Community’s Education Watchdog

NORFOLK SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION: MAY 1, 2018

School Board: Community’s Education Watchdog

School Board- Ward Three
Carlos Clanton-School Board-Ward Three

GMW: This is how we can be sure the education in our local public schools meets our expectations. I think a good place to start is by electing effective school board members. Today we meet the 3 candidates for Ward Three .

What do school boards do?

  1. Set the vision and goals for the district
  2. Adopt policies that give the district direction to set   priorities and achieve its goals.
  3. Hire and evaluate the superintendent
  4. Manage the collective bargaining process for employees of the district

Jackie Glass-School Board-Ward Three

What do school boards do?      

Great School Boards members adopt a fiscally sound district budget and pay attention to finances and regularly monitor the fiscal health of the district.

School Board Candidate-Ward 3
Ronel Brewer-School Board-Ward Three

 On May 1, 2018 we want to elect a great school board that will  focus on what is best for all students. They must also focus on student achievements and implementing policies that will ensure success for all students.

 

 

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MAY 1, 2018:  NORFOLK SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION

School Board, Community’s Education Watchdog

School Board Candidate
WARD THREE

Grandmothers, Mothers and Women (GMW), This is how we can be sure the education in our local public schools meets our expectations. I think a good place to start is by electing effective school board members; and today we’ll meet 3 candidates from Ward Three.

What do school boards do?

The school board’s primary responsibilities are to:

  1. Set the vision and goals for the district
  2. Adopt policies that give the district direction to set priorities
    School Board Candidate
    Ward Three

    and achieve its goals.

  3. Hire and evaluate the superintendent
  4. Manage the collective bargaining process for employees of the district.
  5.  

Great School Boards members adopt a fiscally sound district budget and pay attention to finances and regularly monitor the fiscal health of the district.

On May 1, 2018 we want to elect a great school board that will  focus on what is best for all students. They must also focus on student achievements and implementing policies that will ensure success for all students.

School Board Candidate
Ward Three

 

Norfolk’s School Board Election

Norfolk Schools Board Of Election:  MAY 1, 2018

GMW,  We as voters often do not know our elected school board member’s name or responsibilities, and turnout in local school board elections is usually very low. On my May 1, 2018 we are going to change that by being informed  and voting with knowledge for the sake of our children and teachers.

Your school board is your community’s education watchdog, ensuring that taxpayers get the most for their tax dollars.

  1. Public education is a $423 billion business.
  2. School boards have taxing authority.
  3. Direct oversight—and responsibility—should not be given to politicians whose first priority is something other than education.
  4. if those schools are not producing, it’s our rights and responsibilities to select new board members who will see to it that our students and our schools succeed.

The Norfolk School Board has five (5) seats up for election, with 12 excellent  candidates  running. In order for us to do our part in making sure we put the right candidate in those seats we need to really know who they are.

Those seats are in ward 1 thru 4, and today we will meet the 2 candidates in Ward One (1). 

Nicole Carry for  Ward -One-School Board
@NicoleBCarry
Adele Martin-Ward One- School Board

 

 

 

 

And, three  candidates in Ward Two (2).

WARD 2 SCHOOL BOARD
Brittany Shearer WARD 2 SCHOOL BOARD
Tanya  Bhasin   WARD 2 SCHOOL BOARD

Our children can no longer afford for us to do business as  usual. We have to change the rules, by putting people at the tables to address our issues, and we must hold them accountable. In order to accomplish this we have to be engaged, starting with being at the polls, May 1, 2018.  Using the power of our vote.

EXCESSIVE FORCE

Grandmothers, Mother and Women  (GMW), I’ve been trying to understand why Police Officers  are using excessive power when dealing with my children of color.

Target Practice

Starting in New York in 1999, with The shooting of 23 years-old-Amadou  Diallo occurred on February 4, 1999. four  (4) officers fired a combined total of 41 shots killing him for having a wallet that looked to them like a gun. All four officers were charged with second-degree murder and acquitted at trial. This scenario of my sons and daughters being killed has to stop.

This scenario of my sons and daughters being killed by the police when a wallet or what is now a cell phone, carried by all of our children, but it appears, mine are the only one being killed by excessive force for having something in their hands that appears to be a gun when it is simply a phone.

I’m sure this scenario has not been lost on any of us. When the young man was apprehended for killing the 17 students in Parkland Florida, it was known he had an AkA-15 or 47 but no shots were fired at him. I have observed, as I’m sure everyone else has, when my white sons has been apprehended by the police for the same scenarios they have not been shot at excessively. WHY?

Someone I respect tremendously made an observation this past week regarding The police shooting range equipment. It’s verifiable that standard police and NRA shooting range equipment is the same: A white background with the body silhouette of a black man.

North Miami Police use photos of black teens for shooting practice. The police chief Scott J. Denison says there is nothing wrong with this practice.

Gmw, I think it’s time we advocate for a change in shooting range equipment. Maybe it should be reversed. This will force officers to use discernment, when the practice target looks differently. will officers of color use excessive force?

When some officers see black, they go into shooting range practice,  and the law exonerates them, because they feared for their lives.  When their brother of color seem them, they run because, they fear for their lives, and get shot in the back, with a phone in their hands. This is a scary scenario,  we send our sons and daughters out into the world on a daily basis with their cell phones, mostly in their hands or on their person.

What makes this so difficult, is the 2 white Louisiana officers in the black man’s fatal shooting won’t be charged, even though they had him on the ground face-down, he was no threat to them, other than his black life did not matter.

But, to me and my Black children,” BLACK LIVES MATTER.” AS MUCH AS THE 17 LIVES IN PARKLAND, FL., mattered.  We all hurt for the senselessness loss of our children lives by guns.

GMW, Colin Kaepernick was blacklisted from the NFL because of his stance for black lives matter, and everyone knows it. Has  any of you wondered, ” what would have happened to Tom Brady or Eli Manning, had they done the same thing.

Would some owner have found a place for them, quarter -backing in the NFL. I cut my football teeth on Broadway Joe and the New York Jets, became a die hard  Jets and football fan.  but, 2017 was the first time I didn’t watch football since 1968. It became a bad taste in my mouth.

To all grandmothers, mothers and women (gmw) I’m not trying to play the: “the race card” we just need to realistically look at the Privilege  Elephant  in the room, plus the one in our Oval Office.

Our children from birth to 29 has a much better view of reality. My generation endured the horrors of the Civil Rights Movement and the war in Viet Nam.  We have a generation between us, who supported Bernie Sanders and opted out of voting in 2016 and we got #45.

Now I’m hoping they exonerate themselves and choose a president from their ranks for 2020.  We don’t need any more presidents running for office who’s over 65; I’m over 65.

To my White Sisters, Mothers of color, love their children just as much as you love yours, and we fear for them so much more because of the deadly animosity our sons has for each other.

So, what do you think about YOUR SON’S FACE, being us for target practice by N. Miami Policeman’s Department.  And all other Police departments and the IRA using a black background and the body of a White Frame as target?

GMW Our sons are afraid of each,  and we have to find a way to save both. We gave them life and brought them into the world. They are  great men in and out of uniform.

The easy access to guns does not help us, or make life easier for them.

EXCESSIVE FORCE

Grandmothers, Mother and Women  (GMW), I’ve been trying to understand why Police Officers  are using excessive power when dealing with my children of color. Starting in New York in 1999.

The shooting of 23 years-old-Amadou  Diallo occurred on February 4, 1999. four  (4) officers fired a combined total of 41 shots killing him for having a wallet that looked to them like a gun. All four officers were charged with second-degree murder and acquitted at trial. This scenario of my sons and daughters being killed has to stop. We can’t forget our past mistakes.

This scenario of my sons and daughters being killed by the police when a wallet or what is now a cell phone carried by all of our children but it appears mine are the only one being killed by excessive force for having something in their hands that appears to be a gun when it is simply a phone.

I’m sure this scenario has not been lost on any of us. When the young man was apprehended for killing the 17 students in Parkland Florida it was known he had an AkA-15 or 47 but no shots were fired at him.

I have observed as I’m sure everyone else has, when my white sons has been apprehended by the police for the same scenarios they have not been shot at excessively.

Someone I respect made an observation this past week regarding The police shooting range equipment. N. Miami. cops use photos of black teens for shooting practice. North Miami Beach police chief Scott J. Denison says there is nothing wrong with this practice.

It’s verifiable that standard police and NRA shooting range equipment is the same: A white background with the body image of a black man.We have to change this picture.

Gmw I think it’s time we advocate for a change in shooting range equipment; Maybe it should be reversed. This will force officers to use discernment, when the target practice looks differently.

When they see black they go into shooting practice range, and the law exonerates them. Isn’t that a sad scenario that we send our sons and daughters out into the world on a daily basis with their cell phones in their hands or on their person.

What makes this difficult is those 2 white Louisiana officers in the black man’s fatal shooting won’t be charged, even though they had him on the ground face-down, he was no threat to them, other than his black life did not matter. But to me and my Black children,” black lives matter.”

Colin Kaepernick was blacklisted from the NFL because of his stance for black lives matter, and everyone knows it.

GMW Our sons are afraid of each and we have to find a way to save both. We have great men in and out of uniform. The easy access to guns does not help us. 

 

Saving America

ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS

Grandmother, mother and women (gmw), On This 34th day of Lent, Number 45 is really showing where is loyalty lie. He congratulated a Russian dictator on his reelection disregarding America’s  alliance to the UK,  the direction of his cabinet and country.

Bipartisan , Leadership, Unity, Vote,Power
Action Speaks Louder Than Words

He looks like a traitor to America because, it appears, as if Mr. Putin has something on him, whatever that is, it’s appears to be more important than his country and the American People.

Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell,  Heads  of the house and senate are beginning to behave as if  Mr. Putin has something on them, or is it they are afraid of their base. I can understand them listening to their base because  it  gave them a majority in the house and senate, even though it was with the aid of gerrymandering.

Mr. Trump on the other hand, base is not enough to win in any national election. The  Electoral College of 304 votes put him in the Oval Office but that will never happen again. I’m hoping  it never happens again for any Presidential Election. His base vote was only 62 million against 65 millions  popular vote, America’s choice.

GMW: These views are mine regarding the Electoral College.  I’m not trying to speak on your behalf in this particular case. I know I sound like Donald Trump with his “Birtha Theory,” perusing the idea that Barack Obama was not born in America;  when the rest of the country had moved on satisfaction.  My argument that number 45 got in the Oval Office by 304  votes of the electoral college is valid, based on our constitution. If I’m wrong, I would greatly appreciate someone enlighten me.

To the leaders of the house and Senate, the country is looking to you, to stand up for America. We charged you  to ensure, Mr. Mueller has no interference from number 45 regarding his instigation and they should take leadership insuring he is not fired.    Mr. Trump’s  treasonous behavior again America calls for impeachment proceedings. Now!  Mr. Ryan and McConnell, you need to use the pot or get up off it.  You are allowing the swamp to overrun the land.

We will continue praying for our country, while getting involved in our community, There are 475 women running for office in the 2018 election. We must be ready  to use our power effectively  to bring unity and Bipartisan Leadership to America in November 6, 2018

This we pray in Jesus name. Amen

Day 33 Of Lent:

Mitch McConnell And Paul Ryan  Should Be Ashamed Of Them Selves For allowing # 45 To Destroy Our Country’s Reputation,  They Know Presidents Don’t Behave As #45.  They should have rallied their houses and protect our democracy.

GMW: We’re At Day 33 Of Lent, And Praying  For The Changes We’re Going To Make in Washington 11/6/2018 for our families and country: 

when we look back at our history, from the beginning of our independence until now. The people at the table making decisions about our live and this country were White Men.

The things they subjected people of color and women to were horrific. We didn’t have set at the decision making table or a voice. So when we take assessment of the conditions of our country today, we all know where the buck stops. GMW there’s no way, we won’t be an improvement. This is our time, our children, G-Children and GG-Kids to take the mantle, and unit our country thru Bipartisan Leadership. 

Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids.1  The misuse of an addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relieversheroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.

Millennials 18-49…Sick of Washington, NRA, and Mass incarceration.  

The Proliferation of Guns

You’re the majority of the One Dying; stop asking then same politicians for change, put politician in place that are willing to address. Get involved, know what’s going on in your neighborhoods. Get in positions to make the changes you want to see.

You must to in  a position to say to your elected representative I voted for you, Your vote has to become your voice.

Be The Change

Millennials – Get Results Now Be The Change You Want To See.

GMW and all American who still have principles, morals, integrity, values and a conscious that convicts, stand with you behind and beside you.

You can change laws faster than you can minds. Use your power to get your seat at the Legislative, Judicial and Executive Tables. Then use your Votes and Dollars to change the landscape in Washington, then use your God and Love for Bipartisan Leadership.

Both Parties must come together and save the Dreamers. Give them peace, so they can become citizens and used their power to help make us the, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAIN.

These babies are watching you

A House divided cannot stand, but united, It epitomize, In God We Trust;” The foundation this country was built on.

Yo! Millennials Want Clean Energy But Need Climate Change …

Millennials we are charging you with saving yourselves and our land. The generations before you was not too mindful of our land. But, there’s no time for finger pointing.  We have your back so, go chart you future,  and those of your children and grandchildren. And, always remember, ‘there’s no I, in We.

 

Drugs, Guns And Suicide

Drugs-Opioids, Guns And Suicide:  

GMW, when we look back at our history, from the beginning ofthis country’s independence until now. The people at the table making decisions about our live and this country were White Men. The things they subjected people of color and women to were horrific.  We didn’t have set at the decision making table or a voice.

So when we take assessment of the conditions of our country today, we all know where the buck stops. there’s no way, we won’t be an improvement. This is our time, our children, G-Children and GG-Kids to take the mantle unit our country thru Bipartisan Leadership. Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids.1 The misuse of an addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relieversheroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.

OPIOIDS are out of control and making it a

The Proliferation of Guns

National Health Emergency, has not solve the problem, it has increased. until this country realize all of it children and citizens are equally important. We, (and I mean we) are not going to solve the problems of, gun, drugs and suicide. There’s a grassroots solution that we have to work out as American. We have to use our strength of character, faith, principals, values and commonsense, to not become addicted to opioid or any Addictive Substance.

 In response to the opioid crisis, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is focusing its efforts    on five major priorities:

  1. improving access to treatment and recovery services
  2. Promoting use of overdose-reversing drugs
  3. Strengthening our understanding of the epidemic through better public health surveillance.
  4. Providing for cutting-edge research on pain and addiction.
  5. Advancing better practices for pain management.

October 16, 2017 I  had total knee replacement surgery and was given opioid for pain, which was so severe I decided, “if my other knee goes bad, I will die with.” But by November 1, 2018 I decided to take myself off of opioids and take IBUPROFEN 800MG, which contains no opioids, I knew myself well enough to know I could become dependent on opioids, and distort the reality, “of did I really need it for the pain or the Euphoric Thrill. I decided not to take the chance. I think we need to start trying to take more responsibility for our behavior. Our children are watching us, do as I say, not as I do, doesn’t work. 

America Is The Guns:   The US spends less than one penny on gun violence research for every person shot dead in   America — here’s how that compares to other causes of death. 

The 2nd Amendment Rights are not in danger, but our children are

  1. The US spends less money on gun violence research than it does on virtually any leading cause of death in America.
  2. New research suggests that’s having a crippling effect: policy makers don’t have enough evidence about what works when it comes to gun control.
  3. The only thing researchers can say with much confidence is that safe guns storage laws keep more children alive.

 We must treat gun violence in this country as a public health crisis, because it is. … America is violent and the gun is a preferred instrument of that …

Mass shootings in the US: there have been 1,624 in 1,870 days. No other developed nation comes close to the rate of US gun violence. Americans own an estimated 265m guns, more than one gun for every adult.

One reason it’s tough for Americans to decide exactly what to do about the coun

Together We Can Do This.

try’s gun crisis boils down to a simple, scientific truth:

 it’s impossible to know what works if you don’t study it.

Suicide Crisis In America

America’s Suicide Crisis: Life Expectancy Declines for First Time Since 1930 Because So Many Commit Suicide:

As Aaron Kheriaty writes in First Things, the suicide crisis in America has reached epidemic proportions. Rates are growing coast to coast, in rural and urban areas, among the poor and the rich, the young and the old. What in the world is going on, and what do we do about it?.

Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

Despair & Depression

 

The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life.

She states, “I did not get to write about the rancher whose hair fell out in clumps because of stress. The widow whose farm was foreclosed on in the 1980s even though they had never missed a payment. The farmer who fell to the ground and sobbed when his cows were taken to auction.”

But in the end, Kheriaty boils the problem down to one word: Despair, Despair, as in the utter lack of hope.

 

Human Rights Matter

Millennial 18-29 My Generation Fought for Civil Rights, now yours must fight for your Human Rights.

The Civil Rights Movement was started by High School and College Students like Martin L. King who was 26, and I think Congress John Conyers was younger, I was 20. We had our parents and grandparents support, and now you have ours: GMW.

You have the same power now, we had then, almost. We had the power but not the right to use it. So we took to the streets and jail for our Civil Rights. 

Millennials, Use your Power: Your Vote-Your Dollars-Your God-Your  Love For Your Human Rights.

Any Elected Official, not for you, is against you, so use your power to get them out of office. U knock on the doors and we’ll make the Phone Calls. Team-Work-Makes-The Dream-Work.

Place Your Foundation On A Solid Rock Of: Honesty, Decency, Morales, Integrity, Principles, Values and The Fruits Of The Spirit.

The Universal Declaration of 30 Human Rights 1948:We are all free and equal. We are all born free. We all have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated in the same way.

  1. Don’t discriminate. These rights belong to everybody, whatever our differences.
  2. The right to life.We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety.
  3. No slavery – past and present. Nobody has any right to make us a slave. We cannot make anyone our slave.
  4. No Torture. Nobody has any right to hurt us or to torture us.
  5. We all have the same right to use the law. I am a person just like you!
  6. We are all protected by the law. The law is the same for everyone. It must treat us all fairly.
  7. Fair treatment by fair courts.We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly.
  8. No unfair detainment. Nobody has the right to put us in prison without a good reason and keep us there, or to send us away from our country.
  9. The right to trial. If we are put on trial this should be in public. The people who try us should not let anyone tell them what to do.
  10. Innocent until proven guilty. Nobody should be blamed for doing something until it is proven. When people say we did a bad thing we have the right to show it is not true.
  11. The right to privacy. Nobody should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our home, open our letters or bother us or our family without a good reason.
  12. Freedom to move. We all have the right to go where we want in our own country and to travel as we wish.
  13. The right to asylum. If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe.
  14. The right to a nationality. We all have the right to belong to a country.
  15. Marriage and family. Every grown-up has the right to marry and have a family if they want to. Men and women have the same rights when they are married, and when they are separated.
  16. Your own things. Everyone has the right to own things or share them. Nobody should take our things from us without a good reason.
  17. Freedom of thought. We all have the right to believe in what we want to believe, to have a religion, or to change it if we want.
  18. Free to say what you want. We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people.
  19. Meet where you like. We all have the right to meet our friends and to work together in peace to defend our rights. Nobody can make us join a group if we don’t want to.
  20. The right to democracy. We all have the right to take part in the government of our country. Every grown-up should be allowed to choose their own leaders.
  21. The right to social security. We all have the right to affordable housing, medicine, education, and child care, enough money to live on and medical help if we are ill or old.
  22. Workers’ rights. Every grown-up has the right to do a job, to a fair wage for their work, and to join a trade union.
  23. The right to play. We all have the right to rest from work and to relax.
  24. A bed and some food. We all have the right to a good life. Mothers and children, people who are old, unemployed or disabled, and all people have the right to be cared for.
  25. The right to education. Education is a right. Primary school should be free. We should learn about the United Nations and how to get on with others. Our parents can choose what we learn.
  26. Culture and copyright. Copyright is a special law that protects one’s own artistic creations and writings; others cannot make copies without permission. We all have the right to our own way of life and to enjoy the good things that “art,” science and learning bring.
  27. A free and fair world. There must be proper order so we can all enjoy rights and freedoms in our own country and all over the world.
  28. Our responsibilities. We have a duty to other people, and we should protect their rights and freedoms.
  29. Nobody can take away these rights and freedoms from us.

* List provided by Youth For Human Rights International, adapted and simplified from the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Here is a link to the original:  http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

We’re Praying In Jesus Name. Amen