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  1. july 31
    1. 1.1  Please Upload
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  2. july 30
    1. 2.1  Please Upload
  3. july 28
    1. 3.1  Co-op Coffee House, Cafe, CSA Spot in S. Milwaukee?
    2. 3.2  Please Upload to Agora
    3. 3.3  Please Clean Addresses Rejected from African American Group One and Two Sent Out
  4. july 27
    1. 4.1  Please Upload Pics to Agora
    2. 4.2  You have new Picture Mail!
    3. 4.3  Cleaning Up Godsil’s Yahoo Group Mess
    4. 4.4  Please Upload “Nation’s” Review of Grass Roots Gardening at the Agora
    5. 4.5  Agora Upload Por favor
  5. july 26
    1. 5.1  Please Revise Headline for Bonobo Article
    2. 5.2  Any Bonobo Items at Agora Should Be Also Placed at Bonobo Site, por favor
    3. 5.3  Fwd: PublicTrust Doctrine Wounded
    4. 5.4  Extensive Bonobo Essay in “New Yorker”
    5. 5.5  Please Upload to Agora
  6. july 25
    1. 6.1  Please Try to Broadcast to These Groups
    2. 6.2  Godsil Says “Help”!
    3. 6.3  Please Upload Pictures I Sent You Yesterday to Agora Along w. This Prose
    4. 6.4  Please Delete Worthless E-Mails Discovered from Today and Yesterday’s Broadcasts :)
  7. july 24
    1. 7.1  You have new Picture Mail!
    2. 7.2  Copes of “Shepherd’s” Bonobo Article for Your Classroom
  8. july 22
    1. 8.1  Please Upload Picture to the Agora
    2. 8.2  Please Upload to Agora and Bonobo Section
    3. 8.3  Please Introduce Jennifer Morales to the Agora for Her Crazy Idea
    4. 8.4  Pleae Upload to Agora
    5. 8.5  Please Upload to Agora and the Bonobo Section
    6. 8.6  Agora Projects
  9. july 21
    1. 9.1  Pleaese Clean Up This Morning’s Sent Mails
  10. july 20
    1. 10.1  Please Shift Agora Pictures re Bonobos to Bonobo Site at MkeRen
    2. 10.2  Please Upload to Agora
  11. july 19
    1. 11.1  Please Copy Picture and Article and Upload to Agora :)
  12. july 18
    1. 12.1  Tegan’s One Hour Tutorial Product
    2. 12.2  Pleas Upload “Shepherd” Front Page Picture and Article at Agora
    3. 12.3  Upload for Agora
    4. 12.4  Pl. Create Michael Macy Home Page at Culture(see sidebar)
    5. 12.5  Two Uploads
  13. july 16
    1. 13.1  CC[Fwd: RE: [Fwd: Garden Park]]
    2. 13.2  Please Upload to Agora
    3. 13.3  Please Upload
  14. july 12
    1. 14.1  Uploading to Milwaukee Renaisance
    2. 14.2  E Mail Group Project
    3. 14.3  Another Two 15 minute gig :)
    4. 14.4  Please Upload to Agora
  15. july 11
    1. 15.1  Fwd: FW: Rain Garden Article-WEF
    2. 15.2  Please Upload This and Ellsberg to Agora :)
    3. 15.3  Pl. Upload to Agora
  16. july 10
    1. 16.1  The document that godsil needed uploaded.
    2. 16.2  Heya boss. here’s the chat transcript like you wanted.
    3. 16.3  Please Upload Link to Daniel Ellsberg Auto Biographical Statement
  17. july 8
    1. 17.1  You have new Picture Mail!
    2. 17.2  Pics for Bonobo Survival Project at Riverwest Co-op Collage
    3. 17.3  Group Lists Seemed to Work!
  18. july 7
    1. 18.1  Pleease Upload Info re Fiesta Del Barrio at the Agora of the Milwauke Renaissance
  19. july 6
    1. 19.1  Schuster Web Empowering Lindger
  20. july 5
    1. 20.1  One Hour Wiki Photo Essay Experiment W. Mentor/Student Strictly On-Line
    2. 20.2  Please Upload Pictures of Grace and Jim Boggs at Agora
    3. 20.3  Please Upload Photo of Grace Lee Boggs to Agora w. Link to Her Home Page at MR
  21. july 4
    1. 21.1  Detroit and Milwaukee: Holy Cities of the Sweet Water Seas(please upload to the Agora)
    2. 21.2  [bay_view_matters] Re: Bonobo Survival Project (link for donations)
    3. 21.3  Re: [Fwd: [Riverwest_Art] creative commons]
  22. july 3
    1. 22.1  Please upload to Agora w. few paragraphs and finished picture from first link
    2. 22.2  Re: [Fwd: [Riverwest_Art] creative commons]
    3. 22.3  Pl Upload at Community Roofing & Restoration Site
    4. 22.4  Please Upload Sura’s Post to Agora
    5. 22.5  Pl. Upload to Agora But Make More Pleasing to Look At :)
    6. 22.6  Sura Announcements at the Agora
  23. july 2
    1. 23.1  Pl. Include This Pictures w. Agora Upload re Bonobo Survival Project
    2. 23.2  Bonobo Survival Project Gathers at the Riverwest Co-op, July 2 and July 8
    3. 23.3  Fwd: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)
    4. 23.4  More for Bonobo Survival Project at the Agora
    5. 23.5  Please Upload to Agora
  24. july 1
    1. 24.1  Pic for Euclid House Farm Site

july 31

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!!Seminar on Islamophobia for Educators

A friend is working to promote a seminar for educators on islamophobia, its causes and cures.

Combating Islamophobia
August 16, UWM Union

I have attached their brochure. If it does not appear with this email, please read it at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bay_view_matters/files/islambrochure.pdf

This is the kind of intelligent conversation we need more of. I wish I could attend.

best
Bill Sell
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!!Stories About Bio-Diesel Co-op Underway in Milwaukee

Front page @ http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=639153
also @ http://onmilwaukee.com/market/articles/mkebiodiesel.htm
and @ http://www.mkeonline.com/story.asp?id=1402078

<http://www.myfoxmilwaukee.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=3910720&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1>

cheers,
Kyle

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 6:25:04 PM, you wrote:

JG> Dear All,

JG> Bill Sell is organizing a buses are green movement in
JG> Milwaukee, starting in Bay View.

JG> http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/BusesAreGreen

JG> I would very much enjoy a bus parties in 2007 and 2008 to:

JG> *the domes

JG> *the bonobos at the zoo

JG> *the Urban Ecology Center

JG> *Walnut Way

JG> *Growing Power

JG> Itwould be even more fun if some of my friends from the
JG> eastside,Riverwest, Harambee, Brewer’s Hill, Walnut Way, Walkers
JG> Point, the Third Ward, Sherman Park, and other neighborhoods
JG> wouldhave bus parties at the same time with the same destination.

JG> Itwould also be more fun if we had people who made music for
JG> the busparty some Saturday, Sunday, or Holidy in the next 12
JG> months and Ifound myself working up the courage to sing along.

JG> Theadvertisements on the t.v. which currently make it
JG> impossible for me toenjoy a bus ride would have to be turned off
JG> if we are to talk and singat our bus parties to the bonobos or the
JG> domes.

JG> Why not?

JG> Godsil


Cheers,
Kyle kacapizzi@yahoo.com
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july 30

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!!Sustainable S.E. Wisconsin to Film “Gimme Green,” re American Obsession w. Lawns

We’ll be screening a film on the topic of America’s obsession with lawns on
September 20th, by the way. It’s called Gimme Green, and it has been winning
awards at various film festivals around the U.S. and beyond.

To learn more about natural lawn care locally and the organization these
women represent, see www.healthycommunitiesproject.org. Do you have one of
these wonderful yellow signs yet, letting your neighbors know there is an
alternative to spraying toxic chemicals on their lawn? These are made by a
woman in Shorewood who lost family members to cancer. The signs are now
being sold at Urban Ecology.

Nicole Bickham
Paths to a Sustainable Future
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sustainable_se_wisconsin/
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july 28

Co-op Coffee House, Cafe, CSA Spot in S. Milwaukee?

Dear All,

Is it not time to open a co-op coffee house, cafe, and CSA distribution
spot in South Milwaukee, serving the myriad of now rather isolated
progressives in S. Milwaukee, Cudahy, Oak Creek, north to Bay View,
South to Caladonia?

The River-west co-op model will work in South Milwaukee!

Investors from the Milwaukee metro area could make a secure
eco-responsible profit from risking some money while others risk labor
for this worthy and common-sense cause whose time has come.

Is it not time!

Why not?

Godsil


CoreComm Webmail.
http://home.core.com
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!!Update on People's Book's Co-op!

Dear citizen of Milwaukee,

Two months ago a diverse group of Milwaukee residents
decided to preserve People’s Books. Today, our cooperative
movement continues. We intend to file our Articles of
Incorporation on the last day of July, which legally
establishes People’s Books Cooperative. We would not have
reached such a milestone without local community members
such as you rising to the occasion.

After handling the legal formalities, we now focus our
cooperative effort on organizing the bookstore itself. It
now takes a community of dedicated citizens to accomplish
what the owner Chris Chiu has individually achieved over
the past thirty years. Our coordinating committee of
People’s Books Cooperative, which consists of roughly
twelve members, now begins to attend the daily operations
of the bookstore, such as working the register, preparing
for the Fall semester, organizing the store, assessing book
sections, maintaining a sustainable business plan, and
reaching out to engaged community members like you.

On Sunday July 29th and Sunday August 5th from 12pm-4pm, we
are gathering at People’s Books to commence Sunday Sidewalk
Sales. We ask that you attend not as a customer, but rather
as a concerned citizen. Help spread the word of our
cooperative and assess our variety of books. A list of our
book sections is available at www.peoplesbookscoop.org.
Please pardon our webpage as it is still under
construction.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Please contact me
with any questions, comments, or concerns.

People’s Books
2122 E. Locust St.
962–0575

In cooperation,
Jim Draeger

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“Share and Save the World” - Maitreya (my-TRAY-uh)

When men* co-operate rather than compete, they will find a magic potion entering their lives. The ease with which long-lasting problems will be solved will astonish, the impossible will yield to the lightest touch, and, through co-operation alone, men will learn the true art of living. Thus will it be, and thus will men learn to appreciate the beauty of relationship which only co-operation can bestow.

Through co-operation the new civilization will be built, tne new science revealed, the new understanding manifested. Thus will men grow together in the discovery of their divinity. Thus will they know the joy and happiness of such togetherness. (*men means humankind)

FROM: The Art of Co-operation, by Benjamin Creme

www.share-international.org
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heya, i didn’t upload this bit cause it looked extraneous, should i after all?

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“Share and Save the World” - Maitreya (my-TRAY-uh)

When men* co-operate rather than compete, they will find a magic potion entering their lives. The ease with which long-lasting problems will be solved will astonish, the impossible will yield to the lightest touch, and, through co-operation alone, men will learn the true art of living. Thus will it be, and thus will men learn to appreciate the beauty of relationship which only co-operation can bestow.

Through co-operation the new civilization will be built, tne new science revealed, the new understanding manifested. Thus will men grow together in the discovery of their divinity. Thus will they know the joy and happiness of such togetherness. (*men means humankind)

FROM: The Art of Co-operation, by Benjamin Creme

www.share-international.org
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Godsils Reply

Seems extraneous to me as well.

:)
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Please Clean Addresses Rejected from African American Group One and Two Sent Out

Hey Tyler,

Please clean out what came back this morning from broadcast to African American group and let me know when you do it.

Viva, Tyler’s work!

Godsil

P.S. Please call me and let me know how much I should bring by today or tomorrow. :)
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july 27

Please Upload Pics to Agora

Hey Tyler,

I just sent you 3 pictures I took of Shawn Gurath at the dawn of what we hope will be the Milwaukee mural movement. Please upload those pictures at the Agora with the following:

!!Shawn Gurath’s Mural Movement at the Euclid House City Farm Experiment

Here is the start of what is hoped to be a Mural Movement for Milwaukee. Shawn Gurath read and meditated about permaculture and will be developing this mural base upon his response to an interview with one of the Australian founders of the permaculture movement, which is picking up steam in Milwaukee.
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You have new Picture Mail!

4 pictures included
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Cleaning Up Godsil’s Yahoo Group Mess

Hey Tyler,

Can you act as my agent, using my g-mail address, and see if you can accomplish the following:

(2) start up yahoo group involvements w. my godsil.james@gmail.com address

(3) however, I only want to get a weekly digest from these yahoo group accounts:

West Side <WestSide_Milwaukee@yahoogroups.com>,

milwaukeepreservationalliance@yahoogroups.com,

milwaukeepeace@yahoogroups.com
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i hate to admit this, but i don’t understand how to get yahoo groups to work at all. i tried once a long time ago, and just tried again. it’s impenetrable to me.
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Please Upload “Nation’s” Review of Grass Roots Gardening at the Agora

!!Great Life of Grass Roots Gardening Activism Reviewed in “The Nation”

In May 2003 Donna Schaper published an op-ed <http://lyra.thenation.com/t/3205/71708/57/0/> with the New York Times called “The Heretic in the Hibiscus,” that told the story of her rejection from Coral Gables Garden Club on the grounds that she was too liberal. As it turned out, the ladies of the Club feared that she would do what she had done at the Miami church where she was minister, namely “bring in blacks and gays to membership and participation.” In response to her article, dozens of garden societies across American contacted Schaper, inviting her to join their societies.

In Grassroots Gardening—just published by Nation Books—Schaper distills what she has learned from a lifetime of gardening and activism into a lively and readable book <http://lyra.thenation.com/t/3205/71708/53/0/> .

She argues that dirt touching, seeding, and harvesting rituals can help keep radicals sane, energetic, and positive. Many assume gardening is for people with country homes. On the contrary, gardening is a great passion for many progressive, political, communal people and a ritual for anybody who wants to stay sufficiently angry, humble, and hopeful to sustain an activist life.

Read excerpts <http://lyra.thenation.com/t/3205/71708/54/0/> from Grassroots Gardening, watch an accompanying video <http://lyra.thenation.com/t/3205/71708/54/0/> by Molly Schwartz and click here <http://lyra.thenation.com/t/3205/71708/67/0/> to purchase a copy of the book online.

And read Nation intern Sophie Johnson’s related online exclusive detailing how urban community gardens are cutting a promising new path to empowering the poor <http://lyra.thenation.com/t/3205/71708/58/0/> .
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!! Lanterns for Peace (commemorating the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki 62 years ago) Saturday, August 4, at Pere Marquette Park

Friends,
the annual Lanterns for Peace (commemorating the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki 62 years ago)
will be held Saturday, August 4, at Pere Marquette Park (Kilbourn Ave & Old World 3rd, downtown Milwaukee).
KT Rusch’s Universal Love Band will play, starting around 5:30, as lanterns are decorated for launch on the river at sunset
(a Japanese custom to honor the departed)….the program begins around 7:30, with Mayor Tom Barrett speaking… the Moxie Chicks will sing, Harvey Taylor will present poems, with soulful musicians Julio Pabon (One Drum ) and Glenn Asch (Milwaukee Symphony)
and an ensemble of voices. For more info: www.peaceactionWI.org, 414.064.5158.

From Harvey Taylor

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july 26

Please Revise Headline for Bonobo Article

New Headline:

!!Awakening to the Meaning of the Bonobos Stirring Heated Political Debates on Human Nature, War, Gender, and Social Relations
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Any Bonobo Items at Agora Should Be Also Placed at Bonobo Site, por favor

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Fwd: PublicTrust Doctrine Wounded

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!!"brazen power grab" threatens Michigan's air, water

To say this ruling from a predictable right-wing four-member majority of the Michigan Supreme Court is a surprise would be wrong — but it is still an outrage and a profound disappointment.

CORPORATE INTERESTS ERODING PUBLIC’S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO PROTECT GREAT LAKES

MI Supreme Court ruling threatens public control over water resources

The Michigan Supreme Court’s 4–3 decision today in Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation vs. Nestle Waters North America, Inc puts Michigan at grave risk of losing its ability to enforce environmental laws and protect our natural resources.

“Four justices have cast their vote in favor of big business and against citizens, local governments and communities,” David Holtz, Clean Water Action Michigan Director. “Coming on the day new bills were introduced in the Michigan Legislature to protect Michigan’s waters, the Court’s ruling puts a giant exclamation point and a new urgency on the need for the public to keep control over Michigan’s waters.

Michigan ‘s future is much more at risk today because of the court’s attack on Michigan’s constitutionally protected natural resources.”

Justices Taylor, Young, Corrigan and Markman—the Court’s right-wing ideological activists —were in the majority in striking down the Michigan Environmental Protection Act’s (MEPA) provisions allowing citizens to sue to enforce environmental laws, or so-called “standing”. Three dissenting opinions by Justices Weaver, Kelley and Cavanaugh all concurred that the majority’s decision was at odds with the Michigan Constitution, which places a duty on the Michigan Legislature to protect natural resources.

Citizens have used MEPA to produce such public interest victories as halting Shell Oil’s plan to indiscriminately drill for oil and natural gas in the Pigeon River Country State Forest in the late 1970s. Other MEPA-based victories include blocking Mason County from dredging damaging new channels in a river in 1975, and forcing developers to comply with environmental standards in building condominiums along Lake Michigan in Manistee in the late 1990s. Today’s ruling flowed from a 2001 lawsuit brought by Mecosta County residents who challenged water mining operations by Nestle that were impacting nearby streams, wetlands and a lake.

“When the Legislature in 1970 enacted MEPA and authorized citizens to sue to protect Michigan ‘senvironment under our laws, lawmakers were fulfilling a constitutional duty,” said Holtz. “The Michigan Supreme Court—in a brazen power grab and feat of judicial activism—today said the interests of companies like Nestle trump the people’s representatives and the state’s Constitution.”
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Extensive Bonobo Essay in “New Yorker”

!!Extensive Bonobo Essay in "New Yorker"
!!!Something to Talk About This Sunday Morning at the Riverwest Co-op Sunday Morning Story Swap, around 8:30 to around 10:30

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/07/30/070730fa_fact_parker

“Who could have imagined a close relative of ours in which female alliances intimidate males, sexual behavior is as rich as ours, different groups do not fight but mingle, mothers take on a central role, and the greatest intellectual achievement is not tool use but sensitivity to others?”

The appeal of de Waal’s vision is obvious. Where, at the end of the twentieth century, could an optimist turn for reassurance about the foundations of human nature? The sixties were over. Goodall’s chimpanzees had gone to war. Scholars such as Lawrence Keeley, the author of “War Before Civilization” (1996), were excavating the role of warfare in our prehistoric past. And, as Wrangham and Peterson noted in “Demonic Males,” various nonindustrialized societies that were once seen as intrinsically peaceful had come to disappoint. Margaret Mead’s 1928 account of a South Pacific idyll, “Coming of Age in Samoa,” had been largely debunked by Derek Freeman, in 1983. The people identified as “the Gentle Tasaday”—the Philippine forest-dwellers made famous, in part, by Charles Lindbergh—had been redrawn as a small, odd community rather than as an isolated ancient tribe whose mores were illustrative. “The Harmless People,” as Elizabeth Marshall Thomas referred to the hunter-gatherers she studied in southern Africa, had turned out to have a murder rate higher than any American city. Although the picture was by no means accepted universally, it had become possible to see a clear line of thuggery from ape ancestry to human prehistory and on to Srebrenica. But, if de Waal’s findings were true, there was at least a hint of respite from the idea of ineluctable human aggression. If chimpanzees are from Hobbes, bonobos must be from Rousseau.

De Waal went on, “People have taken off with the word ‘bonobo,’ and that’s fine with me”—although he acknowledged that the identification has sometimes been excessive. “Those who learn about bonobos fall too much in love, like in the gay or feminist community. All of a sudden, here we have a politically correct primate, at which point I have to get into the opposite role, and calm them down: bonobos are not always nice to each other.”

“It was so easy for Frans to charm everyone,” Hohmann said of de Waal one afternoon. “He had the big stories. We don’t have the big stories. Often, we have to say, ‘No, bonobos can be terribly boring. Watch a bonobo and there are days when you don’t see anything—just sleeping and eating and defecating. There’s no sex, there’s no food-sharing.’ “ During our first days in camp, the bonobos had been elusive. “Right now, bonobos are not vocalizing,” Hohmann said. “They’re just there. And if you go to a zoo, if you give them some food, there’s a frenzy. It’s so different.”

Because of Hohmann’s disdain for premature theories, and his data-collecting earnestness, it had sometimes been possible to forget that he is still driving toward an eventual glimpse of the big picture—and that this picture includes human beings. Humans, chimpanzees, and bonobos share a common ancestor. Was this creature bonobo-like, as Hohmann suspects? Did the ancestral forest environment select for male docility, and did Homo and the chimpanzee then both dump that behavior, independently, as they evolved in less bountiful environments? The modern bonobo holds the answer, Hohmann said; in time, its behavior will start to illuminate such characteristics as relationships between men and women, the purpose of aggression, and the costs and benefits of male bonding.

At Lui Kotal, there were no rocks in the sandy earth, and the smallest pebble on a riverbed had the allure of precious metal. It is not a place for fossil hunters; the biological past is revealed only in the present. “What makes humans and nonhuman primates different?” Hohmann said. “To nail this down, you have to know how these nonhuman primates behave. We have to measure what we can see today. We can use this as a reference for the time that has passed. There will be no other way to do this. And this is what puts urgency into it: because there is no doubt that, in a hundred years, there won’t be great apes in the wild. It would be blind to look away from that. In a hundred years, the forest will be gone. We have to do it now. This forest is the very, very last stronghold. This is all we have.” ♦
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!!Right Wing Bonobo Bashing in the "New Yorker" and "Wall Street Journal"

Nevertheless, many right-leaning bloggers, including the Wall Street Journal’s gleeful headline “Bonobo Apes Might Not Be Politically Correct, After All” and Jack Rich’s “Shades of Margaret Mead,” are already picking up this critique of the “left-bank chimps” and running with it, referring to it as an official indictment of sexual freedom, women’s rights, environmentalism, communitarianism, the peace movement and liberal thinking in general, not to mention the bonobos themselves.

From the “Counterpunch” website - 25 July 2007

The New War on Love-Loving Chimps

Bonobo Bashing in the New Yorker

By Dr. SUSAN BLOCK

When I first fell in love with bonobos in the early 1990s, none of my acquaintances knew a bonobo from a bonsai tree. Now, these amazing apes, who swing with each other as well as from the trees, have become rather famous.

Of course, with fame comes defamation. So I wasn’t surprised to see Ian Parker* attempting to deflate the buoyant, mystical aura of the bonobo in the pages of the New Yorker, subtly deriding the work of some of the bonobos’ best friends in the human world, and hinting ominously that his article would be debunking the central ideas of what I call “The Bonobo Way.” These include the notions that 1) bonobos engage in various, rather elaborate forms of pleasure sex, not just reproductive sex, 2) they do not seem to deliberately murder or make war on members of their own species like common chimps and humans do, and 3) females wield considerably more power than in other primate species.

Parker does provide a fascinating descriptive look at the daily life of a bonobo researcher in the Congolese Rainforest, as well as a comprehensive overview of bonobo primatology politics. He is particularly telling when he writes “The challenges of bonobo research call for chimpanzee vigor, and this leads to animosities,” including, I would add, the strong, almost vicious desire to debunk one another.

But in the end, Parker’s article debunks nothing. He gives a few examples of bonobos committing acts of violence, but not murder, at least not with any real evidence. No one has ever said bonobos are angels, just that as primates, they are relatively peaceful. They have never been observed engaging in calculated murder or organized warfare such as has been observed in common chimps and, of course, humans. Parker’s piece doesn’t include anything even approaching a bonobo war party. Interestingly, almost all of the examples of violence mentioned in the article are perpetrated by females, buttressing the notion that females rule, at least in certain vital areas of life in Bonoboland.

Then there’s the sex. Most experts agree that bonobos tend to combine food-sharing and sex. This is one reason why Japanese Primatologist Takayoshi Kano got to observe so much sex and sensuality among bonobos in the wild: he fed them. Gottfried Hohman, the primatologist “star” of Parker’s piece who takes him into the Heart of Darkness, doesn’t feed the bonobos. Both approaches seem to be legitimate ways to gather information, each having its pros and cons. When you feed or “provision” bonobos, they’re a lot more likely to hang around you, engaging in intimate activities. When you don’t feed them, you’re not influencing their behavior so much. But they’re also not so inclined to get near you, let alone have sex in front of you.

They’re also more likely to catch and kill their own food. After all, they’re hungry! Wild bonobos must be especially famished since their rainforest home has been decimated by constant human warfare, bushmeat poaching and the logging industry. The stress of all this ecological devastation and the reduction of their normal food supply, as well as constantly seeing their family members and friends being violently slaughtered by hunters, must have a traumatizing effect on the bonobos still left in the jungle, just as polar bears have lately been turning to cannibalism because longer seasons without ice keep them from getting to their natural food. It will be illuminating to hear from Hohman when he finally publishes papers on his recent discoveries in the wilds of war-riddled, ecologically damaged Lui Kotal. But the observations he has revealed thus far do not negate the earlier, pre-war findings of Kano and others.

By the way, I had never heard from any of the experts that bonobos were vegetarians. Kano had reported that bonobos occasionally eat meat of other species, like we do (actually, a lot less than we do).

Hohman’s oddest observation is about female bonobo “g-g rubbing,” genito-genital rubbing, “hoka-hoka,” or what Parker refers to as “frottage,” when one female rubs her swollen vulva against the vulva of another. Hohman and his team have observed this numerous times, as have many other primatologists. “But does it have anything to do with sex?” Hohman asks and then answers himself, “Probably not.”

Since when is rubbing engorged genitalia against your partner’s engorged genitalia, often while embracing, French-kissing and/or having what looks like an orgasm, not “sex”? Is Hohman limiting his definition of “sex” only to intercourse? That is hardly appropriate for a creature that is known for engaging in sex for pleasure (including what we might call “bisexuality”) more than reproduction.

Hohman goes on to wonder why “the males, the physically superior animals, do not dominate the females, the inferior animals?…It is not only different from chimpanzees but it violates the rules of social ecology.” Well, it doesn’t violate the Bonobo Way. As Kano, Franz de Waal, Amy Parish and other primatologists have observed: bonobo males appear to be more docile than chimp males (or even than bonobo females), in part because they remain under the calming influence of their mothers until they die. And then there’s the fact that bonobo males get a lot of sex from those so-called “inferior” but sexually aggressive females. That’s right: Peace through pleasure. Good sex diffuses tension. And you can’t very well fight a war while you’re having an orgasm.

Hohman appears to be a meticulous scientist. But no matter how “objective” you try to be, the human personality still shines through the researcher’s conclusions. While Kano’s image is one of gentle collaboration, Hohman’s is one of “chilliness,” being “very difficult to work with.” Parker writes about an incident where Hohman “loomed over” a local villager “wagging his finger. ‘It’s good to remind him now and then how short he is,’ Hohman later said, smiling.” Folks who like to throw their physical weight around in the course of a verbal debate tend to find parallels for their own bullying tendencies in nature.Primatologists aren’t angels either.

Parker’s report on Hohman’s work is useful, especially since Hohman hasn’t published much himself lately. But the article’s implication that anyone who is inspired by the “Make Love Not War” chimps (both to save them from extinction, as Sally Coxe’s Bonobo Conservation Initiative is working hard to accomplish, and to understand and improve our own lives, as some of us try to do by following the Bonobo Way) is deluded is irresponsible and wrong. In classic New Yorker style, Parker’s critiques are measured and nuanced, even polite. His derision sneaks up on you like a quiet “chimp-bothering” primatologist. In the end, he brings no myth-shattering news that hasn’t already been published. Though their lives in the wild are, of course, more violent than in captivity (and with the destruction being wreaked upon their environment, it would be hard to blame them for turning a new species of primate-psychopaths), the bonobos still seem to live, relative to other wild primates, by the Bonobo Way of peace through pleasure.

Nevertheless, many right-leaning bloggers, including the Wall Street Journal’s gleeful headline “Bonobo Apes Might Not Be Politically Correct, After All” and Jack Rich’s “Shades of Margaret Mead,” are already picking up this critique of the “left-bank chimps” and running with it, referring to it as an official indictment of sexual freedom, women’s rights, environmentalism, communitarianism, the peace movement and liberal thinking in general, not to mention the bonobos themselves.

I appreciate Parker’s reporting on the primatology spats and evocative writing about the Congo. I know he worked hard on this piece; he spent an hour talking to me for the sake of just one sentence. I am also grateful for the excruciating fieldwork in which Hohman is engaged. All research on bonobos—whether Kano studying them as they frolicked in his sugarcane field, De Waal reporting upon bonobo behavior in captivity, Richard Wrangham comparing bonobos with other great apes, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh communicating via computer with her primate “genius” Kanzi, Hohman running after the bonobos as they run away from him in the thick of the jungle, or Martin Surbeck catching tree-dwelling apes’ golden showers in a lacrosse stick-like container—are worthwhile.

One observer’s findings have not discounted the others, at least for now.
Bonobos are no angels. But as far as we know, they still deserve the distinguished title of the Make Love Not War Chimpanzees. Hoka-Hoka!

  • Editorial note: Ian Parker is an English freelance writer without specialist knowledge of Pan troglodytes, though he did explore a mutant of the chimpanzee genus last year in the New Yorker with his profile of Christopher Hitchens. AC / JSC

© July 24, 2007, dr. Susan Block is a sex educator, cable TV host and author of The 10 Commandments of Pleasure. Commit Bloggamy with her at http://www.drsusanblock.com/blog/ Email her at liberties@blockbooks.com
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july 25

Please Try to Broadcast to These Groups

Please try your hand at a MkeRen broadcast with these groups, always blind copied.

Address “to: to EarthPoets@MilwaukeeRenaissance.com

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Please Use This Subject Line for What Follows:

Subject: Inroducing Milwaukee’s Earth Poets and Musicians, Since 1988

After he returned to his native Milwaukee, Poniewaz was happy to see
that a number of emerging Milwaukee poets were eloquently articulating
environmental concerns as part of their poetic output. He thought: “How
exciting if these poets, with their wonderfully various styles of
writing and performance presentation, could be brought together in a
kaleidoscopic way, with each having ten minutes to sound out their most
powerful work in that vein.” He personally selected and invited each of
the participating poets. The result was the first Earth Poets &
Musicians Performance—or Earth Day Poetry Celebration as it was called
when it was entirely spoken word and hadn’t yet acquired its music
dimension.

Antler was part of this Earth Poets group for
its first six years but now during April is busy performing at Earth
Day events around the country. Kush, on a visit from San Francisco,
opened the very first Earth Poets event with two of his street chants.
Jeff was proud of this eco bunch of Milwaukee poets and glad Kush could
witness how well they compared to their counterparts in San Francisco. Poet and eco-activist Jeff Poniewaz organized Milwaukee’s first annual
Earth Day Poetry Celebration in April 1988 out of concern that, after
eight years of the anti-environmental Reagan presidency, not much was
being done to observe Earth Day in Milwaukee. He had lived in the San
Francisco area from mid-1978 to early 1983, enjoying the camaraderie of
poets like himself among whom nature and the environment figured
prominently. A meeting place of those eco ardent poets was a storefront
in the Mission District over the door to which was a sign that said
“Cloud House” and “Walt Whitman Breathes Here.” Cloud House’s custodian
was a dynamic street poet who went by the name of Kush.

Of the original line-up of ten Milwaukee
poets, four continue to get together each April for the annual Earth
Poetry celebration. Poniewaz, author of Dolphin Leaping in the Milky
Way, teaches “Literature of Ecological Vision” at the Urban Ecology
Center via UWM’s off-campus program. Longshoreman Harvey Taylor has
published a chapbook of his poems at the end of each year and in recent
years has issued several CDs of his songs and poems. Suzanne Rosenblatt
is a visual artist besides being a chanter of her unique incantations.
Louisa Loveridge-Gallas, who has performed with singer Claudia Schmidt,
published an outstanding collection of her work titled Revelations on
Longing Street in 1998. Among Milwaukee’s best poets, these four are
also dynamic performers of their poems. Other members of the original
line-up were Angela Peckenpaugh, Ann Filemyr, Sue Silvermarie, Cristina
Herrera and Craig Kowalkowski (now known as Craig Stone).

by Jeff Poniewaz 2007

continued at…

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

Also at the Milwaukee Renaissance

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

On this page…

1. NYT Offers 101 Tasty Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less
2. Sunday Morning Story Swaps at the Riverwest Co-op Celebrate One Month Anniversary
3. “Washington Post” Article on Endangered Gorillas in the Congo
1. 3.1  Compliments Our Own “Shepherd” Article on the Bonobos
4. A Brilliant “Crazy Idea” from Jennifer Morales of MPS School Board
1. 4.1  Intergenerational Ritual of Respect and Good Will
5. Sharecroppers and Tenant Farmers in Riverwest
6. Letter to the “Shepherd” Editor in Thanks for Bonobo Cover Story
7. Protecting the Elusive Bonobo
8. Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at Madison Should Somehow Connect with Milwaukee ASAP
9. Growing Power Newsletter Captures Projects of Summer 2007
10. Milwaukeeans switch gears by leaving cars behind
11. Storied State Department Diplomat, Michael Macy, a Son of Milwaukee, Coming Home
1. 11.1  Hopes to Share Rumi Poems and Middle Eastern Foreign Service Experiences, August 15–18
12. Web Links for Permaculture Activists
13. Dirt: A Natural Antidepressant
14. Tunisian Lawyer and Human Rights Organizer Sinking Roots in Milwaukee!
15. High Wind “Unintentional Intentional Community”
16. Superbia: 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods
17. When Building Green Ain’t So Green
18. Planning for a Rainy Day
1. 18.1 Kansas City’s ‘10,000 Rain Gardens’ Initiative Curbs Stormwater, Pollution
19. Agora Archives

Projects of the Moment

  • EarthPoetsAndMusicians
  • Bonobos
  • Riverwest Voices
  • Growing Power Urban Agriculture← Read about Will Allen’s Growing Power and other Urban Agriculture projects.
  • Growing Power Home Garden
  • Soldiers Home
  • Green Media Consortium(e-mail for password)
  • New Urbanism Must Incorporate Permaculture Theory
  • Archives of Projects of the Moment

Projecst Beyond Our Borders

  • Great lakes
  • Africa
  • The Caribbean
  • Growing Power Presents to Anglophone World

Additional Projects of Interest

  • Economic
  • Cultural
  • Political
  • Environmental

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just a warning this’ll take quite a while to export the current lists from your email account, and then add them to mine. it’s not a very clean process. also it’ll make pruning the bad emails out of your account a bit harder.

still want me to do it?
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heya boss, i see the email is working again. did you try sending to these groups, or should i still?
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Godsil Says “Help”!

Hey Tyler,

I think there were enough bad addresses in this morning’s broadcast of
the Earth Poets that gmail considers me a bad boy again and won’t let
me send e-mails.

Are you able to go into my e-mail file and get rid of all of the bad
addresses that showed up by virtue of this morning’s broadcast to
persons 2005 one and two, persons 2006 and failed effort for persons
2007.

:)

Are there limits for sending mail?

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our system, and to help fight spam. If you reach one of Gmail’s limits,
you’ll be temporarily unable to send mail. This limit is generally
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  • Sending a large number of undeliverable messages.

We suggest verifying your contacts’ email addresses. Make sure the
email addresses you’re sending mail to are valid. It’s also important
that everyone you are sending mail to is willing to receive it.

Learn more about best practices for sending a large amount of mail through Gmail.
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i think you should probably send your messages to each group one at a time (that’s one group at a time. not something far sillier) then you won’t exceed the amount of messages that can be sent, and it’ll lower the likelyhood that any message will have too many ‘can’t send’ messages
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!!Riverwest Co-op Corner Gets Glorious Red Stop Sign

It took the city long enough to install a stop sign at the increasingly busy corner of Fratney and Clarke, home of the Riverwest Co-op Grocery and Cafe, the Polish Falcons Hall, and the Creme City Collective, that age-old feelings of resentment for City Hall and politicians were rising. But, better late than never and no disaster occured during the 18 month wait following the presentation of petitions for the sign. It is a wonderful feeling to witness cars forced to slow down at this very busy pedestrian crossing.
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Please Delete Worthless E-Mails Discovered from Today and Yesterday’s Broadcasts :)

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july 24

You have new Picture Mail!

4 pictures included
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Copes of “Shepherd’s” Bonobo Article for Your Classroom

Dear UWM Philosophy, History, Sociology, Film, Anthropology, and Art Professors!

Milwaukee, thanks to the “Shepherd,” is now aware of the Milwaukee’s zoo’s and zoological society’s work of planetary importance helping the Bonobos and their human partners in the Congo respond to one crisis after another.

The recently discovered bonobo species may hold some of the secrets to the human drama for your students.

If you would like to introduce them to evolutionary biology, evolutionary psychology, bio-diversity, and issues of “human nature” with the “Shepherd” article as a good start on this promising intellectual quest, please letl me know and I will arrange to get you as many as 50 copies of the piece.

Here is a letter I sent to the “Shepherd’s” editor along with a link to the article if you have not yet seen it:

Dear Editor,

What a great gift you have given your Milwuakee readers in Lisa Kaiser’s outstanding cover story on the Bonobos!

http://www.shepherd-express.com/1homebody.lasso

Could the City or County of Milwaukee or some of our suburban communities become a “sister city” or partner with the people of the Salonga National Park region, advancing our Zoological Society’s Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative(BCBI)? Perhaps some of our enterprising Milwaukee companies, such as our Fortune 500 headquarters, or our K-12 schools, could adopt the BCBI.

Dr. Gay Reinartz educates us to the relationship between the well-being of the people of this region and the endangered species called Bonobos. In response, the BCBI has helped organize a farm co-op, a literacy program, a school, ecological research, and anti-poaching guard teams.

A sister city relationship or corporate or school partnership could start by simply raising funds to support a few lap tops and the training costs to communicate with those who control the fate of the bonobos, the people of the Congo and Salonga National Park region.

This would enable Milwaukee students and social enterprisers to build bridges across oceans and national borders, to break down the barriers between “us and them,” by focusing on what must be done to help the bonobos and their human “partners” survive.

Imagine Milwaukee school children, employees, and elders playing a part to save the species closest to ourselves and forging bonds across civilizations.

In helping the bonobos survive we help ourselves survive. We are all in this boat together.

Viva, the bonobos! Viva, the humans!

James J. Godsil, Milwaukee Friends of the Bonobo
http://milwaukeerenaissance.com/Bonobos/HomePage

P.S. Send an e-mail to Bonobos@milwaukeerenaissance.com to learn how you can help the bonobos and the BCBI. Your ideas are welcome!
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july 22

Please Upload Picture to the Agora

!!Sunday Morning Story Swaps at the Riverwest Co-op Celebrate One Month Anniversary

Here is a picture of three of the very, very happy participants at the Sunday Morning Story Swap at the Riverwest Co-op on Fratney and Clarke in Riverwest, taken at the end of the gathering, which starts around 8:30 or 9 a.m. and ends around 10:30 or 11 a.m.

Picture includes Fathi Zabaar, a Tunisian lawyer and human rights worker; Kelly Saunders, a Nicolet H.S. English professor bound for Ghana for a Habita for Humanity “Build,” and Nik Kovac, a writer activist for the “Riverwest Currents and the “Shepherd Express.”

For pictures of previous gatherings go to …

[[Tyler, can you direct people to where the other pictures are?]]

one picture included
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Err… where are the other pictures?
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Godsils Reply

I thought you had uploaded or improved upon some pics form co-op gaherings. Check agora of 3 or 4 weeks back.

Also, please go into my e-mail account and add all of the groups of e-mails you have created, from my lists and those i asked you to create, e.g. professors, etc.
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didn’t you have all those lists? i thought we already transfered them.
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Godsils Reply

I have not put any of your lists yet into my e-mail group list.

If you would like to get some time in, please put any lists you created for me these past couple of months into my gmail address book!

Please let me know when, and if, you do that so I can begin broadcasting to them. :)

Viva, wiki!
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!!"Washington Post" Article on Endangered Gorillas in the Congo Compliments Our Own "Shepherd" Article on the Bonobos

Check out this morning’s front page Post story discussing the Congo’s second largest national park, its rangers, and their struggle to protect the apes:

In an Eastern Congo Oasis, Blood Amid the Greenery: In Africa’s Oldest National Park, Gorillas Are Being Killed and Their Guardians Are Endangered, Too

By Stephanie McCrummen Washington Post Foreign Service

Sunday, July 22, 2007; Page A01

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/21/AR2007072101358.html
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Please Introduce Jennifer Morales to the Agora for Her Crazy Idea

!!A Brilliant "Crazy Idea" from Jennifer Morales of MPS School Board
!!!Intergenerational Ritual of Respect and Good Will

Hello, friends,

As you know, this past year has been a very tough one for the children of Milwaukee and the people who work for them in MPS and elsewhere. The chaos and anger that our children are bringing to school has been deeply disheartening to many of us, and many adults I’ve talked to recently share my sense that we are at a turning point: Do something now to re-root the children in the community or watch them and the city’s future fall apart.

I had a crazy, simple idea a couple weeks ago, and I’ve been slowly refining it in my head. I mentioned it to someone last week who didn’t think it was all that crazy, so now I’m sharing it with you. I really want to do this and would welcome any thoughts on it, especially on how to make it work.

Over the past couple of years I’ve been involved in the Restorative Justice movement and also have been teaching middle schoolers at my church. Both sets of experiences have reinforced for me that the only way to keep children safe and healthy is to create strong and positive intergenerational relationships. Relationships are the key because they tell a child that he/she is a valuable member of a community and that the community will meet his or her needs. Our Milwaukee children don’t get either of these messages from us adults right now and I think we need to take responsibility for that, even if we don’t personally have children in our daily lives.

So … Here’s my crazy idea:

We would (with City permission, of course) block off several blocks in a centrally located neighborhood. At a set time, any interested adults in Milwaukee would form two lines down the center of the street, facing each other. Any interested young people would walk in between the adults and receive some sort of affirmation from the adults about their value as human beings. This could be a handshake, a few words, a smile, or sign with a message from the community. The messages would be along the lines of: “We respect you.” “We support you.” “We want to help you succeed.” “We welcome you as full-fledged members of the community.” “I am your neighbor.”

We would need to have some sort of starting and ending event to frame the affirmation, maybe some music or action that clearly says the event is over and take what you learned with you.

So, why would this work? There is an inherent human need for ritual which we’ve ignored in this culture to our detriment. Rituals tell children (and adults) that they are part of the community. Recent research has also shown that the fact that an event like this involves strangers doesn’t take away from its ability to create relationships. Instead of creating or strengthening relationships with specific people the children may know, it creates a sense of relationship with the whole community. Humans have a tendency to transfer the good feeling from a kind deed someone does for us onto our next interactions (i.e., if someone — even a stranger — does something nice for us, we are more likely to do something nice for the next people we meet.).

My thought is to do this soon to have an impact on the new school year. Someone suggested right after the Labor Day parade, since the streets would already be blocked off on Wisconsin Ave.

My focus would be on the faith, community, and education groups to get a good number of adults and children there.

Precautions would have to be taken, of course. For example, touch needs to be limited to a handshake. Monitors would have to watch the lines to make sure everyone was being respectful of each other, etc., but I think the deeper purpose of the event will go a long way toward creating a respectful mood.

OK, so maybe this is crazy, but we need to do something to tell our children that they matter, that we will take their anger and chaos and help them turn it toward positive ends, that we will protect them. I think we need to do it now.

Let me know what you think, if you have other ideas about what might work, etc.

And thanks for your good work in the community.

Jennifer Morales
jemorales1668@sbcglobal.net
414–271–1174
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!! Sharecroppers and Tenant Farmers in Riverwest

I can’t wait to become a sharecropper and/or tenant farmer
In Riverwest!

Riverwest sharecroppers and tenant farmers are very good things!

They gather coffee grounds from the Fuel Cafe,
Veggie wastes from Sendeks on Downer and the Riverwest Co-op Cafe.

They get brewers’ yeast from Lakefront Brewery,
Wood chips, first from the city yard on 37th & Lincoln,
Later from trees chopped up in more proximate locations.

They make a deal with those owning property
That’s now just sitting there growing lackluster grass.

Saying, “I will bring you radiant wastes and
Set up a healthy composting pile on your fallow land.
I will tend to this until composted soil arrives,
And then introduce
Red wriggler Will Allen’s Growing Power worms.

I will set up worm nurseries to grow worms and black gold.
Then I will create a few raised bed gardens with heirloom seeds
That will bear fruits and veggies of heavenly quality.”

Then you and I will decide how much of this feast to share together, and how much to take to your house and my house,
And how much to give to anyone else who added to value
To this sacred value chain
Of human labor mixed with nature’s powers
Yielding delights for body and soul!

Olde Tenant Farmer
Riverwest, 2007
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Please Upload to Agora and the Bonobo Section

!!Letter to the "Shepherd" Editor in Thanks for Bonobo Cover Story

Dear Editor,

What a great gift you have given your Milwuakee readers in Lisa Kaiser’s outstanding cover story on the Bonobos!

http://www.shepherd-express.com/1homebody.lasso

Could the City or County of Milwaukee or some of our suburban communities become a “sister city” or partner with the people of the Salonga National Park region, advancing our Zoological Society’s Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative(BCBI)? Perhaps some of our enterprising Milwaukee companies, such as our Fortune 500 headquarters, or our K-12 schools, could adopt the BCBI.

Dr. Gay Reinartz educates us to the relationship between the well-being of the people of this region and the endangered species called Bonobos. In response, the BCBI has helped organize a farm co-op, a literacy program, a school, ecological research, and anti-poaching guard teams.

A sister city relationship or corporate or school partnership could start by simply raising funds to support a few lap tops and the training costs to communicate with those who control the fate of the bonobos, the people of the Congo and Salonga National Park region.

This would enable Milwaukee students and social enterprisers to build bridges across oceans and national borders, to break down the barriers between “us and them,” by focusing on what must be done to help the bonobos and their human “partners” survive.

Imagine Milwaukee school children, employees, and elders playing a part to save the species closest to ourselves and forging bonds across civilizations.

In helping the bonobos survive we help ourselves survive. We are all in this boat together.

Viva, the bonobos! Viva, the humans!

James J. Godsil, Milwaukee Friends of the Bonobo
http://milwaukeerenaissance.com/Bonobos/HomePage

P.S. Send an e-mail to Bonobos@milwaukeerenaissance.com to learn how you can help the bonobos and the BCBI. Your ideas are welcome!
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Agora Projects

 Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is at UW Madison. Its website is http://www.ies.wisc.edu/.

Please check out this website and upload some of the juiciest offerings and concepts you find along with this heading:

!!Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at Madison Should Somehow Connect with Milwaukee ASAP
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july 21

Pleaese Clean Up This Morning’s Sent Mails

Hey Tyler,

Can you do the same for the e-mails I sent to “Persons” One 2005!

Also, is there a simple way to know if I have any duplicated names in my address book of group contacts?
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don’t worry about duplicates. if an email is added multiple times it just writes over it’self. if they are in multiple groups, i think it’s still only sent once.
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july 20

Please Shift Agora Pictures re Bonobos to Bonobo Site at MkeRen

http://milwaukeerenaissance.com/Bonobos/HomePage
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!!Growing Power Newsletter Captures Projects of Summer 2007

What’s Up At Growing Power…

From The Farm

by Will Allen, Director

July, 2007

Dear Friend:

Here are a few things that are happening at Growing Power.
This is our inaugural newsletter which you will receive monthly. Have a
wonderful summer. Be safe and eat healthy. In June and July:
Growng Power’s and Chicago’s Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s El Conuco Market on Division Street Opens

Growing Power opened the El Conuco Market in Chicago on Division
Street in conjunction with The Puerto Rican Cultural Center. The
market is open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through
October. It has been enthusiastically received by both the community and otherproducers/vendors with three new producers/vendors signing up to participate.
Growing Power 20 Year Contract w. MPS for 5 Acre Garden at Maple Tree School

Growing Power has achieved another first with its twenty year contract with the Milwaukee public school system to implement a five acre school and community garden at the Maple Tree School. We are proud to be the first organization in Milwaukee to be offered this opportunity by the Milwaukee public school.
Celebrating 14th Year for Growing Power Youth Corp Program

Milwaukee’s Growing Power Youth Corp program continues with its fourteenth year Between ten and twenty members participate in Growing Power’s program. Students tour the center, participate in learning activities, plant gardens, and assist in Growing Power’s activities.
Growing Power Silver Spring Neighborhood Center Youth Learn Cooking Skills and Building Aquaponics System

Growing Power’s summer Youth Corp program in partnership with the Milwaukee-based Silver Spring Neighborhood Center began in
early 2007 as a part of a year round program which runs through fiscal year 2007. A group of thirty to forty-five youth participate in the three day a week program. Activities include an orientation to Growing Power and its activities as well as a tour. Members will learn how to plant, harvest and market produce as well as participate in cooking classes to teach them how to prepare nutritious food. Growing Power will also help the SSNC kids build an aquaponics system in their greenhouse.
Growing Power Interns Learn of Organic, Heirloom Vegetables in Chicago

Growing Power is conducting an urban agricultural program in Chicago for ten Youth Corp members who work one day a week at Jackson Park in the program’s garden which contains thirty varieties of organic, heirloom vegetables. Five college age interns from across the country are also participating.
Growing Power Partners w. Mayor Barrett’s Youth Program

This summer Growing Power is partnering with Milwaukee’s
Mayor Barrett’s Youth Program to create jobs for four youths who will
work and learn at Growing Power for twenty hours a week during the six week program.
290 Perch Harvested in Growing Power/Greta Lakes Water Institute Pilot Project

Two hundred and ninety perch have been harvested as
part of Growing Power’s pilot project with the Great Lakes Water
Institute. The trial project in Growing Power’s natural aquaponics
system was started last spring and yielded better than expected results.
Growing Power’s Merton Farm Composting 6 Million Pounds of Milwaukee Food Waste

Growing Power has installed an irrigation system at
its Merton farm cutting watering time in half and freeing workers for other important tasks. In spring 2008 the system will be expanded to irrigate the whole farm. Permanent beds incorporating compost have now been established with plans to convert all the raised beds with compost in the next growing season. This year the Merton farm will be the composting site for 6M pounds of food waste which will be diverted from the landfill to be made into high nutrient, microbial compost. The food residue comes from a variety of sites in the city of Milwaukee.
University and Urban Day School Grownig Power Gardens Launched

Growing Power continues its activities with schools in Milwaukee i.e. a community garden site with the University School of Milwaukee (http://karensgarden.wikispaces.com) and the Urban Day School. Both are
first year projects and are off to a strong start.
Growing Power Managing Milwaukee’s Southside Mitchell Street Farmer’s Market

Growing Power is in its second year of managing Milwaukee’s
Southside Mitchell Street Farmer’s Market. The market is open Tuesdays,
Thursdays, and Sundays from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Alderman Witkowiak
attended the July Summer Celebration and committed to making Mitchell St. & Muskego Ave. a permanent community green space that will host the popular Southside market.
S.S. Parents vs Lead, Prince of Peace Church, and Oakton Manor Community Gardens Include First Graders Support!

Growing Power is entering its second year with the
Growers of Peace Garden in cooperation with the Southside Parents Against Lead and the Prince of Peace Church on Milwaukee’s
Southside. This year two first grade classes are participating after touring Growing Power for the first time. Oakton Manor Community Garden is also in its second year. Oakton Manor is a Southside Assisted Living Residence for retirees and adults.
Michigan State Extension Service Workshop for Flint, Michigan Raised Beds and Worm Depositories

Will and Erika Allen conducted a two day Michigan State Extension Service conference on project planning for urban gardens on vacant lots at Flint, Michigan in early June. The program was a hands-on workshop building raised beds and a worm depository in the extension’s demonstration garden.
Dismantling Racism Took Kit and Ford Foundation Awardees

In early June Will Allen joined with fellow Ford Foundation awardees in Denver. The group has been meeting for two years along with New York University to discuss the topic of challenges and barriers encountered by people of color led organizations. The group is developing a tool kit to help people of color organize to be successful.
Risk Management of USDA National Conference Planning for Milwaukee, Sept. 12–15

Heather Ryan of Growing Power led conference planning between Growing Power and the Washington D.C. staff of the Risk Management office of the USDA for the Risk Management national conference to be held in Milwaukee on September 12–15 of 2007. Planning for this conference is on schedule.
Heifer International Reps Tour Growing Power Milwaukee and Chicago Projects, including Grant Park and Cabrini Green Offerings

Heifer International’s Global Urban Agricultural Conference took place in Chicago the third week of June. As a part of the conference representatives from Heifer International toured the Growing Power facility as well as The Jackson Park Community Garden & Urban Farm, The Grant Park Urban Agriculture Potager and The Chicago Avenue Garden at Cabrini-Green.
Urkrain Project

Will Allen traveled to the Ukraine the week of July 7–14 on behalf of the Institute For Sustainable Communities to assist the Institute in assessing social enterprise development projects of NGOs in the Ukraine and their interest in using the Growing Power model for social entrepreneurship. Will and also did a series of presentations throughout the country.

These are some of the highlights of what has been up with
Growing Power. Your interest and support are greatly appreciated. With your continued interest and support we can all grow together.

Please feel free to contact us at: Growing Power, Inc.

5500 West
Silver Springs Road, Milwaukee, WI 53218
Phone: 414 527–1546 Fax: 414 527–1908
Email: staff@growingpower.org
Website: www.growingpower.org
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july 19

Please Copy Picture and Article and Upload to Agora :)

http://www.onmilwaukee.com/buzz/articles/nocars.html
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july 18

Tegan’s One Hour Tutorial Product

Hey Tyler,

Can you send me any link that shows the product of your one-hour on-line chat room tutorial with Tegan that I can use to brag about our technological moxy?

:)

P.S. Did she show you how to make a picture collage yet? If not will you ask for some on-line chat room instruction and make a collage of any group of pictures you have and send me the link. :)
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http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/DailyAgoraAnnouncements/HomePage#toc7 that one has a heck of a lot of intra page links for the references. also all the back to top links are new. and i used ignore formatting on several bits so they didn’t make new pages.

now about a collage, do you mean, showing pictures in a grid? i’m not really sure what you mean by collage.
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Godsils Reply

Hey Tyler,

Scroll down the main page of the MkeRen until you come to
Riverwest Co-op Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary
Or, you could do a search for those words.

:)
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oh, just a bunch of pictures in overlay, as one big pic? i can definitely do that.
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Pleas Upload “Shepherd” Front Page Picture and Article at Agora

Hey Tyler,

See if you can take the Shepherd article, including front page and other pictures, on the Bonobos and upload the entire thing from the “Shepherd” website when it comes out with this week’s cover story on the Bonobos.
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do you know when it updates?
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Godsils Reply

probably in a couple of days :)
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!!Storied State Department Diplomat, Michael Macy, a Son of Milwaukee, Coming Home to Share Rumi Poems and Middle Eastern Foreign Service Experiences, August 15-18

Godsil,

I am planning on being in Milwaukee August 15–18 and would love to see you. Let me know if anyone wants a speaker on Rumi, travel, the Foreign Service. It will be great to see you. All the best. Michael

Michael Macy
Cultural Attaché
Embassy of the United States
24 Grosvenor Square
London W1A 2LH

Tel: 020 7894 0624
Mobile: 07909 990353
Fax: 020 7894 0699

email: macymp@state.gov

How about a Rumi/Hafiz event this August 15th?

Featuring Karen and Michael Macy, with perhaps a bit of time for you, me, and others to read their Rumi or Hafiz, or works inspired by Rumi and Hafiz?

Here is what I’m sending to the sweet ones.

Last year Milwaukee’s Michael Macy offered about 30 of us a wonderful evening of Rumi poetry at the Woodland Pattern Bookstore. A smaller group of us had dinner before the event at Sharizad.

Michael is returning to Milwaukee this August 15–18 and would very much enjoy sharing Rumi poetry, or talking about his tour of duty for the State Department in London, Afganistan, Saudi Arabia, experiencing pieces of the Milwaukee renaissance, and more.

Michael is also the State Department official who recognized the importance of Will Allen’s Growing Power city farm methods. He arranged for Will to address the Royal Society of London and be interviewed for world-wide BBC broadcast. He also took me to meet his friend of 30 years, Amherst, Wisconsin’s Mark Klein, one of the founders of the Midwest Renewal Energy Association.

Michael may be the person to carry Milwaukee’s edge of history projects to the awareness of the European and Anglophone world, in his capacity as a State Department cultural attache in London.

Would you like to have some on-line conversations about Michael’s visit and invite some of your friends or professional colleagues about how to assemble this visit?

What say?

Why not?

Godsil
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what of this is to be uploaded, and what is personal correspondence? it looks like i should start right after sweet ones, but i’m not sure.
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Godsils Reply

Hey Tyler,

Everything after the cover sentence, e.g. !!Storied...

including Macy’s note to me that starts with “Godsil…
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oh, i kept out this bit of contact info. i’ll put it back if ya want.

Michael Macy
Cultural Attaché
Embassy of the United States
24 Grosvenor Square
London W1A 2LH

Tel: 020 7894 0624
Mobile: 07909 990353
Fax: 020 7894 0699

email: macymp@state.gov
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Godsils Reply

yes put it back.

:)
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Pl. Create Michael Macy Home Page at Culture(see sidebar)

Please creat Michael Macy home page at culture and upload this information there.

Michael Macy is a 4th generation Milwaukeean who is finishing up a long career as a cultural affairs officer in the Middle East and Western Asia, which included tours in Kabul during the recent Afghan war, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, before that, Mali before that, and most recently London.

Michael wants very much to help us personalize the people of Western Asia and the Middle East in his remaining years in this mortal realm.

Michael loves Rumi, Hafiz, and other Sufi poets. His formal training includes work under the tutelage of Sufi Master Pir Vilayet Inayet Khan.

Macy in Kabul During Afghan War

http://www.caorc.org/news/highlights/aias/aias-2005-04-06.htm

American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS)
Hosts Renowned Rumi Expert, Coleman Barks

The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies played a central role in the eight-day March visit of American poet and translator Coleman Barks to Afghanistan on an Academic specialist grant from the U.S. Department of State/Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over the past quarter-century, Barks has done more than anyone else to make 13th century mystic Jalaluddin Rumi the best-selling poet in America. His visit, in cooperation with the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, marks the renewal of the U.S. State Department Speaker and Specialist Program in post-conflict Afghanistan.

Barks came also as a long-standing friend of Dr. Whitney Azoy, AIAS Senior Research Fellow and Center Director. While in Kabul, Barks stayed at the AIAS Center which also hosted his first performance. Serving as Persian poetry reciter for the week was AIAS employee Rohullah Amin, who traveled to Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh, and Herat with Barks and Azoy.

more at http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itps/1299/ijpe/macy.htm

Macy in Riyadh Saudi Arabia

http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2003/s985609.htm

Macy in Mali

U.S. MILITARY’S PEACETIME EFFORTS REACH
TIMBUKTU, OTHER CITIES IN MALI
By Michael Macy

The U.S. military’s efforts to help the people of Mali are a direct result of an ongoing relationship between U.S. and Malian forces that began shortly after the West African nation became democratic and committed itself to participate in peacekeeping, says Michael Macy, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bamako. Outlining a broad range of peacetime engagement activities in Mali in recent years, Macy says that nation “has continued to develop democratic institutions, and U.S. training has encouraged an appropriate role for the Malian military in the new democracy.” Many people believe that Timbuktu is a mythical place, a symbol for the end of the earth. However, Timbuktu is real, a city in Mali, West Africa. It is the legendary place where camels from the Sahara Desert meet canoes arriving on the Niger River — the highway that has carried the trade of West Africa for at least two millennia. It is also the site where U.S. military personnel are now working with Malians to improve health care and education in their nation. Mali is one of the world’s least developed countries. Landlocked, its heart’s blood is the Niger River that dissects the country. The Niger provides the water that sustains Mali’s people and nourishes its agriculture. Timbuktu lies at the northernmost bend of the river, where it meets the Sahara. It was there that the grain, fish, and gold brought by boat were traded for the salt and goods from throughout the world that were carried by camels across the desert. This trade continues today when the salt caravans arrive in Timbuktu to trade with the Bozo boatmen who bring rice, fish, and grain. Timbuktu was the elusive goal for European explorers for hundreds of years, only becoming truly accessible during this century. In 1998 General James Jamerson, Deputy Commander in Chief of the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM), followed the footsteps of those earlier explorers to Timbuktu. That visit led to U.S. military assistance for humanitarian and development projects in Timbuktu. The U.S. Army’s involvement in initiatives to help the people of Timbuktu was a direct result of an ongoing relationship between U.S. and Malian military forces. That relationship began shortly after Mali became democratic and committed itself to participate in peacekeeping. The Malian army was instrumental in the overthrow of the dictatorship of Mousa Traoure in 1991. The officers who led that coup promised to hold free and fair elections, and they kept that promise in 1992. When civilian control of the Malian military was established, the U.S. Army began to provide assistance. Almost as soon as U.S. troops arrived in Mali, they began to include development projects as part of their training programs and volunteered to provide assistance to the communities they visited. The first contingents of U.S. troops in Mali were elements of the National Guard, who conducted two Civic Action Programs. A U.S. Army National Guard unit from Tennessee held “sick calls,” during which they offered medical services for civilians in 10 villages in the Sevare region in central Mali. The medical team provided vaccinations, vitamin supplements, and basic medical treatment to all of the residents of those villages. In the second initiative, elements from the Alabama Air National Guard reconstructed a kindergarten on a Malian military base in the same region. This school served both the base and civilians living in the area.

Malians and Americans are involved in peacetime engagement in other ways. In 1993 the first Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) program, conducted by U.S. Special Operations Forces, took place in Mali. The JCET exercises have been held every year since then. During this program, the Malian Army participated in light infantry and peacekeeping exercises. In 1994 the U.S. Department of Defense made a major donation of equipment to Mali with the gift to the Ministry of Health of a field hospital including x-ray equipment, beds, exam tables, refrigerators, and other items. As more U.S. military personnel became familiar with Mali, they wanted to increase efforts to promote the country’s development, and another Civic Action Program was launched in 1995. As part of the initiative, 30 members of the Minnesota Army National Guard provided medical services in 10 villages in the Senou region near Mali’s capital city of Bamako. That same year the Arkansas Air National Guard worked on a joint project with the Malian Air Force in which 20 U.S. airmen worked alongside 20 Malian servicemen to construct a new clinic at the Malian Air Force base in Senou. The project took a month and engendered even closer ties between U.S. and Malian military personnel. In 1995 the United States also conducted the first three phases of military justice training for the Malian armed forces under a program organized by the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS). This involved training both in Mali and the United States and focused on the role of the military in a democracy, civilian-military relations, and methods to assist Mali in developing a military justice system. A joint Army, Air Force, and Navy medical team from USEUCOM Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, went to Mali in 1996 for a MEDFLAG military medical exercise. The team provided emergency medical and crisis response training for the Malian military medical staff. The exercise included an enactment of a simulated train wreck that was so realistic that many people were convinced it was real. The team also provided sick call services to the local area. Phase four of the military justice training was held that year, and the U.S. Department of Defense also donated two fire trucks to the city of Bamako. There was an even greater expansion of military engagement in Mali in 1997 when three training exercises were held: two JCET exercises and the first Flintlock exercise, conducted by the U.S. Department of Defense. The Flintlock program lasted for two months in Mali and involved one company of Malian troops and one company from Senegal. There also were observers from Guinea, Gambia, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Benin, and Togo. The exercise included a development component, the construction of a school in Banankoro. The project was financed jointly by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Defense. Also in 1997 the U.S. Air Force provided transportation for the deployment of 680 Malian troops and 450 tons of equipment to Liberia to support peacekeeping. And the U.S. Foreign Military Financing program provided Mali with $350,000 for the training of pilots and mechanics to operate two reconditioned DC3 aircraft purchased from a U.S. company by the Malian Air Force. All of this activity inspired General Jamerson to visit Mali, and he could not resist the lure of Timbuktu. His visit there led to the U.S. donation to the city of two utility vans and two water trucks — gifts that symbolized the continuing close relationship between U.S. forces and the military and civilians of Mali. In 1998, U.S. supplies including beds, surgical equipment, school items, and bicycles were donated to Timbuktu and Kidal. The U.S. Department of Defense also provided support for the renovation of the high school in Timbuktu and a clinic in Kidal and for the construction of a community school near Timbuktu. The work is scheduled to be completed in 2000. These projects are being carried out by two U.S.-supported charitable organizations — Africare, in Timbuktu, and CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc.), in Kidal — and are examples of the many elements of the American community working together in Mali. Also in 1998, formal training began for Malian participation in the African Crisis Response Initiative (ACRI), a program to train and equip peacekeeping troops from a number of African nations. The initial training session ran from the beginning of February through March and involved a Malian battalion of 800 men and about 60 U.S. Special Forces instructors. During that time U.S. funding was provided to construct two clinics in the Sevare region. In November 1998, U.S. military personnel returned to Mali for a month to conduct sustainment training under the ACRI program. Phase five of the military justice training program also was held that year in Mali. All of these activities culminated in the opening of a Defense Attache’s (DAT) Office in the U.S. Embassy in Mali in 1999. It is expected that this will result in even closer ties between the U.S. and Mali. Along with the opening of the DAT office, there were a number of other activities in 1999. ACRI training continued, and Phase VI of the military justice training was held, along with a seminar on the role of the military in a democracy. Throughout the past seven years, Mali has continued to develop democratic institutions, and U.S. training has encouraged an appropriate role for the Malian military in the new democracy. The Malian Army continues to build on its traditions of professionalism and has participated in a number of peacekeeping efforts throughout Africa. U.S. military personnel have played a supportive role in these efforts and have contributed to projects that have led to improved health care and education and other benefits for the people of Mali. Their helping hands have truly reached all the way to Timbuktu.

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2005/08/21/17611461.php
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hey boss, is this bit supposed to be uploaded too? just seemed like Barks is a different article about someone else
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Godsils Reply

Hey Tyler,

The Barks article is probably written by Macy, who arranged to have this great translator of Rumi visit Afganistan.
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Errr… i made the page, and all the stuff was already there! umm… i’m a bit surprised… what just happened?
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Two Uploads

!!Dirt: A Natural Antidepressant

There’s scientific evidence that gardening and working on the land may affect the brain in a way similar to antidepressants. Researchers from Bristol University and University College London found that naturally occurring “friendly” bacteria in the soil, known as Mycobacterium vaccae, stimulate serotonin production by the brain. Cancer patients treated with the bacteria reported improved vitality and cognitive function and decreased pain. Low serotonin levels are linked to depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, irritable bowel and fibromyalgia. (medicalnewstoday.com <http://medicalnewstoday.com> )

Mary Lou Lamonda
lamonda@gmail.com

!!Web Links for Permaculture Activists

Greg Peterson, FarmerGreg@urbanfarm.org, http://www.permaculture.net/
International Institute for Ecological Agriculture, info@permaculture.com, http://www.permaculture.com/
Urban Permaculture Guild, kat@urbanpermacultureguild.org, http://www.urbanpermacultureguild.org/
Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead, info@permacultureportal.com, http://www.permacultureportal.com/index.html
Permaculture Activist, info@permacultureactivist.net, http://www.permacultureactivist.net/

On 7/12/07, James Godsil < godsil.james@gmail.com> wrote:

Hey Tyler,

Please google “permaculture” and see how many e-mails of heads of permaculture projects you can send my way in 15 minutes. They don’t have to be U.S. groups.

Please do the same for city farming or urban farming.

:)
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july 16

CC[Fwd: RE: [Fwd: Garden Park]]

Hi Maria, do you have photos?

Also, If you send a blurb and photos to Tyler from Milwaukee Renaissance (Godsil’s site), he can post them too, (I hope —Tyler, correct me if I’m wrong.)

I’m glad we’re all working together on this. Thank you. :)

Sura

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: [Fwd: Garden Park]
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 09:06:13 −0500
From: Pamela H. Schaefer
To: Sura Faraj

Thanks.,…if the guardians have any photos of the Gardeners market, we would like to use them for our next newsletter.

From: Sura Faraj
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2007 6:59 AM
To: Pamela H. Schaefer
Cc:
Subject: Re: [Fwd: Garden Park]

Thank you for keeping communication open.

There was a very nice Gardeners’ Market yesterday, along with a Free Market (which will be repeated in 4 weeks). I saw Maria there and we discussed the plans a bit. It looks like Guardians of Greenspace is planning on getting letters/signatures over the summer to support the sale to MUG when the DNR signs off.

Pamela H. Schaefer wrote:
> Thanks for the update……..I thought the city might take this position, and frankly ,I do not think Ms Kern or MUG would be interested in taking either ownership or control of the property until DNR grants site closure. To do so before that would place the owner at risk of incurring potential environmental liability. Please keep us informed of any other news! Pam Schaefer
> From: Sura Faraj
> Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 3:10 PM
> To: whendee; Maria Karpfinger; Peg Karpfinger; valerie fendt; Vince Bushell; Marina Lee; Kristin S./ Mike M.; Kristin Schultheis; jen lyons; Belle Bergner; Hanna Rose; Janice Christensen, Riverwest Neighborhood Association; sura faraj; Pamela H. Schaefer;
> Subject: [Fwd: Garden Park]
>
> Hi all, I was just typing an email to Benji, when I got this from Kori.
> more delays.
>
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Garden Park
> Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 15:03:19 −0500
> From: Kori Schneider
> To: Sura Faraj
>
>
> I just received a voicemail message from Benji. To summarize: the City needs to be granted “closure” (to prevent environmental liability) by the DNR before putting out the RFP (probably by Spring of ‘08).
>
> The City is also drafting a letter in response to Pam Schaffer’s (MUG) inquiries, which I don’t know anything about, but maybe you do.
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!!High Wind "Unintentional Intentional Community"

15 of us had a lovely tour of the High Wind community yesterday. I’ve posted
some photos on the Yahoo Group site for all to see:
http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/sustainable_se_wisconsin/photos

I wish I’d also captured the beautiful natural landscaping… What an
amazing place! The community is perched on a ridge about 20 miles from the
Lake Michigan coast, overlooking a gorgous, mostly untouched valley
stretching to the east. Four residents of the former intentional community,
including three who still live there, told us about the fascinating history
of the “unintentional intentional community” and then gave us tours of three
of the homes, all featuring passive solar design, active solar technology,
and other innovations for reduced ecological impact.

One of the many inspiring things about the experience for me was that
despite the fact that the three founders are all now advanced in years, and
despite all the turmoil and changes the community endured, these amazing
people still feel called to spread the word about sustainable living,
through consulting, writing, speaking, and giving tours of their community.

If you came on the tour and have more photos or reactions to share, please
do!

To learn more about the homes, the people, and the community, see:
http://www.wisconsun.org/learn/cs_lagerman_mann.shtml
http://communities.ic.org/87/3287.php
http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC02/Paulson.htm
http://www.smartcommunities.ncat.org/success/plymoth.shtml
http://www.oberlin.edu/alummag/winter2004/ats_2.html
http://www.designcoalition.org/projects/plymouth.htm
http://www.riverwestcurrents.org/2004/October/002226.html

Peace,
Nicole
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Please Upload

Hey Tyler,

My phone is dead so I could not contact you yesterday. I’m taking it in today. Please let me know what I owe you and I’ll try to get it over to you today.

!!"Superbia: 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods,"

Meeting of Sustainable S.E. Wisconsin, Tuesday, July 24th from 6:30 to 8pm at Urban Ecology. Might you be able to join us?

We don’t have any power of creation - we have only the power of assembly. So you just stand there and watch things connect to each other, in some amazement actually. - Bill Mollison (founder, permaculture)

Germination: Easy Steps

1. Sponsor community dinners.
2. Establish a community newsletter, bulletin board, and community roster.
3. Establish a neighborhood watch program.
4. Start neighborhood clubs (eg, investment, gardening, exercise clubs).
5. Form discussion groups (eg, book clubs, simplicity circles).
6. Establish a neighborhood baby-sitting coop.
7. Form an organic food buying co-op.
8. Create car or van pools.
9. Create a neighborhood work-share program.
10. Create a neighborhood mission statement.
11. Create an asset inventory (residents’ skills, tools available to share, historic & environmental assets in the neighborhood).

Leafing Out: Bolder Steps

12. Tear down fences: open back yards to create shared play space, space for neighbors to mingle, and a community garden.
13. Plant a community garden and orchard.
14. Establish a neighborhood composting and recycling program.
15. Plant shade trees to create a more favorable microclimate & wildlife habitat.
16. Replace asphalt and concrete with porous pavers and greenery.
17. Establish an edible landscape (incrementally replace lawns).
18. Become a CSA (community supported agriculture) drop-off site.
19. Create a car-share program, purchasing a van or truck for rent to community members.
20. Begin community-wide retrofitting of homes and yards for energy efficiency.
21. Solarize your homes (retrofit for passive solar).

Your Neighborhood Blossoms: Boldest Steps

22. Create a community energy system.
23. Establish alternative water and wastewater systems (collect rainwater, install greywater systems, composting toilets).
24. Establish a more environmentally friendly transportation strategy (eg, increase bike & pedestrian access)
25. Create a common house.
26. Create a community-shared office.
27. Establish weekly entertainment for the community.
28. Narrow or eliminate streets, converting more space to park and edible landscape, walkways and picnic areas.
29. Retrofit garages and spare rooms into apartments, or add granny flats to house students or others in need of housing.
30. Establish a mixed-use neighborhood by opening a coffee shop, convenience store, or garden market.
31. Foster diversity through creation of multifamily dwellings.

Nicole Bickham
Paths to a Sustainable Future
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sustainable_se_wisconsin/
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july 12

Uploading to Milwaukee Renaisance

Hello, I’m Tyler Schuster. I just uploaded your rain garden article to the Agora.

Uploading to the Agora is a simple process.

  • First go to the Agora page. Then click the edit tab and enter the password when prompted. Godsil will happily give out the password.

  • Next copy the name of your Article and paste it right below this: (:toc:). after the title has been pasted in add a pair of exclamation marks before it. so far it should look like this:

(:toc:)

!!Planning for a Rainy Day

  • Then simply copy and paste in the rest of the article underneath the title.

  • After the article is inserted and set up to your satisfaction, add this on a line beneath it: [[#top | Back to Top]] That will make a link back to the top.
  • Finally, enter your name in the Author box below the edit window, and add a summary of the change in the summary window. then click save.

Several notes: the !! is what makes the title both bold, and an entry in the table of contents.

also, no line can start with a space. it makes the formating go all strange.

If you want a bit of your article to be in itallics surround it with 2 single quotes like this: ''Italics''

if you want some text to be bold surround the text with 3 single quotes. like this: '''bold'''

It’s an easy process, and I hope I didn’t make it sound to complicated. In the end it’s just copy and paste with a few simple additions.

Also if you enter something and it goes wrong, just send me a message and I’ll go fix it and tell you what happened.

If you need to add pictures to an article. that’s a different story. feel free to ask me though, I can walk you through it.

Thank you for your time and interest!
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Shirly Krugs Reply

Hi, Tyler. I was unaware I could do the uploads myself. I believe Jim has already given me the passwords. XXXXXX for text and XXXXXX for pictures. Is that correct? If yes, next time I’ll try myself, SK

Shirley Krug
Project Manager
Phone 414–225–2048

“When we work together as a region, we succeed as a region.”
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Close, it’s XXXXXX for pictures (and yes, i do detect a pattern here :) )
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Godsils Reply

This is great work!

Olde :)
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awww thanks boss, you make me blush :P
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E Mail Group Project

Hey Tyler,

Might you send me the groups of e-mailed addresses for the faculties you had collected from UWM history, dance, theatre, etc.

Also, please spend about l/2 hour seeing how many e-mail addresses of MPS, Catholic, or Lutheran high school principals you can locate and send them my way.

Also, please spend about 15 minutes at the Milwaukee Government web site and see how many heads of city department e-mail addresses you can locate and send my way.

Viva, Tyler!

Godsil
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heya, i did send you those emails. it was in a second email.
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Here are the MPS school emails i could find:

Tina Owen, owentm@mail.milwaukee.k12.wi.us, The Alliance School ,
Roxane Mayeur, ahroxz@ameritech.net, Community High School,
Larry Miller, lmillerf@execpc.com, W.E.B. Du Bois High School,
Eugene Humphrey, humphrex@milwaukee.k12.wi.us, Milwaukee High School of the Arts,
Dr. Dura R. Hale, haledr@mail.milwaukee.k12.wi.us, Milwaukee Academy of Aviation, Science, & Technology,
Marty Horning, marty@newschoolmilwaukee.org, New School for Community Service,
Theresa Erbe, terbe007@hotmail.com, Professional Learning Institute,
Julia D’Amato, juldamato@aol.com, Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School,
Dr. Daniel Donder, donderdj@milwaukee.k12.wi.us, Riverside University High School,
Amita Antao, a_antao@email.com, Washington High School of Law, Education and Public Service,
Greg Ogunbowale, ogunbogy@hotmail.com, Washington High School of Expeditionary Learning,
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here are the 2 lutheran schools i found the info for. none of the catholic schools seemed to have principal contact info.

Mr. Paul Bahr, pbahr@milwaukeelutheranhs.org , MILWAUKEE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL,
Ned Goede, nhgoede@wlhs.k12.wi.us, Wisconsin Lutheran High School
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I could only get 4 directors emails. here ya go.

Mary Reavey, mreavey@milwaukee.gov, Assessor’s Office,
Ronald D. Leonhardt, rleonh@milwaukee.gov, City Clerk,
Steven L. Mahan, smahan@milwaukee.gov, Community Development Grants Administration,
Christopher Martin, cmarti@milwaukee.gov, Emerging Business Enterprise Program,
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Godsils reply

What department were they from?

Can you get any of their middle ranking associates’ e-mail addreses, along with titles?
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Another Two 15 minute gig :)

Hey Tyler,

Please google “permaculture” and see how many e-mails of heads of permaculture projects you can send my way in 15 minutes. They don’t have to be U.S. groups.

Please do the same for city farming or urban farming.

:)
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Godsils Addition

Hey Tyler,

Try googling “bonobo” and send what contact info you can that I can reach out to via e-mails.

:)
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Here’s what i could find about permaculture. it’s not quite what you asked for. i hope it’s ok though.

Greg Peterson, FarmerGreg@urbanfarm.org, http://www.permaculture.net/
International Institute for Ecological Agriculture, info@permaculture.com, http://www.permaculture.com/
Urban Permaculture Guild, kat@urbanpermacultureguild.org, http://www.urbanpermacultureguild.org/
Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead, info@permacultureportal.com, http://www.permacultureportal.com/index.html
Permaculture Activist, info@permacultureactivist.net, http://www.permacultureactivist.net/
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Posted by: “N Bickham” nlbickham@earthlink.net nbickham
Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:19 am (PST)
July 5, 2007

The Twisted Logic of Eco-Sprawl

When Building Green Ain’t So Green

By DON FITZ

Look at the web site for the next green builder you see on TV or in the
daily paper. Does the site show plans for a home with trees and no parking
garage? Or, is it another house plan that tells you how many cars the garage
will hold and says nothing about trees?

Many green architects and builders are doing their best to create
environmentally friendly homes. But most have a narrow focus on
eco-techniques. They rarely understand that current construction is actually
making environmental problems worse.

Politicians who promote green building are not helping. Their bandwagon
jumping indicates they are not seriously concerned with global warming. US
building practices in the early 21st century will probably increase CO2
emissions rather than reduce them.

Wasted energy in homes deserves far more than the shallow attention it is
receiving. An estimated 43% of US energy goes to buildings. [1] The average
US homes devotes 51% of its energy to heating and 4% to cooling. [2] Over
90% of energy is produced in nasty ways (coal, oil, gas and nukes) that
attack human health, lay waste to ecosystems, and release greenhouse gases.

Here’s 10 ways that the green building fad is not improving the environment.

1. It ain’t green to ignore perfectly good homes.

Many (if not most) US municipalities have a law prohibiting more than three
unrelated people from living in the same house. The single most important
green building practice would be to eliminate those laws.

Producing a ton of cement results in the creation of a ton of CO2. New homes
take a lot of cement, which means emitting a lot of CO2. What’s the point of
building new homes and apartments when so many homes have empty space from
grown children moving out or from a spouse dying?

It wasn’t that many decades ago that Americans dealt with issues of
isolation and finances by renting out empty space. Or some people got a
bigger house for the purpose of renting rooms. Now, that could get you a
citation.

This is just one way our grandparents were environmentally friendly without
thinking about it. During a recent eco-house tour, I asked if it had an
attic fan, and the builder replied that, no, it would not be energy
efficient to circulate hot air through the house. I explained that you
should use an attic fan to pull cool air through the downstairs early in the
morning and close the windows so it stays 65 to 75 degrees throughout the
day. He looked at me like he wasn’t’ quite sure if such a strange idea would
work.

There’s something terribly wrong with “green” building practices that have
no memory of traditions like renting bedroom space, designing
cross-ventilation, and using fans instead of costly gadgets.

2. It ain’t green to build massive homes.

Alex Wilson wrote that the size of US homes more than doubled between the
1950s and 2003. [3]. At the same time, the number of people living in homes
decreased, meaning that the average space per person had grown three-fold by
the beginning of this century.

Wilson shows that eco-practices don’t solve the size problem. Poorly
insulated homes of 1500 square feet use less energy than well insulated
homes of 3000 square feet. Economies of scale do not make larger homes more
efficient per square foot. Bigger homes use proportionally more lumber and
other materials due to higher walls and they lose efficiency from longer
runs for ducts and pipes.

Stan Cox discovered that many home owners associations actually require this
huge waste by dictating minimum square footage for homes and garages with
space for two or more cars. [4]. One reason for increased space is that
middle class American buy (or receive as presents) more and more crap that
they use one or zero times and then store until they die and their relatives
clean out their home.

There is considerable psychological research showing that increasing the
quantity of possessions only leads to big increases in happiness when it
helps move people out of poverty After that, there is diminishing returns,
with large increases in possessions doing nothing for life satisfaction. [5]

It’s similar with quantity of living space per person. Most Americans grew
up in a home where boys shared one room and girls shared another. The trend
towards a private bedroom for every child probably has no effect on
happiness while harming kids’ ability to share. Excessive space in homes
damages the environment and encourages the anti-social value of lavish
greed.

3. It ain’t green to encourage urban sprawl.

Builders love to advertise that a home can be designed green for any income
range in any location. Really? This thinking reflects a profound disconnect
between designing homes and planning urban areas. How can a home possibly be
green if its location requires long distance commuting for work, school,
shopping and recreation?

To its credit, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
standards give credit if a new home is built on an existing lot, which
encourages use of vacant urban space. This is a positive band aide, as band
aides go. But aren’t we long past recognizing the huge environmental
destructiveness of replacing farms and parks with pavement? Wouldn’t a
government seriously concerned with global warming figure out a way to halt
it?

4. It ain’t green to build as if space for homes has nothing to do with
transportation.

Detroit and St. Louis are some of the worst examples of US cities which have
huge vacant areas in the center which are surrounded by vast suburbs. This
damages the ability to have an efficient mass transportation system, which
requires high density to (a) make sure bus and train cars are full and (b)
enable people to walk and bike for most trips.

Oblivious to issues of density, green builders typically advertise how many
cars fit into their eco-friendly garages. The vision of neighborhoods
without cars, without driveways and without parking spaces does not make it
into many design plans.

5. It ain’t green to ignore advantages of multi-family homes.

A few green apartments, condos, co-ops and co-housing units are being
constructed. They should be commended. Multi-family homes are clearly the
best way to mesh green building with green transportation. They cut land
space usage by at least a half - more for taller buildings. This creates
more density and/or more green space. Since many people rarely venture into
their yards, multi-family homes are likely to have smaller average yard
space, but space that is actually used rather than merely serving to sprawl
people apart.

Multi-family homes are much more efficient, both during construction and
use. There is more sharing of mechanical systems, less building material
used, and less heat loss because there is less surface area. Architect Bryan
Bowan estimates that just sharing walls “can reduce energy consumption by
20–30%.” [6]

However, some of the most notorious public housing projects were touted as
building up to preserve green spaces. It is just as important to ensure that
the amount of space per person is not too low as it is to prevent it from
going too high. One approach would be requiring condos, apartments,
co-housing and co-ops to make 20–30% of their units available to low income
families and making sure federal dollars finance it.

6. It ain’t green to pretend that there is no advantage to building
underground.

Sometimes it is necessary to build a single family home - especially if
there is an empty lot too small for a multi-family unit. But why not take
advantage of the more constant temperatures underground? If you’ve ever been
in a cave, you know they are naturally “air conditioned” in the summer and
naturally warmed in the winter.

Rob Roy uses the groundbreaking ideas of architect Malcolm Wells to describe
how to construct “earth-sheltered” homes. By building a house 6 to 8 feet
below grade level (for a single story home, a few feet more for two
stories), Roy says it “is like moving 1000 miles to the south.” In northern
New York, where he lives, earth temperature varies from 40 degrees to 60
degrees. [7]

When I walk around St. Louis, I see new homes going up which universally
ignore the benefits of building partially underground. By far, the most
typical design for both single-family and multi-family homes is to build the
garage as part of the basement. The most earth-comforted member of the
family is the family car.

7. It ain’t green to not know what the word “green” means.

You might think that every green builder realizes that “green” means plants
and that trees would be an inherent part of the design. Not so. If you tour
a green building, notice if the tour guide points out where some trees are
placed for summer shading and other trees are placed to break the chilling
winds of winter.

This actually happens for some green homes; but as the fad catches on, most
builders focus on the latest energy efficiency gadgets. Like attic fans and
cross ventilation, the traditional knowledge of trees seems to be fading
from architectural memory.

Earth-sheltered homes take “green” to a higher level by growing plants in
dirt on the roof. Though earth by itself is not a good insulator, plants do
insulate. And earth holds snow, which is a very good insulator. In the
summer, rooftop plants offer shade and moisture evaporation cools the roof.
The dirt helps protect the home from fire and noise.

8. It ain’t green to protect the environment with one hand while destroying
it with the other.

Virtually everyone involved in green building promotes it as the new growth
industry. Huh? There will be huge single-family houses built on expansive
lots with energy efficient devices which are constructed and transported
using fossil fuels. And there will be more each year to help fuel the gross
domestic product (GDP) and serve as an extravagant growth model for the rest
of the world. If this is how you protect the environment, how would you
destroy it?

When you tour a green home, see if there is a sign next to the washing
machine connection which says “Since clothes dryers are the greatest energy
hogs and clothes lines work just as well, there is no space for a dryer.”
You might look a long time for that sign. Green homes tend to encourage the
owner to use as many electricity-based appliances as possible. Though
individual gadgets in green homes are more energy efficient, they are part
of an overall dynamic which increases the use of electricity each year.

9. It ain’t green to build homes that will not outlast our grandchildren.

The biggest problem with building a green home is that it is a new building.
At a recent Green Party forum, I asked if anyone lived in an old home. A few
people said they live in a 100- or 110-year-old home. A refugee from the
Green Party of Germany then pointed out that an “old” home in Europe was
300, 400 or 500 years old.

Buildings in the US have a life expectancy of 50 years. [8] The Sierra Club
wants to reduce energy consumption by 60–80% by 2050. [9] The fact that
current construction assumes that homes will last an average of 50 years
means that when 2050 is reached, it will be about time to begin replacing
the energy efficient homes that are currently being constructed. That’s not
energy efficient.

One green home I toured had casement windows which were guaranteed for 10
years. 10 years?

If the manufacturer cannot guarantee that windows will endure, how many
other parts of the home are designed to fall apart and require energy and
resources for replacement? (Maybe we’re supposed to appreciate that
replacing the planned obsolescence will be done with great energy
efficiency.)

10. Voluntary green ain’t green.

No one who wants to reduce highway deaths advocates that drinking while
driving should be voluntary or that everyone should choose whether they
drive on the left or right side of the road. The most pathetic aspect of the
environmental movement is people parading their lifestyle choices as if
individual decisions could ever make the GDP go down instead of up.

If politicians actually believed that there were crises in peak oil and
global warming they would spend less time getting their picture in the paper
every time a green home is built. Instead, they would be drafting
legislation requiring not only energy efficient devices but a whole range of
changes in the way space is used for living and transportation.

What would deep green building be?

The first step in deep green building would be rejecting the absurd idea
that you can do it one home at a time. The architects and builders I have
met seem to be sincere people who are trying to do the best they can. But
most jump to expensive green gadgets or efficiency systems before looking
for low-tech solutions. A more basic problem is seeing the issue as home
design rather than city redesign.

Urban structure hamstrings the creation of truly green homes. The clearest
example is transportation. The absence of efficient mass transportation
compels the construction of garages and driveways. It makes no sense to
build homes without garages if there is no way to get around without a car.

Cars destroy neighborhoods, which should be the building blocks of city
living. Urban space should have workplaces, stores, schools, parks and
churches located so that most can be reached by bicycling or walking and all
can be reached by train or bus. A good goal would be for the average city
person to complete 80% of trips by walking or bicycling and 80% of the
remaining trips should be reachable by train or bus. This would mean that
cars would only be necessary for 4% of trips. (If the figures for most trips
were 90% and 90%, cars would only be necessary for 1% of trips.)

If people could get to where they needed to go without a car, they would be
vastly more interested in living in a co-op or co-housing unit which had no
individual parking spaces and relied on motor pool vehicles that could be
reserved for that 4% (or 1%) of trips. The rebirth of neighborhoods based on
the drastic reduction in use of cars would fundamentally alter the way homes
are designed.

In order to make most trips accessible by walking or bicycling, urban space
requires the high density of multi-family homes. People need enough space to
be comfortable, but they do not need the gargantuan space of current
suburban homes. Society needs to minimize energy utilized in the
construction of homes, living in them, and getting around from home to other
places.

Integrating ideas of ecology and neighborhood development would mean using
the following principles in deep green housing: existing homes should
maximize traditional practices such as renting rooms to boarders, attic fans
and trees for heating/cooling; parking spaces should be reduced by 95% and
replaced with parks or new homes or buildings; new homes should be
multi-family or earth-sheltered single-family; and, no new building plan
should be approved until its design documents that it should last 300 to 500
years.

The very last step of deep green building would be utilizing the many types
of eco-stuff that have been introduced in recent years. Just a few of what
are available include heating/cooling systems that use 50% less energy;
geothermal systems that utilize temperatures beneath a home; insulating
glass; solar panels; solatubes that can provide light to basements from the
second floor; and earth building with natural materials or salvage
materials.

The problem is when the eco-gadget tail wags the urban dog. Thinking of
green homes as nothing but a sum of eco-gadgets leads to viewing cities as
nothing but a sum of eco-homes. The inability to design green neighborhoods
means eco-homes actually help perpetuate urban sprawl.

The “shallow green” approach to buildings may look like it is a step in the
right direction, but it is not. By failing to come to grips with the
economics of growth, current green building practices are increasing the
efficiency of components of houses at the same time they contribute to the
overall expansion of energy usage, thereby increasing toxic wastes and
greenhouse gas emissions.

Building practices that ain’t green have a gadget fetish that is blind to
the big picture. Deep green building would focus on low-tech and no-tech
solutions. Deep green building would integrate transportation into home
design. Deep green building would aim to improve living space while
decreasing the gross domestic product, a concept which is anathema to
shallow green economics.

Don Fitz is editor of Synthesis/Regeneration: A Magazine of Green Social
Thought, which is sent to members of The Greens/Green Party USA. He would
like to receive data estimating the total percentage of energy savings on
multi-family homes compared to single-family homes of the same size. He can
be contacted at fitzdon@aol.com

Notes

1. Brown, M., Stovall, T., & Hughes, P. Potential carbon emissions
reductions in the buildings sector, in Kutscher, C.F. (Ed.) Tackling climate
change in the U.S. American Solar Energy Society, 2007. 51–68.

2. Heinberg, R. The party’s over. New Society Publishers, 2003, 148. The
rest of home energy goes to water heating, lights and appliances.

3. Wilson, A. Small is beautiful: US house size, resource use, and the
environment. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 2005,Vol 9, Nos 1–2, 277–287.

4. Cox, S. The property cops: Homeowner
<http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/51001/> associations ban eco-friendly
practices, April 26, 2007. http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/51001/

5 Jackson, T. Live better by consuming less? Journal of Industrial Ecology,
2005,Vol 9, Nos 1–2, 19–36.

6. Bowan, B. e-mail of June 6, 2007

7. Roy, R. Earth-sheltered
<http://www.motherearthnews.com/Green-Home-Building/2006-10-01/Earth-shelter
ed-Homes.aspx> homes. Mother Earth News, October/November 2006, No. 218

8. Swisher, J.N. Potential carbon emissions reductions from energy
efficiency by 2030, in Kutscher, 39–49.

9. Sierra Club, Renewable energy experts unveil report. Sierra club press
release, January 31, 2007. Contact Josh Dorner, josh.dorner@sierraclub.org
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Kansas City’s ‘10,000 Rain Gardens’ Initiative Curbs Stormwater, Pollution

The Black & Veatch headquarters’ rain garden in Kansas City, Mo. All photos courtesy of Black & Veatch. Click on each photo for a larger image.

Dan McCarthy, right, president and chief executive officer of Black & Veatch, plans his personal rain garden with his wife Jan, and Kristopher Dabner, owner of The Greensman, a garden design and installation business in Kansas City, Mo.
The McCarthy’s home rain garden.

Kansas City, Mo., residents are stepping up their efforts to help the environment as part of 10,000 Rain Gardens — an initiative that has city dwellers digging in the dirt to improve the region’s water quality and reduce stormwater runoff.

Rain gardens consist of native plants planted in shallow basins. The plants’ deep roots allow water to infiltrate the soil. A well-designed rain garden can trap and retain a significant percentage of pollutants common in stormwater runoff, thereby improving water quality, according to a news release from engineering, consulting, and construction company Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.). 10,000 Rain Gardens educates Kansas City residents on how to plant their own rain garden and why it is important for the environment.

The initiative started a few years ago when members of KC-One, the city’s stormwater management program, had a conversation at the city’s stormwater steering committee meeting about engaging residents to work on stormwater issues.

“We were looking for a way to communicate with [residents] about their own issues and how they could help,” said Jeff Henson, director of water resources for Black & Veatch and KC-One project manager. The idea of a rain garden program came up as part of a brainstorming session at that meeting, and with Mayor Kay Barnes’ approval, the initiative went into effect with funding from KC-One, explained Henson.

In the past few years, 10,000 Rain Gardens workshops and educational programs have informed residents on the benefits of rain gardens, as well as how to plant and maintain one in their own yards. The initiative’s Web site, www.rainkc.com , offers many diagrams, downloads, a list and photographs of native plants, and other resources for both novice gardeners and green thumbs.

“It’s very much an information and awareness system,” said Scott Cahail, environmental manager for the Water Services Dept of Kansas City. “The Web site is by far the biggest tool to reach the most people. We’re well over 100,000 visits.”

Workshops offered to residents have been extremely popular. “We’ve sold each one of those out, with about 80 people at each,” Cahail said.

Although Cahail said he couldn’t gauge Kansas City’s water challenges in comparison to other urban environments, any measures citizens taken to help improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff are beneficial.

“There are concerns, as there are in most urban situations, about water quality,” Cahail said. “Kansas City is actually a very large city, area-wise. And the Missouri River runs somewhat through the middle of it … there [are] a lot of challenges that come along with that.”

Cahail said a few streams that run through the city are prone to flooding and have caused flash flooding, resulting in human fatalities in the past. “Then you add in water quality issues and it’s ‘wow, we’ve got to sort this out.’”

Gardening Goes Corporate
The 10,000 Rain Gardens initiative got a boost from Black & Veatch, which has planted Kansas City’s first corporate rain garden, and now is upgrading the bioretention basin at its headquarters.

“We’re involved in a variety of projects to help government, utilities, and industry apply best management practices to improve drainage and manage urban runoff,” said Dan McCarthy, president and chief executive officer of Black & Veatch’s global water business. “Some stormwater management approaches necessitate substantial technology expertise, while others require the type of corporate leadership and environmental stewardship inspired by [this] initiative.”

About 100 Black & Veatch employees have picked up shovels and put on gardening gloves to help construct the office’s rain garden. The group is known as the Rain Garden Brigade.

“As this program got developed through the mayor’s office, our leadership got interested in it … and we opened up the program to volunteers within Black & Veatch who wanted to help plant our corporate rain garden, help maintain it, and also to commit to rain gardens at their own homes,” explained Henson.

Families of Black & Veatch employees have also pitched in to help with the corporate rain garden, added Linda Bond, media communications specialist for Black & Veatch Water.

This summer Black & Veatch is transforming the existing retention basin at its headquarters into a bioretention basin full of native plants.”[The plants] help the water to infiltrate” into the soil, Henson said. This is especially helpful during periods of frequent storms, he explained, as then less water is “discharged into the sewer system [and] the plants help remove some pollutants through uptake,” said Henson.

The office’s existing detention basin was built when the building was constructed in the late 1980s, explained Henson, “and at the time it was primarily to address flood control so that we weren’t increasing runoff from our site.” However, the retention basin wasn’t designed to help with water quality improvement. The addition of native plants will help increase the quality of water that runs off from the parking lot and other surfaces during wet weather events.

“We thought it would be a great idea to go back in and redesign that detention basin so that not only does it control the flood flows, but it also helps clean up the water before you discharge it,” Henson said.

At press time, the Black & Veatch bioretention basin was in the design phase. The company expects to complete the basin by the end of the summer.

— Meghan H. Oliver,
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Shirley Krug
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Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op Grand Opening Event

Biodiesel fuel now available in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Monday, July 16, 2007 — The grand opening of
the Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op will be on Saturday, July 28 from 5 PM
to 9 PM at Future Green, 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave in Milwaukee.

The event is free and open to the public, and will feature food, live
music, and an educational presentation about biodiesel.

“Biodiesel is a renewable, environmentally safe fuel,” said Swee Sim,
President of the Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op. “It is made from vegetable
oil rather than petroleum oil, and can be used in any diesel engine.”

About the Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op

The Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op is a member-owned, non-profit corporation.

Fuel Purchase: Price is $3.20/gal for members, $3.52/gal for
non-members. The nonmember price reflects a delivery fee and storage
costs that are paid by the co-op. Bring a suitable container; 5
gallon diesel totes are available at area hardware stores.

Co-op Membership: Co-op members are able to purchase biodiesel at
cost. A one-year membership in the co-op is $125. Six-month
memberships are $75. Members may join the co-op at the event.

The Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op’s mission is:

1. Educate the public about biodiesel and renewable energy.
2. Encourage the use of biodiesel in the public and private sectors.
3. Provide a local source of commercial-grade biodiesel.

Contact Information:

Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op
Phone: 414–294–4300
Email: info@mkebio.org
Web: www.mkebio.org
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!!New York Times Call for U.S. "To Leave Iraq."

NEW YORK TIMES
July 8, 2007
Editorial

The Road Home

It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any
more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly
exit.

Like many Americans, we have put off that conclusion,
waiting for a sign that President Bush was seriously trying
to dig the United States out of the disaster he created by
invading Iraq without sufficient cause, in the face of
global opposition, and without a plan to stabilize the
country afterward.

At first, we believed that after destroying Iraq’s
government, army, police and economic structures, the
United States was obliged to try to accomplish some of the
goals Mr. Bush claimed to be pursuing, chiefly building a
stable, unified Iraq. When it became clear that the
president had neither the vision nor the means to do that,
we argued against setting a withdrawal date while there was
still some chance to mitigate the chaos that would most
likely follow.

While Mr. Bush scorns deadlines, he kept promising
breakthroughs — after elections, after a constitution,
after sending in thousands more troops. But those
milestones came and went without any progress toward a
stable, democratic Iraq or a path for withdrawal. It is
frighteningly clear that Mr. Bush’s plan is to stay the
course as long as he is president and dump the mess on his
successor. Whatever his cause was, it is lost.

The political leaders Washington has backed are incapable
of putting national interests ahead of sectarian score
settling. The security forces Washington has trained behave
more like partisan militias. Additional military forces
poured into the Baghdad region have failed to change
anything.

Continuing to sacrifice the lives and limbs of American
soldiers is wrong. The war is sapping the strength of the
nation’s alliances and its military forces. It is a
dangerous diversion from the life-and-death struggle
against terrorists. It is an increasing burden on American
taxpayers, and it is a betrayal of a world that needs the
wise application of American power and principles.

A majority of Americans reached these conclusions months
ago. Even in politically polarized Washington, positions on
the war no longer divide entirely on party lines. When
Congress returns this week, extricating American troops
from the war should be at the top of its agenda.

That conversation must be candid and focused. Americans
must be clear that Iraq, and the region around it, could be
even bloodier and more chaotic after Americans leave. There
could be reprisals against those who worked with American
forces, further ethnic cleansing, even genocide.
Potentially destabilizing refugee flows could hit Jordan
and Syria. Iran and Turkey could be tempted to make power
grabs. Perhaps most important, the invasion has created a
new stronghold from which terrorist activity could
proliferate.

The administration, the Democratic-controll

ed Congress, the
United Nations and America’s allies must try to mitigate
those outcomes — and they may fail. But Americans must be
equally honest about the fact that keeping troops in Iraq
will only make things worse. The nation needs a serious
discussion, now, about how to accomplish a withdrawal and
meet some of the big challenges that will arise.

The Mechanics of Withdrawal

The United States has about 160,000 troops and millions of
tons of military gear inside Iraq. Getting that force out
safely will be a formidable challenge. The main road south
to Kuwait is notoriously vulnerable to roadside bomb
attacks. Soldiers, weapons and vehicles will need to be
deployed to secure bases while airlift and sealift
operations are organized. Withdrawal routes will have to be
guarded. The exit must be everything the invasion was not:
based on reality and backed by adequate resources.

The United States should explore using Kurdish territory in
the north of Iraq as a secure staging area. Being able to
use bases and ports in Turkey would also make withdrawal
faster and safer. Turkey has been an inconsistent ally in
this war, but like other nations, it should realize that
shouldering part of the burden of the aftermath is in its
own interest.

Accomplishing all of this in less than six months is
probably unrealistic. The political decision should be
made, and the target date set, now.

The Fight Against Terrorists

Despite President Bush’s repeated claims, Al Qaeda had no
significant foothold in Iraq before the invasion, which
gave it new base camps, new recruits and new prestige.

This war diverted Pentagon resources from Afghanistan,
where the military had a real chance to hunt down Al
Qaeda’s leaders. It alienated essential allies in the war
against terrorism. It drained the strength and readiness of
American troops.

And it created a new front where the United States will
have to continue to battle terrorist forces and enlist
local allies who reject the idea of an Iraq hijacked by
international terrorists. The military will need resources
and bases to stanch this self- inflicted wound for the
foreseeable future.

The Question of Bases

The United States could strike an agreement with the Kurds
to create those bases in northeastern Iraq. Or, the
Pentagon could use its bases in countries like Kuwait and
Qatar, and its large naval presence in the Persian Gulf, as
staging points.

There are arguments for, and against, both options. Leaving
troops in Iraq might make it too easy — and too tempting —
to get drawn back into the civil war and confirm suspicions
that Washington’s real goal was to secure permanent bases
in Iraq. Mounting attacks from other countries could
endanger those nations’ governments.

The White House should make this choice after consultation
with Congress and the other countries in the region, whose
opinions the Bush administration has essentially ignored.
The bottom line: the Pentagon needs enough force to stage
effective raids and airstrikes against terrorist forces in
Iraq, but not enough to resume large-scale combat.

The Civil War

One of Mr. Bush’s arguments against withdrawal is that it
would lead to civil war. That war is raging, right now, and
it may take years to burn out. Iraq may fragment into
separate Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite republics, and American
troops are not going to stop that from happening.

It is possible, we suppose, that announcing a firm
withdrawal date might finally focus Iraq’s political
leaders and neighboring governments on reality. Ideally, it
could spur Iraqi politicians to take the steps toward
national reconciliation that they have endlessly discussed
but refused to act on.

But it is foolish to count on that, as some Democratic
proponents of withdrawal have done. The administration
should use whatever leverage it gains from withdrawing to
press its allies and Iraq’s neighbors to help achieve a
negotiated solution.

Iraq’s leaders — knowing that they can no longer rely on
the Americans to guarantee their survival — might be more
open to compromise, perhaps to a Bosnian-style partition,
with economic resources fairly shared but with millions of
Iraqis forced to relocate. That would be better than the
slow-motion ethnic and religious cleansing that has
contributed to driving one in seven Iraqis from their
homes.

The United States military cannot solve the problem.
Congress and the White House must lead an international
attempt at a negotiated outcome. To start, Washington must
turn to the United Nations, which Mr. Bush spurned and
ridiculed as a preface to war.

The Human Crisis

There are already nearly two million Iraqi refugees, mostly
in Syria and Jordan, and nearly two million more Iraqis who
have been displaced within their country. Without the
active cooperation of all six countries bordering Iraq —
Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria — and
the help of other nations, this disaster could get worse.
Beyond the suffering, massive flows of refugees — some with
ethnic and political resentments — could spread Iraq’s
conflict far beyond Iraq’s borders.

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia must share the burden of hosting
refugees. Jordan and Syria, now nearly overwhelmed with
refugees, need more international help. That, of course,
means money. The nations of Europe and Asia have a stake
and should contribute. The United States will have to pay a
large share of the costs, but should also lead
international efforts, perhaps a donors’ conference, to
raise money for the refugee crisis.

Washington also has to mend fences with allies. There are
new governments in Britain, France and Germany that did not
participate in the fight over starting this war and are
eager to get beyond it. But that will still require a
measure of humility and a commitment to multilateral action
that this administration has never shown. And, however
angry they were with President Bush for creating this mess,
those nations should see that they cannot walk away from
the consequences. To put it baldly, terrorism and oil make
it impossible to ignore.

The United States has the greatest responsibilities,
including the admission of many more refugees for permanent
resettlement. The most compelling obligation is to the tens
of thousands of Iraqis of courage and good will —
translators, embassy employees, reconstruction workers —
whose lives will be in danger because they believed the
promises and cooperated with the Americans.

The Neighbors

One of the trickiest tasks will be avoiding excessive
meddling in Iraq by its neighbors — America’s friends as
well as its adversaries.

Just as Iran should come under international pressure to
allow Shiites in southern Iraq to develop their own
independent future, Washington must help persuade Sunni
powers like Syria not to intervene on behalf of Sunni
Iraqis. Turkey must be kept from sending troops into
Kurdish territories.

For this effort to have any remote chance, Mr. Bush must
drop his resistance to talking with both Iran and Syria.
Britain, France, Russia, China and other nations with
influence have a responsibility to help. Civil war in Iraq
is a threat to everyone, especially if it spills across
Iraq’s borders.

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have used
demagoguery and fear to quell Americans’ demands for an end
to this war. They say withdrawing will create bloodshed and
chaos and encourage terrorists. Actually, all of that has
already happened — the result of this unnecessary invasion
and the incompetent management of this war.

This country faces a choice. We can go on allowing Mr. Bush
to drag out this war without end or purpose. Or we can
insist that American troops are withdrawn as quickly and
safely as we can manage — with as much effort as possible
to stop the chaos from spreading.
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Godsils addition

SUPERVISOR DIMITRIJEVIC APPLAUDS PARKS, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
COMMITTEE’S UNANIMOUS DECISION TO SUPPORT GREEN PRINT

6–0 vote advances higher environmental and conservation standards

Milwaukee, WI – Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic updated reporters
this morning on the progress of her Green Print legislation, a
proposed conservation ethic and plan for Milwaukee County to become
more environmentally responsible. A coalition of 13 citizen groups
representing approximately 10,000 residents joined Supervisor
Dimitrijevic at today’s news conference and Committee meeting to
show their support.

“I thank my colleagues for their solid support. This is the first
step in adopting the Green Print for Milwaukee County,” Supervisor
Dimitrijevic said. “The status quo is no longer acceptable. After
years of abandoning our infrastructure, it’s time to make an
investment, modernize the way we provide services, and preserve our
resources for future generations. By passing the Green Print,
Milwaukee County can lead by example.”

Shortly after the news conference, the County Board’s Parks, Energy
& Environment Committee voted 6–0 to endorse Supervisor
Dimitrijevic’

s initiative. The Transportation, Public Works &
Transit Committee will consider the Green Print Wednesday morning.
The Green Print incorporates many important points, including:

• Utilizing more renewable energy sources and modernizing our
infrastructure to increase performance and lower energy consumption,
benefiting taxpayers and the environment.
• Updating the County fleet with hybrids and alternative-fuel
powered vehicles.
• Turning unused parkland back into native grasslands, managing
storm water runoff and studying the use of “gray water” where
appropriate.
• Requiring that all County-supported construction projects meet
Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standards by 2008.
• Creating a new cabinet-level position to oversee implementation of
the Green Print.

“Each and every dollar invested will result in several dollars worth
of benefits to Milwaukee County,” Supervisor Dimitrijevic said. “As
high energy costs put a major strain on departmental budgets, we can
certainly use these financial and environmental advantages.”

Supervisor Dimitrijevic was joined by representatives from the
Sierra Club, Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, the Good Jobs and
Livable Neighborhoods Coalition, The Parks People, Milwaukee County
Conservation Coalition, the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters,
IBEW Local 2150, Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers, Groundworks
Milwaukee, Urban Open Space Foundation, Wisconsin Green Building
Alliance and One Wisconsin Now, Institute for Wisconsin’s Future

“I would like to thank the members of this grassroots coalition for
their support of the Green Print,” Supervisor Dimitrijevic
added. “As a member of the Sierra Club, I’ve seen first hand the
fruits of the labor that groups in our community can produce.”

###

===========================
Harold Mester
Public Information Manager
Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors
harold.mester@milwcnty.com
414–278–4051
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july 10

The document that godsil needed uploaded.

so the page it’ll be on is here:http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/CommunityRoofingAndRestoration/CommunitysCertificateOfInsurance?action=browse

The name is insurance.doc. i included the file as an attachment for ya. Thanks Tegan!
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Tegans Reply

What I find, when I open this, is a single page, with an image of the certificate on it. Do you have a second page when you open it? I use OpenOffice instead of Word, so wanted to be sure I’m not missing anythng.

I copied the image from the text document and pasted it into an image-processing tool and made a full-size and half-sized version of the single page that I have. These are only 303kb and 111kb respectively, btw, so if there is a second page lurkng in there, you might be able to do the same for that as I did for the frst.

OK?
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Reply

sure, i never looked at it too closely.
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Heya boss. here’s the chat transcript like you wanted.

I thought you might like my thoughts about it too.

I think the wiki format is especially well suited to this sort of online instruction as the ability for each of us to edit a page is invaluable to knowing what the other person did, for correction, or for demonstration. i had a really good time too, it was very enjoyable. Thanks for setting it up!
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Godsils Reply

This is too cool!

Viva Tegan, Tkyler, and Wiki!

:)
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Please Upload Link to Daniel Ellsberg Auto Biographical Statement

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sura Faraj
Date: Jul 9, 2007 7:36 PM
Subject: [Fwd: Ellsberg AutoBio]
To: James Godsil

hey uncle queen,
here is from milo who asked that i forward it to you.
xo,
sura

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Ellsberg AutoBio
Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2007 14:14:10 −0500
From: Milo <milo@qzap.org>
Organization: the Queer Zine Archive Project
To: a giant storm

A bit of a random find, but this is fascinating. It’s Daniel Ellsberg’s
biographical statement that he submitted to the Right Livelyhood Awards
committee. An impressive story of courage, heroism and changing one’s

mind toward pacifism.

http://www.ellsberg.net/content/view/45

Sura, can you pass this to Godsil
Dad, can you send to Mathew

Peace and Love,
Milo

--
Milo Miller
Co-Founder
the Queer Zine Archive Project
http://www.qzap.org
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Reply

Hey boss, you wanted this on the agora? or was there somewhere else?
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Reply

OOh this was the ellisburg thing you meant. is there some copy i can put in as well as the link? it seems a bit wierd to just have a link with no text there.
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july 8

You have new Picture Mail!

6 pictures
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Pics for Bonobo Survival Project at Riverwest Co-op Collage

Three pictures

Message:

Yo Tegan and Tyler,

How about these and other co-op bonobo moments for a collage at the Bonobo site?

:)
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Group Lists Seemed to Work!

Hey Tyler,

Can you send me the lists you created for faculty in the same way you sent the lists for posters and reporters, bucketworks, etc.

)

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july 7

Pleease Upload Info re Fiesta Del Barrio at the Agora of the Milwauke Renaissance

fiesta07

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR INFORMATION CONTACT

For Immediate Release Robert Miranda 414–671–0251

June 15, 2007 Cecilio Negrón Jr 414–628–2649

Esperanza Unida’s 1st annual “Fiesta del Barrio 2007″

to be held on Saturday July 14, 2007

Esperanza Unida’s first annual “Fiesta del Barrio 2007″ will join the list of ethnic festivals to be held in Milwaukee this summer. The festival will take place in the parking lot of the Esperanza Unida building located at 611 West National Avenue on Saturday July 14, 2007 from noon until eight o’clock pm and is free and open to the public.

“Fiesta Del Barrio” when translated means celebration of the neighborhood. The festivities will highlight the Latino community, its music, food, crafts, vendors and traditions of many of Milwaukee ‘s families of Latino decent. The festival’s entertainment line-up includes music from local bands, local DJs, local non-profit agencies and local art organizations.

Esperanza Unida was founded in 1971 as a non-profit community organization. We provide counseling, representation, job training, and job placement to minority, injured, and unemployed workers in the Milwaukee area. The focus is on jobs that pay family-supporting wages. This is done through training businesses and support services. Through these programs, jobs are created and unemployed workers are trained and placed in the work environment with competitive wages. We serve people from the entire Milwaukee area, placing an emphasis on the social and economic concerns of the local Latino community.

Thank you for your interest in our event. We hope to see you there. Any questions or comments please contact Festival Coordinator Cecilio Negrón Jr at 414–628–2649 or send an email to babaceeloe@yahoo.com
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july 6

Schuster Web Empowering Lindger

Hey Erik and Tyler,

How about Erik pay Tyler $10 per hour for internet/web work or internet/web tutorials. Tyler can set up a place on the MR where he keeps track of e-mails Erik sends and the time it takes to accomplish them. I would appreciate it if you would allow me to use as many e-mails of this project as you would allow to be made part of the public record in support of my grant applications for wiki empowerment of the movements and small businesses of Milwaukee.

If you need higher order support for your web site or for instructions, Tegan Dowling is the master we call upon. You can work with Tegan to figure out rates for various things. I have hired Tegan to upgrade Tyler’s powers as part of an on-line demonstration project of how advanced a person can become as a web master without face to face meetings with their teachers.

Tegan could set you up with you own domain site, e.g. CommunityBuilding&Restoration.com for around $200.

Viva, wiki empowerment!

Godsil

On 7/6/07, Erik Lindberg wrote:

Hey Jim,

Here’s my first installment. I don’t want to have it set up for public consumption until I edit and add some photos. Who do I need to pay to format it for the renaissance website?

Thanks!

Erik

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july 5

One Hour Wiki Photo Essay Experiment W. Mentor/Student Strictly On-Line

Dear Tyler and Tegan,

Meghan McCabe will be taking over the Milwaukee Renaissance Knight Foundation Application for developing a Green Media Consortium in Milwaukee. The essence of this grant proposal speaks to the promise of wiki empowerment for the myriad of environmental, sustainable, and permaculture groups blossoming in our fair city.

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

It was written to win a Knight Foundation grant.

http://www.newschallenge.org/home.php#home

http://www.newschallenge.org/pdf/KNC07_English.pdf

Freedom of the press is great, said Ben Franklin, if you own your own press!

Well, when wiki web mastery for the average person is combined with internet connectivity , we have everyone as web master, everyone as their own media resource.

This democratization of communication and information storage/retrieval will greatly accelerate the greening of Milwaukee and any other cities or bio-regions, for that matter, who work along these lines.

Tow ard that end I would like an open experiment where we demonstrate how much by way of wiki training can be accomplished in a one hour tutorial, strictly on-line, through chat rooms and e-mails at g-mail, plus use of photos stored either at the Milwaukee Renaissance site or in your respective computers.

If any of our cc’d movement partners wish to see some of their photos displayed somewhere as part of this experiment, well let’s hope they will send some our way. Otherwise I would like to offer some photos from the Bonobo Survival Project recently launched in Milwaukee from the Sunday morning gatherings with Dr. Gay at the Riverwest Co-op from 8 to 10 a.m.

What say?

Olde
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Reply

sounds like a plan. lets negotiate a time. My schedule is clear after noon pretty much everyday, so it’s up to Tegan (who i assume has a busier schedule). Thanks!
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Tegan Reply

How about Tuesday afternoon? Where are you?
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Tegan Reply

Whoops, sorry, I forgot — we’re talking about using a virtual presence, here, so “where” don’t enter into it, do it?

Do you hve gmail’s chat enabled?
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Please Upload Pictures of Grace and Jim Boggs at Agora

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Megan Wines-Godsil
Date: Jul 4, 2007 10:26 PM
Subject: photos
To:

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Reply

same here, i assume you want these pics with the other pic of Grace. so what shall i call the entry?
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Please Upload Photo of Grace Lee Boggs to Agora w. Link to Her Home Page at MR

:
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Reply

What should i call the entry?
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july 4

Detroit and Milwaukee: Holy Cities of the Sweet Water Seas(please upload to the Agora)

!!Detroit and Milwaukee: Holy Cities of the Sweet Water Seas

This essay came from Grace Lee Boggs for the people of Milwaukee!

I am attaching an essay that Jackie Victor, co-founder of Avalon Bakery, read recently on Detroit public radio. I may reprint it in my column. Jackie and Ann Perrault were inspired to start Avalon by Jimmy”s 1988 speech: Rebuilding Detroit: An Alternative to Casino Gambling. Rebecca Solnit quotes from it in her article on Detroit in the July Harpers.

In love and struggle,

Grace

----

Detroit is a spiritual city. For no place else that I have visited or lived, cultivates the strength to see the divine within, in quite the same way as Detroit.

This claim might seem counter-intuitive, because we do not live in great beauty or have access to expansive natural resources, And it is true: on a day to day basis it’s hard to see divinity amidst despair, vacant houses, empty lots and lost dreams.

This is not New York City, where one can draw inspiration from thousands of artists and successful entrepreneurs and be dazzled by the fineries that wealth attracts; nor San Francisco, where like-minded people converge, each pushing eachother further to create newer, more exciting art, food, products, and ways of living. This is not Portland nor Seattle, surrounded by natural inspiration.

No, this is the most basic of cities, as my dad would say in “Yiddish, “tuchus aven tish: ass on the table. It is here for all to see: the poverty, neglect, disappointments, contradictions. We can see the cracks in American Society and the broken promises of capitalism. We understand the degradation of industrialization and the disease of racism.
This is not a city for those who want to hide from the truth and therein lies the gift.

Living in Detroit, running a business in Detroit, raising a family in Detroit forces me- to create a positive reality every day. I have few social structures to support my vision of a sustainable, healthy and happy life in Detroit; most of those have been stripped bare and have left with the resources of the middle class that have flowed out over the past 4 decades. But so too have much of the distractions that come with that life. My daughter does not grow up at Target; she doesn’t walk down the street looking for things to buy; our conversations are about the people, the struggles and the questions that emerge from our environment. With so little to distract us, we notice each blossoming daffodil and delight in the erupting lilac bushes; they not only enhance the beauty; they give us beauty.

And so too, the people. There are many Detroiters who choose to stay despite the daily hardships of stripped-down urban living, crime, poverty, the comedy of grocery shopping of buying clothes for our kids; of going to a decent restaurant or finding a vibrant park for our children to play. There are many who stay because every day they are able to find the beauty and strength that inspire them to live a good life

They find it from looking into the soul of their neighbor and their children’s teacher at every possible interaction; they find it at the corner store and the bakery, where the smallest positive connection can fuel the day; they find it at the Rievera Court in the DIA- where,we can be reminded of the transformation of art; they find it the Riverfront; They find it creating visionary futures together out of seemingly impossible todays: Mosaic Youth Theater, Greening of Detroit, Alternatives for Girls. Recently, I found it watching young children-black and white-chase eachother, giggling with abandon, between the raised beds of a community garden that they had just helped to plant in the Cass Corridor. Mostly, we find it in each other.

Because one thing that Detroiters share is our intimacy with the truth. This can cause great despair, but also some comfort. We know what the bottom looks like and we know that we can bring ourselves out of it every day; on a great day, we can even lift someone else’s spirit and bring them out as well.

As a business owner, having co-founded Avalon International Breads, known in the city simply as “the bakery”, I have experienced the power of this intimacy first-hand. No customers in the world could have supported a dream the way our customers have supported ours for the past 10 years. In fact, they taught us most of what we know. When, in our early days, we would open at 6 a.m. and the prized baguettes weren’t baked yet, a loyal customer patiently reminded me, “When you open at 6 a.m, you really should have all your products ready then” and continued to support us when they finally were ready at sunrise.. When our oven broke down on our busiest day of our first year, the night before Christmas Eve- our customers gave us money for raw dough that they baked off at home, so that we would have the finances to stay open; When my partner and I, both women, had a child together, even the most sceptical and conservative customer, celebrated with us and welcomed our beautiful daughter into our city. And on and on….

Detroiters can see beneath the surface. They can see beneath the illusions of wealth, physical beauty and consumerism. They can see truth, inner beauty and do whatever they can to cultivate it. Detroiters live on a diet of love: homegrown in the barest of soil. But therein lies the preciousness. And therein lies G-d.

By: Jackie Victor
4835 Second Avenue, Detroit 48201
313 806 1934
avalonjackie@sbcglobal.net
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[bay_view_matters] Re: Bonobo Survival Project (link for donations)

Please follow through on these links and upload them to the Bonobo home page.

Happy 4th!

:)

On Mon 7/2/07 9:33 CDT “cmtyroof@execpc.com” wrote:
—snip
> Dr. Reinartz is coordinator of the
> North American Bonobo Species Survival Plan for
> captive animals. The Milwaukee County Zoo has 20
> of those bonobos, the world’s largest group in a zoo environment.

click here to donate

more on
Bonobo
Species Survival Plan from MKE zoo
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Re: [Fwd: [Riverwest_Art] creative commons]

Yo Tyler,

Please upload the bold words and the link to the Agora with this heading:

!!Creative Portland Intersections as Neighborhood Hubs of Activity
!!!Is Milwaukee Becoming the Portland of the Sweet Water North Coast of North America?

Also, if Sura Faraj wants to upload things of the Agora, may she send them directly to you and later, someday, find you showing her how to do it herself?

Olde

At 01:08 PM 7/2/2007, Sura Faraj wrote:
> videos i told you about. creative portland intersections that have become neighborhood hubs of activity.
>
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [Riverwest_Art] creative commons
> Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 09:02:37 −0500
> From: Sura Faraj
> Reply-To:
> To:
>
>
> 2 great videos about neighbors using art to create public spaces,
> traffic calming, etc.
> i’ve seen some of these places when i lived in portland. we could do
> that here.
>
> http://www.cityrepair.org/ir_sunny.html
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july 3

Please upload to Agora w. few paragraphs and finished picture from first link

Wind_Turbine

Improved-Wind-Power

– mº yn¡hån
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Reply

Um, am i to upload the second link, then some of the first? i’m not quite sure what all you want here.

sorry bout that
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CounterReply

How about portions of the first link along w. picture and just the link to the other two :)
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Re: [Fwd: [Riverwest_Art] creative commons]

Yo Tyler,

Please upload the bold words and the link to the Agora with this heading:

!!Creative Portland Intersections as Neighborhood Hubs of Activity
!!!Is Milwaukee Becoming the Portland of the Sweet Water North Coast of North America?

Also, if Sura Faraj wants to upload things of the Agora, may she send them directly to you and later, someday, find you showing her how to do it herself?

Olde

At 01:08 PM 7/2/2007, Sura Faraj wrote:
> videos i told you about. creative portland intersections that have become neighborhood hubs of activity.
>
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [Riverwest_Art] creative commons
> Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 09:02:37 −0500
> From: Sura Faraj <peaceiscollectivepower@juno.com>
> Reply-To: Riverwest_Art@yahoogroups.com
> To: Riverwest_Art@yahoogroups.com
>
>
> 2 great videos about neighbors using art to create public spaces,
> traffic calming, etc.
> i’ve seen some of these places when i lived in portland. we could do
> that here.
>
> http://www.cityrepair.org/ir_sunny.html

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Pl Upload at Community Roofing & Restoration Site

one picture

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Please Upload Sura’s Post to Agora

Alabama Looks To The Great Lakes For Water
An Alabama newspaper carries the case for the deep south getting Great Lakes water.

A well-crafted Great Lakes Compact could make that impossible; a weakened or defeated Compact could help the water flow south.

Note: Michigan may add some qualifying language to its version of the compact, with changes found here, as legislators there cite potential demands for Great Lakes from faraway states.

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Pl. Upload to Agora But Make More Pleasing to Look At :)

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Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2007 22:36:09 +0000
To: <julillywk@sbcglobal.net>
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Because we here at Plenty keep our green little ears close to the ground, we’ve heard rumblings of a new movement. It’s happening in cities across the nation, and its guiding principle is simple: Everyone should have access to fresh, local food. And it’s big: Local foods activists are changing the contents of city shoppers’ carts from Philadelphia’s tony Society Hill to the gritty edges of Oakland, California. Each Friday for the next six weeks, we’ll bring you a new profile of one of one of these activists. This week, we bring you the very first From Soil to Stoops profile, Motor City Harvest: <http://x.jngo1.net/y.z?l=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.plentymag.com%2Ffeatures%2F2007%2F06%2Fmotor_city_harvest.php&e=982809445> In the heart of Detroit, gardening guru Ashley Atkinson gets urbanites excited about growing food. By Tracie McMillan Read more In Depth <http://x.jngo1.net/y.z?l=http%3A%2F%2Fplentymag.com%2Ffeatures%2F&e=982809445&p=2> stories: Worms in Space: <http://x.jngo1.net/y.z?l=http%3A%2F%2Fplentymag.com%2Ffeatures%2F2007%2F06%2Fworms_in_space.php&e=982809445> Creepy crawlers help scientists understand how space radiation affects DNA. By Susan Cosier Chemicals on the Brain: <http://x.jngo1.net/y.z?l=http%3A%2F%2Fplentymag.com%2Ffeatures%2F2007%2F06%2Fchemicals_on_the_brain.php&e=982809445> Scientists are close to discovering how environmental factors could cause some people to develop Parkinson’s disease. By Sarah Parsons And later this week, look for a Q&A with green business blogger Joel Makower…
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The Current: <http://x.jngo1.net/y.z?l=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.plentymag.com%2Fthecurrent%2F&e=982809445> The Fish and Wildlife Service removes the bald eagle from the endangered species list, the EPA funds alternatives to make nail salons healthier, and more. Green Gear: <http://x.jngo1.net/y.z?l=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.plentymag.com%2Fgear%2F&e=982809445> Usable art made from dollar bills and jar lids, rugs made from flip-flop rubber, and lights that use the package they come in. The Dirt: <http://x.jngo1.net/y.z?l=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.plentymag.com%2Fblogs%2Fdirt%2F&e=982809445> Eco-friendly stars might be creating a whole new genre of film-making: cinema verde. Extinction Blog: <http://x.jngo1.net/y.z?l=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.plentymag.com%2Fblogs%2Fextinction%2F&e=982809445> The endangered Galapagos, a project to protect giant, freshwater fish, and more. A Farmer’s Notebook: <http://x.jngo1.net/y.z?l=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.plentymag.com%2Fblogs%2Fnotebook%2F&e=982809445> What do farmers produce? Crops, milk, meat, and… time? In the Garden: <http://x.jngo1.net/y.z?l=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.plentymag.com%2Fblogs%2Fgarden%2F&e=982809445> Officials in Bloomington decide which plants are acceptable and which are considered weeds On the Beat: <http://x.jngo1.net/y.z?l=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.plentymag.com%2Fblogs%2Fbeat%2F&e=982809445> Giving some space to Barry Commoner, a veteran environmentalist. Political Climate: <http://x.jngo1.net/y.z?l=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.plentymag.com%2Fblogs%2Fpolitical%2F&e=982809445> What Nader could do to the 2008 presidential election.

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Sura Announcements at the Agora

Yo Tyler,

Please upload the bold words and the link to the Agora with this heading:

!!Creative Portland Intersections as Neighborhood Hubs of Activity
!!!Is Milwaukee Becoming the Portland of the Sweet Water North Coast of North America?

Also, if Sura Faraj wants to upload things of the Agora, may she send them directly to you and later, someday, find you showing her how to do it herself?

Olde

At 01:08 PM 7/2/2007, Sura Faraj wrote:
>videos i told you about. creative portland intersections that have become neighborhood hubs of activity.
>
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> Subject: [Riverwest_Art] creative commons
> Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 09:02:37 −0500
> From: Sura Faraj <peaceiscollectivepower@juno.com>
> Reply-To: Riverwest_Art@yahoogroups.com
> To: Riverwest_Art@yahoogroups.com
>
>
> 2 great videos about neighbors using art to create public spaces,
> traffic calming, etc.
> i’ve seen some of these places when i lived in portland. we could do
> that here.
>
> http://www.cityrepair.org/ir_sunny.html
>
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Reply

Of course she can! I’m always ready to help.

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july 2

Pl. Include This Pictures w. Agora Upload re Bonobo Survival Project

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Bonobo Survival Project Gathers at the Riverwest Co-op, July 2 and July 8

Message:

Hey Tyler,

How about uploading these pictures at the Agora, along with this heading:

!!Bonobo Survival Project Gathers at the Riverwest Co-op, July 2 and July 8

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Fwd: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)

Hey Tyler,

When you have my computer please erase these addresses from my address book.

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Date: Jul 2, 2007 9:27 AM
Subject: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)
To: godsil.james@gmail.com

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

jwillow@vitalmilwaukee.com

Technical details of permanent failure:
PERM_FAILURE: DNS Error: Domain name not found

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Subject: Bonobo Survival Project & Sunday Morning Riverwest Co-op Blueberry Pancake Gathering, July 8, 8 to 10 a.m.
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Dear All,

Yesterday I and about 10 friends spent a wonderful 2 hours with Dr. Gay
Reinartz at the Riverwest Co-op’s Sunday Brunch Gathering, where the focus
was on bio-diversity and the bonobo survival project in the Congo and

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More for Bonobo Survival Project at the Agora

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Please Upload to Agora

Historic Preservation: The Ultimate in Recycling
Submitted by the Committee to Save St. Paul’s

The Committee to Save St. Paul’s was encouraged by the number of residents who stopped by its table at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street. Volunteers distributed t-shirts that showed a photo of St. Paul’s with the words, “GC’s DNA,” emphasizing St. Paul’s symbolic imprint in time, the essence of what makes the Garden City community what it is today.
Buildings often outlive the purpose for which they were built. Adaptive reuse is a process for adapting old buildings for new uses, while retaining their historic features. The progressive concept of adaptively reusing historic buildings followed on the heels of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and was a precursor of the more recent emphasis on “smart growth” and “sustainable development.” The basis for the adaptive reuse philosophy is four-fold: environmental benefit, energy conservation, economic stimulation, and social advantage.

Preservation, restoration and rehabilitation are much less destructive of natural resources than new construction. Statistics show that building construction consumes 40% of the energy and raw material consumption in the global economy each year. In 2001, new building accounted for 25% of wood harvest, 16% of fresh water supplies, 44% of landfill debris, 45% of carbon dioxide production and up to half of the total greenhouse emissions from industrial countries. Conversely, in adaptive reuse, an older building is stabilized and historic materials are saved and strengthened - holding down the need for natural resources and ameliorating the effects of production.

Energy conservation is brought about through the recognition and harnessing of a building’s “embodied energy.” In the architecture and development industries, embodied energy refers to the energy consumed by all of the processes associated with the production of a building, from the acquisition of natural resources to product delivery, including mining, manufacturing, transport and administrative functions. By reusing buildings, their embodied energy is retained, and the wasteful process of demolition and reconstruction is avoided.

Both federal and state governments have recognized the value of historic preservation and have tax-credit programs in place. These programs can assist in the restoration of historic aspects of rehabilitation. Embodied energy savings through the “light touch” approach to rehabilitation will increase as energy costs rise. Additionally, revenue is realized through the building’s reuse.

Keeping and reusing historic buildings has long-term benefits for the communities that value them. Sympathetically recycled historic buildings can continue to be used and appreciated. Additionally, old buildings tend to preserve the local culture and identity and create a sense of belonging. Their adaptive reuse respects and retains the building’s heritage, bringing alive the past to be a part of the future, and creating important connections through time. Adaptive reuse is sometimes the only way that an historic building’s fabric will be properly cared for, revealed and interpreted, while making better use of the building itself.

Nonprofit beginnings

After the enactment of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the Architectural Heritage Foundation (AHF), a pioneer in the adaptive reuse movement, was founded in Boston, MA. The nonprofit organization worked on feasibility studies for the Faneuil Hall Markets, leading to the successful redevelopment of the landmark marketplace. At the same time, the Foundation challenged calls for the demolition of Boston’s Old City Hall, turning the tide and leading to its redevelopment in 1969 as conventional office space and a first-class restaurant. AHF’s commitment to finding the best solution often includes partnering with a variety of groups, both for- and non-profit, providing unique paths to funding and long-term stewardship plans.

Present day preservation

News articles tell the stories of preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures. Last October, Newsday reported the establishment of a partnership between Nassau County and the Friends of Sands Point Preserve in the preservation of Hempstead House, a monument to the Gilded Age that was landmarked in 2006 and awaits listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The New York Times reported the restoration of the Roslyn clock tower after 11 years of setbacks. Many Garden City residents are already familiar with the Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington’s successful restoration of a former school building.

In May 2006, the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation held a grand opening of the Montauk Playhouse, the preservation and restoration effort of the circa 1928 Carl Fisher resort in Montauk. The immense building originally held 2 standard-size tennis courts and locker and lounge facilities. The new facility, operated by the Village of South Hampton Recreation Department, offers a child day care center, serves nutritious meals for seniors (serving 60 daily) and operates senior disabled day care.

New York City has hundreds of restoration and preservation projects. Two outstanding examples of historic preservation and adaptive reuse are Cobble Hill Towers in Brooklyn, the rehabilitation of nine inter-connected 1876 National Landmark buildings into 187 dwellings units, and the Jefferson Market Library, circa 1877, the original Third Judicial District Courthouse on Sixth Avenue and 10th Street. Restored and adapted in 1967, the courthouse now serves as a regional branch of the New York City Public Library. Its High Victorian Gothic architecture has similar features to St. Paul’s, most notably its clock tower.

In nearby Rhode Island, The Times reported in December 2006 the restoration of a neo-Classical Masonic temple (circa 1920) in Providence. The developers received a federal tax credit equivalent to 20% of the main costs of rehabilitation and a Rhode Island state tax credit worth an additional 30% on the $87 million project. In August 2006, the newspaper reported efforts by Montclair (NJ) Township to stop the demolition of older homes and create a preservation board.

This article has been compiled from information provided by a member of the Committee to Save St. Paul’s consulting team, as well as source material from Canal Corridor Association, Lockport, IL, www.canalcor.org/gaylord/about_reuse.html, and “Ethic of Adaptive Reuse,” a May 2005 article in ArchitectureWeek, an online magazine, www.architectureweek.com/2005/0518/building_1-1.html. Online research turns up many examples of adaptively reused structures within the US and Canada and around the world.

At this unique point in time, the Village of Garden City has an historic opportunity to stand out as a model for other communities in recognizing the importance of preserving such an important part of our culture and of being in the forefront of towns that have protected and recycled valuable assets. The Committee to Save St. Paul’s hopes that residents will explore this topic and clip this article for reference, as the fate of St. Paul’s unfolds.

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july 1

Pic for Euclid House Farm Site

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