Changes….

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…I know that nothing stays the same, and yet…

I went to Fort Wayne Sunday.  I had the thought of giving some food to the food pantry that our building had.  It was there to help with the gaps between what the gov’t thinks people need in order to eat and what they actually had at the end of the month.

So…I bought about $80 worth of food and called the manager to see if she was available to get in the building and chat awhile.  She didn’t pick up her cell, and I found out why when I arrived at the building–

I had tried the disabled gal that used to run the food pantry.  She would have had the key to get in.  I couldn’t for the life of me remember her apartment number, so I guessed.   A man answered, so yeah, no luck.  He didn’t even know the name so either he was new, or the gal has moved to another place.  She had been there quite a few years, so I was surprised that she wasn’t there.

I tried a few more apartments, but no one was home.  On a final try, I got one of the residents.  Ironically, he was the same one that gave me such grief over there by setting off the fire alarms all the time.  Heh.

He let me in and then said they didn’t have the food pantry anymore.  I was shocked.

He said that everything had changed and that the manager was no longer there.  There had been a big shake up, I guess.  No wonder she didn’t reply to my call.

So…I ended up just putting the food on a table in the main lobby for people to pick up.

It was just surreal.  There used to be folks outside chatting on the benches. No one.  No one inside where a couch and tables are located.

It just felt like the world got a little colder.  Makes me sad.  Really sad leaving the building. What once was a small community, where we looked out for one another, has become a place to exist.

Once our former manager left, it just seemed to take the warmth and light out of the place.  The new maintenance guy did not like the “free” table we had in our rec room…he was somewhat anal and didn’t like the clutter of it…but that table was a life saver for us with little money to buy things.  If someone didn’t want something, but another resident could use it, that just saved it from ending up in the landfill, didn’t it?  But the maintenance guy insisted there were fights over the stuff…and I can say that I never witnessed it nor heard about any such fights.  He just didn’t like it, is my guess….and if there were any fights, he probably blew them out of proportion.

Anyway, what should have been a happy day of giving back was one of sadness.

Why Hamas is launching the rockets…

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DN! has a good report up this morning on *why* Hamas is not backing down.  Palestinians don’t necessarily support Hamas, but they are left without any other means to break the blockade of Israel the bully.  It impacts their ability to get supplies, water, wages, etc.  It affects every single thing in their lives.

As President Kennedy said–when you make peaceful protest impossible, then violent protest is inevitable….

March on Detroit: the right to water

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Story here.

It is outrageous that General Motors and two sports arenas have not paid their bills…and yet, their water has not been turned off.

It is outrageous that children are being taken away from their parents when their water is shut off.

As a response to this–what about drilling for wells?  There are probably laws against that, but I say go for it.  It will be hard, but at least one has access to water.

Meanwhile, General Motors and the city’s two sports arenas, which owe millions in unpaid water bills, have not had their water turned off. – See more at: http://www.progressive.org/news/2014/07/187784/water-rights-march-detroit#sthash.87CJMFVo.dpuf
Meanwhile, General Motors and the city’s two sports arenas, which owe millions in unpaid water bills, have not had their water turned off. – See more at: http://www.progressive.org/news/2014/07/187784/water-rights-march-detroit#sthash.87CJMFVo.dpuf

Farewell to Teaching

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dolphin:

I hope that you will keep the door open to teaching. We need teachers that care about what they’re teaching their students and aren’t just there for the paycheck.
I was dismayed when I started my college career at 34–the classes were mostly lectures with very little debate or exchange of ideas and viewpoints. Those open discussions expand an education beyond the confines of a textbook. In the few classes I had where debates were allowed, i found it thought-provoking for both sides.

Originally posted on Voices from the Margins:

Carol A. Hand

This post is a farewell to a vocation I have loved – teaching. I awoke this morning with a clear answer to a question I have been pondering for several weeks, “Should I resign from teaching, perhaps this time with no intention of ever returning?”

Yes, it’s time. Although I love working with students, the context of teaching at the post high school level has increasingly provided too little space for liberatory praxis.

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Photo Credit: Graduate Celebration – 2009

It’s the structure of education, not the students, that has been the determining factor for my decision. During my brief time as an adjunct for a private college, I have witnessed the transformation of a program originally based on emphasizing critical thinking and experiential learning based on social justice to a “feeder” program preparing students for a clinical master’s degree. The transition didn’t occur over night, but…

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Not everyone is outraged by San Francisco’s most obnoxious billboard (Spoiler: Libertarians)

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Not everyone is outraged by San Francisco’s most obnoxious billboard (Spoiler: Libertarians)

dolphin:

…”Especially if you’re a well-paid white dude who doesn’t have to live in San Francisco, let alone work a minimum wage job (which seems to be the common theme amongst those loudly cheering the billboard for reflecting “reality.”)”

WORD. It’s always amazing to me that those who are making good money look down their noses at others who want the same. Hell, not even the same–but enough to feed their families, pay the rent, and take care of the average stuff in order to live.

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

Given all the talk of them vs us — the tech industry vs everyone else who lives and works in the Bay Area — it’s heartening to see most Pando readers united in I-might-puke-ness over this: San Francisco’s most obnoxious billboard…

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As I wrote a couple of days ago, the ad was produced by the Employment Policies Institute, a conservative lobbying group which regularly campaigns on behalf of the restaurant industry. A member of their advisory board was also a leading witness in the defense of illegal wage fixing by Apple, Google and others.

And yet… apparently not everyone agrees that restaurant workers in San Francisco — a city where median monthly rents just passed $3400 — deserve to see their wages increase to $15 per hour by 2018, which is the law the billboard is protesting….

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Palestinian-American teen talks about police beating in Israel

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Palestinian-American teen talks about police beating in Israel

dolphin:

Even if he threw rocks…rocks, mind you…it doesn’t justify him being beaten. And the fact that the neighborhood had settled down by the time the soldiers arrived speaks volumes to their overreaction.

Originally posted on Global News:

TAMPA, Fla. – A Palestinian-American teen left with stitches and bruises from his detention by Israeli security forces said Sunday he was beaten, kicked and blindfolded on a family trip to the Middle East after a cousin there was abducted and killed.

Fifteen-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir flew home to Florida last week and told The Associated Press that he holds out hope he can visit the region again and “come back safe.”

READ MORE: Fierce battle in Gaza leads to deadliest day in Israel, Hamas conflict

Israeli authorities released Tariq three days after he was detained and sentenced him to nine days of house arrest while they investigated what they said was his participation in violent protests over the death of his cousin, 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian living near Jerusalem.

Seated beside his mother, the teen told AP that he did not take part in rock-throwing disturbances shortly…

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Israel bombs another hospital

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Report on DemocracyNow!

They are deliberately bombing hospitals. Stunning example of callous indifference.

And they bombed peaceful civilians that have nothing to do with Hamas at prayer time in the evening–I don’t think this was by accident.  A religious prejudice, it would seem.

I was watching NBC news last night, and the reporter, that was taken out of Gaza, but is now returned, showed EMTs losing it–they are used to see blood and bodies, but even they cannot stand what it happening.  There was utter chaos in the hospital with injured people being turned away because they have no room for any more.

This has to stop.  Has to stop. Now.