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August 2015

Trump’s White America

  
By Sevgi Fernandez

Donald, Donald, Donald…..

Where shall I begin. 

Just when I think you can’t get any more offensive, you prove me wrong. The only thing I like about you is that you’ve for all intents and purposes turned the republican presidential race into a circus show. So for that, I thank you. It’s been entertaining to watch Jeb squirm.

Let’s get back on track though shall we? So far you’ve managed to offend pretty much every group in the U.S. except white males. Let’s examine a few of your winning statements:

  • They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us. They’re bringing drugs.They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. (Mexicans)
  • And some, I assume, are good people!(Mexicans)
  • They’re sending us not the right people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably from the Middle East.
  • I have great respect for Mexico and love their people and their peoples’ great spirit. 
  • Anchor Baby

Stereotype much? Well, at least you assume some Mexicans are good people, and thank you for letting us know you have great respect  for Mexico; I think we may have missed that had you not cleared it up for us……

“Sadly the American dream is dead. But if I get elected president, I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again.”

Really Donald? You’ll bring it back bigger and better and stronger for who? The Mexican Americans, the African Americans, the Muslims, the Chinese Americans, women? I’m guessing NO. I do however think the right wing, KKK, gun toting, wealthy whites would absolutely see an America that’s better for them.

When reporter Jose Ramos attempts to press you for substantive answers regarding your mass deportation plan, you tell him to “go back to Univision” and have him escorted out.

When people start chanting “White Power” and executing hate crimes inspired by your rhetoric, you conveniently “aren’t aware” of it….

Pretty disturbing, that you avoid questions about deporting millions and turn your back when your racially biased platform rallies the support of radical white supremists. This is definitely not the type of person to be leading a meeting, much less a country in which the white majority will be gone in the next few decades!

We see and hear more and more white,right wingers shouting:

“Get out of my country!” 

“Go back to where you came from!”

I am here to offer you poorly educated, ignorant folks a bit of history. Unless, you are Native American, you and your family are the immigrants! Donald Trump’s family immigrated here from Germany and Scottland and two of his three wives are 1st generation immigrants. I suppose Donald Trump’s children could be deemed “anchor babies” if we are going by his rules…Oh, I forgot, those rules don’t apply to white Europeans….

Here is my suggestion, why don’t we give Trump a parcel of land similar to what was “given” to the Native Americans. We can go ahead and call it a reservation. All those who fall into the following categories can live there:

  • KKK
  • Racist Whites of a lesser degree, but who still hate people of color
  • Anyone who uses the phrase “go back where you came from”
  • Tea Party 
  • Ignorant bigoted rednecks 

Once there, they can elect Trump as their president and he is WELCOME  to build his wall around their land. In fact I’d dare say, many of us would help him build it.

So again, just so we are clear and I might spend a little less of each day moving forward attempting to educate the ignorant:

  • This is not your” country
  • You will soon be the minority
  • Please please read a history book!

One more thing, you already are the minority when it comes to state of mind. The love, acceptance and knowledge we share will always triumph over your hate and ignorance.

Sources:

  1. 1http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/55dce43ee4b08cd3359dc41a?
  2. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/8052424
  3. Terry Krepel Founder and Editor, ConWebWatch.com; former senior editor, Media Matters
  4. http://genealogy.about.com/od/famous_family_trees/p/trump.htm
  5. http://www.commondreams.org/further/2015/08/25/donald-trump-will-make-country-great-again-going-full-racist-when-brown-skinned

Young Lady Wages Her Own Personal War on Bullying 

While taking my two youngest boys to lunch yesterday I had a chance encounter with an amazing young lady, Saeli Kawakami. I truly believe everything happens for a reason and I’m grateful I was at the right place the right time yesterday, and that I was given the opportunity to help Saeli on her journey. This is her story:

  
I grew up with six other siblings in Orange County, California and from a very young age, I was affected by bullying. My older sister, Calen, who was also affected by bullying, and struggling with depression, was only 20 years old when she lost her life to suicide. 

It was situations like this that ignited my passion for helping others going through the same struggles. 

 During the time I grieved for my sister, I switched to homeschooling and began volunteering my time to a variety of programs, including The Braille Institute of Anaheim, where I taught therapeutic yoga to blind and visually impaired students. I did this up until I graduated high school in June 2015. 

It is my goal to help children struggling with bullying, and body image issues all over California and the world. Next Gen Academy (NGA) will allow me to travel to schools all over California, speaking to, and allowing the youth to have their own voice. I will also be able to attend service projects all over California and in four different countries in Africa.

 My goal is to raise enough money for tuition by September 27, which is when the full-year program begins. Thank you SO much for any amount of help in me completing my goal. 

Thank you, 
Saeli Kawakami 

I’m sure after reading Saeli’s story you’re feeling as I was, heartbroken that she’s had to experience such pain, and impressed that she has used that to drive her in such a positive direction. Please help Saeli with a donation in any amount you are able, so that she can take this incredible opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of so many children. Please share this story with others as well. Below is the link to her funding page. 

http://www.youcaring.com/saeli-kawakami-416113

If All Lives Matter, Why Is My Shirt Bothering You?

Bravo! This guy is my hero of the day! This is an excellent example of a white person DOING something, something powerful, towards challenging the racism and inequality in this country.

The White Man’s Fear

This is dedicated to those that live and spread hate. 

  

 By Sevgi Fernandez 

Fear
Do u even see it?

That black cloud that is us creeping ever so slowly over the whiteness that is your palace of hate

Fear

It makes you close your eyes, cover your ears and shout “Animals!” as we wait at the gate, our truth in the words we shout at your deaf, dumb ears

Your self appointed pedestal of white domination is dripping red with the blood of our brothers and sisters

Your hatred weeps like blisters, the salve our tears, our pain

Who are the savage beasts?  The monsters with their trigger happy fingers pointed straight at our sons, our brothers, our fathers!

You reap what you sow….

Fear

Your fear of a multi hued world pressing in, taking over as your Tea Party, KKK club smolders

Your venom poisoning you from the inside

Go ahead and take that slippery ride of hate; far be it for me to berate 

You, massa, sir, whitey, cracker, human who bleeds just like me, don’t you see!

We meet your fear with strength 

Your hate with love

Your ignorance with knowledge 

We will march until the sound of our footsteps haunt every dream you dare to have

We will fight each day with every breath until our peace is had

Until Our justice is equal to your justice

Our pain equal to yours

Through the demise of your humanity we shall rise 

We meet your fear unabashed

With nothing to lose

And everything to gain


McCain Chased Off Reservation By Pissed-Off Navajo Activists (VIDEO)

All people of color need to come together to stop white dominant oppression.

Illinois Passes Police Reform Law

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

elgie-sims“Police encounters gone tragically wrong in Ferguson, New York City, Baltimore and elsewhere forced the nation to confront uncomfortable realities about race and policing in America, and here in Illinois, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle felt compelled to take action to address the disparities and restore trust. Independent investigations, better training and better record-keeping will foster an atmosphere of seriousness about tackling racial disparities in law enforcement and zero tolerance of police misconduct.” Statement of Representative Elgie Sims (D-Chicago), who spearheaded the legislation in the House.

Kwame Raoul Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul

“Illinois has set the standard, set the standard nationally.” Statement of Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, who co-sponsored the Bill in the state senate.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law, which will take full effect in January 2016. Currently the state is forming a commission to review training requirements and other issues. The commission…

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Bill from CA Senator Holly Mitchell to Bar Secret Grand Juries in Police Deadly Force Cases Signed into Law by Governor Jerry Brown

GOOD BLACK NEWS

Both measures were part of a spate of proposals introduced by lawmakers earlier this year on police accountability; some of the more controversial bills dealing with body-worn cameras or reporting on use-of-force incidents have stalled in the Legislature.

Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) offered the grand juries measure in response to high-profile incidents in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City…

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Western Institute for Social Research

                                      WISR

 

Since 1975 WISR, the Western Institute for Social Research, has been a multicultural academic institution of higher learning devoted to social change and community improvement. WISR, is a community-based, globally connected degree granting institution of higher learning. WISR’s students can earn Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines related to community improvement and leadership, educational innovation, counseling psychology, and progressive social change. The Master’s in Psychology meets the State of California’s academic requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC) licenses.

WISR’s teaching and personalized education takes place through a creatively crafted combination of learning methods that are shaped by students as they develop their fields of study. Methods include academic tutorials, classes and seminars (face to face, teleconferencing, and other settings), long distance education, engaged and participatory community study, academic and library research, and the writing of intellectually solid and personally meaningful papers and theses.

TUITION REDUCTION

WISR’s Board is offering a temporary tuition reduction for new MFT/LPCC students of $400/month (rather than the current $625/month) from this month through June 2016. The $600 enrollment/re-enrollment fee still applies. This reduction only applies to students who have less than 12 semester units of credit toward the MFT/LPCC Master’s.

 WISeR College for Community Leadership

WISeR College for Community Leadership is about to enter a pilot stage as a way to give greater emphasis to, and to develop a cohort learning group within, WISR’s BS program in Community Leadership and Justice.

Eligible Students: 

This will be open to anyone who qualifies for WISR’s BS program, with enrollment currently limited to no more than 15 students. The program will begin once 8 qualified students have been identified. It is especially designed to meet the needs and goals of motivated and highly serious learners from lower-income communities, and for those committed to making improvements in such communities (especially, but not exclusively, in the East Bay Area of Northern California), and who wish to become community leaders. To be eligible, students must in the greater Bay Area, in order to participate in the onsite, weekly seminars. We will be enrolling students who have no previous college experience, as well as some who have as much as two years, or more, of college credit. 

Tuition is only slightly higher than community college tuition!!!

Those participating in the initial cohort group will benefit from a greatly reduced tuition, subsidized by WISR and WISR faculty, of only $2,400/year (plus an additional initial $600 enrollment fee). Students will benefit from this reduced tuition until they finish the BS program, up to a maximum of four years. There will be a tuition of increase of no more than $300/year each July. If they wish, students may concurrently pursue coursework at local community colleges and use that work for transfer credit to WISR. WISR has no access to Federal grants or loans, so students will have to generate the funds for their tuition.

Change yourself and the world join the WISR community.

For more information on WISR’s BS in Community Leadership and Justice, go to: http://www.wisr.edu/academics/sample-page-2/bs-community-leadership-and-justice/

For general information about WISR, its students, faculty, alumni, learning methods and community commitments, go to: http://www.wisr.edu

Feel free to contact us with questions and for more information at 510-655-2830 or mail@wisr.edu

A WISR Education is About Developing You!

Phone: 510-655-2830

Berkeley, California 

 
Meet Some of Our Amazing Faculty!!!!

  

JOHN BILORUSKY. BA cum laude, General Studies and Physics, University of Colorado, 1967. MA, Sociology of Education, University of California at Berkeley, 1968. PhD, Higher Education, UC Berkeley, 1972. John is President of WISR, was a co-founder of WISR in 1975, and has served full-time on WISR’s faculty ever since. Before that, he taught social sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and community services at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of many published articles and papers on higher education and social change, adult learning, and practical, community-based and participatory research methods. He has served as a consultant for community agencies in the area of participatory action-research. He has conducted evaluations of liberal arts colleges and educational innovations, performed public policy research, and helped others to create community-involved colleges. John is Chair of the Board of the Association of Private Postsecondary Education in California. johnb@wisr.edu

  

MARILYN JACKSON. BA, Augustana College, 1981, Religion. M.A., Holy Names College, Institute in Creation Spirituality and Culture, 1989. PhD, WISR, Higher Education and Social Change, 2004. In her dissertation, Dr. Jackson contrasted popular spirituality movements in Western society to traditional religion, by relating Creation Spirituality to Lutheranism. Two of her recent articles were published: “The Life of the People: The Legacy of N.F.S. Grundtvig and Nonviolent Social Change Through Popular Education in Denmark” and “Education for Life at Danish Folk Schools and Highlander.” Marilyn continues to study and work on unlearning racism and building multicultural society through dialogue, education, cultural expression and community based celebrations. She is also interested in women’s and career development issues, as well as lifestyles, health and environment. She has organized education activities about indigenous people and has been extensively involved with Scandinavian music and other cultural activities, including translating Swedish songs. As part of her commitment to egalitarian values, she educates others about socialism and social democratic values. She is on the Board and staff of the Ecumenical Peace Institute, and organizes monthly forums at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Berkeley. In addition to serving as a member of WISR’s core faculty, she is Executive Assistant to WISR’s President.marilynejackson@sbcglobal.net

  

VERA LABAT. BS in Nursing, San Francisco State University, 1964. Masters in Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, 1974. Vera has recently retired after a long career in the field of public health. For many years, she was in charge of immunization for the City of Berkeley, and prior to that, she was school health consultant for the Berkeley Unified School District. She taught community health at the University of California, San Francisco, and taught in the School of Medicine at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. She was the second Executive Director of the Over 60 Health Clinic in Berkeley in the late 1970s. Vera has served on WISR’s faculty for most of the past thirty years. labat7@aol.com

  

LARRY LOEBIG. BS, Summit University, Real Estate Management, 1998. MS, Summit University, Organizational Behavior, 1999. He is a graduate of Coach University and received the MCC designation from the International Coaching Federation. When he was the Business Manager of the Black Scholar Journal, he was introduced to the works of Jay Conrad Levinson and recently became Jay’s master trainer for the Western United States and is Director of the Academy for Guerrilla Marketing International. He is an advocate of learning in action and has applied his theory and learning in co-founding California.com Inc., and as an active Director of the Socially Responsible Internet Company. He is pursuing his PhD at WISR, and has developed an interest in alternative dispute resolution and earned certification with Mediator Training International with an emphasis on conflict in the workplace. He is developing a School of Coaching and Collaborative Communication as part of his action plan for earning his PhD. larryloebig@gmail.com

  

RONALD MAH. BA in Psychology and Social Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, 1975. MA in Psychology, Western Institute for Social Research, 1991. Teacher’s Credential Program, University of California at Berkeley, 1976. PhD in Higher Education and Social Change, Western Institute for Social Research, 2013. Ronald has had a private practice since 1994 as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is a credentialed elementary and secondary teacher, and former owner-director of a preschool and daycare center. He does consulting and training for human service organizations, teaching courses and workshops for many community agencies and educational institutions around the California and the United States. He is a visible and active writer of books and articles in the field. His areas of special concern include child development, parenting and child-rearing, multicultural education, and teacher education. He is serving a second term on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and has served on the Board of the California Kindergarten Association. Ronald recently completed his PhD at WISR, writing on multiple topics on couple’s therapy, and for a potential twenty book series, possibly e-books. For more information about Ronald’s many professional endeavors, go to http://www.ronaldmah.com Ronald@RonaldMah.com
  

MICHAEL MCAVOY. Michael received a Master’s Degree in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland) in 1983. Prior to that, he was a student activist in the 1960’s civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movements. After receiving his BA degree from St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY) in Biology in 1970, Michael entered medical school at the Faculté de Médecine, Université de Bordeaux (France). Preferring to work on community health rather than individual change, he left in 1973 to create the San Francisco People’s Health Resource Center and People’s Medical School (1974-79) which provided access to medical care for the poor, along with a political-economic critique of the social causes of disease as well as education in self-care, holistic health and alternative medicine. Later, based at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland and working with leaders of the African-American Hough neighborhood community, Michael helped develop a model community-based hypertension program, adolescent health clinic and radical health education program. In 1985 Michael joined the Core Faculty of the New College of California (San Francisco), and subsequently founded New College’s Center for Community Action, Research and Education, its North Bay Campus of Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community, and its Activism and Social Change Program. During his three decades at New College, he also served for awhile as Dean of the Humanities Program and co-Academic Vice President. Currently, Michael is also seeking ways to theorize and create a social movement which combines a spiritual change in consciousness, with healing ourselves and others, while also resisting injustice, in line with Martin Luther King’s vision for a universal “beloved community.” mmcavoy@wisr.edu

  

DAVID YAMADA. BA, Valparaiso University, Indiana, MA, Empire State College, JD, New York University, PhD, WISR, 2010. David Yamada recently joined WISR’s core faculty on a part-time basis, after having completed his PhD here. David is also tenuredProfessor of Law at Suffolk University in Boston. He is concerned with the role of intellectual activism in contributing to social change. He is the most recent past Chair of the Board of Americans for Democratic Action. As part of his years’ of involvement in addressing the growing problem of workplace bullying, he recently founded the New Workplace Institute–a multidisciplinary, non-profit research and education center devoted to the creation of healthy, productive, and socially responsible workplaces. [from its website:] “The New Workplace Institute will serve as a vehicle for engaging in research and public education on important issues related to work and employment.” David has written numerous published articles on labor law and social policy and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences. More detailed information about David, and has academic and professional accomplishments can be found on the Suffolk University website. David has two blogs: one on workplace bullying, Minding the Workplace and one, with Chris Wagner, on “Second Thoughts: The Blog of the John Ohliger Institute for Social Inquiry.” The latter blog gets its inspiration from the late John Ohliger who “was a public intellectual, adult educator, community activist, and lifelong learner who blended an insatiable curiosity, a stubborn independence, a keen mind and good heart, and a passion for creating a better world. To many of us, he was also a friend, partner, mentor, collaborator, gadfly, and inspiration.” david_yamada@yahoo.com


  

  

CRYSTALLEE CRAIN. PhD in Transformative Studies, California Institute for Integral Studies. MA, Social Sciences, Eastern Michigan University, BA, Political Science, Northern Michigan University. Dr. Crain is an educator, small business owner, and advocate for human rights. Ms Crain has over a decade of experience in leadership development, teaching, and capacity building for organizations that work to prevent violence. Crystallee owns and operates Peaceful Profits, a conscious book and merchandise company. She founded Prevention at the Intersections, where she trains violence prevention strategists across the country. She has been responsible for the development of Heal the Streets fellowship program at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Violence Prevention Initiative at the College of Alameda. In 2011 she was featured in TIME magazine in the PROTESTOR Person of the Year issue. In 2013 she received advanced training in Health and Human Rights in the School of Public Health at Harvard University. In the spring of 2014 she self published the 1st edition of her first book – A People’s Primer: Exploration of Government & Social Change.Crystallee is new to the WISR faculty team. Since 2006, Crystallee has worked in higher education, promoting interdisciplinary applied research. She has taught sociology and politics at community colleges and universities in Michigan and California. crystallee.crain@gmail.com


To purchase a copy of the inaugural issue of WISR’s Journal click here:

http://my.bookbaby.com/book/wisr_multiculturalism

Dealing with Conflict Constructively 

  

 By Dr.John P Fernandez 

Leading in a Diverse & Conflicted World
The problem with conflict is not its existence, but how it is managed. In order to manage effectively, one must have an extensive knowledge of conflict itself. Thus, it is important to acknowledge the two different types of conflict: interpersonal conflict and operations conflict.
Interpersonal conflict arises from disputes between people as a result of differences related to personality, style, age, ethnicity, gender, culture, language, and the like. These types of conflict are counterproductive in business situations because they cause employees to become obsessed with personality and character, rather than focusing their efforts on doing the best job possible.
By contrast, operations conflict has nothing to do with personal issues. It grows from debates inside corporations. This type of conflict can be positive because rather than focusing on personalities, it deals with products, services, procedures, and how the work surrounding these factors should be completed. Operational conflict, when discussed logically by people with varied skills and perceptions, helps organizations produce optimal results.
If companies wish to resolve their diversity-related problems and all that accompany them, they must develop conflict resolution skills at each level of responsibility. One way to form diverse, high-performing teams is to teach managers and team members how to view conflict positively and use it constructively.
Simply avoiding conflict will not make it go away. Instead, conflict will begin to spill over into other areas of work and erode team cohesion. When employees feel uncomfortable, they tend to spend energy on staying out of sight, particularly during times of actual crisis, such as restructuring, downsizes, and mergers.
Conflict avoidance is a big mistake in most situations, but particularly in relations with customers and stakeholders; it creates dissatisfied and disgruntled people who will eventually stop doing business with the firm. Leaders must develop strategies to constructively engage with dissatisfied customers and stakeholders in order to improve products and services and sustain organizational growth.
More than forty years of consulting and working within corporations have led me to one belief: many problems related to diversity arise from poor and ineffective—or completely nonexistent—communications and leadership. This has become the foundation for my hypotheses and I am certain that developing effective leadership characteristics and building effective communication skills are two of the greatest and most important challenges facing corporations and those who lead them.
Specific strategies are needed to teach employees the skills and behaviors needed to resolve conflicts productively. Corporations must encourage resolution of conflict and must clearly assist employees in understanding the negative effects associated with failing to deal with conflict in objective, open, direct, and timely ways. Those who are positive role models should be rewarded and celebrated. Those who are not there yet need to be educated, counseled, and given the opportunity to alter their behavior. If those employees cannot or do not change, they should be terminated.

  
Paperback 

http://www.amazon.com/Leading-Diverse-Conflicted-World-Crucial/dp/061592137X

Kindle Edition 

http://www.amazon.ca/Leading-Diverse-Conflicted-World-Crucial-ebook/dp/B00J6HJWBG

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