Happy Heavenly Birthday Ossie Davis

Happy Heavenly Birthday Ossie Davis. December 18.

The late Ossie Davis was accomplished actor, movie director, author, playwtight, and civil and human rights advocate.

This is a very involved interview with he and W. Calvin Anderson where he explains what is missing in the ack community. It was done on location at a live event at thr Cotton Club in NYC at an event that he also was the featured guest.

Black Lives Matters (BLM) Needs to Marshal It’s Protests and Partner to Protect Cities From Looting and Violence

#Black Lives Matters has received a lot of national and international financial support and recognition. It has become necessary for #BLM to increase it’s organizational capacity to marshal the behaviors of its protestors and track petitions to march and protest to make certain that other violence and criminal activities are not associated with their “peaceful and organized marches and activities.” This direct social action formula was part of the Civil Rights Movement integrity so that no outside forces could damage the reputations of the organizations exercising First Amendment rights.

According to the Black Lives Matters website... #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

We are expansive. We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front.

We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.

We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.

We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.

The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.LIKE IT?

Please read more using the link below:

https://blacklivesmatter.com/chapters/

How-To Teach Reading @ Home!

Many Adults Rarely See What Kids Today Read in Our Schools. This is an Interesting Example of What Kids Read in Classes Today in English, Social Studies or American History.

Courtesy of NYS Department of Education. Watch this video

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This is a 15 minute video in which David Coleman, a contributing author to the Common Core State Standards, models a close reading of Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” After reading the letter and watching the video, educators might ask themselves: Which of the Shifts is modeled in this video? What would it take to be able to conduct a conversation such as this with students? What tools, resources, support, and preparation would a teacher require? What would this look like at the Elementary level with an elementary text? What is it about this reading that is different from my own past/present practice?

This is just one way of conducting professional development around this video. We encourage you to use this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. Please contribute to the discussion by telling us how YOU have used these videos! Which discussion questions did you find sparked the most collaboration amongst educators? What professional learning experiences did you design around the viewing? We want to hear from you so that educators across the state can benefit from your experience!

Please see the link below for additional references also:

https://www.engageny.org/resource/middle-school-ela-curriculum-video-close-reading-of-a-text-mlk-letter-from-birmingham-jail

How to Teach Reading at Home in 2020!

Courtesy of NYS Department of Education. Watch this video

This is a 15 minute video in which David Coleman, a contributing author to the Common Core State Standards, models a close reading of Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” After reading the letter and watching the video, educators might ask themselves: Which of the Shifts is modeled in this video? What would it take to be able to conduct a conversation such as this with students? What tools, resources, support, and preparation would a teacher require? What would this look like at the Elementary level with an elementary text? What is it about this reading that is different from my own past/present practice?

This is just one way of conducting professional development around this video. We encourage you to use this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. Please contribute to the discussion by telling us how YOU have used these videos! Which discussion questions did you find sparked the most collaboration amongst educators? What professional learning experiences did you design around the viewing? We want to hear from you so that educators across the state can benefit from your experience!

Please see the link below:

https://www.engageny.org/resource/middle-school-ela-curriculum-video-close-reading-of-a-text-mlk-letter-from-birmingham-jail

Just Calvin…

About the DNC 2020…

After watching the Democratic National Convention 2020 leaders speak, I am inspired by people with more respect for people than fear people. I am inspired by their positive urgency and their trust in [our] human possibilities.
Our young people are watching us today and learning from our fears, our respect for one another, our distance from self-interest — and the character educations taught in their homes in schools as norms. Many kids are not safe walking out of their homes each day because of neighborhood gun violence, disproportionate police contact, a killer pandemic, food insecurities, a housing scare, health insurance, education, cash-flow, and future possibilities remote.
I hope that we begin to look at all leaders and the weight of their ideas that shape American society today. Leaders and their ideas storyboard their propositions about our futures and our national and international relationships. Their narratives are a canvas of who is in and who is out of pluralistic favor. Their actions and acts are manifestoes for what will get done, and what gets eliminated. Their leadership “raps” represents their purest visions.
A mentor of mine, the late Ossie Davis, had an idea that has always stuck with me. He said, “it’s not your rap, Calvin it’s your map.” Everyone is responsible today.

I pray that we can all listen carefully to leadership and unpack their propositions, narratives, manifesto, raps, and tweets. These will be the charts and maps that show us where we are and where we are going and the positioning of our futures. It is evident that our “house is divided.” It is all up to this generation of elders, adults, men, women, and children watching — as to whether we remain an inspiration to humanity or another nation falling in line with the majority of authoritarian governments around the world.

Just Calvin

About the DNC 2020…

After watching the Democratic National Convention 2020 leaders speak, I am inspired by people with more respect for people than fear people. I am inspired by their positive urgency and their trust in [our] human possibilities.
Our young people are watching us today and learning from our fears, our respect for one another, our distance from self-interest — and the character educations taught in their homes in schools as norms. Many kids are not safe walking out of their homes each day because of neighborhood gun violence, disproportionate police contact, a killer pandemic, food insecurities, a housing scare, health insurance, education, cash-flow, and future possibilities remote.
I hope that we begin to look at all leaders and the weight of their ideas that shape American society today. Leaders and their ideas storyboard their propositions about our futures and our national and international relationships. Their narratives are a canvas of who is in and who is out of pluralistic favor. Their actions and acts are manifestoes for what will get done, and what gets eliminated. Their leadership “raps” represents their purest visions.
A mentor of mine, the late Ossie Davis, had an idea that has always stuck with me. He said, “it’s not your rap, Calvin it’s your map.” Everyone is responsible today.

I pray that we can all listen carefully to leadership and unpack their propositions, narratives, manifesto, raps, and tweets. These will be the charts and maps that show us where we are and where we are going and the positioning of our futures. It is evident that our “house is divided.” It is all up to this generation of elders, adults, men, women, and children watching — as to whether we remain an inspiration to humanity or another nation falling in line with the majority of authoritarian governments around the world.

Joe’s Pick is Kamala for VP Today… August 11, 2020 !

Joe Biden shows support for an advid campaigner, legislator, legal mind and friend

Read wiki. on: Kamala Devi Harris born October 20, 1964)[1] is an American lawyer and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from California since 2017, and the Democratic presumptive vice presidential nominee for the 2020 election. A member of the Democratic Party, Harris is the first African American and South Asian American woman to be chosen as the running mate of a major party’s presidential candidate; Joe Biden selected her for the position as part of his 2020 presidential campaign.[3]

Born in Oakland, California, Harris is a graduate of Howard University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Harris began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office before being recruited to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and later the City Attorney of San Francisco‘s office. In 2003, she was elected the 27th District Attorney of San Francisco, serving until 2011.

Harris was narrowly elected Attorney General of California in 2010, and was re-elected in 2014. Harris faced criticism from reformers for tough-on-crime policies she pursued while she was California’s attorney general. In November 2016, she defeated Loretta Sanchez in the 2016 Senate election to succeed outgoing Senator Barbara Boxer, becoming California’s third female senator, the second African American woman and the first South Asian American to serve in the United States Senate.[4][5] As a senator, she has supported healthcare reform, federal descheduling of cannabis, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the DREAM Acta ban on assault weapons, and progressive tax reform. She gained a national profile after her pointed questioning of Trump administration officials during Senate hearings, including U.S. Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and William Barr, and Associate Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.[6]

Harris ran for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election, briefly becoming a frontrunner before ending her campaign on December 3, 2019, citing a lack of funds to continue.[7]

Opioids: Tauber’s Book “Healing Criminal Justice” — Can Restore Communities!

“Community, or its absence, pervades everything we do. It controls our behavior through a socialization process that begins almost at birth. When it deteriorates, ‘niche communities’ fill the void, which can prove destructive as gang culture in L.A., as uplifting as a church choir, or as life changing as a drug court.” Judge Tauber

INTERVIEW

Publisher, of Home School Lifestyle magazine, and founder of the Student Empowerment Program, Inc. W. Calvin Anderson, M. Ed met and interviewed retired Judge Jeffrey Tauber at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) AllRise2019 Training Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.  Anderson, also serves on the board of STOP Stigma Now, Inc. (SSN). He is now learning and training about substance abuse addiction, research, treatment (including medication assisted treatment or MAT), and the problem-solving courts from the preeminent SSN board members who are scholar/practitioners in the multiservice field with 25 to 50 years of experience. Anderson took part in the extensive training by NADCP and supported the valuable information outreach of the STOP Stigma Now, Inc. organization.

Judge Jeffrey Tauber ret., is a pioneer in the development of court-based rehabilitation systems, spearheading the development and growth of Drug Courts and other Problem-Solving courts across the United States. He was the founding President of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP,1994-2001) and Executive Director of the National Drug Court Institute (1997-2001). In 2008 he was elected “president emeritus for life” of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

He has written extensively on court-ordered rehabilitation systems and drug policy, including the first Drug Court Manual published, “Drug Courts: A Judicial Manual”, (California Center for Judicial Education and Research, 1994) and “Rational Drug Policy Reform: A Resource Guide.” (CSPC 2001). He has also written “A Proposal for a National Reentry Court Initiative: Four Policy Papers.” (Alexandria VA: National Association of Drug Court Professionals, 2009).

Jeffrey Tauber is currently the Director/Editor of Reentry Court Solutions (RCS), an educational initiative that provides a national information website (reentrycourtsolutions.com), as well as technical assistance, training, and advisory services to the field.

In June of 1999, the newly founded International Association of Drug Court Professionals (IADCP) elected him their first chairperson. In that capacity, he presented before the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the Caribbean Conference of Magistrates and other International organizations.

He has consulted and been an advisor to over a dozen nations.
As a judge in Oakland, California, Jeffrey Tauber initiated and presided over the design and implementation of the Oakland Drug Court Program, one of the first in the nation (1990), and was the first President of the California Association of Drug Court Professionals (CADCP).

While on the bench, (1985-97) Oakland’s Drug Court received the Public Employees’ Roundtable Award for “Outstanding County-Run Public Service Program in the Nation” and the California Administration Office of the Courts’ “Ralph Kelps Award for Court Innovations”. Judge Tauber (ret.) was a member of the California Judiciary from 1985-1997. He is a graduate of the City University of New York and Boston University Law School.

            Anderson’s Takeaways… 

“Healing Criminal Justice: A Journey to restore community in the Courts” by the retired Judge Jeffrey Tauber, I came to the following conclusions.

1) The opioid epidemic in the United States is not an “intangible set” of human circumstances. The epidemic represents real American community crises that can be reduced, if we approach them with clearly human and earnest wholistic leadership lenses.

2) This crisis locally represents a set of “individuals and families” in each of our communities who are in very serious trouble. Individuals in families, have altered their futures with substance abuse, and thereby created “brain disorders” that in most cases are now “chronic disease” disorders with daily-life-threatening potential.

4) If we use “all community resources” both human and environmental, we can help individuals with Opioid Use Disorders (OUDs) a life-changing problem, and radically (by extension) help to heal and fix many related aspects of the human disconnection and environmental disorder, rampant in our 21st century American communities today.

5) If we “fast-track” an invitation to “innovative, high-quality and competitive” high schools, colleges and graduate schools with capable leaders involved in sports, STEM sciences, pre-law, ROTC, into this opioid prevention and problem-solving movement we then have a cost-effective an invaluable resource not heretofore considered in our community leadership equations.

To this end, the Student Empowerment Program, Inc. has created an instructional design education project called, STOP Stigma Now Opioids Project to provide information and lesson delivery on our hashtag #STOPStigmaNowOpioids .

For more information please click on the link below:

Judge Tauber

http://www.stopstigmanow.org/

Student Empowerment Program, Inc.

https://studentempowerment.us/

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