Shawn Casey says:
VAN JONES: "One of the things that has happened too often to progressives is that we don't understand the relationship between minimum goals and maximum goals.
Right after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, if the civil rights leaders had jumped out and said, 'OK, now we want reparations for slavery; we want redistribution of all wealth; and we want to legalize mixed marriages,' if that had been their..., if they'd have come out with a maximum program the very next day, they'd have been laughed at.
Instead, they came out with a very minimum program. You know, 'we just want to integrate these buses.' The students [inaudible] came out with a very minimum program. 'We just want to sit at the lunch counter.' But inside that minimum demand was a very radical kernel that eventually meant that from 1954 to 1968, complete revolution was on the table for this country.
And I think that this green movement has to pursue those same steps and stages. Right now we're saying we want to move from suicidal gray capitalism to some kind of eco-capitalism where you know, at least we're not, you know, fast-tracking the destruction of the whole planet.
Will that be enough? No, it won't be enough. We want to go beyond systems of exploitations and oppression altogether, but that's a process. And I think what's great about the movement that is beginning to emerge is that the crisis is so severe in terms of joblessness, violence and now ecological threats that people are willing to be both very pragmatic and very visionary. So the green economy will start off as a small subset and we're going to push it and push it and push it until it becomes the engine for transforming the whole society."
Baron Piccard says:
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Red Hen says:
Make this world a better place if you can!!" Diana Ross, Social Emotional Development is created when kindness is incorporated into the family school culture. Wow, watching Dr. Oz today I learned about another kindness initiative “The Sparkle Effect” a cheerleading student ran nonprofit whose goal is to include all students. The kindness factor is truly proven by the work of Ms. Sarah Cronk, Founder of “The Sparkle Effect”. Life changing effects is what kindness creates in the lives touched by kind deeds. Moreover, early research findings suggest that the new generation of Social Emotional Learning approaches is having significant and positive impacts on students’ overall well-being, their behavior in and out of school, and their academic performance as well. (http://www.nasbe.org/wp-content/uploads/FPP-Social-Emotional-Learning.pdf) Cronk's older brother, Charlie, is disabled, and she watched him struggle to fit in when they were in high school. When the captain of the swim team invited Charlie to join his friends for lunch, it inspired others to include him more as well. Cronk saw what that act of kindness did for her brother, and she wanted to bring the same spirit of acceptance to others. She asked her cheerleading coach if the Pleasant Valley High team might be able to create a side squad comprised of able-bodied and disabled students, the Spartan Sparkles, to cheer during certain games and events. Her teammates jumped on board and, using a one-to-one ratio of mentor to Sparkle, they practiced and performed, becoming the first inclusive cheerleading squad in the country. "A lot of these kids were pretty invisible before this program," she said. "And a lot of that was just because people didn't know what to say or what to do -- as if communicating with them was worlds different from communicating with anybody else. So maybe there's a girl with disabilities in your science class and you see her sitting alone every day but you don't really know anything about her, you don't really know what you would say. Then you see her cheering in a game on Friday and she's doing a great job. You can say 'Hey, you did a great job at that game,' and she feels comfortable and it boosts her confidence and you've sort of bridged that gap. "When you see the Sparkles cheer, it really shines such a big spotlight on what they can do as opposed to what they can't. It kind of makes people take a second look and realize we're really a lot more alike than we think we are." http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/9104156/espnw-sarah-cronk-invites-athletes-all-abilities-cheerleading-nonprofit-called-sparkle-effect www.thesparkleeffect.org/index.php?pg=15 Please visit Random Acts of Kindness website for resources on how to incorporate kindness in your family school culture: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/raktivists Unite 4 Inspiration funds acts of kindness projects http://inspiration.unite4.org/ For more information please visit http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-research Please plan to participate in Random Acts of Kindess Week February 9th to 15th 2015, http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/rak-week
(i am an active advocate creating a longitudinal documentary on various issues and concerns with the hope of building safe productive communities versus prison communities. www.redhenexploring.info)