advancing Historic Home Restoration Artisanal “Guild” Connecting LA, Chicago/Wisconsin ​

To Professors Desmon and Sen, and National Trust’s Genell Scheurell

Professor Desmon: Genell Scheurell is senior field officer in the National Trust’s Chicago Field Office with whom I worked to “Save the Soldiers Home” in Milwaukee and other preservation initiatives.

Gennell: Professor Desmon is director of graduate studies, LSU College of Arts and Design.

Gennell and Professor Desmon: Professor Sen is my favorite professor of architecture at UWM, a department I have collaborated with since 1975.

I would appreciate your joining a 10 year conversation of historic preservationists, academics, and an emerging “guild” of restoration artisans and custom shops, focused first on a modest exchange experiment in which 3 top Wisconsin restoration artisans would join a winter project in Baton Rouge or New Orleans, with 3 top Louisiana artisans signing on to a summer project in Milwaukee, Madison, and/or Chicago.

I am the co-founder of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, 2004, ane co-founder/elder of two Wisconsin historic home restoration firms, Community Roofing & Restoration, 1975 Community Building & Restoration, 1999, which grossed $2,500,000 and $1,000,000 respectively in 2017.

This project is one way to elevate the status and quality of life of restoration artisans. And, in turn, enhance the skill sets of people we hire to work on our treasured historic buildings.

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Emerging LGBT Airbnb and Vintage Home Restoration Guild Network, Chicago/NOLA

My network and I are brainstorming with my daughter, Bridie and her wife Summer, an experiment that would combine an LGBT Airbnb experiment with vintage home restoration guild network, connecting NOLA with Chicago.

Bridie is the nation’s only woman slate, tile, and copper roofer. Summer is her “business” manager as well as loving wife.

We are hoping to meet artisans who might partner with them, as well as LGBT cultural entrepreneurs who might also join in conversations about LGBT Airbnb Training, Healing Network and Restoration Guild.

Our network has had 2 very successful airbnb’s in Milwaukee

an expansive urban ag and artisan training center in Chicago,

and a 42 year old historic home restoration company & artisan guild network.

And our network sings.

Emmanuel Pratt of the Sweet Water Foundation, Grace Boggs and Rick Feldman of the Boggs Center, Ben Koller, Jesse Blom, and Ryan Schone for the Heart House Airbnb experiment, the UWM Extension Seed Garden Program, Jay Salinas’ and Donna Neuwirth’s Re-Enchantment of Agriculture and Urban Rural Flow, and some Comfoodies across the land to share the good news of our possibilities. I have been supported in this work by the Community Roofing and Restoration emerging restoration guild.

I have been a connector in the movements since marching with Dr. King, Chicago Open Housing Summer(circled in photo below)

and the expansion of our reach via emails, etc. inspires me to imagine an LGBT Airbnb Training and Restoration Guild Network connecting northern cities I work in with and the NOLA experiment detailed here, where your thoughts I pray will someday be included.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/LGBTAirbnbTraining-HealingCenterNetwork

We are not afraid.
We shall overcome.

Sincerely,

Godsil

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Geographically Fluid Restoration Guild

Spent three wonderful night’s at this lovely “shotgun” airnbnb house

with my daughter Megan Jeyifo,

visiting daughter Brydie Wines, her wife Summer Soileau Wines,

and the great city of New Orleans.

Since 1975 I I have dreamed of artisans of Milwaukee and Chicago getting winter restoration gigs, and artisan cooks, carpenters, gardeners,
roofers, etc. from NOLA “summering” in Chicago and Milwaukee.

During this visit Bridie, Summer, and Megan said they would “partner” with me, Community, and Sweet Water to manifest this pragmatic utopian vision.

Daughter Rachel Godsil, son Joe, sons in law Okunola Jeyifousand, Jim Freeman, granddaughters Kate and Rebecca, friends and business partners like Jesse Blom, Ben G. Koller, Ryan Schone, Emmanuel Pratt, Josh Fraundorf, David Boucher, Michael Carrier, Daniel Merline, Erik Lindberg, Alexander Montezon, , Nick Montezon, Martha Davis Kipcak, Evelyn Patricia Terry, Lisa Rogers, Jeff Eagan, , Benjamin Eagan-Van Meter. Harvey Taylor, Holly Haebig, KATE Kt RuschRusch, Donna Neuwirth, Della Wells, Muneer, Janine, Howard Hinterthuer, Anne J Koller, Ken Leinbach, Alexander Hagler, Jay James Julius Anderson, and many more will be invited to this Snow Bird NOLA exchange experiment.

We have room for 5 people at the organizing site pictures here, at $100 per night June price. I aspire to partner with Brydie and Summer and transform their sweet Gentilly home into our organizing space and airnbnb site as well.

Chicago Milwaukee! Free yourself from unending winter cold!

NOLA! Liberation from unending summer heat can be yours.

Geographic fluidity will become a pragmatic utopian possibility…Now.

A Restoration Guild in the largest sense is being born.

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Roberto,

Please know that this image and all that it implies

Por favor, sepan que esta imagen y todo lo que implica

Makes the ancestors sing!

¡Hace cantar a los antepasados!

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Reaching Out to the Jesuit’s Loyola University tof New Orleans

Dear Father Moore,

As president of SLU’s Great Issues Series in 1966–67, I brought Dorothy Day, Saul Alinsky, W.H. Auden, Eugene McCarthy, Dick Gregory, Saul Bellow, Hans Morgenthau, and Roger Guarady to the old field house on Westminster Ave. This won George Wendel’s attention and he recruited me away from my political science fellowship with Fr. Derrig for the honor of becoming the Center for Urban Program’s First Fellow. I lived with some Jesuit Scholastics in the Pruitt Igoe neighborhood, working with Fr. Shocklee of St. Bridgets and the Catholic Workers of NY.

Upon reading your biography I thought the above would win your attention to a project that adds to my life long commitment to racial healing and the renewal of our old cities. I have been honored by SLU and St. Louis U. High for my work, which I hope you will consider discussing.

Here is a note I have been sending to faculty of Tulane with some success. I would like to weave this rainbow training program in the trades into a collaboration not just across disciplines but also across institutions of higher learning in NOLA, building upon my work in Chicago and Milwaukee.

I have begun a modest collaboration with some faculty of the Tulane School of Architecture to develop a rainbow restoration trades training and exchange program with support from Chicago’s Sweet Water Foundation(SWF). I co-founded the SWF in 2010, now serve as Board President, and, along with our director Emmanuel Pratt, have made great progress linking urban agriculture with a carpentry and restoration career development programs. We hope to enhance this project with Tulane and University of Chicago social science and humanities faculty, and especially with graduate students wishing to begin careers as engaged scholars helping renew our old city neighborhoods.

We intend to chronicle and celebrate this project in some of the major museums of the Great Lakes Heartland and Southern States. Pratt’s “waste to resources” preservation/transformation work has been featured in just about every major Chicago museum, including the Water Tower Park, School of the Art Institute, Columbia College, the University of Chicago’s Smart Musem, as well as at Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Art. His work advancing Detroit’s West Riverfront Park with Michael Van Valkenburgh of Brooklyn Bridge Park fame and Leob Fellowship to the Harvard Graduate School of Design will provide further impact outcome possibilities.

Trades Training At SWF’s Timber Framed “Thought Barn”

This will be a public/private, “town/gown” project. I am the co-founder of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance​ an​d ​​​elder of two Wisconsin historic home restoration firms: Community Roofing & Restoration,which I founded in 1975 and Community Building & Restoration, 1999. The Harvard Business School, State Department,Wall Street Journal, and NBC Nightly News have reviewed and/or supported our work.

My daughter Bridie Wines, the nation’s only female slate, tile, and copper roofer will be helping us advance this project in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, with a tilt toward the LGBT community.

What say?

Why not?

Godsil

Grant Collaboation Experiment: Rainbow LGBT Restoration “Guild” w. NOLA, Chicago/Wisconsin, and Detroit; “Partners”

Individualized Note to Faculty of Gender and Sexuality Tulane University New Orleans

Dear Professor _____,

I would appreciate your joining;, over the next 10 years, a conversation and grant collaboration with historic preservationists, academics, and an emerging LGBT; “rainbow guild” of restoration artisans, focused first on a modest exchange experiment in which 3 Great Lakes; restoration artisans would join a winter project in Baton Rouge or New Orleans, with 3 top Louisiana artisans signing on to a summer project in Milwaukee, Chicago, and/or Detroit.

​This exchange of journeymon and/or master restoration artisans would enhance the Sweet Water apprenticeship program that provides artisinal career pathways to young people of color and the LGBT communities.

My daughter Bridie Wines Godsil, the nation’s only female slate, tile, and copper roofer, will, with her partner and wife, Summer, help design and orchestrate the New Orleans and Baton Rouge piece.

I co-founded the Sweet Water Foundation in 2010 with Emmanuel Pratt, director, who has a well developed program advancing career pathways in the trades in Chicago, key to his being awarded a Leob Fellowship to the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and partnership with Jeanie Gang et al to develop the only timber frame barn in Chicago since the great fire.

I am the co-founder of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, 2004, the Sweet Water Foundation, and elder of two Wisconsin historic home restoration firms, Community Roofing & Restoration, 1975 Community Building & Restoration, 1999, which grossed $2,500,000 and $1,000,000 respectively in 2017.

The Detroit element of this experiment will be organized through a collaboration with Kim Sherobi of the famed Boggs Center of Detroit.

This project is one way to elevate the status and quality of life of restoration artisans, enhance an inclusive restoration industry, and improve the skill sets of people we hire to work on our treasured historic buildings.

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Response

James
I will be sure to share this with the students and alumni of Tulane’s Master of Preservation Studies program.
Yours

John H. Stubbs
Christovich Senior Professor of Preservation Practice
Director, Master of Preservation Studies
Tulane School of Architecture
New Orleans, LA 70118

architecture.tulane.edu
conservebuiltworld.com

Dear Professor Stubbs,

Thank you greatly for your support. I am dead serious regarding a 10 year start up time frame this vision, and a multidimensional, intergenerational evolutionary “slog” required to carry it forth.

These stories about my 5 decades work around old city renaissance and racial healing reflect my belief in due diligence and modesty for projects called for by the times.

https://www.sluh.org/alumconnect/uhighlights/~post/urban-renaissance-man-20160611

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U0x6xI7wAE

http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/profiles/james-godsil-agent-of-change/​

Emmanuel Pratt and Grace Lee Boggs Rooted Resources For NOLA/North Exchange

We can bring considerable resources from Chicago, Detroit, and Milwaukee for the northern piece of this vision.

Chicago’s Emmanuel Pratt, since 2010, has become an historic actor in the renaissance of the South Side of Chicago. He and I began yearly visits to the Boggs Center of Detroit, in 2008, and participated in a number of their conferences. We have a close relationship with their current leadership, building upon the work of famed activist and philosopher of old city renewal, Grace Lee Boggs.

Pratt is now a key interlocutor with the network of Michael Van Valkenburgh of Brooklyn Bridge Park fame. He and Pratt have teamed up for the community engagement aspect of Obama Presidential Center and Detroit’s West Riverfront Park

​The Pratt/ Boggs Centers and Sweet Water Foundation networks are very interested in the rainbow project for the restoration trades. Pratt’s “waste to resources” preservation/transformation work has been celebrated within just about every major Chicago museum, including the Water Tower Park, School of the Art Institute, Columbia College, and most recently with the University of Chicago’s Smart Musem.

Many of our historic architectural treasures are in neighborhoods historically designated as “blighted.” We aspire to team up with people like yourself in this pilot project to create the skill sets among residents of those areas that can bring new life to our old cities.

​Why not?

Godsil​

Advancing Historic Home Restoration Artisanal “Guild” Connecting LA, Chicago/Wisconsin ​

To Professors Desmon and Sen, and National Trust’s Genell Scheurell

Professor Desmon: Genell Scheurell is senior field officer in the National Trust’s Chicago Field Office with whom I worked to “Save the Soldiers Home” in Milwaukee and other preservation initiatives.

Gennell: Professor Desmon is director of graduate studies, LSU College of Arts and Design.

Gennell and Professor Desmon: Professor Sen is my favorite professor of architecture at UWM, a department I have collaborated with since 1975.

I would appreciate your joining a 10 year conversation of historic preservationists, academics, and an emerging “guild” of restoration artisans and custom shops, focused first on a modest exchange experiment in which 3 top Wisconsin restoration artisans would join a winter project in Baton Rouge or New Orleans, with 3 top Louisiana artisans signing on to a summer project in Milwaukee, Madison, and/or Chicago.

I am the co-founder of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, 2004, ane co-founder/elder of two Wisconsin historic home restoration firms, Community Roofing & Restoration, 1975 Community Building & Restoration, 1999, which grossed $2,500,000 and $1,000,000 respectively in 2017.

This project is one way to elevate the status and quality of life of restoration artisans. And, in turn, enhance the skill sets of people we hire to work on our treasured historic buildings.

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Advancing Historic Home Restoration Artisanal “Guild” Connecting Louisiana, Chicago/Wisconsin ​

I would appreciate your joining a 10 year conversation of historic preservationists, academics, and an emerging “guild” of restoration artisans and custom shops, focused first on a modest exchange experiment in which 3 top Wisconsin restoration artisans would join a winter project in Baton Rouge or New Orleans, with 3 top Louisiana artisans signing on to a summer project in Milwaukee, Madison, and/or Chicago.

I am the co-founder of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, 2004, ane co-founder/elder of two Wisconsin historic home restoration firms, Community Roofing & Restoration, 1975 Community Building & Restoration, 1999, which grossed $2,500,000 and $1,000,000 respectively in 2017.

This project is one way to elevate the status and quality of life of restoration artisans. And, in turn, enhance the skill sets of people we hire to work on our treasured historic buildings.

Responses

from: Blokker, Laura E <lblokker@tulane.edu>
to: James Godsil <godsil.james@gmail.com>
cc: ”annswigartpainting@gmail.com” <annswigartpainting@gmail.com>
date: Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 11:20 AM
subject: Re: ​Advancing Rainbow Restoration “Guild” Connecting NOLA, Chicago/Wisconsin, and Detroit ​

Mr. Godsil,

Thank you for reaching out. I am glad to hear of your work and would be happy to participate. This is a special interest of mine and I am copying here, Ann Swigart, who is in the process of finalizing her thesis for our program on the topic of trades training as part of a holistic preservation movement in the US. Ann is a craftswoman herself and through her thesis has made many contacts in New Orleans and beyond with interest in this topic.

Very Best Regards,

Laura

Laura Ewen Blokker
Assistant Director and Adjunct Lecturer
Preservation Studies I Tulane School of Architecture
Richardson Memorial Hall, 306
c. 985.514.7802
http://architecture.tulane.edu/preservation

Emerging Rainbow LGBT Airbnb and Vintage Home Restoration Guild Network

My network and I are brainstorming with my daughter, Bridie and her wife Summer, an experiment that would combine an LGBT Airbnb experiment with vintage home restoration guild network, connecting NOLA with Chicago.

Bridie is the nation’s only woman slate, tile, and copper roofer. Summer is her “business” manager as well as loving wife.

We are hoping to meet artisans who might partner with them, as well as LGBT cultural entrepreneurs who might also join in conversations about LGBT Airbnb Training, Healing Network and Restoration Guild.

Our network has had 2 very successful airbnb’s in Milwaukee

an expansive urban ag and artisan training center in Chicago,

and a 42 year old historic home restoration company & artisan guild network.

And her network sings.

Emmanuel Pratt of the Sweet Water Foundation, Grace Boggs and Rick Feldman of the Boggs Center, Ben Koller, Jesse Blom, and Ryan Schone for the Heart House Airbnb experiment, the UWM Extension Seed Garden Program, Jay Salinas’ and Donna Neuwirth’s Re-Enchantment of Agriculture and Urban Rural Flow, and some Comfoodies across the land to share the good news of our possibilities. I have been supported in this work by the Community Roofing and Restoration emerging restoration guild.

I have been a connector in the movements since marching with Dr. King, Chicago Open Housing Summer(circled in photo below)

and the expansion of our reach via emails, etc. inspires me to imagine an LGBT Airbnb Training and Restoration Guild Network connecting northern cities I work in with and the NOLA experiment detailed here, where your thoughts I pray will someday be included.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/LGBTAirbnbTraining-HealingCenterNetwork

We are not afraid.
We shall overcome.

Sincerely,

Godsil

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Reaching Out To Urban Agriculture Community USA

Back in 2008 I made a pilgrimage from Milwaukee Chicago to New Orleans, and co-created the Milwaukee New Orleans Renaissance Experiment.

Pragmatic utopian visions for some kind of renaissance in the old cities of Milwaukee and New Orleans were made more concrete last week at the Shotgun House.

I would appreciate some Comfoodies joining a conversation about co-creating an LGBT “tilting” Airbnbn Community Garden, Healing, and Training Center Network. The Airbnb LGBT New Orleans experiment is already in emergence with some Chicago, Milwaukee, and Detroit “partners.” NOLA projects in the winter. Great Lakes Heartland projects in the Summer.

Since my 2008 NOLA visit I have experimented with highly resourced people poised to team up and harvest the power of Airbnb, for providing modest cash flows from their creating pleasing places to stay, heal, and learn from:

Emmanuel Pratt of the Sweet Water Foundation, Grace Boggs and Rick Feldman of the Boggs Center, Ben Koller, Jesse Blom, and Ryan Schone for the Heart House Airbnb experiment, the UWM Extension Seed Garden Program, Jay Salinas’ and Donna Neuwirth’s Re-Enchantment of Agriculture and Urban Rural Flow, and some Comfoodies across the land to share the good news of our possibilities. I have been supported in this work by the Community Roofing and Restoration emerging restoration guild.

Our New Orleans experiment in geographically fluid formations will begin at the Shotgun House and the Summer Wines Congress House of Gentilly NOLA, God willing and the stars aligning.

Vison: Growing, Fixing, & Sharing Skills As Healing Therapies Through LGBT Airbnbs

A safe and beautiful space to rest one’s head that includes:

  • Culinary treats and optional culinary workshops/tutorials

  • Restoration skill training and restoration enterprise consulting

  • Organic therapy gardening

  • “Radical Homemaking Skill Development, e.g. sewing, interior decorating, child and elder care, etc.

  • Home size Aquaponics As Art Demo Training and Construction

  • Social Media and Digital Tool Training, e.g. facebook, instagram, google apps, etc.

  • LGBT Airbnb Community Organizing Training

ABCDs Of Business Development for New Work/Community Development

We must brainstorm and be guided by our ABCDs!

Asset Based “Chaordic” Development Sequences”

This business and community organziing model was developed by John McKnight of Northwestern University and used by Obama during his Chicago organizing days. “Asset Based” development begins with our not focusing on what we don’t have, or what problems and obstacles we face. We begin with brainstorming our start-up assets.

There are many kinds of assets, human capital and natural capital based.

Cultural Capital

What we and our networking “partners” know.

Social Capital

Who we know.

Natural Capital

Nature’s bounty in water, land, air, and sun energy.

Green Dollar Capital

Money we can bring or earn as we “emerge.”

Spiritual Capital

The light and the fire of “Our Spirits” energized by our experiments.

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Outreach Letters

NOLA Historic Restoration Contractors

tthrash@thrashcs.com

Dear Mr. Thrash,

I am hoping to connect your firm with

(l) my daughter Bridie*, the nation’s only woman slate, tile, and copper roofer

(2) my roof system restoration protege Josh Fraundorf

In 1975 I founded Community Roofing and Restoration, which, under Josh’s leadership had roof system and historic home exterior
restoration projects totaling $2,500,000 last year.

https://www.communityroofingandrestoration.com/river-hills-north-shore-complete-roof-system-renewal/

We are looking to connect with NOLA folks needing large roof system restoration
crews like ours for winter gigs in NOLA. Bridie would help with their housing.

https://www.communityroofingandrestoration.com/testimonials/

(3) Dan Merline of Community Building and Restoration, an award winning historic home
renewal company, interior and exterior.

https://www.thoughtfulcraftsmen.com/#services

​This is a 5 year vision I hope you might be moved to talk with me before my
78th birthday party in 2023.

Sincerely,

Godsil​

​* ​Bridie is also with restoration skills in carpentry, masonry, and painting)
Durable Slate and David Millen taught her well for about 5 years.
​Author of “Slate Roof Bible,” Joe Jenkins, could vouch for me and her.

NOLA LGBT Friendly Therapists

Dear Mx. I am the father of NOLA based Bridie Wines Godsil, the nation’s only female slate, tile, and copper roofer, deeply abused in construction work by homophobic men. Might you provide an introduction to an historic home restoration contractor? Bridie, her wife, Summer, and our resourced network hope to partner with the therapy and restoration communities to co-create healing homes and LGBT skills development in the trades. http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/LGBTAirbnbTraining-HealingCenterNetwork/HomePage Bridie is also experienced in masonry, rough carpentry, painting, and all round demo. I am the founder of a restoration firm in 1975 named Community Roofing & Restoration, a network of shops focused in historic buildings. https://www.communityroofingandrestoration.com/ Sincerely, James J. Godsil

Thank you for your kindness in responding.

It is my strong intuition that there are some LGBT community restoration contractors either doing right by their clients…or companies waiting to be born…perhaps with my daughter’s help.

Please know that my time frame is at least 5 years.
Someone might show up in your world that will spark memory’s of this “sissy roofer’s” daughter.

Confessions of a Sissy Roofer

I love my sissy roofer self.
Sissy roofers are a very good thing!

Sissy roofers wear gloves while working,
So their hands don’t turn to hooves.

Sissy roofers wear knee pads while kneeling,
So their knees don’t fail them before they’re 40!

Sissy roofers send their friends to AA
Or family therapists,
Instead of tying one on with the bubbas
And whining about their lot.

Sissy roofers loathe Rush Limbaugh,
Preferring NPR. They voted for
Adalai, JFK, LBJ, Jimmy,
And now tilt toward Obama.

Sissy roofers partner with strong women,
And look forward to the day
When the corporate boys wake up and
Offer 50 pound bundles, so
Women, elders, and small bodied peoples
Can ply our noble trade.

Sissy roofers are like the harpooners of Moby Dick,
Except they would never wish to harpoon a whale these days.
They would rather ride whales, in the sea and on the land.

Sissy roofers read the mystic poets of all of God’s children,
To help them deal when a comrade falls to brain injury or death.

Sissy roofers are obsessive about the use of time…
And attention to detail.
If you waste time, you make no money.
If you can’t create a roof
That’s like a 100 page manuscript without one typo,
You make no money.

Sissy roofers read the Greek tragedians,
To find support in facing up to this highly painful world of being.

Sissy roofers have a chance to climb high on the roofs at 60.
Macho roofers are done for, in the main, around 40.

Sissy roofers drink fair trade coffees at cyber cafes
And waft e-mails to sweet ones to bring closer the day
When the people awaken to the Holy City
They made of Milwaukee over the course of
A mere 5 centuries.

Sissy roofers have more fun.
They make more money.
They win respect.
They respect themselves.

If they ever get too old to climb
Sissy roofers will return to the ground
Work with radiant wastes and worms, and
Bring heavenly food to kitchen tables
Working with rather than warding out
The waters of the heavens.

Viva, Sissy Roofers!
Viva, Sissy Roofers!

Reaching Out To LOUD Queer Youth Theater
Subject: Brainstorming LGBT Airbnb Healing and Training Center Network

Dear Rachel,

I am an old movement warhorse with a NOLA daughter and her wife poised to co-create in a social learning network the Summer Wines Congress House LGBT Airbnbn Healing and Training Center in Gentilly this year, God willing.

I would be deeply grateful if you found the time, sometime over the next season or two, to review this vision expression and join in a conversation when the Spirit moves you. I and my “partners” have fought the good fight since my civil rights days in the open housing marches of Chicago, SCLC Freedom Summer 1966. I, circled, was a nanosecond body guard for Dr. King then, and have remained engage.

Dr. King’s Bodyguard for a Nanosecond
Chicago Open Housing Marches 1966


Dear Reverand Rowland, I am the father of a daughter Bridie and her wife Summer who want to combine an LGBT Airbnb experiment with vintage home restoration “partners” and gigs. Bridie is the nation’s only woman slate, tile, and copper roofer. Summer is her “business” partner as well as loving wife. We are hoping to meet artisans who might partner with them, as well as LGBT cultural entrepreneurs who might also join in conversations about LGBT Airbnb Training and Healing Network. I have been a connector in the movements since marching with Dr. King, Chicago Open Housing Summer, and the expansion of our reach via emails, etc. inspires me to imagine an LGBT Airbnb Training and Healing Network connecting northern cities I work in with and the NOLA experiment detailed here, where your thoughts I pray will someday be included. http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/LGBTAirbnbTraining-HealingCenterNetwork

Andrea Chen and Entire Staff of Propeller(http://gopropeller.org/people/)

Dear Ms. Chen,

​I am an old “change agent” out of retirement to help​
my daughter​ ​​Bridie and her wife Summer​ team up with
rainbow LGBT “partners” and establish a vintage home restoration guild network, connecting NOLA with Chicago.

​We seek artisan and creative “brainstormers” as well as companies and homeowners poised to harvest the talent and deeper meaning of such a network.

Bridie is the nation’s only woman slate, tile, and copper roofer​, and brings restoration skills in carpentry, masonry, and painting to her projects. ​
Summer is her “business” manager as well as loving wife​.​
We also have visions of Bridie leading training workshops for LGBT rainbow students.

We are hoping to meet artisans who might partner with them, as well as LGBT cultural entrepreneurs who might also join in conversations​ that would include experiments establishing two starter LGBT Airbnbs in NOLA and Chicago.

​Our network has had 2 very successful airbnb’s in Milwaukee​, Heart Haus 1.0 and 2.0, co-created by artisst in residence Ben Koller, Jesse Blom, and Ryan Schone

an expansive urban ag and artisan training center in Chicago​,
the Sweet Water Foundation, led by Emmanuel Pratt.​

and a 42 year old historic home restoration company & artisan guild network​,

Community Roofing and Restoration, which I founded in 1975 and is now
owned by Josh Fraundorf.

Rick Feldman of the Boggs Center,​​ and ​
Jay Salinas’ and Donna Neuwirth’s​

Re-Enchantment of Agriculture and Urban Rural Flow​ are also in this
visioning weave.

​I have been a connector in the movements since marching with Dr. King, Chicago Open Housing Summer(circled in photo below)

This project will be chronicled here.

​​http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/LGBTAirbnbTraining-HealingCenterNetwork

Hope you might join us someday!​

​We are not afraid.
We shall overcome.


Geographically Fluid Restoration Guild

Spent three wonderful night’s at this lovely “shotgun” airnbnb house

with my daughter Megan Jeyifo,

visiting daughter Brydie Wines, her wife Summer Soileau Wines,

and the great city of New Orleans.

Since 1975 I I have dreamed of artisans of Milwaukee and Chicago getting winter restoration gigs, and artisan cooks, carpenters, gardeners,
roofers, etc. from NOLA “summering” in Chicago and Milwaukee.

During this visit Bridie, Summer, and Megan said they would “partner” with me, Community, and Sweet Water to manifest this pragmatic utopian vision.

Daughter Rachel Godsil, son Joe, sons in law Okunola Jeyifousand, Jim Freeman, granddaughters Kate and Rebecca, friends and business partners like Jesse Blom, Ben G. Koller, Ryan Schone, Emmanuel Pratt, Josh Fraundorf, David Boucher, Michael Carrier, Daniel Merline, Erik Lindberg, Alexander Montezon, , Nick Montezon, Martha Davis Kipcak, Evelyn Patricia Terry, Lisa Rogers, Jeff Eagan, , Benjamin Eagan-Van Meter. Harvey Taylor, Holly Haebig, KATE Kt RuschRusch, Donna Neuwirth, Della Wells, Muneer, Janine, Howard Hinterthuer, Anne J Koller, Ken Leinbach, Alexander Hagler, Jay James Julius Anderson, and many more will be invited to this Snow Bird NOLA exchange experiment.

We have room for 5 people at the organizing site pictures here, at $100 per night June price. I aspire to partner with Brydie and Summer and transform their sweet Gentilly home into our organizing space and airnbnb site as well.

Chicago Milwaukee! Free yourself from unending winter cold!

NOLA! Liberation from unending summer heat can be yours.

Geographic fluidity will become a pragmatic utopian possibility…Now.

A Restoration Guild in the largest sense is being born.

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