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“Hands up, don’t shoot”

Dear Readers,

It is the one year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown, age 18, in Ferguson, MO.

I made this shortly after I learned about the incident and posted about it here.

Don't Shoot!
Don’t Shoot!

And there have been so many horrific deaths since.

It feels never ending.

Sending love.

Elana

Icy cold outside, warm inside-thank you

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Dear Readers,

I’m working on a new post for soon, but just wanted to say:
Thank you and Welcome
to all the new followers of recent weeks
and days as well as everyone who’s been here
a long time.

I hope you stay warm enough or cool enough.
Wherever you may be on the planet,
I’m so glad you’re here, too.

Love &

EHgreenthankssm

Hands up-Don’t shoot!

Dear Readers,

I made this drawing after the horrifying and maddening news of Michael Brown’s death by police shooting in Ferguson, MO.

Don't Shoot!
Don’t Shoot!

Here are a few articles and videos that have caught my eye since:

From Melissa Harris Perry at MSNBC: “No rights which the white man was bound to respect.”

On the connection to climate movement by Deirdre Smith via Common Dreams.org

From Last Week Tonight’s  John Oliver

And some satire, too -How we’d cover Ferguson if it happened in another country- by Max Fisher at Vox

Love and peace,

Elana

Sitting with trees

Dear Readers,

On Earth Day, which is really every day, or should be.

Max made this:

Big Cat and an Apple Tree by Max
Big Cat and an Apple Tree by Max

Then I read this by Wes Stephenson —- Let This Earth Day Be The Last

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Be the change
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Sitting with trees

And the one where I am speechless–either from being stunned by something beautiful or amazing in nature —or from  hearing about the impossible cruelty and greed that plagues our planet by people and corporations who don’t care about air, water, food, animals/wildlife, or people. Either way, sometimes I feel I have no words.

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Sitting with trees with no words

The documentary A Fierce Green Fire is airing tonight on PBS.

Sending appreciation to all the people on the ground, in the sea, in forests, up in trees, attempting to stop bulldozers, the XL tar sands pipeline, fracking, the massacre of wolves, elephants hunted, big cats in danger, whales and dolphins as human prey, polar bears who’s arctic is melting— the list goes on — for those who fight for the planet every day / fighting for everyone / with their bodies thrown upon and in front of  the machines.

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Love and peace,

Elana

 

Wishes for Love & Peace

Dear Readers,

Wishing all the best to you and yours!

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Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating!

Original art by Stephanie Stouffer from a World Wildlife Fund greeting card.
Original art by Stephanie Stouffer from a World Wildlife Fund greeting card.
Original Art by Eva Melhuish Otter House Licensing, Inc. from a National Wildlife Federation greeting card.
Original Art by Eva Melhuish Otter House Licensing, Inc. from a National Wildlife Federation greeting card.
2011 by Sarah Adams/Image by Design from a Humane Society greeting card
2011 by Sarah Adams/Image by Design, from a Humane Society greeting card

Love & peace,

Elana

What’s going on in my town

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Dear Readers,

Lots has been going on in our town. I’m happy to report that one of the best education bloggers out there has written a great post about Montclair, NJ. Thank you, Jersey Jazzman! Read it here.

Last week, we got a letter to the editor in The Montclair Times (link still not available) so here’s a scan of it and titled, “A wrong turn  for our schools.” wrrongturn

Plus this coverage.

And yesterday’s paper (7/17/2013) had this great letter to the editor from another resident.

So, that’s it for now. It’s  WAY TOO HOT.

Hope you’re staying cool, wherever you are.

Elana

Day 28: What we’re up against and a woman who stood up

Dear Readers,

I’m in awe of Wendy Davis. It may be slightly off topic to education, but not really if you consider it a civics lesson of the best kind. Her courage,  determination, and clarity are extraordinary and I’m compelled to mention her here. I draw inspiration from her bold act standing up for women’s rights.

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Up Against

This is what it feels like, what we’re up against in our fight against corporate ed reform policies and the new strategic plan in our town. It feels like David and Goliath. It feels like the little guy up against the BIG POWERS THAT BE. It feels like small voices not being heard. There are moments of victory and it feels like we’re making progress and are being heard and noticed. It feels like a mountain that can’t be climbed. It feels like a wall stands before us, impenetrable. It feels like maybe there’s a small crack in the wall.

It feels like parent power, teacher power, student power, must come together to withstand the waves crashing down on us; the impossible race to nowhere; the wall of obsfucation, greed and lies. The reformers’ endless resources, our lack thereof. It feels like the revolution needs a nap. It feels like we can’t stop. It feels like we have no choice. It feels insurmountable sometimes, impossible, it feels disturbing. It feels painful to watch and be in it and fight it. It makes me angry. It hurts we have to spend our energy this way.   It also feels energizing and uplifting to be taking action, real concrete action to change things. It is inspiring and hopeful to discuss education and what we want for our children with knowledgeable, kind, smart, funny, interesting, talented, unique parents, educators, and fellow residents. It’s a relief to have people I can speak with openly about all this.

I won’t ever stop fighting for my son. If we multiply that I WONT GIVE UP ATTITUDE by more parents, that will be the real sea change, the mountain to climb together, the wall to break through —-standing up  together.

Love and peace,

Elana