On this page…

  1. Tracey Dent, Crusader for Peace, Runs for State Office
    1. 1.1  By Patricia Obletz, Editor
  2. NAACP President James H. Hall, Jr., Sends For US Calvary
    1. 2.1  by George F. Sanders
    2. 2.2  June 19th, Juneteenth Day, 2012:
  3. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
  4. Final Entry!!!
    1. 4.1  5/14/12 – Life and Death in Bamako
  5. Chaya Nayak Update on Sweet Water Growing Networks Kerela India Project
  6. Voter ID Town Hall
  7. LOVE in the City
  8. Smart City Nexus : A Gathering of Minds June 22nd 6-8pm.
  9. Poems of the Washerwoman at Public Cable TV
  10. Voting rights info & election protection
  11. UPDATE On Milwaukee County ICE Detainer Resolution
    1. 11.1  Sweet Water Foundation Digital Aquaponics Training Program
  12. Community Wide Donorship Scholarship Drive Saturday, June 9, 2012
  13. On Social Justice and Public Health
  14. Click Here for Early Voting Information
  15. Milwaukee County Immigration Resolution
  16. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 16.1  5/3/12 – Lupus Awareness Month
  17. Individuality
    1. 17.1  By Rosemary Ollison
    2. 17.2  INDIVIDUALITY
  18. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 18.1  4/25/12 – Can’t walk well
  19. Milwaukee Police Department’s Fifth District Community Action Day, Saturday, May 19th, 2012
  20. Plankington Arcade’s Arugula Garden Tuesday Lunch Hour Brainstorming
    1. 20.1  May 8 Topics
    2. 20.2  Aquaponics Experiments and Eco Tourism
  21. Highlights from 2012 so far: The Good News
    1. 21.1  Sat. 7/7/12 “(T)he saddest thing of all is to know a lady’s life has been saved from AIDS but died from cervical cancer. http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/1025157/former_president_george_w._bush_breaks_from_his_party%E2%80%99s_%E2%80%98war_on_women%2C%E2%80%99_advocates_for_women%E2%80%99s_health_abroad/#paragraph4
    2. 21.2  Fri. 6/15/12 Human Rights for all http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/16/us/us-to-stop-deporting-some-illegal-immigrants.html?nl=us&emc=edit_cn_20120615
    3. 21.3  Thurs. 5/31/12 Civil Rights Wins Again http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/us/appeals-court-rules-against-federal-marriage-act.html?nl=us&emc=edit_cn_20120531
    4. 21.4  Sun. 5/27/12 Thank you, Stephen Colbert: the way in and a logical way out:
    5. 21.5  Mon., 5/21/12 The Oneness Movement Grows:
    6. 21.6  Civl Rights Upheld:
    7. 21.7  Tues, 5/15/12 Federal Appeals Court Rules Out Election Money Donors’ Secrecy:
    8. 21.8  Tues., 5/8/12: Wyatt Earp lives on!
    9. 21.9  Sun., 5/5/12: Austerity Loses to Socialist
    10. 21.10  Thurs., 5/3/12: Minnesota Senator Thinks Abortion Pill Is Wrong, While Viagra Is a “Wonderful Drug”
    11. 21.11  Sat., 4/28/12: The Washington Post Admits That Republicans Are the Problem
    12. 21.12  Thurs., 4/26/12: How the Wisconsin Legislature Was Bought
  22. Sweet Water First Monday Potluck Great Issues Series
    1. 22.1  Matt Richardson Discussion of Digital Aquaponics Self Learning and Global
    2. 22.2  Credentialing
  23. Imagining, Designing, and Orchestrating 21st Century Jobs, Work, & Enterprise
    1. 23.1  Ennobling Working Class Social Roles: Starting Out With Mindful Peddlers
  24. Creating Our 2012 Farm Bill--
  25. March for Immigrant Rights MAY DAY Solidarity March Sunday APRIL 29
  26. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 26.1  4/2/12 – Al Quaeda gaining presence in the North
  27. This Just In From DRW April 24, 2012:
    1. 27.1  Judge extends injunction preventing photo ID requirements for May 8 Recall Primary and June 5 Recall Election
  28. TRIAL REPORT -- NAACP PHOTO ID TRIAL CLOSES TODAY ON HIGH NOTE!
    1. 28.1  By Richard Saks, Esq.
    2. 28.2  Hawks, Quindel, SC
  29. Understanding the Challenges & Changes: Caring for Someone with Dementia
  30. National Donate Life Month
  31. Invite to Share Sweet Water Space at US Bank Building Earth Day Expo
  32. “Racial Justice and Environmental Sustainability”
    1. 32.1  A talk by Andrew Kahrl
  33. Friendly Reminder: 2 days until Senior Panel Presentation with Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday, April 11, 2012
  34. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 34.1  3/22/12 – Coup d’etat
  35. Organic Gardening at the Center for Veterans Issues
    1. 35.1  Speaker: Howard Hinterthuer
    2. 35.2  Wednesday, April 11th, 6 – 8 pm
    3. 35.3  Great Waters Group of the Sierra Club invites you to…
  36. Earth Day Celebration
    1. 36.1  Friday April 20th 5 - 7:30 pm
    2. 36.2  Preserving our River Parkways and Parklands
  37. Meet Up with FUEL at MKE’s New Creative Epicenter
  38. Town Hall Meetings with the Recall Candidates
    1. 38.1  Detroit’s Boggs Educational Center Receives Kellogg Foundation Grant
    2. 38.2  Sweet Water Potluck, 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2151 S. Robinson
  39. Youth Mental Health Summit Update
  40. STOP The VIOLENCE ADULT & YOUTH Town Hall Meeting
  41. “Our Ferocious Love of Life vs. Catastrophic Climate Change”
    1. 41.1  A pulpit guest presentation by Eric Hansen at Unitarian Church North (Mequon)
  42. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 42.1  3/11/12 – Don’t bring 2-year-olds to meetings
  43. This Just In: March 28, 2012
    1. 43.1  STATEMENT OF NAACP MILWAUKEE BRANCH AND VOCES DE LA FRONTERA CERTIFICATION DECISIONS OF COURT OF APPEALS
  44. Action Alert - People over Politics TOMORROW (3-20)
    1. 44.1  Soap Box Moment at St. Patrick Brigid’s 10th Annual All City Gatherin
  45. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 45.1  2/27/12 – Medication Fiasco
  46. This Just In From DRW March 14, 2012
    1. 46.1  by Make It Work Milwaukee/Mental Health Task Force
    2. 46.2  10th Annual St. Patrick Brigid All City Gathering at Club Timbuktu
  47. WISCONSIN VOTER ID LAW UPDATE
  48. Lift the Family Care/IRIS caps!
    1. 48.1  Make It Work Milwaukee Action Alert
  49. Milwaukee’s Fresh Water Innovations As 21st Century Export Industry
  50. ACLU and Disability Rights of Wisconsin are sponsoring a Public Meeting For Families Of MPS Students Concerning Vouchers
  51. Milwaukee County Board Candidate Forum
    1. 51.1  Free and open to the public—Please spread the word!
  52. Relief: Breaking News of Temporary Injunction Against Wisconsin Voter ID Law
  53. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 53.1  2/14/12 – Happy Valentine’s Day and Fighting with Sabou
  54. Unbelievably Stupid Law Would Declare Single Parenthood Child Abuse
  55. Inspiring Presentations at Sweet Water Monday Potluck Tonight, 5 to 7, 2151 S. Robinson in Bay View
  56. Local Craftsmen Deconstruct Shorewood Home From the Roof to the Foundation.
  57. Reclaim Wisconsin March
  58. Boomer Milennial Partnerships for Eco-Career School Experience
  59. Hello supporters!
    1. 59.1  Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
    2. 59.2  Monday March 5 and Tuesday March 6
  60. Blockbuster musical thrills audience at North Division High School
    1. 60.1  By Gregory Stanford
  61. Youth Mental Health Summit Update
    1. 61.1  Your Help Needed with Fundraising!
  62. MATC and Milwaukee’s Taxpayer Under attack in the State Legislature
    1. 62.1  By Michael Rosen, Ph.D.
  63. Philo Kassner’s “Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall” Photo Book Now at Woodland Pattern, Covered in “Riverwest Currents,” and Soon To be a David Luhrssen “Shepherd” Piece
    1. 63.1  Designing & Orchestrating the Plankington Arcade Co-Op Cafe & Pub
  64. Special Needs Education At Risk!
    1. 64.1  ALERT!
  65. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 65.1  2/2/12 – Home again. Home again.
  66. Rally: Stop Violence in Our Schools
  67. Greater Milwaukee Foundation Match Day
  68. Nichali Ciaccio’s RWCP Exhibition “Photos and Stories”
    1. 68.1  Bulk Goods
    2. 68.2  Here’s the backstory:
  69. Join Other Activists and Leaders @ Inaugural Convening of We Are Milwaukee!
  70. A Collage of Misrepresentation by State Elected Officials: Black & White
    1. 70.1  by Leon Todd
    2. 70.2  1) Black County Chairman strips Black Supervisor Thomas of committee assignments. Did he play to the white power structure?
    3. 70.3  2) Black Alderman disrespects Black Occupiers at City Hall
  71. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 71.1  1/9/12 – Decided to Stay Home
  72. Milwaukee to Egypt—Beyond the Arab Spring
    1. 72.1  A Potluck Discussion at Sweet Water, Monday, February 6, 5 to 7 p.m..
  73. What does volunteerism have to do with success?
  74. IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
  75. The Life & Times of Brother Booker Ashe: A Panel Discussion
  76. Action Alert:
  77. Act Now to Support the Workplace Mobility Act and
  78. Restore Funding for Public Transportation
    1. 78.1  January 30, 2012
    2. 78.2  Background:
  79. 21st Century Freedom Fighters
    1. 79.1  By Patricia Obletz, Editor
  80. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 80.1  12/27/11 – Termination with therapist
  81. In My Mind’s Eye: January 20, 2012
    1. 81.1  Racism in America
  82. Make It Work Milwaukee/Mental Health Task Force Update January 17th, 2012
  83. Safe Driving Is No Accident
    1. 83.1  By Ron Lee, Program Coordinator
  84. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 84.1  12/16/11 – This is your calling.
  85. FREE Birth Certificates to aid in obtaining a Voter ID are now available
  86. Emerging Global Community of Aquaponic Experimenters to India?
  87. NAACP ONE MKE Summit
  88. Grace Lee Boggs, “Living For Change” January 1, 2012 Issue
    1. 88.1  2011 A YEAR TO REMEMBER
  89. In My Mind’s Eye: December 29th, 2011
    1. 89.1  American Presidential Candidate Example of Extremism
  90. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 90.1  12/10/11 – Finding Volunteer Work that I can do.
  91. Legal Crusade Against Wisconsin Voter ID
  92. USDA Supported Sweet Water Foundation Aquaponics 101 Training for Teachers
  93. Profile of Success: Tracey Dent, Safeguarding Milwaukee Youth
  94. NAACP Milwaukee and Voces de la Frontera Challenge WI Act 23
    1. 94.1  By James H. Hall Jr.
    2. 94.2  President
    3. 94.3  NAACP Milwaukee Branch
  95. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 95.1  12/3/11 – Kid-event at Barnes and Noble and Time with Sam
  96. This Just In
  97. Campaign to cut waste: Vice President Biden announces U.S. will halt production of excess dollar coins and Department of Justice recovered a record $5.6 billion in fraud in 2011
  98. This Just In
    1. 98.1  Facebook provides first-of-a-kind service to help prevent suicides
  99. If We Can Win a White House Garden, We Can Win a Nobel Prize
  100. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 100.1  11/27/11 – The Pain Worsens and Is That Your Baby?
  101. In My Mind’s Eye: December 7th, 2011
    1. 101.1  If it isn’t racism, then it’s bigotry
  102. Aquaponics
  103. Milwaukee’s Critical 21st Century Industry
    1. 103.1  by Linda Sechrist
  104. Welcoming a Will Allen Nobel Prize. Followed by Your Community’s Nobel Prize
  105. Howard Hinterthuer, Veteran’s Food Production Project
  106. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 106.1  11/22/11 – Fun weekend, Blood Work, and Thanksgiving
  107. Hope Gives Rise to That Which It Contemplates
    1. 107.1  Pragmatic Utopian Visions re Urban Agriculture & Aquaponics
  108. Sweet Water Founding Vision
  109. Guiding Concepts
  110. Helping Veterans Trade Their Swords for Plows
    1. 110.1  Our Visions Outpaced By The Facts.
  111. Pragmatic Utopian Visions
  112. Net Enhanced American Indian Aquaponics Initiatives
    1. 112.1  Connect Your Work With India Projects
    2. 112.2  ITC’s E-Choupal’s Internet Empowered 16,500 Indian Villages
    3. 112.3  Aquaponics TV Experiments
  113. Introducing the Indo American Aquaponics Iniative(IAAI)
  114. Five Thousand Sweet Water Sweet Soil American Indian Pictures
    1. 114.1  Links to Indian Pictures from June 2011 Visit
    2. 114.2  Rural Scenes
    3. 114.3  Mumbai and Rathnigiri
  115. Joyous Youth and Sweet Water Sweet Soil Moments
    1. 115.1  Sweet Water Foundation Harvests Hard Won Information
    2. 115.2  Sweet Water Sweet Soil Energy Centers for Every City In Every Nation
  116. Sweet Water Theorem
  117. Sweet Water WWWW Holiday Gift Designers
    1. 117.1  Sweet Water Theorem for Sweet Water Aquaponics Miniatures in Our Schools
  118. Aquaponics Association International Conference Exceeds Fall 2010 Vision
  119. NBC Nightly News Story on Sweet Water Accelerates Expanded Vision
    1. 119.1  One World Aquaponics
    2. 119.2  “Mondragon USA” One World Aquaponics Experiments
    3. 119.3  Democratize Aquaponics
    4. 119.4  “Apple” Sweet Water Miniatures!
  120. In My Mind’s Eye: October 24, 2011
    1. 120.1  Support Hispanics, Because?
  121. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 121.1  11/14/11 – Playing Catch-up
  122. In One Another
    1. 122.1  By Megan Dwyer-Cossou
  123. Greed loses key whips November 8, 2011
  124. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 124.1  10/30/11 – An Awesome Day followed by Hurtful Comments
  125. Medicaid Savings Initiatives Updates
    1. 125.1  Update! 11/08/11
  126. Stop the Violence Self Development Workshops
  127. Make It Work Milwaukee/Mental Health Task Force Update: October 31st
  128. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 128.1  10/17/11 – Nightmare and More Tests in Saying No, or at least, Maybe
  129. A great day for the Great Lakes urban agriculture industry/movement!
  130. Make It Work Milwaukee/Mental Health Task Force Update:
    1. 130.1  Paratransit and Unfinished Business
  131. Update!
  132. The Second Annual Fruity Nutty Affair
  133. From the Journal of an Artist
    1. 133.1  By Patricia Obletz
  134. Will Milwaukee Become the Arugula City of America?
  135. Redman original to MK.
  136. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 136.1  10/15/11 – Pushing limits that I didn’t know I had, and learning to stop
  137. Here is our life
    1. 137.1  By Megan Dwyer-Cossou
  138. Your eyes and ears won’t betray you. Watch:
  139. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 139.1  10/7/11 – not much Lupus going on
  140. Victory Garden Initiative Recent photos
  141. The Resistance
  142. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 142.1  9/25/11 – Always an Adventure
  143. Photo Essays of Milwaukee’s Good Food ®Evolution
    1. 143.1  Walnut Way Vigil Celebration Blocked Junk Food Franchise on 17th & North
  144. Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus
    1. 144.1  9/18/11 – Another Great Day with Sabou
  145. My First Generation Sweet Water Business Plan
  146. IBM Video Advances Globalization of Grand Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Alliance Aquaponics and Farming Methods
  147. State Department to Mainstream Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics?
  148. Father of Organic Farming, Sir Albert Howard: India America Work Learn Tour Project
    1. 148.1  Father of Organic Farming Taught by India Farmers’ 3,000 Year Methodologies
  149. Turn Your Front Yard Into a Food Garden
  150. There Are Now Bees Along With the Fish and the Plants at Sweet Water
    1. 150.1  Permaculture Theory Makes It to the New York Times
  151. Detroit, Chicago, & Milwaukee: From Industrial to Organic Cities
    1. 151.1  Chaordic Theory Foundational to Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Industry & Movement

Tracey Dent, Crusader for Peace, Runs for State Office

By Patricia Obletz, Editor

www.MilwaukeeRenaissance.com/PeaceOfMind/HomePage

“The strength of the community will change the future.”

- Tracey Dent

Last December, Tracey E. Dent and I met to talk about his now four-year long push for peace. We concentrated on his work with Milwaukee youth, to which he dedicated free time after his day job as legislative assistant to Representative Elizabeth Coggs* http://milwaukeerenaissance.com/PeaceOfMind/ProfileOfSuccessTraceyDent Prior to that position, Tracey worked as an accountant. This time Tracey and I got together about two weeks before the recall election to discuss his experiences in Madison, as well as his campaign to pursue peace and improving the quality of life by running for retiring State Assemblywoman Barbara Toles’ 17th District Assembly seat.

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NAACP President James H. Hall, Jr., Sends For US Calvary

by George F. Sanders

June 19th, Juneteenth Day, 2012:

In honor of the day that slaves were emancipated in America, an historic complaint was filed with the United States Federal Department of Justice citing the results of $1 Million worth of disparity studies over 18 years about the City of Milwaukee and its on-going means of denying economic development among people of color, particularly African Americans.

NAACP President James Hall stated: “The NAACP’s 102-year mission aims to ensure that the fundamental rights of all Americans are protected and advanced. Our request is being made out of that historical focus and concern. Consequently, we emphasize that it is the responsibility of each political leader in government and all community stakeholders to uphold the federal and state constitutional rights of citizens and ensure that these rights are fully protected at all times.

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

Final Entry!!!

5/14/12 – Life and Death in Bamako

Lupus Awareness Fact #14: People with lupus are usually encouraged to engage in appropriate daily exercise in order to maintain muscle and bone strength. Care should be taken, however, to balance exercise with rest.

By the way, I consider chasing my daughter around “appropriate daily exercise.” I also think this Lupus fact was written by someone who doesn’t have Lupus.

We hear from Bamako that Sanogo is showing no signs of stepping down from power. Not sure how the Mali people feel about this, but doesn’t seem hopeful for elections to take place as the 40 days of the interim president comes to a close on May 22nd.

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Chaya Nayak Update on Sweet Water Growing Networks Kerela India Project

We have received substantial interest and support from many organizations here in Kerala, including the equivalent of a mayor (which got us featured in a Malayalam newspaper!), the Kerala agriculture university, various radio stations, and above all significant interest from one of India’s largest corporations that has a cooperative business structure with rural farmers across India!

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Voter ID Town Hall

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LOVE in the City

By Grace Lee Boggs
June 10–16, 2012

Last week I was the commencement speaker at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary, which is located in the historic First Presbyterian Church at Woodward and Forest in Detroit.

ETS educates students for urban ministry.

In the more than 75 years since my first commencement, I have participated in many commencement ceremonies. But this was my first gig as a commencement speaker.

I didn’t even know how to begin until I was asked to provide a scripture, That prompted me to choose the familiar passage from Corinthians about Love.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

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Smart City Nexus : A Gathering of Minds June 22nd 6-8pm.

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Poems of the Washerwoman at Public Cable TV

If you missed the Coffee House performance you have another opportunity to see this intriguing program.

Be in the studio audience for the Public Cable TV premier.

See the world’s most mundane creature transformed into a blazing Superhero in The Poems of the Washerwoman: Homage to the Most Unsung Character in Literature performed by these fantastic actors: Jeanie Dean, Roberta Higgins, Brenda Smith & Jacob Hey.

Thursday June 7, 2012 6:30 pm
Public Cable TV Channel 14
West Allis Media Center (414) 321–1121
7210 West Greenfield Avenue

Contact: 414–546–3251

The menial washerwoman is transformed into a character of superhero proportions. In this production washerwoman is everywhere, she forms a union and leads one of the first successful US labor strikes, she is a saint of Hinduism, a diva of grand accomplishments, an Irish Banshee, a redeemer and remover of sins, an inventor, historian, a friend, a mother, Kitchen Guy and and perhaps yourself, Enjoy Washerwoman’s many faces and expressions.

We are reading the poems in a project to explore a full theater production. It will be great

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Voting rights info & election protection

Know Your Rights: Convicts
Know Your Rights: General
Know Your Rights: Students

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UPDATE On Milwaukee County ICE Detainer Resolution

On Friday May 25th, Voces de la Frontera took a delegation comprised of representatives from MICAH, Equality Wisconsin, Voces members, board and staff to meet with county executive Chris Abele to ask for his support in reforming the use of ICE detainers in county jails.

On May 24th the resolution was approved 14–4 by the county board. At the meeting, the county executive acknowledged that the delegation gave him information about ICE detainers that he did not previously have and that he would try to get numbers that state how much tax payer dollars honoring ICE detainers is costing the county, since the sheriff has refused to provide this information. A follow up meeting will soon take place as agreed upon by both the county executive and the delegation.

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Sweet Water Foundation Digital Aquaponics Training Program

For 16,000 e-Choupal Village Centers & Schools

Methinks the stars may be aligning for Milwaukee’s digitally exporting our expanding knowledge re home/school aquaponics systems, not in shipping containers but in digital on-line books and films.

ITC’s Murthy’s e-Choupal Digital Kiosks & 16,000 Indian Schools

With ITC’s 16,000 e-Choupal kiosks we might imagine training films reaching 16,000 Indian schools at astonishing speed, building upon Sweet Water’s MacArthur Mozilla badge based digital training.

http://www.itcportal.com/sustainability/lets-put-india-first/echoupal.aspx

With a film studio drawing upon our data design team’s work that connects Chicago, New York, and Frisco partners with our Milwaukee center, our product can be quite outstanding.

Sweet Water Great Farm Film Studio: Content for Harvard MIT Stanford On Line Courses and Emerging Global Documentary Training Film Industry

I am writing to invite you to an on-line conversation aiming to develop cooperative film studios at the Sweet Water Great Farm, in support of a start-up $150,000 global competition award from Mozilla/MacArthur for "badge based" digital training and credentialling for "Aquapons."

http://www.dmlcompetition.net/Competition/4/badges-projects.php?id=3197

This vision has been inspired by the support for democratizing and globalizing aquaponics Sweet Water has received from IBM, the State Department, the US Department of Agriculture, engineers and biologists from universities in Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, as well as Europe and Asia.

I believe the Sweet Water Film Studio could be as important a resource for connecting with projects like the Harvard/MIT/Stanford on-line course project as the transformation of the classic factory into a Great Farm has been for mainstreaming aquaponics across the planet.

Cloud Computing for Self Publishing & Producing

Thanks to cloud computing for the masses, anyone anywhere can for a tiny hourly fee now rent the most powerful computing and storage facilities on Amazon’s “cloud” to test any algorithm or start any company or publish any book. Start-ups can even send all their inventory to Amazon, and it will do all the fulfillment and delivery — and even gift wrap your invention before shipping it to your customers.

This is leading to an explosion of new firms and voices. "Sixteen of the top 100 best sellers on Kindle today were self-published," said Bezos. That means no agent, no publisher, no paper — just an author, who gets most of the royalties, and Amazon and the reader. It is why, Bezos adds, the job of the company leader now is changing fast: "You have to think of yourself not as a designer but as a gardener" — seeding, nurturing, inspiring, cultivating the ideas coming from below, and then making sure people execute them.

NYT Friedman, May 19, 2012
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Community Wide Donorship Scholarship Drive Saturday, June 9, 2012

Dear Community,

We need your support to help make our first 2012 Scholarship drive a HUGE Success!

You can help by volunteering to:

  • Donate blood or join the organ and marrow registries
  • Serve as a greeter and assisting with recruiting donors onsite to participate in the drive
  • Assist donors at the café area
  • Assist with ticket giveaways (First 50 attempting blood donors will receive one ticket to Summerfest)
  • Assist with registering people for the scholarship
  • Sending one of our flyers to your family, friends and network groups (you can also register to donate blood online at www.bcw.edu/omega)

Thanks in advance for your commitment.

Penelope Stewart
Community Outreach Manager
BloodCenter of Wisconsin
Tele: 414–937–6303
Cell: 414–531–1284
Fax: 414–937–6777

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On Social Justice and Public Health

Dr. Christian Head is a well-respected African American faculty surgeon who’s now filed a racial discrimination suit against the UCLA Medical Center and UC Regents.

Dr. Christian Head has been intentionally degraded based on his race and UCLA officials have ignored blatant acts of racial discrimination, including an edited photo depicting Dr. Head as a gorilla being sodomized by his supervisor. That alone is offensive. But the fact that the photo was publicly presented for laughs during an annual medical school sponsored event attended by more than 200 physicians, faculty, residents and guests is both shocking and indefensible. You can hear about what Dr. Head has endured and what UCLA officials continue to ignore: Watch Dr. Christian Head’s video.

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Milwaukee County Immigration Resolution

Hello,

We are asking that you take action on a Milwaukee County Resolution that will be up for a vote this week, May 24th, and that seeks to change the draconian rules regarding ICE detainers for undocumented peoples. The resolution was born from a request made by Voces de la Frontera to supervisors Peggy West and Marina Dimitrijevic for County level legislation that would change the way local police interact with ICE (Federal Immigration Enforcement).

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

5/3/12 – Lupus Awareness Month

Lupus Awareness Month Fact #3: Lupus develops most often between ages 15 and 44. However, between 10 and 20 percent of cases develop during childhood and these cases can evolve more rapidly into serious health complications.

Problems in Bamako continue. The airport is closed, there have been multiple shootings, with reports of anywhere between 25 and 150 deaths. The US Embassy is closed. The coup leaders are building up the case that there are foreign mercenaries from neighboring countries trying to take down the Junta. Not everyone believes this story, and the truth becomes harder to decipher.

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Individuality

By Rosemary Ollison

INDIVIDUALITY

I have seen many beautiful things
But I have never seen anything as beautiful as INDIVIDUALITY

INDIVIDUALITY is difficult to obtain
Few know their identity
Few know who they really are
Few know who God created them to be

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

4/25/12 – Can’t walk well

Today is a very big day. I am driving to Staten Island and back. I was very successful the last time I took this challenge on, and got inspired to do it again. But first is a site visit to an agency in Harlem.

Well, the agency is on the second floor, and I had to drive there first. Driving always makes me limp. My legs get weak, shaky and painful. Even though I hadn’t driven very far or for very long, I was in a lot of pain afterwards and Harlem is the small leg of today’s trip.

After the meeting, it was back down the stairs. OMG, I had to take it really slow and hug the wall the whole way down. Very impressive when you’re walking with colleagues from other agencies, I assure you.

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Milwaukee Police Department’s Fifth District Community Action Day, Saturday, May 19th, 2012

You are cordially invited to attend the Community Action Day on May 19th, 2012.

Milwaukee Police Department’s Fifth District is hosting the event from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Lighthouse Youth Center 2475 West Roosevelt Drive with neighborhood garbage clean up from 10am to noon and a cookout and resource fair at the Lighthouse Youth Center from noon to 2:30pm. The event will be concluded with a Roll Call in the street at 2:45pm.

The Community Action Day is part of law enforcement and citizen interaction, involving aesthetic improvement and sustainable crime reduction.

We would like to invite you or another representative from your organization to present materials during our resource fair. We would be able to provide you with a table and two chairs for any materials you might have. Set up begins at 11:30am and take down would be at or before 3pm.

If you could please RSVP by May 11, 2012. The point of contact for the event is myself or P.O. Thomas Kupsik. He can be reached via e-mail (tkupsi@milwaukee.gov) or by calling 935–7187.

Thank you in advance for your support.

P.O. Lori Osiewalski
Community Liaison Officer
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Plankington Arcade’s Arugula Garden Tuesday Lunch Hour Brainstorming

May 8 Topics

Milwaukee’s Great Issues Series Offering One at Sweet Water Monday Potluck

  • Godsil on Dean David Garman’s $30,000,000 Environmental Bio Technology Cooperative Research Center, the potential of an American Indian ITC E-Choupal Program Collaboration, and Shajan John and Chaya Nayak’s “Empowerment Through Aquaponics” project

http://www.itcportal.com/sustainability/lets-put-india-first/echoupal.aspx

http://www.pingg.com/rsvp/8x8ce4fe5tk5mpzjw

www.indiegogo.com/growingnetworks

  • SWF’s $150,000 Mozilla Award* discussed by Smart Wave’s Matt Richardson

http://www.dmlcompetition.net/Competition/4/badges-projects.php?id=3197.

  • MU Economist Emeritus Author of “The Coming Good Boom” in Attendance

http://cominggoodboom.blogspot.com/

and more

Dear All,

At the upcoming Sweet Water Monday Potluck “Great Issues Series” IT pro Matt Richardson will be discussing the $150,000 SWF Mozilla global competition award and his visions for transforming educational systems and acclerating the diffusion of aquaponics miniatures to the schools of the world with the coupling of the USDA teachers grant and the Mozilla life long digital badge award.

I and/or Chaya Nayak will be introducing the Wisconsin Milwaukee Kerela India project, the first initiative being “Empowerment Through Aquaponics.”

I will also say a few words about Dean David Garman’s $30,000,000 Environmental Bio Technology Cooperative Research Center vision, and how that might tie in with a “Golden Triangle Collaboration” between Madison Chicago and Milwaukee to partner with the Indian ITC’s e-choupal program.

http://www.itcportal.com/sustainability/lets-put-india-first/echoupal.aspx

Doug Booth, MU economist emeritus, author of “The Coming Good Boom,” will be participating as well, because, in his words…

I am especially looking forward to hearing about aquaponics digital learning from Matt Richardson. This sounds like something I could promote on possible trips to Tunisia and Egypt later in the year. Schaduf, the rooftop hydroponics effort in Cairo, is experimenting with aquaponics.

Sweet Water’s Great Hall of the Tulip Building
2151 S. Robinson
Monday, May 7, 5 to 7 p.m.
Bring a dish to share
Donations for beverages

  • Perhaps one of the most exciting highlights of the evolution has been our work in the educational systems which has inspired the emergence of our Sweet Water AQUAPONS model (see diagram attached) around small scale aquaponics miniatures. The long-term vision for the AQUAPONS model is the creation of a dynamically interconnected repository of learning and assessment for both aquaponics and urban agriculture that will give learners of all ages and backgrounds a means of learning, sharing, validating, and showcasing the knowledge and skills that they possess in this growing field as we continue to grow active global citizens. An overview of our AQUAPONS concept is described in more detail at this link: http://www.dmlcompetition.net/Competition/4/badges-projects.php?id=3197.

Photos:
https://picasaweb.google.com/100043881418669189803/MacarthurGeneralPics?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIH31Ir4qdD8Zg&feat=directlink

Sweet Water Friday May 11 Celebration of Wisconisin Kerela India

Aquaponics Experiments and Eco Tourism

To support the UW Madison student team service learning project to build an aquaponics demonstration site in Kerala, India. I(Shajan John) will be traveling with the students to India and initiate the project over a 5 week period, all of month of June.

To see the invitation to the fund raiser event and place to easily purchase ticket to enjoy a great evening of fun in an urban farm, please follow this link http://www.pingg.com/rsvp/8x8ce4fe5tk5mpzjw

This can be a fun date night and a family night. There is going to be dances, art display, music, silent auction, great food, free drinks and much more.

For those who wish to do more than this or to learn more about this exciting initiative, please visit our online crowd source campaign IndieGoGo site at www.indiegogo.com/growingnetworks

The opportunity for business and growth from global markets are enormous - today the global GDP is only roughly $60 trillion, experts at Gallup say it will be $140 trillion in 2030. Much of this growth is predicted in today’s developing world and we need future leaders confident and with an entrepreneurial mindset and this is why I am doing this creating immersion opportunity for college students. Hope you will support this initiative by joining us on May 11 and I look forward to seeing you all.
Our future is in the hands of today’s youth. Thanks.
Shajan


Highlights from 2012 so far: The Good News

Oh boy, as my dear friend who died at 101 last year used to say when things got really good. The following stories show some of the progress We the People are making against giant wealth and power; some of these stories expose the GOP mindset that denies the existence of human and civil rights:

Sat. 7/7/12 “(T)he saddest thing of all is to know a lady’s life has been saved from AIDS but died from cervical cancer. http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/1025157/former_president_george_w._bush_breaks_from_his_party%E2%80%99s_%E2%80%98war_on_women%2C%E2%80%99_advocates_for_women%E2%80%99s_health_abroad/#paragraph4

Fri. 6/15/12 Human Rights for all http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/16/us/us-to-stop-deporting-some-illegal-immigrants.html?nl=us&emc=edit_cn_20120615

Thurs. 5/31/12 Civil Rights Wins Again http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/us/appeals-court-rules-against-federal-marriage-act.html?nl=us&emc=edit_cn_20120531

Sun. 5/27/12 Thank you, Stephen Colbert: the way in and a logical way out:

http://www.alternet.org/story/155598/how_i_became_stephen_colbert%27s_lawyer_—_and_joined_the_fight_to_rescue_our_democracy_from_citizens_united/

Mon., 5/21/12 The Oneness Movement Grows:

http://www.alternet.org/economy/155452/the_rise_of_the_new_economy_movement/?akid=8817.295758.o3EuNA&rd=1&t=2

Civl Rights Upheld:

http://www.alternet.org/story/155489/journalists%2C_wiki-leakers%2C_anti-war_activists_overturn_domestic_military_detention_in_major_civil_rights_victory?akid=8828.295758.U0sL3S&rd=1&t=8

Tues, 5/15/12 Federal Appeals Court Rules Out Election Money Donors’ Secrecy:

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/929782/federal_appeals_court_rules_against_secretive_big_money_campaign_donors/#paragraph3

Tues., 5/8/12: Wyatt Earp lives on!

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/world/middleeast/suicide-mission-volunteer-was-double-agent-officials-say.html?emc=na

Sun., 5/5/12: Austerity Loses to Socialist

http://www.i4u.com/2012/05/nicolas-sarkozy/sarkozy-presidential-french-election-loses-francois-socialist-hollande

Thurs., 5/3/12: Minnesota Senator Thinks Abortion Pill Is Wrong, While Viagra Is a “Wonderful Drug”

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/911667/minnesota_senator_thinks_abortion_pill_is_wrong%2C_while_viagra_is_a_%22wonderful_drug%22/#paragraph2

Sat., 4/28/12: The Washington Post Admits That Republicans Are the Problem

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/lets-just-say-it-the-republicans-are-the-problem/2012/04/27/gIQAxCVUlT_story.html

Thurs., 4/26/12: How the Wisconsin Legislature Was Bought

http://www.expressmilwaukee.com/article-18491-how-the-wisconsin-legislature-was-bought.html

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Sweet Water First Monday Potluck Great Issues Series

Matt Richardson Discussion of Digital Aquaponics Self Learning and Global

Credentialing

I think the subject of the talk is how technology is benefiting the MKE Renaissance viz. Urban Agriculture via two things I am involved in currently: The Sweet Water Digital Aquaponics Learning Experience and the sharing of information about environmental planning and urban agriculture systems. Sharing data about urban agriculture systems can assist in refining the experiment of urban ag, whether it be an aquaponics system in a classroom, an urban garden at a community center, a commercial farm or a city green space.
(it’s your party, as they say, so you may want to focus on one of these over the other).

The Digital Aquaponics Learning Experience will be revolutionary for urban agriculture education worldwide. By taking a good idea (students getting excited about learning at an urban farm), combining it with the necessary requirements for learning (educational standards and local demand for water/green talent) and serving it up on a digital platter with a side of creative content, it will be a system that is palatable to all lifelong learners of any age or interest level. The Sharing of Urban Agriculture data is something that is done informally, but greater sharing of data (successes and failures) of systems can yield great results for our community. Sharing data encourages a collaborative approach to solving small or large community problems, and also helps our commercial agricultural entrepreneurs have more information to refine their efforts.


Imagining, Designing, and Orchestrating 21st Century Jobs, Work, & Enterprise

Ennobling Working Class Social Roles: Starting Out With Mindful Peddlers


Creating Our 2012 Farm Bill--

For a Healthy, Fair Food System and New Opportunities

Wed. May 9th - 6 - 8 pm at the Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park

You’re invited to join Friends of Real Food

  • Share a potluck dinner…
  • learn from a strategist who for over 20 years has been activating grass roots support for sustainable agriculture policy…
  • and join the enthusiastic discussion.

What’s important to include in the next Farm Bill? How do we best advocate for these provisions?

Margaret Krome has over 20 years experience analyzing farm policy and activating grass roots support for sustainable agriculture. She says, “We have tremendous power as farmers and citizens, and we need to step up, act, and participate in our democracy; that’s how change happens.”

For more info: [[http://friendsofrealfood.org]

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March for Immigrant Rights MAY DAY Solidarity March Sunday APRIL 29

Dear Friends in solidarity with the Salvadoran Nation,
Please advertise the Milwaukee May Day Solidarity March set for Sunday April 29th beginning at 12:30pm.
And JOIN US! in this important march for the rights of our brothers and sisters in our midst, many of them from our sister communities.

Can you make a pulpit announcement? It has to be this weekend! April 21–22. And also on April 28–29.

Will you join us? We’ll be walking for Justice for immigrants.
Please show your solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters!
For more information please go to: www.vdlf.org, Voces de la Frontera website.

en solidaridad,
Carl J. Malischke and Maureen E. Crowley

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

4/2/12 – Al Quaeda gaining presence in the North

The UN Security Council met and is very concerned about the growing Al Quaeda presence in the north of Mali. There are now three groups vying for power with three very different goals. And they keep gaining strength and taking over more cities. Almost half the country, the regions in the north are now under rebel rule.

There will be international community support of the West African economic sanctions, which, while not surprising, does not bode well for the citizens there.

As for Sabou, she got to play with Nana and Pops all day. They are staying with us until tomorrow. It was hard to concentrate at work. I just wanted to go home and be with my family.

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This Just In From DRW April 24, 2012:

Judge extends injunction preventing photo ID requirements for May 8 Recall Primary and June 5 Recall Election

This means that you will not need to present a current and valid identification card in order to vote May 8th and June 5th.

If you have any questions regarding your rights or responsibilities to vote in Wisconsin, feel free to contact the Disability Vote Hotline. See below for additional information on the hotline.

Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) has a toll free line to help the disability community with questions and concerns about voting rights. We can help:

  • If you have questions about your voting rights,
  • If your polling site is not accessible and you can’t get into the polling place to vote,
  • If you cannot vote privately and independently because the voting machine or ballot is not accessible,
  • If you were turned away from the polls even though you have the right to vote,
  • If you feel you have been discriminated against in the voting process because of your disability,
  • If you have questions about how to file a complaint about your concerns,
  • If you don’t know where your polling place is,
  • If you have questions about how to register to vote or get an absentee ballot,
  • and much much more!!

CALL: 800/928–8778 (toll free) or 888/758–6049 (TTY)

Phones are answered between 8:30 and 5:00 most weekdays, and from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Election Days.

“Vote as if your life depends on it, because it does…” - Justin Dart Jr.

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TRIAL REPORT -- NAACP PHOTO ID TRIAL CLOSES TODAY ON HIGH NOTE!

By Richard Saks, Esq.

Hawks, Quindel, SC

April 19, 2012

Our four-day trial before Judge Flanagan in the Dane County courthouse ended today in the NAACP/Voces lawsuit against Wisconsin’s photo ID requirement. I can report we made a detailed evidentiary presentation to the court that approximately 335,000 voting-eligible persons in the state of Wisconsin lack acceptable Photo ID under the law. Despite a desperate attempt by the Attorney General’s office to besmirch the intentions of our individual plaintiffs and voters who submitted affidavits in support of the lawsuit, 34 affidavits and 18 deposition transcripts of voters were admitted into evidence, which detailed the burdens and costs faced by ordinary voters attempting to comply with the law.

The case opened on Monday morning with an engaging 50-minute video deposition of 83-year-old Ruth Frank of Brokaw Wisconsin, who explained in detail the bureaucratic quagmire she encountered when attempting to correct her birth certificate to obtain a photo ID to vote.

Our expert witness, Prof. Ken Mayer, testified at length on three of the four days about Wisconsin’s history of access and expanded voting rights, and how photo ID serves no deterrent purpose to vote fraud. Prof. Mayer also testified about the database match he conducted between the GAB’s vote file and DOT database, where he estimated that over 300,000 voters lack a Wisconsin driver’s license or photo ID. Professor Mayer concluded that approximately 335,000 voting-eligible persons lack any of the Act 23 acceptable photo IDs.

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Understanding the Challenges & Changes: Caring for Someone with Dementia

Workshop Series:
Things families need to be thinking about over the course of this disease

Have you ever wondered how you’d ever be able to manage caring for children while also caregiving for your aging parent?
Or how to handle taking the car keys from dad? Struggling with coping or understanding the disease? Join us as professionals/experts in areas of dementia speak on these sometimes challenging and confusing topics.

Classes are FREEPre-registration is requiredSpace is Limited
 
Topic:Enhancing Communication and Managing Challenging Behaviors
 Thursday, May 10, 2012 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Aurora Sinai – Rapkin Auditorium, 950 N. 12th St. Milwaukee, 53233
 
Topic:Elder Abuse and Neglect, What is this?
 Thursday, May 17, 2012 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Aurora Sinai – Rapkin Auditorium, 950 N. 12th St. Milwaukee, 53233
 
Topic:Driving and Dementia
 Thursday, May 24, 2012 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Alzheimer’s Association, 620 S. 76th St. Suite 160 Milwaukee, 53214
 
Topic:Managing Family Dynamics and Caregiving Responsibilities
 Thursday, May 31, 2012 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Alzheimer’s Association, 620 S. 76th St. Suite 160 Milwaukee, 53214

To register call the Alzheimer’s Association at: (414) 479–8800
Questions, contact: Gail Morgan at gail.morgan@alz.org

Alzheimer’s Association, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter620 S. 76th St. Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214
Phone 414–479–880024/7 Helpline 800–272–3900 www.alz.org/sewi

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National Donate Life Month

Greetings,

April is designated National Donate Life Month. It’s a time to build awareness for organ, tissue, eye, blood and marrow donation across America.

As the home of the Wisconsin Donor Network and the Wisconsin Tissue Bank, BloodCenter of Wisconsin would like to encourage you to share life. You can register to become an organ, tissue and eye donor, join the Be the Match Marrow Donor Registry and donate blood.

Share life this April and make a profound impact on the lives of others. We encourage you to share this information with your congregations, families, and friends.

Thank you for your continued support!

Darlene Robinson
Outreach Market Manager
BloodCenter of Wisconsin
Direct: 414.937.6029
Cell: 414.218.4393
www.bcw.edu

Doing More Good Than You Know.
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Invite to Share Sweet Water Space at US Bank Building Earth Day Expo

Please send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com if you would like a space at the Sweet Water table at this great venue.

On behalf of U.S. Bank and Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., I would like to extend an invitation for you to exhibit and/or sponsor our 2012 Earth Day Exposition.

With over 200 people and 26 exhibitors attending this event last year, it is a great way to educate others on your organization’s “green” efforts and for company recognition! We expect this year’s event to be bigger and better!

This year’s theme:

It’s Our World, Take Care Of It

Date: Friday, April 20th.

Location:
U.S. Bank (Downtown Tower)
Galleria Level (Galleria conference room and main entranceway)
777 East Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Set-up time available between: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Event Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Tear-down available between: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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“Racial Justice and Environmental Sustainability”

A talk by Andrew Kahrl

Assistant professor of history at Marquette University and author of The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South (Harvard University Press, 2012)

When: Wednesday, April 18th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Sweet Water Organics, 2151 South Robinson Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53207
Questions: carriere@msoe.edu
This is a pay-what-you-can benefit for Sweet Water Foundation. All proceeds will help the foundation create a hybrid community science-art space on the grounds of Sweet Water Organics.
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Friendly Reminder: 2 days until Senior Panel Presentation with Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

You are invited to join the Milwaukee County Department on Aging For a Senior Health Panel Presentation on the Benefits of the Affordable Health Care Act with

SECRETARY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

WHEN: 9:00 AM (CDT) Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WHERE: Washington Park Senior Center 4420 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208

Reservations ARE NOT required.

Secretary Sebelius will highlight how the law extends important benefits such as free preventive services, annual wellness visits that give seniors more time with their doctor and a 50 percent discount on prescription drugs for people with Medicare in the coverage gap known as the “donut hole.”

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

3/22/12 – Coup d’etat

When I got home from the documentary last night, looking all gorgeous in my Mary Kay make up, I was sure that Youba would notice and have some compliments for me, but no, nothing. It kind of surprised me, but then it didn’t because he’d been with Sabou all evening and was probably exhausted, and he was just heading out to work, so I let it go.

This morning, when he got home from work, he went right to the phone and called his brother. I was a little surprised because he usually calls everyone on the weekend, but then living so far away from family like he does, who would question an extra phone call. I can’t understand everything he says on the phone when he is talking really fast, but I did hear him ask multiple times about his other brother’s whereabouts. But, I was on my way to work, so I let it go, didn’t think anything of it, and left for day care and then work.

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Organic Gardening at the Center for Veterans Issues

Speaker: Howard Hinterthuer

(Gardener and the 2012 TedX Challenge winner)

Wednesday, April 11th, 6 – 8 pm

Friends of Real Food at the Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park

Join us next week for a potluck dinner, short videos, and a lively discussion.

Peer-to-peer Mentor Howard Hinterthuer has helped to start an organic gardening project at the Center in Milwaukee that has many therapeutic and health benefits for the involved veterans. He will tell us why the Organic Therapy project works and why it is growing—pun intended.

This January, Howard spoke in New York City as part of the TedX program: Changing the Way We Eat. He was the Challenge winner — selected in a national vote of Ted enthusiasts! He was one of a fantastic line-up of speakers on a wide variety of good food topics that are available on the web. We’re fortunate to be able to hear in person about the gardening project from Howard this month.

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Great Waters Group of the Sierra Club invites you to…

Earth Day Celebration

Friday April 20th 5 - 7:30 pm

FREE! All are invited @ Hart Park

Riverview Room
7300 W. Chestnut St.,Wauwatosa, WI
Enter from 70th between State St. & Honey Creek Pkwy

Celebrate

  • Eco-Puppet Pageant
  • Inter-Faith opening ceremony
  • Musicians Jahmes Finlayson and Jeff Bray
  • Children’s Dance Class of Core/El Centro
  • Poet Suzanne Rosenblatt
  • Author Eric Hansen
  • Children’s Re-cycle Art Activities
  • Free 2012 Kids Guide to the Outdoors


Preserving our River Parkways and Parklands

Learn
From Underwood and Honey Creek to the Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers, from the Oak Leaf Trail to the Monarch Trail, our natural resources are being threatened by transmission power lines, clear-cutting, storm water ponds and coal plant pollution.

  • Eddee Daniel, Photographer/writer
  • Barb Agnew, Monarch Butterfly Lady
  • Erin Lee, organizer for “Fight Asthma Milwaukee Allies”
  • Rev. Willie Brisco, President of MICAH

Sponsored by John Muir Chapter Great Waters Group (southeast Wisconsin)More information: www.greatwatersgroup.com or Dianne Dagelen (Conservation Chair) ddagelen@sbcglobal.net

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Meet Up with FUEL at MKE’s New Creative Epicenter

When: April 18, 2012 5:00–8:00 PM
Where: Grand Ave Rotunda
275 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Contact: Jessica Quintanilla (jquintanilla@mmac.org)

The Shops at Grand Avenue have been a Milwaukee landmark since 1982. But with increasing concerns about its future as a mall and a growing reputation for vacancies rather than destinations, the property’s owners have had to get creative about filling its empty spaces.

On April 18th, FUEL members will be introduced to Creativity Works Here, a partnership between Creative Alliance Milwaukee and The Shops at Grand Avenue that leases space to local creative organizations, artists, and non-profits at a discounted rate.

Creative Alliance Milwaukee touts this initiative as the force that will transform a “once powerful retail destination” into the “epicenter of arts, culture and creativity in Milwaukee.”

We think a creativity epicenter sounds pretty cool, and since FUEL members are a creative bunch, we know you’re going to want to know more. So join us for a tour of Creativity Works Here as we seek answers to the following questions:

  • How did Creativity Works Here come about?
  • Who’s renting the discount space and why?
  • Is there a long-term plan to sustain this initiative?
  • How is this going to make a difference in the long run?
  • Can this plan really work?

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Town Hall Meetings with the Recall Candidates

After a year of incredible mobilization by people in Wisconsin, the upcoming recall elections are a time to:

  • Elect champions to fight for us
  • Win a mandate on our issues

MICAH has joined with other partners to put on town hall meetings with the recall candidates — real democracy where the people decide. At these town halls, members of MICAH and other partner organizations are going to put make sure the candidates listen to us. Sign up to join us at the town halls here: http://refundwisconsin.org/register/?org=micah&orgsource=email1

The town halls will take place statewide in early April:

  • April 5 -- Milwaukee -- 6:30 PM
  • April 9 -- Green Bay -- 6:30 PM
  • April 13 -- Wausau -- 6:30 PM
  • April 23 -- Racine -- 6:30 PM

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Detroit’s Boggs Educational Center Receives Kellogg Foundation Grant

The Kellogg Foundation has provided great support for the educational vision of Detroit’s Grace Lee Boggs, the philosopher of urban agriculture and visionary organizing.

In her book, The Next American Revolution, 96-year-old community activist and the school’s namesake, Grace Lee Boggs, presents a radically different vision of education: “Just imagine how safe and lively our streets would be, if, as a natural and normal part of the curriculum from K-12, school children were taking responsibility for maintaining neighborhood streets, planting community gardens, recycling waste, rehabbing houses, creating healthier school lunches, visiting and doing errands for the elderly, organizing neighborhood festivals, painting public murals….This is the fastest way to motivate all our children to learn and at the same time turn our communities, almost overnight, into lively neighborhoods where crime is going down because hope is going up.”

The Boggs Educational Center Project Team of Detroit, Michigan, is developing a community-based school on the East Side of the city. The development phase currently consists of planning and design in the areas of community outreach, business and management preparation, enrollment, and programming, including development of a locally sustainable food service and urban gardening education program.

The project will be funded in part by a $150,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.

“We need to give children a better reason to study than simply to get a job or advance individual wealth,” says Project Team member Julia Putnam. “Children need to develop a desire, even a passion, for lifelong learning. They need to learn to read and write with the purpose of communicating their ideas with people in their neighborhoods, their country, and the world. They need to learn about themselves in order to understand their identities and how those identities mesh with others in society. Their lives should be enriched through investment in the community. They need practice in making smart, thoughtful decisions, so that when it is their turn to run the country, they understand the delicate intricacies of resolving conflicts, while creating a world that works for all.”

The mission of the Boggs Educational Center is to nurture creative, critical thinkers who contribute to the well-being of their communities. BEC will implement “Place-Based Education,” a nationally renowned and research-based model, which immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences, using these as a foundation for the study of academic subjects. The school hopes to open in the fall of 2012.

BEC will be an institution that nurtures and supports the whole community, including families and their neighborhoods’ economic, aesthetic, cultural, and agricultural stability. Students will:

  • Learn how to be academically, socially, and emotionally prepared for their futures

  • Be prepared to run the country through practice in owning and transforming their neighborhoods

  • Reach their highest human potential

The Boggs Educational Center Project Team is a nonprofit organization formed in 2010 by five Detroit educators to develop this school. More information can be found at www.boggseducationalcenter.org.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa. For further information on the foundation, please visit www.wkkf.org.

Amanda Rosman
Project Coordinator, School Development Team
www.boggseducationalcenter.org
Mobile: (313) 408–7235

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Sweet Water Potluck, 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2151 S. Robinson

Bring a dish to share or share $5!

Sweet Water is a hybrid enterprise, with the “farm,” i.e. Sweet Water Organics, Inc.,
the “Academy,” the Sweet Water Foundation, and an interweaving web of global
partnerships emerging.

Here is a new look for the Academy’s web page, with lots of inspiring new news:

http://sweetwaterfoundation.com/

Here’s some info on a Sweet Water India project underway:

http://prezi.com/ltg2b88etxxb/empowerment-through-aquaponics-the-wisconsin-kerala-connection/


Youth Mental Health Summit Update

Thanks to everyone who attended our March meeting and all who are hard at work on plans for the May 3rd and 4th summit.

We hope to see you at our next meeting: April 4th, 2012 at Pathfinders from 3 pm-6 pm

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STOP The VIOLENCE ADULT & YOUTH Town Hall Meeting

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“Our Ferocious Love of Life vs. Catastrophic Climate Change”

A pulpit guest presentation by Eric Hansen at Unitarian Church North (Mequon)

April 1

Fine folks,

I’ll be a pulpit guest for Unitarian Church North this Sunday, doing “Our Ferocious Love of Life vs. Catastrophic Climate Change”, my 14th presentation of this theme. 13800 North Port Washington Road, Mequon (9:15 and 11am). For more information Click here

“Humans, both as individuals and societies, have confronted towering crises before. What lessons and hope can we draw from those experiences? How do humans perceive that a crisis is at hand – and an immediate change in course is wise? Eric Hansen is a nationally recognized conservation essayist, award-winning public radio commentator, and frequent pulpit guest”

http://www.ucnorth.org/node/35

Alternatively, if you wish to indulge, a prior podcast is at

http://www.uumilwaukee.org/node/229

Prior media coverage (Racine Journal-Times interview)
Believing in Change: People Can Make a Difference, Eric Hansen says

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

3/11/12 – Don’t bring 2-year-olds to meetings

Today I kept Sabou close to home for the majority of the day, but we needed to get to a meeting where there was going to be a babysitter. I was hopeful, need to learn to stop that.

We get to the parking lot to get the car and the poor attendant can’t get it down. It’s on this lift so they can fit more cars into the lot and make more money, and no matter what he does, he can’t get the lift to work. So, here I am all proud of myself, out of the house, going to a meeting and we may not be able to get in our car. Hysterical. Sometimes I am humored by the randomness of life in NYC.

But this guy is determined, and is not giving up. After about 20 minutes, he finally gets the car down and we are able to head out.

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This Just In: March 28, 2012

STATEMENT OF NAACP MILWAUKEE BRANCH AND VOCES DE LA FRONTERA CERTIFICATION DECISIONS OF COURT OF APPEALS

By James H. Hall Jr., President, NAACP Milwaukee Branch; Christine Neuman Ortiz, Executive Director, Voces de la Frontera; Richard Saks, Attorney, Hawks & Quindel

Today’s Certification decisions by two separate districts of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals addressing challenges to Wisconsin’s Photo ID requirement does not change the current status of the law. Wisconsin’s Photo ID law remains enjoined for the April 3 elections. These two Certification decisions send all aspects of Attorney General Van Hollen’s appeals of two injunctions – issued by Judges David Flanagan and Richard Niess – to the Wisconsin Supreme Court for review. The Supreme Court has discretion to accept or reject these appeals.

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Action Alert - People over Politics TOMORROW (3–20)

March 20th is the last Common Council meeting of the legislative cycle, UNLESS we demand a special session to pass the Milwaukee Jobs Act.

Last week 300 people attended the People’s Public Hearing on the Milwaukee Jobs Act. At the hearing the members of the Milwaukee Jobs Act coalition called on the Common Council to call a special session to draft, introduce and pass the Milwaukee Jobs Act.

Join the Milwaukee Jobs Act coalition at City Hall (Water and Wells st.) on March 20th at 8:30 am.
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Soap Box Moment at St. Patrick Brigid’s 10th Annual All City Gatherin

Hannah’s St. Patrick’s Facebook Page

Will Hannah’s St. Patrick’s Facebook Page
be a seed for the gardens of
The Milwaukee Spring?

Will Zav’s Riverwest Radio
Be worthy evening news and song
For Shajan and Chaya’s Kerela India partners?

Will the Riverwest Cafe and Public House Co-op partners
Do bus party drum trips
To the Grand Avenue Fountain for breathtaking shots downtown?

Will Milwaukee Chicago and India,
And Milwaukee Chicago Detroit
Imagine, design, and orchestrate Nobel worthy organic city economies & cultures?

Why not?

Godsil
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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

2/27/12 – Medication Fiasco

So, my parents left today, and wouldn’t you know it, I get home from work, all ready to take my medicine, and I’m having trouble getting the pill bottle open, and whoop, there it is, all of my pills have fallen into the wet sink. ARGH!

It’s the Plaquenil. It’s my relief from who knows what kind of pain it’s hiding from me so well. I just filled this three-month prescription at the end of January. There’s like 100 pills on my floor, in my sink, and I’m freaking out, which interests Sabou in helping me, and that really freaks me out, I don’t want her anywhere NEAR this medicine. No idea what effect it would have on her. OMG!

I am desperate, and I pick up every single one of those wet pills and place them back into the pill bottle. Pathetic I know, but what else could I do?

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This Just In From DRW March 14, 2012

by Make It Work Milwaukee/Mental Health Task Force

Good morning! Early this morning, the Assembly passed SB-380/AB-477, the bills to lift the cap on Family Care. The bill passed 87–6. The Senate previously passed the bill with unanimous support, but will need to vote again since the Assembly had amended the bill, with the requirement for Active Review by Joint Finance. Contact your Senator to ask them to thank them for passing the bill last month and ask them to continue their support today - see contact information below.

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10th Annual St. Patrick Brigid All City Gathering at Club Timbuktu

This Saturday, March 17, 5 to 8 p.m.
Club Timbuktu at 520 E. Center St.
$5 donation

Music, dance, and Soap Box Moments

Activist from around Milwaukee get 2 minutes on their soapbox: skit, song, or other flamboyant, energized, poignant, succinct, slamming, daming, bamming two-minute soapbox moment to carry their message to a hot, fun crowd o’ folks,

Music by Embedded Reporter

www.embeddedreportermusic.com

Dance by Barbara Wesson’s Nia Dancers

Soap Box Orators and Event Orchestrators

Holly Haebig
Kt Rusch
Natalie Berland
Hannah Medrow
Rodney Sanchez
Nichali Ciaccio
Barbara Leigh
Patrick Schley
Jeanette Tries
Larry Spike Bandy
Barbara Wesson
Jahmes Finlayson
Suzanne Rosenblatt
Howard Lewis Hinterthuer
David M. Drew
Ann Brummitt
Janine Arseneau
Andor Horvath
Tom Brandstetter
Sarah Moore
Peter Murphy
James Carlson
Eric Hansen
Gibson Caldwell
Theresa Anne Kenney
Michael Pettit
Xavier Leplae
James Godsil

Schedule of Events

March 17, 5 to 8 p.m.

5 to 5:30 Hang Around Time w. Embedded Reporter Background Music

5:30 to 5:45 p.m. Ceremonial Opening Jahmes Finlayson

5:45 to 6 p.m. Round Circle Introductions of All to All

6 .to 6:30 Soap Box Moments One

6:30 to 7 p.m. Nia Dancers and Music

7:00 to 7:30 Soap Box Moments Two

7:30 to 8 p.m. Embedded Reporter Music, Dance, and Milling

8 Closing Ceremony

Event Moves to One Year Celebration of Public House, one of two co-op pubs in USA


WISCONSIN VOTER ID LAW UPDATE

“The Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera are pleased that the League of Women Voters has prevailed in its challenge to the voter photo ID law and that Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess has granted the motion for summary judgment in that case,” James H. Hall, Jr., President, NAACP Milwaukee Branch said Monday, March 12, 2012.

Richard Saks, Attorney, Hawks & Quindel S.C. added, “Judge Niess’ ruling, combined with Judge Flanagan’s temporary injunction of last week, send a powerful message that Act 23 has significant and substantial constitutional infirmities, which violate the spirit of voter access and citizen participation in the electoral process in Wisconsin.”

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Lift the Family Care/IRIS caps!

Make It Work Milwaukee Action Alert

Last week, the State Assembly postponed a vote on the bills lifting the Family Care/IRIS caps. This vote is now scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13. This is the final week the Assembly and Senate will be in session for the rest of the year. If these bills don’t pass this week, the caps will remain in place until at least 2013 and people with disabilities and frail elders will continue to languish on waiting lists – or may have to enter a nursing homes or other institution. Failure to lift the caps will have a terrible human cost and a significant fiscal cost as institutional care is far more expensive than services in the community..

Since both Assembly Bill 477 and Senate Bill 380 were amended by the Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, both houses must pass the bills this week.

PLEASE ACT NOW
Call your state representative and state senator NOW and urge them to pass the bills. Use the AARP toll-free number (1–800–844–2847) to make your calls.

If you don’t know who your legislators are, go to “Who Are My legislators at http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx

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Milwaukee’s Fresh Water Innovations As 21st Century Export Industry

There is an increasing amount of on-line validation of Indo American aquaponics collaborations, sparked by the US State Department sponsorship of a 3 week Sweet Water tour to Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Rathnigiri, Kolkata, with a focus on visits to faculty and grad students at a number of Central Institutes of Fisheries Education(CIFE).

  • Here is a State Department story regarding the Sweet Water story in India:

http://span.state.gov/jul-aug2011/eng/40-43-James-Godsil.html

Less than a half year following this visit, Shajan John of Cochi, Kerela, but also Milwaukee School of Engineering(MSOE), and Dr. Subra Mukherjee, of Kolkata, and adjunct professor from U. of Colorado with close ties to the U. of Calcutta, have orchestrated projects of great possibility.

  • Shajan has won some start-up funding to support his touring some Indo American trade shows and partnering with the Sweet Water Foundation to begin the training of 10 U. of Madison students for a 5 week foundation laying project in Kerela, with a focus on schools and eco-hotels.

http://prezi.com/ltg2b88etxxb/empowerment-through-aquaponics-the-wisconsin-kerala-connection/

  • Dr. Mukherjee has assembled the most comprehensive aquaponics compilation I’ve ever seen for his Congress on Urban Green Space(CUGS) Delhi presentation:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1&thid=135cf70481709250&mt=application/pdf&url=https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui%3D2%26ik%3Da0fff27d27%26view%3Datt%26th%3D135cf70481709250%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dsafe%26zw&sig=AHIEtbTYKH-nQpUW_M_Twu90RBAyiluo7w

  • United Nation Collaboration

http://citiesprogramme.org/index.php/news/

  • IBM Smart Cities Grant and Report Advocating Globalization of Aquaponics

http://wn.com/IBM_Smarter_Cities

  • MacArthur Foundation Mozilla Duke U. of Cal. $175,000 Life Long Digital Learning Competition Award

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/62050055/MacArthur%20pitch%20v_3.pdf

  • Voice of America Support

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/people/Aquaponics-Could-Signal-Future-of-Food-Growing-137957718.html

  • “Harvard Business Review” and “The Economist” Accolades

http://hbr.org/2012/03/enriching-the-ecosystem/ar/1

An “innovation zone”

“The emerging urban aquaponics effort in Milwaukee…creating an innovation zone linking science, start-ups, and the community. It connects water researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences (the nation’s first) with entrepreneurial urban farms occupying abandoned factories. Aquaponics combines hydroponics, in which plants are grown in water instead of soil, with fish farming, and uses 80% to 90% less water than other food-growing methods. The fish waste makes fertilizer for the plants, whose roots help filter the water for the fish. Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics, for example, produces thousands of fish and over 70 kilos of lettuce and other greens every week in large tanks in a former crane factory. The company was launched with angel capital in 2008 and used federal stimulus money to convert the building. Cofounder James Godsil was part of a network that wanted to build a new industry—and also get healthful food to poor neighborhoods.

By mid-2011 proposals were in place for an Aquaponics Innovation Center, backed by Milwaukee’s mayor with analytic support from IBM, to link universities and K–12 schools for technology transfer, skills development, and market building. The vision is to increase the locally grown food supply, demonstrate more efficient water systems, create jobs for urban residents, and generate enterprises with export potential.

What’s right with America can fix what’s wrong
http://www.economist.com/node/21547770

For all this gloom, the Review’s gurus argue that, as Bill Clinton said in his first inaugural address, there is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. The country has huge strengths, from its world-beating universities to its tolerance of risk-taking. It has a highly diverse market: firms that seek cheap labour can move to Mississippi, where wages are a third lower than those in Massachusetts. Rosabeth Moss Kanter of HBS points to the extraordinary amount of innovation that is going on not just in Silicon Valley but across the country. For example, water researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have linked up with urban farmers who occupy abandoned factories. The fruit of this alliance is firms such as Sweet Water Organics, which produces fish and greens in a former crane factory.

  • Asian Market Commercial Magazine Coverage

http://www.foodnavigator-asia.com/Business/Aquaponics-a-future-for-Asian-food-cultivation

  • Sweet Water Mainstreaming Aquaponics in Wall Street Journal, New York Times, National Public Radio, and NBC Nightly News

http://sweetwater-organic.com/press
http://sweetwater-organic.com/press/video
http://sweetwater-organic.com/press/audio
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ACLU and Disability Rights of Wisconsin are sponsoring a Public Meeting For Families Of MPS Students Concerning Vouchers

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Where: Center Street Library-2727 Fond Du Lac Ave.

TIME: 6–7:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be provided please let them know if you plan to attend at liberty@aclu-wi.org Or 1–800–928–8778

MICAH wants you to SAVE the DATE: Saturday, May 19th, 2012 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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Milwaukee County Board Candidate Forum

Free and open to the public—Please spread the word!

Join the Make It Work Milwaukee! Coalition and Milwaukee County Board candidates to discuss the importance of county services for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Friday, March 9, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.—Meet and Greet
8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.—Program

Location: Washington Park Senior Center 4420 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208
Forum Sponsor: Make It Work Milwaukee! Coalition
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Relief: Breaking News of Temporary Injunction Against Wisconsin Voter ID Law

NAACP Milwaukee and Voces de la Frontera win temporary injunction against Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law March 6, 2012. Circuit Judge David Flanagan ruled that the Voter ID Law is blocked until a five-day trial beginning April 16 determines its fate. Meanwhile, the 200,000 Wisconsin residents who do not have a photo ID will be able to vote on April 3, 2012.

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

2/14/12 – Happy Valentine’s Day and Fighting with Sabou

Lately, Sabou does not want to get up in the morning, and when I see her sleeping there so peacefully, I really don’t want to wake her up either. On the weekends, I let her sleep as long as she wants, which is usually like until 8am. That just won’t fly during the week with my hour long commute to work. It’s mornings like this that make it so hard to go to work, no matter how much I love my job, and I do. But there are these moments of completely understanding why Moms stay home. But no, need to let that thought go, because time is ticking and I really do need to get to work.

So, I think I’ll make her happy by giving her the Valentine’s gift right away. It worked, she did wake up, she liked the little stuffed animal puppy, and then it was right back down to sleep. No, this can’t be happening. I try everything. She really needs to get up and she needs to get dressed.

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Unbelievably Stupid Law Would Declare Single Parenthood Child Abuse

Wisconsin, that land of beer, cheese, and Aaron Rodgers jerseys, has had a tough couple of years, government-wise. First, they elected a bunch of, from what I can tell, taxidermied badgers holding guns to state legislature. To make matters worse, their governor seems to be an evil yet gloppy Koch puppet. And now, one state legislator has decided it’s a good idea consider being a single parent a form of child abuse. On, Wisconsin!

Senate Bill 507 is sponsored by Republican Senator Glenn Grothman of West Bend. If passed into law, SB507 would formally consider single parenthood a contributing factor to child abuse. Since most single parents are women, it doesn’t take a Vince Lombardi to see that the game plan here is to inch toward criminalizing a woman’s state of nonmarriage. The proposed law states,

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Inspiring Presentations at Sweet Water Monday Potluck Tonight, 5 to 7, 2151 S. Robinson in Bay View

Matt Howard – City of Milwaukee, Environmental Sustainability Director to Discuss Milwaukee City Sustainability Plan

The purpose of the City of Milwaukee Sustainability Plan (“the Plan”) is to provide a community and City endorsed strategic vision for Milwaukee’s sustainable economic development for the next 5–10 years. The Plan will document the vision, goals, targets and specific actions that the City of Milwaukee and its community partners will undertake in order to ensure that both current residents and future generations can attain and enjoy a higher quality of life.

The Plan will incorporate “triple bottom-line” accounting so that Milwaukee’s residents, businesses and environment benefit from implementation (i.e., people, planet and profits). The planning effort will utilize the 2005 Green Team Report as a foundation for Plan development as well as utilize the Natural Step for Communities and ICLEI STAR Communities Index as methodologies. In addition, the Brico Fund is developing a Milwaukee Sustainability Fund that ensures immediate transition from planning to action in the community.

The Mayor has appointed 15 people to a joint City-community “Green Team” to oversee Plan development. This new Green Team will be the primary liaison between the public and the planning effort.

The Executive Committee Green Team is:

Chair: Matt Howard – City of Milwaukee, Environmental Sustainability Director

Vanessa Koster – City of Milwaukee, Department of City Development

Earl Buford – Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership

Marcia Caton Campbell – Center for Resilient Cities

Peter McAvoy – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Kimberly Gleffe – River Revitalization Foundation

Dave Misky – Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee

Larry Adams – Walnut Way Conservation Corp

Dennis Grzezinski – Midwest Environmental Advocates

Pam Fendt – Laborers’ International Union of North America

Preston Cole – City of Milwaukee, Department of Public Works

Nelson Soler – Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute

Juli Kaufmann – Fix Development

Jeff Polenske – City of Milwaukee, Department of Public Works

Michelle Mason – American Society for Quality

The plan will seek to integrate participatory planning methods into its development process. The members of the green team have been tasked with choosing sectors of interest and working to engage the public in discussing and imagining a sustainability vision for those sectors.

Sign up for City of Milwaukee’s E-Notify program, and you’ll hear about upcoming Sustainability Plan meetings and events.

Chaya Nayak To Share Growing Networks Sweet Water India Project

During the sunny, rainless summer months in India, the land goes dry, and the once abundant food and water resources are steadily depleted. Consequently, farmers, who live off of their ancestral land, are forced to migrate in order to survive the deficiency of resources. Many times, these farmers end up in brick kilns, where they are paid scanty wages and forced to toil under the hot sun for survival. Action must be taken in order to counteract the impact of an ever-changing environment as well as provide a sustainable and fruitful livelihood to those who need it the most.

Aquaponics, the symbiotic cultivation of plants, and fish, holds promise in reviving the livelihoods of these distressed farmers, while allowing them to build upon the skills and resources they already possess. By engaging in aquaponic cultivation, farmers can produce substantial cash crops, and grow food to feed their families, all while using minimal water resources.

Growing Networks, in partnership with the Sweet Water Foundation, seeks to democratize Aquaponics and build networks of Aquapons within developing countries. Growing Networks will act as a conduit to the creation of mutually beneficial relationships to spread the wealth of Aquaponics gardening abroad. In that Aquaponics must be developed in a participatory manner in order to be successful, given social, environmental and economic conditions, Growing Networks offers baseline resources and guidance to allow for guided yet flexible and adaptive aquaponics systems to be developed within new localities.

Growing Networks pilot project will progress in the summer of 2012, by utilizing the exuberant energy, and wealth of knowledge of 10 UW-Madison students. The students, who will be project management interns, will guide the project to its fruition while conjunctively learning about culture, community, and of course Aquaponics. In a 6-week period, the students will construct an Aquaponics system, network with villagers, educators and businessman, and add art and culture to the Aquaponics movement in India. Through the initial pilot project conducted by these 10 interns, Growing Networks staff will have the research and scalable system necessary to grow the aquaponics movement in India as well as other developing countries.

-Chaya

This picture below was taken in Darewadi, India (a small village) when we were working with villagers to build an aquaponics system based off of WIll Allens tiered model at Growing Power. We were all laughing at the safety glasses that the man in the middle is modeling! :)

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David Drew Urban Ag Working Group Discussion

David Drew, a practicing environmental engineer with emphasis on water, sustainability, and energy, has become active in the community’s urban agriculture movement. Current focus is on the economics of this emerging industry, with emphasis in linking a variety of businesses, industry, academia and activists into a “supply web” that supports a long-term growing and sustainable business platform for entrepreneurship, job creation, and social justice in the community. This is envisaged to connect with global business activities to allow feedback loops for technology transfer and economic improvements at the local levels around the world. The approach aligns with recommendations of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Milwaukee report and various efforts of community initiatives such as being undertaken by the Milwaukee Food Council, UEDA Food Summit, M7 Economic Development around the local Food Industry, Milwaukee Water Council, and others.

David is part of a small working group that is developing approaches for supporting the economic growth and stability of the industry. A key outcome is to foster the attraction of business investments in urban agriculture demonstration projects.

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Retired Navy Diver MSOE Engineer to Share Engineering a Sustainable Earth(EASE) Visions

The 4th Sweet Water Winter Monday Potluck will be introducing the work and vision of retired Navy Diver and MSOE visionary engineer Jeremy Anderson, March 6, 5 to 7 p.m.

Jeremy is a Retired Navy Diver and student researcher for the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MSOE. He experienced great success in the military, becoming a First Class Petty Officer in only six years. His ability to lead dive teams through high-risk/high-stress operations won him numerous awards and accolades. With eight years of honorable service, he was no longer able to dive and was medically retired from the Navy. Now, Jeremy is on course to becoming a Mechanical Engineer with as much success.

Jeremy started performing renewable energy research in the spring of 2010. He led a team of researchers collaborating with a green energy start-up, Solar Logic, to develop a solar-fired power cycle using the sun’s energy to vaporize fluid and turn a power generating turbine, enabling them to compete directly in the roof-mounted PV distributed energy market. He was the first and only UNT engineering student to be selected as a McNair Scholar, a competitive scholarship offered to top juniors and seniors at select schools around the country. In addition to his academic research, Jeremy leads his own organization called Engineering a Sustainable Earth. The organization’s purpose is to lower the access barrier to alternative energy technologies. E.A.S.E. is currently developing a new kind of solar-fired biomass reactor to extract energy from biomass waste streams. E.A.S.E. will be delivering a pilot scale biomass processor and combined heat and power system to SweetWater by May of 2013.

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Local Craftsmen Deconstruct Shorewood Home From the Roof to the Foundation.

Recycling is taking on a whole new meaning for the deconstruction team at Community Building & Restoration this week as they dissemble, an entire house salvaging every part they can for reuse or recycling.

Community Building & Restoration’s Deconstruction Team Leader, Alexander Montezon says, “Deconstruction is good for everyone. Instead of using big and wasteful machinery to tear a house down and put it in a landfill, by pulling the house down manually (de-constructing it) you save energy, create jobs, and salvage tons of useable materials. You give construction workers jobs. You give back to the community with wood and other materials that are reusable. We donate fixtures, cabinets, lights, windows, and any appliances from the site. Metal is saved, scrapped and salvaged. Reusable items are donated to the Habitat for Humanity Restore or similar places.”

A couple of examples of the salvaged items in this particular house include the oak flooring (over 500 square feet), as well as all of the framing lumber (which we estimate at around 3,200 board feet, made up of 2×4′s, 2×6′s and larger. To picture 3200 board feet is, imagine a stack of 8′ long, 2×4′s, piled 20′ wide, and 20′ high. That’s 400 studs for a future building.

Owner of Community Building & Restoration, Erik Lindberg points out more benefits, “The owner receives tax deductions for the materials that are donated. The home owner pays a little bit more upfront for the deconstruction but then they get money back from both the tax benefits or from selling salvaged materials.

Montezon re-emphasizes the benefits: “It can work out favorably for the home owner financially, the contractor benefits through the paid work, the community benefits by having more jobs, and it is better for the environment because the materials are reused. I think more people would do this if they knew about deconstruction.”

The owner of the Shorewood home will be building a new home in place of the old one. Community Building and Restoration would like to see more people in Milwaukee take on this kind of work. Owner Erik Lindberg says the hardest part of the project is getting the permits from the municipalities, as some municipalities don’t understand the nature of deconstruction.

Images of the deconstruction process will be posted daily on our Facebook page. Follow along at: https://www.facebook.com/CBR.ThoughtfulCraftsmen
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Reclaim Wisconsin March

Join us in Madison on Saturday, March 10 for the Reclaim Wisconsin March. On Saturday March 10, Wisconsinites will return to the Capitol to mark the one year anniversary of the passage of Gov. Walker’s union-busting bill.

The people of Wisconsin will never forget that on March 9, 2011, despite massive citizen protest, Gov. Walker and his legislative allies rammed through the rights-stripping bill in an illegal meeting in the dead of the night.

Pre-rally festivities will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, with rally speakers taking the stage at 2:00 p.m.

The people of Wisconsin are standing up to reclaim their democracy and reclaim the true Wisconsin. By recalling Scott Walker we can return to a Wisconsin that is fair, a Wisconsin that honors justice and a Wisconsin that treats its workers with dignity and respect.

Click here to share the Face Book event for the Reclaim Wisconsin March. If you haven’t already, take the Pledge to Reclaim Wisconsin.

In Solidarity,

Phil Neuenfeldt, President

Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer


Boomer Milennial Partnerships for Eco-Career School Experience

Norm Thomas, a fellow alum of St. Louis U. High who has connected about 100 of the class of 1963, sent me an article from “The Economist” called “The nutrition puzzle,” which contained a list of organizations addressing the issue of bad food in poor countries that are worthy of Milwaukee and Sweet Water’s “globalizing teams.”

St. Louis U alumna’s Charlene Spretnak’s new book “Relational Realilty” has inspired me to wonder about connecting college students with high school students—and alums—in a boomer/milennial, town gown net enhanced collaboration experiment to win resources for aquaponics miniatures in schools, first, across the nation and beyond. Shajan John’s Kerela India project may find India leading this cause.

These aquaponics innovation centers could serve not only to teach STEM, eco-mindedness, and global citizenship, but also serve as test sites and showcase platforms that network faculty, school communities, entrepreneurs, and funders.

Here are the organizations Norm highlighted:

  • Brazil’s Fome Zero

  • UN Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO)

  • World Bank authors of “Repositioning Nutrition as Central to Development”

  • Save the Children

  • Poverty Action Laboratory

  • HarvestPlus

  • International Food Policy Research Institute

Anyone interested in advancing this project in their alma mater or a relative’s school,
send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com


Hello supporters!

There is so much going on in the Milwaukee area that we wanted to send a message highlighting all the great ways you can get involved.

Please follow the links and send us an email to let us know you can attend.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

99% Summit,
MATC, Room M605, 700 W. State St.,

Join Milwaukee leaders and activists for an all-day skills training. For more information, please include your name, contact info, and that you heard about this event from “United Wisconsin” to peter.rickman@wisconsinjobsnow.org or 920–284–4710. This training is free!

Monday March 5 and Tuesday March 6

Educate MPS Parents about Voter ID and voter registration
2:00 pm or 5:30pm, both days
MTEA, 5130 W. Vliet

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Blockbuster musical thrills audience at North Division High School

By Gregory Stanford

So mesmerizing was the performance of “We Are the Drum” by Capita Productions over the weekend, I had to keep reminding myself I was in Milwaukee’s North Division High School, not on New York City’s Broadway. Everything about this high-energy, community-based musical, featuring mostly non-professionals, was superb: the choreography, the singing, the costumes, the story line, the staging.

This blockbuster traces through music and dance the African-American experience - from Africa to present-day America, with some emphasis on Milwaukee. A live band performs in a pit, and vocalists demonstrate impressive talent on stage.

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Youth Mental Health Summit Update

Thanks to everyone for the continuing great work on the Children Come First Conference/Youth Mental Health Summit, We hope to see you at our next Summit Planning meeting, next Wednesday, March 7th, from 4 - 6 PM at Pathfinders.

Your Help Needed with Fundraising!

We are moving forward with fundraising for the Children Come First Conference/Youth Mental Health Summit. We will be asking for sponsors to support the summit to make it possible for us to offer stipends to youth, family members, and community members with limited financial resources to ensure diverse and inclusive participation. The Sponsorship opportunities are attached.

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MATC and Milwaukee’s Taxpayer Under attack in the State Legislature

By Michael Rosen, Ph.D.

Dr. Rosen is the president of AFT Local 212

Last week a Wisconsin senate committee passed SB 275 that will remove all nine members of the MATC district board and replace them with a board selected by a new, less democratic and representative appointment committee composed of the Washington, Ozaukee and Milwaukee County Executives and the Milwaukee County Board Chair.

The bill is an outrageous power play by Republican politicians who slashed MATC’s funding by 30% last year and have never supported the college or its students. It was bottled up in committee until it was amended to be exclusively about MATC.

There was no public hearing on the bill. Nor did its authors, Senator Glen Grothman (R) and State Representative Mark Honadel (R) discuss the proposal with the MATC board chair, Melanie Holmes, MATC’s President Dr. Michael Burke or the appointment committee chair, Dr. Michael Bonds.

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Extending Lake Parkway, a new highway duplicating I-94. $200 million for 6 miles.


Philo Kassner’s “Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall” Photo Book Now at Woodland Pattern, Covered in “Riverwest Currents,” and Soon To be a David Luhrssen “Shepherd” Piece

Book signing Saturday March 3rd 7pm at Kochanski’s 1920 s. 37th St.


Designing & Orchestrating the Plankington Arcade Co-Op Cafe & Pub

Tables & chairs sturdy and beautiful.

Food, coffee, brew high quality increasingly artisinal and local.

Art of great beauty.

Worker owners inspired and competent.

Ongoing gatherings and performances.

Milwaukee eco-tourism and green innovation centers surrounding.

Local and global enterprise and experiments.

A Grand Alliance

All campus all discipline all sectors converging for work and fun.

Green Bus Line and #15 easy public transfer for north and south,
many Wisconsin Ave. buses for east and west.

There are so many people who want to bring life back to the Grand Avenue Mall. The Plankington Arcade is one of the most lovely built environments in the city. There are all kinds of new enterprises springing up nearby. The buses all converge there. There are 5 college campuses a walk or short bus ride away. Co-ops are key 21st century commercial forms. Cafes and pubs in the heart of downtown. Seems like the stars could align. Hoping to spend a noon hour the first Tuesday of each month to compliment internet, phone, and targeted meet-ups with people there. Why not?



Special Needs Education At Risk!

ALERT!

SPECIAL NEEDS VOUCHERS BILLS ARE BEING FAST-TRACKED NOW IN MADISON… DISABILITY GROUPS CONTINUE TO OPPOSE MODIFIED BILLS ­— CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS NOW! The new bill removes funding for special-education services and educators from public schools, allows voucher schools to hire non-certified special-education teachers and services, and does not provide enough per-child funding to address the needs of moderately to severely disabled students. Skip to the bottom of this message for a call to action, or keep reading for more details on this fast-tracked legislation affecting the quality of special education for students in public and voucher schools.

Background: This past fall, AB110 was introduced in the Wisconsin Assembly. During the public hearing, all disability groups in Wisconsin opposed the bill. Legislators from both sides of the aisle recognized that this bill would not pass.

Current status: Rep. Litjens, the sponsor of AB 110, submitted a rewritten version. Disability groups in Wisconsin continue to oppose it for the reasons described below. The biggest problem: the bill does not require private schools to have any special educators or related services expertise (e.g.,therapists) on staff. Sen. Vukmir has introduced the same bill in the Senate as SB 486.

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

2/2/12 – Home again. Home again.

So, here we are again. I woke up not feeling great and barely able to talk and still this incessant cough. When Youba came home from work, I asked him to take Sabou to day care, and I settled in for yet another day home from work. Unbelievable. I did participate on a conference call, but kept coughing and felt my voice just disappearing as the call went on. Can I say ridiculous?

But at some point I needed to go to the pharmacy. I don’t think I told you about the fiasco at the pharmacy after the doctor appointment yesterday, no probably not. Well, the rheumatologist gave me another round of Augmentin, but told me not to take it unless I’m feeling worse. He said it’s too late for the Tamiflu, but that it would be a good idea for me to have the Tamiflu for my husband, since now he’s been exposed to the flu.

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Rally: Stop Violence in Our Schools

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Mayor Barrett will be joining us! 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION CONFIRMED: 2524 N. 38th Street Milwaukee, WI 53210.

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Greater Milwaukee Foundation Match Day

On March 8, the greater Milwaukee area has a chance to come together to support local organizations that provide food and shelter for members of our community who are struggling to meet the daily needs of their families.

Match Day, a special, one-day online event coordinated by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, aims to raise much-needed resources for 19 area nonprofits that serve as a lifeline in our community. This event is unique, as the Foundation will match funds raised on this day, essentially doubling dollars raised from the public.

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Nichali Ciaccio’s RWCP Exhibition “Photos and Stories”

Bulk Goods

Kars, Turkey 2010

Kars sits on the far eastern edge of Turkey near the border of Armenia. I visited for two reasons: to accompany my friend Asiye on a train trip to her childhood home and to seek out the locations visited by Ka in the novel Snow by Orhan Pamuk, which takes place in Kars. As Asiye and I walked through the snowy, grey city we shopped for honey and cheese, the locally produced specialties. This photo was taken in a bulk goods store and reminds me, in a way, of what general stores must have looked like before the era of mass production.
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The Restaurant Opportunities Center-United is the only national organization dedicated to restaurant workers’ rights. ROC supports restaurant workers across the sector on campaigns for paid sick days, raising the tipped minimum wage (which stands at $2.13 an hour) and dignity in the workplace. In Milwaukee, we have the opportunity on Monday, February 13, to join ROC in the fight against discrimination and wage theft. ROC-Milwaukee will have its first DAY OF ACTION on Monday at the Capital Grille on Wisconsin and 4th at 6:30 PM.

Here’s the backstory:

On January 31st, Capital Grille workers in New York, Chicago, and in the Washington, DC area filed federal litigation against Capital Grille’s parent company Darden for discrimination and wage theft. Darden restaurants include Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Capital Grille. Darden employees of all races have reported racial discrimination, lack of breaks, tipped minimum wage (of $2.13 an hour) and hostile work environments for years.

Event Details:
Where: Capital Grille, 310 W Wisconsin Avenue
When: Monday, February 13 at 6:30 PM
Who: Workers, families, consumers, and allies
Why: In solidarity with the hundreds of workers hired and fired by Capital Grille Steakhouses nationwide, ROC lets Capital Grille know that consumers and workers won’t stand for oppressive workplace conditions anymore.

For more information, stories, and updates, visit www.dignityatdarden.org
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Join Other Activists and Leaders @ Inaugural Convening of We Are Milwaukee.

WHAT: We Are Milwaukee Inaugural Convening

WHEN: February 11, 2012 — 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

WHERE: MATC Downtown (700 W. State St.), Room M605

WHO: Leaders and activists from community-based organizations, unions, student groups, faith communities and the community at-large

WHY: To develop an organization of our own unifying populist, progressive forces to build power for working families

Register online to attend the We Are Milwaukee Inaugural Convening right here: http://tinyurl.com/WeAreMKEinaugural

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Citizen Action: How the Affordable Healthcare Act Affects you.

A Collage of Misrepresentation by State Elected Officials: Black & White

by Leon Todd

1) Black County Chairman strips Black Supervisor Thomas of committee assignments. Did he play to the white power structure?

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/sup-thomas-stripped-of-committee-assignments-tk436ec-138791644.html

2) Black Alderman disrespects Black Occupiers at City Hall

Have Black Elected Leaders been supporting City Hall with federal funds for poor?
Independent audit of Block Grant Funds demanded by Occupy the Hood in Milwaukee while Occupying the Milwaukee City Hall. Can Black Common Council Willie Hines survive? Has city hall misused federal funds? Are the elected leaders out of touch with their communities? Is voter fraud involved in city black elections?
http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/138809664.html

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

1/9/12 – Decided to Stay Home

I was still not feeling better at all and decided to stay home, understanding that the doctor note only lasted until last Friday, and that if I was getting worse then I should buy the stronger medicine, because neither idea, returning to work nor trying stronger medicine seemed to make sense to me. I wasn’t getting worse, I just wasn’t getting better. Also, my doctor was scheduled to come back from vacation tomorrow, and I really wanted to see what he had to say instead of the other doctor.

It was another day in bed, coughing every time I talk or, even worse, if I laugh. I have completely settled in to a sedentary life in the apartment and am still amazed that I feel no cabin fever. I really can’t do anything else anyway, and the couch is very inviting.

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Milwaukee to Egypt—Beyond the Arab Spring

A Potluck Discussion at Sweet Water, Monday, February 6, 5 to 7 p.m..

Many of us were riveted last Spring by the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions. Democracy has already taken hold in Tunisia and appears to be on the way in Cairo, although the path is likely to be a rocky one. What are the future prospects for Egypt’s democracy-demanding youth? Can there be a ‘good boom’ in Egypt and other Middle East democracies to help resolve their economic and environmental problems? This is obviously a highly speculative question but worth pondering in light of Milwaukee’s urban renaissance in places like Bay View helped along by entrepreneurial and socially responsible businesses like Sweet Water Organics. Do we in Milwaukee have any lessons to offer?

Organic agriculture possesses the potential for fostering a ‘good boom’ and the creation of a compact, nutritious cuisine in Egypt that can be marketed to the world. A compact cuisine is one not taking much space away from nature and minimizing fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Egyptian organic agriculture fills the bill for both and has the capacity to create significant employment in rural Egypt. Let me explain by way of an example.

The SEKEM group, headquartered in rural Egypt, is composed of five different companies that employ 1,800 people and produce and distribute a variety of organic products including natural medicines, cereals, rice, vegetables, pasta, honey, jams, dates, spices, herbs, edible oils, herbal teas, juices, coffee, milk, eggs, beef, sheep, chicken, seeds, and organic cotton textiles and clothing. One company, ISIS, distributes more than 80 percent of the herbal teas sold in Egypt. SEKEM operates four farms on reclaimed desert lands that provide almost a third of the companies organic raw materials and develops permanent ties with small farmers to produce the rest in compliance with Fair Trade standards. SEKEM’s secret weapon in desert reclamation is compost, of which it produces and sells a surplus to other farmers. Compost rich soils in deserts increase fertility and productivity, retain much more water than conventional farm soils (essential in an arid climate), and sequesters substantial amounts of carbon in its organic matter. As a result of its aerobic composting operation, SEKEM is awarded carbon credits which it can sell in the European carbon allowance market. SEKEM delivers health care and educational services through its foundation to employees and local communities in which it operates. The foundation also provides training to farmers in organic methods as well as support for research in organics. For a complete picture of SEKEM’s activities check out its web site at http://www.sekem.com/english/default.aspx, and look at its annual report at http://www.sekem.com/Files/PDFs/SEKEM%20%20Report%20on%20Sustainable%20Development%202010_en.pdf.

SEKEM is positioned to expand dramatically as the global economy recovers given the growing global market for organics. Its special environmental virtues include producing food without using carbon-based fertilizers and pesticides and sequestering carbon in its soils. On top of these, by reclaiming desert for agriculture, SEKEM takes nothing away from nature’s space and reduces the agricultural demand for the Nile’s scarce waters.

The one think SEKEM doesn’t produce is fish, but given its ability to create large amounts of compost and interest in water conservation, desert aquaponics could be a huge opportunity for the company. SEKEM can probably teach us much about organic agriculture, but perhaps we in Milwaukee at Sweet Water and Growing Power could offer an outdoor version of aquaponics adapted to the desert.

SEKEM stands out as a potential leader in a ‘good boom’ that could lead Egypt out of its economic depression and put it on a path to prosperity. SEKEM is but one of a number of other Egyptian opportunities for economic development based on a compact form of life, one that limits human disturbance to the natural world and curtails global warming.

Panel moderators will be Doug and Jeremy Booth. Jeremy is finishing a degree in Global Studies at UWM specializing in Middle East politics and the Arabic language and recently returned from a year in Egypt and Jordan, and Doug is the author of The Coming Good Boom: Creating Prosperity for All and Saving the Environment through Compact Living.

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What does volunteerism have to do with success?

It started on a dare. In October of 2009 Colleen and I were having coffee at the Hi-Fi Café on Kinnickinnic Avenue and I saw a poster on the wall for “rockabilly” music at a place called Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall. “Do you want to go there?” I asked. Colleen replied at once, “Sure!” So we went.
As we approached the brick building I recalled that a few years before, this had been Art Altenburg’s Concertina Bar and I had actually been there. Though skeptical about what it was going to be like, we saw a young woman with a flower in her hair and a gleam in her eye approaching the entrance rapidly with the demeanor of someone who did not want to miss one moment of enjoyment. We fell in love with Kochanski’s at once. We so much enjoyed the people and the music. I enjoyed the photographic challenge, it was like capturing imagery from the interior of a grotto.

In December of 2011, I published a small book of photography based entirely on our excursions to Kochanski’s. I expected the book to be successful but had no idea at first what I had created. Christina Zawadiwsky, an eminent writer and reviewer quickly published the type of review only an angel could produce. A rockabilly website in Europe soon picked up the book, only to be followed by one closer to home. Before I knew it, Dave Luhrssen from the Shepherd Express had set up an interview.

Many years ago, my wife Colleen had an internship at a very worthy organization know as the Grand Avenue Club (GAC). This organization provides adults who have experienced mental illness an array of opportunities. Program participants are “members” of a community with a place to come, meaningful work, and meaningful relationships.

In 2006, Colleen decided to contact the GAC by asking them if they’d like to participate in a three day extravaganza of art, music and poetry. Colleen of course got to exhibit her art right alongside that produced by many of the highly talented artists who are members of the GAC. At the culmination of the event, the GAC was presented with a check from the generous proceeds of the event.

Since that day, Colleen and I have become volunteers and have learned beyond any doubt that by giving “ye shall receive”.

The relatively small art collective has been expanded into a full-fledged art gallery, The Gallery Grand. It’s located on the 4th floor of the Grand Avenue Club in an historic an elegant building on Water St. and Michigan Av. I do as much volunteer work there as I can, not only helping out in the art gallery, but in the IT department keeping the computers running.

After being a virtually unknown photographer for over forty years…it was only through the Gallery Grand that my photography has been getting attention, I finally made my first sale!

By the choice Colleen and I have made to do volunteer work we have both benefited enormously and the two of us have expanded artistically beyond our expectations.

Please everyone, come down to Kochanski’s (1920 S. 37th St) on the evening of March 3rd and join me for my book signing event which begins at 7pm. Then stay for the rockabilly entertainment which begins at 9pm. But consider doing volunteer work wherever and whenever you can and please investigate what the GAC is doing.

Colleen’s story:
http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/PatriciaObletz/OVERDOINGIT

Review of Philo’s book:
http://www.bookroomreviews.com/2012/01/25/kochanskis-concertina-beer-hall-the-return-of-rockabilly-book-review/

Gallery Grand:
http://gallerygrand.org/
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IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The Life & Times of Brother Booker Ashe: A Panel Discussion

Milwaukee, WI (February 2, 2012) – In honor of Black History Month, a six member panel will be convening February 26, 1:30–2:30 PM, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 1927 N. Fourth Street, Milwaukee, to discuss the life and times of Capuchin Booker Ashe, co-founder of the House of Peace.

The event is also introducing the biography of Brother Booker, Brother Booker Ashe “It’s Amazing What the Lord Can Do” by new author, Willy Thorn. In this biography printed by Marquette University Press, the author presents the history of well known Capuchin friar, Booker Ashe, co-founder of the House of Peace. The book will be available for purchase at a special event price of $15.

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Action Alert:

Act Now to Support the Workplace Mobility Act and

Restore Funding for Public Transportation

January 30, 2012

Background:

State budget cuts to public transportation are starting to affect people with disabilities and older adults. The Legislature cut public transportation services by 10% in the 2011 – 2013 State budget. Now counties and municipalities throughout the state are reducing services and/ or increasing fares.

Public transportation services are very important to people with disabilities and seniors as many do not drive because of their disability, frailties of aging or the expense of owning a car. Reduced funding for public transportation may mean a person with a disability cannot get to work or a caregiver does not have transportation to get to someone’s home and provide needed services. When public transportation services are cut, the independence of people with disabilities and seniors and their ability to live productive lives in the community is at risk.

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21st Century Freedom Fighters

By Patricia Obletz, Editor

www.MilwaukeeRenaissance.com/PeaceOfMind/HomePage

No one fights for freedom unless inspired by The Golden Rule, treat others as you want to be treated, God the Holy Spirit’s only Law. When the world’s American President Barack Hussein Obama gave his State of the Union speech January 24, 2012, the world watched The Golden Rule at work. The best for the majority. Respect, encouragement and support for people in need at the expense of a few gold bricks for members of the 1 Percent.

The Republican presidential candidate mindset shows the world the uncivilized opposite of The Golden Rule at work: me and mine only, contempt for others less lucky. Their behavior towards Pres. Obama and most Americans is certifiable: Narcissism and the worship of the almighty dollar.

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

12/27/11 – Termination with therapist

So, at therapy today I brought up my reaction to Sabou hitting me in the face and asked him why I lose all my self-esteem. He looked at my reaction, and explained that I am reacting in a way that is part of the cause of the lack of self-esteem. He recommended that I act in a self-preserving way, getting out of the way of her hits, and respecting my feelings, so that if after the time-out I am still upset, then I don’t have to hug her. I can show her that I’m upset and refuse to hug her. He also said that I need to say less. No discussion. Just show her that it is bad and put her in time-out. He said that will help me feel better about myself.

I also told him about Youba’s school schedule, and we have three more sessions before we end.

That night when I got home, Sabou was at it again. Coming after me and trying to hit me. I got out of her way, and told her no. Youba intervened, telling her not to hit mommy and he was the one who put her in time-out and I felt completely loved in that moment by him.

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In My Mind’s Eye: January 20, 2012

Racism in America

by Robert Miranda

There are those who may believe that talking about race in American politics causes many Americans to feel uncomfortable and awkward. Well, during the GOP presidential debates this past week, the candidates looked in tip-top form espousing their racist undertones aimed against President Obama and African-Americans receiving food stamps.

Whoa nelly! You can even say that all of the GOP presidential candidates looked very comfortable spewing their subliminal racist message. Romney with his anti-immigrant slams and Gingrich with his food stamp references. Yes, these good ol’ boys were at the top of their racist mantra campaign—and much to the amusement of their audience, too.

You can detect this racist tone in the level of disrespect for the president.

Between Gingrich making an inaccurate and divisive statement that African-Americans should “not be satisfied with food stamps,” and Rick Santorum’s remark in which he appeared to single out African-Americans as recipients of federal aid, one has to wonder if Ron Paul would be the choice for the GOP.

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Make It Work Milwaukee/Mental Health Task Force Update January 17th, 2012

At Friday’s Make It Work Milwaukee meeting, we had a very informative presentation from Sandra Kellner and Michael Giugno of Milwaukee County Transit System regarding the 2012 Transit System changes, including the new MetroExpress Bus Service. The new service chances will be effective Sunday January 29th and will include many changes to bus stops and schedules.

additional information is on the web at rideMCTS.com. Click here to visit directly

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Safe Driving Is No Accident

By Ron Lee, Program Coordinator

I have no formal training as a teacher. My degree is Poli-Sci/Sociology. Even so, the YWCA hired me to instruct both a Basic Computer and Driver’s Permit class. That was somewhere in the late ‘90s; it was conducted in several Milwaukee County libraries. The program was de-funded after three years.

Although it took me more than 18 months, I found my own funding, took ownership of the Driver’s Ed program, added Adult to the title and relocated it with New Concept Self-Development Center, another non-profit.

Today in 2012, we are now in our twelfth year servicing the general public.

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

12/16/11 – This is your calling.

Today was the day that I’ve been dreading for a long time. It was my last and final all day training that I had scheduled at my former university, over an hour away by train. Because I had such a hard time keeping my energy up for the last workshop, and that one was only an hour, I really had no idea how this one was going to go, but I was not hopeful.

Four trains later, yes, somehow I got on the wrong train, even though I taught at that university for five years, and had to switch trains half-way through the trip. I was about 20 minutes late, and instead of the small class of nine people that I expected, I walked into a full house.

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FREE Birth Certificates to aid in obtaining a Voter ID are now available

@ Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 N. 9th St. Rm. 103 (limit 5,000).

Bring mail with your street address on it and another form of ID (I.e. School ID, work ID, parent w/ a photo ID, etc).
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Emerging Global Community of Aquaponic Experimenters to India?

The key concept I submitted was that since my visit to Mumbai and Kolkata the
“emerging global aquaponics community of practice” had received some very
substantial support that has come much more quickly than I had anticipated.

Shajan John has won a small start-up grant for 10 University of Madison students
to learn about aquaponics at Sweet Water Milwaukee and visit the state of Kerela
to set the stage for small experiments linked to health initiatives. Dr. Mukherjee
has forged partnerships in Kolkata and Mumbia that may well manifest with an
aquaponics eco-park in Mumbai!

Here are 8 developments from 2011 that support the notion that Mother India is calling
the aquapons of the world to partner with her brilliant sons and daughters.

(l) IBM awarded Milwaukee a Smart City designation with a $400,000 in-kind grant
that brought 8 IBM professionals to inspect our aquaponics initiatives, which they
judged worthy of global diffusion.

The IBM report said “Milwaukee could become more economically
viable and help the world feed itself through urban agriculture and aquaponics—
water efficient systems that can transform abandoned factories and vacant lots into urban
farms that raise fish and vegetables.”

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/130096388.html

Short film re IBM Report(scroll down a bit)
http://growninthecity.com/2011/08/scaling-up-solutions-aquaponics-in-milwaukee/

(2) United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) Demonstration Grant to Train
Teachers in Aquaponics and Develop Credentialing Process

Sweet Water Foundation, the Milwaukee Teacher Education Center (MTEC) and Kennedy King College (Chicago) have received planning grant funding from the USDA to move forward with its Midwest Aquaponics Expertise Development Initiative (MAEDI) proposal. Starting in October 2011, SWF and Co. began rolling out an ambitious pilot project to support biology and social studies teachers in 5 high schools (4 in Milwaukee and 1 in Chicago) in developing and implementing customized, STEM-infused curriculum units for a total of 80 to 100 students around site-based mini-aquaponics systems. In year one, we will train 5 Instructional Coaches to support these teachers and project outcomes will include an aquaponics teacher training module, curriculum framework, and a bank of model lesson plans, to be developed by participating teachers. Next spring, teachers and students will share their mini-aquaponics system designs and what they have learned with each other at an “Aquaponics Symposium,” to be held at the Sweet Water Organics site.

The larger goal of this USDA grant is to develop a long term proposal detailing how we will take what is learned from this pilot project and expand it, so more youth can benefit from aquaponics as a learning tool and to create a “K-16 pipeline” of students prepared to become food science workers and graduate with STEM-related degrees/credentials. From initial discussions, this plan could include an aquaponics certification, virtual learning tools, and other types of innovative educational programming that help at-risk students access a broad range of inter-connected learning opportunities (mentoring, internships, summer programs, etc). For the MAEDI project to be successful, we will need partners of all types—schools, businesses, community based organizations, foundations and other funders. Send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com if you would like to connect with the
Sweet Water Foundation leaders of this worthy project.

(3) Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel(previously President Obama’s Chief of Staff) hosts fund raiser for Sweet Water Foundation and Partners with Emmanuel Pratt, Executive Director of the Sweet Water Foundation and head of Chicago State U. Aquaponics Center

(4) U.S. Marines and Army Begin Aquaponics/Urban Agriculture Training at Camp Pendelton

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/us/06vets.html?_r=1&ref=patricialeighbrown

(5) Founding of the international Aquaponics Association, Fall 2011

http://theaquaponicsource.com/2011/10/05/aquaponics-association-2011-conference-highlights/

This included my panel on Indo American Aquaponics Initiative(IAAI)

(6) Publication of Sylvia Bernstein’s “Aquaponics Gardening”

http://aquaponicgardening.com/

(7) Accelerated Growth of International Aquaponics Collaboration Platform

Which had 600 members one year ago, now has over 3,500, with 10 new “partners”arriving every day!

http://aquaponicscommunity.com/profiles/members/

(8) Partnership with United Nations Global Compact Cities Project Coordinator, Liz Ryan

Liz has invited us to submit reports for their magazine and on-line platform.

http://citiesprogramme.org/index.php/projects/details/waterquality/

NAACP ONE MKE Summit

The NAACP Milwaukee Branch Young Adult Committee is pleased to host the NAACP ONE MKE Summit this Saturday, January 7, 2012. We are asking the entire community to join us for the Stakeholders Town Hall Meeting @ MATC Cooley Auditorium (1015 N. 6th Street) from 9:30am - 11:30am/Doors Open at 8:30am.

Panelists include:

  • Attorney James Hall, President NAACP Milwaukee Branch
  • Ralph Hollmon, President Milwaukee Urban League
  • Dr. Greg Thorton, Supertindent MPS
  • Regina Sims, Election Commission City of Milwaukee
  • Curtis Marshall, Department Health Services
  • Bishop McCleland, Word of Hope Ministries

Submit questions to ask the panelists to info@onemke.org

Join us after for the ONE MKE Mixer at the Rotunda at City Hall from 6p - 9p

Hosted by:
The NAACP Milwaukee Young Adult Committee
FUEL Milwaukee
National Pan Hellenic Council
JAAN
The Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals
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Grace Lee Boggs, “Living For Change” January 1, 2012 Issue

2011 A YEAR TO REMEMBER

By Grace Lee Boggs

2011 opened with the Arab Spring when the people of North Africa decolonized themselves, thrilling the world with their nonviolent gatherings, ousting the dictators the United States has supported to secure its access to Mideast oil.

The world’s eyes next focused on the struggle to defend the collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin public workers against the right-wing attacks coordinated by Governor Scott Walker. The growing mobilization swelled to tens of thousands of union members, their families, and supporters.

By the fall of the year hundreds of thousands had participated in the Occupy Wall Street movement and its offshoots throughout the nation and across the globe., We./they were righteously and rightfully protesting corporate domination of our culture and the suffering that it is producing.,

“We/They were also taking back our government, taking back our humanity, ”
as Danny Glover put it at the Oakland Mall, on October 15.

The ongoing struggles of 2011, from the Arab Spring to Wisconsin and the Occupy/Decolonize movement and our current crises, were rooted in the decline of the empire which made possible the middle-class standard of living and the welfare state with its thousands of public employees to take care of tasks for which we, the people , must become increasingly responsible.

With the end of empire, we are coming to an end of the epoch of Rights. We have entered the epoch of Responsibilities, which requires new, more socially-minded human beings and new more participatory and place-based concepts of citizenship and democracy.

Now is the time for us to Re-imagine Work and Re-imagine Life. The new paradigms we must establish are about creating systems that bring out the best in each of us, instead of trying to harness the greed and selfishness of which we are capable. They are about a new balance of individual, family, community, work, and play that makes us better human beings.

This means that we need to practice visionary organizing. Every crisis, actual or impending, needs to be viewed as an opportunity to bring about profound changes in our society and in ourselves. Going beyond protest organizing, visionary organizing begins by creating images and stories of the future that help us imagine and create alternatives to the existing system.

Revolutionaries, Evolutionaries, and Solutionaries

In the spring of 2011 the first edition of The Next American Revolution, my new book with Scott Kurashige , was released. Since then it has been a true joy to see so many diverse people turn to this little book for help in understanding how and why another world is necessary, possible, and already in the process of being created.

We have met hundreds of people at book release events, where we have shared the stage with good friends and fellow visionaries like Ruby Dee, Danny Glover, Amy Goodman, Michael Hardt, and Lisa Lee. And we’ve continued the conversation through radio interviews with figures like Michael Eric Dyson, Celeste Headlee, Krista Tippett, Tavis Smiley, and Cornel West

Many readers have bought multiple copies of TNAR to share with family and friends. Teachers have begun assigning it to their classes. Faculty, students, and staff at several small colleges are reading it together. Activists have started study groups around the book. And because so many others in faraway places want to talk about The Next American Revolution, I have become a regular user of Skype.

Why is this book having such a deep resonance?

Maybe it’s because it is giving Americans in all walks of life a more people-friendly view of revolution as empowerment rather than struggle for political power.

Maybe it helps us view Revolutionaries as Solutionaries, working together to solve very practical problems of daily life, growing our souls by growing our own food and bringing the neighbor back into the ‘hood,

Maybe it’s giving us the new, more positive view of ourselves that we’ve been hungry for.

Maybe it helps us envision ourselves as Revolutionaries, moving away from the wrong side of the world revolution where we have seemed stuck since the Vietnam War.

Maybe it also helps us see ourselves as Evolutionaries, making the radical revolution of values that Dr. King called for during that war, transformimg ourselves from materialists, militarists, and individualists into a people who can be proud of how we are advancing humankind to a new stage of consciousness, creativity, and social and political responsiblility.

In My Mind’s Eye: December 29th, 2011

American Presidential Candidate Example of Extremism

By Robert Miranda

Republican candidate for president of the United States, Newt Gingrich, called the people of Palestine “terrorists.” They teach terrorism in their schools, says Gingrich; they have textbooks that say, if there are 13 Jews and nine Jews are killed, how many Jews are left? All of this nonsense is coming from a candidate for president of the United States.

Rightly so, Palestinian officials said that Gingrich’s allegations were based substantially on material produced by an Israeli organization, Palestinian Media Watch, which has published a long list of entries on its website under the heading “Promoting Violence for Children.” An article published in 2007 reports that Palestinian textbooks, that were paid for with US dollars, teach kids to deny Israel’s right to exist.

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

12/10/11 – Finding Volunteer Work that I can do.

So today, Sabou and I had a laid back morning, just chilling in the house and then I decided to take her on some errands, mostly to pick up her anti-Malaria medication, which just happens to be on the East Side of Manhattan. We wandered in and out of stores. I kept her occupied with snacks like bananas and Cheez-Its, and we got a lot accomplished actually. She was easy going, and we walked from 86th Street down to 59th Street and then back. That’s like 27 blocks each way. It felt good to walk, although by the end, the back was definitely acting up.

On the way home, we bump into someone from the Alternatives to Violence Project Bronx Area Council on the train. What a wonderful coincidence, because I had completely forgotten that the next meeting was today, and because I had kind of already decided not to go anyway because of feeling so useless to them at the last meeting. But, seeing him kind of inspired me, so Sabou and I went home, had lunch and I baked cookies to bring to the meeting.

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Legal Crusade Against Wisconsin Voter ID

http://www.wiseye.org/videoplayer/vp.html?sid=7409

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USDA Supported Sweet Water Foundation Aquaponics 101 Training for Teachers

It’s official—Sweet Water Foundation, the Milwaukee Teacher Education Center (MTEC) and Kennedy King College (Chicago) have received planning grant funding from the USDA to move forward with its Midwest Aquaponics Expertise Development Initiative (MAEDI) proposal. Starting in October 2011, SWF and Co. began rolling out an ambitious pilot project to support biology and social studies teachers in 5 high schools (4 in Milwaukee and 1 in Chicago) in developing and implementing customized, STEM-infused curriculum units for a total of 80 to 100 students around site-based mini-aquaponics systems. In year one, we will train 5 Instructional Coaches to support these teachers and project outcomes will include an aquaponics teacher training module, curriculum framework, and a bank of model lesson plans, to be developed by participating teachers. Next spring, teachers and students will share their mini-aquaponics system designs and what they have learned with each other at an “Aquaponics Symposium,” to be held at the Sweet Water Organics site.

The larger goal of this USDA grant is to develop a long term proposal detailing how we will take what is learned from this pilot project and expand it, so more youth can benefit from aquaponics as a learning tool and to create a “K-16 pipeline” of students prepared to become food science workers and graduate with STEM-related degrees/credentials. From initial discussions, this plan could include an aquaponics certification, virtual learning tools, and other types of innovative educational programming that help at-risk students access a broad range of inter-connected learning opportunities (mentoring, internships, summer programs, etc). For the MAEDI project to be successful, we will need partners of all types—schools, businesses, community based organizations, foundations and other funders. Send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com if you would like to connect with the
Sweet Water Foundation leaders of this worthy project.

Written by Dave Libert, one of the heroes of this project.

Profile of Success: Tracey Dent, Safeguarding Milwaukee Youth

By Patricia Obletz, Editor

www.MilwaukeeRenaissance.com/PeaceOfMind/HomePage

The energy that flows from Tracey Dent is gentle and filled with quiet passion and warmth. Tracey refers to himself as an ordinary person who wants to make a difference in his city, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What’s ordinary about Tracey? Nothing. As a child, Tracey was alone a lot. His closest sibling in age was seven years older than he was. His mother had men on her mind, not her youngest son.

After school, Tracey played with neighborhood kids. Tracey didn’t realize that when these boys called him the “N” word that they were parroting the racism of their white-skinned parents and mainly white, middle class neighbors. By chance, an older brother of Tracey’s overheard the language his brother’s friends used, and made sure that they stopped that uncivilized behavior.

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NAACP Milwaukee and Voces de la Frontera Challenge WI Act 23

By James H. Hall Jr.

President

NAACP Milwaukee Branch

This Friday, December 16th, 2011, at 11:00am, at the Wisconsin State Office Building, 821 N. 6th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera will announce their united legal challenge to the constitutionality of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23, also known as “Wisconsin’s Photo ID Voting Requirement.”

We are challenging Act 23 because it disenfranchises scores of thousands of qualified African-American voters. About half of all African-Americans in Milwaukee currently lack a driver’s license. This new law is tantamount to a denial of the right to vote for many otherwise qualified voters. There has never been a single prosecution or conviction of a Wisconsin voter misrepresenting his or her identity at the polls. This law is nothing but vote suppression of minority voters.

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

12/3/11 – Kid-event at Barnes and Noble and Time with Sam

Saturday morning, first thing, Sabou and I head up to the suburbs to hear my brother sing children’s music at a Barnes and Noble in the mall as part of a fundraiser for Sam’s nursery school. Well, you can’t make a girl any happier than a chance to ride in a car and to go and see Sam. She was very excited.

Everything was going fine in the car. I was driving fine. I don’t remember any pain and the vision was cooperating. I was feeling good about myself, and about the awesome day that Sabou was about to have.

Well, life happens, you know, and as we began the necessary snaking in and around the mall parking lot, it was just too much for Sabou and she puked up her entire breakfast all over herself, the car seat, and the car. So close, and yet so far.

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This Just In

Campaign to cut waste: Vice President Biden announces U.S. will halt production of excess dollar coins and Department of Justice recovered a record $5.6 billion in fraud in 2011

Department of Health and Human Services takes new steps to prevent Medicare fraud

As part of the Obama Administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste, Vice President Biden today announced the U.S. Mint would suspend the production of presidential dollar coins for circulation. Today, nearly 1.4 billion surplus dollar coins are sitting in Federal Reserve vaults due to lack of demand for the coins. By halting this unnecessary production, the administration will save taxpayers at least $50 million per year in production and storage costs. The vice president made today’s announcement at a Cabinet meeting focused on the president’s commitment to cut waste and eliminate misspent dollars across the federal government.

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This Just In

Facebook provides first-of-a-kind service to help prevent suicides

Via SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline collaborate with Facebook to help those in crisis

Facebook is announcing a new service that harnesses the power of social networking and crisis support to help prevent suicides across the nation and Canada. The new service enables Facebook users to report a suicidal comment they see posted by a friend to Facebook using either the Report Suicidal Content link or the report links found throughout the site. The person who posted the suicidal comment will then immediately receive an e-mail from Facebook encouraging them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1–800–273-TALK (8255) or to click on a link to begin a confidential chat session with a crisis worker.

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If We Can Win a White House Garden, We Can Win a Nobel Prize

Might it not most likely be in the interest of sustainable agriculture for a real live person to win some well deserved recognition for their team’s efforts and accomplishments?

I would be interested in conversations about this theme.

Should we mobilize a Nobel Prize for one of our most renowned “partners?”

Who should that be?

Is is worth a conversation as to whether we should fix our minds on the prize of a Nobel.
for Big Will? Grace Lee Boggs? Michael Pollan?

If so, then should we not begin to systematically compile a list of the projects he and the
Growing Power team have inspired?

If our movement can win a White House Garden, we can most likely win a Nobel Prize
that brings honor to the good cause as well as the person and their team that win the
coveted Nobel Prize.

Godsil

Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

11/27/11 – The Pain Worsens and Is That Your Baby?

So yesterday morning after sorting through the laundry that I had picked up and all the items that we bought for the trip to Mali, I just got inspired and packed. Sabou is ready to go. It’s an easy pack because it’s basically all of the adorable summer clothes that she wore this past summer, and her bathing suits, a bunch of diapers and baby wipes, summer shoes, towel, facecloth, toiletries, and she is ready to go. That felt so good, it also helps me to clear space in her closet for the next size up of clothing and for the winter gear. So, now it’s just the waiting game until they leave, and I have a feeling that December will fly by anyway.

In the afternoon, it was back to the mall, for continued shopping, to pick up the items we didn’t get yesterday. I had called my friend to see if she wouldn’t mind going to the mall, and she came along. We got more stuff done, probably all of it, actually.

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In My Mind’s Eye: December 7th, 2011

If it isn’t racism, then it’s bigotry

By Robert Miranda

The race for Alderman of the 12th District has begun. As it stands today, the incumbent, Alderman James N. Witkowiak, is facing Jose Perez in what many believe will be a close race.

I mentioned this race on my radio program this past week. I spoke about how Latino leadership has begun to abandon Alderman Witkowiak, and I asked the question, Why?

Not all Latinos have thrown Witkowiak under the bus, there are some who stand with him. But there are those Latinos, who I believe have sent a bigoted kind of message, which puts the our community in a bad light.

During my radio show, a caller expressed his dissatisfaction with the wording I used when I questioned the endorsement made by Voces de la Frontera, an organization that endorsed Witkowiak’s opponent.
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Aquaponics

Milwaukee’s Critical 21st Century Industry

by Linda Sechrist

Although it may not be nice to fool Mother Nature, Rebecca Nelson and John Pade, founders of Nelson & Pade, Inc., in Montello, have learned that it is nice to imitate one of her grand designs: aquaponics. This sustainable process—feeding fish whose waste nourishes plants that clean the water for the fish—occurs naturally in healthy ponds and streams and is essential to life on Earth.

The man-made version of aquaponics is a food production system that combines aquaculture—raising fish or other aquatic animals—with hydroponics—cultivating plants in water. While the husband and wife team, authors of Aquaponic Food Production, were early pioneers in combining design theories of hydroponics with aquaculture and testing them in greenhouses in 1992, they were not the first to borrow the clever idea from Mother Nature. Humans first put the intricate sequence to work in China 1,500 years ago, and later, the Incas of Peru used it to raise fresh fish and super-rich, high-quality produce.

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Welcoming a Will Allen Nobel Prize. Followed by Your Community’s Nobel Prize

I hope we will have some conversations about how to respond to…

Will Allen’s Nobel Prize

Sometime revolutions devour their children.

That’s why Grace Lee Boggs has inspired the notion of a
(r)Evolution to be co-created over the generations.

Will Allen deserves a Nobel Prize.

But humanity deserves a focus on the notion of communities winning a Nobel Prize.

Say, the emerging community of planetary urban agrarians and aquapons
densely connecting through myriad of patheways and making history increasingly
pleasing to Mother Nature.

I hope in the not too distant future, one shaped by how imaginatively we process Will’s
deserved award, it will be easy to say

Milwaukee Chicago St. Louis and Detroit Deserve a Nobel Prize.

Building upon the work of the comfoodies, Aquaponics Gardening, Blueberry Pancake
Moments, Victory Garden Initiative, and other net enhanced communities of practice
doing great work.

At Will’s acceptance speech moment, I hope he offers a dream of not just charismatic individuals
winning a Nobel Prize, but also charismatic communities of practice and cities, i.e. communities,
win nobel prizes.

Why not fix our eyes not only on helping inspire a Will Allen Nobel Prize,
but also a

Nobel Prize for Your Community

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Howard Hinterthuer, Veteran’s Food Production Project

Howard Lewis here,

I am in the running to give a TED Lecture, one of five finalists. The topic is “Changing the Way We Eat.” I submitted the CVI (Center for Veterans Issues) Organic Therapy Program. (“It’s a good thing!”)

Besides the spiritually theraputic quality of organic gardening, the program is also designed to change the eating habits of the formerly homeless veterans now housed in CVI’s facilities, while offering exercise and job training. We are entering year number four for the Organic Therapy Program on a high note. We managed fresh tomatoes from the garden in November. There are still some ripening on the window sill. (For those of you not from Wisconsin, fresh tomatoes in November is a BIG DEAL!)

You may cast a vote for “4. Howard Hinterthuer, Veteran’s Food Production Project” by sending an email to: tedxmanhattanchallenge@gmail.com Kindly do it now or soon. The voting deadline is Dec. 5, 2011.

Thank you for your consideration and help,

Howard Hinterthuer
Communications Coordinator
Peer-to-Peer Mentor, Organic Therapy Program
Center for Veterans Issues
3312 W. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
tel:(414) 345–4275 CVI
howardh@cvivet.org

Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

11/22/11 – Fun weekend, Blood Work, and Thanksgiving

So, I’m sitting here, all ready to write the next update, and I see that I left off on November 18, which was a Friday. And for some reason, I have absolutely no recollection of Saturday the 19th. I’d like to tell you what we did, but I really have no idea. Oh yeah, I just remembered!

Sabou slept really late, like till 9:30 I think, and so did I. She was screaming again, “Mama, Sam!” “Mama, Outside!” “Mama, Car!” “Mama, Apple!” So, I called my sister-in-law, the mother of Sam who has become Sabou’s favorite cousin, and asked what they were doing. She said not much but playing outside. I told her how much Sabou really enjoyed last weekend with Sam and being outside and taking the car ride and eating all those apples. She said we were more than welcome.

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Hope Gives Rise to That Which It Contemplates

These, for me, at least minor, perhaps major miracles, inspiring

Pragmatic Utopian Visions re Urban Agriculture & Aquaponics

A UN Conference Is Within Our Reach! Why Not?

Send e-mail to UNSolidarityUrbanAgAquaponics@milwaukeerenaissance.com to join in.

The meteoric rise of Will Allen and his Growing Power team,

Growing Power magic!

Michelle Obama’s White House Garden;

Photo courtesy of Treehugger.com

‘’‘Sweet Water, i.e. The Farm and the Academy!

Sweet Water Founding Vision

Commercial Upscale Experiment

Democratize Aquaponics

Internationalize Aquaponics Large and Small

Guiding Concepts

Marriage of Scientists/Artists, Artisans/Agrarians

Asset Based Sequential Development

Multiple Bottom Lines, Income Streams, “Chaordic” Pathways

Open Source Hybrid Enterprise

Co-Creating a Major Earth Friendly 21st Century Industry/Movement in Which

Aquaponics Gardening and Backyard Aquaponics platforms;

WSJ, NYT, NPR, and NBC news reports on Sweet Water;

IBM, State Department, Commerce, Marines, city governments awakening;

http://growninthecity.com/2011/08/scaling-up-solutions-aquaponics-in-milwaukee/

http://span.state.gov/jul-aug2011/eng/40-43-James-Godsil.html

Helping Veterans Trade Their Swords for Plows

By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN
Published: February 5, 2011 in The New York Times

Charlie Price and Sylvia Bernstein’s Sweet Water meet up

Sweet Water Foundation’s Director Emmanuel Pratt Heads Up Aquaponics at Chicago State University


Sweet Water Foundation and Friendly Aqupaonics to Advance Shajan John’s
and Subra Mukherjee’s Indian initiatives;

Sylvia Bernstein’s Book!

This gathering of over 200 at the founding conference of the Aquaponics Association!

and much more:

testimony to the fact that since around 2005

Our Visions Outpaced By The Facts.

So why not

Pragmatic Utopian Visions

India, China, Egypt Breakthroughs

Urban Agriculture & Aquaponics at Presidential Conventions

Major UN Conference on Aquaponics

Nobel Peace Prize for One World Aquaponics Community

Net Enhanced American Indian Aquaponics Initiatives

Connect Your Work With India Projects

Net Enhanced Pen Pal Exchanges!

Internet Empowering Interns Advance Collaboration Platforms

High School Aquaponics Miniature Project!

Advance UN Global Compact Cities, IBM, Commerce, and CIFE Collaborations

Live, Work, Tour Exchange Programs

ITC’s E-Choupal’s Internet Empowered 16,500 Indian Villages

Aquaponics TV Experiments

Introducing the Indo American Aquaponics Iniative(IAAI)

Five Thousand Sweet Water Sweet Soil American Indian Pictures

Sweet Water Foundation “Heavy Lifter” Jill Frey and Board Gearing Up to Advance

Links to Indian Pictures from June 2011 Visit

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157627628075836/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/5938362922/in/set-72157627296034408/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157627416413002/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157627296034408/

Rural Scenes

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157626961315445/

Mumbai and Rathnigiri

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157626959080931/

Joyous Youth and Sweet Water Sweet Soil Moments

Sweet Water Foundation Harvests Hard Won Information

http://springintogreen.weebly.com/event-images.html

Sweet Water Sweet Soil Energy Centers for Every City In Every Nation

Sweet Water, the Farm and the Academy,
Is a museum alive, an evocative destination, and a science lab!

Sweet Water is a high tech, high science,
High craft, high art

Center for safe and delicious food production--
fresh fish and produce, locally sourced!

Sweet Water is a center for hands on education
For young and old.

A center for attracting and energizing
Inventors, innovators, enterprisers…active citizens!

Civic minded celebrators!

Transforming our great industrial cities
Into even more inspiring organic cities.

Every city in every country,
In all of earth’s great civilizations and cultures…

Deserves a Sweet Water!

Sweet Water, Sweet Soil.
To be, once again,

Our children’s birthright,
Our elders security.

Sweet Water, Sweet Soil,
A means of harmony and dignity,

For one human race.

Sweet Water Theorem

FW + BB = SW + SV + SF + WWWW

where

F is fish

W is water

BB is beneficial bacteria

SW is sweet water

SV are sweet veggies

WWWW are world-wide wisdom workers web

Sweet Water WWWW Holiday Gift Designers

Sweet Water Theorem for Sweet Water Aquaponics Miniatures in Our Schools

  • for 10% of Great Lakes Schools, i.e. Sweet Water seas, by 2020, starting with Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Toronto

  • 5% of the planet’s schools by 2030, with focus on arid and rainforest nations

Grateful,


Aquaponics Association International Conference Exceeds Fall 2010 Vision

Sweet Water/One World Aquaponics Item Number One: FARM Shop

Here is Charlie Price, the creator, along with Rebecca Bainbridge, describing FARM Shop:

the idea is basically take a farm and put it into a shop in central London… we were given a lease free for a year from Hackney council in london, and basically regenerated a disused building into a hub for urban agriculture, demonstrating aquaponics in the front room, as well as mushrooms in the basement, chickens on the roof, and a polytunnel cafe/cinema in the garden… with offices and meetings rooms on the first and second floor… anyway its a bit of fun, but we’re hoping to connect up a number of FARM:shops with a cetralized commercial hub, and then from the FARM:shops have a number of outreach growers, growing in their homes, greenhouses and gardens…

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NBC Nightly News Story on Sweet Water Accelerates Expanded Vision

Here is a link to Brian William’s, Anne Thompsons’s, and Garrett Haake’s great contribution to the good food ®Evolution!

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/sweet-water-on-nbc/

Sweet Water Organics is the “main frame.”

We are preparing to roll out “Sweet Water Miniatures” asap.

Let us “apple” Sweet Waters! Simple, cheap systems for fresh tasty fish and produce!

Every city, every school,spiritual community, and gifted families can replicate Sweet Water!

A 21 century organic technology industry! For all of God’s children!

Partnering across the planet for:

One World Aquaponics

We also have our eyes on the prize of sparking collaborations among biologists, engineers, MBAs, and worker creatives to develop ancillary industries, e.g. cultivating soldier fly larvae for fish feed, raised bed gardens from compost grown with organic urban waste streams like leaves, wood chips, fruit and veggie wastes, urban agriculture implements like green and hoop houses, cold frames, worm bins, and more.

New organic technologies explored in creative worker owned enterprise experiments, Mondragon inspired!

Please keep track of Sweet Water Organics Developments and keep in touch w. me for news re on-line and in the real workshops, support, etc.

Grateful,

Godsil


“Mondragon USA” One World Aquaponics Experiments

Dear All,

There are springing forth urban agriculture experiments across the planet, many of which combine some form of self-managed or cooperative legal/management/ownership structure with cutting edge, high yield “organic engineering experiments” in fish and plant growth.

Some of the people in this mix are in conversation across the continents eye on the prize of introducing aquaponics miniatures to 1 per cent of the planet’s schools in the next 5 or 10 years.

Please send an e-mail to oneworldaquaponics@milwaukeerenaissance.com if you would like to spend time, when the Spirit moves you, in some on-line brainstorming, for starters, perhaps workshop gatherings down the line.

Thanks!

Godsil
Sweet Water
http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/news/


Democratize Aquaponics!

“Apple” Sweet Water Miniatures!

Dear Earth Friendly Citizens of One World,

Please consider the democratization of aquaponics for your city, eye on the prize of providing this inspiring methodology for growing fish and plants year round in school science labs, as well as providing hands on experience for students, faculty, families, and the school’s neighborhoods toward increased food security and self-reliance in the context of community building.

Sweet Water Miniatures on Brian Williams NBC Nightly News Next Week?

Sweet Water Organics, i.e. The Farm, has an associated non-profit called Sweet Water Foundation, i.e. The Academy.

The Farm is like the old computer main frames at universities.
The Academy is working to equip young and old learners with aquaponics competencies for home, school, spiritual and community centers, restaurants, elder care facilities, and more.

The Academy hopes to collaborate with the nation’s biologists, engineers, and MBA’s, to find them adopting miniature aquaponic systems in 2 per cent of the nation’s schools in the next 5 years, eye on the prize, not only of hands on aquaponics learning that enhances science, math, mechanical, artisinal, enterprising skills and spiritual aptitutudes, but also provides a more competent and civic city culture to advance this 21st century high yield, local, fresh, and earth friendly agricultural methodology.

Organic Engineering Systems
Urban Agriculture Architecture

“Let’s ‘Apple’ Sweet Waters!

Why not raise fish and growing greens
in schools, factories, homes, and food enterprises?

Godsil

In My Mind’s Eye: October 24, 2011

Support Hispanics, Because?

By Robert Miranda

I was recently approached by a young, very naïve Hispanic woman who asked me why I am supporting Jim Witkowiak for Alderman. Like many up-starts her age, she seemed to know everything about politics and Latino unity. She gave me the run-downon why Hispanics should support Hispanics at all costs.

After listening to this pipe-dreamer give me her take on the elections, I promptly responded and gave her my point of view of the myth of Latino unity.

I said to the young Latina that Hispanic unity is a lie brought forth by Hispanics who are either naïve or on a hustle. I said to the young lady that, when it comes to money, some Hispanic leaders will join forces to find a way to make a few dollars. When it comes to self-gratification and emperor status, there are Hispanic leaders who turn their backs on the community and there are others who are blacklisted for standing firm in their commitment to the community.

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

11/14/11 – Playing Catch-up

Oh dear, it’s been a while, so I guess I need to catch you up. I took Election Day when work was closed, but daycare was open, and treated myself to a grown-up movie complete with popcorn, and a day in Greenwich Village, just like I used to do in my youth. It was awesome, and yes of course, I found time to do some cute shopping for Sabou as well.

The movie was “Midnight in Paris,” by Woody Allen. The whole movie was based in Paris, with lots of time changes between different eras in the art and literary world of Paris. As a former French major, it just opened up this whole other realm of myself that I haven’t been too much in touch with lately. The movie was adorable and it inspired me to get Sabou to Paris someday, when she’s old enough to remember and before it’s just uncool to be with Mom. I’m thinking like 7 or 8 or 9?

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In One Another

By Megan Dwyer-Cossou

Mortgage companies get greedy,
Bailed out Fanny Mae,
Bailed out Freddy Mac,
Yet the rest of the pack must suffer,
Find their way on the poverty track.

Work harder,
See these young grads on the streets,
Tell them to go to school,
Tell them to stay in school,
And they will ask you for what.

Work harder,
Let me deduct that cost of living,
Let me deduct every increase,
Taken out of our pockets,
Given to the banks,
For their profits.

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Greed loses key whips November 8, 2011

By Patricia Obletz, Editor

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Public workers keep their collective bargaining rights in Ohio.
Women keep control of their bodies in Mississippi.
Voters still have the right to register and vote on the same day in Maine.
But Voter ID still shackles tens of millions of Americans in seven states, including Wisconsin.

In this Second American Revolution that Wisconsin public workers ignited, consciousness raised by unprecedented lust for money inspired We the People to speak out on our own behalf and vote to rid American life of tyranny. We the people also can overcome voter suppression, another root of evil in greed.

After the GOPers revealed their intention to wipe out birth control as well as abortion, to decimate healthcare, education and collective bargaining rights for pubic worker unions, a friend said that the social programs that make America a true democracy are the aberration and that we now have reverted to the old order. Happily, the November 8, 2011, election proved her wrong, setting the stage for 2012.

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

10/30/11 – An Awesome Day followed by Hurtful Comments

So, yesterday was an awesome day. I got together with a friend and her family, after about five years. We got to meet each other’s kids for the first time, and reflect on how entirely different our lives are now. She’s got three kids – one and a set of twins. And I was completely impressed by her and her husband and how they navigate that. And I was also so thankful that I only have Sabou. She is more than enough, and sometimes more than I can handle anyway.

We went to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, where Sabou and I had celebrated Curious George’s birthday back in September. Sabou had fun coloring, playing with glue, and climbing on everything, driving things, playing with the blocks and the balls, feeding the alphabet eating dragon all the different letters, etc. etc. My friend’s twins are 18 months, which was also perfect. It was like we could completely understand each other’s frustrations and exhaustion. Sabou had her temper tantrums in the morning, before lunch, and one of the twins had one in the afternoon, after lunch. And we just both sat through each one with complete understanding. While it was a very exhausting day, because remember it snowed this wet slushy disgusting snow in NYC yesterday, yeah, you try pushing a stroller in that ugly wet slushy snow the many blocks it takes to get to the subway station, it was so completely worth it to me.

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Medicaid Savings Initiatives Updates

Update! 11/08/11

Click here for a summary of the changes being proposed!

DHS Milwaukee Town Hall Meeting on Medicaid Savings Initiatives pdf (10/21/11)

By: Make It Work Milwaukee! Coalition

comments on DHS Medicaid Savings Plan pdf

By: Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations

Healthcare effects of the proposed changes to badgercare on children pdf

By: Wisconsin Council on Children & Families

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Stop the Violence Self Development Workshops

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Make It Work Milwaukee/Mental Health Task Force Update: October 31st

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

10/17/11 – Nightmare and More Tests in Saying No, or at least, Maybe

Wow, I didn’t think it possible, but I had a Lupus nightmare. Two fingers (pinky and ring) on my left hand were getting so swollen that they actually fused together making it look like I only had four fingers. And the pain was incredibly intense. They would come back to normal for a short while, only for the process to happen again and again. Then sometimes instead of the fusing, the ring finger on the left hand would swell up like a balloon from the palm to the tip and turn like a bluish purple. Then it would do the opposite by de-swelling from the tip to the palm, also very painful, and freaky to watch. Yeah, I didn’t go back to sleep, and I am proud to report that for today, my fingers look fine and are all working.

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A great day for the Great Lakes urban agriculture industry/movement!

Ex. Dir. Sweet Water Foundation, Emmanuel Pratt, at Chicago MK restaurant gathering on urban aquaponics, agriculture, and chefs, sitting with Mayor Barrett of Milwaukee, Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Obama family chef and White House Garden co-creator Sam Cass, MK proprietors Lisa and Michael Kornick.

Make It Work Milwaukee/Mental Health Task Force Update:

Paratransit and Unfinished Business

by Barbara Beckert, Executive Director
Milwaukee Disability Rights Wisconsin

Update!

The Finance committee continued their budget deliberations today with “Unfinished Business.” Paratransit was first on the agenda.

Two amendments were put forward to reduce the proposed paratransit service increase from $4.50 per one way trip to $4.00 per one way trip.

  • The amendment proposed by Supervisors Dimitrijevic and Broderick used $458,000 of property tax levy to offset the increase. It passed 5 – 1. Supervisors De Bruin, Mayo, Johnson, Romo West, and Thomas voted for the amendment – Schmitt voted against.

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The Second Annual Fruity Nutty Affair

From the Journal of an Artist

By Patricia Obletz

The phone rang one night in late April 2010. Cousin B has the most aggressive and lethal form of leukemia. He’s a loving, encouraging and supportive medical doctor who once worked for NASA.

My hand grabbed the sketch pad lying on the floor where I’d left it after coating it with black gesso yesterday. When next aware, I had a white oil pastel drawing of a robed figure pushing an IV pole with its poisonous bag of chemo heading to a hospital bed.

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Will Milwaukee Become the Arugula City of America?

Well me and my brown thumbs have not killed the arugula… they are ACTUALLY thriving. My kids have loved watching them grow and my 8 year old took some leaves, washed them, and actually ate them the other day. He liked it so much he immediately wanted me to research uses for Arugula. So later that evening we made tortilla pizzas with diced arugula on it. We have all been snacking on the Arugula. I am sharing the joy by giving a plant each to two of my friends to grow and get their children to try.

This has gone so well I have convinced my husband to give us a small space in the basement to take some storage tubs and plant the arugula to give it more room and I also started some lettuce and herbs so we will be replanting those if they actually sprout. We picked up a small grow light to help with the plants.

The entire family is really getting into growing our own produce. Who would have thought that a tech obsessed, former failures at growing ANYTHING, family ­could have so much fun and, so far, relative success, growing our own food.

Redman original to MK.

Sweet Water, the Farm and the Academy, will be presenting Lisa and Michael Kornick of Chicago’s renowned MK Restaurent this Redman original in gratitude for their Sweet Water Foundation Benefit, which is also sponsored by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to mark the urban agriculture and aquaponics legal breakthrough the Mayor’s team advanced this month.

Megan And Ok Jeyifo came up to gather Sweet Water perch and veggies for the event.
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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

10/15/11 – Pushing limits that I didn’t know I had, and learning to stop

Then on to Saturday, you know the day that I am alone with Sabou all day while Youba goes to school. Well, this time we already had a plan. My nephew’s birthday party, in the suburbs, not too far, so I know I can drive there, followed by a family meeting.

So, we left the house early and headed towards the burbs. It was a lovely fall day, and I have to say that fall is my favorite season, and living in the concrete of South Bronx that I do, it’s hard to get a sense of fall without blowing leaves and changing colors and all that, and it was just great to see the colorful leaves lining the sides of the Hudson River.

And I was feeling so strong, no pain, and like I could just keep on driving. So, we did. We drove past my brother’s town and to the town where I grew up. Sabou has never been for a walk in the woods. She’s never seen a deer or had any of the experiences that I had as a child growing up in the burbs. So, we went to a park I haven’t been to in a million years to walk on the trails in the woods. It was awesome and amazing.

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Here is our life

By Megan Dwyer-Cossou

the world
sanity,
a cause,
praying for the sign,
pacing for a bill,
scamming for a test,
speaking out in harmony,
writing the next law,
living out of touch,
morality have you no place,

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Your eyes and ears won’t betray you. Watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGRXCgMdz9A&feature=youtu.be

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

10/7/11 – not much Lupus going on

I haven’t written in a week now. I haven’t had much to say. Life goes on between work and baby. The aches and pains are random and still nothing compared to before, so they don’t deserve much note. Although there have been these very annoying back pains each morning that seem to subside by lunch for the last two days, and today I had the blurry vision like all morning, which sucked during meetings and when it was time to edit documents. But even that seemed to subside before lunch.

It’s a three-day weekend, and whereas in the past I would have filled the days with fun activities, or went somewhere far away from where I live, this time, I took the opportunity to fill up that third day with doctor appointments so I don’t have to take time off of work. Yup, the new me with new priorities, and there you go.

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Victory Garden Initiative Recent photos

Blitz day installation 2011 on Buffum Street

Blitz day installation 2011 on Buffum Street

Blitz day installation 2011 on Buffum Street

Melissa T does the compost thing in the heart of winter.

Concordia Garden Plans the first Edible Forest in Milwaukee.
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The Resistance

If the big money profiteers worry you, join the Resistance launched a few years ago by a group that has named itself “Anonymous.” For more information, visit these two sites:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP9q61Fjlqo&feature=youtu.be

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/675166/occupy_wall_street_news_round-up%3A_new_york_times_shifts_blame_for_mass_arrests%2C_occupations_spread_worldwide/#paragraph3

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Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

9/25/11 – Always an Adventure

So, knowing that Youba would again be headed to school on Saturday, I made myself and Sabou a little plan for the day. A co-worker had told me about a kid-friendly diner she had gone to that was quite loud and she thought it would be perfect for a rambunctious toddler. So, I Googled it and found the easiest one to get to – one right near Union Square. Now, I’m happy about that because in Union Square, one can also find a Babies R Us, and a Children’s Place, and it’s not far from the Party City that we went to when we were buying stuff for her party back in August, and maybe, just maybe they have Halloween costumes. So, off we went.

We landed in Union Square, and the first thing I notice is that the NYPD are like everywhere. Their cars are lining the roads, surrounding Union Square. I take note, but not that much, and we head north towards the diner. It was easy to find and everything my co-worker said that it would be: loud, lots of high-chairs, and very welcoming staff to kids in general. Perfect. She took her time eating, as she always does, and when she was finally full, we headed towards the children’s shops.

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Photo Essays of Milwaukee’s Good Food ®Evolution

Walnut Way Vigil Celebration Blocked Junk Food Franchise on 17th & North

Here are some wonderful photos of one of Milwaukee’s top good food movement stories of the decade, i.e. Sharon and Larry Adams’ joyous vigil that stopped a greasy fried chicken joint from adding to the health challenge of their community. I hope to win some memories of this great event from the people who were there.

Beyond the Absurd: Life with Lupus

by Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

9/18/11 – Another Great Day with Sabou

So today was a surprise birthday party for one of my sisters-in-law. Youba is deep into school work now, so I knew that if I was going, I would be the one driving. Now, I haven’t driven a long distance since the dizzy spell on Route 95 in August. A little nervous, yes, but my brother is just 45 minutes from me, and I just felt confident that I can do it. I feel like my brain is just back for the time being and I need to take advantage of it. And I am so glad I did.

There were tons of little girls there, like two-and-a-half, three, five, and Sabou fit right in. She was playing with them all, and the bigger kids too. She was running around in the backyard, pushing the play lawn mowers, driving the little play cars, and climbing up the jungle gym and down the slide.

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My First Generation Sweet Water Business Plan

Sweet Water is a museum alive, and a lab!

A high tech, high science,
High craft, high art

Center for safe and delicious food production--
fresh fish and produce, locally sourced!

Sweet Water is a center for hands on education
For young and old.

A center for attracting and energizing
Inventors, innovators, enterprisers…active citizens!

Civic minded celebrators!

Transforming our great industrial cities
Into even more inspiring organic cities.

Every city in every country,
In all of earth’s great civilizations and cultures…

Deserves a Sweet Water!

Sweet Water, Sweet Soil.
To be, once again,

Our children’s birthright,
Our elders security.

Sweet Water, Sweet Soil,
A means of harmony and dignity,

For one human race.

Godsil


Michelle Obama Meets Aquaponics Assocation at Her Alma Mater’s Sweet Water Miniature


IBM Video Advances Globalization of Grand Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Alliance Aquaponics and Farming Methods

There’s an inherent tension in the local food system movement: what is the proper scale? Some, for example, promote the radical home economics approach, encouraging hyper-local, backyard farming for self-sufficiency. Others advocate for the Community Supported Agriculture model, which begins to use economies of scale to spread the risk and reward involved in local production and consumption while still maintaining personal connections to the farmer. More recently, however, there’s been a shift toward examining the possibility of local food production as a viable job training and economic growth tool in places with large swaths of vacant urban land and high unemployment such as Detroit, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee.

Milwaukee has long been at the forefront of the local food movement, with McArthur Genius Grant winner Will Allen’s Growing Power leading the way. The organization “develops Community Food Centers, as a key component of Community Food Systems, through training, active demonstration, outreach, and technical assistance.” As Allen, the organization’s CEO notes, “If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food, if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community. I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system.”

In recent years, Milwaukee has been increasingly focused on Aquaponics. Urban farmers, policy makers, economic development specialists, and local food proponents make pilgrimages to Milwaukee to meet with Growing Power and Sweet Water Organics staff to see the closed-loop aquaponic systems, where fish waste is absorbed as nutrients by edible plants that clean the water, keeping the environment in homeostasis.

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http://growninthecity.com/2011/08/scaling-up-solutions-aquaponics-in-milwaukee/

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Godsil and Acting Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Consulate in Hyderabad, Elizabeth Jones (second from right), interact with people in Cuttack, Orissa.
Photograph by STEVEN JONES

State Department to Mainstream Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics?

I believe the good food movement is on the edge of a “moment” that will mark a new phase in our development. There may well be an emerging “Grand Alliance” of supporters from most social sectors and a growing number of very, very powerful institutions and enterprises, large, medium, and small.

The State Department might be on the edge of providing much needed resources for some our experiments, as this article re Sweet Water in India in a State Department magazine suggests:

http://span.state.gov/jul-aug2011/eng/40-43-James-Godsil.html

The Marines and Army are funding exploratory organic farming and aquaponics projects. Large and medium sized corporations are checking us out. I’m not feeling ridiculous with visions of our movement offering the Bishops of Rome an opportunity for restorative justice by turning over lots of underused church land and buildings to community agriculture demonstration projects and community gardens. I am a graduate of a Jesuit high school and university and feel it entirely possible that Jesuit schools in India will provide a breakthrough for the India American Work Learn Tour Project Dr. Subhrankar Mukherjee and Shajan John are advancing.

A couple of years back I wrote a “Community Roofing truck poem” with what I thought back then was a utopian vision of 10,000 food gardens in Milwaukee. That now appears pragmatic and modest. Last year I threw out a quest for 5% of our nation’s schools with small aquaponics or vermiculture experiments w/in 5 years. And 5% of the world’s schools w/in 10 or 20. Seems less utopian and more possible today.

Reality checks and confirmation/negation conversation appreciated.

Godsil

Father of Organic Farming, Sir Albert Howard: India America Work Learn Tour Project

There are some Indian scientists and eco-enterprisers, most notably Dr. Subhrankar Mukherjee

http://www.sankalpacmfs.org/general/essem.pdf

developing a project that would offer Americans an inspiring work learn and tour experience. India taught the “Father of Organic Farming” a couple of generations ago. Much to learn for current generations. Let me know if you would like to co-create this “collaboration of civilizations.”

Father of Organic Farming Taught by India Farmers’ 3,000 Year Methodologies

The British botanist Sir Albert Howard is often referred to as the father of modern organic agriculture. From 1905 to 1924, he worked as an agricultural adviser in Pusa, Bengal, where he documented traditional Indian farming practices and came to regard them as superior to his conventional agriculture science. His research and further development of these methods is recorded in his writings, notably, his 1940 book, An Agricultural Testament, which influenced many scientists and farmers of the day.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_organic_farming

Howard worked in India as agricultural adviser and was in charge of a government research farm at Indore.

Howard observed and came to support traditional Indian farming practices over conventional agricultural science. Though he journeyed to India to teach Western agricultural techniques he found that the Indians could in fact teach him more. One important aspect he took notice of was the connection between healthy soil and the villages’ healthy populations, livestock and crop.

Howard has been called the father of modern composting, for his refinement of a traditional Indian composting system into what is now known as the Indore method. He went on to document and develop organic farming techniques, and spread his knowledge through the UK-based Soil Association, and the Rodale Institute in the US. His 1940 book, An Agricultural Testament, is a classic organic farming text. It was his first book aimed at the general public, and is his best popularly known work.

However his 1931 book The Waste Products of Agriculture, based on 26 years of studying improved crop production in Indian smallholdings, is considered by some as his most important scientific publication. His 1945 book Farming and Gardening for Health or Disease was also intended for a general audience, and was republished in 1947 as The Soil and Health: A Study of Organic Agriculture. Howard’s work influenced and inspired many farmers and agricultural scientists who furthered the organic movement, including Lady Eve Balfour (the Haughley Experiment, The Living Soil) and J.I. Rodale (Rodale Institute).

Howard advocated studying the forest in order to farm like the forest. He devoted the last half of his career to understanding that end, presaging those contemporary ecologists who advocate the understanding of the interface between ecology and agriculture. Indeed, Howard is grouped, along with Sir Robert McCarrison and Richard St. Barbe Baker, as one of three progenitors of the organic agriculture movement.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Howard
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Turn Your Front Yard Into a Food Garden

If you would like to learn how to compost and grow your own food on your front or
back lawn, send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com
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There Are Now Bees Along With the Fish and the Plants at Sweet Water

Permaculture Theory Makes It to the New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/garden/permaculture-emerges-from-the-underground.html

If you would like to learn how to raise bees at your place, be it home, school, faith community, or business, send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com
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Detroit, Chicago, & Milwaukee: From Industrial to Organic Cities

Chaordically!

Principally, a chaordic organization is a self-organizing and self-evolving entity, which ends up looking more like a neural network (like the Internet) than a hierarchically-organized bureaucracy in which decision-making power is centralized at the top and trickles down through a series of well-regulated departments and managers. Chaordic organizations do not fear change or innovation. They are, by their very nature, supremely adaptive. They also tend to be inclusive, multicentric, and distributive and, ultimately, strongly cohesive due to their unshakable focus on common purpose and core principles. If you can’t quite visualize it, there’s a good reason, which Hock will explain in the following interview.

http://www.enlightennext.org/magazine/j22/hock.asp

Chaordic Theory Foundational to Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Industry & Movement

The “Grand Alliance” that is making Milwaukee famous for its urban agriculture/aquaponics initiatives, developmentally speaking, was given a great boost when Julilly Kohler and Ron Doetch, pulled together the Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network(MUAN). Julilly introduced MUAN as a “chaordic experiment,” which would network enterprises advancing urban agriculture. MUAN organized the world’s first international urban agriculture conference and did the foundation building for our recent legal victories and the wider appreciation of Growing Power, Victory Garden, Sweet Water, etc.

to be continued

Godsil

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