Saturday, January 17, 2015

Invictus, Unconquered, Captain Of My Soul!

♥Celebrating☮Dr King♥ A Legacy Of Love


Out of the night that covers me,
Dark as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning's of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
By William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)

MLK Day of Service, a great way to celebrate Dr Kings Birthday.

In 1994, Congress designated MLK Day as the first and only federal holiday observed as a national day of service, and charged CNCS with leading this effort.

Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

Today's post, is my contribution. Maybe some rich benefactors will see this and want to help out.

Of course; from anyone who is able and wants to, donations are gratefully accepted.

I'm from Bayonne New Jersey. So I chose to write about the town next door and 2 great 501c Programs helping children in Jersey City, NJ.

New City Kids.

Empowering At-Risk Teenagers In Jersey City NJ.

New City Kids
After School Center



Team Walker After School Programs Jersey City NJ.

Team Walker Facebook

Team Walker was founded in 1996 by Jersey City natives Jerry and Jasper Walker, who aspired to give Jersey City children the same after school programs they enjoyed while growing up.

They knew these programs helped them mature academically, and also provided them with an athletic outlet for their basketball abilities.
A Change Is Gonna Come

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

♥We Are All The Children Of Immigrants♥

Margaret Mead


♥The DREAM Act, We Won't Give Up♥

 Occupy Congress/Immigration Info And Voting Links To Government And Other Kid's Sites

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
USCIS is the government agency that oversees immigration to the United States.

Official United States Visa Information Source

iAmerica a national campaign driven by diverse organizations, created to offer informational tools and interactive opportunities for immigrants and their families to become full participants in our nation’s democracy.

The National Immigration Legal Services Directory  Use the options, to search for immigration legal services providers by state, county, or zip code. Only nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal services are included.

What You Need To Know About The President's Plan Executive Action On Immigration.
Senator Robert Menendez Also En EspaƱol

Becoming A US Citizen

Immigration Stories 

Immigration Advocates Network

The Immigration Forum Facebook Advancing Policies To Help Immigrants Become Citizens And Succeed.

#Bring Them Home / The National Immigrant Youth Alliance All 1.7 million deported deserve to come home to their families. If you want to come home and you are a Dreamer (came to the U.S. before the age of 16) or a parent then please contact The National Immigrant Youth Alliance.

The DREAM Act Portal Undocumented Students Action And Resource Network

DREAM Act / Wikipedia

Tell Congress, It’s Time To Pass The DREAM Act! Contact Government

The bill was first introduced in the Senate on August 1, 2001, S. 1291 by Dick Durbin and Orrin Hatch,[1] and has since been reintroduced several times (see legislative history) but has failed to pass.

Points You Can Make About the DREAM Act

The DREAM Act, is bipartisan legislation.

To move from being undocumented to being a US citizen, those eligible will have to pass background checks and be of good moral character, graduate from high school, and go on to complete additional requirements related to attending college or completing military service.

The DREAM Act is supported by 70 percent of likely voters and by leaders in education, the military, business and religious orders.

A national poll of 1,008 adults, shows that support cuts across regional and party lines with 70 percent overall support.

University presidents and educational associations, as well as military recruiters, business and religious leaders have called on Congress to pass the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act is a great return on money we have already invested and will prepare the country for the global economy.

The students who would benefit under the DREAM Act have been raised and educated in the US State and local taxpayers have already invested in the education of these children in elementary and secondary school. America deserves a return on their investment.

Leading businesses such as Microsoft have endorsed the DREAM Act because they recognize that our broken immigration system is draining our economy of the talent and resources needed to compete in the global economy.

The DREAM Act promises to dramatically increase the pool of highly qualified recruits for the US Armed Forces.

There is a strong tradition of military service in immigrant families, but the lack of immigration status prevents many of those who wish to serve from enlisting.

Passage of the DREAM Act will increases revenues in our communities.

Enabling 800,000 immigrant students access to higher education would go a long way in inspiring other immigrant youth to strive for a college education. This will help boost the number of high skilled American-raised workers. As they take their place as hard working, taxpaying Americans, they will contribute a lifetime of revenues at the local, state and federal level.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street
New York NY 10002 
Tel 212-982-8420

Computers for Learning
Program Description
Get gently used computers for your school or 501(c) non-profit from the gov't.
Computers for Learning Eligibility

Schools/Educational Nonprofits

The CFL program assists federal agencies to meet the requirements of Executive Order (EO) 12999, "Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for All Children in the Next Century".

The EO directs agencies, to the extent permitted by law, to give highest preference to schools and nonprofit organizations, including community-based educational organizations, (schools and educational nonprofit organizations) with the transfer, through gift or donation, of computers and related peripheral equipment excess to their needs.

♥We Are All The Children Of Immigrants♥ Including those in Congress.

Obviously; if one is not a Native American, their ancestors were immigrants at one time or another. Stop being stupid Congress. Pass The Dream Act And Also, Reform Immigration Now!

My Father's Family came from Russia and Latvia.

My Grandfather Nathan, traveled all the way from Russia by himself as a teenager. He had a Brother, who already lived in Connecticut.

My Grandmother Sarah; came with her Father, Mother and Sisters from Latvia. Her Father was an Orthodox Rabbi.

I know they arrived in America before 1888; because my Grandmother Sarah and Nathan were married and their oldest child Florence, my Father's Sister, was born during one of the great blizzards 1881 or 1888.

The Great Blizzard of 1888 photos

Blizzard of 1888 wikipedia

My Father was born August 4th 1893. On Grand Street; NYC, (by the Brooklyn Bridge); Manhattan's Lower East Side.

They moved to Bayonne New Jersey, where Sarah's relatives lived when he was 7 yrs old.

He grew up to be a Bayonne Fireman and Bar owner and knew everyone in New York City.

My Father and his Brother Harry, were both in the Navy during WWI.
My Father Sam Atkins Jazz Age
My Mother's Parent's arrived in America around 1905, from Ireland.  
♬Immigration Info; Free US Gov't Links, Irish History, Leprechauns, Music♬  

My Grandfather Michael was from the County Clare. He worked on the Central Railroad; (in Jersey City), 100 years ago. Unloading box cars with a big hook. He and his fellow workers, sweltered in the summer and froze in the winter!

Central Railroad of New Jersey

NJ Central Railroad Terminal located at Liberty State Park.

I think Mike's older Sister was already here when he arrived. She did live nearby.

My Grandmother Bridget was from County Offaly. She always told my Mother that we were descended from the Kings and Queens of Ireland. Bridget's Brother, Tim was in the Army in WWI.

My Mother was born on Montgomery Street; in Jersey City (Hudson County), New Jersey in 1909. She was the oldest of 8 children. She started working; running errands for dressmakers, going all the way to New York City. As young as, 11 years old. She had to give her pay to her Mother, but could keep her tips.

Before that; from around age seven, my Mother was expected to run household errands, like go to the stores and carry as much as five pounds worth of sugar, flour and other groceries, home.

Every time I asked for a new pair of shoes; etc, she told me the story of how her Teacher/Nun, gave her a new pair of (ugly) brown shoes and she didn't like the color.
But her father said they were good, strong shoes, and made her wear them anyway.

Or; about the dress, she made from a bathing suit. She had the picture.

Or; if I didn't like some food she served, it was about how her Mother cooked goose every Christmas and she hated goose.



Peace And Justice

Support Dreamers / Support NJ Dreamers 

Help For The Okiciyap Community Food Pantry/And A Links "Information-A-Thon" For Everyone.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Free Community College ♥ Another Fabulous Idea, Pres.

I Love President Obama's Free Community College Plan

US Community Colleges by State

40 Top Online Community Colleges


Fact Sheet-White House Unveils America’s College Promise Proposal: Tuition-Free Community College for Responsible Students
“If we want America to lead in the 21st century, nothing is more important than giving everyone the best education possible, from the day they start preschool to the day they start their career.” President Barack Obama
How to Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Community College is great. It's a good place to start and students can continue on and transfer their credits to a four year College or University.

Thanks Pres, for stopping the keystone xl pipeline.
You said, We Were going to bring about change and We Are!


Getting started with Apples 4 the Teacher/Video is a teacher created website with elementary and homeschooling activities: first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and sixth grade teaching materials and lesson plans.

Coloring Pictures and Reading Activities Interactive Online Coloring Book Pages for Kids

Anna And The Animals Links For School Age Children And Educators

Get 2 Cents For Your School Or Charity
For Each Drink Pouch, Cookie, Frito Lay Product, Candy Bar Wrapper, Empty Colgate Oral Care Product Etc. You Send To TerraCycle.

Help For The Okiciyap Community Food Pantry/And A Links "Information-A-Thon" For Everyone.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

♥☃It's Cold Outside☃♥ For Sure!

Soup And Then Some

Weather Forecast For United States

The Great Blizzard of 1888 photos
Blizzard of 1888 wikipedia

Wet Winters And Dry, Hot Summers Are A Symptom Of Global Warming.

Climate being affected from fossil fuel use, is not new. So there's no surprise there, since coal was the main form of fuel used 135 years ago.

Quit Coal Greenpeace

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Healthy Lunchbox Makeover

Homemade Chicken Soup
Yields 10 servings

1 (3 pound) whole chicken

4 carrots, halved

4 stalks celery, halved

1 large onion, halved

bunch of parsley

bunch of dill

water to cover

salt and pepper to taste

1 chicken bouillon cube or teaspoon granules (optional)

Put the chicken, carrots, celery and onion, all the parsley and dill, in a large soup pot and cover with cold water. Heat and simmer, uncovered, until the chicken meat falls off of the bones (skim off foam every so often).

Take everything out of the pot. Strain the broth. Pick the meat off of the bones and chop the carrots, celery and onion. Season the broth with salt, pepper and chicken bouillon to taste, if desired. Return the chicken, carrots, celery and onion to the pot, stir together, and serve.

Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving Calories: 152 | Total Fat: 8.9g | Cholesterol: 37mg

Vegetable Beef Soup Video Beef Makes You Strong.

Lentil Soup Vegetarian Recipe

Italian Sausage Pizza

Baked Potato Recipe


Filing FAFSA Federal Financial Aid Applications Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships Scroll down a little for Financial Aid and Scholarship Info.

Find Colleges Online

Example Of How To File Your FASA (Each School Has A Different FASA Code) And You Could Go To The Financial Aid Office Of The College Or University(s) You Want To Attend And They Will Help You Fill Out Your FASA Application.

Oglala Lakota College
From its inception in 1971, the mission of Oglala Lakota College has been to provide the educational credentials to our students so that they could compete for employment opportunities on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

As a result of having a college on the reservation; Lakota people are now employed in teaching, nursing, human services, business, computer, and vocational educational positions on the Pine Ridge reservation.

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Federal rules prohibit qualifying low-income consumers from receiving more than ONE Lifeline service at the same time. That is, qualifying low-income consumers may receive a Lifeline discount on either a home or wireless phone service but may not receive a Lifeline discount on both services at the same time.

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(For Winter Heating Assistance-Apply Every September), Ask About Other Year Round Electric and Energy Assistance Programs.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income households, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs.
How to Apply for LIHEAP Heating And Cooling Assistance Local LIHEAP contacts for people wishing to apply for LIHEAP, along with a capsule view of each state's key LIHEAP characteristics, and details of its non-federal low-income energy programs Weatherization Assistance

Love, Peace And Justice!

☂Let's See If We Can Make The Gop Cry☂

Show video below, to The House and Senate. Lets see if it doesn't make even the republicans cry.(Got the idea from a Kossack; over at DKos, who commented in one of my posts, that this song makes her cry. I looked but can't find their name).

I finally just got a chance to watch it all the way through and it makes me sentimental too.

So I figured, lets try it out on the gop and see if it makes any changes in their way of thinking.

At least; maybe we can get a couple of them, to cry. I know, I'm so bad! (revenge for gop cuts in social services to the poorest). Hoping for a torrent. I've got my umbrellas ready.

Warning-Definite Tearjerker!

♥We Are All The Children Of Immigrants♥

Occupy Congress/Immigration,Voting Info And Cesar Chavez


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☮♥Happy Belated Birthday ♥Raif♥☮

Monday, January 5, 2015

Tell Pres Obama, Please Don't Let Another Gulf Coast Oil Spill Happen!

Scientists found 10 million gallons of oil; the size of Rhode Island in area, settled on the sea floor, under the Gulf of Mexico. Feb 4, 2015 Business Insider

Tell Pres Obama, "Stop offshore drilling!" Jan 27, 2015 CNBC

Democratic Senators from states along the East Coast roundly criticized the Obama administration's plan to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Jan 27, 2015 CNN

Contact Elected Officials Tell Them Too.

The BP Oil Disaster

Health Concerns Persist Over Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Louisiana Environmental Action Network/Lean

P.O. Box 66323
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
telephone (225) 928-1315

A series of forums called Truth-Out for the Gulf, focused on how the Deepwater Disaster is affecting health and daily life.

Dr. Wilma Subra Presents Evidence Of The Toxicity Of The Gulf And The Seafood!

July 2010
Ms. Kellie Fellows speaks about her experience while working to clean beaches along the gulf coast. For more information on the BP Oil Spill and other environmental issues visit,

Feb 2011

Referenced from Proof of Health Effect of dispersant use in the Gulf of Mexico by FluxRostrum on dk4: BP Daily Kos State of the Nation
Mon Feb 07, 2011
Gulf Watchers Group

Peace And Justice
Love ga*

Never be bullied into silence.
Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
Accept no one's definition of your life.
Define yourself.
Robert Frost

The Whistle blower Protection Program
New Whistle blower Statute Enacted October 15, 2010

US Department of Labor   
OSHA Occupational Safety
And Health Administration
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
Telephone: 800-321-OSHA (6742) TTY: 877-889-5627