Before making a sandwich, reach for your wallet

Posted by ken on March 20, 2014
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Nothing encapsulates 14NTC better than an exercise which Steve Heye invited me to participate during a project management session. The exercise was having us develop a work flow for the creation of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I was the first to go and my first ingredient was “wallet”.

Before making a sandwich (nee, engaging in work), you have to talk about resources and make sure you’re in a place where you get the best sandwich you can. Reaching for a wallet tells you if you can buy fancy ingredients and, even if you have base ingredients, I think, as metaphor naturally, making sure you have options is important before embarking on any endeavor.

What if I had PBJ last night and I can afford to eat something else? How about if the place downtown makes an amazing PBJ that I’d rather buy? Or, what if I just want to add bananas to the sandwich? All resource questions informed, to a great degree by budget.

For myself, Steve is a wonderful human and an important resource to the non-profit technology community and I appreciate the exercise because it reminded me that, even in getting to NTC, resources are important to assess before we begin charting out any endeavor.

Later this week I hope to capture more regarding 14NTC…and also chastise some folks who should have been there.

Fresh(er) Content

Posted by ken on July 23, 2013
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I’m moving more recent content to the Dropplets platorm because it’s easier to update and doesn’t require security updates, or any complicated (read distracting) features. It’s a very simple platform. NEWER CONTENT IS HERE

Language, it matters

Posted by ken on April 03, 2013
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This week the “Drop the i-word” campaign had a significant victory when the Associated Press, in their style guide, determined that “illegal” was not the best term to describe persons whose unlawful presence or undocumented status was part of the story. Of course, it’s a game of semantics and doesn’t stop deportations, but language does matter.

A good example is in an alleged progressive group called Asian Pacific Islanders for Immigration Reform and Enforcement (API FIRE). Their progressive bona fides are immediately questionable because, as I said,

I know that the “Immigration Reform” game is one of horse trading…or slave trade is more accurate because this is a game where well educated citizens are playing with the lives of non-citizens. Anyhow, it’s sickening that we’re part of it in some way or another. Settler colonialism prevails even in our efforts to rid ourselves of its worst excesses.

What purpose?

Posted by ken on March 24, 2013
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In many spaces I occupy, and roles, I’m always forced to reconsider what power in relationships looks like.  I’ll admit, sometimes, having power is good, but, what the extent of that power is is often missed.  Even more ignored is the ontological nature or origin of the power.

Today, I was forced to think about this by this tweet:

The first question, is who does Rahm Emanuel work for?  To me, it’s been clear for years that Rahm Emanuel works for the neoliberal forces which have been running the Democratic party for almost 30 years.  These are the forces of privatization and who replaced the war on poverty with a war against the poor.  This should be clear to most folks who read the news and have any degree of historical memory. As far as mainstream Democratic party dogma goes, it’s indisputable. Nowhere is this clearer than in education policy.

In education policy, the Democratic party competes with the Republican party when it comes to bashing unionized teachers.  It ironically accepts the money and support of labor unions while all the while delivering nothing and, worse, focusing attacks on unionized teachers.  The saddest element in the whole picture is that unions used to believe in solidarity; somewhere along the line, solidarity forever was dropped in favor of political expediency forever.  Second, though at its core it’s the transfer of a public asset into a private enterprise, Democrats up and down the spectrum generally defend charter schools under the pretext of accountability and best interests of students.  In reality, if such Democrats were interested in the best interest of students, the party would have an anti-poverty component tied to all policy initiatives. If politicos were interested in accountability, they would hold themselves accountable to the unions (much like they hold themselves accountable to other donors).

Of course, such an assertion shifts to straw-men such as Republican obstruction, political impracticability, etc.  But then, stepping back, isn’t that a failure of commitment or leadership? Isn’t political “impracticability” nothing more than an excuse?

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SAVE THE DATE: 2013 LA CAN FREEDOM NOW AWARDS! #dtla #socal #resist

Posted by ken on March 05, 2013
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FREEDOM NOW AWARDS!
FRIDAY, May 10, 2013

Mark your calendars!

We invite you to join us on Friday, May 10, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the home of Deborah Drooz, as we honor some of LA CAN's biggest contributors, supporters, and members.

HONOREES

GAYE THERESA JOHNSON & CHUCK D
for their elevation of LA CAN's work in the hip hop
and academic communities

JOE THOMAS & LYDIA TREJO
for their years of extraordinary commitment
as core members of LA CAN

GARY BLASI & KIT KOLLENBERG
for their longstanding engagement of the legal community
and other solidarity work with LA CAN

5426 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles 90027

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More information and updates to follow – we hope to see you in May!

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#StopLAPDSpying Important Meeting: Tuesday 2/19/2013 @ UCLA Labor Center

Posted by ken on February 16, 2013
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Come help us plan a response to the LAPD IG report. Tuesday 2/19 @ UCLA Labor Center. 6:30pm.
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Important Meeting: Tuesday 2/19/2013 @ UCLA Labor Center 6:30pm

We have learned the LAPD plans to release their Inspector General's audit of SO1 in early March.  We're going to convene and share what we know thus far about the report and have a conversation about what our response/next steps are.

The UCLA Labor Center is located on Park View Avenue between Wilshire Blvd and 7th Street.  Please help us start on time: see you at 6:30pm.

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Announcement: Support DWAC by Attending The Vagina Monologues #dtla #theatre #events #women

Posted by ken on February 11, 2013
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DWAC presents
The Vagina Monologues
Buy your Tickets TODAY!

DWAC presents

The Vagina Monologues

Written by Eve Ensler
 

Purchase your tickets TODAY!
Contact Beckyd@cangress.org | 213.228.0024

Thursday, February 21 | Friday, February 22 | Doors open at 6:30pm
Vortex Theatre, 2341 E. Olympic Blvd. (at Santa Fe)

All proceeds go to the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition (DWAC). DWAC’s vision is to establish a collective voice that communicates the strength and power of women in the Downtown LA community.

Click HERE to view the event trailer.

General Admission $25 | Low-Income Residents $10
Group Rate 5 for $50

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LA CAN Action Alert: HELP US STOP THE CCFO!

Posted by ken on January 29, 2013
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JOIN US TOMORROW AT 8:30AM AT CITY HALL TO
STOP THE CCFO!

We are calling on all of our supporters to join us at City Hall TOMORROW, January 30, at 8:30am to help stop the Community Care Facilities Ordinance, which would unfairly restrict and eliminate shared housing options in LA, increasing homelessness and segregation in our communities. Even if you cannot join us, please tweet at City Council Members and urge them to VOTE NO ON THE CCFO!

Below you will find the twitter accounts for the City Council. Please take 5 minutes TODAY and tweet at them directly to VOTE NO on the CCFO!

You will also see a couple of sample tweets you can use as a template.
 
Council Twitter Accounts
 
Ed Reyes – NONE
Paul Krekorian – @PaulKrekorian
Dennis Zine – @dennispzine
Tom Labonge – @TomLaBonge
Paul Koretz – @Paul_Koretz
Tony Cardenas – VACANT
Richard Alarcon – @Richard_Alarcon
Bernard Parks – @BernardCParks
Jan Perry – @JanPerry
Herb Wesson – NONE
Bill Rosendahl – @Bill_Rosendahl
Mitch Englander – @Mitch_Englander
Eric Garcetti – @EricGarcetti
Jose Huizar – @JoseHuizar
Joe Buscaino – @JoeBuscaino
 
Sample Tweets –
 
@BernardCParks 150+ groups across L.A. OPPOSE the CCFO. L.A. has spoken: VOTE NO ON THE CCFO! #STOPCCFO
 
@Dennispzine Don't segregate L.A.! 20+ Neighborhood Councils & the Business Comm. OPPOSE the CCFO. VOTE NO! #STOPCCFO
 

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ICUJP has a demo on Friday at #Arclight re: #torture, #zd30, and #ndaa! #hollywood #socal

Posted by ken on January 10, 2013
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A friend’s poem… #NYC, it’s all you.

Posted by ken on January 06, 2013
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I came into the possession of a journal which had the following NYC poem therein:
Frozen spit
     vomit
     coffee
     water
    snot on the sidewalk
Yes, New York is
   perhaps not the
   most
   pleasant
of cities.

He, heh, heh. Take that NYC! Just kidding, I love you but could probably never live there unless it were in Corona on 103rd.

Tossed the journal before reading more because I think it got into my books by mistake.

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