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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Paratransit Riders Unite! Fight to Get High Fare Rolled back

Here are meetings and actions for NE IL Paratransit riders for November through January 2010:

Monday Nov. 30, 2009 5:30pm-8pm-IMPRUVE at AIMMC (IL Masonic) Olson Auditorium 836 W. Wellington Chicago IL 60657 IMPRUVE members with non-member paratransit riders' input have voted on next actions to get fares rolled back, which organizations and leaders to involve, and dates of next meetings about paratransit. IMPRUVE is a member of Green Paratransit Think Tank and Green Think Tank for the Disability Community. Info: 773-416-7366 or 773-483-2351

Monday Dec. 14 2009 9:30 am - Chicago City Council Transportation Committee discusses Paratransit, 2nd floor. Call your Chicago alderman, MOPD commissioner Karen Tamley and Governor Quinn to attend and support a Pace paratransit fare rollback and restoral of monthly paratransit pass. Note corrected date for meeting from Dec. 15 to Monday Dec. 14!!!

Monday Dec. 14 2009 1-4 pm Access Living has a meeting on Paratransit with Pace. Call Carleda Johnson 312-640-2100 for information.

January 2010 private - Green Paratransit Think Tank tests Soular Car with engineer to ensure people and with mobility limitations can transfer using these neighborhood solar-powered cars until green paratransit vanpool fleet is established. Video documentary of test runs TBA and posted on Internet.

May 2010 -TBA Soular Car to be on display at Green Fest Navy Pier in Chicago IL. Green Think Tank for Disabiity Community to announce which speakers or vendors are working on accessible green housing, loan products, and transportation for the disability community

Visit at and or for updates.
Paratransit riders should subscribe to

When you sign up to subscribe, describe yourself in one short sentence and tell us which city or state in which you or a loved one ride paratransit. Note: IMPRUVE newsgroup subscription is not for paratransit providers.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

BNICEH and IMPRUVE in Reorganizing Phase

BNICEH is in the process of reorganizing its board of directors and possibly replacing its executive director while she takes a sabbatical to work on the Green Think Tank for Disability Community's Green Paratransit Think Tank and finish some writing and editing for a Self-Awareness curriculum.

Announcement to follow before December 31, 2009. The board meets November 14, 2009 to make its decision on succession and next general membership meeting.

BNICEH remains committed to supporting IMPRUVE in its paratransit actions and advocacy on a local and national level.

The search continues for qualified candidates to replace youth on our board.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Get On Board with Clean Energy Bill, 5 Million Green Jobs

Get On Board to Clean Energy, 5 Million Green Jobs

Please join us or call in to your own U.S. Senators or handwrite letters requesting that your senators pass a strong clean energy bill NOW that includes clean, renewable energy, no more new coal plants, and 5 million Green jobs for American workers. We have 1 chance, 1 future, 1 sky. Before October 24 when climate change action occurs nationally, before December 7-18 when the United Nations convenes in Copenhagen for the international climate treaty conference.

When: Monday Aug. 31, 2009
Time: noon-1:30 p.m.
Where: Federal Plaza (outdoors)
230 S. Dearborn (Jackson/Dearborn)
Chicago IL 60604

Info/Group SignUp: 847-485-4775; 224-578-3612

Speakers Confirmed:

Terina Cranshaw-Hodges, CEO, Stay Environmentally Focus'd, green environmental foundation and green builder; member of Chicagoland Green Collar Initiative, Urban Sustainability Network
Jack Darin, IL director, Sierra Club
Katie Jordan, board director, Chicago Jobs with Justice, member of Women Labor Union Workers
Veronica Kyle, Faith In Place/IL Interfaith Power and Light
Howard Learner, CEO, Environemntal Law and Policy Center
Alderman Joseph Moore, 49th Ward, Chicago City Council; 49th Ward Green Corps (confirmed)
Dr. George Nassos, director I.I.T. Stuart School of Business Center for Sustainable Enterprises; pres., Footprint Zero LLC
Jim Slama, founder Family Farmed; founedr, former puiblisher, Conscious Choice Magazine
James Thindwa, Sustainable Chicago 2016; former CEO, Chicago Jobs For Justice (also an organizer for American Federation of Teachers)
William "Dock" Walls, grassroots organizer; CEO, Committee For A Better Chicago IL; gubernatorial candidate, Walls For Gov;

Green Performers Confirmed:
Cornelius Clark, recording artist, pastor
Nora Dunn, environmentalist activist comedienne, formerly with Saturday Night Live, now with Spheres of Influence

Do it for the children, to reduce dirty air, to reduce asthma attacks, to breathe clean air, stop depending on foreign oil

To prevent further hperexplooitationof fossil fuels

To put American workers back to work in sustainable jobs

To include persons who are disabled in those sustainable jobs to reduce their unemployment, too

To retrofit buildings, rebuild our city infrastructures

To create jobs in

building, installing and maintaining wind turbines
installing solar panels
auditing homes and buildings for energy efficiency (energy auditors)
building, maintaining and insuring solar-powered neighborhood cars
creating and maintaining adaptive equipment
creating solar-powered appliances
creating clean energy paratransit
setting appointments for green entrepreneurs
administrating and doding quality control for green businesses
Green journalism (blogging, writing, publishing)
Green education
green visual arts (public space murals, sculpture)
veganic gardening
urban farming
recycling and reuse
repurposing clothing and electronics
building, installing and maintaining clean or renewable energy computers and peripheals

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dr. Maat Discusses

Video excerpt from Dr. Maat, founder of Green Think Tank, presented at Chicago Green Festival May 16, 2009 at Navy Pier.

Dr. Maat discusses accessible green transit that must be available for Returning Vets, current permanent paratransit users, new paratransit users, visitors and residents who require temporary paratransit travel and Paralympics athletes who cannot ride the Pace or CTA bus or CTA train or favor independent transportation offered by Soular Neighborhood Cars and a green paratransit van pool run by BNICEH for IMPRUVE, if Chicago gets the 2016 Olympics bid.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Barefoot Doctor Introductory Talk July 11 to the Chicago Community

Barefoot Medicine Goes Digital

All are welcome to join FREE introductory talk by Dr. Frank Yurasek Sat. July 11 2-6 p.m. at

United Church of Rogers Park - Overdier Hall
1545 W. Morse 3rd floor
Chicago IL 60626
RSVP to 773-416-7366 or

North Lakefront - East Rogers Park Community
approximately 6930 North in Chicago IL
between Sheridan Road (1200 West) and Ashland Ave. (1600 West)
Accessible elevator building and has stairs (community center of the church)

Dr. Frank Yurasek, a naturoptahic doctor, is president of Oriental Medicine Society; member of Barefoot Medicine Society, HealLand and Acuwerks; Licensed Acupuncturist

You may want to prepare if interested by reading A Barefoot Doctors Manual: The American Translation of the Official Chinese Paramedical Manual (Paperback)
by John E. Fogarty (Author)

Also visit,,,,

Maat "order to chaos" - Moving forward like the kangaroo

Correction: June 25th Green Think Tank Teleconference Pin Number

Green Think Tank Teleconference for Disability Community
Correct PIN is 100453# not PIN 100442#
for Thursday June 25 2009 11:30 am- 12:15 pm CDT

RSVP to or

You do not have to be disabled to join, just interested in brainstorming and working on situtaions, problem solving, removing false assumptions, organizing and working on opportunities, research, proposal writing, and planning strategies.

Maat "order to chaos" -- a kangaroo moving forward

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Green Think Tank is Ready to Create Solutions for Disability Community

We are coming together using green values to help lift those members of disability community who desire green employment, consulting, entrepreneurship out of poverty; and those who desire real solutions or offer them for transportation, accessibility, housing and health problems. We provide opportunities and forums to work with both those who are disabled and non-disabled.

Just sign up for the next teleconference call. This is the number to all who join or respond that they want to join or participate in brainstorming:

1-712-432-6131 - PIN 100442#

Next teleconference is tentatively scheduled for Thursday June 25 at 11:30 am central time and thereafter every week for next 3 months, then bimonthly to monthly to quarterly as the years progress, with face-to-face meetings and webinars as frequently as teams set them.

Unless a significant number of people have a better time in mind that also works for me, we will meet by teleconference or webinar from 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Central USA time every Thursday beginning June 25, 2009.

Please share here and at what you know or desire to do to help.

This is not a group of egos. We are a group of transparency. We are not a secret society. After brainstorming, we will meet in teams by teleconference, face-to-face or webinar to refine and actualize what we select as doable tasks, determine financing, set timelines, refine ideas and timelines as necessary, recommend others, research and investigate, barter and exchange, work on proposals, and feel good about what we accomplish.

Every week we will question what we are doing, what we should do, what we should eliminate, what we have done, what we should be doing, who or what type of people are missing from the discussion, what is best practice in the area we are tackling, what we need to pass on for teams to tackle outside of the larger forum, what teams have to report to us or what teams need from the rest of us to move forward.

We will not move backwards. Like the kangaroo, we will only move forward.

The only tasks that are impossible for this think tank are:

to do nothing

to go backwards

to believe that it is impossible to lift people with disabilities out of poverty who want to rise above poverty

to fail to be innovative, creative, green, and socially responsible

Thinkers coming together to brainstorm, reason, and share intelligently always accomplish something, not nothing. They thrive on being innovative. They are never afraid to advance and research or create or use best practice in information and technology meant to improve lives, the environment, and their information or knowledge fount.

My time zone is Central time (Chicago,IL, USA)

Once teams are configured, you should exchange phone numbers and emails, but you may also use the free conference line on days or at times that we are not using it, or set up your own for your team.

However, ownership of the Green Think Tank for the Disability Community will remain in the hands of those who are disabled with no co-opting by those who are not vested in the disability community or not disabled.

Please note once everyone catches up and we have enough persons on the call regularly, we can choose others to facilitate teleconferences--just let us know your time zone.

Meanwhile, share through the blog here, through group: Green Think Tank for Disability Community, and other site at

I also have blogs on other sites at, justmeans, and facebook to which you may be periodically directed.

I appreciate your input, comments,

Maat "bringing order to chaos"

Friday, May 8, 2009

Do You Have Green Integrity Or Do You Just Want Green Income?

As global warming and climate change become apparent, more people begin to consider the effect on the environment and the rainforest, wildlife, but are there enough ordinary people, youth, seniors, and people who are disabled getting the message?

Is this green economy just for the elite, rich and famous, or those who are employed at a fair wage?

Who controls the green economy, tests wages and prices for fairness, corporate responsibility, sustainability, and determines how all can benefit?

When the green building industry builds housing, what parameters does it use to consider accessibilty and affordability for the population that most needs this housing--yet over 70% are unemployed and live at or below poverty?

What about homeless people? Students? The local grocer or convenience store, which sells to them? The laundromat operators and cleaners where they wash or have their clothes washed or dry cleaned? Are the wet cleaners willing and able to provide affordable prices, so that everyone can afford this green cleaning process for clothes they can't wash themselves?

Is fair trade really fair if the local people cannot support the prices, because they themselves need a green collar job or fair trade for their work or products?

How can a family of six living in poverty, or a person who is disabled and lives on a mere $674 SSI monthly income in a neighborhood that has no major grocery store, where the cost of living is high, no affordable accessible transportation isnearby, there is no land to grow their own food and ere is little or no access to local organic farms pay fair trade prices or eat organic every meal without sacrificing his or her own need for food and lower energy and transportation costs?

How many ordinary people living in urban or rural America really comprehend the consequences of their purchases, what they eat, how they grow their food, what they use to wash their cars and skin, or clean their homes and bedding?

I encourage people who are disabled, seniors and youth to change to a plant-based, low carbon diet, and teach them how to live green, think green and go after green collar jobs or create their own green careers.

I write about reducing our carbon print wile becoming more aware of our responsibility as stewards over the Earth and our own thoughts. Instead of killing the planet's resources, creative ideas from bright, young minds, and each other, I teach them to live with green integrity.

As more people go green, costs will be reduced, nontoxic cosmetics will be preferred, and toxic food and cleaning products will be removed from the market due to low demand or corporate responsibility toward sustainability and carbon neutrality.

We will need creative ideas from bright, young minds and workers with expert advice from the retirement community and disability community to work with scientists, government and the green engineers of the present and future.

We need people who are spiritually sustained or have green integrity to lead the way out of poverty, and teach others without blaming them for not knowing the way.

We will need a community information infrastructure that is open to most community members regardless of income or ability, where all who can use technology can access the information even if they have visual or hearing deficits or disabilities, mobility disabilities, or intellectual disabilities--yet may be able to accept information in manageable tidbits that allow them to choose the green action that they believe in.

This means for those who do not have the Internet or are shut up at home, we will need community information on an energy grid that does not shut down at 5 p.m. on Friday or Saturday when the library closes or is not open on Sundays.

In fact, we may need to consider bringing the technology into community buildings and worship centers that are open after library and school hours, laundromats, senior buildings and large grocery stores, in the form of a bandwidth that runs on solar energy, is cost effective or paid for out of energy savings and does not increase carbon emissions or at least not significantly.

Though there are Internet cafes, most are not accessible to people who use wheelchairs,are blind, or have low wealth. Municipalities and rural government will need to provide the information through these energy grids so as to reach all homes that need it and all people who need it. There should be a national program with a clock in major cities and the Capitol to track our greenhouse gas emissions or at least the carbon emissions, so that everyone can track reduction or increase in emissions. Some bright inventor may be able to place this in the form of wristband technology or technology that can be worn on other parts of the body.

Wouldn't that be a "doable" job for a young student or person with a disability to learn how to install and maintain in the U.S.A. without needing to outsource the job overseas? Student and persons overseas will be too busy installing and maintaining systems and grids in their own countries.

Then more people can have access to fair and living wages and self-employment.

As the founder of the Green Think Tank for the Disability Community, I am working to establish a Green Paratransit Van Pool, green careers and green collar jobs for people who are disabled, green artists, green bloggers, green housing coops owned collectively by people who have disabilities, and work with inventors and rehab engineers to provide solar-operated assistive technology, wheelchairs, computers, healthcare equipment, etc., in IL , then replicate projects in other states.

Therefore, I ask, do you have green integrity or are you just looking for an opportunity to have a green collar job, a green contract, a green career or a green meal once in awhile?

People who dreamed of the earth being round, flying in an airplane, traveling by a vehicle with a combustible engine, and talking by telephone used to be considered foolish or working on impossible ideas. Yet, here we have air travel, cells phones, hybrid vehicles, rooftop gardens, flash drives, GPS technology, and solar-powered heating units.

Why can't we dust off our dreams and ideas for a better world and make it greener for everybody, even domestic animals, and in the process not compromise our character, integrity, or planetary harmony?

Think about It!