Dr. Michelle Alexander, September 26

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Highlights from 2014 so far: The Good News and Pivotal Facts

Sat. 8/30/14: We can stop this Neanderthal mindset of GOP owners in Novembers 2014 and 2016:

Thurs. 8/28/14: Facts about yourself you may not realize:

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Invitation to World Day of Prayer September 11, 2014

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Are you one of the 2,395,469?

Thanks to the efforts of Raise Wisconsin activists and volunteers, over two million people will have the opportunity to vote on whether the state should increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. Jurisdictions with 2,395,469 residents, or 41.7% of the state, will be voting on the referendum on November 4th!

Will minimum wage be on your ballot? Find out here.

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Democracy Crumbles Before Our Eyes: Vote November 4, 2014

Tues. 8/26/14: Milwaukee Ald. proposed up to $100 million in bonds for new arena… Bucks before jobs!

Tues. 8/19/14: LA cop to stopped drivers: “Obey me or …”

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DHHS UPDATES 08−21–14

In this update:

Behavioral Health Division

New Crisis Center Open

Emergency Medical Services

EMS Hosting International Physicians

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Say Yes to BadgerCare

Accepting new federal health care reform dollars will expand health care freedom, create jobs, and save money

The Issue: One of the most important ways the new health care reform law expands coverage is filling the gaping holes in state Medicaid programs (BadgerCare in Wisconsin) guaranteeing coverage to low income adults. Currently, there are over 84,000 low income Wisconsinites who could be covered by BadgerCare if available federal funds were accepted. Governor Walker’s decision to reject these funds is not final and Wisconsin can accept the money at any time.

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Stop MPD Racial Profiling, Sexual Assault, In-Humane Treatment, Excessive Force, Deaths in Custody, the Killing of Unarmed Black Boys & Men

Monday, August 18, 2014, Brenda Bell-White writes:

Dear Mayor Barrett and all City of Milwaukee Common Council Members:
This is yet another appeal requesting that you change the Milwaukee Police Department’s (MPD) policies, procedures and practices that create, encourage and reinforce the negative attitudes and treatment of black and brown people. Additional training is not the answer. MPD’s policies, procedures and practices are the root cause of disparate and inhumane treatment of black and brown boys, men and all people. Coupled with the other contributing factor for the indifference and inhumane treatment of black and brown people is this fact: MPD’s police chief makes public disparaging comments and commentary regarding black and brown people and the community. MPD’s officers take their cues from the chief; he has no respect for the black and brown community, hence his police force does not.

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Crisis Resource Center North Opening

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Boomer Millennial Old House Transformation Experiment

I call 325 E. Euclid The House With a Thousand Names, inspired by Joseph Campbell’s “Hero With A Thousand Names.” Millennial heavy lifters Ben Koller and Miguel Castro call it the Heart Haus.

At the beginning of summer 2014

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Ben Koller’s team transformed the inside floors of what was a homely house

Heart Haus located in a “Euro American” hamlet that is gracefully receiving Ben’s “Northside Friends” in a city needing racial healing

In Boomer Millennial IntegralUrban Home transformations the families of the “partners” chip in. Ben’s Mom Judie and sister Anne helped with the planting and the painting, which includes a white board for the breaking bread/brainstorm room

Olde boomers get new lease on life and make new friends!

Miguel’s “Green Room” sprouts tour

Sweet Water Aquaponics Demo Room

The start of front yard food garden as art aspiration

Backyard micro farm August 4, 2014

Costa Rica Earth U. Prof, Sweet Water Foundation Milwaukee Director, Wisconsin’s top soil producer with Ben & Miguel at brainstorm/bread braking room

Eco Tourism destination, with ex-Milwaukee Bucs Rich Neiman and friend John O’Brien

Anne Koller giving first digital conference presentation

With Ryan Scaife of Project Hope in Tanzania

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2015 Preliminary Budget Hearing

The City of Milwaukee will hold a 2015 Preliminary Budget Hearing to ensure the 2015 City of Milwaukee Budget addresses the needs of our community. Mayor Tom Barrett, Finance and Personnel Committee Chair, Alderman Nik Kovac, Budget Director Mark Nicolini and budget staff will provide information regarding the budget planning process and give attendees an opportunity to share input on City services. City residents are encouraged to attend.

2015 Preliminary Budget Hearing Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6:00 p.m. −7:30 p.m. Zeidler Municipal Building 841 North Broadway, Rm. 102

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Transportation Press Conference and Bus Event

Friday, August 15th 2014 At 10:00 am
Buses will be leaving at 11 am

MICAH Parking Lot 1927 N 4th Street Milwaukee, WI 53212

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Wisconsin Psychological Association: Community Solutions Forum

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3 Quick Actions to Stop Abuse in Waupun

1) Sign this on-line petition: Peg Swan, our colleague in Western Wisconsin and the woman behind the recent investigative articles about the abuses in the Waupun prison, started a petition on MoveOn.org.

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County Executive Abele 2015 Budget Hearings *Updated August 4th*

County Executive Abele will hold 2015 Milwaukee County Budget Hearings on August 13th and 14th. RSVP is required . It is very important to have a strong turnout and participation from the disability and aging community – we encourage you to attend and register to speak about your priorities for the 2015 Milwaukee County budget!!

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Introducing Grass Roots American and Chinese Collaboration To Marry Urban Agriculture With Thinker Makers Agile Manufacturing

Yesterday Shanghai’s David Li introduced me to China’s Eric Pan to accelerate our shared commitment to “ecopreneur” collaborations across the waters, with a start up focus on urban agriculture and agile manufacturing. At the time I was with three of America’s top matchmakers of this union, Emmanuel Pratt, Franklyn Berry, and Jia Li Lok Pratt, who were delighted, as this picture suggests, by the prospect of teaming up with David and Eric. I asked David to send me some digital links to essays that would inform our work and share the good news. Here is the first article he sent, followed by some of my favorite quotes therein.

http://www.hackedmatter.com/news/2014/5/19/state-of-shanzhai

From “Made in China” to “Made With China”

As China’s DIY makers are coming together with manufacturers, they are spurring a shift in industrial production, from “made in China” to “made with China.”

Chinese and American Robin Hoods And Virtual Sherwood Forests

David Li, co-founder of XinCheJian, Shanghai’s first “maker space” (essentially, an open-access workshop), says the Robin Hood spirit is inspiring legitimate and often quite innovative products, as the socially progressive maker movement teams up with hard-nosed manufacturers.

From watches, bags and shoes to touchscreen tablets, fast food and electric cars — you can find thousands of knockoff brands in China. Large, highly coordinated networks of innovative companies take the products and services we love in the U.S., alter them relentlessly and make them … better. Then they speed them to one of the world’s largest consumer markets and sell them at devastatingly low margins.

Core Tenets of Shanzhai Business Model Worthy of American Attention

The problem with U.S. innovation? Our broken business models. American companies were built to be predictable, not adaptable. Trends like mobile, social and the cloud are major disruptive forces and businesses are struggling to keep up. Instead of fearing the Shanzhai, we can look at their 4 core tenets to reorganize the way we do business:

-Build nothing from scratch
-Innovate process at small scales
-Share as much as you can
-Act responsibly in the network

By adopting the philosophy of the Shanzhai “copycat culture,” companies can innovate faster and remain competitive.

But China’s rapid growth in open source hardware and maker communities challenges our assumptions. They show an alternative version of innovation, built on a home-grown version of open source that has developed in China’s small-scale factories over the last 20 years. Makers in China show that this history of open manufacturing will change not only what we understand by making, but also where we locate innovation.

San Francisco Chinese American CEO Highway 1 Accelerator Program

PCH a major manufacture based in Shenzhen has recently launch an accelerator program Highway1 in San Francisco and here is how the CEO’s take on Shanzhai:

WSJ: Why is Shenzhen still attractive for PCH?

Casey: The “shanzhai” culture is really important (Shanzhai literally means “mountain fortress.” Once a term used to suggest something cheap or inferior, shanzhai now suggests to many a certain Chinese cleverness and ingenuity.) It has this disruptive culture of wanting to be different, of wanting to be fast, wanting to show what’s possible.

The Economist Covering This Development

The Economist has also published several articles on how Shanzhai will be relevant to the innovation in China and the potential to change now new hardware are created.

What gives these young Chinese firms a potential edge is their close connections with the so-called shanzhai production networks centred on Shenzhen, China’s high-tech manufacturing hub. The term shanzhai is often used pejoratively to refer to Chinese copycat producers of mobile phones and other electronic devices, based on copied designs and knock-off brand names. But its literal meaning is “mountain village”, and it refers to bandits who opposed corrupt rulers and hid in the countryside—much like Robin Hood in English folklore. David Li, co-founder of XinCheJian, Shanghai’s first “maker space” (essentially, an open-access workshop), says the Robin Hood spirit is inspiring legitimate and often quite innovative products, as the socially progressive maker movement teams up with hard-nosed manufacturers.

Silvia Lindtner of U. of Cal. Irvine Shanghai Partnership

Silvia Lindtner of the University of California, Irvine, and Fudan University in Shanghai, who follows the startup scene in China, is not surprised. The two sides complement each other, she says. The founders of hardware start ups, often steeped in the open-source culture, partner with factories rooted in the Chinese culture of shanzhai, which translates as “mountain stronghold”. It used to mean pirated electronic goods but now stands for open-source manufacturing.

Much more to come!

Godsil

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The Key to Your Future: Understanding Transition for School-Aged Youth and Preparing the Student for Employment

  • FREE Training Seminar for students (ages 14–21), parents and professionals.
  • Training on the Post Secondary Transition Program (PTP),
  • Employment Services from Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Family Care/IRIS connection to Employment.

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DID YOU KNOW OUR WISCONSIN FALL PRIMARY IS AUGUST 12, 2014?

Don’t forget to get out and vote!!

  • Photo ID IS NOT REQUIRED to vote!
  • Partisan primary elections are held to select a political party’s nominees for offices elected at the general election (November 4, 2014).

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Mental Health Board 2015 Budget Notice

The new Mental Health Board is meeting on August 28 and one of their agenda items will be the 2015 Milwaukee County budget for BHD. Members of the public who wish to share comments regarding the budget with the Board are asked to submit comments in writing between August 10 and 17th to Kathie Eilers – please see below for details.

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Candidates Forums Thursday August 7th

Riverwest Neighborhood Association with the League of Women Voters is hosting

Candidates Forums held at
Milwaukee Friends Meeting 3224 N Gordon Place (at the end of Auer St)

  • Wednesday August 6 at 6 p.m. Assembly District 19
  • Thursday August 7 at 7 p.m. Assembly District 10
  • Thursday August 7 at 8 p.m. Assembly District 16

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Heart Haus Film Night

Film Screening of The Growing Food Project, a movie about Australia’s Food movement.
Special guest Nick Rose, visiting from Australia, will be present for discussion following the film.

www.growingfoodproject.org

Gathering and Film Viewing
Thursday July 31st

6:30 to 8 at Heart Haus
325 E Euclid Ave
In Bayview

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Interview With Dr. Nicholas Rose, Churchill Fellow/National Coordinator, Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

Godsil. You have won a Churchill Fellowship and now book contract from your Great Work on the food sovereignty movement in Australia and beyond, guided by the proposition that “(t)he global movement for food sovereignty is perhaps the foremost 21st long tradition of human struggle for freedom, diversity and equality.” Has this movement in Australia become part of any major political leaders’ policy agenda? If so, do any positions stand out for possible inclusion in USA party policy prescriptions? (I am hoping to inspire some food sovereignty activists to win a place in the 2016 Presidential primaries).

Rose. “Yes – to some extent.

The two main parties (Coalition Liberal / National – conservative political grouping, and Australian Labor Party – traditionally the party of the trade unions) have said that they want a strong agriculture and food sector in Australia. However there has for some decades been bipartisan agreement in favour of a policy agenda of free trade, increased commodity production and deregulation, to ‘let the market rip’, as it were. This has fostered a ‘get big or get out’ dynamic which has seen an exodus of farmers from the land (an average of 7–10 per day over the last three decades, likely to double in the next decade) and increasing levels of stress and anxiety, linked to high debt levels of unfavourable terms of trade, for many of those remaining. The recent National Food Plan of the ALP (2010–2013) and the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper of the Coalition (2013–2014) largely entrench this trajectory.

The National Party was formerly called the ‘Country’ party and its main constituency has always been farmers and rural and regional communities, although with the extreme urbanisation of Australia during the 20th century this political base has shrunk a great deal. Conscious of the hardships that many farmers are experiencing the Nationals have recently raised concerns about food sovereignty-related issues such as increasing external ownership of Australian farmland and infrastructure, the impacts of cheap imported foods on local producers and manufacturers, and the power of the supermarket duopoly (Australia’s two main supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths, control between them 75–80% of the grocery sector – the most concentrated in the world – see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxGsu4lkcIc&app=desktop).

The food sovereignty agenda, as we developed it in the Peoples Food Plan (http://www.australianfoodsovereigntyalliance.org/peoples-food-plan/), was to a significant extent embraced and adapted in the food and agriculture policy that was taken by the Federal Greens party: http://greens.org.au/policies/sustainable-agriculture. This speaks of recognition of the value of urban and peri-urban agriculture, of support for agro-ecology, and the need to invest in localised food systems.

This policy agenda was and is supported by many farmers and rural communities. There is however a deep sense of loyalty to particular parties amongst certain constituencies, even when their policies and platforms run directly counter to the best long-term interests of those very constituencies.

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, as a non-aligned and non-party political organisation, does not affiliate itself with any political party. Obviously we were pleased to see the Federal Greens adopt so much of what we had developed. Our challenge now is to work to make increasing parts of this agenda ‘common sense’ across the food system.

Best

Nick

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WISGOP Announces African American Engagement Advisory Council

[Madison, Wis.] – Today, the Republican Party of Wisconsin announced its African American Engagement Advisory Council. The Council is part of a comprehensive, statewide initiative to continue building support in the African American community and to spread the word of the positive reforms in Wisconsin under Governor Scott Walker. The effort is being done in partnership with the Republican National Committee.

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Lisbon Avenue Arts Festival & Artists Networking Event

You’re invited to the Lisbon Avenue Arts Festival & Artists Networking Event Friday, August 1 from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM located next to Amaranth Bakery (3329 W Lisbon)

Artists like Muneer Bahaudeen & Martina Paterson will showcase their art. Art-based organizations including Express Yourself Milwaukee and Artists Working in Education will participate in the event as well. Enjoy food from local chefs including BJ’s Smokin’ (smoked turkey, chicken and tasty sides) and Amaranth Bakery. Entertainment will include storytelling from Adekola Adedapo and a life size chess game organized by artist Quan Caston.

Please come support and network with Washington Park artists! To learn more about Washington Park Artists visit our website.

If you are an artist interested in participating in this free event please call Bess at 344–1818 or bess.earl@umcs-wi.org

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Good Times for a Good Cause

Ham-BINGO at Hamburger Mary’s

Join Grandmothers Beyond Borders at Hamburger Mary’s for a night of bingo, prizes, and fun.
Trixie Mattel will be hosting the benefit for Grandmothers Beyond Borders and promises an enjoyable evening full of her adult humor.

Hamburger Mary’s is a bar and grille for open-minded people.

July 30, 2014
Hamburger Mary’s
2130 S. Kinnickinnic
8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
10 games for $10.00

food and drink available for purchase
reservations are recommended
Hamburger Mary’s (414) 988–9324

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The Farrell Report Conclusions Prove Right On

“Though public sector educators are not achieving the results that their constituents would like, there is currently no evidence available to suggest that for-profit educational companies will do any better or that they possess any special educational expertise in working with poor students of color. As already indicated, there are no long-term track records of educational success among these companies either as independent entities or in the collective experiences of their employees. Therefore, it would be appropriate to conclude that they will not be educational panaceas for inner-city children.”

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The Harlem Renaissance Is Moving To Milwaukee Chicago

The Harlem Renaissance is moving
To Milwaukee, Chicago, and more!

And the people have learned a lot
Since back in that day.

Lot’s of new players,
From everywhere!

And not just one renaissance.
Not just a Harlem one.

A myriad of simultaneous re-births,
Like folk blues and jazz.

Background to our self constructing
Art science crafts.

Fresh food and life
For All.

For healthy bodies.
Healthy souls.

We are coming to
Grow our selves.

Lots of fun!
Lots of work!

Standing on the shoulders
Of yin and yang giants.

Riding on the waves
Of Divine.

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Boomer Millennial Ventures

The are great 21st century earth renaissance possibilities through boomer millennial collaboration experiments. Ten percent of our boomers have very substantial amounts
of 4 kinds of capital to invest:

green dollars, cultural(what you know), social(who you know), and spiritual(heart and will force).

And millions of boomers have enough of these investment resources to make a difference if advanced to millennial micro production experiments. At least 10 percent of our millennials have enough cultural, social, and, especially, spiritual capital to warrant support from boomer investors. The available boomers no longer have family, career, or status needs to prevent some ecopreneur risks.

Their millennial partners have yet to assume householder responsibilities and can often
negotiate high school or college course credentials in urban greening ventures.

Milwaukee has won the attention of the nation and world as a Fresh Coast Portland through boomer millennial partnerships in urban agriculture. I am hoping this wiki platform will share
some of the best of these stories.

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County Sheriff & 10th Assembly District Candidates Forum

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church 3114 N 2nd St. Milwaukee
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, 6;30 pm

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Join Us for this very special event

People of faith are needed to continue the tradition of caring for God’s children. We are here to assist families in your congregation who are considering becoming foster parents. Learn more at our inspirational event:

New Hope Baptist Church
2433 West Roosevelt Drive
Dr. Archie Ivy, pastor
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Registration- 6:30 p.m.
Program- 7 p.m.

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Waupun Correctional Institution Prisoner Abuse Articles

Starting today, Sunday,
there is a series of articles about abuse of prisoners at the Waupun Correctional Institution, http://wisconsinwatch.org/2014/07/waupun-prison-guards-accused-of-abusing-dozens-of-inmates/.

Part II will be released tonight at midnight, on that same website. Part III will appear on Tuesday.
It is disturbing, and it is important.

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Walker’s WEDC Ships Jobs Overseas

Walker’s WEDC is in the news again, this time for using taxpayer-funded loans to help Wisconsin companies ship jobs overseas. A WKOW 27 News investigative report found that at least two multinational companies who received millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded loans from the WEDC later laid off Wisconsin workers and moved those jobs to Mexico and other foreign locations. One company even received a second WEDC loan after outsourcing jobs.

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Right Path Education Program

THE RIGHT PATH EDUCATION PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR PERSONS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18-25, WHO DID NOT COMPLETE HIGH SCHOOL OR A GED/HSED and who have a parent or guardian who is currently incarcerated or on supervision. Selected students will have their tuition, books and fees funded, receive monthly stipends, testing, placement and access to other MATC student resources. They will also be expected to work hard and progress with their education to remain in the program

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Citizen Diplomacy For “Ecopreneur” Experiments

Visioning a USA, India, China, and Vietnam School to School Aquaponics Experiment

This is a letter I sent to the Director of the Vietnamese Institute for Social Development Studies

http://www.isds.org.vn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=129&Itemid=103&lang=en

Dear Professor Duong,

I was inspired by Professor TUONG LAI’s New York Times op ed regarding a USA/Vietnam alliance to send this note regarding an emerging global network of aquaponics experimenters with a focus on small, digitally linked school demos connecting USA, India, China, and perhaps Vietnamese students and teachers.

I am the President of the Sweet Water Foundation(SWF), which has received substantial support from the MacArthur/Mozilla/HASTAC foundations to advance the marriage of biomimicry experiments like aquaponics with badge based, digital training and credentialing.

http://aquapons.info/badges/badges-overview/

http://sweetwaterfoundation.com/

The US State Department sent me to India in 2011, from which blossomed the Indo American Aquaponics Institute, and a budding relationship with China’s top “aquapon” David Li.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/IndoAmericanAquaponicsInstitute/HomePage

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/EarthRenaissance/DavidLi

Establishing an aquaponics demo in a Vietnamese school is not so much a question of green dollar capital as it is of social, cultural, and “spiritual” capital, i.e. who you know, what you know, and the passion with which you focus on materializing a vision.

There are people throughout the world poised to support efforts by just one(!) Vietnamese high school teacher to harvest the bounty of a digitally connected aquaponics demo to advance STEAM(science, technology, engineering, art/artisanship, and math) and an elevating ecological sensibility, for starters. As skills are acquired and technology advances, aquaponics has great potential to provide an earth friendly, small space, water conserving, intensely productive food production methodology.

And…opportunities for citizen diplomacy!

Here is a short you tube story of my life’s public work, which began in earnest in the peace and civil rights movements at St. Louis University in 1965 and the Chicago Open Housing Marches of 1966.

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

James J. Godsil, President
Sweet Water Foundation

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COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON GUN VIOLENCE

By Senator Nikiya Q. Harris Dodd

WHERE: Parklawn YMCA

(4340 N. 46th Street, Milwaukee)

TIME: 10:30am-12:00pm

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A July 4th Lesson From My Daughter

Kipling’s “If”

Thank wiki for this note too!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If%E2%80%94

And a Joni Mitchell Song as well!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m78cSts3tJw

Kipling’s “If”

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son![6]

The poem was adapted and performed as a song by Joni Mitchell on her 2007 album Shine.[10] ‘If—’ is also referenced in the song ‘If (When You Go)’ by Judie Tzuke from the album Moon on a Mirrorball, as well as in the second verse of Sowing Season, a song by rock band Brand New on their album The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me.

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Join in MICAH’s Voter Registration Canvas Day!

Saturday, July 12: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Meet at the MICAH office
(1927 N 4TH Street Milwaukee, WI. St Francis Capuchin Center)

There will be a 30 minute orientation before we go out for canvassing in the 53206 zip code, followed by a 30 minute evaluation.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Call 414–264–0805 for more information

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Deschooling Society From Integral Urban Homes and Hamlets

If anyone has family/friends with younges who hate their “industrial modeled” school, or oldes who are looking for meaning and fun in the autumn of their lives, suggest they look into advancing the Deschooling of Society from Integral Urban Homes. That’s one concept being developed at the Euclid House of a Thousand Names, most prominently today The Heart House.

Here is an opportunity Emmanuel Pratt, executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, sent my way this morning, i.e. a short and well done introduction tp the Digital Badges program of the Mozilla/MacArthur/HASTEC foundations, with the Sweet Water Foundation now one of the lead grass roots collaborators.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuAQ3P_TN0M&feature=youtu.be

Eager for your response!

P.S. On Deschooling Society

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

Integral Urban Homes

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

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BadgerCare referendum on the November ballot!

Today I am proud to say that we, together, have helped to ensure that 1.6 million Wisconsin residents will have a referendum on BadgerCare on their November ballot. I am quickly typing this out in the Milwaukee Courthouse as the Milwaukee county board just finished voting. Now voters will get the chance to weigh in directly: Should the State of Wisconsin accept federal funds for BadgerCare to ensure thousands of citizens have access to quality affordable coverage?

So Please Remember to Vote!

by Kevin Kane
Lead Organizer Citizen Action of Wisconsin

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Dental Hygienist Jackie Weiser Also “Changing Skin Changing Lives”

The Milwaukee Renaissance is all about people working hard and mindfully to make a mark. Here’s the start of an interview with my dental hygienist Jackie Weiser doing just that.

Question. So today I learned while in your dental care that you have launched your own enterprise, which focuses on helping people heal their skin…with an emphasis on facial skin care. Might you share the story of this worthy marriage of vital facial features, our teeth and our skin!

Jackie. I have been a dental hygienist(RDH) for 16 years. Over the past 5 years I have learned that my body can not take the physical demands of working a 40+ hour clinical work week. Being a RDH is tough on the back, shoulders, neck and hands, wrist, fingers and intense mind focus. At least for me. :) I knew I needed a plan B for my life and business intrigues me. I like the idea of being my own boss and getting paid for my hard work efforts. God led me to Rodan + Fields. My story of starting my Rodan + Fields business goes like this. Full story at

Jackie Weisser

Young Eagan Saved Locust Street

I came to Milwaukee to feel the lake,
To see the snow, breath cleaner air,
Hear deep winds blow.

They said Milwaukee was pretty clean and safe,
with an Irish gang
That owned white lace.

There’s a gal names McNulty at City Hall.
An O’Donnell covers County,
And McNally’s not in jail.

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Young Egan saved Locust Street,
The whole city runs for Al,
Used to be a Mayor named Hoan
An O’Connor turned out a banker’s pal.

A Daly ran Chicago, the suburb to the south,
Malone built up a plumbing shop,
Mahoney keeps illegals out.

Doherty sells lumber for Carl Miller,
Finnegan keeps calm at the Cheetah Club,
Fitzpatrick is a pastor at Gesu Church,
His cousin sells chicken in large or small tubs.

McGinnis is a cook for the Lutheran Manor,
And Hanley can handle the largest of cranes,
There’s a Dillon at the Rep, the Doyle’s sell diamonds,
The Dugan’s antiques, the Donovan’s planes.

The Burkes, and the Boyles, the Blakes and the Brynes,
The Butlers, the O’Connells, the Cassidys, the Ryans,
The sullivans, the Morans, the O’Tooles, and the Moores,
The O’Reillys, the O’Sheas, the MacSweeneys,
Still want more?

The O’Hares, O’Hogans, MacLoughlins, and Flynns,
The O’Higgins, the Keans, the Lynchs,
Are IN.

The Joyces, the Farrells, the Kennedy’s, and Roches,
The Murphys, the Regans, the O’Keef’s,
I’m not boasting.

Milwaukee is filled with a wonderful beauty,
A thousand Irish names,
A fine Irish bounty.

Americans we’ve become, …
The Strength of our roots,
O’er the Atlantic, afar.

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Stupid to Be, or Not to Be, How stupid can one get??!!!

By George Sanders, artist, activist

How stupid is it now to doddle around with stupid solutions (curfew; gun buyback) about stopping gun violence without first being up front and honest about the causes?

James Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial writer and columnist, in his June 18, 2014, column, asked former radio talk show host, Earl Ingram, “… why black elected officials are so quiet on guns?” Ingram responds by asking where the aldermen, county supervisors, state representatives, and Gov. Scott Walker were on the issue. Where is Congresswoman Gwen Moore on this issue?”

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What’s your Lawmakers Score?

The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has compiled a legislative scorecard to grade how well state legislators have served working families in the 2013–2014 Wisconsin Legislative Session. The voting record tracks how lawmakers voted on issues of importance to workers, their families and their unions. Find out if your representative voted to give workers a raise or voted to pave the way for pay-to-play politics.

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Advocacy at Work

Tues. 6/16/14: Advocacy working for the majority:

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Lets Put Raising the Minimum Wage on the Ballot

The Milwaukee County board is going vote next week on whether or not to put a referendum on the November ballot that will ask voters if they support raising the minimum wage. Contact your supervisor today to tell them to vote YES!

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“Love Wins” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We welcome Fair Wisconsin’s Executive Director, Katie Belanger, to review the historic week and preview what lies ahead for equality in Wisconsin. We are also joined by Mary Bottari, Deputy Director at the Center for Media and Democracy, to talk about new dismal job creation data from Gov. Walker’s failed jobs agency WEDC. We also talk about new polling information on increasing the state minimum wage, Duey Stroebel’s tax credits, and a federal court restoring Ohio’s early voting weekend hours.​

LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD PODCAST #149

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Make your Voice Heard to STOP THE HIGHWAY TO HELL AND DEMAND BETTER TRANSPORTATION FOR MILWAUKEE

Press Event in front of WISDOT Public Meeting
Monday, June 16, 4:30pm
Pettit National Ice Center Entrance

Milwaukee Needs TransitWays to Jobs and Prosperity, Not Highways to Hell!
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT) is considering a $1.2 billion widening of Interstate 94 between N. 70th Street and 25th Street (between the Zoo and Marquette Interchanges) that includes a massive and costly double decker structure that would have devastating impacts on the urban fabric of the city and push Milwaukee’s transportation system in the wrong direction.

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An amazing example of business and environmental ethics

Electric car company Tesla just did something extraordinary. Its CEO has made all its patents ‘open source’ and free for anyone to use, in the hope this will spark the revolution in non-gasoline cars that the world so urgently needs.

Click here for the original statement
Click here for the Bloomberg article
Click here for the Guardian article

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Introducing: Raise WI

Wisconsin Jobs Now is proud to lead a coalition of community and labor groups to form Raise WI, a grassroots campaign that aims to raise wages for Wisconsin’s working families and educate voters about the perils of doing nothing to combat the extreme income inequality plaguing our state. Join the Raise WI campaign!

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Update on Southridge Bus Stop Proposal

For those of you planning to attend the Southridge Mall public meeting on Monday, June 23rd at 6 pm at St. Alphonsus Church in Greendale, please note that anyone who plans to ride the county bus from St. Alphonsus to Southridge must RSVP to Cheryl Wankowski (Superivsor Jursik’s staffperson) at cheryl.wankowski@milwaukeecountywi.gov or 414–278–4256. All RSVP’s need to be made to Cheryl by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, June 18th so Supervisor Jursik knows how many buses to arrange for the trip to Southridge.

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Domestic Violence Support Group Information

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Combatting Poverty Symposium

There is no cost — we just ask people to sign up on the Wisconsin Council of Churches website, so we know how many people to expect. wcoc@wichurches.org

Thursday, June 4
12:30 – 3:30p.m.
Marquette University
Alumni Memorial Union
1442 W. Wisconsin, Rm. 227
Parking: 16th and Wisconsin

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Nominate Your Top “Ecopreneur Experiment” For Milwaukee Renaissance: The Film

I am teaming up with some local film students to launch, God willing, a social learning network focused on producing a short film on the theme of Milwaukee’s Renaissance.

I am committing $200 front cash for the portion of this film that chronicles the Euclid House “Integral Urban House” experiment and the role of the Sweet Water Foundation and the Mycelia Project(Chicago centered) in its evolution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_Urban_House

The Euclid House project is also The Heart House(Ben Koller), and the House With a Thousand Names(Godsil)

This $200 advance will finance 10 “twenty buckers” of student film maker’s laborpower at a start-up rate of $10 per hour. I hope revenues arriving from Euclid House offerings may reimburse me for this ecopreneur investment. I also hope other projects find a boomer or other sources who can afford an investment for their cherished project worthy of a place in The Film.

Send any worthy project or student film maker my way!

Godsil

Vision Organizing: The Milwaukee Sweet Water Teacher Corps

So why not consider naming one of our social learning networks,
Where teachers are also students,
And students are also teachers,

The Milwaukee Sweet Water Teacher Corps

Milwaukee, in the language of its earliest human settlers,
Is “where the waters gather,” and flow into
“The Sweet Water Seas.”

Those names are seeds to nourish,
With the help of teachers and students,
Life long learners, poised to renew Milwaukee,
And birth a Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas.

Let the teachers know there is a throng of fellow citizens,
Poised to partner with them, starting with efforts to connect them
With summer sources of revenues and 21st century skill sets.

At what Ben Koller calls “The Heart House.”
I call the Euclid House With a Thousand Names.

As Ben Koller said upon receiving a Proclamation for Work 2 Do
At an 88.9 radio gathering last night in the Stone Creek building…

“Break that line of segregation by simply reaching our a hand
and sharing a passion with a fellow Milwaukeean…

Activate that thing inside of you! Birth that idea!

Just do it! Paint the city your color!

Build upon the ancestors’ legacy!

Mayor Barrett Remarks re Ben Koller & Proclamation for Work 2 Do Campaign

Ben called by Barrett last night, as he delivered a proclamation before an inspiring polyglot gathering at Stone Creek Building in the 3rd Ward, “a force of nature…A one man energy machine…A child of a great Milwaukee family—Father Greg, Mother Judie, and Sister Anne—whose legacy Ben advancing…energizing and inspiring all who connect.

Ben’s Upon Receiving Proclamation

Create your own legacy!

Move Milwaukee into the future…Now!”

And I say, “Yes! Now! It’s time!”

Godsil

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Milwaukee County Transit System Public Forum on Fares

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Representatives from the Milwaukee County Transit System invite you to a Public Forum focusing on assisting nonprofit organizations transition to transit’s new fare system.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
held at IndependenceFirst 540 South 1st Street

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2008 Vision of Milwaukee Evolving Into a Permaculture City

And Milwaukee Evolved into a Permaculture City With 10,000 Rain Barrels for 10,000 Kitchen Gardens

How long shall we imagine it will take
Before the Sons and Daughters
Of the Sweet Water Seas,
Help Milwaukee
Become a permaculture city,
A city of 10,000 rain barrels
For 10,000 rain gardens
And 10,000 kitchen gardens,
Where the people
Worked with nature
To reclaim their relationship
With fresh, clean
Water!

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Garden and Nutrition Announcements

Rooftop Garden is Open!
Fourth Friday Film: Tapped
Farmers Market: June 2nd-Oct 13th

Anuncios del Programa de Jardinería y Nutrición

Jardi­n del techo esta abierto!
Viernes de pelicula: Tapped
Mercado de agricultores/productores: 2 Junio-13 Oct

Our Garden Rooftop is open to the public!

Starting May 19th through October 25th
Come join us for for some fun in the sun on the 5th floor of the Clock Shadow Building. Bring a book to read, a snack to enjoy while you soak in the sun! We even have garden activities for everyone to join in.
See Flyer for the open hours.

Farmers Market

Mondays, June 2nd through Oct. 13th 4pm to 8pm
With less than two weeks away, are you ready for CORE/El Centro’s farmers market?
We are excited to announce that we WILL be accepting credit, debit, and SNAP! We hope to see you on opening day!

Fourth Friday Film

Friday May 23rd, 7:30–9:30pm
Tapped looks into the bottled water industry and its long term effects socially, economically and ecologically.
See flyer for more details

For more information on any of these programs, please contact Stephanie, Garden and Nutrition Coordinator, (414) 225–4267 or stephaniec@core-elcentro.org
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Nuestro jardín del techo está abierto al público!

A partir de 19 de mayo a través de 25 de octubre
Ven y únete a nosotros para un poco de diversión en el sol en la 5to piso del Edificio del Reloj Sombra (Clock Shadow building). Traiga un libro para leer, un snack para disfrutar mientras goza en el sol! Incluso tenemos actividades de jardín para todos.
Ver el folleto para las horas de acceso.

Mercado de agricultores/productores

Los Lunes, Junio 2o a Octubre 13o. 4pm hasta 8pm
Con unas pocas semanas que falta, ¿estás listo para CORE/ElCentro’s mercado de agricultores?
¡Estamos emocionados de anunciar que este año SI aceptaremos tarjetas de crédito, débito, y SNAP! Queremos verte el primer dia!

Viernes de pelicula: Tapped

Viernes 23 de mayo, 7:30–9:30pm
Tapped mira en la industria del agua embotellada y sus efectos a largo plazo en lo social, económico y ecológico.
Ver el folleto para mas infromacion

Por más información sobre este porgramas, por favor contactarle con Stephanie, Coordinadora de Jardin y Nutrición, a (414)225–4267 o stephaniec@core-elcentro.org

CORE El Centro is non-profit natural healing center which embraces all people and has a passion for serving those of low income. Our mission is to make healing services accessible, to build community and to inspire to wholeness all who desire the healing capacities of natural therapies.

CORE/El Centro Natural Healing Center
130 W. Bruce Milwaukee WI, 53204
414–384–2673
info@core-elcentro.org

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Black Men in Prison Town Hall: Solutions

WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee Public Radio and Milwaukee Public Television present

Black Men in Prison Town Hall: Solutions

Tuesday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library 733 N. 8th Street, Milwaukee

Attend the event and answer this question: “What can be done to reduce Wisconsin’s high black male incarceration rate?”

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Alice’s Garden Upcoming Events

We are gearing up for a season of excitement, reflection and community building at Alice’s Garden! Please see the attached flyer for some of what is to come! We hope you will squeeze into your schedule something… or several things… that are happening in the garden!

We hope to see you soon!
(on behalf of all those who put creative energy into the garden)

Venice R. Williams
cell: 414.687.0122 office: 414.988.8897
mailing address: 3617 N. 48th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53216

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Universal Love Band CD release party of World Be Free

Saturday, May 17th @ 6pm-9pm
CLUB TIMBUKTU
520 E Center Street 53212

All Ages. PLEASE bring your kids. =)
Community Gift [no set cover, please come, and you are welcome to offer what feels right to you]

Ceramic artist Muneer Bahauddeen will be making tiles for a peace post to be installed in the summer.
Project was initiated on St. Patirck / St. Brigid 2014 Timbuktu Gathering
Community members are welcome to help!

Flower art from Sharad Gudigar of Banavasi, India.

African chicken. TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS. Ukeleles. ULB Healing Music. African Drums and more.

More music, better life.
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Turn Out for May 20th Transportation Town Hall!

Tuesday, May 20
5–6:30 p.m. (presentation at 5:30 p.m.)
MATC West Allis Campus, Room 117
1200 South 71st Street West Allis, Wisconsin

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Southridge Mall Update

County Supervisor Pat Jursik asked me to send the following Southridge Mall update to you. Please see below:

This morning the Southridge Mall manager, Mary Mokwa, attended our Transportation and Public Works meeting. Ms. Mokwa stated that she was willing to work on a compromise.

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Facing Racism

By Patricia Obletz and F. Sanders, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

White people, or people who think they are white, spend little time thinking about being “white,” whereas most so called Black people think “Black” 24/7. Evidence shows that it all affects behavior. Certainly, it relates to what writer, James Baldwin describes as the need for white people to study their own history, not withstanding its influence upon their behavior, which may firm up why some whites will not give up racism and being racists.

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Danny Glover Discovers The Sweet Water Universe at the Sweet Water Foundation Chicago State University Aquaponics Center

Danny Glover @mrdannyglover

There is brilliance & artistic ingenuity coming out of #Chicago South Side. Truly OFF THE CHAIN! @SweetWaterFDN pic.twitter.com/ZQz6rBRiKh

Grace Lee Boggs and Richard Feldman have long partnered with Danny Glover, the Sweet Water Foundation, and the expanding web of “new workers” advancing the next American ®Evolution from their Detroit Boggs Center myriad projects. The Sweet Water experiment was introduced to Grace and community the same week of Obama’s 2008 election, before ground was broken for the Sweet Water Organics(SWO) experiment, and before the Sweet Water Foundation(SWF) was formalized.

Emmanuel Pratt, director of the Sweet Water Foundation, and James Godsil, President of the Board, have since visited the Boggs community once or twice a year, and maintained a steady flow of reports and partnerships, including participation in Re-imagine Work Conferences, and a magical Sweet Water day in Chicago with Access Living.

Glover’s visit was inspired by Feldman’s telling Glover that he “has to see this new work place…There’s nothing like it!”

Here are some Emmanuel Pratt pictures of the visit.
https://plus.google.com/photos/100043881418669189803/albums/6009818737938062993?authkey=CMKgt46nrLf5iQE

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CHURCHES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUPS TO EXAMINE MASS INCARCERATION AND RACIAL DISPARITY AT MAY 10th “CONVERSATION”

The Mass Incarceration Crisis in Milwaukee

Saturday May 10th 8:30 a.m. to 1pm at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Place (Ogden & Astor) on Milwaukee’s east side.

The event will feature UWM researcher Lois Quinn’s presentation of her 2013 report on Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin. Her research revealed that Milwaukee’s 53206 zip code is the most heavily incarcerated zip code in the most-incarcerating state in the nation.

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MICAH 26TH Anniversary Celebration

Come and Join us in celebrating 26 years of Doing What is Just

Friday, May 23, 2014
Social Hour: 6pm
Program and Dinner: 7pm
Italian Conference Center 631 E. Chicago Street
Festa Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Keynote Speaker Pastor Louis Sibley, Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Tickets will be $50 dollars per person – Table of Ten $500.00

Ticket purchases can be made at the MICAH office 1927 n 4th Street Monday-Friday 9am-1pm starting March 18th 2014

“Overcoming Poverty is not a task of charity. It is an act of justice” ~Nelson Mandela~

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Tabal Chocolate Open House & Tasting Party at Amaranth May Day One Celebration

On Thursday May 1 from 5pm to 7pm, Tabal Chocolate will be having a Kickstarter launch open house at Amaranth Café (3329 W. Lisbon Ave., Milwaukee).

Agenda includes a mini tour of our production facility, chocolate making 101, chocolate dipping 101, and lots of samples to taste! Amaranth Bakery will have food available for purchase so feel free to come with an appetite.

Outpost Natural Foods Co-op’s photo.

Also at the Amaranth May Day One Celebration

  • Soap Box Moments To Share Your Projects.

  • Stephanie’s Soups and Bakeries.

  • Muneers Ceramic Art Studio Visit

It’s time to give Tabal Chocolate a kick-start! We have been growing steadily for the past two years, and are ready to move to the next level. For 30 days, throughout the month of May, we will be raising funds through the Kickstarter program.



MAYOR DE BLASIO APPOINTS RACHEL GODSIL AS NEW CHAIR OF RENT GUIDELINES BOARD

NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio today announced the appointment of Rachel Godsil as Chair of the Rent Guidelines Board. The Rent Guidelines Board determines annual rent adjustments for approximately one million apartments across the city subject to the Rent Stabilization Law.

Godsil is an accomplished attorney and professor specializing in issues of housing, land use and social justice. She is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and previously clerked for John M. Walker of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Mayor previously appointed Sarah Williams Willard as an owners’ representative, Cecilia Joza and Steven Flax as public members of the board, and Sheila Garcia as a tenant representative. The Mayor also re-appointed current tenants’ representative Harvey Epstein to the board.

About Rachel Godsil

Rachel Godsil currently serves as the Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law. Godsil’s areas of expertise include property, land use, environmental justice, education and race. Her recent property work focuses on the mortgage crisis and eminent domain, as well as the intersection of race, poverty and land use decisions.

Godsil previously clerked for John M. Walker of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She was an associate counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, focusing on environmental justice, as well as an associate with Berle, Kass & Case and Arnold & Porter in New York City.

After serving as the convener for the Obama campaign’s Urban and Metropolitan Policy Committee and an advisor to the Department of Housing and Urban Development transition team, Professor Godsil co-directed a report to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

She joined Seton Hall University School of Law in 2000 and has been recognized for her teaching by being nominated for Professor of the Year in 2002 and 2003. She was named Researcher of the Year in Law by Seton Hall University. She has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and New York University Law School. Godsil lives in Brooklyn.

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MAY DAY March to Stop Deportations

Thursday May 1, 2014 10:00AM

  • Keep Families Together
  • Stop Immigration Raids in the courts
  • Legalization now
  • Tuition Equity & Drivers Licenses
  • Workers Rights & Living Wages

10AM, Assemble at Voces De La Frontera (5th & Washington, Milwaukee, WI)
March to the Milwaukee County Courthouse (9th & State) Rally at NOON

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Community Listening Session with Legislators about concerns related to the Wisconsin Prison System.

The Listening Session, sponsored by MICAH and WISDOM, will take place on
May 5, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Mount Zion Baptist Church (2209 N. 2nd St., Milwaukee)
The Listening Session will feature 3-minute testimonials from family members of incarcerated persons, from formerly-incarcerated people and from others who have knowledge of the following topics:

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53206 Initiative Job Fair

(For New Job Seekers, Unemployed, Under-employed, Formerly Incarcerated, etc.)

Saturday, April 26th, 2014
8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Way of the Cross Missionary Baptist Church
1401 W. Hadley St. (Enter through Parking Lot)

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Release of New Study: Privatizing Struggling Schools Doesn’t Pay Off

A new report reveals that legislative moves to convert struggling public schools in Milwaukee into private charters ─ whether for-profit or non-profit ─ may actually damage the academic futures of far too many of the city’s children.

The report, “School Privatization and Online Learning: Assessing Proposals for Improving Education in Milwaukee,” was written by Professor Gordon Lafer in conjunction with the national think tank Economic Policy Institute.

A special briefing on this provocative study will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, in the ground floor rotunda of Milwaukee City Hall, 200 East Wells Street. We hope you will join Dr. Lafer and public school supporters from the area to hear about the growing private charter industry and its impact on Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and students.

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Turn out to demand bus user safety and end discrimination at Southridge: April 19th BUSS event

When: April 19, 2014
Where: Southridge, north sidewalk along Edgerton Ave.
Who: BUSS coalition and supporters
Why: Protest discrimination of Southridge on Easter Saturday
Contact: Supervisor Patricia Jursik, 278–4231

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Dept Of Transportation TownHall Meeting Information

WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb is hosting a servies of town hall meetings around the state to hear from community members their perspective on “What does a safe and efficient transportation system mean to you?”. It will be essential to have a great turnout and strong particpation from the disability and aging communities.

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Issue Night: Thursday, April 10th

St. Martin De Porres (Fellowship at 5:30 pm) meeting begins @ 6pm, 3114 N Second Street, Fr. David Preuss

(Please note that Issue Night will be held on the Second Thursday for the month of April)

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Report casts doubts on sports venues’ economic impact claims

http://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/ccCouncil/2013-PDF/10-0405-bradleyctrreport.pdf

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Donna Neuwirth of Wormfarmm Institute At Creative Placemaking Forum

Wednesday April 16th 2:45–6pm
Turner Hall
http://creativealliancemke.org

Please join us for a forum on creative placemaking featuring local and national case studies, hosted by the Great Milwaukee Committee, in partnership with Creative Alliance Milwaukee and the Mandel Group, Inc. This event is free, but requires registration.

Program: 2:45pm-6pm
Networking/Reception: 6pm-7pm

Featured speakers include:
-Omar Blaik, U3 Advisors
-Alice Carle, Kresge Foundation
-Lyz Crane, ArtPlace American
-Kimberly Driggins, District of Columbia Office of Planning
-Michael Fleming, St.Clair Superior Development Corporation
-Ellen Gilligan, Greater Milwaukee Foundation
-Marilyn Higgins, SALT Distict Syracuse- New York
-Neil Hoffman, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
-Darryl Johnson, Riverworks
-Dasha Kelly, Still Water Collective
-Barry Mandel, Mandel Group
-Michael Murphy, Milwaukee Common Council
-Polly Morris, Milwaukee Arts Board
-Donna Neuwirth, Wormfarm Institute

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Want To Explore The Concept “Metabolic Rift?”

Metabolic rift is a shorthand expression introduced by John Bellamy Foster to refer to Karl Marx’s notion of the “irreparable rift in the interdependent process of social metabolism,”[1]—Marx’s key conception of ecological crisis tendencies under capitalism. Marx theorized a rupture in the metabolic interaction between humanity and the rest of nature emanating from capitalist production and the growing division between town and country. This concept has been widely used in recent years in various environmental discussions, particularly on the left.

The concept of a metabolic rift, according to Foster, is the development of Marx’s earlier work in the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts on species-being and the relationship between humans and nature. Metabolism is Marx’s “mature analysis of the alienation of nature,”[2] and presents “a more solid—and scientific—way in which to depict the complex, dynamic interchange between human beings and nature, resulting from human labor.”[3]

As opposed to those who have attributed to Marx a disregard for nature and responsibility for the environmental problems of the Soviet Union and other purportedly communist states, Foster sees in the theory of metabolic rift evidence of Marx’s ecological perspective. The theory of metabolic rift “enable[ed] [Marx] to develop a critique of environmental degradation that anticipated much of present-day ecological thought,”[4] including questions of sustainability.

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

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You Can Still Be Part of the Wave of Emails to Congress

This month, representatives of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and public transit systems from across the nation converged on Capitol Hill to discuss the need for more investment in public transportation infrastructure.

It was exciting to see so many members of Congress not only receptive to our message but enthusiastic about championing public transportation in Washington. But their message back to us was clear—the rest of Congress needs to hear from YOU, the voters, if we are going to effect real change.

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Ford Ad Celebrates Urban Ag & Composting

Cleverly Trashes Cadillac

Check out this video on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/jAN61QK0aUI

Pratt Response:

Godsil and I had started talking to Toyota last year about something very similar and more indepth but it fell thru cause of some corporate restructuring.

Hyundai also been tip toeing on the issue. http://inhabitat.com/hyundai-unveils-worlds-first-aquaponics-farm-powered-by-a-fuel-cell-car/

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77,000 Wisconsinites Get Kicked Off BadgerCare

By Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Next week Monday, 77,000 Wisconsinites will be kicked off of BadgerCare. We will be holding two press conferences on Monday to draw attention to them. I hope you can join us

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Voting Rights and the Corporate Mentality

By George F. Sanders

Given (Rev. Jesse) Jackson’s strong appeal (reprinted below), while anti-voting rights groups gain supporters, the real question regarding the growing white anti-vote mania may be the issue’s questionable status with middle-class Blacks.

Particularly in the north, i.e. Milwaukee, the issue, like Black male joblessness, receives scant attention from the middle-class Black community, thus minimum coverage or notice from any media, Black or white.

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Citizen Sensing Homes/Hamlets: Chicago/Milwaukee, North Side/South Side Design Charrettes?

Design Charrette for young and old?

  • marriage of the information and biomimicry ®Evolutions

  • good work/good food/makers/artists movements

These are two Milwaukee homes to be considered for this experiment.

Perhaps not just Milwaukee and Chicago paired, connected experiments, but also Detroit, St. Louis, Columbus, Madison, and other Great Lakes Heartland cities.

North Side Citizen Sensing House and Hamlet

Good Bones House 1.0

The Good Bones Home of the Amaranth Urban Sanctuary

linked with

South Side Citizen Sensing House and Hamlet

Euclid Brisbane House
The Project House of 1,000 Names

Beloved community templates?

What say?

Why not?

Godsil

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Disaster Distress Helpline Offers Immediate Crisis Counseling

Call 1–800–985–5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.

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Milwaukee Transit Green Line Eco Tourism Project For Elders Young

Delight in the fun, beauty, and exercise that is yours for $1.10 on Milwaukee transit’s Green Line. Milwaukee eco tourism project will include a Green Line adventure to the delight of resident and visiting elder young relatives.

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Amaranth Urban Sanctuary Good Bones House Project

Whether or not its prokaryotic, some may consider it precariotic. Muneer’s loosely defined Urban Sanctuary of Walnut Hill, home to the Good Bones house, is searching for nuclei with the capacity of sweat equity, thus enabling a flexible, affordable livelihood.

Good Bones House 1.0

G.B. is 1741 N 33rd St. As a foreclosure, it was an easy house for a slumlord to convert to easy income, potentially making our lives miserable since it shares an alley with Amaranth Bakery. Purchased for its transformative potential for the neighborhood and for the person willing to take it on. While it needs kitchen, bath, and HVAC updates, GB will make an easy transition to a place anyone could call home, within the time that summer allots.

The city has agreed to raze the home to the south providing an additional space for growing, greenhouse, etc. A newer 2-car masonry garage is already there, with little need other than gutter clean out, new locks, and facia trim work.

This, like most homes on the west side, has typical annual fixed expenses of less than $500/mo once complete. When one factors the opportunity of a tenant or business paying typical rents of $500, GB provides a near expense-free domicile for those willing to put some time and energy into the bricks and mortar of home and community.

Happy spring and may the elbow grease flow!
Dave Boucher

United Church Of Christ Fellowship Model For Old House Transformations?

http://www.westmorelanducc.org/boards/Volunteer_Corps/Agencies/

Social Learning Networks For Resource Management & Education: A Focus On Old House Transformations

So I and “partners” are exploring a project I hope will share the bounty of
science enhanced, digitally connected urban agriculture in service to the renewal of old American(and perhaps beyond) cities and urban/rural partnerships. I hope you and many others will join in an email brainstorm and wiki open source chronicling, God willing.

There are two old 100+ year old homes under consideration for this experiment. One is in a primarily European American neighborhood in Bay View, Milwaukee.

Euclid Brisbane House

The other in a primarily African American and Hmong neighborhood in Walnut Hill, Milwaukee.

And there is an entire city block of duplexes and an historic Masonic Temple, Mother Clara’s Gingerbread Land, that, God willing, will profit from this brainstorm, and perhaps entwine with this project.

I aspire to engage a local, regional, national, and global “social learning network for resource management and education” in this adventure. Micah’s Lewis and Clarke senior thesis introduced me to this rich guiding, “project algorithm.” I hope the work on theses two homes is complimentary to one another’s transformation. And, open sourcing this experiment, I hope the lessons learned will increase chances for success for other similar efforts like the Gingerbread First Street Renaissance.

At this moment, key to this vision is integrating the followinig:

  • Mitra’s Hole In The Wall Education, with young and old learners

http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_shows_how_kids_teach_themselves

  • some kind of eChoupal digital kiosk resource for the surrounding community’s micro producers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Choupal

  • hopefully aquaponics demos and urban ag workshops

http://sweetwaterfoundation.com/

I am hoping you will consider minimally being “nanosecond patners” to this project. This means that you will remember this email and share the concept with people you think will be interested in becoming a member of the social learning network, old house focus, Spring and Summer 2014.

What say?

Why not?

Godsil

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I Am Not A Number

View my delusion,
Cycle with my mania,
Come down like a roll a coaster
And feel my depression,
Wait
Lock me up.

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Old City Home Transformation Adventures & Artist/Ecopreneur Hero Quests

Lots of groups in Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, and other GLH old industrial cities harvesting not only compostibles but also old buildings and homes for artist/ecopreneur experiments.

Old homes as multi valued fields of adaptation and elevation, as secret openings to deep centers of creativity, among those who design/orchestrate, and those who visit!

At “Gods Hill City Farm” Compost Pile That Magically, and “As If Seized By a Madness,” Grew Into A Sweet Water Universe

The Boucher Amaranth Good Bones Urban Sanctuary House 1.0

Aiming to marry mini farming with digital conferencing, elder hostels,
integrated training and innovation centers for new economies, aquaponics as art, with polyglot, rainbow, urban rural collaborations explored.

Anyone interested in exploring integral urban home transformation and agroecology training and tours?

Worm Mon of The Worm Mon Show: The Play and the Movie

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March 14th Transit Forum Follow-up

Thank you to all who participated in our 3/14 meeting on transportation with guest speaker County Executive Abele and thanks to IndependenceFirst for hosting! The County Executive shared his vision for transportation in Milwaukee County and Wisconsin, and then there was an opportunity for questions - thanks to all who contributed! We followed this with a strategy meeting to discussion areas of shared concern and opportunity.

I have listed below some of the areas where we hope to continue to work together, and in some cases where we will follow up with the County Executive.

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Update on SB565-Mental Health Board Bill

Quick update on SB 565, the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Bill:

As you know, the bill recently passed the Senate on a 33 - 0 vote. It looks as though Senate Bill 565 is on the proposed calendar for the Assembly this Thursday.

Should you want to contact your Assembly Representative regarding SB565, you can find contact information online at: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/Pages/leg-list.aspx?h=a

If the Bill passes the Assembly, it will then be signed into law by the Governor. The Governor needs to make appointments 60 days after the legislation is signed.

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Riverwest Harambee

Timbuktu Spring Celebration

Gathering for the good times and honoring elders young,
Here and beyond.

Sunday March 16, 3 to 6 p.m.

Please share Riverwest Harambee! elders you wish honored.

Riverwest Harambee Elders Young

Muneer will bring paper for intention/vision scroll making, clay, tools and paint for mosaic tile making… his great spirit and gifts as an artist to guide participants…

Melody Todd often uses a tibetan singing bowl to bring quiet to a room… Maybe, after the last note of music, we could ask her to do that, as a moment of transition from the fullness of words and ideas, to clear the air and to create a quiet space for people to write their ideas/intentions on little scrolls of paper. Then, Muneer and Melody would collect the writings and “Invest them” in paraffin wax to seal the intentions. After that… people would be asked to come to the tile making work area to have at it with the clay. Stay as long as needed to finish their tiles, and leave (or stay for dinner), as they choose.

The heavy lifting Riverwest Harambee Elders Young have stories for all!

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A primer study on Economic Exploitation – Causal Initiatives, Victimization, Market/Media Collaboration

by George F. Sanders

Milwaukee, even with its beautiful Lakefront, now represents among the worst of cities with environments that many young Blacks say they cannot wait to get out of.

The city’s failure to deal with decades of Black male joblessness, segregation, plus claims of innocence about its creation of those environments generate prepared lies about the mayhem that exists.

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12th Annual St Pat & St Brigid

ALL CITY GATHERING

~Community Members~
~Activists~ Artists~ Cultural Creators~
working toward peace, justice and beauty in MKE

Sunday, March 16, 2014, 3–6PM

Featuring:
2 minute soapbox presentations
Demos and performances
about
*vibrant*new*creative*sustainable*just*
projects ~organizations~ visions~ beauty in
Milwaukee

Live Music

Community mosaic art project

On site registration

Club Timbuktu
520 E. Center St

HIGHLIGHTING RIVERWEST, HONORING RIVERWEST ELDERS!

$5 suggested donation - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - All are welcome!

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What just happened in the state Senate?!

By Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

Republicans realize their ideas won’t win votes, so they’ve decided to rig the game, change the rules and disenfranchise tens of thousands of Wisconsin voters ahead of the next election. On March 12, Republicans used their Senate majority to ram through attacks on our fundamental rights to vote as citizens. By restricting ballot access and implementing new hurdles for citizens to register to vote, Republicans are blatantly trying to limit the electorate and rig elections in a politically-motivated, power-grabbing move.

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Update on SB 565/ AB 718 Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Bill/ reminder of Tuesday 3/11 meeting

Mental Health Task Force Update

We hope to see you at the tomorrow’s meeting of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, Tuesday March 11, from 3 - 5 PM at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st street. Your input is appreciated.

Our agenda will include an update on housing and outreach from Eric Collins and Jim Mathy of Milwaukee County’s Housing Division - you won’t want to miss it! In addition, we have some exciting news to share with you regarding the plans for our 2014 Summit on Recovery which is planned for June 6th. There will also be discussion about the recent state report on plans for implementing Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) as well as a report for the team moving this forward in Milwaukee County.

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Cautiously hopeful

By now, you’ve probably heard: Wisconsin senators from both parties dislike the anti-living wage bill. This is progress for thousands of hard-working Wisconsinites, but it’s not yet a victory.

On Tuesday, March 11, the state senate goes to the floor to vote on a number of controversial bills. Although we are cautiously hopeful that SB626 is not one of them, we will still be going to Madison to watch the procedures in person. RSVP here to join us.

Senators from both parties are unsure about SB626. They recognize that Wisconsin’s working class knows that a vote for SB626 is a vote against local control and against living wages. Join us on Tuesday to bear witness to what may be a contentious session.

Please RSVP and let us know you’ll be there,
Jennifer Epps-Addison Executive Director, Wisconsin Jobs Now

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Wisconsinites: Save the Children

Wisconsin’s public schools are the bedrock of our communities — and right now they’re facing a calculated and well-financed effort to siphon away resources and redirect taxpayer dollars to private voucher and charter schools.

That’s why Wisconsin Jobs Now is joining with Schools & Communities United to speak out in support of Wisconsin’s public schools. Parents, educators and community members have the power to shape the future of public education in our state.

It starts with your voice — can you take this survey to let us know what you think are the biggest challenges facing public education?

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Health Care Enrollment Assistance Event

The March 31st deadline to sign-up for healthcare is approaching fast. Millions of people across the country have sign up for the Affodable Care Act but there are many who still need to sign up. On Wednesday, March 5, 2014 the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin and I will be hosting a Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance event at the Wisconsin’s African American Women’s Center (3020 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee) from 5:30p - 7:00pm.

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Mass incarceration and Racial disparity

We welcome the attendance of 11 x 15 committee and all interested people at these two films and discussions events on mass incarceration and racial disparity:

Sunday March 9, 12:45 at First Unitarian, Ogden & Astor Streets, Upper floor Otto Hall: THE HOUSE I LIVE IN - great documentary featuring work of Michelle Alexander and others on drug policy and impact on African Americans and urban neighborhoods.

Sunday March 16th, 12:45 St. Benedict the Moor, 10th & State: two films; BROKEN ON ALL SIDES (on racialization of incarceration in particular) and CONCRETE STEEL & PAINT (more hopeful piece featuring youth and the arts).

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Airports & Intermodal Hubs As World Universities

The primacy of food and water, and the miracle of the Internet, have inspired an emerging global community of highly linked experiments of enormous possibility. These applied science adventurers and ecopreneurs cross many boundaries in open source initiatives in urban and permaculture agriculture, aquaponics, water management and stewarding, energy innovations, and public health elevation. My experience with aquaponics and urban agriculture since 2005 suggests the possibility of some dramatic breakthroughs, equal to Michelle Obama’s White House Garden and Let’s Move initiative and Will Allen’s MacArthur Genius and Time 100 recognition.

University Of Humanity And Aquaponics As Public Art At World’s Airports.

We now have the capacity to not only provide ping pong tables, wi fi, and other amenities at the world’s airports, but also digital kiosks, simulation galleries, MOOCs, Makers Spaces, and hands-on aquaponics as public art experience.

Aquaponics As Public Art In Airports

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/EarthRenaissance/HomePage
Hands On Simulations of Water Cycle

http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/2014/01/water-center-debuts-water-cycle.html

Mitra’s Hole in the Wall Participatory Pedagogy

http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education.html
E-Choupal Digital Kiosks

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Choupal
What say?

Why not?

Godsil

Emmanuel Pratt’s Response

Given our recent network of partners/collaborators with expertise in kinesthetic structures and interns in industrial design being converted to AQUAPONS, seems like a no brainer.

I’ve looped in Jim Robinett from the Shedd Aquarium into this convo. Also thinking we need to bring in some contacts from the Museum of Science and Industry as well (just need to think through whom from our existing contacts would be the right team).

If not airports, there are a range of other public spaces which would definitely work with the right team assembled.

On a smaller scale and as a more immediate project, an immediate thought is that I’d like to invite the team from Cannon Design and Shedd Aquarium to join in one of the upcoming design crits with IIT regarding our Culture Stand project with the Wormfarm Institute.

Below is a brief on the design/build studio underway this semester with Eva Kulterman’s Architecture design studio at IIT:

An individual’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables is vital to physical health and well-being. Food is an integral part of culture and self-identity. As the issue of food availability becomes more of a national focus, the disparity between affluent and low- income communities is apparent in the availability and variety of fresh produce. Local food based industries promote the productive use of public and private lands to improve access to good nutrition.

This studio is involved in the design and construction of a Roadside Culture Stand in collaboration with the Wormfarm Institute and the Sweet Water Foundation. Culture Stands are architect/artist designed mobile farm stands used to display display and sell fresh local produce produce along with the work of local artists.

As part of the Sweet Water Foundation, the culture stand will vend local produce across a network of sites throughout Chicago and serve as an informational kiosk to attract and direct visitors to other agricultural and cultural attractions. The project will also investigate the collaborative possibilities of utilizing the arts as a marketing vehicle for local farmers’ products

See links below and pics attached of examples of our work over the years exploring aquaponics as public art.

http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2011-09-01-open-studio-emmanuel-pratt [The MYCELIA Project]

video overview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFNp7la4Jng

http://watershedmke.wordpress.com/about/ (see pics attached)

SWF/4240 Architecture Collaboration for the Design International; The MYCELIA Project (see pic attached and pdf description attached)
http://www.diffachicago.org/DBD_2012_Tables/DBD%202012%20Tables/content/Haworth%2017.39.52_large.html

Sweet Water Foundation + Kennedy King Washburne Culinary Institute The MYCELIA Project Installation for “Culinology & The Future of Food” event & series (see pic SWF_KKC vertical garden photo)

Sweet Water Foundation partnership with Chicago State University; buildout and transformation of the former shoe warehouse at 9601 S Cottage Grove Ave as continuation of THE MYCELIA PROJECT
(See photos attached and link here http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/April-2013/2013-Green-Awards-Emmanuel-Pratt/) also see https://www.chicagoideas.com/events/280

Sweet Water Foundation “Built for Art” [Extension of The MYCELIA Project] (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.194228790639664.50549.142914895771054&type=3)

Sweet Water Foundation + Growing Networks Aquaponics and Art Installation (http://growingnetworks.weebly.com/)

Sweet Water Foundation Bradley Tech Aquaponics in the Classroom (with art mural) see photo attached

Sweet Water Foundation Aquaponics as Art (http://sweetwaterfoundation.com/aquaponics-as-art/)
Upcoming : Art Residency with Provisions Library (http://provisionslibrary.com/research/residencies/)

Emmanuel

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In the Best Interest of the Majority

In Wisconsin, we value the ability of our city, town and county elected officials to determine what’s in the best interests of our communities. Unfortunately, Wisconsin Republicans have lost that value. In this legislative session, local control has been diminished over and over again. They’ll keep going- unless we let them know that enough is enough.

It is absolutely urgent that every single one of us call our state senator AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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Developing a Tribute To Historic Preservation Hero Donna Schlieman

Donna successfully nominated these nine places for historic protection, Donna’s “Babies,” as she warmly referred to them.

Kilbourn/Reservoir Park

  • Avalon Theatre

  • Holy Rosary Church

  • University Club

  • Schlitz Tavern at Humboldt & North

  • First Ward Yard Office at Humboldt & Kane

  • First National Bank at 733–743 N. Water St.

  • Goll House (1550 N. Prospect)

  • Brown Double House (1122–24 N. Astor St).

Three nominations that failed were for the Gordon Park Bath House (torn down), Biltmore Apartments on the Marquette Campus (torn down), and the Blatz Pavilion in Lincoln Park (still stands).

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Grandmothers Beyond Borders presents Ham-BINGO!

Thursday
February 27th
Come Play With Us! Join Grandmothers Beyond Borders at Hamburger Mary’s for a night of bingo, prizes, and fun.
Dear Ruthie will be hosting the benefit for Grandmothers Beyond Borders and promises an enjoyable evening full of her adult humor.

Thursday February 27, 2014
Hamburger Mary’s
2130 S. Kinnickinnic, Milwaukee, WI 53207
8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

10 games for $10.00

**food and drink available for purchase**

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Arizona’s Right-to-Refuse-Service Agenda is as Wrong as Jim Crow

By Morris Dees

Founder, Southern Poverty Law Center

February 25, 2014
As Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer decides this week whether to veto a bill allowing business owners to deny service to LGBT customers because of their own religious beliefs, I’m reminded of an earlier era when a similar form of discrimination was rampant.

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Muneer and Janine Developing Mosaics For Healing/Peace Post

Join In at Amaranth Feb. 25 or March 11, at Amaranth

Come join Muneer and me tomorrow, Feb 25 at 11 AM at Amaranth,
and save the date of Tues March 11 at 11AM at Amaranth,
as we continue the conversation and plans for a Community Mosaic Project
at this year’s St Patrick/StBrigid All City Gathering.

Lots of details to work out, but Muneer is in for bringing supplies and taking the lead in having everyone who’s interested create mosaic tiles for a healing/peace post during our March 16 all city gathering.

The process will begin at Timbuktu, and will include having participants write their hopes, visions, intentions, prayers for Milwaukee (and beyond:) on small strips of ls of paper.

Muneer will roll the papers up into tiny scrolls, seal them in paraffin wax, and install them in a wooden post at a later date. The mosaic tiles will be placed on the four sides of the post, as an organic sculpture and talisman for the community.

The current plan is to have the post installed on the grounds, curbside or corner outside of Club Timbuktu

He agreed to offer open studio time to community members who’d like to work on the project. Dates/times to be determined.

11 AM, Tuesday Feb 25 at Amaranth and
11 AM, Tuesday March 11 at Amaranth

He has such great ideas!

With joy
janine

For inspiration: If you haven’t seen Lily Yeh’s website and trailer (Barefoot Artist) about creating beauty in broken places with mosaic art, take a look. Muneer’s work with community reminds me that we have so many heroes right here (you know, because you are among them!)

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AB 750: anti local living wage law up for vote today.

As many of you know, AB 750 is scheduled for a floor vote in the Assembly today. We just got word that the Senate is considering taking this measure up soon. It’s very critical that we mobilize our members to protect local control and the ability to raise wages at the local level.

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Thursday, February 20th Issue Night

All Peoples Gathering Lutheran Church

(Fellowship at 5:30 pm) meeting begins @ 6:00 PM, 2600 North 2th Street, Rev. Steve Jerbi

Please contact 414–264–0805 for any questions or concerns

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Office of Sustainability Bottle Biology Tea Time

At last week’s WEI Tea Time, faculty, staff and students assembled their own terraqua units small-scale systems that promote recycling, reusing, composting, and engage in sustainable living. Part of the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability Bottle Biology campaign, the terraqua units are single-bottle systems that contain plant life, water and soil that allow food like lettuce, cabbage, turnips, mustard greens and kale to grow in small, indoor spaces with little maintenance. Learn how to construct your own Bottle Biology system to explore the wonderful world of science and the environment.

Girl Scouts To Sell Bottle Biology Units Or Tomato Seedlings Someday, Along With Their Cookies?

This from Wally Graeber to two girl scout leaders in Madison from whom he had just bought some Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies.

“Might you think about handing out seeds in (http://www.bottlebiology.org/) Bottle Biology units or just a packet of mustard, tomato, or lettuce seedlings as a bonus to someone buying your cookies? We can create little packets of seed, soil, sun (desk lamp in their home), and water (from the tap of a veil of a local lake water/snow). The only cost is our time and creativity. I have all the pieces of the plant kit on hand and an happy to donate them to you if interested.”

“This type of healthy food and agriculture project is something I am passionate about and work on daily. I want to share my excitement with you and the people you want to sell to if you would like the same, let me know.”

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Parents and Grandparents Donating Small Aquaponics Demos For Their Childrens’ Schools

Some parents in Chicago have reached out to the Sweet Water Foundation
to partner with their childrens’schools for modestly priced aquaponics
demonstrations for science, math, environmental, and technology classes.

Aquaponics Is a New Literacy

And a path to vital competencies!

Your child or young adult
Will create with teachers and friends,
A small world of life and abundance.

Imagine your child

Learning how to build something
That is teeming with healthy life
That combines to provide sweet teasting food!

Discussing how to translate
Digital designs into tanks for fish,
Platforms for plants, pumps for water flows,
Lighting for photosynthesis,
Designs for real life eco systems!

Food for family and friends!
Experience for deep practical and spiritual learning.

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Black History Month-PDC Events

By Milwaukee Area Technical College

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Christian Fellowship Black History Celebration

Christian Fellowship Community Church
2176 North 39th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208
Rev. Dr. Mary J. Lewis-Jiles, Pastor

Christian Fellowship Black History Committee Presents:
Rev. Dr. Jonathan McPherson, Sr. of Fairfield, Alabama
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Jonathan McPherson is a renowned motivational and powerful speaker for Freedom, Justice, Education and Equality. He was a member of the sixties civil rights movement under the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Just in from DRW: Crucial Mental Health Restructuring Potential

The Senate and Assembly hearing on the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board bill (AB 718/ SB 565) has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at noon in Madison.

There is also the option to testify via Skype at the Tommy Thomason Center in Milwaukee or you may email your comments to committee members. See details below and attached. I have also attached information about the bill from the Milwaukee Mental Halth Task Force, and a list of committee members. The full bill is online at https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/proposals/ab718

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Overcoming Racial Disparities

By RL McNeely, PhD, JD

Attorney McNeely recently retired from his professorship at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that it might be a good idea to phone and/or email several legislators identified below to indicate your support for the proposed minority impact legislation (http://www.wpr.org/bill-requires-racial-impact-statements-when-new-crimes-penalties-are-created) that has been drafted by Sen. Nikiya Harris and Rep. Sandy Pasch. This proposed legislation would require that any new legislation creating criminal penalties, or any modifications of existing criminal legislation, must be subject to a racial impact investigation in order to make sure that anything new will not have a disparate impact on people of color. Some legislators are arguing that this already exists.

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Thousands eligible for parole trapped in Wisconsin prisons

We Are Making Strides

The WISDOM 11×15 Campaign, after months of inquiry, has finally learned that 2,887 of Wisconsin’s inmates have been in our prisons since before “Truth In Sentencing” was introduced to our state. All of these 2,887 prisoners have been in prison for more than thirteen years. Many have been there for fifteen, twenty, or more years and have done everything possible to comply with the conditions for their release, yet have encountered a system that makes their release impossible. The 2,887 were sentenced to prison at a time when judges trusted the Parole Board to determine when people convicted of crime, after having served a significant amount of time, could safely return to the community.

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Food Security and Safety In China

By David Li, Shanghai Ecopreneur Combining Aquaponics & Makers Movements

From the perspective of Shanghai, food security isn’t much an issue, especially when it comes to the fresh vegetables. There is a national policy called “vegetables basket” mandating every mayor in China has to guarantee 70% of the daily vegetables to be produced with in the city limit. The city track these sagas and published daily wholesales price of over 200 vegetables. This makes interesting urban planning and let us have access to plenty of farmlands at very affordable price with in 30 miles of the city center. In the city, wet markets are in all neighborhoods providing access to fresh vegetables among other at very affordable price.

The well being of the farmers have become the #1 priority of the current national administration as policy on “family farms” have been front and center in the administration’s policy document.

Plus, the food security is also priority #1 in China with over 200 millions still live under the poverty line as less then $1/day defined by UN and the stablization of these groups determine the future of China. One analysis shows the Arab Spring is partially caused by China buying up flour and drive the price up in the international markets and cause food security problem in the already high unemployement regions.

In short, food security is least of our concern when it comes to China in general and Shanghai in particular.

I have given an hour talk on this in Hongkong university Shanghai campus to a group of architects a while ago.

http://vimeo.com/m/81974999

We probably have to emphasize on the food safety and sustainable practices of farming. The WTO entry came with a concession restricting China from making agriculture subsidizes. One of the way for China to get around this is to manipulate the price of chemical materials for chemical fertilizers and pesticide which in term driving down the cost for chemical fertilizers and pesticide. Long term uses of this has its consequence on the productivity of the lands but the restriction on farm subsidizes and artificially low price of chemicals are taking the farming here in a downward spiral. And as the productivity of the lands get worse in China, the greater the needs to buy on international markets. With it’s purchasing power and 1.3 billions people to feed, it would makes this food security problems for everyone around the world.

The question for us in China become how we can push for more sustainable practices while it really cost much more to farm organically in China.

Farm Together Connects Urban and Rural As “Partners”

Farm Together is one of our answers to this. We are connecting urbanites to the farms and farmers around the city and have the concept of “Buying safe and healthy food by square meter.”

Basically, urbanites will pay farmers to farm for them but pay in term of square meters instead of kilogram. This frees up the farmers’ risks in ensuring enough production to sustain their income and shift the risks to the much better off urbanites who can actually get vegetables for less then their yearly Starbucks spending. It also remove the incentives of using chemical fertilizers. And in the same time, we can double farmers’ income.

Any feedback and comments are welcome! Farm Together is still work in progress and we are launching the pilot in March this year.

David

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BRIBERY AND POVERTY RISING - PODCAST

by Citizen Action of Wisconsin

This week Dr. Robert Kraig takes the helm of the Podcast while the rest of the panel fly off to California. Brendan Fischer, General Counsel for Center for Media and Democracy, joins Robert to discuss the shocking news that a decision by a Federal judge in the John Doe 2 investigation may usher in a new era of political corruption and legal bribery by invalidating disclosure rules and all limits on campaign contributions.

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Come and Join MICAH For the National Day Of Prayer To End Poverty and Income Inequality

Thursday, February 6th 2014 @1PM
Bethesda Baptist Church 2909 N.20th Street

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice” Nelson Mandela

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PREPARE FOR NOVEMBER ELECTIONS NOW!

Is there any way you can justify this action in your heart and soul? Please be sure to forward this information to everyone you know. We all have to make sure that those who ignore the realities of today’s government actually see what is going on: for whom and to whom. Thank you.

“Food Stamp Cuts Target Blue Democratic States”

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New global water center lab replicates and teaches effective water cycle management

Milwaukee, WI, Jan 28, 2014 – Mahattil International has opened NEW Works in the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, WI. NEW Works offers hands-on training for all water management professionals. State-of-the-art FESTO lab equipment simulates the complete water cycle, from source to wastewater treatment and all steps in between. An open house is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.

The NEW Works mission is to train professionals, accelerate technology transfer, and transform communities using appropriate technologies for water management. To that end, NEW Works has developed six hands-on and practical learning courses to quickly train water management professionals in the following: Water Purification, Water Supply, Wastewater Transport, Wastewater Treatment, Monitoring & Controlling Operations, and Energy Optimization in Water Treatment Plants.

“For all of the aspirations of incorporating the latest development of water technology it is still essential to have superbly trained talent operating the systems,” stated Dean Amhaus, president & CEO of The Water Council.  “This is where NEW Works comes in as it will be a tremendous resource and asset in meeting this training demand.”

Housed in the Flow Lab on the first floor of the Global Water Center, the lab simulates the entire water cycle with four different stations: Water Purification, Water Supply, Waste Water Transport and Waste Water Treatment. Each area can be used individually or work together as a complete system. The stations can also be leveraged to do applied research like modeling and simulations.

“NEW Works curriculum was designed to quickly equip water management professionals with the skills to function at an advanced level in the water industry,” stated Shajan M. John, President of Mahattil International. John continues, “Our courses address the global shortage of water industry technicians and engineers.” Trainees are equipped with process control and automation field expertise to effectively manage a precious resource - water.

An open house featuring tours, demonstrations, and presentations will be held Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at the NEW Works facility in the Global Water Center located at 247 Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI 53204. Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, presided over by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. with the days’ events concluding with a reception at 5:30 p.m.

Electordialysis (ED) technology has application in the water, food, beverage and many industries. Prof. Dr. Johannes Fritsch, University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten, Germany is scheduled to speak on this topic at the Global Water Center in the morning. Cheese manufacturing companies in the region should find this presentation useful.

NEW Works is an entity of Mahattil International, a global consultancy dedicated to furthering the education and deployment of international business growth practices. NEW Works mission is to train professionals, accelerate technology transfer, and transform communities using appropriate technologies for water management. Both NEW Works and Mahattil International are located in the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, WI. For more information visit the website: http://www.mahattil.com/water.html or call (262) 671–4291.

For more information:
Shajan M. John
President NEW Works/Mahattil International Global Water Center
Suite 220, 247 West Freshwater Way Milwaukee, WI 53204
(262) 671–4291
water@mahatill.com

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Rally at Hopkins-Lloyd: Our Schools!! Our Solutions!!

Join us at a rally for Public Community Schools

Thursday, February 6, 4:30–5:30pm at Hopkins-Lloyd Community School

1503 W. Hopkins St. (near Locust St.)

  • Join with parents, students, neighbors, educators and community members in support of public community schools like Hopkins-Lloyd. We want real solutions that work for our kids and strengthen our communities!

Legislators in Madison have been circulating bills that would privatize dozens of schools and bankrupt our school district. These bills are NOT about improving our schools- they’re about taking our schools away form our community and families.

No more private schools with public money!
Sponsored by the Coalition to Stop the MPS Takeover

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Sweet Water Foundation’s Bradley Tech Installation Wins A “Milwaukee Journal” Salutary Clause

A Key Piece Of The Sweet Water Story Previously Submerged, i.e. The Sweet Water Foundation(SWF)

Has now, praise God, seen the light of day!

The Sweet Water Foundation, with accomplishments local, regional,
national, and global—immense,

Won a clause in an enchanting story about the Bradley Tech Sweet Water
Foundation’s Aquaponics Installation and program.

Here’s the Journal story and the sacred clause:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/urban-farming-skills-to-grow-in-mps-with-aquaponics-grant-b99194371z1-242615171.html

Aquaponics will be “commercially upscaled” in climates like ours, not by large aquaponics farms, but by thousands of school system projects with digitally enhanced, aquaponics demos that elevate STEM training and an ecological sensibility, developing the bench strength for eventual mainstreaming of urban farming among the citizens.

Here are some links to a myriad of beyond Milwaukee tributes to the Great Work, in the
Thomas Berry sense, of the Sweet Water Foundation(SWF) “partners” across the planet,
led by Milwaukee’s Jesse Blom and Chicago’s Emmanuel Pratt.

Chicago Magazine: How to Turn a Vacant Building into an Urban Farm:
http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/April-2013/2013-Green-Awards-Emmanuel-Pratt/

Complex TV: Toyota Avalon Bold Moves TV Series
http://www.complex.com/tv/shows/bold-moves/emmanuel-pratt-bold-moves-series

PBS Growing a Greener World: Aquaponics and Mushroom Growing:
http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/aquaponics-mushroom-growing/

NBC Nightly News: Greener Planet Showcase Series
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/40202285#40202285

SWF AQUAPONS Digital Badge-Based Program (supported by MacArthur Foundation,Mozilla Foundation, Gates Foundation, and Clinton Global Initiative)

https://www.hastac.org/dml-badges/Sweet-Water-%28AQUAPONS%29

Photo Gallery of examples of some of the ongoing projects:
https://plus.google.com/photos/100043881418669189803/albums/5920370683839093457?authkey=CMWKqqHflsW2mQE
Sweet Water Foundation Global “Partners”

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/EarthRenaissance/HomePage

On this page…

Globally Brainstorming Digitally Enhanced Agroecology Eco Tourism Badge Program
Advancing Global Ecological Collaborative Innovation Networks(COINs)
Africa
India
China
Europe
North America
Jesuit School Experiments

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Genocide: USA 1865 to Present
By Patricia Obletz
© 2014 Patricia Obletz
16×12 mixed media & oil pastels on paper
Please Note: Stapled to this artwork are the cover of and Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Constitution, which abolished slavery http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_the_United_States and involuntary servitude http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Involuntary_servitude, except as punishment for a crime http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penal_labor_in_the_United_States. It was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, by the House on January 31, 1865, and adopted on December 6, 1865. Life since 2007 has inspired the painting. Wikipedia

Targets

January 28, 2014: Activist Leon Todd responds to recent research.

Why does Wisconsin send so many black people to jail? Who is to blame: The GMC; the MMAC; Howard Fuller; Black Parents; etc.? Here’s the answer, brought to you by Michael Holzman of Dropout Nation and the BBC:

Many years ago, when I was arranging teacher exchanges between the United States and China, there was what seemed at the time to be an unusual conversation in Milwaukee. We were discussing housing for the teachers who would be coming from China to spend a year in Milwaukee. The folks from the University said that there would be a problem: “You see, in Milwaukee there are White neighborhoods—German, Irish, Jewish—and we have a Black neighborhood, but we don’t have any places for Chinese people to live.” This seemed odd. How could a city that cold be that segregated? I haven’t thought about it much since then, except as a story to tell at dinner parties.

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MV Transportation open houses

By Disability Rights Wisconsin

MV Transportation is holding a series of Open Houses in many locations throughout Milwaukee County to meet with residents and answer questions.

Here is the schedule for the all locations: http://www.goodbeinghere.com/ If you are a transit or paratransit rider, turn out - this is a good chance to learn more about this provider and get your questions answered!

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Minimum Wage Strategy Call

The campaign to increase the minimum wage is really heating up! We want to personally invite you to a special Wisconsin-only call to give updates on the $10.10 minimum wage fight and what the next steps are!

The call will be this Thursday at 6pm. Please join us as long as you can. We have updates from the Legislature, new polling data, debriefing on State of the Union & State of the State, and a plan for where we go from here to promote the $10.10 minimum wage fight!

So please do two thing. Please RSVP using the link below, you’ll receive the call number when you do. And also tell others you think would be interested in a higher minimum wage! This fight is statewide and we need their help!

RSVP: $10.10 Minimum Wage Strategy Call Thursday Jan 30th, 6pm

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What Resources Local Food Movement For Elder Organic Farmers’ Crisis?

Michael Abelman and Eliot Coleman, organic farmers and ecopreneurs of renown, organized an Esalen gathering of organic farmer elders to document their knowledge and advance a national conversation about the fate of their farms upon retirement. Abelman frames the issue as a “national emergency,” given that the average age of farmers is 57 years old and extreme percentages of these elders have no children poised to carry on the family business.

Anyone up for brainstorming with the Esalen and organic farm communities to harvest community food movement resources to address this emergency? I think our work can lead to fruitful collaborations in response to the challenges described below by Norbert Kungl and Mr. Huber:

Norbert Kungl, 58, who farms in Nova Scotia, is concerned about the future of his land, which he says produces enough income for only one family. “I can’t find a cushion,” he said. “What options do I have other than selling to the highest bidder, which I do not want to do? These are questions that I have no answer for.”

Mr. Huber, who owns 25 acres and farms more than 600 acres on the north Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, said, “I think we’re looking at models that don’t work anymore.” “I’m 72. I love what I do,” he said. “Obviously, I can’t keep doing it.” But young people “don’t have the financial resources to make it happen,” he said, with land in his area going for $26,000 an acre. “And they don’t have the knowledge, yet.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/25/business/the-elders-of-organic-farming.html?_r=0

Marrying The Best of Esalen With the Food Sovereignty Community

Many Americans don’t know much about the Esalen Institute, which has made history beyond its role in the human potential, spiritual, and therapy fields these past 50 years. Jeff Kripal’s “Esalen” provides the definitive story at this juncture, and inspires the notion that Esalen can play an important role advancing the food sovereignty movement. Here’s an interview on this book: http://calitreview.com/245/jeffrey-j-kripal-author-of-esalen/

There is a spiritual aspect to farming, in the country or the city. A comfoods conversation about this would respond to Thomas Berry’s call for a re-visioning of the Universe Story in the light of scientific breakthroughs and deeper metaphysical comprehensions afforded by our increased access to the wisdom traditions of first nation Americans and religions beyond the West.

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Showdown for Fair Pay

In December, Milwaukee County Supervisors on the Finance, Personnel, and Audit Committee delayed moving forward on the living wage ordinance. Thrusday, they’ll be back in session and it’s up to us to make sure the ordinance makes it to the next step.

Send a letter to your supervisor: Tell them it’s time to pass the living wage

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State of the State

Tonight Governor Walker will paint a rosy picture of the State of the State. What he’ll surely fairly fail to mention is that income inequality has measurably grown since he came into office. We feel that to look honestly at the State of the State, you have to compare Wisconsin to other states like, say, Minnesota.

Check out our 2 minute video showing how, compared to Minnesota, we have fewer jobs, more inequality and a slower economy! And if you like the video, can you share it on Facebook?

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Global Collaboration Experiment For Smart Agroecology Culture Wagons

We are working with local artists, farmers, and knowledge workers to provide mobile schools, workshops, demonstration stations, and evocative artistic expression for gathering neighbors becoming friends, buying and selling local food and art, and self empowering through digital resources the wagons will provide.

This project is directed by the Worm Farm Institute and includes engineers
from Milwaukee School of Engineeres and Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Ending the 'school-to-prison pipeline'

By Morris Dees Founder, Southern Poverty Law Center

Finally, our politicians are waking up to the fact that our children need a helping hand, not a pair of handcuffs.

They’ve recognized the devastating consequences of the lunacy that has gripped our schools: the idea that children should be tossed out of school and, quite often, into jail for typical adolescent misbehavior.

I’m talking about the “zero tolerance” policies that have been in vogue for the past two decades as schools sought to “get tough” on kids.

This week, the Obama administration announced new guidelines that aim to stop this “school-to-prison pipeline” – one that ruins the lives of thousands of children who do little more than act up in school.

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Brush-up on ACA in 2014

by Kevin Kane, Lead Organizer for Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Obamacare is on a roll!

All you have to do is participate in a 15 minute Webinar presentation and a 15 minute Q & A session to be in the know.

Who: Kevin Kane, Lead Organizer at Citizen Action of Wisconsin
When: January 9, 2014, 7:00–7:30 pm
What you’ll need: a computer with Internet connections and/or a phone. If your computer has built-in speakers, you can use them to hear the presentation. If you don’t have speakers, you can hear the audio by calling the phone number provided in the confirmation email you will receive.

Interested in hearing more about health reform in 2014? Where it’s going, how far it’s come? Be sure to RSVP to here to receive the link/number

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Milwaukee native offers educational summer expeditions for youth

Summer 2014

Micah Leinbach, a Milwaukee resident involved with environmental issues still known for “saving the worms” by moving them into Sweetwater’s big compost heap on a subzero New Year’s has started a small business running expeditions for kids over the summers. Crystalaire Adventures offers trips for kids ages 8 - 14, in addition to contracting their tripping services to non-profits, youth groups, or other organizations.

“A lot of outdoor adventure and leadership is still in the past,” according to Leinbach, who tries to encourage his industry to become more inclusive and cross cultural. “We try to teach a lot of the leadership skills we know we need in today’s world: collaboration, cross-cultural competency, inclusion, and an awareness of the environments that surround us.”

Rather than a vacation, Leinbach believes his trips offer critical skills today’s youth don’t have access to. “I’m a child of the 21st century - I love technology,” he admits. “But helping people unplug, spend some quality time with human beings face to face, is so important. We think we can help make the world better by giving people the skills they need to live and work together.” The program is, in part, his response to a digital world that he appreciates, but finds increasingly pervasive. “I’m on my computer all the time, and I love the access to the world it gives me. But all the time is too much time.” Crystalaire Adventures run for 2 to 3 weeks in wilderness settings, giving small groups plenty of time to spend time together. Participants learn to navigate dense forests, cook nutritious meals from simply and cheap ingredients, pitch tents, and travel safely over rivers and through forests.

In between the daily chores of traveling and living out-of-doors participants engage in discussions on leadership or guides give workshops on leadership skills. “We’re not really trying to help people get away from it all,” Leinbach explains, “we want them to get ready for it all. We’re teaching life skills: responsibility, judgment, decision making. Cooking.” He laughs: “Today’s kids really need to learn cooking. I’ve had a lot of burned mac’n’cheese out there. The restaurant industry will be suffering if we don’t get people on that track.”

While Micah is constantly emphasizing that fun is at the core of the Crystalaire idea (“if you’re not having fun, you aren’t learning” is a mantra he repeats to his staff) there is a serious dimension to his work. While similar programs fly kids out to Alaska, Patagonia, or other countries, he wants his campers to gain an appreciation for their own region. He spends most of the summer in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and has seen first hand the places threatened by expansions of mining projects, logging, or other industries. “Look, the need for jobs is very real in the places we go. They need economic support. We can either let industry do that, or we can show that our environments can have a very different kind of value. We show people that - and we show that small, local business has a place in local environments too. A healthy one.” He goes on to discuss the importance of kids who, as they reach adulthood, are already equipped with the social awareness and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. “Lots of people see it. This is a big time for the planet, on issues from climate change to inequality to increasing interactions between people of different cultures. We want to play our part in addressing that.”

Openings are available on all trips this summer, including a 3-week leadership program called “The Cojourn.” Other trips are going to Isle Royale National Park, the South Manitou Islands, and Ontario. Micah, a Milwaukee native, is happy to help residents of this city find the easiest way to make the 8 hour trip to Frankfort, MI, where he runs his base camp.

Crystalaire Adventures has also established a scholarship program for kids whose families lack the means to afford a trip themselves. If you or an organization you work with wish to sponsor a kid on a trip contact Micah at micah@crystalaireadventures.com. You can sponsor a kid from your neighborhood, or work with us to serve one of Michigan’s many kids in need.

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You are cordially invited to Ezekiel Hope Community Development Open House!

Saturday, January 18th, 2014: 10am - 2pm

5053 N 83rd

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Highlights from 2013 so far: The Good News

Tues., Dec. 24, 2013: Getting the economy working for working people.

Tues. 12/3/13: Another sign of sanity.

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MICAH’S ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFAST AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION

Saturday, January 11, 2014 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church 128 West Burleigh Street

Tickets will be $15.00 per person and can be purchased at the MICAH’s OFFICE 1927 N. 4th Street Mon-Fri 9–1 pm

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

For information please call the MICAH office at (414) 264–0805

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Defeat the Murphy Bill (H.R. 3717)

See below for an update from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. It includes information about a new bill (HR 3717) authored by Rep. Tim Murphy which Bazleon indicates would “eliminate critical legal representation for individuals with psychiatric disabilities, strip their privacy rights, and redirect federal funds from low-cost, innovative community services for high-cost, involuntary services that are ineffective, including involuntary outpatient commitment.” This would result in major reductions to community mental health services and advocacy services in Wisconsin. See below for links to additional information.

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Urban Agriculture Olympic Competition For Our Schools?

Is there any reason not to advance the vision of “urban agriculture Olympics” for our schools? In the Great Lakes Heartland two top public schools in Chicago and Milwaukee began a friendly competition in aquaponics. Does it not make sense to imagine competitions regarding vemiculture, bees, fruit trees, raised beds, hoop houses? And why not embed some of the competitions into artistic and digital expression and resourcing of these areas?

Urban Permaculture Olympics?

Or begin a conversation identifying critical elements of urban permaculture advance and support friendly competitions around this more expanded framework?

Suporting Premises for Aquaponics Olympics

(l) Aquaponics is a pathway to skill sets and a sensibility critical to our adaptation to global warming, food insecurity, and the gales of creative destruction that are fundamental to the global capitalist economy.

(2) The diffusion of aquaponics art, science, and technology will be accelerated by focusing on digitally linked, small demos in our schools.

(3) This school initiative will be accelerated by providing recognition

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