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LAW DAY...!!!

CURRENT EVENTS

BRAGGING RIGHTS

Law Day in Central Arkansas is this Saturday (April 28) and commences with registration at 9:30am for a day full of informative talks, break-out sessions and one-on-one consultations presented by volunteer attorneys, judges and other members of the law and justice community. This new venue to help ex-felons and members of the homeless community find answers to critical legal questions and take meaningful steps for living successful, self-reliant and law-abiding lives has been specially developed by the Lewis-Burnett Employment Finders.

During the program, a long list of well-known
legal experts will address topics on family law, voter rights, child support, warrants, estrangements, and what a citizen's rights are when stopped by a member of law enforcement. Judge Leon Johnson, Judge Vic Fleming, Judge Mark Leverett, Senator Joyce Elliott, Dan Roberts of the Department of Community Corrections and others will, respectively, address Courtroom Decorum, the legal implications of Act 570 and Act 1151.

Another long list of advocacy groups – including the Office of the Governor, Extradition, Clemency & Corrections; the Dept. of Community Corrections, the Office of Child Support Enforcement, the Central AR Homeless Coalition, the Arkansas Community Dispute Resolution Centers, Inc., Goodwill, Inc., Hope Credit Union and many others -- will host information booths and have representatives on site to answer individual questions.

The event is being held at the Willie Hinton Resource Center, 10am/2pm, and is open free of charge. For convenience, economically priced food vendor services are available nearby. All with an interest in social justice advocacy are welcome. Direct questions to Darlene Lewis, Executive Director Lewis-Burnett, (501) 379-1592.

RE-ENTRY COALITION MEETING

Please mark your calendars and set your phone alarms now for next Wednesday's general meeting (May 2nd, 10:00am) of the Central Arkansas Re-entry Coalition at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center Auditorium, 3805 W. 12th Street, in Little Rock.

MUSIC BENEFIT

Saturday, May 12, “In Tune with the Homeless” offers a free day-long benefit music festival, 11am / 5pm at the Enjoy LifeStyle Center & Skatepark, 500 Karrott Street, North Little Rock, where a 'battle of the bands' will feature nine musical groups performing in three musical genres: Folk, Hip-Hop, and Rock. The primary beneficiary of this event is the SOAR Outreach Network (SOARNetwork.org & FamilyCalledUs.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides transportation and other resources for homeless persons in the Little Rock area. Admission to the festivity is free of charge and open to the general public. Assorted recreational activities, food vendors and merchandise are available for purchase onsite. For more information, contact Dee Dee Boneicki, 501.837.3024, heavenlyhere@yahoo.com -or- Adam Lansky, 501.838.2682, adam.lansky@hotmail.com

MUSIC BENEFIT

Saturday, May 19, 2pm to sunset, “Band Together & Fight Hunger,” celebrates its 8th year as a one-day music festival in North Little Rock on the front lawn of the Levy United Methodist Church at the corner of 47th & Allen Streets. The fun-raising project benefits the Amboy Community Food Project. All are welcome to bring lawnchairs or blankets and enjoy the music, food and good cheer among all ages. This is a 'rain or shine' event, featuring Big Tree, Jawbone & Jolene, Bluesboy Jag, Clover Blue, Charlotte Taylor & gypsie Rain, Rayzr Skynard, Brethren and Allan good. Admission is free with the donation of non-perishable food items. The program will be moved indoors, weather requiring. Contact Jim Carpenter, 501.765.8806, carpenter8806@sbcglobal.net for details.

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Nights of White Noise...

Imagine the sound of a paper being ripped, torn and shredded to pieces.

Factor in the mechanical rushing noise of your hair-blower running on high.

Add to that the sound of 1000 piranha ripping apart a carcass.

Now amplify the loudness of the sound you've imagined by 100....

Got it...???

Wondering why...???

I just wanted you to get some sense of what it sounds like on my back porch since the gas-play folks set the nearby well ablaze. (Learn more about the process here.) The above image looks eerily like what I saw leaping well above the towering treetops last night, from a distance of several miles, as I drove toward my home.

The roaring whoosh is so loud, it filled my bedroom with white noise all night. Personally, I find it exceedingly difficult to equate this kind of stuff with 'progress'.

Speaking of which, Cathey, Joseph, Mike, Jake  and Clyde -- all neighbors in Fort Smith -- are trying to raise awareness to get more  civic and church groups to realize what Smart Meters are going to do to their homes, neighborhoods and electric bills.

They have been canvassing door-to-door, stumping to convene a public 'town hall' meeting with legislators and the Arkansas Public Service Commission. If you'd like to learn more about it and/or get involved, read more from the top of the center column or email nosmartymeter@gmail.com

Because 'progress', at least to me, necessitates satisfaction of purpose; to be doing something worthwhile. Of course it is the tactile definition applied to 'worthwhile' that has precipitated huge debate among us thinking beings over the centuries, to the degree of provoking manifest wars -- the war on drugs and in Afghanistan among the countless number of such (purposeless) causes.

Think about that. And while you do, also ponder on how we may all together celebrate 2012 in joy and abundance with the unified purpose of peace. (((hugs))) ~Christine

Public meeting to discuss mandated Smart Meter deployment.
A town hall meeting will be held at 6pm, Monday, April 30, 2012, at the Ft. Smith Chamber of Commerce, 612 Garrison Avenue, to discuss the deployment of 'smart meter' electricity monitoring technology on homes and businesses throughout the OG&E service area.

According to the OG&E website, installation of this new technology will “modernize and allow for better operation of our electrical system (and is) an important part of OG&E’s strategy for providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to our customers (that will) help our customers better manage their electricity use.”

However, many citizen groups and a variety of public officials nationwide have taken issue with such industry claims, asserting that Smart Meter technology violates their personal privacy, poses a serious health hazard, puts the security of the entire electric grid at great risk and needlessly escalates the cost of electricity.

“Public outcry has occurred to the point of civil disobedience,” said Ft. Smith resident Jake Morgan, speaking on behalf of a group of neighbors who have organized the April 30th meeting.

“Michigan, Texas and California are three states that have some history implementing Smart Meter technology,” Morgan continued. “Some cities have listened to their constituents and have gone so far as to outlaw Smart Meters from being implemented like Marin County, California. The latest evidence of a backlash comes from Maryland. Last month, the state’s public service commission rejected an $835 million smart-meter installation plan put forward by the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company.”

Also, in January this year, the Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine called for “immediate caution” regarding smart meter installation and encouraged a moratorium on installation, based on their findings that the electromagnetic field (EMF) and radiofrequency (RF) generated by Smart Meter technology pose “significant harmful biological effects” to human health.

As a result “some utility companies now provide a reasonable Opt-Out program for those who feel Smart Meters are not a good idea for them,” Morgan elaborated. “OG&E has publicly stated that they do not plan to allow citizens to opt-out, and that's why we've organized this public meeting. So everyone can get informed and have a voice in deciding what is best.”

For more information about the April 30th meeting, contact Catherine Holloman, 479-739-4935.

SEE ALSO:

Smart Meters or Dumb Ideas?

Are these helpful devices that make energy cheaper, keep the gird safe and make all the systems we rely on more secure? Or is this 'smart' transfor-mation simply highly sophisticated 'social engineering' being promulgated as 'for our own good' by a league of multi-national energy and technology brokers who are up-playing 'consumer benefits' while plotting on taking us all to the cleaners for billions in (their) profit?

RECENT EVENTS

FREE ADVOCACY WORKSHOP
If you are truly determined to 'be' an effective phorce for beneficial change in your community and throughout our criminal justice system, join us for this FREE 'train the trainers' program facilitated by Mary Sue Molnar, founder of the fast-growing group Texas Voices For Reason & Justice, Mary Sue Molnar is among the nation's leading and most outspoken advocates for the reform of sex-crime laws.

Training for the Trainers, Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2pm / 4pm, main branch of the Little Rock Public Library, 100 N. Rock Street, across from the River Market, 1st floor, West Room.

CLICK for PDF FLIER

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RECENT EVENTS

RE-ENTRY
RESOURCE FAIR
Organized to help parolees and their families connect with the support services that will enable them to have successful lives! March 12, 2012 ~ 9am / 3pm

 

As several among you already know, my youngest son is in the Navy. Here is the latest news from him:

"I have an update for you, I was frocked today. The Commanding Officer and Command Master Chief of my ship pinned on my E-4 insignia so I am officially a 3rd class petty officer instead of ICFN. I am addressed as IC3 which is a lot easier to say every time I have to answer the phone (lol). I will send you a pic of what the insignia looks like. It is will be displayed on all of my uniforms after I have them all updated when we get back to land. Any way it's hard to believe how long I’ve been in, the time has really flown by."

He enlisted nearly two years ago on the delayed entry program, spent months in training to prepare for bootcamp from which he graduated late in October 2010 and is now stationed aboard the USS Chancellorsville with the homeport of San Diego, California.

Official Navy USSCV Website
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62)
Deployment Log
Cruiser Photo Archive

My son is one heck of a great kid and I love him with all of my heart, just like I love all my children, be they near or be they far...


The Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62)

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Yet another 'bragging rights' page, this one devoted to my youngest daughter who, as with all of my children, I love very much...

Shaundel Shoxx: Momma's Little Girl Grows Up

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And if you wanna know what my 'middle' daughter is up to, take a look at this PDF

RECENT FEATURES

Cashing in on Predators?

Are laws on sex offenders supposed to protect kids -or- meant to enrich high-tech tracking companies? Read this special Mother Jones report by Kate Sheppard and see what you think about what is happening. Then decide for yourself if it's right, or if it's wrong.

Justice Stephen Breyer

Sitting jurist of the United States Supreme Court, Justice Breyer makes it redundantly clear in this still topical 2006 interview that for the democratic principles codified by the U.S. Constitution to ‘work’ citizens must be ‘involved.’

 


~ celebrating professionalism in service ~


 

 

That you may be filled with strength and power, rooted and grounded in love that surpasses all knowledge: Be kind to one another; live with compassion, producing every kind of goodness; stand firm and hold your ground in truth, righteousness and peace; be courageous; embrace faith which is perfect trust in justice. ~Ephesians 3-6 (condensed)