Melia Human Heart

My Epic Origin Story

My most important identifier is Melia’s Papa. My eleven year old daughter is my motivation and inspiration. Before she arrived I was worried that I would not be able to relate to an infant. I had always been great with kids that were already talking, but babies always seemed to cry and squirm back to their mother when I held …

OCO Meeting to Address Layoffs Packed

Yesterday, about 150 people attended OCO’s Education Committee Meeting in Eastmont Mall. At the meeting, a date was set for an action to move the OUSD Board to minimize budget cuts and layoffs at school sites. Also, plans were made for organizing work at local school sites with parents and teachers to make this action so powerful they won’t be …

Parents Getting Organized

The parents of Futures are now organizing and partnering with the parents of other schools facing disproportionate layoffs. Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) has been convening both informational and action-planning meetings for parents. The recent meetings have turned out over one hundred folks and the movement is quickly growing. Pakofe Mikaele is the father of a third grader at Futures. Pakofe …

Impressions of Futures

Having been helping as videographer with the Save Futures campaign, I’ve been really impressed by how how nurturing an environment the teachers, in collaboration with the staff and parents, have created for the kids. It’s truly a safe space for their blossoming young personalities and intellects. When I sat in on a kindergarten classroom, I saw one boy help out …

More on the Parents Meeting

On March 15th, for the first time in a very long time, we had a classroom filled with parents leading discussion on how to demand and ensure access to a quality education for their children. Teachers were moved to tears and parents were inspired to take action, developing a phone tree, committing to attend further meetings, encouraging others to join, …

Futures Elementary Parents Meeting

Hello, and thank you to everyone who has been following our project. A lot has been happening since we first initiated this campaign! Many people have come together both within our direct school community and within our larger networks to stand up to the inequitable consequences of the lay offs and budget crisis that we are facing. Although we have …

Green Goggles Metaphor

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATfVCig79cc] This is the power of Pop Culture. Notice the response from the commissioners in this video of the Local Clean Energy Alliance’s Dave Room giving testimony at the CPUC Energy Efficiency proceeding about the Green Goggles from Wizard of OZ, Greenwashing, and PG&E. This 2010 post on Sustainablog explains where the Green Googles metaphor comes from. In the Wizard of Oz book, …

February 28: Kujichagulia

Today is the twenty-eighth (and last) day of our practice. In the previous three weeks, each day we focused on one of the  seven principles.   In week four, we continue to focus on one principle each day while being cognizant that embodying the principles can benefit our lives.  Our focus for this final week is to integrate our understanding of …