Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
1. TJTheProducer @Nina_Parks I'm thankful for having 3 beautiful/healthy daughters. I'm thankful for having a wifey that supports my passion 1,000%! I'm thankful for having good people around me that supports what I do and more importantly that supports me as an individual. I'm thankful for everything. Good or bad. It happens for a reason. Have a good day!!!
4. rbellon @Nina_Parks friends that equal family, fam no matter wht role they play, my education, and the simple things like food water shelter... not everyone has these things, I don't want to take them for granted
6.misschief916 @Nina_Parks i mean... the strong blood pumpin thru my veins.. dedication of my fam & deep rooted values they instilled......to create a hardworking, humble young woman. maraming salamat sa aking pamilya... got me thinkin... i'm thankful for so much... especially now. this year.. a year we've lost so many lives....
7.kidstatic @Nina_Parks family, friends, health, ive been really fortunate, i thank the people who appreciate what i do and the work i put in.
14. sake1derful@Nina_Parks odd question this particular day. I'm thankful for my parents. Hella.
16.ninoybrown @Nina_Parks megaupload. tapatio. tina fey. pacquiao. medicated chapstick. travel channel. maurice sendak. moleskine. living. & family.
17.franboogie @Nina_Parks - I'm thankful for so much. Thankful to wake up every morning with a chance to make a difference in my life and others.
18.Balance510 @Nina_Parks everyday i wake up
19.dvone @Nina_Parks thankful for every breath that i breathe amongs many many more things.
20.e_layne @Nina_Parks Thankful for life & an amazing support system of family and friends.
21.BambuDePistola @Nina_Parks @KahlilBayani and @RockyRivera...
22.ScottLaRockwell @Nina_Parks General reply: My parents, ancestors, ochas, life & being able to live it. Real reply: Being able to still walk, I almost wasnt.
23.Soulful_Sie @Nina_Parks Im thankful for real, down ass friends (like you!) & family that never fails me also for circle scarfs & tempurpedic matresses(:
24.thenatetrix @Nina_Parks i am thankful for God....
25.GoldenMeanPK @Nina_Parks I'm thankful for the life I was given; the people who were put around & the ability to make my own decisions.
26.ChinaBoss RT @Nina_Parks: @ChinaBoss Renaissance Question of the Week: What are you thankful for? <>
27.Viv_C @Nina_Parks For living in the Bay Area where there are tons of diverse & delicious places to satisfy my stomach & foodie tongue! ;o)
28.TAISMUSIC @Nina_Parks I would have to say being blessed with positive people in my life. It taught me how to reflect the same and share it too. You?
29.NikoVillamor @Nina_Parks im thankful to have good people around me that keep me motivated to succeed.
30.djneilarmstrong RT @Nina_Parks: Morning @djneilarmstrong Renaissance Question of the Week: What are you thankful for? I'm thankful for the memories.
31.RocNation RT @Nina_Parks :@RocNation Renaissance Question of the Week: What are you Thankful for? <-- Another day and amazing fans like you.
32.RockyRivera @Nina_Parks My health, family, friends, self-growth, music, and especially my @KahlilBayani
33.iameevents @Nina_Parks I am thankful for me and my daughters life 2 years ago we both almost didn't make it this week
34.ishotya @Nina_Parks def fam, friends, good grub, and a quality mixtape to bump in these city streets!
35.TheProsandCons @Nina_Parks im thankful for modern medicine giving me 3 happy years with my son that 35 years ago i wouldnt have had.
36.JRONIN @Nina_Parks I am thankful for the support of my family , friends and crew. Its been a long road and i'm still traveling
37.bLaKtivist @Nina_Parks I am thankful 4 all of the minutiae th@ add up 2 progress in our communities, & that I am not yet too jaded 2 hope 4 more.
39. Snapshotlopes@Nina_Parks im thankful for the hand i got dealt.I got lovely friends& family. Thankful for my mama. Also happy to have photo. Life is good.
40. hiphopchess@Nina_Parks God and family- first and always.
41. MissGDK@Nina_Parks I'm thankful for so much this year. My husband, my baby on the way, my new house and my friends and family
So blog world what are you thankful for?
Me... I'm thankful forcookies, my eyes, my hands, my parents, my cousins, my friends, art, people, life experiences, killer whales and monkeys.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Renaissance Topic of the Day: California is 48th in Education. Why do you think this is and what do you think can be done?
They began spitting statistics that basically said that we have been in an "education recession" for the past 30 years. getting pissed yet? Click here.
I went to public schools and this is the same problem then and now... it's ugly right now SF State and CCSF has cut over 100 sections , it will take someone over 4 years to try to graduate from a supposed "4 year college", the fees have increases 110% in the past 7 years AND they are GOING to make more budget cuts by the end of this year.
After school programs, mental health services, art and sports programs ALL CUT, did you know MISSION High School had their JV football team cut. This is ridiculous!! and we are allowing it to occur under our nose. Remember when we talked about "community" this is part of it. Ensure that our future has a future.
WE CAN'T ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN. WE ARE INTELLIGENT AND OUR EDUCATION MATTERS.
Are you aware that people with higher education levels are less likely to commit violent crimes?.... Any how this will be continued. 1. SRxMM @Nina_Parks Wow. California 48th In Education Perhaps Shutting Down Schools + Higher Influx of Students Is Where They May Begin. To Shut Down Schools In Vallejo, Cram More Students Into An Existing Overpopulated One Will Lessen Student Outreach. Education Also Starts At Home. Parents Let's Take Pride In Our Youth + Invest More Time In Them As Well.
5.BeatKnoxX @Nina_Parks I think its because this state focuses on things other than education when they need to adjust the budget with the edu system... at the forefront starting with preschool. Closing schools and cutting programs only add fire to the flame and with one of... ...the largest economies and schools like ucla, cal, and stanford to name a few, you'd think they'd care more about education.
8.itsjustgoldie @Nina_Parks Re prioritization of fundzzz. I grew up in Vallejo+our schools were taken over by the state+went further down hill cus it became lower on the totem pole of priorities. I did NOT get the bulk of my education from my California schools.
14. rbellon @Nina_Parks better treatment of California teachers will lead to bettering the students education, as well as increased supplies how can we expect students to value their education if we wont invest in it, and them.
PLEASE ADD YOUR 2 cents or MORE! Contribute to the Renaissance.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
According to Saber “It was never my intention to insult or disrespect anyone. The decision to paint the flag was to show it as a living, breathing, changing organism, that represents me as an American trying to manage this lifelong disease without heath care”Fox “opin-u-tainment” Network aired portions of the video, even reediting it so that it appears the video ends with the flag being painted all black, which was indeed not the case, for in Saber’s version the flag comes back to life.We call Fox “opin-u-tainment” for several reasons. First because we think it was disingenuous to reedit the video (come on guys, it’s was only 30 seconds long!). And secondly because we were under the impression that a “fair and balanced” news network would not have devoted that much time, money, and energy to any news story without contacting the individual in question for their statement.
The conservative media’s coverage of Saber’s video entry would lead people to believe Sabers intentions were ego and/or politically driven, instead of the truth, that they are grounded in the frustration, pain, and fear of having no access to a Dr. or hospital.For the record, Saber is a registered Independent and not part of the Democratic Party. He isn’t even on the OFA’s mailing list. It was his fiancée who is on that list and was contacted when the contest was announced.
The bottom line for Saber’s decision to become involved is simple: “Like many of my fellow Americans I don’t want to have to declare bankruptcy on the back of my medical debt, and more importantly I don’t want to die young because I have no care. I don’t understand why as it stands, this country is only concerned about the state of your health if you are under18 or over 65. What about the rest of us? And why isn’t every citizen 65 or older fighting for us all to be able to share in that security?”
Twitter convo: Can the genders work 2gether? what would the world look like w/out the double standard?
2.smart_ja @nina_parks good question! i'm old school. men and women have different strengths if each play their position only then can we build. on another note, double standards still exist because of society social beliefs.. w/o them we can just...BE. smart_ja @nina_parks by social beliefs im ref. to gender roles..men are hunters women r gatherers..men r strong women r weak..etc
12.REL @Nina_Parks ok. well i think its possible but it would take men that are willing to put their egos aside and let women take leadership roles and there would be a lot of arguments that men will lose. even if they're right... see you got me all worked up now
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
12. Dart_Adams @Nina_Parks: A community is a tight knit group of folks that share an environment & interact with each other towards it's betterment... I'm a member of the Boston/MA Hip Hop community & what's left of the original South End/Lower Roxbury community in Boston, MA
13. BeatKnoxX @Nina_Parks hmmm I gotta put my thinkin cap on for that one. A community can be any group with something in common, anything. I'm a part of the DJ comminuty, african american community, and a few others like the university community as well as my neighborhood and twitter community lol
Monday, November 16, 2009
2. Dart_Adams @Nina_Parks: Hunger. Desperation. Boredom. The need to fit in. Crime is everywhere. In the inner city it's just in plain view often...
3.HopieSpitshard @Nina_Parks Diff places for diff ppl- suppressed aggression, boredom, idiocy, ignorance, frustration. Sometimes deep; sometimes superficial
HopieSpitshard @Nina_Parks Diff places for diff ppl- suppressed aggression, boredom, idiocy, ignorance, frustration. Sometimes deep; sometimes superficial
HopieSpitshard @Nina_Parks ... Since the the law is set in place to counter human behavior. GL on ur panel <3> 4.Amayzun @Nina_Parks good question. However, I've never been tempted to do crime. Maybe from boredom, despiration, evil, jealousy. Who knows.
5.the_arbitrator @HopieSpitshard http://bit.ly/arbitr @nina_parks but, sometimes the distinction btwn crime & lawful action is definite, so the need to break
6.keelay5 @Nina_Parks mornin holmes! I suck at these questions..lol. but to keep it simple I say it comes from not having enough..
7.smart_ja @nina_parks in answer 2 your question.. i think crime is a vicious cycle ..sometimes it stems from lack of resources/education.
8.queenbchronicle @Nina_Parks The Urge to do Crime may be the product of a combination of Poverty, and Anti Social behavior thats enabled by many outlets.Vero
9.itsjustgoldie @Nina_Parks @mkbkrthebkmkr Jumping in: class disparity+ingrained separatism.
10. 6fingers @Nina_Parks emotions: Anger, frustration, and desperation. And sometimes loss or marbles or a few screws loose.
11. mkbkrthebkmkr @Nina_Parks I've never had the urge to do crime, but I can see where it stems from in terms of survival.
12.AvenueP @Nina_Parks Crime doesn't always stem from poverty. Rich people steal too. Ask Bernie Madoff, Enron, Winona Ryder, etc.
13. RockyRivera @Nina_Parks The urge to do crime is weighed by the risk vs the reward. When the reward outweighs the risk, crime is committed. Also: the risk vs reward is dependent on your social status and your value to the overall society. (white/black)
15. Hector Gonzalez- Well in a general context the word 'crime' is broad because it's created by a dictatorship that may or may not mean a damn thing to people and many times have nothing to do with virtue..
For example, people 'illegally' cross the border all the time, yet their virtue is not defined by the notion of 'criminality' because they're trying to have a better life.. Also their have been people like MLK, Ghandi, who according to the law of the land they were considered 'criminals', again they can not be defined the notion of criminality---
But in another context, like why are people violent towards each other? our deceptive towards each other there for they commit 'crimes'-- in that context, then it's something that has happened since the beginning of time.
Every society has had outcasts and savages. In many cases it has to do with a direct rebellion towards a society because of social conditions such as poverty... sometimes cultural and family.. either way, most times 'crimes' are just crimes because somewhat says that they are--
Friday, November 13, 2009
So far all that I've seen since it's application in late summer, is that there has been more officers on foot, more harassment of youth coming to, from, or in the district as well as harder crack downs on issues like, whether or not you have a transfer or a bus pass on MUNI, j-walking and if your wheels are curbed at the correct angle. According to captain Lazar Inglesides' newest appointee, they are functioning off of the "Broken Window Theory"... which in a Nina Parks nut shell, means that they are fixxing superficial surface level "issues" but leaving root causes of social and economic issues that contribute to crimes unnaddressed. The idea behind this program is to build a partnership between the community and the police in order to create a safer more well informed "Community."
Sounds great in theory doesn't it? As you can see from the mini survey taken on twitter down bellow many individuals have different ideas and concerns in regards the philosophical practice of "community policing." But one thing is clear, that it's going to take a lot of effort on behalf of Ingleside community members and the PD if we want to be successful. The presence of the beat officers hasn't felt more reassuring, the fact the Ingleside has a high number of new recruits fresh out of the academy, which is both hopeful and a bit unnerving. Hopeful because they still have the ability to be introduced to a different model off preventing crime and unnerving because they are new police officers and just like teenagers have something to be proved.
So here this is Nina Parks take on this:
Change takes time and nothing will be solved over night, there is no quick fix and there is a lot of work that must be done as individuals, as a community and in conjunct with the PD to develope a comprhensive model of community policing.
Which from my understanding will soon be defined as... at least in the EXCELSIOR:
Indivual partnerships between community members, organizations, schools, parents, mechants, residence and police department, who actively take responsiblity for the state of the community both on the outside and in the collective body of conciousness as a group. It means that as a group of individuals we will exercise or consitutional rights and responsibly and look out for the well being of eachother as a means of addressing and elevating above the issues that have plauged the community through out history.
It seems that the idea that someone is accountable for their actions is part of the basis of or judicial system and contributes to the feeling of public safety. The need to feel safe is not an American ideal but is a Human Ideal.
The word community is dirived from the Latin word commuinis meaning common
But in further breakdown of the word community the prefix com-, means with,together
unity- direved from Latin unire - to join or unite
So, Community= com+unity= to join together as one.
To be contiued.......
Thursday, November 12, 2009
2. DCBarNone RT @Nina_Parks @DCBarNone what does the term "community policing" mean to you <--is dat another term for "neighborhood watch"??
3. Dart_Adams @Nina_Parks: In the 70's & early 80's when I grew up the entire neighborhood & community knew each other so it was feasible. Then crack hit
Dart_Adams @Nina_Parks: When Ms. Johnson down the street would call your parents when you were about to act up & elders stood up to dealers & pimps... Dart_Adams @Nina_Parks: Once 15 year olds had Uzi's & people's mothers, fathers, aunts & uncles were robbing their families to get high? It got deaded
4. DEO415 @Nina_Parks one step close to having a police state!
5. sake1derful @Nina_Parks police-based communities sake1derful Police-based communites, AKA "Snitch City" RT @Nina_Parks: @sake1derful what does the term "community policing" mean to you
6. troublman @Nina_Parks it means the concerend citizen in a community establishing a standard and holding people others to it.
troublman @Nina_Parks it means men scolding the boys in the community. And moms working together to discipline the kids in the community.
7. MissOmniMedia @Nina_Parks it's a collab effort between law enforcement and the comm it serves to solve problems and stay aware of underground activity
8. DrasticMatter @Nina_Parks It means swine flu's (cops) holding the ppl accountable for crimes they cannot stop. More like, parents snitchin.
8. rehes @Nina_Parks could mean having an agreement to keep your fellow community members in check
9.Kiwi Illafonte Good question... off the top of my head...
- Holistic discipline (not just catch you and punish you), but understanding the factors that lead people to crime and taking those into consideration when deciding on the "community" consequences a "perpetrator" should face - Leaving the pigs out of it as much as possible - Clarifying the parameters of snitching (or not snitching) - More creative “punishments” and alternatives to prison - Having more balance and equity as to who is on the “jury” that is judging someone (i.e. people from their community who have a better sense of their circumstances and perhaps a similar experience)
10. papalote415 @Nina_Parks These neighborhoods are also the least gentrified in Sf so it may mean "Make Room" in the long run.. 11.zumbi808 @Nina_Parks that would mean having people who live in the community serving as a deterant to the bs
12. Evangillest @Nina_Parks it means that pigs finna be all up in yo mud cause they think it's " thicker"! Yadadadigumsayin!
13. bigvon @Nina_Parks means the next doors folks get to whoop the kids
14.KoolMoeBee @Nina_Parks like a neighborhood watch? I dig neighborhood watches.
15.PEPluv @Nina_Parks in an idyllic & pos sense, citizens take an active roll in the progression, development, growth & safety of all in the community
PEPluv @Nina_Parks but the polar opposite is wht we more oftn c. In a sense gangs do jus tht "police" their territory/community as well as bully it
16. NeticRebel It's when u tell ya way 2 big friend not to wear those shiny Amer Apperal pants RT @Nina_Parks: What does "community policing mean 2 u?
NeticRebel Hey @Nina_Parks that was me answering the question. We have a responsibility to our friends, family & comm. Being honest w/ self is 1st.
17. Balance510 @Nina_Parks community has a duty to preserve and protect the cummunity they live in
18.mkbkrthebkmkr @Nina_Parks Taking care of our own.
19. @DLabrie @Nina_Parks a people ran neighborhood where people look out for each other and watch each other back as a group
20.rubymsuniverse @Nina_Parks in Bedstuy, there r signs for a group called "Urban Knights"-men in the neighborhood who unite to protect women and children
rubymsuniverse @Nina_Parks a group independent of the police, taking it to their own hands to provide protection; sort of like a neighborhood watch.
rubymsuniverse @Nina_Parks that's what comes to mind first when I think about "community policing". in what context do you speak of it in?
21. JBillion @Nina_Parks Well I feel that term entails gathering your community together and protecting each other's rights and wants from any opposition
22.talldarkNanthem @Nina_Parks not into the term "policing" but I think - extending expectations & standards for ur hood that u'd have for your own home.
23. RockyRivera @Nina_Parks Re: Comm. Policing: I like the term "comm. accountability" rather than "policing". The frmer has a neg. connotation IN the comm, Community accountability means that each resident feels responsible; but they have to be valued 1st before they can contribute