Ferguson


please read this article.

I’m thankful for so many things, and I’m always afraid to share them and seem to be bragging. I’m thankful I live in Washington, DC, and I’m thankful I have the opportunity to work at the National Education Association — for twenty-three years, now. I know many of you don’t share my politics, and I know you from so many walks of life that we do share. We have a crisis going on in our country, and no one is paying attention. I know, I know, why do I think this is more important than _xyz_a.c_, I don’t know what the ‘crisis-du-jour’ is! I have come to see, hear, feel, sense and conclude that this schism in our society is so unfortunately real.

I was so shocked when I came to the East Coast and ran straight into the racial walls that still engulf our cities. I’m saddened to see this rift so deeply entrenched.

“… when the media frenzy dies down, and columnists, pundits, and newscasters take a break from examining the causes of social evils, white people get to go back to their lives in relative freedom and security. But blacks still have to worry about being harassed or shot by police. About having their right to vote curtailed by hidden poll taxes. Of facing a biased judicial system.”
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/27220-focus-white-people-feel-targeted-by-the-ferguson-protests-welcome-to-our-world

My letter to Elizabeth Warren,


Dear Senator Elizabeth Warren,

I can’t thank you enough for your work setting up the consumer protection bureau. My husband and I have been caught in a Chase nightmare for, it seems like, forever. Chase inherited a loan we had with Washington Mutual that was illegally foreclosed on. We ended up suing four banks for illegal foreclosure and reached settlement and restitution from three. Not enough money for us to profit, but enough (we thought) to sting a little.

Throughout this nightmare, we realized that we had a terrific lawyer, and the resources and persistence to see these suits through. And worried about other citizens that didn’t have the resources we had. We had to take a stand!

Chase was the one bank that never responded. Not even to court ordered mediation and there were no repercussions.

We have finally regained our credit and are in the process of refinancing the property that Chase holds the mortgage on. We have been approved and the bank requested the payoff amount from Chase. The payoff came in with fraudulent charges around $45,000 dollars. They were demanding a ransom for us to get clear of them.

This nightmare has been going on for nearly 10 years.

A couple of days ago, we submitted a complaint to the Consumer Protection Bureau hoping that something might give.

We received a call from Chase’ CEO’s office within 48 hours! They have admitted that the documentation was in error, and will provide us with the corrected payoff amount based on the fact that we have paid every dollar we have ever owed them and,  the fraudulent late penalties and other fraudulent charges have been corrected!

I can’t thank you enough! Together we are stronger! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Lorraine Wilson

PS: You and HC are my dream team

Diary or Journal


I started this blog when blogs were something no one had ever heard of. My hope was to show how a new communications platform could bring our voices into the pubic dialog. The jury is still out on that J

I was always afraid that someone would think my contribution was trivial, or a “diary.” 

So, I didn’t bother anyone with my personal thoughts and feelings about what was happening at the time. I provided relevant information to help us understand how social medial was changing our world. 

I humbly submit my thoughts that I plan to share here. I don’t feel guilty anymore about sharing my viewpoint. And as I humbly submit, for your consideration the posts I will share … so unfollow now if you are not interested …

 

Are You Making Time for Your Team to Innovate?: Online Collaboration «


Are You Making Time for Your Team to Innovate?

“The great potential of collaboration: innovation.

“Using a team, rather than an individual, isn’t just a way to get things done faster, it’s also a way to do things better, and do better things. Gone are the days when innovation was handled by management. Smart businesses know that idea generation, prototyping and testing happens on the ground, on the frontline, at the coalface — whatever cliche you prefer.

“When viewed in this context, the shorter timeframes implied by the increased capacity in a team must necessarily expand. Why? Because innovation takes time.”

Teachers’ Union Leading School Reform? Impossible!


“Class size DOES matter – tremendously. All three teachers I connected with testified to the importance of this. This is all the more poignant as we are about to see huge budget cuts that are likely to send class sizes through the roof.

“Professional growth built around collaboration gives teachers valuable time to develop school-wide strategies to improve student outcomes.

“Unions care about students and have ideas that actually work to improve schools and student outcomes.”

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2010/12/teachers_union_leading_school.html

Good article on trend away from email


Email use Falls as Young Chat and Text (nytimes.com)

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/technology/21email.html

James E. Katz, the director for the Center for Mobile Communications Studies at Rutgers University, said this was not the death of e-mail but more of a downgrade, thanks to greater choice and nuance among communications tools.

“It’s painful for them,” he said of the younger generation and e-mail. “It doesn’t suit their social intensity.”