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
Disability, Paratransit and Subject of Abortion, Same Sex Marriage
Senior Harold Bellamy ( a vet near 80) now has electricity, is on a budget plan, is able to keep his housing, still uses the paratransit. What do you think willl happen to him and others who are dependent on paratransit if there is not enough funding for paratransit, wheelchair taxis, senior transit?
Can you accept the consequences or provide the accessible transportation and services for those who are disabled and cannot pay for these services? http://youtu.be/O4IbT_6fMiE
Should the government be funding programs that are unnecessary to the well-being of most of Americans r that can be provided adequately by private sources of funding? Your opinion is welcome even if you disagree with mine on the issue of Same Sex Marriage and abortion, but please add your name to the letter supporting designated funding in the Surface Transit Bill now or later when it comes up for renewal again in 27 months.
Note: I am still going to be Maat, IMPRUVE and BNICEH will still do disability advocacy, whether or not my friends who are GLBT get married or not. I am still going to love them just as I still love my relatives and friends who have had abortions, gone to jail, or eat animal flesh.
I am pro-life and vegan, so you won't see me at the circus, zoo, rodeo or aquarium, or with a gun shooting or hunting any man or animal, nor at dog, ostrich or horse races, nor supporting federally funded abortion or birth control pills, and you also will not see me eating the pink slime that is in meat or eating the kidney cells from discarded or aborted fetuses, nor denying a woman's choice that she makes to abort or use birth control pills or have sex out of wedlock or a hysterectomy, nor blocking abortion clinics or interfering with those who staff them .
But I won't promise you that I would not try to talk loved ones out of any of this actvity if so led or I am asked my thought.
As a minister, I have lifetime ordination based on my metaphysical beliefs, but I am retire and I just don't do any type of funerals or marriages anymore anyway.
My ethics and character, and dietary, spiritual, and marital beliefs do not control how the rest of the word acts or feels. They are for me and I share them in openness. I am as always Maat speaking the Truth that I know and leaning as I grow. My duty is to see or envision the best of mankind even if they cannot see their perefection yet or I have to clear the film from my on lens and work on my own salvation.
Sign Letter for (Federal) Surface Transit Bill by June 14, 2012
BNICEH is supporing IMPRUVE and NPPMA as we work to get designated funding passed wthin the Congressional Surface Transit Bill due June 30, 212. Senate version S1813 is being considered to be passed or revised. It is now in the Conference Committee.
Call, fax or write (from their websites) your federal representative, senators and members of the Conference Committee immediately. There are 47 members of the Conference Committee for the Surface Transit Bill. There are millions of American citizens who travel or bike the roads as drivers or passengers. Don't be silent.
Tell them: 1. to pass designated funding for paratransit, Medicar, senior transit and wheelchair taxis 2. the fundng is assured for regular public transit, but remind them to include it anyway. It also includes hwy infrastructure 3. to support solar-powered NEV cars and green paratransit that is rider-owned, too.
Remember that we are still privileged to live in America despite the budget cuts, party fights, military buildups, and disagreements.
Please add your name or organizational name to our letter to the President, Congress, and Conference Committee. Thank you.
For Immediate Release – May 30, 2012
From: National Paratransit Peoples’ Movement Assembly Contacts:
c/o IMPRUVE Dr. Ayo Maat,
6951 N. Sheridan Rd 773-416-7366
Chicago IL 60626-3527 Cecelia Jackson, Secy 773-544-9488
To the President, Conference Committee for the Surface Transit Bill (originally S1813), and Congress:
Mr. President and Members of Congress:
Accessible transportation is a basic right and the disability community is not a one size fits all community. We and our supporters are concerned that Congress may not consider in the Surface Transit Bill, the best interests and needs of the people who are disabled who ride paratransit and are forced by FTA policy to pay as much as twice the fixed route public transit fare despite having the lowest disposable incomes in the nation; and the drivers and providers of paratransit, wheelchair taxis and Medicars whose jobs and ability to provide services at reasonable cost to taxpayers are at stake.
The stalemate between the parties is hurting people who are disabled (PWD’s) worse than ever, plunging us deeper into isolation and rushing us to a lower quality of life that places us at risk for avoidable, though catastrophic illness or premature death as funds for paratransit diminish and we are unable to access appropriate affordable transportation to meet our needs and pocketbooks, and get to regular healthcare, worship service, and the activities that allow us to be on equal footing with our nondisabled peers in terms of employment and quality of life ..." - Ayo Maat, Ph.D., founder, IMPRUVE and NPPMA (National Paratransit People’s Movement Assembly)
That is why we as members of the disability community who ride paratransit and have the lowest employment rates and lowest disposable incomes and our supporters request that our voices be heard by Congress, the President, and the public.
We are making the rounds to various Congressmen and Senators to support designated funding from Senate Transit Bill S1813. Without it, paratransit will not be funded. Fortunately, House bill HR 7, which that excluded designated funding, failed. The Conference Committee of both houses has been formed to work on the Surface Transit bill AND GET IT PASSED BY June 30, 2012.
We have a solution to lower costs of paratransit and put some persons who are disabled back to work, but for now, we are focused on getting the Surface Transit Bill passed. We salute those in Congress who are trying to get the bill passed with proper provisions.
We protest national transit policies that amount to Transit Eugenics for persons who are disabled and dependent on accessible transportation. Congress should not neglect us in the equation for surface transit whether considering designated funding for the infrastructure, paratransit, wheelchair taxis, or Medicars.
We sign onto this letter as voters, citizens and residents, disability advocates, businesses or paratransit riders, elected officials, taxi drivers, Medicar drivers, paratransit drivers, or pubic transit advocates. We are happy to add input on a future Congressional Transit Summit (none has been held by FTA since 2004) to ease the burden of improving transit nationally and regionally, even determining how to make surface transit affordable and effective for taxpayers and those who use it or provide the services.
Ayo Maat, Ph.D, president/CEO, IMPRUVE founder- paratransit and disability advocate - IL
IMPRUVE (Independent Movement of Paratransit Rider for Unity, Vehicles, Equality - IL (& national)
National Paratransit People’s Movement Assembly (NPPMA)- IL ( & national)
BNICEH (Black Network In Children’s Emotional Health) - IL ( & national)
P.S. I survived death 3 times. I asked for my life that I might be able to do work that I have a talent in doing and that I love: to help others, heal them of frustration from poverty, unemployment, disability, conflict; teach them, encourage them to Stand, work together regardless of religion, race, age, disability; share with them, work with them. That is why I continue to advocate and work on behalf of people even though we are unfunded and even if most of America does not support our efforts, and Congress is generally unaware of our plight. I know I am wondrously blessed and I'm not afraid to tell you. I want all to know how blessed that we can go to Congress with our issues, help each other across the nation and not be in envy or anger. We don't always have to march long distances--most of us can't do long marches, some of us can't even march, leave our homes or jobs, or stand up physically, but we've got a voice to talk, write, and record our thoughts and issues; or help someone else who can't speak record theirs.. We are not against any personality, but for what is right for all concerned. AND WE WILL NOT BE SILENT.
OCCUPY Rogers Park Holiday Market –What Vendors Will Be Selling from 10am-3 pm at 1230 W. Greenleaf Chicago IL 60626
Our vendors are diverse small businesses, businesses owned by persons who are disabled, Black-owned and woman-owned businesses, and young people who own businesses.
Vendors will be selling handmade jewelry- wire wrap jewelry, one-of-a-kind-jewelry, hand spun knits and yarn, hand spun scarves-- knitted caps and mittens- handmade pillows - poetry - drawings -- masks--dolls--Wellness products such as Nature's Sunshine, herbs, doctor-formulated nutritional supplements, products to protect from EMFs in cell phones, appliances, PCs, laptops --magnetic and copper jewelry--massage and healing services--coffee--tee shirts-candles--vintage clothing, organic snacks, fruit, nuts, gourmet food and drink mixes, etc.
We have a dee jay. The hosts and the dee jay are disabled professionals who are community-focused. It’s a culturally diverse and SAFE family event-- NO ALCOHOL, NO TOBACCO, NO DRUGS, NO GUNS ((~_~))
“Don’t (sic) cost attendees nothing” but TIME, a voice to sing along, and if you have them, the dollars you saved by not shopping Friday. The vendors come here to sell products or provide services. This is not only Black Saturday, but Healthy Saturday—vendors with health products, healthy food or healthy attitudes are pleased to serve…sell…and profit from your support.
Remember to stop by for the FREE raffle, FREE ornament-making and FREE Children’s Caroling Contest. Winners must be present to win. COME SPEND BLACK SATURDAY AT LOYOLA PARK. Hungry for more after you snack with us? Several restaurants are nearby—some deliver, some are within walking distance.
Give thanks for More Health, More Life, More Substance for All to sustain Themselves and Grow Despite Economic Outlooks! Asè (ah-shay)
Time for new life. BNICEH is searching for youth and adults who want to volunteer and share our mission, values and purpose. Read what we have done on our newsgroup and note the projects that we host or have supported:
Black Mental Health Forum
No Butts No Booze Back to School Fest
IMPRUVE Paratransit Campaign
SmokeOut video production
Family Job Affair
Watoto Speak - Vols I & II
SmokeOut Newsletter (youth production)
WE NEED YOU
Help us plan the 2nd Black Mental Health Forum
Engage youth in anti-violent activities and street truces
Get youth involved in green technology and nanotechnology
Help youth move out of poverty into entrepreneurship
Help us get to DC to Rally for Transit Freedom and Justice Nationally for Paratransit Riders
Fundraisers for 2011 - Winter to Spring
Fundraiser through Sat. February 26, 2011 - Support BNICEH (parent company of IMPRUVE) in Carson's Community Day Event now through February 26, 2011. To help BNICEH for IMPRUVE's trip to DC and general support --buy discount books for $5. Buy discount books now from us!!! Call 773-416-7366 or 773-255-2113. The five dollars goes directly to us when you buy from us (not while we are in the store Feb. 26). On Feb. 26, we turn over monies to Carson's from sales of $5 coupon booklets; they share the money among all groups present in the store selling by issuing a check by mail, weeks after event ends. The $5 Discount books contain coupons up to $200 in value that include: $10 off coupons, 30%, and 50% off coupons, and other specials. We are registered with Evergreen Plaza and Edens Plaza Carson's in Wilmette IL, but the books we are selling are good at any Carson Pirie Scott, Bon Ton, Be. 19, members can pay $15 at door rgner, Parisian across the nation.
Sat. March 5, 2011 - 1030 N. Clark Chicago IL 60610 6-11 pm , dine until 10 pm in private room, then move to play power games. Or play board games (checkers, dominoes, backgammon, Scrabble) and cards (bid whist) until 9 pm. Stay until 1 am in Dave and Buster's. Fajita Buffet or Special Menu Upon Early Request and Payment --Raw Organic Vegan - $35 due February 19, 2011. With $ 20 Deposit by Feb. 19. Members can then pay $15 cash or money order at door. No personal checks. Money order, Bank check or Credit Union check. Request flier firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat. April 9, 2011 - Leona's Pizza Party 6935 N. Sheridan Rd Chicago IL 60626 5:30-8:30 pm Veggie w/tofu Skewer or Raw psychedelic salad w/avocado Vegan Option must be requested & paid in advance. Silent Auction. Performance by Bruh Luh. $25 due by March 31, 2011. Non-members at door $30. Members may pay deposit of $15 by March 31, 2011 and $10 at the door.
Sat. May 7, 2011 - Leona's Pizza Party 6935 N. Sheridan Rd Chicago IL 60626 5:30-8:30 pm Pizza Party. Veggie w/tofu or Raw psychedelic salad w/avocado Vegan Option must be requested & paid in advance. Silent Auction. Performance by Bruh Luh. $25 due by April 30, 2011. Non-members at door $30. Members may pay deposit of $15 by April 30, 2011and $10 at the door.
National Paratransit Peoples Movement Assembly formed by IMPRUVE in 2010
Going to DC May 23-27, 2011 to rally for paratransit riders and take Declaration of Transit Justice and Freedom to Obama adminiustration, FTA, Congress and U.S. Access Board in memory of two directors who passed in 2010 in December and July respectively:
Director Emeritus Alyce Battle, 1st vice president 1999-2009 , treasurer 2005-2007
Director Emeritus Omar Basheer, president (1992-93) and vice president 1991-92, 1994-95
and in memory of paratransit rider Tracey Berry who passed in April 2010 and BNICEH volunteer and child welfare advocate Judith Catlin who passed in January 2010.
BNICEH and IMPRUVE Board 2008-2010: Dr. Ayo Maat, pres; Dr. Jackie Haas, Patricia Baxter, treas.; Cecelia Jackson, secy (missing: Alyce Battle (decesaed 2010), Jeanette Exom, Donna Lewis, Harold Bellamy, Joanne Tillis)
Joanne Tillis, director- At ACT One Cafe, Rogers Park 2010
Photos of paratransit riders, other persons who are disabled, families of members, and youth who have participated in our events or events that we attend or support:
Dr. Ayo Maat, president, at NorthSide Community Federal Credit Union (NSCFCU) annual meeting Member of Board of Directors, NSCFCU
Board of BNICEH and IMPRUVE at Lion King, Cadillac Palace Theatre, Nov. 2010
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.