BNICEH for Green-Youth-Disability-Health-Tobacco Prevention
BNICEH (be nicer), the Black Network in Children's Emotional Health, consists of BNICEH SmokeOut Campaign, IMPRUVE (Independent Movement of Paratransit Riders for Unity, Vehicles and Equality), and Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Consortium.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Technology and the Disability Movement 2007--2016
Certainly a new era in paratransit springs forth with the potential within 10 years to have cutting edge technology on a miniature scale that marries nanotechnology with the green transit industry and disability community.
Though IMPRUVE set a target by 2016 to own its own vehicles or fleet of van pools for those of us who have invested funds and energy into this potential to travel independently, we won’t end our shared role or progress at 2016.
By 2020, we expect to be there with the Green Think Tank for the Disability Community (GTTDC) as users, trainers, and interns of nanotechnology and green technology without the ongoing fights with state legislators for monies and service boards for acceptance of riders as advisors who are taken seriously, seldom to revisit the uncertainties of service, unequal services, and policy that leave riders and other persons who are disabled behind.
Young people are needed to work side by side with elders. Elders are expected to continue to sharpen their thought processes, learn nanotechnology, green technology, and share knowledge within the disability community, so that we are more prepared for the incoming revolution that will result from our evolved vision. We should not stand on the sidelines watching others capitalize on technology, employment and training that we, too, need.
We don’t always have to retire, but at some point for balance, well-being and continuity it may become necessary to turn the reins over to a better-trained, more energetic workforce, taskforce, and thinkers who do not limit themselves to boxed-in logic, the way of limited world thought, and reduced intellect.
To think big, but work on a small scale to be more efficient, reduce costs, be more productive, or stronger, is the way of nanotechnology.
What if we as a disability community worked so smart that we would become a real enabling community with wheelchairs whose battery chargers were powered by solar cells or hydrogen cells that were small enough to fit in the palm of our hands? What if we could charge our solar cars from stored sunlight that fits on a grid as small as a laptop or a cell phone? What if when we travel or find ourselves stranded, or snowed in, or fall and break bones, or have pulmonary attacks, or have ravaging cancer cells or out of control mental illness, we could absorb or eat the equivalent of a green power lunch or breakfast that was so nutrient rich with raw materials to heal bones, organs, disease almost instantly--it would have to be very alkaline and full of sunlight, and we would have to use nanoveganic gardening methods. It would probably have to be used in liquid form and certainly should not be in the form of a pill. It would have to be delivered precisely where needed, self-aligned with the body’s own natural healing properties, and possibly amplified through one’s own thought processes or meditation or prayer.
It could not be left in the hands of those who control the wealth or those who base their thinking or support on politics, greed, or perceived ability. It would have to be available to all, yet forced on no one, and not be priced out of the range of the masses.
The movement continues--that is, the National Paratransit Peoples Movement Assembly as IMPRUVE (Independent Movement of Paratransit Riders for Unity, Vehicles, Equality), a charter member of the Green Think Tank for the Disability Community (GTTDC) moves forward in its 12th year to improve the movement of people who use or need paratransit or independent accessible vehicles, and work within the green movement for people who are disabled.
We expect to see many of you Sat. July 21, 2012 and each year at the Chicago Disability Pride Parade. And expect to receive your cash donations at our booth on Daley Plaza in person or online here by PayPal or Credit Card.. Stand with us another day for The Green Think Tank for the Disability Community.
Next fundraiser is not until November 2012 to sell Carson's books. Meanwhile, we need your support to continue operating as a mostly self-funded nonprofit. It is your choice to decide the amount unless you plan to join and pay membership dues to our affiliate IMPRUVE. Contact us for dues structure (monthly, quarterly, yearly): $30 per year for discount partial membership. $60 per year for full membership with full voting rights and benefits. Thank you. Donate Today by PayPal or use your credit card if you don't have PayPal. It's easy. Just click on the Donate button.
Youth advocates of BNICEH are always busy on projects:
Ramissa Maat, CAU student, model/actress, BNICEH youth member performs at No Exit Cafe--featured in News Star in Rogers Park for her Spoken Word
Photo shows former vice president and treasurer Alyce Battle who passed into transition December 2010 and worked with youth at BNICEH and rode Illinois paratransit
L to R - Battle, former secretary of BNICEH Devon Tripp (pre-w/c days, former youth leaders Ebony Tripp and Cory Martin (whose mother former secretary/VP of BNICEH Ora Martin Harris passed into transition March 2011)
Andrew Tripp also a paratransit rider assists his mother Devon at Family Defense Center Juneteenth celebration at UIC - June 2010
Tyquan Baxter at at Memorial rally of National Paratransit People's Movement Assembly (NPPMA)
Genevarenee Baxter with walker at Memorial rally of NPPMA
Some of Board of BNICEH/IMPRUVE at Lion King November 2011
Fund Raisers - Summer through Fall 2012
"Fundraiser for IMPRUVE - $5 each----BNICEH, parent of IMPRUVE, is selling Carson's Community Day books-August through November 2012, to continue its advocacy work and prepare for Memorial Rally for paratransit riders trip May 2013. Call 773-416-7366 or 773-544-9488 www.bniceh.blogspot.com"
Worth the price for the $10 discount that Carson's gives (Limit: up to 5 ten dollar discount coupons per purchase) and discount coupons on selected merchandise
IMPRUVE is traveling back to Washington for NPPMA Memorial Rally 2013 on behalf of paratransit riders (all ages) who have passed away since 2010.
Discount coupons good in November 2012 at any Bon Ton's, Carson's. Boston Store, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's, Younkers, P-A-R-I-S-I-A-N (in Detroit) Dates TBA
Upcoming benefit concert with composer, musician/singer Chuck Idol Sr. (guitarist on right) and the rock band he performs with - TBA
Call 773-416-7366 or 773-338-1090 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or email@example.com www.groups.yahoo.com/bnicehvideonews. We are on facebook, too under
Maat brings order to chaos. It is an appropriate name for me. though I do not like chaos. It presents itself and I am forced to dismiss it, destroy it, or change it to order. Like the kangaroo, I move forward. Even though the world tells us that we are disadvantaged, doomed, in economic crisis, I feel that this is a temporary and very false picture, that we can flip the picture to demonstrate the Truth and prosper, but those who are inspired must give and not concern themselves with the human picture, but to look at the divine opportunity. As is said in CS circles, we are never impoverished or penalized for giving or doing good.
The Green Think Tank for the Disability Community is a separate entity from BNICEH and IMPRUVE though all share concerns of the disabillity community.
Maat founded this think tank to have a place for those who are disabled to work on green issues and share their expertise with their non-disabled peers.
I give of my talents and skills when I am inspired, as I can, as best I can, as if I am being paid a golden salary. There is no difference in my work whether volunteer or paid in terms of what I produce or contribute.
However, I remember that "a servant is worthy of hire," so there is nothing to prevent me from being paid for my work except me.
Meanwhile despite family, friends, and ungrateful people whom I have helped almost discouraging me from ever volunteering, I am a disability advocate both by default and need to restore the civil rights and human rights of my peers and myself. By default, most persons who are disabled have to advocate for services--they don't happen automatically. Good health or wellness; access to buildings, streets, housing, and happiness; equity in services and/or employment; and independence in transportation are just a few basic goals that most persons who are disabled set, but never achieve without a price--the price is usually the almost perpetual need to teach the general society how to re-think access, equity and human rights. It becomes a full-time job demanding access, trying to convince the business community and landlords what accessibility means, and finding persons with vision, total comprehension, thoughtfulness and sensitivity in addition to their experience or desire to help how to assist us appropriately in our home and outside the home with our needs without being lax or pitying us or imprisoning us.
Disability is a label, not a death sentence. Those who refuse to hire or accommodate qualified persons who are disabled or do not realize their worth and ability to be self-employed, hold elected office, sit on boards and think tanks, teach, participate in game shows, plan a city's or state's infrastructure or advise its government, or run large corporations, do not just discriminate against a population that appears to have the lowest income level and lowest rates of employment and highest rates of poverty, but they show poor character and judgment and a very unloving, un-American, certainly not spiritual, and a most biased attitude.
But fortunately, the world is catching up with the idea of not having to euthanize or dismiss its citizens who are disabled and discovering that we can also contribute to society--just give us access to what we need and we will do the rest. Access is not making it more difficult for us to afford service, food, housing, travel, or live.