Students from Paisley Magnet School debate the relationship between the military and contractors.
robepn7 on southside rides
Southside Rides Foundation Founder Dave Moore (red t-shirt), mentors and students with Kevin Mallary.
The debate itself is an effective practice of citizenship. It seems to be one of the most thorough ways to inform others about a specific issue (use of private military contractors), as well as to make a decision. The cross examination period in which they question each other pushes the argument and makes the debaters consider points that they may otherwise be blind to or purposefully avoid. They are clearly working through the entire argument while maintaining the common good in mind.
David Moore works to help ex-convicts re-enter society in a productive, active way. He collaborates with different departments (drug, police, education) to show people how to believe in themselves.
Changes paradigm of the way they see the world. If you can change your way of thinking you can change your role in society dramatically (behind bars to working with family).
turn dog (homeboy) around and you get god (found within everyone of
"Where can I go to do the most good?"
If you free your mind, the rest of you will follow.
This is the coolest organization. The fact that an Ex Convict had the desire to aid young men and women to become good contributing citizens is astounding.
famous national geographic image of Afghan refugee
-need to see motive for finding strange in the way we are strange
-instead of separating yourself, you should see differences as similarities
-suggested alternative way of looking
Feelings when looking at this photo
-inappropriate (being owned by someone else) = opposite of being conceited (isolating yourself, owning yourself)
-proximate: being here together, no one causes the circumstances of another
what justifies citizenship? proximity. Is it enough though to be present to be a citizen?