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Segregation 2015

   

By Sevgi Fernandez

As I look at the state of our country and the racial divide I can’t say I’m surprised. In fact, although formal segregation hasn’t been at play in many years, racism has never left and it plays out in our schools everyday.

With the majority of students in k-12 public schools being of color and the majority of the teachers in these schools being white, the racial biases the teachers hold are cause for great concern. Aside from parents, one could argue that teachers are the next most influential people in our children’s lives. They lay the foundation for how our young people view education and what they are capable of becoming in the future. They are pivotal in how far reaching our children’s dreams will be.  

Institutional racism is a pervasive machine that begins to work on a child’s sense of self worth the moment they begin school. It’s a machine that’s been well oiled and perfected over the years.  With knowledge comes power and one need only look at the history of racial oppression in this country to see why the white dominant society would want to create and perpetuate a system that makes getting a quality education equal to that of their own extremely difficult to attain for people of color.  

“So while our education system is highly problematic—it is neither fair nor equal—it’s not broken. It does exactly what it was deliberately built to do.” C. Royal

If we look back at the history of education in the U.S., we can clearly see how the systematic approach to keep people of color uneducated began.

  
“Most White Southern slaveholders were adamantly opposed to the education of their slaves because they feared an educated slave population would threaten their authority.”H.A. Williams, 2005

Although many slaves and free Africans found ways to self teach and there were whites who aided them in their education, there was a significant amount of time in which there were few schools available to them.
In the 1600-1700’s there was a steady increase in schools and educational options for blacks yet by the early 1800’s leading up to the imancipation proclamation, many southern states outlawed the education of blacks both free and slaves. These laws had steep penalties for anyone caught aiding in the education of blacks as well.

In the interest of keeping this an article and not having it turn into a book, I’m go to skip around a bit. So let’s fast forward to 1954 and Brown vs The Board of Education. On May 17, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in schools. Did that change things? Yes, absolutely. Unfortunately the statistics aren’t all one would have hoped. 

 

 
It’s telling that we live in a country where it took a Supreme Court order to desegregate our schools. What’s even more abhorrent is the fact that since over 200 school districts (mostly in the south) were released from this court order, many quickly returned to their segregated ways.    


“But while segregation as it is practiced today may be different than it was 60 years ago, it is no less pernicious: in Tuscaloosa and elsewhere, it involves the removal and isolation of poor black and Latino students, in particular, from everyone else. In Tuscaloosa today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened.” (N.H. Jones)

The effects of this systematic racism are apparent in the African American community across the country, wherever you look. It’s in the hopelessness of our youth, in the violence within our communities and at the hands of the police. It’s in the educational system that is set up to fail our kids and the healthcare system that is either unattainable or so discriminatory many fear ever seeking out the care they need.  Rather than educating and nourishing the minds of our young people of color, the system is feeding the school to prison pipeline .

“Young Black men — across the board — score below their counterparts in other racial and ethnic groups when it comes to graduation rates, literacy rates and college preparedness. And many African American men, in turn, are virtually locked out of employment and are filling up the nation’s prisons in disproportionate numbers.” (J. Daniels)  
  

“Nearly 75 percent of imprisonment spending happens at the state level, where dollars are drawn from a general fund that is meant to pay for a range of public needs, including health care, housing, public assistance, and education.” S. Hawkins

 So when people wonder what all the protests are about, what black people are so upset about, just open your eyes!!!! Why are our youth rioting??!!! It’s not just about police brutality, it goes much deeper.  Look at the reality these young people face everyday. Poor quality education, teachers who don’t understand them culturally, who don’t believe in them, who tell them what they cannot be.  

“When black teachers and white teachers are asked to sum up black high school students’ potential, white teachers are much less likely to see black students as college material. And that’s true even when they’re discussing the same students.” L. Nelson

They face a school system that has been designed for whites to excel. A system that is funneling our children of color into prisons at epic proportions.  A curriculum that is culturally irrelevant to a huge percentage of those it’s there to teach. A system that is funneling money into prisons while subsequently starving the programs that could keep our kids out of prison. They are insuring the continuance of the cycles of poverty, illiteracy and hopelessness. 
This system is purposeful. There have been plenty of studies that have examined why the system is failing African American children and plenty that have offered solutions, yet here we are.

For example, the “No Child Left Behind” law that instituted mandatory testing with the purpose of accountability, has failed miserably. The number of African American drop outs increased by 10% in its first 10 years. One study shows only 50% of the nations girls of African American, Hispanic, and Native American descent are actually graduating high school. The statistics for boys are much lower.                   W.B. Harvey 

Why?

  1. The curriculum is designed by whites for whites.
  2. The testing is based on this curriculum and once again was designed by whites for whites.
  3. Schools are concerned with test scores only, not the child, not the education
  4. Most of our urban public schools are non-white and subsequently underfunded
  5. Many African American children are misinterpreted and mislabeled due to racial stereotyping 
  6. These children feel the effects of this stereotyping and begin to feel dumb because they are labeled dumb

If we examine this list, we can see why our African American youth are in the state they are in.  I was fortunate to sit on the thesis committee of an incredible educator, Chilufiya Safaa, she summed up what these children are facing with heart piercing accuracy:

The children act out; they take on the labels of being dumb or trouble. They then become vulnerable to the streets, jail, and death.  They start fighting each other rather than fighting against the stereotypes and the system which is oppressing them.  It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Wake up folks. We are steadily heading backwards. Racism and segregation are very real and our young and vulnerable are faced with it everyday. We can’t just complain, or close our eyes and pretend it doesn’t exist. It takes critical thinking and community action. What can you commit to do in your community to address these issues and bring about change? If you don’t know here are some places to start:

  
Sources:

  1. Tavis Smiley Reports. EPISODE 5: Too Important to Fail.  Fact Sheet: Outcomes for Young, Black Men.  Tamika Thompson
  2. SELF-TAUGHT, African American Education in Slavery and Freedom. HEATHER ANDREA WILLIAMS. CHAPEL HILL: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS, 2005. 
  3. http://www.nationalcenter.org/brown.html
  4. The Impact of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision on Postsecondary Participation of African Americans. William B. Harvey, Adia M. Harvey and Mark King. The Journal of Negro Education,Vol. 73, No. 3, Special Issue: Brown v. Board of Education at 50 (Summer, 2004), pp. 328-340
  5. http://m.ourweekly.com/news/2013/oct/03/whats-african-american-literacy-rates/. What’s up with African American literacy rates?Story by David L. Horne, PH.D. 10/3/2013
  6. Racism in K-12 Public Schools: Education Series July 12, 2011,       JessieDaniels,racismhttp://www.racismreview.com/blog/2011/07/12/racism-k-12/
  7. Racism in the classroom: the “soft bigotry of low expectations” is just regular bigotry.  Libby Nelson, August 19, 2015, @libbyanelson libby@vox.com
  8. Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica, April 16, 2014, 11 p.m.
  9. http://m.prospect.org/article/education-vs-incarceration. Steven Hawkins
  10. http://magazine.good.is/articles/our-education-system-isn-t-broken-it-s-designed-to-create-winners-and-losers. Our Education System Isn’t Broken, It’s Designed to Create Winners and Losers. Camika Royal.

Howard Stern Calls For Israel To “Wipe Palestinians Off The Face Of The Earth”

Posted by: Mary Carmel Dr. David Duke. Phd Howard Stern calls for Israel to “wipe Palestinians off the face of the earth” — That’s ok, right? Commentary —This article from the Times of Israel says it all about the double standard whereby Jewish privilege allows Howard Stern to call for the genocide of an entire […]

https://wikkorg.wordpress.com/2015/10/11/howard-stern-calls-for-israel-to-wipe-palestinians-off-the-face-of-the-earth/

HERE ARE 10 WARNINGS MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. GAVE BLACK PEOPLE ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE

  

After Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, he was immediately homogenized by people seeking to co-opt his legacy. King was, however, an icon who thought deeply about the issues that plagued the black community and the role white America had played to bring about those circumstances. Listed below are some of the criticisms King made of white America, may of which still feel relevant today.

1.) White People Never Truly Sought an End to Discrimination
With Selma and the Voting Rights Act one phase of development in the civil rights revolution came to an end. A new phase opened, but few observers realized it or were prepared for its implications. Forthe vast majority of white Americans, the past decade—the first phase—had been a struggle to treat the Negro with a degree of decency, not of equality. White America was ready to demand that the Negro should be spared the lash of brutality and coarse degradation, but it had never been truly committed to helping him out of poverty, exploitation or all forms of discrimination.
2.) White People Will Abandon You

When Negroes looked for the second phase, the realization of equality, they found that many of their white allies had quietly disappeared.
3.) Never Take White People at Their Word

The Negroes of America had taken the President, the press and the pulpit at their word when they spoke in broad terms of freedom and justice. But the absence of brutality and unregenerate evil is not the presence of justice. To stay murder is not the same thing as to ordain brotherhood. The word was broken, and the free-running expectations of the Negro crashed into the stone walls of white resistance.

4.) White People Believe in a Fantasy World

The majority of white Americans sincerely committed to justice for the Negro. They believe that American society is essentially hospitable to fair play and to steady growth toward a middle-class Utopia embodying racial harmony. But unfortunately this is a fantasy of self-deception and comfortable vanity. Overwhelmingly Americais still struggling with irresolution and contradictions.
5.) White People Are Bonded to the Status Quo

As the nation passes from opposing ex-tremist behavior to the deeper and more pervasive elements of equality, white America rearms its bonds to the statusquo. It had contemplated comfortably hugging the shorelinebut now fears that the winds of change are blowing it outto sea.

6.) White People Want Equality for Blacks, So Long as It Doesn’t Cost Them Anything

The practical cost of change for the nation up to this point has been cheap. The limited reforms have been obtained at bargain rates. There are no expenses, and no taxes are required, for Negroes to share lunch counters, libraries, parks, hotels and other facilities with whites.
7.) White People Don’t Even Understand What Equality Means

But most whites in America in 1967, including many persons of goodwill, proceed from a premise that equality is a loose expression for improvement.
8.) White America Really Only Seeks to Hide Inequality, Not Fix It

White America is not even psychologically organized to close the gap—essentially it seeks only to make it less painful and less obvious but in most respects to retain it.
9.) White People Don’t Believe They Have Anything to Learn

Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn.
10.) Whites Believe Blacks Have Come Far Enough

He remembers that with each modest advance the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.
Sources

All of Martin Luther King’s quotes were taken from Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (King Legacy)

http://blacklistory.com/2014/06/here-are-10-warnings-martin-luther-king-jr-gives-black-people-about-white-people/

Student activist flags down inequality with help from the NAACP

Rachel E. Anderson The Oxford Eagle Most people are hesitant to challenge tradition. Tysianna “Ty” Marino is not one of those people. Marino, a public policy leadership student from Pascagoula, Mississippi, has always considered herself an activist. From sporting her “I Can’t Breathe” sweatshirt (a reference to the final words Eric Garner said before he […]

http://oxfordstories.net/2015/10/10/student-activist-flags-down-inequality-with-help-from-the-naacp/

Black Lives Matter: Brazilian Police Kill Citizens 6 Times More Than U.S.

  

By Chelcee Johns | August 31, 2015

One protestor holds a sign reading “I support the 3rd international march against the genocide of Black people.” Facebook.com/ReajaOuSeraMorto

Last Monday, over 5,000 Brazilians took to the streets of Salvador da Bahia to protest the deaths of unarmed Black people by police officers. Salvador da Bahi, the center of Afro-Brazilian culture, is feeling many of the pains endured by Blacks in America as Brazilian police have killed an average of six people per day between 2009 and 2013. Much like the U.S., these victims are disproportionately Black.

Over the past five years, Brazilian police have killed close to as many citizens as U.S. police have in the past 30 years. Last week’s protest is part of a larger movement in Brazil, “Reaja ou SeráMorto,” which translates to “React or Die,” and has many of the same concerns as America’s Black Lives Matter movement.
“This country loves our Black culture, our music, our bodies, but hates the fact we still exist as the majority,” one 26-year-old woman participating in the protest told Refinery29. “Salvador is the front line of the war against African people in Brazil. My people built this city — this country — through slavery. We will not be silent. Black lives have value; Africans all over the diaspora want to live.”

The New York Times reported at least 2,212 Brazilians were killed by the police in 2013. This number could be greater, but unfortunately not all states within the country record just how many deaths occur at the hands of police.

“Of course, the sense of outrage would be different if these victims were boys with blond hair and blue eyes who lived in rich areas, but they were not,” Antônio Carlos Costa told the Times after a 10-year-old was killed by police and his mother threatened at gunpoint. Costa is a Presbyterian pastor and works to keep track of how many children under 14 are killed by the police.

One human rights attorney who volunteers with the movement said Brazil has it far worse than America and the numbers attest to this. The Reaja ou Será Morto movement has existed for the past 10 years, but only recently have they taken to the streets to create large protests.

“When the police invade your community, your home, bash in your door, and slaughter a young family member before your eyes, it sets terror and a river of tears, and endless pain, a pain that lives after the dead are buried… We are calling this a genocide,” said one 24-year-old Afro-Brazilian woman at Monday’s protest.
Blacks in Brazil are no longer keeping quiet as police terrorize their communities, even in the face of possible death. A protest of last week’s magnitude isn’t widespread in Brazil due to the fact police often threaten the lives of organizers. Reaja ou Será Morto organizers have received death threats on their phones and social media pages and even unwarranted home visits from police.
But Reaja ou Será Morto is saying the time is now for justice in their country.
“We are not celebrating the dead; people are here celebrating life. The life of our children, to guarantee they will wake up every day and not worry about dying,” another protestor contended.

Source: Madamenoire.com

Workshop: Unite Against Racism

  
Unite Against Racism

Breaking Down Walls and Building Community

It Begins and Ends With Us!!

Join me for the first in a 3 part documentary/discussion series examining and dismantling Racism. Whites and People of Color see race from radically different perspectives. We will explore our individual biases and how they impact our choices and impact our community. Through individual, group and interactive exercises we will increase understanding transforming fear into knowledge and that knowledge into the power we need to eradicate racism and oppression. It’s imperative that all People of Color come together as ONE community to challenge the system of racism and oppression that this country has been built upon. It’s also crucial that our white allies join in this movement. These seminars are meant for everyone, regardless of your racial, socio/economic, religious or political background. You don’t even have to agree with the movement. What’s essential is that we dialogue face to face in a respectful environment where we can build understanding.

Saturday, Nov. 7th, 2:30-5:30pm

2930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 300 Berkeley

AGENDA

  • Welcome
  • Documentary: The Conversation 
  • White People on Race
  • My Black Son
  • Growing up Black
  • Individual and Group Exercises
  • Discussion: We will analyze the polarization between blacks and whites in the U.S., with an in depth look at the raw realities on both sides. 

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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

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


Western Institute for Social Research

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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.

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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


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