East Wind Community featured in New York Times Style Magazine – Ozark County Times

Tecumsehs East Wind Community was one of several income-sharing communities across the country recently featured in a New York Times Style Magazine article titled The New Generation of Self-Created Utopias.

The East Wind section of the article features a series of photos of the communitys land and its 70 residents, who cooperatively live on the property off County Road 547 between Gainesville and Tecumseh.

Boone Wheeler, a four-year resident of East Wind, told the Ozark County Times that the articles author, Mike Mariani, and photographer, George Etheredge, were perfectly nice guys.

We invited them out here, and no one had an issue with it, Wheeler said. I think most people think its cool to have their picture in the New York Times.

Wheeler operates the communitys Instagram account and said the number of followers on the social media platform tripled within a week of the article being published.

It led to a spike of awareness and interest in what were doing here said Wheeler.

The community also received 30 new inquiries about membership after the article was published, he said.

Just trying to live a good life, same as anyone else

Many Ozark County residents have likely encountered East Wind members running errands around Gainesville or volunteering at the Ozark County Food Pantryas part of their civic support initiative, Wheeler says, but the community remains somewhat of a mystery to the general population.

What I personally would like other Ozark Countians to know about East Wind is that were just trying to live a good life, same as anyone else. Living cooperatively affords us a high quality of life without having to work crazy hard, Wheeler said. East Winders are really diverse, coming from all over and from all walks of life. We grow a good amount of our own food and do a lot of our own work.

According to East Winds website, more than a thousand people have lived at what is called an intentional community since its founding in 1974, and the communitys culture has evolved as residents have come and gone.

Its very different than it was back in the 70s. We dont have a taboo around nudity, but we arent all naked all the time, said Wheeler.

The New York Times article says that around half of the population is part of a new wave, people in their late 20s and early 30s who joined in the last four years. These newer residents moved to East Wind to wean themselves off fossil fuels, grow their own food, have a greater say in how their society is run and live in less precarious financial circumstances.

Community structure

East Wind members work 35 hours a week in exchange for their basic needs, including food, water, electricity, shelter, medical coverage and a $150 monthly allowance.

Community members share laundry and kitchen facilities as well as an auto repair shop, social spaces, workshops and even a music studio.

The communitys main source of income is East Wind Nut Butters, a multi-million-dollar business that produces peanut, almond and cashew butter as well as tahini, a butter made of sesame seeds.

In addition to working in the nut butter factory, members also share the workload of caring for livestock, tending gardens, maintaining buildings and grounds, and cooking meals.

Work doesnt feel like work here, said Wheeler, who meets his hours by working the front desk, building maintenance and construction, making cheese and working on the nut butter production line. And everyone does the dishes, he said. So I do the dishes too.

The community practices direct democracy, meaning that each member has an equal vote on all matters, including whether or not prospective members are allowed to stay.

Everyone is entitled to his or her own room, and contrary to some popular conceptions, East Winders are free to own personal property such as electronics, media and clothing.

However, they do have a shared clothing supply, affectionately named Commie Clothes, where anyone can take or borrow items.

According to Wheeler, The only thing people cant have is their own car, at least not on the East Wind property.

East Wind itself owns several vehicles, and regular group trips are made to Gainesville, West Plains and Springfield, as well as Mountain Home, Arkansas. Members can also check out cars for personal use and even for long distance travel.

We have a really high quality of life here. If you divide our income by the number of people, its way below the poverty line, but our lifestyle is way higher than that, said Wheeler, who believes that cooperating and sharing is what our world needs, and says, East Wind proves that it works.

No stranger to the media

East Wind, no stranger to the media, has appeared in National Geographic magazine (65760: Not quite Utopia, published August 2005) and the Washington Times (East Wind community in Missouri continues to grow, published Sept. 1, 2017). More recently, an article in the Kansas City Star (Dark rituals, Orgies, See the reality of a hippie commune deep in Missouris Bible Belt, published Aug. 27, 2017) elicited criticism from East Wind members as well as other Ozark County residents for its sensational (and, many said, inaccurate) portrayal of the community.

To read the New York Times Style Magazine article, visit https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/t-magazine/intentional-communities.ht...

Visit East Wind

While East Wind does not welcome drop-in visitors, the community is happy to accommodate anyone who would like to schedule a visit. Write to ew.membership@gmail.com for more information or visit the website EastWind.org. Social media users can also follow eastwindcommunity on Instagram.

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Building Main Street, not Wall Street: Success is measured by the lives we impact – Muskogee Daily Phoenix

The business world, and in fact the country, lost a great man recently with the passing of Clayton Christensen. This Harvard School of Business professor authored some of the finest business books hundreds of thousands have benefited from. He was a genuine gentleman and he will be missed by many. One of his greatest pieces of business advice was very simple, yet so profound. Paraphrased, he said, Success is measured by the lives you touch and impact.It was no secret that this was his guiding philosophy regardless whether it was in his business or his personal life.

One might ask, while that might be great advice, what does that have to do with my community or with me? When I look at our community, I believe that how we positively impact the lives of those in our community is the ultimate measurement of success. Every supportive action that we take in our community makes an impact. Every dime we spend at a local establishment makes an impact. Casting a vote in a local election makes an impact. Every volunteer hour we spend helping or lifting people up in our community makes and impact. Every time we say a kind word to others impacts our community. When you view it through that lens, we can all have a great impact in our community and on the lives of those in our community.

We have all heard the term unintended consequences used, usually in a negative light. But let me share a positive economic intended consequence of our actions that we can have control over.

While the community size only impacts the final numbers, the following example remains the same. Lets say you live in a community of 20,000 residents. For this example, lets also assume that residents will travel to other nearby communities or cities to do much of their shopping, dining and entertainment. Lets also assume that like most, many in your community are starting to shop online more and more each year. What would be the impact if each resident were to make a conscious effort to spend $25 each month at a locally owned and operated business that they might have otherwise spent out-of-town or online? That small commitment to your local community would be enormous. That would equate to $500,000 each month or $6 million each year circulating throughout your small community. This intended consequence becomes a game changer in many communities.

How would an additional $6 million impact the locally owned and operated business community? How many local jobs might that help create? How many more tax dollars would be available to assist with the local roads, fire, schools, infrastructure and so forth? How would it feel to intentionally assist with the paving of your own roads in lieu of paving the roads in Bentonville, Arkansas, or some far-off corporate headquarters?

Yes, we can surely impact so many lives in our community by our small and intentional actions. Not only how we treat people, but how we choose to spend our money can make a significant positive impact. When we look at our friends, co-workers and neighbors, we can have a greater impact on their lives right here and right now more than we know. We are all in this economic battle together. Local communities need to not only think truly local, but act that way as well.

Ill close with the quote I shared at the beginning by Clayton Christensen with a slight modification, Our local communitys success is measured by the lives we touch and impact. Are we measuring up to that challenge or do we need to evaluate our lives and rededicate and commit to our local community? You cant go wrong in thinking local, in fact, when it comes to measuring impact it may very well be the only right thing to do.

John A. Newby, author of the "Building Main Street, Not Wall Street " column dedicated to helping communities combine synergies with local media companies allowing them to not just survive, but thrive in a world where Truly Local is lost to Amazon, Wall Street chains and others. His email is: john@360MediaAlliance.net.

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See a New Exhibition That Captures the Flyest NYC Community – The Cut

Elroy Gay and Lillie Gay, 1987. Photo: Joseph Borukhov

Once upon a time in the 1980s long before the days of Ludlow House, $7 lattes, and recently relocated frat boys the Lower East Side was one of the most ethnically diverse (and affordable) neighborhoods in Manhattan. Today, only traces of those previous tenants and their businesses remain in the wake of gentrification, making the remaining stalwarts feel all the more precious. Rainbow Shoe Repair, an unassuming cobbler business, is one of these anomalies theyve been in business 40 years now. Those who frequented the Delancey Street storefront in the 80s, 90s and early 00s remember it as more than just a place to mend soles. Rainbow Shoe Repair was a place to make memories.

Shawntel Dunbar, 1996. Photo: Ilya Shoulov

Rainbow has amassed its fair share of detailed Yelp reviews throughout the years, but even the most loquacious fail to mention that the store used to operate a photo studio. The original owner, Josef Borukhov, began offering passport photos to his clientele in the 80s, and soon after expanded his offerings. Rainbow became a destination for affordable graduation photos, family photos, engagement photos, or just plain fit pics (read: outfit pics) with friends. It became a cherished space in an era that predated phone photography, back when getting your picture taken was an intentional, formal event. Lower East Siders went to Rainbow for more than casual snapshots; they were engaging in documentation rituals that allowed them to freeze a moment, feeling, or relationship in time and keep it forever.

Elroy and Sammi Gay, 1996. Photo: Ilya Shoulov

In the summer of 2018, curator Ali Rosa-Salas discovered images from Rainbow when flipping through Lower East Side native Sammi Gays family album. She was struck by the composition of the shots and the intimacy between photographer and subject, not to mention how relevant the fashion remains 30 years later. I thought about the power of nostalgia and the pride LES residents have for where they are from, Rosa-Salas explained. I thought about the importance of this neighborhood in setting fashion trends on a global scale how much this community has endured and the current complications its facing.

Soon after, she visited the Delancey Street storefront with fellow curator Brooke Nicholas. The owner disappeared into a backroom and emerged with crumbling manila folders, spilling out with unclaimed photographs from the 80s, 90s and 2000s, says Nicholas. These were far more artistic than your typical in-and-out passport-photo setup. These shoots put couples, graduates, and families in dozens of unique poses, and often involved background and outfit changes. Each captured the unique style and personality of the sitter, says Nicholas.

Nelson Hernandez, 1988. Photo: Joseph Borukhov

This forgotten archive formed the basis of a show now on view at Abrons Arts Center: Rainbow Shoe Repair: An Unexpected Theater of Flyness. Rosa-Salas and Nicholas joined forces with fashion scholar Kimberly Jenkins to put out an open call for photographs taken at Rainbow. Clientele came forward to share their snapshots and the stories behind them. Rosa-Salas notes: Many of these images are old, fragile, and the only one of its kind that exists. We are extremely grateful that residents have entrusted us with pieces of their personal archive.

Wayne Casimir and Debbie Cox, 1986. Photo: Joseph Borukhov

Attending the show at Abrons Arts Center (just a five-minute walk from Rainbow) feels like a family reunion. Theres a warm familiarity that washes over you when looking at the Rainbow display. Even if you dont know anyone in the photos, youll feel like you do, because each moment captured is intimate, proud, and loving. Visitors will see groups of friends dressed to the nines in hip hop apparel, young parents with babies, and siblings embracing each other above the caption Memories of 1987. For photographer Ilya Shaulov, who worked at Rainbow for 13 years, the opening was an actual series of reunions. Shaulov, who also photographed the opening, found himself face to face with many of his past subjects. It feels good that many people in the neighborhood remember me and my work, he says.

Yesenia, circa 1998. Photo: Ilya Shoulov

Individuals featured in the exhibition pointed and said things like thats my son, providing context to peers and strangers, unbidden. Shawntel Dunbar reflected on her own portrait in front of the rainbow backdrop: It was taken just after I started a new job. I really wanted to dress the part, because I was working down on Wall Street. I wanted to fit in, but I didnt want to take away from who I was.

Ellison and Alyssa Champagne, 2003. Photo: Ilya Shaulov

Jessica LeBron described her teenage sitting: I was feeling very Mary J. Blige at the time, with the baggy clothes and a backwards hat. When I look at this picture, I see that I was standing in my power; I can see my inner light. I was smiling and looked sweet, but growing up in the LES meant I also knew how to protect myself.

Jessica LeBron, 1993. Photo: JosephBorukhov

Many of the photographs depict fashion designer Elroy Gay (father of Sammi Gay, whose family album sparked the project). One of the clear standouts is an image of Gay and his daughter on Halloween. She says of the image, I was dressed as a black Barbie and my Dad picked the outfit out. This picture makes me proud of him, his work ethic, and our evolving father-daughter relationship. Elroy Gay explained how this kind of portraiture empowered the community: If you got your pictures taken at Rainbow, you were somebody for some reason. If you looked jiggy that day, you would take a photo. If you had enough money, you would get two. Still to this day, the Lower East Side is one of the fashion boroughs. We wont judge what you do, but we will judge how you dress!

Jasmine Lopez, 1992. Photo: Joseph Borukhov

As charming as the exhibition is on the surface, its about so much more than style and tenderness. It celebrates the communities of color that have made the Lower East Side what it is. While outside forces actively seek to erase these communities, these images that honor their ingenuity, achievements, and familial bonds are not just powerful theyre vital. The subjects captured are undeniably diverse, but each has something in common: They decided that the day they documented was one worth remembering. Now, thanks to Abrons, these preserved moments of flyness are a part of New Yorks shared history.

Martha Lulu Ayala and Valerie Hernandez, 1989. Photo: Joseph Borukhov

Rainbow Shoe Repair is on view at Abrons Arts Center until March 29.

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Unpacking the Latest Jameela Jamil Controversy – The Cut

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If youre confused about why the actress Jameela Jamil has found herself at the center of controversy again, then youve come to a good place. At the beginning of this week, HBO announced Jamil would MC and host a forthcoming show called Legendary, a nine-episode unscripted ballroom-style competition series. By Thursday, the story has drifted quite far: In the face of criticism over her lack of ties to the ballroom scene and, seemingly, to the LGBT community as a whole Jamil revealed that she is queer. In between, there was some messy press coverage, making the story fertile ground for a social-media dustup. Heres what you need to know.

The controversy began on Monday, when HBO announced that Jamil would star in the networks new reality voguing competition, in a press release headlined HBO Maxs Ballroom Vogueing Competition Series Legendary Taps Jameela Jamil to MC and Judge. Ballroom-style competitions, in which contestants vogue, walk, and pose for prizes, have flourished for decades in queer POC scenes. Out reported that Jamil initially tweeted (and subsequently deleted) of her new gig Im *so* excited to be a tiny part of bringing ballroom further into the mainstream where it belongs.

The decision to castJamil, who has no obvious connection to LGBT culture or voguing in particular, incited an instant backlash.

The pivotal moment in this conversation came when trans actress Trace Lysette tweeted that she had been interviewed for Jamils job and lost out. This is no shade towards Jameela, I love all that she stands for. If anything I question the decision makers, Lysette tweeted.

Twelve hours after the initial announcement, the story had changed. Jamil clarified in a tweet, Deadline says I am the MC of this show! I am not. I am just one of the judges. The brilliant Dashaun Wesley is. But Out notes that the original press release from HBO which Jamil linked to in her now-deleted tweet had said simply, commentary by Dashaun Wesley. As of Wednesday, the HBO release still stated that Jamil would MC the show. On Wednesday night, HBO issued a statement confirming that Jamil will not MC the show. For clarity, Dashaun is the series MC/Commentator, and Jameela heads up the panel of judges alongside Leiomy, Law, and Megan, the statement reads.

At this point Jamil responded to Lysette, tweeting, I think you auditioned to be one of the house mothers, referring to senior members of the ballroom scene, which is organized into intentional communities or families called houses. Im just one of the judges. Not a house mother. We werent up for the same thing. To which Lysette responded, I dont have to audition to be a house mother I am one, and disputed Jamils account, adding, I send you love too. But I will always speak my truth.

On Wednesday, Jamil further responded to the brewing controversy by revealing that she is queer. This is why I never officially came out as queer, she wrote, I was scared of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon jumping, over something that caused me a lot of confusion. She went on to explain that the lack of out family members and pressures of being a POC actress in her 30s in Hollywood have contributed to her reticence to officially come out, but that shes always answered honestly if ever straight-up asked about it on Twitter. The actress conceded that my being queer doesnt qualify me as ballroom.

The reaction has been mixed, with some of Jamils critics taking issue with the timing and apparent defensiveness of her announcement.

Lysette pointed out on Wednesday evening that, while Jamil might not be MC-ing, she is still Executive Producer along with two cis white guys who produced Queer Eye.

This isnt the first time the narrative has gotten the better of Jamil. In December the actress was criticized after expressing her opinion that airbrushing is disgusting and a crime against women, and that it should be banned. Some people felt the way she was going about the conversation was unproductive, to say the least, especially considering that shes a conventionally attractive woman. Jamil stood firm, saying that while her approach might be extra, shes more concerned about the teen surgery, eating disorders, and self harm, that unattainable beauty standards inspire. Jamil also came under fire for tweeting her support of Ellen DeGeneres getting chummy with George W. Bush at a recent Dallas Cowboys game. The actress later apologized, writing that she was just learning today about the full extent of Bushs heinous presidency.

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Minding matters of the heart | Editorials – Richmond Register

Editor's note: The Register's parent company, CNHI, has papers all over the United States. Each Wednesday, this space will be dedicated to what one of those papers thinks about the issues facing their communities.

February is the month for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day is all about romance.

Romantic love is metaphorically and historically connected to the heart.

Ergo February is American Heart Month.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., by far.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases are the top three killers.

In recent years, CDC data breaks down the number of deaths in a single year this way:

Heart disease: 614,348

Cancer: 591,699

Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 147,101

Accidents (unintentional injuries): 136,053

Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 133,103

Alzheimer's disease: 93,541

Diabetes: 76,488

Influenza and pneumonia: 55,227

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 48,146

Intentional self-harm (suicide): 42,773

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

One in four deaths is caused by heart disease, according to the CDC.

In conjunction with American Heart Month, we are touting the importance of making healthy choices, working with doctors and health-care professionals to reduce the risks.

The CDC recommends:

Schedule a visit with a doctor to talk about heart health. Regular checkups are an important part of health management, even if you don't think you're sick. Talk with your doctor and set goals for improving heart health. Be honest with them about your health and habits and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Add exercise to your daily routine. If you don't currently exercise, start small. Walk 15 minutes a day a few times a week. After a couple of weeks, bump it up to 30 minutes a day a few times a week.

Quit smoking. If you currently smoke, quitting can cut your risk for heart disease and stroke. Kicking the smoking habit, like starting an exercise routine, is something that's done a step at a time.

Eat healthy. Eating healthy is one of the surest steps you can take to heart health. Cook heart healthy meals at home at least three times a week and reduce the sodium content of your recipes.

Take prescribed medication. Talk with your doctor about high blood pressure and cholesterol medications. Take any prescribed medications on time as directed. If any side effects develop, contact your doctor for help.

We encourage our readers to develop healthy habits and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Staying healthy -- living with a heart-healthy lifestyle each day -- is much easier than "getting healthy" and overcoming a lifetime of bad habits.

-- Valdosta (Ga.) Daily Times


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Expressing Love For The Body Parts You Hate Takes Intentional Work | HuffPost Canada Life – HuffPost Canada

Around Valentines Day, Canadians fuss over how they show loved ones how much they care. What are the most heartfelt gifts to give? Words to say? Flowers to give? (Maybe think twice on the rose bouquet ) With all this rumination on romancing others, loving ourselves gets left by the wayside.

Self-love is challenging to feel for many, as were our own biggest critics. The brunt of the bashing tends to start with what we see in the mirror after all, theres a reason why droves head to the gym for their New Years resolutions and why so many equate wellness with slimness.

Why is it important to love our bodies? Not doing so can impact our entire outlook. Body image, mental health and self-esteem directly influence each other, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) notes, as regularly focusing on perceived physical shortcomings can translate to negative thinking about other aspects.

Breaking up with ones vicious cycle of body-hating is hard, but not impossible. If youre looking to start a whirlwind romance with your body, heres how to do it:

Start with a body scan

Good news: Youre hotter than you think you are, according to science. Research shows that we tend to magnify our physical flaws, when in reality others dont notice these traits as much as we think they do. The bad news: Because your gaze is so used to lingering on what you hate, youve unconsciously trained yourself to feel dissatisfaction on reflex. Feeling this uncomfortable can lead to feeling disconnected from your body or, in some cases, turn into body dysmorphic disorder.

How can you unlearn this muscle memory? One way is through mindfulness, which asks practitioners to take stock of themselves through body scans. As a UC Berkeley health project indicates, body scans help us notice both what emotions a certain body part evokes and how that may manifest; clenching, tightening and unease are common responses. Without trying to change that body part, practitioners may find relief in acknowledging a difference between how they feel about their body and how their body actually experiences physical sensations.

Work out with the right intentions

Exercise can cultivate unhealthy relationships with our bodies, but a healthy motivation has been proven to improve your self-esteem; if youre able to appreciate how your body improves at running or lifting weights, youll feel much better about its worth in a way that doesnt relate to how it looks.

10 Ways to get motivated for a morning workout. Story continues after the slideshow.

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As Everyday Feminisms Sarah Ogden Trotta says about exercise, moving with purpose made her realize her body was more than an object to be fat-shamed. It helps me to feel powerful and strong and has helped to repair my traumatized and eating disordered relationship with my body. My body is capable of so much and so am I, she wrote.

Combat your distorted mirror with affirmative talk

Anyone can have a toxic relationship with their body, from conventionally attractive celebrities like Billie Eilish to the lonely men who self-identify as incels and obsess over their facial structures. However, women and youth are especially likely to develop this problem. A global poll found that one in five Canadian women were unhappy with their bodies and around 42 to 45 per cent of Canadian students werent satisfied with their size, according to a national quadrennial study.

Watch: Billie Eilish opens about her toxic relationship with her body. Story continues below.

Peer pressure in ones community can also impact body image: Many gay men report feeling unhappy with their bodies and children of immigrants may struggle with family conversations about their appearances.

To deprogram yourself, start small. When you catch yourself looking at something you dislike in the mirror, force yourself to thank that body part. It can help to say how the body part helps you in your everyday life or to remind yourself how it helps the rest of your body function.

Thighs, thank you for carrying me where I want to go. Belly, thank you for helping me digest. Skin, thank you for protecting me, dietician Christy Brisette wrote as affirmation examples on her site.

Treat your body like royalty

Pampering our bodies isnt just a frivolous indulgence. These rituals can form positive associations with body parts that, if done often enough, can be stronger than your anxieties.

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If you start associating your hair with a relaxing hair mask routine, your brain will be reminded of how relaxed you feel, which encourages self-love over intrusive negativity thoughts.

Smash shame with allies

Canadians whose bodies dont fit societal norms, such as bigger individuals, may have a harder time loving their bodies, as society may demean people who look like them.

Edith Bernier is a body-positive writer from Quebec. She founded Grossophobie, a blog that provides resources on fatphobia. She notes that for herself and others of bigger sizes, isolation is a major defence mechanism.

The world can be a rather unsafe place when youre a bigger person. Sometimes it feels safer to stay at home, she told HuffPost Canada, adding that the stigma of weighing more can lead to depression or anxiety. All these microaggressions throughout the day reminds you that the world is not meant for a body like yours. The struggle is real.

The solution to isolation and shame is finding allies, especially those who will listen to how you feel about your body and can comfort you, Bernier advised.

It can be really hard to express it, but there are people who are willing to help you carry that weight, she said. For those who cant find this support in-person, online communities have been proven to improve well-being: A study of the Fatosphere, as online fat acceptance communities are known as, showed that users felt more self-acceptance about their bodies when they started communicating with people who could relate to their struggles.

Start unfollowing people on social media

Women who spent over 20 hours a week online were three times more likely to dislike their body than those online for less than an hour, a Simon Fraser University study found. As researcher Allison Carter told CBC, this statistic doesnt suggest screentime is the problem; pervasive, impossible ideals on social media are.

In todays age, with the rapid rise of Facebook and Instagram, the opportunities for appearance comparisons are unprecedented, Carter said.

Thats why Bernier recommends changing what you consume online: Unfollow accounts that provoke negative thoughts about ones body and follow people who look like you.

Expose yourself to different bodies, she said. For fat Canadians who need inspiration, she recommends listening to Lizzo and following bigger athletes like Sarah Robles.

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Committing Harm Is Not The Same As Being Abusive – Wear Your Voice

Da'Shaun Harrison x Feb 11, 2020

This essay discusses sexual violence and mentions r/pe

My queer parent, Hunter Shackelford, and I sit around and talk a lot. For hours, most days. At the genesis of our relationship, one thing we agreed on almost immediately is that abuse and harm are two very different things. Online, especially, but also in real life, many people refer to harm-doers as abusers. It is striking to me because, as much as I am staunchly against both, I understand the impact of language and just how much it can determine how we interact with a person or a situation.

All of us are capable of being both an abuser and a harm-doer, but the tougher reality is that even if we are never an abuser, no one can ever say they havent caused someone any harm. Whether it is accidentally stepping on a persons toe, or cussing someone out because you have had a rough day, orto move away from trivial examples and into what prompted this essaydefending a serial rapist by way of celebrating their music. All abusers and all harm-doers should be held accountable for their wrongdoings; not all wrongdoings are created equal, however, and therefore accountability must look different depending on the violence committed.

Whereas harm is a one-time act of violence or infliction of pain, that can be either intentional or unintentional, abuse is about a continued and repeated force of violence that mistreats, mishandles, or exploits someones body, being, and/or feelings. It is about a commitmentinterrogated or uninterrogatedto enforcing violence onto someone else with no interest in stopping. When we position abusers as equal to harm-doers, we not only ignore the harm that we have done to others, but we truncate the extent to which abusers must be held accountableor we lead with a politic of disposability rather than principle and care for those who commit harm. Said differently, we should be very particular, careful, and intentional about what language we use when pointing out something harmful someone has done. It shifts not only the weight of the harm but the response to it as well.

I am an abolitionist, which is to say that I am committed to doing away with disposability politicsor a politic that leads with exile rather than transformation. I believe that to dispose of a person forthright is not an act of justice, but rather recapitulates the abuses of the carceral state; it is a re-creation of the violence inflicted by the settler-colonial state, most often wielded against Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. While I dont believe in cancel culture, I do believe in the politics of disposability that so often leave no room for people to (un)learn, to atone for their violence, and, perhaps most importantly, that says abusers and harm-doers must be held accountable in the same ways. This is another cage; another form of incarceration that damages more than it heals.

In so many ways, our society has committed itself to disposing of Black and brown people. From the school-to-prison pipeline, the sexual abuse-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration and more, the state is built around disposing of and incarcerating Black and brown people. But as Paulo Freire writes in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, education is politics, and transformative work can be done by educating and enlightening the oppresseda literal pedagogical approach to (liberating) the oppressed. Freire understood that harm, and abuse in many ways, is taught through how we are socialized in-part through education.

I spoke with Roslyn Talusan, a culture critic and anti-rape activist, about what she believes the differences between harm and abuse are. She had this to say: I think abusers cause harm, but harm-doers arent necessarily abusive. For abuse, there has to be a pattern, and a power dynamic being exploited to exert control and dominance. Harm-doers are assholes, but arent necessarily doing it for power. Often I think it can just be a matter of bottled up emotions and taking it out on people around them, or [just] having a bad day. Both are certainly inexcusable, but I dont think its helpful to paint every asshole as an abuser. I think abusers are more intentional, more predatory, more calculated than harm-doers. Abusers usually are charming to the majority of people in their life, and specifically target vulnerable people to enact their abuse, and thats why I think theyre more dangerous in that aspect.

Roslyn is correct. Instead of Prisons talks extensively about how power, calculated behavior, and poverty each play a role in the lead up to abuse. It also explores a lesser-discussed cause of abuse: culture. Not just rape culture, but the larger culture under which we are socialized into (normalizing) violence, harm, and abuse.

To state it more plainly: a rape apologist is not necessarily an abuser. Someone who is sexually violentas due to being unclear about boundaries and consent, and not because they are intending to repeatedly control, exploit, or gain power over othersis also not an abuser. However, people with a sustained history of this kind of behavior, often coupled with a commitment to gaslighting othersespecially womenare absolutely abusers. Someone disinterested in unlearning their harmful and bigoted beliefs, or who is uninterested in naming their harm as such, is an abuser.

Storyteller and shapeshifter, Hunter Shackelford, perfectly encapsulates the overall difference between abuse and harm, and how we can respond to both:

Language has the power to bring us closer to ourselves and the people around us, and it also has the ability to complicate our knowing when we use certain words to deliver impact over meaning. Naming abuse, harm, and/or toxic behaviors is difficult when many individuals and vulnerable communities are often using mainstream simplified language that feels the most accessible (and what feels good) and has the ability to deliver the impact they experienced. For example, when you want the world to know your pain exactly how you felt it, you may default to using abuse because it hurt. But abuse isnt just what hurts, its a specific type of violence.

Abuse is a pattern of behaviors to wield power or control over another persons body, being, access, and/or wellnessconsciously or not, intentionally or not. Harm is a violent behavior or experience that can be a singular incident that someone may or may not know the impact ofconsciously or not, intentionally or not. The difference between the two is a fine line and a bold line, because we know that a one-time incident could possibly happen again; so what could be harm one day can escalate and become abuse. The closer we get to a future where our society and communities embody a culture that makes the distinction of abuse and harm, makes room for the overlapping gray [areas], and creates space for transformative accountability, survivors and the world will flourish.

Abuse and harm are not always black and white, and both are always unconscionable. Irrespective of whether we are being harmed or abused, the pain is never easy to handle nor is it ever escapable. The onus, then, should never be on the victim or the survivor to differentiate which of the two they are experiencing, but rather we have to become committedsocietallyto the undoing of conflating these two experiences so that we can work through how both abusers and harm-doers must be held accountable to whichever of the two they have committed.

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Millennials Search for Meaning & Authenticity When it Comes to Judaism Part 1 – The Jewish Voice

In an era of declining religious observance, studies show that this particular generation is interested in traditions, heritage, one-on-one gatherings and social justicejust not the old-fashioned institutions of their parents or grandparents

By: Deborah Fineblum

When Rebekah Paster moved to New York City, she was just out of college and knew almost no one there. So when a friend insisted I had to go to the nearest Moishe House, she said, I was blown away with how warm and welcoming they were. And I can say now Ive met a lot of my really good friends through Moishe House, people Id never have met otherwise.

Not only did the place make her feel at home in a big city full of strangers, but at 25, Paster is now one of the three young adults living in the Moishe House in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. The trio is responsible for hosting everything from Shabbat dinners and holiday parties to rooftop yoga classes, rock-climbing outings and social-justice activities, like collecting books to send to prisons. Events can pull in more than 1,000 young adults each year.

Moishe House has taught me that I can infuse my Jewish life in ways that may or may not be explicatively religious, she says. That I can be proud of my Jewish identity in whatever form that takes.

And the form Jewish expression takes is changing for many millennialsa generation defined by the Pew Research Center as those born between 1981 and 1996, and sandwiched between Generation X (born 1965-1980) and Generation Z (1997-present).

Jewish young adults take part in a Hanukkah dinner outside of Berlin at Moishe House in Germany. Source: Moishe House via Facebook.

Todays millennials (they are also referred to as Generation Y) find themselves with all kinds of organizations in hot pursuitfrom advertisers to graduate schools to employers. And in Jewish America, where indications abound that most of them (more about the observant ones later) are less traditionally identified and engaged than earlier generations, theres a new and growing crop of initiatives designed to pull them into Jewish life, if not the mainstream then some millennial-flavored version of it.

Driving many of these strategic efforts is a number of studies pointing to millennials dwindling Jewish identity and engagement, and seeking to pinpoint the generations patterns of belief and behavior. Just out: one commissioned by Hakhelthe Jewish Intentional Community Incubator, based on responses by 125 Jewish millennials, all of whom are active in one of Hakhels intentional communities (involving young Jews in activities around shared values and interests) in 35 countries.

A division of Hazon, an organization that describes itself as strengthening Jewish life and contributing to a more environmentally sustainable world for all, Hakhel commissioned the Do-Et Institute to conduct the study to identify this generations values and priorities. So says Hakhel founder and general director Aharon Ariel Lavi, saying it showed overwhelmingly that they dont drift away from their Jewish identity but from old-fashioned institutions.

Indeed, only 30 percent of respondents said they had any interest in joining a synagogue, and only 7.5 percent were interested in the work of Jewish federations and community centers. But in what Lavi calls the silver lining, 84 percent were interested in Jewish learning and holiday/life-cycle activities, and 46 percent were attracted to Jewish arts and culture.

The organized Jewish community has been aware of the drifting of millennials from its ranks for many years, adds Lavi. What this research shows is the extent of that disengagement on the one hand, but also the creative alternatives that are sprouting from below on the other.

The studys results echo many of the findings of a recent Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) report on millennials concluding that hyper-individualism and slackening trust or interest in institutions and authority leads many young Jews to eschew denominational identity and affiliation with establishment institutions. This leads to seeking alternative and more niche expressions of Jewish identity.

This shift reflects a larger trend, according to a leading observer of the Jewish scene. America is in the midst of a religious recession; its not just a Jewish issue, says Jonathan Sarna, the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University. Pew has clearly documented millennials moving away from traditional religion, most of them claiming to be spiritual but not religious.

This reflects fundamental demographic shifts from previous generations, he adds. Chief among them: Intermarriage and the age of marriage is older than any time in human history. For the so-called Seinfeld generation, many remain single until their late 30s, and those who do have children often dont become parents until theyre nearing 40. By that time, for many of them its been 20 years since theyve been in a synagogue because most synagogues are not seen as welcoming to singles, says Sarna.

The exception, typically ignored by the studies, he notes, are the roughly 10 percent of American millennials who are Orthodox, and tend to marry and have children younger and be more involved in synagogue life.

Issue No. 1: Finding and engaging a new generation

According to the JPPI report: Engaging young Jews, who often feel out of place in mainstream institutions, due to low Jewish literacy or other identity components (sexual orientation, political views, etc.) requires a vastly different approach.

So what kind of approach does attract this generation?

Many of the initiatives that are most successful in pulling in young Jews, according to the report, are independent of established denominational or national movements. They question the benefits of belonging to a national denomination and stress nimbleness as an advantage.

Moishe House founder and CEO David Cygielman. Credit: Courtesy.

Or as Hakhel community participant Bradly Caro Cook puts it: Our generation is looking for something authentic, says the Las Vegas millennial. Were not going to do Judaism by the numbers and metrics.

Among the crop of new organizations designed to meet this new generation of Jews where they live:

Moishe House was among the first on the millennial scene: When we started out in 2006, there was a black hole for post-college Jewish young adults, says founder and CEO David Cygielman. Some have a strong Jewish identity, but are disengaged; others never had it. But they all want to be part of a meaningful Jewish community where you know everyone and they know you; were combating loneliness at a time when its rampant.

The Moishe House formula: Find a neighborhood with a population of young Jews and a Jewish community (most often, the federation, local donors and family foundations) committed to supporting the Moishe House model. That has resulted in 115 of themand they just signed a lease for No. 116, in Rome. Some 70,000 young adults turned out for programs last year in vibrant home-based Jewish communities, says Cygielman, adding that theyre adding more immersive Jewish learning and Israel programming.

Base Hillel was born in 2015, when Faith Leener and her freshly ordained rabbi husband Jonathan moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., and began hosting Shabbat dinners. We started thinking, how can we impact the young people asking for Jewish learning without knowing theyre asking for it? she says. We saw that they wanted meaning and community, but werent going to synagogue for it. With friends Rabbi Avram Mlotek and Yael Kornfeld, they soon linked up with Hillel Internationals office of innovation, and were off and running with a brand of radical hospitality featuring Jewish learning, holiday celebrations and social-justice projects. Now the executive director, Leener lives in Base Brooklyn with her family, and oversees the nine bases run by young rabbinic families and underwritten mostly by local grants from federations, Hillel and others. The Bases, mostly along the East Coastwith one in Ithaca, N.Y., and another in Berlinserve 6,000 young Jews annually.

Were post-denominational, but deeply rooted in Jewish tradition, says Leener. Its not do-it-yourself Judaism, but letting go of the labels and immersing in each Jewish communal experiencebe it in text, ritual, Shabbat, holidays or life-cycle counseling.

OneTable was designed to welcome young Jewish adults to Friday-night Shabbat dinners hosted by their peers. Each week, OneTable, which has been described as a social dining app that helps people of all religious backgrounds celebrate inclusive Shabbat meals, averages 190 dinners across the United States. Support comes from grants from federations, local philanthropists and Jewish foundations that help underwrite the meals served in participants homes.

The idea has caught on, and in the last five years since founding executive director Aliza Kline cooked up the idea, more than 30,000 Friday-night dinners have been served to young adults. According to their website, its ultimate goal: for the Shabbat dinner experience to become a platform for community building for those who otherwise would be absent from Jewish community.

GatherDC, unlike the initiatives above with locations in a number of communities, began a decade ago to offer community-based Jewish experiences to young Jews in the Washington D.C. area. On tap: interactive Jewish learning, twice-yearly retreats, social-justice projects, and Shabbat and holiday celebrations.

They also have coffee with every newcomernot just to find out what they want to do, but who they are, says its community rabbi, Ilana Zietman, a millennial born in 1989. We offer them a Judaism they never got growing up, she adds. They say, This Torah portion has so much of my life in it. I never knew it existed. Meaning we have to work harder to showcase whats beautiful about Judaism, and build community people are craving and where they feel valued. GatherDC is supported by Jewish family foundations, local federations and private donors.

Not Learning, but Experiencing Jewish Identity

The identity of American Jews for most of the 20th century was rooted in ethnicity, love of the Jewish people, fear of anti-Semitism, horror and guilt over the Holocaust, commitment to Soviet Jewry, and love of and concern for the State of Israel, writes Barry Shrage who, after 31 years at the helm of Bostons federation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, is now a professor in Brandeis Universitys Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. But assimilation inevitably erodes ethnic identification and theres never been a more powerful assimilating culture than America in the 21st century.

The best defense against assimilation, argues Shrage, is Jewish peoplehood.

You cant learn Jewish identity; you have to experience it to create a love for the Jewish people. Whats more, he adds that one of the most powerful experiences for this generation is Birthright Israel, the 10-day trip to Israel which nearly half of them have taken. Its having a powerful impact on them.

Indeed, studies show the 750,000 Birthright travelers are much more likely to marry other Jews, raise Jewish children and stay connected to Israel, says Len Saxe, who directs both the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis. Still, he acknowledges that times have changed. These young Jews are broadening what it means to be involved Jewishly and doing it in new ways.

Saxe says it reminds him of Israel, where more than half the country is not religious but Friday nights are for family to eat together. So for young Jews here having Friday night at OneTable, whos to say theyre less engaged?

Synagogues and Programs for Younger Individuals

Evidence abounds that young Jews are seeking religious communities that are alive and warm, and that can add real meaning to their lives, says Shrage.

Among congregations experiencing success in drawing in millennials are Bostons Temple Israel, whose Riverway Project is designed to meet their young members where they live (among them, many studying medicine down the street) and Sixth & I, a synagogue as well as a center for arts, entertainment and ideas in Washington, D.C., that reimagines how religion and community can enhance peoples everyday lives.

Another young-flavored variation on the synagogue theme is The Den Collective, whose rabbis conduct a range of services in suburban Washington homes and elsewhere. They describe themselves as seeking to build spaces of meaning that invite people to deepen their connection to Judaism, feel part of a community and enrich their lives. The Den strives to be collaborative, experimental, transparent and radically welcoming.

Says Sarna: Of the Jewish religious start-ups todaythe emergent congregations, partnership services, independent minyanim and moremany of them will not survive, but some of them will make it very, very big and reshape American Judaism in the decades to come.


(To Be Continued Next Week)

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CNote Partners With the Natural Capital Investment Fund – PRNewswire

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --CNotehas entered into a partnership with the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIFund) that will allow NCIFund to access new investor capital aligned with NCIFund's mission of catalyzing environmentally and socially responsible business development, sustainable jobs, and wealth creation in rural, minority and low-wealth communities.

This partnership builds on CNote's mission to create a more inclusive economy for everyone by enabling investors of all sizes to deploy capital with mission-aligned organizations while generating competitive financial returns and measurable social impact.

As CNote aggregates increasing investor demand seeking socially responsible investment opportunities, it partners with leading Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) like NCIFund. CDFIs are federally-certified community-focused lenders that enable transformative economic development in their communities, providing funding to small businesses, affordable housing development, and other projects in communities that often lack adequate access to financial resources.

NCIFund's focus on locally owned triple-bottom-line (TBL) small to mid-sized businesses in central Appalachia and the Southeast aligns with CNote's mission and matches growing investor demand to support rural communities. CNote co-founder Yuliya Tarasava remarked, "We're excited to have NCIFund as a partner; they have an amazing pedigree of driving measurable change in the communities they serve. As more investors look for ways to invest in rural America, NCIFund presents an opportunity to do that in a very intentional and sustainable way."

Founded in 1999 by The Conservation Fund, in partnership with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), NCIFund was created to address the lack of access to capital for small businesses and farms that responsibly steward natural resources and provide vital community services. NCIFund now serves West Virginia, North Carolina, and the Appalachian regions of surrounding states, where it has lent over $70 million to 400+ companies, generating more than 5,300 jobs. Over 50% of NCIFund's borrowers are women or people of color.

"We rely on capital from impact investors to help us increase our support for women business owners, entrepreneurs of color, and the underserved and rural communities we work hard to serve," said Marten Jenkins, CEO of NCIFund. "So, we're very pleased to become a CNote partner. CNote is an exciting way for NCIFund to connect with investors who share our mission."

About CNote

CNoteis an award-winning, first-of-its-kind financial platform that allows anyone to make money investing in causes and communities they care about. With the mission of closing the wealth gap, CNote directs every dollar invested toward funding female- and minority-led small businesses, affordable housing and economic development through its nationwide network of CDFI community lenders.

About The Natural Capital Investment Fund

The Natural Capital Investment Fund(NCIFund) invests in enterprises that promote a healthy environment and healthy families in Central Appalachia and the Southeast, catalyzing environmentally and socially responsible business development and wealth creation in rural, minority and low-wealth communities. The fund meets its mission as a federally certified community development financial institution (CDFI) by lending to and assisting triple-bottom-line enterprises that promote equity, protect the environment and grow the economy, including: healthy local food and specialty agriculture, renewable energy and energy efficiency, eco- and heritage tourism, child and adult day care, primary care providers, and small town main street redevelopment.

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Success is Measured by the Lives We Impact – Huron Daily Tribune

Success is Measured by the Lives We Impact

The business world, and in fact, the country, lost a great man recently with the passing of Clayton Christensen.

This Harvard School of Business professor authored some of the finest business books hundreds of thousands have benefited from. He was a genuine gentleman and he will be missed by many. One of his greatest pieces of business advice was very simple, yet so profound. Paraphrased, he said, Success is measured by the lives you touch and impact. It was no secret that this was his guiding philosophy regardless whether it was in his business or his personal life.

One might ask, while that might be great advice, what does that have to do with my community or with me? When I look at our community, I believe that how we positively impact the lives of those in our community is the ultimate measurement of success. Every supportive action that we take in our community makes an impact. Every dime we spend at a local establishment makes an impact. Casting a vote in a local election makes an impact. Every volunteer hour we spend helping or lifting people up in our community makes and impact. Every time we say a kind word to others impacts our community. When you view it through that lens, we can all have a great impact in our community and on the lives of those in our community.

We have all heard the term unintended consequences used, usually in a negative light. But let me share a positive economic intended consequence of our actions that we can have control over.

While the community size only impacts the final numbers, the following example remains the same. Lets say you live in a community of 20,000 residents. For this example, lets also assume that residents will travel to other nearby communities or cities to do much of their shopping, dining and entertainment. Lets also assume that like most, many in your community are starting to shop online more and more each year. What would be the impact if each resident were to make a conscious effort to spend $25 each month at a locally owned and operated business that they might have otherwise spent out-of-town or online? That small commitment to your local community would be enormous. That would equate to five hundred thousand dollars each month or six million dollars each year circulating throughout your small community. This intended consequence becomes a game changer in many communities.

How would an additional six million dollars impact the locally owned and operated business community? How many local jobs might that help create? How many more tax dollars would be available to assist with the local roads, fire, schools, infrastructure and so forth? How would it feel to intentionally assist with the paving of your own roads in lieu of paving the roads in Bentonville, AR. or some far off corporate headquarters?

Yes, we can surely impact so many lives in our community by our small and intentional actions. Not only how we treat people, but how we choose to spend our money can make a significant positive impact. When we look at our friends, co-workers and neighbors, we can have a greater impact on their lives right here and right now more than we know. We are all in this economic battle together, local communities need to not only think truly local, but act that way as well.

Ill close with the quote I shared at the beginning by Clayton Christensen with a slight modification, Our local communitys success is measured by the lives we touch and impact. Are we measuring up to that challenge or do we need to evaluate our lives and rededicate and commit to our local community? You cant go wrong in thinking local, in fact, when it comes to measuring impact it may very well be the only right thing to do.

John A. Newby, author of the "Building Main Street, Not Wall Street " column dedicated to helping communities and local media companies combine synergies that allow them to not just survive, but thrive in a world where truly-local is lost to Amazon, Wall Street chains and others. His email at: john@360MediaAlliance.net.

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Jacinda Ardern is right, Waitangi Day is imperfect. But the flaws are intentional – The Guardian

This week, to mark Waitangi Day, the Guardian is publishing five pieces of commentary from Mori writers.

Bill English once said of Waitangi Day that New Zealanders were bored of the spectacle the unnecessary controversy and deserved a more positive national day. The language is deliberate in its exclusion of Mori as New Zealanders and dismissive of our mamae [pain]. Our anger is a bore and a buzzkill. He declined the opportunity to own those words at Waitangi in 2017, perhaps out of fear or contempt that he would be held accountable. We will never know his party lost the election in September later that year.

In 2017, the tide shifted. Labour spent five days on the whenua [land] to listen, reciprocate the manaakitanga [hospitality, generosity] shown and invest in kanohi kitea [physical presence, represent]. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern, hapu [pregnant] with baby Neve, made the promises of her government to Mori explicit. Her speech underlined the need for the government to be held accountable; a process which National, among others, had expropriated from Mori the year before.

In 2019, Labour returned. Murmurs of discontent were to be expected after what felt like a year of working groups, reviews and inquiries a lot of talk; a lack of action. Anticipation for delivery was ripe. But Ardern stumbled on what should have been an easy question the articles of Te Tiriti. She leaned on her Mori colleagues before deferring to the principles. Her whaikrero reaffirmed the governments commitment to closing the gap between Mori and non-Mori. This, she said, should be a ubiquitous goal of any party; not to be politicised but to be measured against, and held accountable to.

Labours relationship with Mori is of course not solely epitomised by Arderns speeches at Waitangi. Beyond the mahau [veranda] at Te Whare Rnanga, the coalition government under her leadership has sown discord among Mori. This was most pronounced at Ihumtao and Arderns indecisiveness as to whether to even visit the whenua [land], let alone intervene. On it went. Oranga Tamariki and the states theft of our tamariki [children]. The government relinquishing any commitment to implementing a comprehensive Capital Gains Tax. Failures of Kiwibuild, and the Mori Housing initiative.

The glue that bonds these issues, together with Arderns leadership, her krero [speech] and the action or inaction of the coalition government, is accountability. Ardern found herself on the defensive at Waitangi last year, listing the policy developments made under her government. The Winter Energy Payment was accessed by 150,000 Mori whnau [families]. Mori unemployment was the lowest it had been in a decade. There was cross-party consensus on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill. Increases to the accommodation supplement, public housing and the Mori Housing Fund. A reduction in the number of Mori incarcerated. Wharves, roads and tourism initiatives. Investing in te reo in schools.

Arderns speeches endorse an inveterate position in the states relationship to Mori. The apparatus through which our rights as Indigenous peoples are quantified is not tikanga [correct procedure, lore], nor is it the documents our tpuna [ancestors] signed in 1835 and 1840. How well we are doing as a people, how we progress forward is never measured on our terms. It was, and remains, at the discretion of the state. Mori development is weighed in terms of the state clinging to sovereignty and measured in KPIs, the speed of settlement disputes, decorative gestures of goodwill; the discourse of lip-service.

Mori, however, continue to pursue accountability on our own terms. We measure the words of Ardern, and her government, against what is tika; what is right for our people. Every government fronts up to Waitangi each year with commitments, numbers and promises most of them empty. We dont necessarily dispute the gains made by this government, but we continue to resist the system that enabled the wrongful theft of our lands, our water, our children and the right to make decisions regarding the future of our communities. We continue to agitate for recognition of He Whakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence, and of Te Tiriti, to measure our own progress, to hold both the government, and ourselves, accountable.

Ardern is right. Waitangi our National Day is imperfect. But the flaws are intentional. Our rage, protest and mamae are much easier to dismiss if the forum designated for such processes is not of our own making. Accountability on our terms demands a reconfiguration of power relations; the return of mana to hap [subtribes] and iwi [tribes]. With 2021 approaching, our focus must turn to constitutional transformation if we are to bind accountability to consequence. Food is indeed the talk of chiefs te kai o te rangatira, he krero. But establishing appropriate forums for accountability is only possible through a constitutional overhaul; that is the feast we all deserve.

Miriama Aoake (Ngti Raukawa, Ngti Mahuta, Tainui) is a student, writer and Mori rights activist.

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Brother to brother: An open letter to the next generation of Black male leaders – Generocity

DearNextGen Black Male Leaders:Can we talk? Brother to brother? Heart to heart?

Ive been thinking of you. With all thats happening in our communities, in our education system, in our political and justice systems, there is no shortage of social justice issues that require our immediate attention.ButI couldnt be more proud nor am I surprised by the fact that Black men all around us have risen to the occasion.

BrotherSharif El-Mekki is doing an amazing job bringing attention and action to increasing the number of Black males inside the preK through 12th grade education space. Brother and State Representative Jordan Harris is turning the criminal justice system on its head while Brother Malcolm Jenkins and Brother Howard Stevenson are other great examplesdoing phenomenal work.

L to r: Sharif El-Mekki; State Rep. Jordan Harris; Malcolm Jenkins; and Howard Stevenson. (Photos: LinkedIn profiles; Rep. Jordans website.)

Time and space dont permit me to shoutout every Black male who is making arealdifference for our belovedcommunity.At the same time, we acknowledge the countless men of color who are giving back and advancing our communities whether they have formal titles or not.The point is, asexecutive director of a leading education nonprofit in Philadelphia, Im fortunate to share the leadership space with so many thoughtful and dedicated Black men across our city. Black men who are working diligently to right the wrongs of injustice and reversing inequities faced by so many.

Because of this, I dont have to tell you there is a place of fierce urgency that we as leaders must operate fromwhile looking ahead towards a vision for a better tomorrow.

To the young brothers rising in the ranks: we see you.We need you.The leadership positions held byme and others need successors and we need to apply the same sense of urgency to passing the mantle to our brothers up-and-coming.We also need you to start your own organizations as answers to these persisting issues.

We know that the perspectives to approaching and tackling the challenges of our society are broadened andopento even more innovation when Black men are involved. Oftentimes we bring first-hand experience of being impacted by social injustices. Other times, wevebeen recipients of the services that are in place to correct disparities. As a result, we contribute auniqueempathy and understanding to the audiences we serve.Thesecontributions then translate intomoreequitablepolicies and decision-making.

Finally, havingbrothers like yourselfreadyto take the baton is importantasit reinforces the notion of see us to be us.Seeing more Black men in leadership roles, hearing from more, understanding what they do, and why, willshowthose coming up behindyouthatholding positions of leadership is obtainable for us.Not only is it obtainable, butI have no doubtyouallwill takethings to new and greater heights.

Still, assuming leadership as a Black male is not an easy feat. From my own experience, I can tell you that youll encounter everything from having to educate on why statements and messaging are problematic for their racist content, to being considered threatening enough to have job offers made to you unsolicited just to move you out of your position. You may even be penalizedfor being unable to meet unrealistic goals.

Theres also the seemingly never-ending judgment of your ability to be in leadership; to contribute intelligently or intellectually to whats going on. While the notion of Imposter Syndrome is widely attributed to women in business, I can assure you it applies regardless ofgender.

Mydream for you:shake it off. Use the resilience youve built over the years and utilize the support systems youve had in family or close friends. Those systems will still be there andwillplay an important role in how you moveand evolveas a leader.

Trust in yourself, your skills, and what you bring to the table.

I also hope you will know what its like to be affirmed in leadership. In my case, Ive been championed by board members, lifted up and advocated for by supervisors, and room has been made for me to grow and flourish throughout my career. Likewise, Id be remiss if I didnt shout out initiatives like the Urban League of Philadelphias PhiladelphiaAfrican-American Leadership Development Forum, a consistent and invaluable support system for meand others.

To my brothers, as men of color in leadership, there are days where youll be alone in whatever decision youre making, plan youre implementing, or idea you are building buy-in for. All of this comes with your role as a leader.

When that happens, trust in yourself, your skills,and what you bring to the table.Surround yourself with people of color from this world, the business arena,and other areas along with others who are willing to pour into you. Start/continue learning from them in big and small ways as well as intentional and coincidental ways.

I cant wait to see all that youre going toaccomplish,and I look forward to supporting you as thechangemakers you are.

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Our City Our Schools coalition reflects on the fight for equity, justice in the 2010s – Philadelphia Public School Notebook

The Our City Our Schools (OCOS) coalition formed in 2016 with a goal of abolishing the School Reform Commission (SRC) and regaining local control of the School District. The coalitions work is dynamic and it responds to pressing education-related issues in the city. It is important for our movement to take note of the significant gains and recognize the people and groups that have led successful campaigns toward education justice in the past decade.

The decade got off to an auspicious start when the newly elected governor, Tom Corbett, announced a staggering $1 billion cut to education funding. Corbetts plan disproportionately affected Philadelphia, causing the Districts budget gap to reach $629 million in 2011. The SRC responded with austerity measures and mass layoffs. These measures were met with public outcry and protests locally and in Harrisburg. This gave rise to the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS), which included all three school unions and more than a dozen community-based groups.

In 2012, the SRC advanced its privatization agenda by hiring the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and then William Hite as superintendent. In August that year, the BCG issued a report recommending the closure of 60 of the citys public schools by 2017. Due largely to PCAPS successful organizing, the SRCs plan was reduced from 60 public schools to 24 schools. From there, PCAPS began advocating and organizing for community schools as an alternative to privatization and closure turnaround strategies.The idea of community schools is to make school buildings into neighborhood hubs for services that the particular community needs, including health, recreation, and social services.

In 2014, PCAPS played a critical role in influencing Democratic mayoral candidate James Kenneys educational platform. Upon Kenneys election as mayor in 2015, he introduced a municipal initiative for adopting a community schools strategy as a way to strengthen Philadelphias public schools and neighborhoods. OCOS and education activists continue to push the Mayors Office of Education toward a more community-driven process rather than the current model that prioritizes service providers.

On Nov. 16, 2017, we won the fight for local control of our schools and the SRC voted to abolish itself. The establishment of the Board of Education, appointed by the mayor, marks a step toward a governance structure that is accountable to the communities it is supposed to serve. With local control, the city now faces the challenge of how to fill a five-year deficit of $700 million for Philadelphias public schools.

Read the first-year report card of the Board of Educations operations and protocols written by the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, an OCOS member group. Join us as we begin the new decade continuing to push for a school board that operates in a transparent manner, is representative of the citys students and families, and actively fights to protect and improve public schools.

In the final month of the decade, we saw the collective power of solidarity as we stood alongside movements for housing and land justice to end the 10-year tax abatement. With Philly Power Research, we found that the School District lost about $7.034 million in revenue in 2017 due to new abatements (OCOS Report, 2018). Using this as a baseline, we estimated what the District could gain $386,922,635 over 10 years if the program were phased out.

As City Council member Helen Gym said at the annual community-building dinner hosted by Movement Alliance Project, the bill that was approved on Dec. 12, 2019, is just the beginning, not the end, of this fight. OCOS and our allies enter the new decade with a renewed commitment to fight for fair and equitable funding for public schools at the state, local, and federal levels.

On Jan. 6, 2020, we saw our own Kendra Brooks get sworn in as the first-ever third-party City Council member. Brooks has been a part of all of these victories, fighting alongside us in her many roles: mother, restorative practitioner, researcher, advocate, organizer, and as the OCOS coordinator before Pep Marie.

We close out this decade reflecting on the hard work that it has taken to make these incremental shifts toward equity and justice. Because despite these efforts and successes, our schools are still toxic.

In Philadelphia, our students and educators spend about 1,165 hours each year in schools where they are exposed to toxic materials that pose serious health and developmental risks. Due to historical intentional disinvestment, our citys schools are in a state of crisis, with toxins such as asbestos, mold, lead paint, and lead in water that are quite literally making people sick.

In the first half of the 2019-20 school year, six schools have closed due to asbestos. There are 120 schools that need lead remediation, and all 214 District-run schools need asbestos remediation, pest cleanup, and temperature regulation. The toxic condition of our school buildings is not only unethical, it is inhumane. In 2020, OCOS will continue to support and lead campaigns for fair and equitable funding as well as emergency funding to address the toxic conditions of our citys schools.

We look into the new decade with hope, imagining things as though they could be otherwise. We will persist in our fight for quality equitable education for all Philadelphians.

Contact OCOS if you are interested in a skills-based or issue-based training or presentation about our work. Learn more about how you can get involved in our ongoing work by following OCOS on Twitter (@OCOSPhilly) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OurCityOurSchoolsPhilly/).

Kristen P. Goessling, Our City Our Schools member, is an assistant professor at Penn State University, Brandywine; and Pep Marie, Our City Our Schools coordinator, is a Philadelphia public school alum, homeowner and family to current students.

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Few families occupy Greater Bostons multi-bedroom homes, report says – The Boston Globe

This new study, by researchers at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, looked beyond Boston to include 13 other cities and towns and found, across the board, that there are not enough homes available for larger families. Its becoming a mounting problem for the regions economy and workforce, said study author Tim Reardon, the councils director of data services.

Theres a growing body of evidence that this is discouraging people from coming [to Greater Boston], whether theyre younger people who dont want to live with roommates or families who are baffled at the notion of a $700,000 starter home, Reardon said. Its very worrisome.

In the area the group studied it included dense sections of Boston and Cambridge, inner-ring urban communities such as Everett and Quincy, and more suburban towns like Milton and Winthrop the council found 221,000 houses and apartments with three or more bedrooms. Of those, about 78,000 are home to families with children. About the same number house just one or two people, many of them homeowners older than 55.

Among rental properties, about 25,000 more than one-third are occupied by groups of roommates. Taken together, people with such living arrangements have more spending power than one or two working parents.

The findings, Reardon said, highlight a mismatch in the regions housing supply which exacerbates home prices and rents that are among the highest in the nation. In many suburban towns, older people and couples remain in single-family houses where they once raised children, while in urban neighborhoods, three-decker apartments originally built for families often are filled by groups of younger people.

It stems from the lack of options for those two very different demographics, Reardon said. In many communities theres simply very few smaller units for seniors to downsize into that are both attractive and affordable. On the flip side theres this big need from millennials for one-bedrooms, and there are quite a few being built. But many people are priced out of those.

Thats why policy makers such as Reardon suggest the shortage of three-bedrooms can be solved at least as much by adding modestly-priced smaller units studios and one-bedrooms as it can by building a surplus of larger apartments.

Thats largely the tack the Walsh administration has taken in Boston, where a growing number of developers are experimenting with micro-units and so-called co-living buildings, which city officials have encouraged as a way to relieve pressure on Bostons large stock of three-decker apartments built a century ago, typically with three bedrooms.

There are enough large units to accommodate the families we have in Boston. The problem is theyre not all available, said the citys housing chief, Sheila Dillon. "Thats why weve been very intentional in trying to build smaller units, units for the elderly, and dorms, to free up that valuable family housing stock.

Boston has built larger units, too. Of the 33,000 homes permitted since 2010, Dillon said, 45 percent have been for two or more bedrooms. In most projects, she said, the city pushes developers to include a mix of unit sizes. And its trying to find ways to finance more senior housing, in particular, to provide options for older residents who might want to move out of a large home theyve lived in for decades.

We want communities that are integrated. We want families living with seniors and with young people around, she said. We dont want these buildings that are all singles."

Another way to mix things up is by encouraging so-called accessory dwelling units, which are converted basement and backyard apartments that can increase the housing supply suitable for either seniors or students without new construction. More municipalities, both urban and suburban, are experimenting with zoning for these sorts of apartments, Reardon said, and that can also free up larger units for families. But, he said, some cities and towns are writing onerous rules for accessory dwelling units that drive up the costs.

The key, Reardon said, is flexibility. Just as three-deckers that were built for families a century ago today house groups of twentysomethings, whatever is built today will probably serve different needs over time. Building just for seniors or students, or even for families with children, could be something the region comes to regret in a decade or two.

Theres risk in saying housing is going to be built only for one demographic," Reardon said. That prevents the kind of fluidity we need to make this region affordable for everyone.

Tim Logan can be reached at timothy.logan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @bytimlogan.

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The Unexpected Rise of 21st-Century Utopian Communities – InsideHook

A growing number of people are beginning to live in intentional communities for surprisingly pragmatic reasons.

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When people talk about utopias, theyre generally talking about communities that existed in the past the sort of spaces that havent been around for centuries and exist more as historical footnotes than anything else. The 1960s sparked another wave of communes, most but not all of which have ceased to exist or transformed into something very different from their founding principles.

In contemporary times, when discussion of people establishing communities around shared beliefs and values, its tended to come under heaps of criticism witness the critiques made of conservative writer Rod Dreher in 2018, for instance. Dreher has written about drawing inspiration from monastic communities, but has also been criticized on repeat occasions for his handling of race in his books and essays.

A recent article by Mike Mariani atT Magazine, however, suggests that utopian communes might just be making the unlikeliest of comebacks. It begins with a visit to the East Wind Community, located in Missouri and established in 1974. Their website describes them as an [i]ncome-sharing, egalitarian community in the rural Ozarks, and Marianis descriptions of the space sound idyllic but not impractical. Consider:

Everyone has somewhere to be, yet no one is hurried. There are no smartphones in sight. The collective feels like a farm, a work exchange and a bustling household rolled into one, with much work to be done but many hands to be lent.

As it turns out, theres an informational organization for spaces like East Wind the Foundation for Intentional Community. According toT Magazine, the Foundations latest directory encompassed 1,200 communities, housing around 100,000 people.

Mariani also discusses another, similar, community Cedar Moon, in Oregon which offers another appealing reasons as to why communal living has caught on again.

Cedar Moon isnt off the power grid, but its residents have a dramatically smaller carbon footprint than the average American because they share resources, grow much of their own produce, use composting toilets and heat their homes with wood-burning stoves, Mariani writes. Its not hard to see the appeal of a space like this.

Also appealing? The research that shows that residents of communities like these tend to be among the happiest people on the planet. Does that mean that this is a way of life for everyone? Probably not but for a type of community that seems deeply idealistic, the number of pragmatic reasons around life there shouldnt be discounted.

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‘You Need To Act Now’: Meet 4 Girls Working To Save The Warming World | Morning Edition – KCRW

Written by Anya Kamenetz Jan. 19, 2020

A teenage girl, Greta Thunberg, has become the world-famous face of the climate strike movement. But she's far from alone: Thunberg has helped rally and inspire others especially girls.

NPR talked to four teenage climate activists, all girls, from the U.S. and Australia, alongside their mothers. These teenagers are juggling activism with schoolwork and personal time. And their families are working hard to support them as they grapple with the heavy emotions that come with fighting for the future.

In Castlemaine, Australia, Milou Albrecht, 15, co-founded School Strike for Climate Australia, which organizes student walkouts. As massive bush fires engulf parts of her home country, Albrecht's group has been pressuring the German corporation Siemens to withdraw from an Australian coal mining project.

In New York City, Xiye Bastida, 17, led her school in the city's first big student climate strike last March, and along with traveling and public speaking, she and some of her classmates have continued to strike on Fridays ever since. ("Gym is on Fridays, so I have a very low grade in gym," she notes.)

In Louisiana, 16-year-old Jayden Foytlin was one of 21 young people who sued the federal government for violating their rights to a livable planet. The young plaintiffs hailed from communities around the country that have been directly affected by global warming Foytlin, for example, is from south Louisiana, where her home has been flooded in storms.

The lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, was recently thrown out by a federal appeals court. But Foytlin says she's formed lasting friendships with the other plaintiffs. "We all share one thing in common we really care about where we're from, and how we are going to continue to live [here]."

In upstate New York, Scout Pronto Breslin, 16, is focused on wildlife. She lives in Rhinebeck, and is the founder of a group called Hudson Valley Wild. "I volunteer at a wildlife rehab clinic," she says, explaining what motivated her activism."The birds there often come in with blood poisoning because of illegal toxins from chemical runoff and fertilizer."

Pronto Breslin advises other teens to find what really interests them about the climate movement. She says it could be composting in their schools, gardening, nature: "Once you find something that you really love, then that will just give you motivation to keep going with it."

Girls to the front

It's no coincidence that teenage girls are especially visible right now as climate leaders, says Katharine Wilkinson.

"The youth movement is such a great example of the way in which girls and young women are stepping into the heart of this space, and showing us what it looks like to lead with courage and imagination and incredible moral clarity."

Wilkinson works with a solutions-focused climate organization called Project Drawdown, and delivered a TED talk on how empowering women and girls can help stop global warming.

"When we think about the nexus of climate and gender, there are three big points of intersection," she tells NPR.

"One is that the impacts of climate change hit women and girls first and worst," particularly in the developing world and in poor communities.

The second, she says, is that "gender equality is itself a climate solution," with women's education and equity leading to smaller family sizes and, research shows, better land management practices.

And the third is what Wilkinson calls "transformational leadership that is grounded in intersectional feminism and what we might consider more feminine approaches to leading."

Scout Pronto Breslin's mother, Jennifer Breslin, used to work on gender equity issues at the United Nations. She agrees with Wilkinson: "I think it's really amazing how many young women are involved in this."

On the other hand, she says, "I don't believe 'Girls are going to save the world.' We all need to save the world. It's not up to girls. As much as we admire and love what they're doing, it also doesn't absolve us of responsibility."

Raised to care for the Earth

Each of these girls expressed her own, independent commitment to the climate crisis but it's impossible to ignore the upbringings that sparked their engagement.

"My mom and my dad always taught me what it was to take care of the Earth," Xiye Bastida says.

Bastida who has been described as New York City's Greta Thunberg is the daughter of Geraldine Patrick Encina, a scholar in residence at the Union Theological Seminary's Center for Earth Ethics, and an environmental activist since her own teenage years in Chile. Bastida's father is a member of the indigenous Otomi Toltec nation in Mexico, which advocates for the protection of their local water and land.

Patrick Encina says the family follows indigenous traditions. "We will do at least one ceremony, you know, to the waters or to the land frequently, maybe once a week."

Milou Albrecht is the daughter of Susan Burke, a psychologist who works in climate adaptation and disaster recovery. Burke and her husband raised their three children for years in an eco-friendly, rural, intentional community. Albrecht says she grew up going to environmental protests, and that they were "heaps of fun."

Social justice was part of Scout Pronto Breslin's upbringing, too. Aside from her mother's work in areas including sustainable development, her father was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa, and currently works for the U.N.

And Jayden Foytlin's mother is Cherri Foytlin, a direct action climate activist of Afro-Latina-Indigenous descent who is known for opposing an oil pipeline in south Louisiana.

"Some families, they go to baseball games or ballerina concerts," notes Cherri. "Well, it's always been a family function for us to go to marches or meetings or meet with the community and learn how to organize."

All of the teenagers, however, made the point that they had friends in the movement whose parents were less aware, less involved or less supportive than their own.

"I have a few friends whose parents will tell them, 'You can not go to that meeting until you finish your homework,' or, 'You have to stop skipping school on Fridays,' " says Xiye Bastida. She calls it "a very fine line because no parent wants their kid to fail school."

Supporting, but also stepping back

Young climate change activists need support, they and their parents say, especially emotional support. "The toughest moments have been when Xiye just needs a hug," says her mother, Patrick Encina.

Climate change is enormous and tragic. It feels very personal to young people in particular, who are more likely than older generations to say that it impacts them personally. That makes it similar to other youth-led movements, such as Black Lives Matter and the March for Our Lives movement against gun violence.

At the same time, eco-anxiety, depression and secondary traumatic stress are normal psychological reactions to learning about the reality of human-caused environmental destruction. That's according to psychologist Renee Lertzman, who has been working in this area for decades. She compares the situation of these teenagers to her own upbringing in the nuclear age.

"Anyone who's my age knows what it's like to grow up with the threat of nuclear war around you all the time, and how terrifying that is," she says. "So I have a lot of empathy and compassion for what it's like to be a young person in the context of an existential threat. I feel concern, and I feel like we need to be thoughtful about how we navigate this."

She says young people need to hear, "It's not all on them."

On the positive side, Susan Burke, Milou Albrecht's psychologist mother, says getting involved with a cause you care about can be protective for mental health. "It's great to take action on things that are worrying you because action is one of the best antidotes to despair and helplessness and hopelessness."

But Burke cautions that this work must be child-led you can't push your children to get involved.

Albrecht says her parents are good at listening and supporting, "but also kind of stepping back and let me do my thing."

Scout Pronto Breslin's mom, Jennifer Breslin, agrees with that approach. "We need to not micromanage them. It's really hard. You kind of want to jump in and say, 'Why don't you try this?' "

Many youth and student groups have created guidelines for adult allies on how to be supportive without taking over.

Balancing school, life and activism

Many activists are also high-achieving students with multiple AP classes and packed schedules. Bastida says to make room for the school strike planning and the traveling and speaking she's doing, she's dropped gymnastics and Model United Nations. No regrets, she says: "Model U.N. is so stressful. I am more nervous about Model U.N. than [lobbying] the actual U.N. Kids are crazy competitive. I'm not trying to be part of that."

Nevertheless, they all say that they have to and their parents encourage them to make room for downtime and hobbies.

Foytlin likes to draw and play with her little brother. Bastida likes Netflix and taking baths, and she says, "My dad tells me every day, 'You cannot fix the world if you do not fix up your room.' "

Pronto Breslin likes taking walks in the woods with her golden retriever, Tess; playing the guitar and listening to Elvis and the Beatles. And Albrecht likes gardening.

Each of these girls says it's important to find joy in the moment, and in the friendships they are making as they work for a better future.

"We advocate [so much] for urgency," Bastida says. "We are saying you need to act now. You need to do this fast. But you cannot live your life in that way. And I think that's the trickiest part how do you live in a state of urgency without feeling that within you? So we have to remain centered not only in our families, but our communities, in organizing. When we organize, we model the world we want to see."

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Montclair’s Premiere Dance Theatre Performed During Newark Art Museum’s Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. – TAPinto.net

NEWARK, NJ Montclair's Premiere Dance Theatre performed during theNewark Art Museum celebration ofMartin Luther King, Jr.

By the late afternoon, crowds packed the first floor to catch glimpse of Premiere Dance Theatre members engage in a dance performance devoted to Martin Luther King, Jr. during the day of theatrical performances, dance, art and more in the Reverends honor.

The museum attracted an estimated 1,500 people who had the option of viewingthe "I Have a Dream" speech on a continuous loop, engage in hands-on art making, planetarium shows and tour the galleries.

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Museum Deputy Director Deborah Kasindorf says the celebration has grown each year, and with it a greater diversity of all diasporas which is Intentional because the museum content is intended for all communities.

Its a day off for a lot of people but they also specifically are coming here today to either celebrate, reflect, learn more or teach their kids what the day is about, Kasindorf said. A couple of years ago when we had long lines, I said to people, If you cant get to everything today, come back next Saturday, and they will but its really important that they come today.

Its gratifying that we are a really deliberate choice for people, Kasindorf said.

New additions to this years celebration included the story readings in the Ballantine House Introductory Gallery, as well as a new partnership with Yendor Theatre which offered gallery and theatrical performances.

Museum staff works to ensure materialis creative in teaching context around the famous civil rights activist. Most museum visitors, for example, have seen video clips of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, but museum offerings lent guests a deeper understanding of how the Reverend was viewed by others and the degree of courage he had.

I think its (the museum celebration) partially fulfilling his dream. Keeping his dream alive, keeping it in our minds, making sure we dont forget what happened because its a big deal, said Sandra N. of South Orange. I think when we come to events like this, it only helps to reinforce what we already know, what we still dream of, what we still have to fight for.

Its a long fight, its a hard fight but I guess we just gotta keep doing more for ourselves.It reminds you that you gotta do more for yourself. It makes you work harder toward what you want to do as a person and maybe to help other people, she said.

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Fathers Incorporated partners with the U.S. Census for Black Dads Count – The Black Wall Street Times

Published 01/22/2020 | Reading Time 2 min 11 sec

Atlanta, GA(BlackNews) Fathers Incorporated will officially launchBlack Dads Count, an awareness campaign to advance a conversation and civic engagement amongst Black Dads and the 2020 U.S. Census on MLK Day, January 20, 2020. The campaign launch includes events and informational sessions taking place between MLK Day and the official launch of the Census in April. Black Dads Count (BDC) has partnered locally with Fair Count and will participate in theirBlack Men Speakseries in January as well as other BDC-specific forums. For information about events, partners, partnerships and Census facts, please visitwww.BlackDadsCount.com.

Because of its emphasis on inclusion, particularly for Black dads, the campaign has attracted the support of national partners; Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), K.I.N.G., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., National Cares Mentoring Movement (CARES), The National Healthy Start Association (NHSA), The Black Man Can (TBMC), United Way of Metro Atlanta and the Census Bureau.

2020 marks the 55th Anniversary of the 1965 Moynihan Report. The controversial report argued that combating poverty required strengthening families in the United States particularly through positively impacting Black men. Five decades after the release of the Moynihan Report, national databases indicated that little progress has been made on the key issues Moynihan identified. Moreover, many of the issues for Black families highlighted by the report are now worse and are prevalent among other families.

The 2020 U.S. Census affords us the opportunity to engage Black Dads in an extremely meaningful way, states Kenneth Braswell, CEO of Fathers Incorporated. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a once every-decade count of everyone living in the country. When we know how many people live in your community, organizations and businesses are better equipped to evaluate the services and programs needed, such as clinics, schools, and roads. It also determines how seats in Congress are distributed among the 50 states.

Fathers Incorporated has invested 15 years of service in building the capacity of fathers (particularly Black fathers) to be available, equipped and positively present in the lives of their children and family. At the most fundamental level of being a father is the need to be present and civic-minded. These responsibilities are crucial to the overall success and well-being of themselves and families.

Fathers Incorporated has been invited by the U.S. Census to be a national partner to specifically focus attention primarily on Black Dads and their families in Hard To Count (HTC) communities. While the campaign will have a national focus, there is a more intentional focus around efforts on the ground in Metro Atlanta. These efforts can be duplicated and scaled to be implemented in other hard to count communities around the country. To learn more, visitwww.BlackDadsCount.com.

Media interested in learning more about the Moniyhan Report; Facts, Figures and Facts about Black Men and the U.S. Census from subject matter expert, Kenneth Braswell, please refer to the press contact.

About Fathers Incorporated

Established in 2004, Fathers Incorporated (FI) works collaboratively with organizations around the country to identify and advocate for social and legislative changes that lead to healthy father involvement with children, regardless of the fathers marital or economic status, or geographic location. For more information, please visitwww.fathersincorporated.com.

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