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School Choice in Arizona talk on June 9

“School Choice in Arizona: Privatization, Charter Schools, and Vouchers”
Saturday, June 9, 2018 (11:00AM – 12:30PM)
Joel D Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue

“Join us for a FRANK Talk about school choice.

Arizona is one of the nation’s most “choice friendly” states regarding educational opportunities at the K-12 level.School choice is a term for K–12 public education options in the U.S. describing a wide array of programs offering students and their families alternatives to public schools, that students are usually assigned to based on where their family lives.

The legislature approved Arizona’s charter school law in 1994 and currently Arizona has over 540 charter schools with more than 180,000 students. Since then the expansion of charter schools and vouchers (often called educational savings accounts) is not without controversy. Does school choice improve school quality? Does school choice increase educational opportunity for all students? Has school choice fostered the privatization of education in the U.S.? Join us for a FRANK talk about the policy and practical implications of school choice.

This community conversation is facilitated by Dr. Angelina Castagno, Northern Arizona University, Educational Foundations.

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FRANK Talks are sponsored by Arizona Humanities.

Frank talk on Weaponized Narratives at Joel D. Valdez main library

Weaponized Narrative: Information Warfare as the New Battlespace
Saturday, March 17, 2018 (2:00PM – 3:30PM)
Joel D Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Tucson

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Join us for a FRANK Talk about information warfare.

“Weaponized narrative is the latest term for information warfare, focusing specifically on the role of new media in shaping opinion. Weaponized narratives attack the shared beliefs and values of a person or society, and undercut culture and resiliency. Instead of using actual bombs and bullets, adversaries use tactics such as deceptive information initiatives to attack identity, manipulate narratives/stories, and manufacture emotional and psychological warfare. What are the effects on our psychology and behavior? How do we begin to understand the role of information warfare in social media, news, and marketing? Can weaponized narratives cause social polarization as destructive as actual war?

Join us for this timely FRANK Talk to discuss the impact of information warfare on civic engagement and our democratic institutions.”

This community conversation is facilitated by Dr. Braden Allenby, Arizona State University, President’s Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering, and Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics

FRANK Talks are sponsored by Arizona Humanities.

https://pima.bibliocommons.com/events/search/local_start=2018-03-17%20TO%20&fq=branch_location_id:(MAI)/event/5a0a04ba8a3f6d35005e7709

Carolyn’s note:  Don’t know much about “weaponized narrative” as it is a new term in the social media, but this is the time to find out more about this insidious means of media manipulation.  We bloggers need to be aware of such tactics. Remember back in college when we learned about Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Message?

Activate Your Commute!

“Work in downtown Tucson and want to know more about getting to and from your job using bus, bike, carpool or other alternative modes?

Drop by the Activate Your Commute lunch-and-learn on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The event will include lots of door prizes, demonstrations, exhibitors, and presentations, including one from our Sun Rideshare program (www.SunRideshare.org) at 12:30 p.m. Details here:
http://bit.ly/2DfPJIF. ”   Schedule below.

 

Spare some change? for the homeless

Last Wednesday I stumbled upon a green/blue parking meter outside the Joel D. Valdez Main library (101 N. Stone Ave.), not a regular parking meter but one that collects donation$ for homeless programs.  Just missed the press conference about Tucson Change Movement (in association with the Community Foundation of So AZ), a new program that is setting up about 20 of these colorful meters around downtown, the modern streetcar line and 4th Avenue, I took these photos to inform our readers. And I put in a quarter, just to test it and it read that I had paid for “12 minutes” just like  regular (gray) City of Tucson parking meters on the streets.

So, if you have spare change, drop it in this meter when you visit the main library, or other locations around town.  More info at www.tucsonchange.org. You can also insert a credit card for any amount of a donation. Hopefully we will hear back later how successful this new program is.

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Women’s March in Tucson: “This is what Democracy looks like” (updated photos)

The estimate of the huge Women’s March in Tucson crowd that gathered this morning at Armory Park on S. 6th Avenue and marched to Jacome Plaza (in front of the Joel D. Valdez library) was about 15,000.  Lots of very creative signs went by, carried by people of all ages, children, elderly, even people with crutches and walkers…gay, straight, multi-racial, many with dogs, wagons, etc.  Every few blocks people were chanting “This is what Democracy looks like”.  Here’s some photos of today’s crowd.

Large crowd gathering at Armory Park, photo courtesy of George Girard

Crowd at Armory Park, courtesy of Kristel Foster

Women’s March proceeding west on Congress Street to Stone Avenue, photo courtesy of George Girard

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Giving thanks 2016

 Every Thanksgiving I like to ask those around the lunch or dinner table to just express one thing they are grateful for. The responses are usually heartfelt and family oriented.
This year I would like to say that I am grateful that I still am relatively healthy as I age.  Aging is not easy and we’re supposed to “age with grace”, or gracefully age.
On Saturday Nov. 19  I attended a gratitude writing workshop at the Joel D. Valdez main library, conducted by Marge  White Pelegrino, a FB friend and advocate (programming coordinator) of the Owl & Panther Project. If you don’t know about it, it is a group of dedicated people who help refugees resettle. They work with traumatized individuals and families, so be thankful that you are not in their life situation.   Their mission statement:

owlpanther

“To provide meaningful and healing expressive arts experiences in the community and the natural world for refugee families resettled in Tucson who have been impacted by trauma, torture and traumatic dislocation. To help educate the community and beyond, about refugees in order to foster acceptance.  And to honor the efforts of our volunteers who make this project possible.”

More info: www.owlandpanther.org

So, enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, the holiday of a few days off from work (if you have it) and of course, be thankful that you don’t live in a society/country where torture, trauma and dislocation is commonplace.

Happy Thanksgiving, 2016.