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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #39

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

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PHILADELPHIA SPEAKS JOB BOARD

PHILADELPHIA AREA GREEN JOB CONNECTION: LinkedIn
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MAKING MONEY

THE BENEFIT BANK OF PHILADELPHIA “secures funds and services for individuals and families working to overcome poverty and to build long-term financial stability.”

WHY GREEN IS YOUR COLOR: A Woman’s Guide to a Sustainable Career

PHILADELPHIA KICKSTARTER PROJECTS are examples of crowd funding.

THE RESOURCE EXCHANGE: Philadelphia’s Creative Resource Center “”reclaimed art, craft and fasion materials, film/theatre props, furnishings, and salvaged green building materials.”

PHILLY GREEN WALL does green roofs too.

PHILLY SCULPTURE GYM is a “community based sculpture workshop that operates similar to a gym membership.”

RESOLUTION TO “REDIRECT MILITARY SPENDING TO FUND OUR COMMUNITIES” sponsored by Council member Maria Quinones-Sanchez and others RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That the City of Philadelphia calls on the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama to redirect military spending to fund education, public and private sector family-sustaining job creation, special protections for military sector workers, environmental and infrastructure restoration, care for veterans and their families, and the human services that our cities and states so desperately need.”

PHILLY FAIR TRADE ROASTERS (need Explorer or Safari)

FREE LIBRARY HOTSPOTS at more places than the library

PHILADELPHIA ECO-GOALS (PEGS)

HOW TO OVERCOME SHYNESS AND  LEARN HOW TO NETWORK to Advance in Your Career

150 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO BUILD SOCIAL CAPITAL

NEIGHBORHOOD HOW PREPARES FOR SUMMER LAUNCH “The first version of Neighborhow will focus on three topics - organizing a neighborhood cleanup, hosting a block party, and starting a neighborhood watch. Each topic will have a step-by-step guide to the topic, as well as best practices, resources, and tools to help you do that project in your own neighborhood.  In the future, you’ll be able to contribute a step-by-step guide or a best practice to an existing guide, as well as create a new topic.”
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DR. PATCH ADAMS PREPARES TO BUILD SOLAR FREE CLINIC ON FIVE ACRE LOT IN NORTH PHILLY to be surrounded by orchards, gardens, playground, providing primary care and green jobs training.  Donations are requested for pavement removal and soil remediation, greenhousing, building supplies, plantings, office, medical and dental supplies.
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DE-SCHOOLING AND RE-SCHOOLING

AS SCHOOLS CRUMBLE: QUIET CALL FOR REVOLUTION IN PHILLY

IGNORING THE CRISIS: PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS ARE CRUMBLING

WHY ISN’T CLOSING 40 PHILADELPHIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS NATIONAL NEWS?

BLACK ALLIANCE FOR EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS “creates, promotes, and supports efforts to empower Black parents to exercise choice in determining options for their children’s education.”

HOMESCHOOLING IN PENNSYLVANIA

ROCK TO THE FUTURE “provides free after school music educationto Philadelphia students ages 9-14. Students, once accepted, may remain in the program until they turn 18. The program focuses on the incorporation of music education with academics to create success in school and in life by improving cognitive thinking, learning capacity, socialization skills, self-esteem, and creative thinking.”
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URBAN LAND REFORM

HOW TO BUY CITY LAND OR LEASE IT FOR GARDENING/FARMING

PACDC ADVOCATES LAND BANK LAW
—ADMENDMENTS OFFERED BY CAMPAIGN TO TAKE BACK VACANT LAND “City Council should authorize the strategic transfer of significant numbers of vacant properties to neighborhood Community Land Trusts, which will permanently ensure that the properties contribute to the community and remain affordable for neighborhood residents and businesses.”

PHILADELPHIA PERMACULTURE SOCIETY

WILD POLLINATORS OF EASTERN APPLE ORCHARDS and How to Conserve Them

GREEN SANCTUARY EARTH INSTITUTE OF PENNSYLVANIA

ANOTHER URBAN FARM VS. CITY STORY

PUT YOUR TREE ON THE MAP, says Plant One Million Philly

OCCUPY PHILADELPHIA on FACEBOOK

OCCUPY PHILLY LEGAL DEFENSE FUND responds to police harrassment at home of demonstrators.

CHANGE BY US PHILLY COMMUNITY – sharing information about a home-grown texting tool that can be used for communications/outreach:  “Text Blast lets you create groups of cell phone numbers and send a message to all of them at once, looping in members of your community who do not have or do not use email, and being a more immediate means of communication for those who do.”
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ELSEWHERE

GERMANY SHUTS DOWN NUKES, EXPANDS SOLAR ELECTRIC now producing 22GW/day

LOS ANGELES BANS PLASTIC BAGS “Withstanding a strong lobby from the plastic bag industry, the Los Angeles City Council overwhelmingly approves a ban on single-use plastic bags and a 10-cent fee on paper bags.”

GOATS EAT PHRAGMITES
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EVENTS

6/28 MY LIFE, MY FUTURE TEEN CONFERENCEaims to encourage, enlighten and empower youth with a program full of inspiring speakers and informative workshops. Discussion topics range from Self Esteem to Relationship Violence to Ways to Build a Successful Future.”  Lunch is provided.  Open to teenagers age 12 - 19.  Temple University, Howard Gittis Student Center, 1755 N. 13th St.  9am-3pm.

6/30-7/4 OCCUPY NATIONAL GATHERING on Independence Mall for “movement-wide bonding, joint direct actions, and a collaborative visioning process.  We need Trained Medics, Safety, Food preparers, Info Table sitters, and so much more!” info@occupynationalgathering.com

JULY GREENSGROW EVENTS

7/9-13 BEE CAMP! Beekeeping in Pennsylvania
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YOUR LETTERS

“I just got your newsletter and thought you might like to see this.  I started my own green job/business after becoming chemically sensitive.  Love your emails!”  –Kat Robbins Interiors
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“We are forming a Middle Class political group that will promote candidates who will have the benefit of the Middle Class at the core of their political campaigns and the ultimate way they govern.  Unless we are geared up for a robust 2012 campaign  that will support the candidates we need, the big money candidates will walk away with this election. The organization’s name is Middle Class Clout.” –Audra Emmett
—[REPLY] Your site is well designed and well written.  A good agenda.  For 20 years I’ve been writing about the deliberate intent to dissolve America’s middle class so that American labor, and our natural resources, become as dirt cheap as those of the Third World.  America’s legislatures and even its largest corporations are no longer controlled by Americans but by global investors.
—While I endorse your efforts, I have zero faith that our current electoral system will permit relief.  Even campaign finance reform will not remove money from politics.  But there’s hope: I’d invite you to review my article “From the Middle Class to the Mutual Class.”
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“Thank you so much for talking to us at our meeting.  It would be hard to overstate how much your work inspires and guides and parallels everything we want to do.  We have been working together with a book, our ‘textbook’ at this time, on consensus decision-making.  Interestingly, when consensus was mentioned at the meeting you indicated you felt there were limits to the usefulness of consensus.  We have found that to be true, too.  In particular, I find that the consensus model is good for making a group decision, especially one that is otherwise difficult.  But that it is of less importance with a decision that can be made informally without the process.  And it only causes trouble if you try to apply it to every thought the group discusses.  Reasonable people are able to have intelligent conversation without any artificial structures or formalities.
—”Our next choice of books to study and apply will almost certainly be chosen from the wide range of possibilities you have already mapped out for us, and others.  I was serious when I said that you had already figured out how to do so much.  All that is needed is to do it.  That is our mission.  To grow communities of informed and independent citizens.
—”Another world is possible, if it can be imagined, and if enough people choose it, it will exist.  Your modeling the ways to do things differently is of infinite value, then.  When something has never been done, who knows if it’s just an ephemeral fantasy?  But if one person does it, and it works: then everybody sees it is a path they can choose.  This is an example, I argue, of where the difference between 1 and 0, between been done once and never been done by any human, is infinite.
—”So thank you for your pioneering work in, really, so many of the areas that We the People need.  We are building our Conestoga wagons to head out right behind you, as fast as we can.  We know there is gold to be found in the world you have described, and, unexpectedly, our homeland.
—”I am forwarding everybody at the meeting your latest Green Jobs Philly #38.  Several of us already subscribe, and I will suggest to all that they do, too. ”  –Ernest
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“I wish to question something regarding respecting the environment. Are we overdoing energy usage by focusing so much communication through the computer/internet, etc. usage?  I’m low income, so still can’t afford a computer (though I’m a regular at the library’s), but how can I respect the environment when communication by some of my relatives, etc. is so much only by Facebook, etc. I like the land-line phone personally…. and handwriting letters. As a good understander of environmental issues, what are your thoughts?”  –H.L.
—[REPLY]  Telephones use electricity also, and sending handwritten letters is perhaps even more energy intensive– for deforestation for papermaking, stamp printing, inkmaking, penmaking, trucking, flying, then food calories for the mailcarrier.  While computer manufacture is nasty, their use to connect people who want to build a society that’s more capable of direct personal communication, seems better than driving to conferences to make such plans.  But the day may come when people actually speak with one another again, using only air and ears.
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5 acre lot for Patch Adams Free Clinic

5 acre lot for Patch Adams Free Clinic

“The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) has introduced a new plan to facilitate city-owned property so that it will be easier to purchase.  I have heard from several [garden] growers that the lots on which they are located are listed as “available” on the Redevelopment Authority’s new database.  It is hard not to feel that all properties are up-for-grabs, even if they are currently an established site for gardening or farming.
—”The Redevelopment Authority, the Managing Director’s Office, and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability have all acknowledged that this is a problem and that they will have to work on it, in communication with gardeners.  I am not entirely sure what the results will look like, but at least they are acknowledging the issue.  I will be getting more information in the next week or so, but here are some immediate next steps:
—1. File an Expression of Interest as to any properties on which you are currently gardening (or have plans to garden).  This should at least put the City on notice that you have an interest in the property and should be contacted about it going forward.
—2. Find any paper work you have regarding current or past Urban Garden Agreements (UGA).  Find any other documentation regarding any understanding that you/your organization has been given permission to garden on or promised an opportunity to purchase a particular property for gardening or farming.
—3. Bring any UGAs or any other agreements to the attention of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, the agency with whom you have the agreement, the Managing Director’s Office, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and your councilperson.  I will try to get better contact people, but that seems to be one of the things in flux.
—4. Feel free to let me know, if you want to do so. I’m trying to compile information about threatened gardens or gardens with land tenure issues, but can’t search the whole property list.
—”The more the City hears from folks who are concerned, the more these agencies will not only have to deal with the immediate issues, but also recognize gardeners and farmers as a constituency with a voice in decision-making about land use in Philadelphia.”  –Amy Laura Cahn, Staff Attorney/Skadden Fellow, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia

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