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Ive recently been asked to speak to the idea that our children are manifesting real fear and anxiety over the Trump presidency.   My response has been pretty short, as will this long overdue post.  Children mimic behaviors.  Its how humans learn.

For many of us, 45 is a disappointment, a failure of a system we’ve been taught to believe in. The fact that we have continued to invest in this system speaks volumes about the power ancestral influence, and the power of terrorism.

45 should not give us nightmares. 45 is the obvious continuation of American values. Foreign and domestic policy has favored the Bold over the careful, it has favored power over Justice, survival of the system over the Humanity that system metes out.

I am telling my sons that their future is in their own hands as mine is and as my grandfather’s before me was. There will be challenges, there will be obstacles, some of them will be very hard to detect. Your job is to constantly update your internal software and if you fall, to fall forward.

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What about the RIOTS??

Posted: May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized
Curfew lifted in Baltimore

Curfew lifted in Baltimore

A riot happens when the people of a place feel their voice is going unheard.  This leads to an “acting out”.  It has been the main way that a populous has forced its leadership to listen to what they are saying, for as long as man has existed.  When analyzing a RIOT/PROTEST ask what the point of contention is and then ask who can fix the problem and will they.  In Baltimore the problem is Police brutality which goes unpunished.  The people who could address it are the police leadership, the State’s Attorney’s office and the state legislature.  They COULD make the punishments more painful for brutal cops.  This would cause the people to feel victorious.  Crime however, would not go down because of this.  Crime is a problem because people don’t have stable employment due to poor education and lack of business investment in the region.  Who could help this situation?? The state legislature could revise the funding laws for the education system and the school system leaders could embrace the modern era and use different models to achieve updated educational outcomes.  Thats the who why what son…only YOU can tell us the WHEN!!!  #gettowork

Summer Ramp Up

Posted: April 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hey everyone, by popular demand we have decided to partner with a sisterhood program and provide a summer long day camp. Check it out. www.worldberries.org

here is the Camp FAQ.wbshot

Fall is falling!!

Posted: November 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Fall

Its OK!!

Posted: October 9, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Currators of Hip Hop event @ Reginald F Lewis 10.4

Currators of Hip Hop event @ Reginald F Lewis 10.4

I’m getting the calls saying “he started off the year good but we’ve been having trouble lately” Its OK. He will go back and forth just like you do with your ice cream addiction or all those gym promises. The key is to stay vigilant and allow him to run up against that uncomfortable situation of no games for a week, or no this/that until we get 10 consecutive”good” days. Clearly define what “good day” means and don’t badger him but stick to your guns… in fact, the more matter-of-fact your attitude is; the less “wiggle room” he perceives in this situation, the better off you all are. Be ye steadfast.

It’s Nation TIme!!

Posted: August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Peace these are the notes from the last training themed “Nation Building Blueprints” please quiz your son.. and add your own take. Nation Building

Family: the smallest unit of a nation… No such thing as individuals in nationbuilding.
Community: a series of families united and interdependent in thought, purpose, and resources.
Nation: a group of communities bound by shared goals and resources

Characteristics:
Trust: means knowing, its the polar opposite of fear.
Planning: a written set of goals and outcomes that is only complete when tasks and subtasks are considered.
Safety: A relative illusion neccessary for humans to go forward.
Discipline: Doing what you said you would, when you said you would, on a regular basis.
Resources: Any valuable material of life.
Vision: A clear sense of the end state… Not to be confused with or substituted for a plan.
Flexibility: The ability to maintain balance and momentum when the plan must be altered on the fly, or if the vision has changed completely.
Perspective: The angle from which one views a circumstance and extrapolates meaning.

Guiding Concepts:
Ubuntu: If you are ok, I’m ok. If you hurt, I’m hurt
Cooperative Economics: Buy together to take advantage.
Collective work and Responsibility: Work together to reap larger harvests
Defend family interests first: Think hard about individual decisions and the ramifications on Community
Find and Follow your path: Know yourself and express yourself. Self improvement is the basis of community development.
Service: Service is its own reward.

Actions toward Nation Building:
Bulk Buying
Group Investing
CoHousing
Home schooling
Car/Ride sharing
Group Vacation
Book Club

What about Riots Mom?

Posted: August 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

The road to change runs right thru small town America… I was recently on a retreat with My wife and some friends and upon exiting a Kmart was met with the site of a little white boy who had never seen a real life Black Man… His back pedaling, and staring half in fear half in awe was funny. I forgot they still exist. (the places I mean)
A riot happens when the people feel so oppressed that they lose fear of legal reprisal and take to the streets in a blindly violent way. Its the last two adjectives…blind and violent, that cause this way of responding to be ineffective for lasting positive change. The people in America have a right to peaceful assembly. Although they do not have the right to impede the conduct of daily business, if they have enough citizens engaged in peaceful protest, impeding business is labeled “civil disobedience” and they usually are left alone. What we need to highlight is peaceful civil disobedience V. blind violence. In Ferguson, for example which is just one of the many many times people have marched to protest something egregious, the people took to the streets because they thought a child was killed by a policeman..unjustly. Some of the oppressed people took advantage of the police department’s relatively small size and broke into stores around the city to steal things they otherwise could not afford to buy knowing the police could never catch them all. The damage they did cost the city Millions of dollars and made some of the Wealthy people very angry. By all accounts, most protesters were not violent, were not stealing, were not a threat to person or property and the City, meaning the leaders and employees of government, responded as best they could with the training and personnel they had available. Unfortunately, their response was violent and violative of the trust that needs to exist between City and Citizen. The response showed the Citizens how afraid and distrusting the City really is of them.
What the young should know: This Ferguson incident is a modern repeat of history’s desperate calls for justice that will continue in our country and the world until Injustice longer exist. It highlights what looms large over all cities in America…the specter of class Warfare.
What is class warfare? When Greedy people make a fortune from the misery of poor people they always know there is a chance of the poor rising up and taking everything back. This causes the Greedy to create safe guards like strict laws, prejudiced police departments and local military units to protect them just in case. They also create distractions like TV, Video games and The Lottery to keep people from asking uncomfortable questions. Usually the Greedy can manage their tools and keep the oppressed quiet; masking the oppression and giving the poorest citizens just the right mix of false hope and distraction for them to survive and be quiet, but every once in a while the balance shifts, the mask is lost and the ugly face of oppression is revealed.
Where are we? Children need to feel safe, they need to know you have a plan to make them safe and a brief outline of what you plan should include the following:
Balance: We are gonna have enough to be neither poor nor greedy… here’s how…
Righteousness: We believe in helping your fellow man as long as it doesn’t hurt us too bad..for example…
Cautious Optimism: We think things are going to get better but we are preparing mentally and physically in case they get worse…. here’s how…
Destiny: Whatever is ours, we will be strong enough to achieve it, accept it, and Grow from it…for example…
Love Y’all mannnnnn