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Friday, December 23, 2011

What You Can Do to Help IMPRUVE and Other Disability Groups




Fundraising Support
Do You Want Our Work to Continue?




A few musicians, students and Pwd's have supported our cause, though we have not raised enough money yet.  We are counting on you to help us out, so we can continue the work of  bringing a solar-powered vehicle into the hands of all who want a car that is green and affordable to do their local shopping, home visits,  attend worhsip services, carry clothes to the laundromat, and run personal  errands

So Chuck Idol has presented us with the opportunity to give away his CDs to donors or sell them for $20-shipping is $5 extra.)  Please purchase the CDs or donate at least $20 to get one donated (plus shipping if you are not living in Chicag) nd write an opinion of teh Cd to Chuck Idol.

 We have live numbered CDs recorded 12-11-2011 by Chuck Idol for donations of $20 and more  to Benefit the work of IMPRUVE and BNICEH    Listen to  Chuck  Idol at  http://www.chuckidol.com/  and http://www.americanidol.pro/
 
Order CDs from us or from Chuck Idol. Tell him you read the promotion on our blog.
Call 773-416-7366 email: impruve2@yhoo.com
Donate to:  IMPRUVE c/o Maat
6951 N. Sheridan Rd
Chicago IL 60626-3527 No personal checks, no cash by mail.

Money orders, cashier checks, Credit union checks .
Business checks only from those we know or do business with


 IMPRUVE and National Paratransit People's Movement Assembly want you to raise your funds and meet them in Washington in May 2012. Ask Congress to support a green, affordable paratransit run by riders.  Ask Congress to support affordable or subsidized PARATRANSIT fares for the disability community who cannot pay single fares of $7 in D.C. and $3 and $4  in Illinois and Florida. See prior posts for information on how to order tee shirts, send donations by money order or cashier checks or get invited to teleconferences or join the paratransit rider movement.  Thanks.

Call 773-416-7366 email:  impruve2@yahoo.com
websites, newsgroups:  www.groups.yahoo.com/group/IMPRUVE
http://www.greenthinktankfordisabilitycommunity.blogspot.com/
WE WILL NOT BE SILENT

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Support BNICEH at Rogers Park Holiday Show Nov. 26, 2011

Malachite-stone of wealth, healing
Vendor spaces are left, but going fast. 
Not just for old-timers. Youth and New faces welcome, too
Support us:

Rogers Park Holiday Market
Sat. November 26, 2011
Loyola Park Gym
1230 W. Greenleaf (near Sheridan)
Chicago IL 60626

Hosts:  IBEJI Resource Center and BNICEH (Black Network In Children's Emotional Health)

Support two nonprofits run by two Black women who are disabled to continue our work to help seniors, PWD's, yoth and thsoe who have low income or low disposable income
Support small businesses, too

Christmas caroling, DJ, free raffle, ornament making, healthy and organic snacks and refreshments for sale, Children caroling contest

Vendors: $30-- call 773-761-7306  Request application by email. Mail with money order or cashier check payable to Ibeji Resource Center Atn: Selena Awoleye 6142 N. California #136 Chicago IL 60659

Upcoming Events - 2012

Women are not silent on human rights issues, paratransit, housing, health,
employment, homelessness, violence, education, disability, politics, family issues
     
Save the date:  Sat. March 17, 2012 Women's Conference at Loyola University "Creating Your Own Success"  Looking for sponsors to give scholarships to 150 women, sponsor panel presentations, catering, resource table.  Vendors, inquire to Selena 773-761-7306 or Maat 773-416-7366 after Nov. 30, 2011

Target audience:  all women, mature teen females who want great success (women who are disabled)


Confirmed speakers:  Dr. Ayo Maat, CEO-president of BNICEH
Tentative speakers to be confirmed (from):  Wright Leadership Institute, Shelley Amdur, NAWBO (National Assn of Women Business Owners), Carol Winn of WinWinn Solutaions, JJ's List, Access Living,  Witherspoon Marketing, PH For Balance, Dr. Teresa Wanczyk, D.O., NorthSide Community Federal Credit Union, SouthSide Community Federal Credit Union, the Gannon Center-Loyola University, HOW (Housing Opportunities for Women), Access Living, UIC Entrepreneurial Studies program, Uptown Center Hull House ETP, O.N.E., Rogers Park Business Alliance, SERN (Self-Employment Resource Network), et al

Co-producers:  IBEJI Resource Center and BNICEH  



Women work on transit issues

Women participate in rallies and continue the fight even when others try to deny them equal access

Women are there supporting youth, men, other women across the antion




 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

BNICEH and IMPRUVE Need Your Support Now through May 2012!!

Update December 23, 2011: 
Do You Want Our Work to Continue?
Support US NOW!


Has IMPRUVE or BNICEH helped you?

Has Dr. Maat helped you?

Do You Want Our Work to Continue?

What Can You Bring to Our Organization, Affiliates and Projects if Not Funds?

Barter and Exchange Services

 
Or Donate As You Can



Help us Reach Our Comprehensive Goals of $ 13,000 from now through 2012, $25,000 more by 2014, and $350,000 by 2016 (total $400,000 2011-2016):
  • $ 3000 by Nov. 12 for Landmark Education Forum - training of directors and members who are active volunteers and pay dues--we have alraedy paid $500 toward the training. 
  • $ 500 in shared donations from Nov. 26 Rogers Park Holiday Show co-hosted by Ibeji Resource Center and BNICEH (Black Network In Children's Emotional Health)
  • $ 2000 in shared earnings from Ibeji Resource Center and BNICEH co-hosting Women's Conference TBA - locxaton being changed for Sat. March 17, 2012 9 am-4 pm) Looking for sponsors to be able to provide scholarships for 150 women for Women's Conference Theme: "Creating Your Success..." Speakers include a person from Wright Learning Centers (The Wright Institute), Maat, Carol Winn, et al
  • $ 5000 for trip to Washington DC for National Paratransit People's Movement Assembly
  • $ 350,000 or more by 2016 for investment in Soular Car businesses and Green Paratransit
  • $ 25,000 to pay stipends and board expenses for 2 admininstrative assistants, 1 personal care assistant for annual trip to Washington DC, miscellaneous trips, general and special meetings (to represent the organization or pay for ASL interpreters)
  • $ 3000 for Bills (mobile phone, Internet, postage, supplies, CAN-TV nonprofit dues, Rogers Park Business Alliance dues)
  • $ 500 to host next health seminar
  • $ 1000 to preliminarily plan 2nd National Black Mental Health Forum in 2013
  • $ 1000 to provide transportation for family and youth participation in events
  • $ 4000 to publish updated online resource directory and a few printed copies to families
  • $ 5000 for board retreat, staff training and training in One Village healing centers
Recruiting Visionaries and People Who Think Out the Box For Our Board of Directors, (Directors Pay Full Dues and On Time), Advisory Board, and Volunteer Staff (until Stipends or Salaries Can Be Paid)
Sales of Carson's Community Day Event Books up to $200 in discounts - February Through April.12 , 2012

Special on IMPRUVE Tee shirts while supplies last through Jan. 31, 2012:
 

                                       Tee shirt prices:
                   children's small (6-8), medium (10-12)  -   $10
                   adult small, large, XL, 2X                      -   $15
                   adult 3X, 4X                                         -   $20

To ship, with shipping and handling   -  $25 (no matter what size)
PAY IN ADVANCE--NO CREDIT

Charter members of IMPRUVE from 2000, current dues-paying members, active volunteers who have been providing  provide daily, weekly or bi-weekly service, get a discount at the holiday show Nov. 26 on tee shirts. NO DISCOUNTS ON SNACKS AND GRAB BAG (grab bag only $2)

Arrange to purchase--no personal checks--no cash by mail- money order, cashier check only
Call 773-544-9488 or 224-425-2181 to arrange pickup; Mail delivery, call 773-416-7366
  • Pay full membership dues or make a donation of $60 or more and receive a free tee shirt
  • Pay partial membership dues or make a donation of $30 or more and receive 50% off a tee shirt
To help toward our 2012 trip, buy a Carson's book for $5 in February, March, April;  buy up to five for friends, family, associates, and employees ($25-total and receive $200 each in discount coupons plus be able to use up to five $10 off coupons good toward merchandise of $10 or more.

Get a $10 item free from Carson's with your coupon plus tax!


Meet us at Carson's (Wilmette -Edens Plaza or oter location) -call for dates, times or make appointment for us to bring tee shirts, Carson's books, snacks, grab bag if you can't make it to our markets or meetings




SAVE THE DATES


Market and Event Dates
Selling Carson's Dscount Booklets at $5 each beginning mid-February 2012 through April 28, 2012

Fri and Sat. April 27 and 28, 2012 - Carson's Community Days across the nation at Bon Ton's, Carson's, Younkers, Parisian, Herberger's  http://www.communitydayevent.com/

 Sat. Nov. 26, 2011
Rogers Park Holiday Show - rained out


10am-3pm Loyola Park Fieldhouse 1230 W. Greenleaf Chicago IL 60626 
IBEJI -Women Artists in Rogers Park - Holiday Market December 15 through December 24, 2011 10am-4pm --Some women artists are selling their handcrafted pillows, jeewlry, scarfs, mittens, fabric, and homewares and decorative items  through Sat.  December 24, 2011 only at IBEJI Resource Center



Sat. March 17, 2012 - Cancelled - being rescheduled to a new site



Women’s Conference-Loyola University - Rogers Park lakefront campus - "Creating Your Own Success" hosted by 
Ibeji Resource Center and BNICEH (Black Network In Children's Emotional Health)


Looking for Sponsors to offer scholarships to women, girls; underwrite panels, speakers.
Call us: Selena at Ibeji Resource Center 773-761-7306 or Maat at BNICEH 773-416-7366  Tentative economy conference fees on sliding fee scale from $15-50 per person

Corporate/Sponsor fees  TBA
Vendor fees      TBA
Light Breakfast and Lunch included
Libation-drumming-panels, speakers, films

Topics (being finalized with speakers):  Greening women for success,  Personal transformation, Going from homeless to success, Spiritual transformation, Successful women who have overcome obstacles, poverty to achieve success, Women Firsts, and more


Maat  Specials in December through March 2012 
  • Maat now has Nutritional Education by appointment - discount to all who show proof of purchase from  her table, Selena Awoleye,  Ibeji Resource Center, or BNICEH from Rogers Park Holiday Market Sat. November 26 10am-3pm.   773-416-7366 Maat sells:
  • Handcrafted jewelry, cards, dolls, masks, poetry by Maat. Visit her at http://www.maatjewelry.blogspot.com/  and http://www.maatproducts.blogspot.com/

Nutritional Education
Make appointment with Dr. Maat for nutritional education, raw recipes, nutritional  coaching and consulting rates from $50-$250  773-416-7366 maatproducts@hotmail.com

Make a date to meet with her; she visits RAW, Leona's on Sheridan, Heartland Cafe, UnCommon Ground, Karyn's Raw and other sites. In-home consultation--home must be wheelchair-accessible, harmonious (can do reasonable Feng Shui consultation if it is not), and free of  intrusions by bed bugs, roaches, rodents, visitors unless they are also paying for a consultation. Please have someone to attend to family members and pets that  require your attention.

If your home is not accessible and you require in-kitchen or in-home consultation, can do it online with webcam or I can refer you to Hatice Yakuz of pH Balance (her fee is generally $275 for in-kitchen consultation

Maat is at RAW on Thursdays 2-4:30 pm – 131 N. Clinton Chicago (in Chicago French Market)  

Get your alkaline ionized water now from RAW, Richard Khaaliq or  Leslie Scott (since Cousin's closed  October 6,  2011).


Call Maat 773-416-7366 maatproducts@hotmail.com

www.maatjewelry.blogspot.com

http://www.greenthinktankfordisabilitycommunity.blogspot.com/


To Reach Chuck Idol  http://www.chuckidol.com/ or
Support His Concerts
Click on TV link at http://www.americanidol.pro/ 
for Live Concert :

in Hagerstown MD - ask about next concert

Streamed live (online) - Fundraiser for disability group(s)
http://www.americanidol.pro/ and http://www.longislandbuilders.com/


Chuck Idol Sr. will be in concert to raise funds for certain disability groups that help persons who have scoliosis and breast cancer. National Scoliosis Foundation endorses Sound for Scoliosis. BNICEH and IMPRUVE endorse the work of Chuck Idol Sr. through Long Island Builders and American Idol Pro, and his concerts. Long Island Builders LLC and American Idol Pro are bridging business, technology and the disability community. Visit his sites for all dates, information

Now through May 2012 - Volunteers, directors, advisiors, members of IMPRUVE, BNICEH - Move your money to NorthSide Community Federal Credit Union,


May 2012 - Trip to Washington D.C. with IMPRUVE  for NPPMA Memorial rally   (National Paratransit People's Movement Assembly)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Congressional Record Reflects IMPRUVE's Visit to Washington, Charles Idol Jr's Humanitarian Rescue of PWDs, and Need to Improve Paratransit


IMPRUVE thanks Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky for paying tribute to Charles Idol Jr. We honored him and Tim Jay Haynes with awards at a ceremony on August 5, 2011 at AIMMC (Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center) Olson Auditorium 836 W. Wellington Chicago IL 60657
Be sure to visit Green Think Tank Web Pages

IN RECOGNITION OF CHARLES IDOL AND THE NEED FOR IMPROVED PARATRANSIT POLICIES -- (Extensions of Remarks - July 30, 2011)


[Page: E1457] GPO's PDF
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SPEECH OF
HON. JANICE D. SCHAKOWSKY
OF ILLINOIS
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2011

Ms. SCHAKOWSKY. Mr. Speaker, many of our constituents come to Washington, D.C. to meet with their elected officials, to gather for conferences and to attend events. It's not always easy to do--they have to find the funds, take time off from work and often arrange alternative care-giving arrangements for family members. For people with disabilities, there is another obstacle--a transportation system that is often inaccessible because of inadequate infrastructure, poor design or breakdowns.

Today, I want to describe to my colleagues the experience of some Chicagoans who worked hard to surmount those barriers and to recognize Mr. Charles Idol, manager of Clyde's restaurant in Chinatown, who came to their rescue.

This spring, six Chicago residents traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Paratransit Memorial Rally. It wasn't easy for them to get from Chicago to Washington, but they were determined to be here to speak out for improved paratransit policies.

Of the six persons, one is a volunteer from IMPRUVE (the Independent Movement of Paratransit Riders for Unity, Vehicles, Equality) and five are disabled. IMPRUVE is a national organization based in Chicago committed to meeting the transportation needs of people with disabilities. Dr. Ayo Maat, my constituent and President of IMPRUVE, organized the trip and arranged meetings with members of the Illinois delegation, including my office, to discuss paratransit solutions.

Once in Washington, those six Chicagoans were confronted by a situation that underscores the need for improved paratransit policies. The group decided to have dinner in Chinatown and wound up stranded after their meal because there was no accessible transportation back to their hotel. For over two and a half hours, the group tried to find accessible transportation. They called taxi services, Metro Access, the police department and 911 and no one could help them. Despite the fact that the three in wheelchairs could not ride in a regular taxi, their situation was not considered an emergency. One person needed insulin, another needed her epilepsy medicine, yet they were unable to get back to their hotel room because there was no available accessible transportation in our Nation's Capital.

Fortunately, they found Mr. Idol. Dr. Maat wrote to tell me of his generosity, ``Angels do exist and they walk among us as ordinary people with extremely big hearts and compassion and love.'' Mr. Idol worked to find a solution for these six stranded strangers in Chinatown, keeping his restaurant open to them while trying to find accessible transportation. When that attempt failed, he paid for a nearby hotel room for the three persons in wheelchairs who could not ride a regular taxi and sent those who could back to their original hotel so that they could retrieve needed wheelchair batteries and medicine. Meeting Mr. Idol helped avert a possible catastrophe.

But it is unacceptable that people with disabilities have to rely on the kindness of strangers instead of being able to depend on a safe, available and accessible transportation system.

The D.C. metropolitan area has experienced paratransit ridership growth of more than 10 percent per year from 2006 through 2009, a trend that is expected to continue. Here in our Nation's Capital and throughout the country, we still have a long way to go to make sure that growing needs are met.

We have to make improvements in the infrastructure and availability of paratransit so that people with disabilities are able to travel freely--to go to work and school, visit their friends, and come to Congress to make their voices heard.

Again, I want to thank Mr. Idol and I want to thank Dr. Maat and IMPRUVE for their leadership and commitment to paratransit.



Monday, August 8, 2011

Charles Idol Honored and IMPRUVE Recognized in Congressional Record






IN RECOGNITION OF CHARLES IDOL AND THE NEED FOR IMPROVED PARATRANSIT POLICIES -- (Extensions of Remarks - July 30, 2011)


[Page: E1457] GPO's PDF
---SPEECH OF
HON. JANICE D. SCHAKOWSKY
OF ILLINOIS
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2011
•Ms. SCHAKOWSKY. Mr. Speaker, many of our constituents come to Washington, D.C. to meet with their elected officials, to gather for conferences and to attend events. It's not always easy to do--they have to find the funds, take time off from work and often arrange alternative care-giving arrangements for family members. For people with disabilities, there is another obstacle--a transportation system that is often inaccessible because of inadequate infrastructure, poor design or breakdowns.
•Today, I want to describe to my colleagues the experience of some Chicagoans who worked hard to surmount those barriers and to recognize Mr. Charles Idol, manager of Clyde's restaurant in Chinatown, who came to their rescue.
•This spring, six Chicago residents traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Paratransit Memorial Rally. It wasn't easy for them to get from Chicago to Washington but they were determined to be here to speak out for improved paratransit policies. Of the six persons, one is a volunteer from IMPRUVE (the Independent Movement of Paratransit Riders for Unity, Vehicles, Equality) and five are disabled. IMPRUVE is a national organization based in Chicago committed to meeting the transportation needs of people with disabilities. Dr. Ayo Maat, my constituent and President of IMPRUVE, organized the trip and arranged meetings with members of the Illinois delegation, including my office, to discuss paratransit solutions.
•Once in Washington, those six Chicagoans were confronted by a situation that underscores the need for improved paratransit policies. The group decided to have dinner in Chinatown and wound up stranded after their meal because there was no accessible transportation back to their hotel. For over two and a half hours, the group tried to find accessible transportation. They called taxi services, Metro Access, the police department and 911 and no one could help them. Despite the fact that the three in wheelchairs could not ride in a regular taxi, their situation was not considered an emergency. One person needed insulin, another needed her epilepsy medicine, yet they were unable to get back to their hotel room because there was no available accessible transportation in our Nation's Capital.
•Fortunately, they found Mr. Idol. Dr. Maat wrote to tell me of his generosity, ``Angels do exist and they walk among us as ordinary people with extremely big hearts and compassion and love.'' Mr. Idol worked to find a solution for these six stranded strangers in Chinatown, keeping his restaurant open to them while trying to find accessible transportation. When that attempt failed, he paid for a nearby hotel room for the three persons in wheelchairs who could not ride a regular taxi and sent those who could back to their original hotel so that they could retrieve needed wheelchair batteries and medicine. Meeting Mr. Idol helped avert a possible catastrophe.
•But it is unacceptable that people with disabilities have to rely on the kindness of strangers instead of being able to depend on a safe, available and accessible transportation system. The D.C. metropolitan area has experienced paratransit ridership growth of more than 10 percent per year from 2006 through 2009, a trend that is expected to continue. Here in our Nation's Capital and throughout the country, we still have a long way to go to make sure that growing needs are met. We have to make improvements in the infrastructure and availability of paratransit so that people with disabilities are able to travel freely--to go to work and school, visit their friends, and come to Congress to make their voices heard.
•Again, I want to thank Mr. Idol and I want to thank Dr. Maat and IMPRUVE for their leadership and commitment to paratransit.

_______________________________________________________________________
We thank Congresswoman Schakowsky for standing up for paratransit riders and honoring Charles, Idol Jr. with this tribute. We thank the 6 members whom Mr. Idol rescued, including our volunteer Tim Haynes who worked tirelessly to provide personal assistance to Tyquan Baxter and Cecelia Jackson for the entire trip, and emergency assistance to Dr. Maat, Patricia Baxter, Genevarenee Baxter, Tyquan Baxter and Cecelia Jackson while they were stranded, recovering battery chargers and cell phone chargers and medicines to those who needed them thanks to the generosity of Mr. Idol ion paying his taxi costs back and forth between hotels (as he did not require an accessible taxi, and consoling Tyquan when his he was worried or feeling anxiety about his mother being stranded and the group missing our tour of the Capitol due to paratransit being late or going in the wrong direction and quite a distance away when the Capitol was just across the street from Congressional offices.

We also thank Joanne Tillis who stayed behind at the Hilton on May 26 and was able to assist our volunteer Tim Haynes in getting battery charger for Cecelia to take to the Monaco Hotel and attended meeting with Senator Kirk's office on the Capitol.

Despite this, the end result was proof of God's care and love through the service we received at Hilton Garden Inn, Hotel Monaco, Clyde's of Gallery Place, the Congressional staff of Rep. Schakowsky and the cordiality of Sen. Kirk's staff who both promised to work with IMPRUVE and plan a Transit Summit with Sen. Durbin's staff, and the meetings given us by Sen. Durbin's staff (even though no promises were made) and by Rep. Bobby Rush's staff (though promises to honor Charles Idol Jr. and work with Rep. Schakowsky on a Transit Summit for paratransit are still pending) are appreciated.

We did not yet succeed in getting meetings with the President neither his special advisor to disability policy Kareem Dale regarding the Soular Car Project with green employment, nanotechnology, and green accessible housing, but we are still working on it.

Like the kangaroo, we move forward.

Like the oak, we bend, but do not break.

Like my namesake, I am Maat and I bring order to chaos.

Light to the disability community, the Idol family, the paratransit providers and service boards, and drivers. Don't forget to support our fundraisers, buy our tee shirt, send in names of paratransit riders who have passed away since 2010 and support us when we return May 2012 for another National Paratransit Peoples Movement Assembly Memorial Rally for paratransit riders who have passed away and desired a higher quality of life and affordable and green paratransit for all who need it regardless of location, age, gender, purpose of using, or income and better vehicles with better suspension systems across the board, and choice.

I like this saying adapted from my friend in service - Queen Hanah in Tallahassee:
"We are blessed and highly favored."
Ase.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

IMPRUVE Honors Charles Idol Jr. August 5, 2011 and Updates on Soular Car Project

Aug. 5 - Don't miss Congressional record draft about IMPRUVE trip to Washington DC and rescue by Charles Idol Jr. when 6 were stranded will be read as drafted by Rep. Jan Schakowsky at 2:30pm by IMPRUVE at 836 W. Wellington Olson Auditorium AIMMC (Advocate llinois Masonic Medical Center) Chicago 60657 and celebration of Charles Idol Jr.'s rescue



Agenda Summary – Fri. August 5, 2011 AIMMC – Olson Auditorium 2-5:30 pm
836 W. Wellington Chicago IL 60657
IMPRUVE is the Independent Movement of Paratransit Riders for Unity, Vehicles, Equality founded Feb. 2000 773-416-7366

NPPMA is National Paratransit People’s Movement Assembly founded April 2010

Prayer 2:10-2:12pm followed by introduction of directors and guests

1. Reading of Congressional record of IMPRUVE trip to Washington DC
and help and rescue from Charles Idol Jr - final draft from Rep.
Jan Schakowsky's office - 2:30-2:45pm
2. Short award ceremony for Charles Idol Jr.

and pictures with the
Magnificent Seven




who went to Washington DC; Report on NPPMA
Memorial Rally held May 26, 2011 for paratransit riders and board
directors of IMPRUVE or BNICEH who passed away between 2010-2011
2:45-3:05 pm
3. Guest Speaker: United Home Healthcare - Henry Marcus 3:05-3:15 pm –
sign up during break and 4:15-5:20 pm
4. Guest speaker: Lawyer invited from CAC -- Short review or status
of federal paratransit case 3:30-3:45 pm
5. Break 3:45-4:00 pm
6. Guest Speaker: Sy Bounds on Soular Car Project 4:00-4:15 pm
7. Talk with a P.A. (personal asst) for DORS home services
8. Survey of Loan Needs, Financial Needs for Disability Community
Sign up: NorthSide Community Federal Credit Union 4:30-5:15pm
9. NPPMA Report - Ernie Martinez, host of NPPMA Teleconference may
report for 5-10 minutes by cell phone –5:00-5:15 pm
10. Announcements

Thanks again to donors who contributed to make our trip to Washington DC possible and to donor Chuck Idol Sr. (in yellow)

who will be planning a benefit concert for us and putting our song(s) and Maat's lyrics to music and posting on his websites that include www.americanidol.pro

DON’T FORGET TO BUY A TEE SHIRT OR MAKE A DONATION OR JOIN AND PAY DUES IF YOU CAN (impruve2@yahoo.com)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

National Paratransit People's Movement Assembly and IMPRUVE Invite You to Make Dr. Maat's NEV Car a Reality and Try 12 Action Ideas

National Paratransit Peoples Movement Assembly (NPPMA) organized by IMPRUVE
Motto of IMPRUVE "We yield, but we do not break."
Motto of NPPMA: "We move forward like the kangaroo."



Never going backwards, we move along the cutting edge of human rights and disability rights, adopting a 21st century attitude of Transit Equity and compassion for people who live at, near or below poverty;it is an attitude that dispels Transit Eugenics, repeals the notion of establishing any form of a Transit Gestapo, and declares an end to unfair fares and draconian policymaking.

All over the nation, disability rights groups are taking a stand for justice and human rights





We support technology within the green movement and nanofabrication that aligns us closer to Transit Freedom and Justice, green jobs, individual solar-powered and electric cars and a people's Green Paratransit van pool or fleet. This movement does not compete with local government-run paratransit, but stand out on its own as an alternative to reduce costs and carbon pollution while offering a people's choice to provide sustainable service and income to a previously disenfranchised population.

Action Ideas – July-September 2011

"Never underestimate the power of one person." Eleanor Roosevelt

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”- Robert F. Kennedy, former U.S. Atty General

Charles Idol Jr. set a ripple in motion on May 27, 2011 when he did the right thing on behalf of six strangers, 5 of them disabled. See http://www.herald-mail.com/lifestyle/hm-kate-coleman-charlie-idol-does-the-right-thing-20110712,0,4779193.column

Paratransit Blog - July 19, 2011

These action ideas are for paratransit riders, drivers and transit advocates for mass transit and paratransit. Relief for the paratransit rider or fixed route rider must come through our own efforts. We must look out for ourselves and those who have been unable to ride paratransit due to oversize wheelchairs, environmental illness and respiratory illness. IMPRUVE has no problem with paratransit service boards. Our problem is with the high fares they charge and any policies that are so oppressive and manipulative that persons who are disabled (PWDs) are unable to ride and feel that it is a waste of carfare to go to service board meetings and public hearings in their cities.

"One person cooperating in harmony with the divine is a multitude."

Twelve Action Ideas for Paratransit People’s Movement Assembly - July-September2011

1. Donate $15-20. Receive a tee shirt: "WE SHALL NOT BE SILENT" Sat. July 23, 2011 9am-2pm at Disability Pride Parade Daley Center Booth 19 at 50 W. Washington Chicago 60602 or at our next general meeting Fri. August 5th 2-5:30 pm at AIMMC 836 W. Wellington Chicago 60657 in Olson Auditorium receive tee shirt (sizes 1x, 2x, 3x, 45x only) Special order and advance pay required for other sizes.


Funds needed for IMPRUVE and National Paratransit People’s Movement Assembly (NPPMA) to continue work and organizing for the Soular Car Project or Green Paratransit and retire outstanding debt from Washington DC trip. Contact Maat 773-416-7366 re: Soular Car Project

Contact Cece 773-544-9488 or Patricia 224-425-2181 for tee shirts . Patricia also has mystery gift bags and snacks for sale at special events.


2. Donate cash. Donate items to the Silent Auction. Examples: gift cards, gift services, timeshares, airline mileage points, hotel stays, transportation, taxi service, laptops, cell phone minutes, stationery, envelopes, postage stamps, texting, email blasts, phone blitzes, articles, press releases, food or restaurant gift certificates, massage services, etc.

3. Write to your U.S. Senators, U.S. House Representative (Congressman), Senator Tom Latham, chairman of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Senator Rockefeller, chairman of Senate Committee On Commerce, Science and Transportation for a hearing on Green Paratransit run by PWDs to provide Green jobs for PWDs to lift people who are disabled (PWD) out of poverty and provide sustainable income. Contact impruve2@yahoo.com for letter samples.

4. Promote the IMPRUVE Paratransit People’s Movement Assembly on your website and newsgroup. Support the solar-powered and electric cars that we promote. Comment at the link for Dr. Maat's Neighborhood Electric Car: http://drmaatsneighborhoodelectriccar.blogspot.com/


5. Organize 20-100 paratransit riders and their advocates in your region. Inform them to jkeep posted at disability.gov for online townhall meetings and NPPMA twice a month 800 teleconferences. Join NPPMA. Join IMPRUVE on the call with advocates from various states

6. Submit names of paratransit riders who passed away 2010-2011; Make your own Memorial posters to display at public rallies or next year's National Paratransit Memorial Rally to be held during week of Memorial Day holiday

7. Start raising funds now. Set up your own fundraising or ask 30 people to donate $10-30 on your trip for 2012 National Paratransit People's Memorial rally. Can also join NPPMA and set up a memorial rally in your county, city, state or region

8. Organize a press conference and rally in you city to see advocates off when they leave for rallies in their state's capital or Washington DC. Or set n they up one in your city. For the NPPMA, join the national teleconference. Ask to be invited to the biweekly 800 planning teleconferences hosted by South Florida CIL by calling or emailing Ernie Martinez: miamimartinez@gmail.com or ernie@soflacil.org cell:305-776-5573

9. Organize phone blitzes in your state the entire month of August and September until a meeting or hearing is granted to you. Call state legislators and mayor’s or City Council disability offices to send letters on your behalf, too, but especially call or send emails to the White House, Congress, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation chaired by Sen. Rockefeller, House Committee of Rep. Dan Lipinski Jr. that pertains to Transportation, U.S. Access Board, National Disability Policy Consortium, FTA, and print media, TV, radio, cable stations

10. Choose a partner to share rides, hotel room, food when traveling

11. Pray, chant for an end to the disparate impact and oppressive treatment of people with disabilities who ride paratransit. Ask faith leaders to lead a prayer vigilance for paratransit riders and our National Paratransit People’s Movement Assembly

12. Request “The Paratransit Is My Transit” song by email: impruve2@yahoo.com Sing, learn the melody. Bring with you to rallies. Add new stanzas pertaining to your city, county, state if your region is missing from the original song.

IMPRUVE has declared freedom from draconian transit policy on paratransit riders and think it is critical to go to Washington to meet with Congress and transportation officials, and have a national public rally.

We have a plan to improve the current paratransit system and a solution to end or prevent Transit Eugenics that we plan to launch step-by-step between now and 2016—it is a national plan that can be replicated city by city, state by state. By 2020, we expect nanotechnology and green technology to be a natural progression within all paratransit systems to reduce energy consumption and reduce the carbon footprints of PWDs across the world. Those who choose to ride the carriers of their current service boards may continue. We will be an alternative that is strictly rider-owned, rider-controlled, Green, and owned or controlled by us—PWDs!

Visit http://www.greenthinktankfordisabilitycommunity.blogspot.com/
www.groups.yahoo.com/group/IMPRUVE

Follow us on facebook.com, LinkedIn.com,
care2.com, multiply.com, We will provide the Green alternative at a lower rate, with more humanity and compassion, that will be healthier with less environmental harm, and ability for PWDs in oversize wheelchairs to ride, too; we will provide an on-demand and monthly payment plan. The competitive process should not exclude persons who are disabled from having their own service powered by solar energy and other green vehicles. This is a human and civil right, plain and simple. It is the Congress and the DOJ (Dept. of Justice) who must mandate that the FTA enforce the ADA. We must bring high fares down for paratransit and ensure that all who need the service will receive it. Paratransit was created for us, not the service boards, the FTA, or Congress. They are obligated to DOobligated to provide Transit Equity and enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

We are obligated to stand up for our rights and have a Congress that cares about PWDs who ride paratransit. As Congress and states continue to slash services, we must continue to quash budget cuts that isolate us, impact our well-being, force us into hospitals and residential institutions, and force service boards to raise fares to unconscionable rates as was done by Metro Access in DC and in South Florida and other states, or enact draconian policies that make it difficult for us to ride paratransit.

The service cuts of Congress and local government are undesired for the masses and draconian for the disability community, not just ridiculous, but life-threatening.

Dr. Cornel West said [of the service cuts to American society], "We may have to use civil disobedience, but all of us do not have to get arrested."

There are ways for abled-bodied society to accomplish this at the ballot box, in spending choices, boycotts, alternative transit such as walking, skating, bicycling, carpooling, segways, solar cars, electric cars, etc.

Boycotts do not work without alternative choices. For people who are disabled and low income and have no access to free or affordable Medicars, and cannot ride mainline fixed route buses or trains or do not have accessible buses and trains that run within close proximity to them, there are no alternatives to the paratransit. Most paratransit riders even if supportive of the cause, would be unable to boycott.

Therefore, boycotts would be ineffective for us without alternative accessible transportation. Unlike the Montgomery Bus Boycott, we cannot walk or catch a ride to our destinations. There are no wheelchair taxis in most cities. Chicago has them, DC has them, even St. Petersburg FL has them, but the costs are beyond reach of the average paratransit rider. Detroit does not have them!

Building our own paratransit system is the most effective. It can operate even while the city-run, county-run or state-run public paratransit operates. Having the ear of Congress and the President for our cost-cutting plan, advocacy and meetings with the FTA and U.S. Access Board, and DOJ to mandate enforcement of the ADA are more effective.

Be sure to support our affiliates, supporters, and sponsors of the NEV and green jobs for PWDs who will hire affiliate Sy Bounds to represent mutual interests in assembly, sales, insurance and conversion (for accessibility) of the solar-powered or electric NEV to benefit PWDs and Baby Boomers

Sy Bounds has done much to promote innovative technology, support groups across the state, and blogs about it constantly. He is on facebook, too.





So we move forward like the kangaroo, never backwards.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

NPPMA and IMPRUVE Demand Transit Summit ASAP and Relief for Paratransit Riders

NPMMA and IMPRUVE went to Washington DC May 24-30, 2011 for National Paratranist Memorial Rally.  While there, they advocated for Congress to call a Transit Summit on Paratransit to end the Transit  Gestapo, and advocated for the Green Paratransit, Soular NEV Project, Reduced or rolled back paratransit fares.  At up to $7 a trip, Metro Access in DC has the highest fares!!  Chicago fares are $3 for a zone system that is unequitable and prevents  many riders from traveling who because of their disability require vans with ramps  instead of the high lifts of MV Transportation in vans that are pain and injury traps due to their crowded space, poor shocks and suspension system and lifts that break down because they cannot carry the weight  of the wheelchair and client.

NPMMA is the National Paratransit People's Movement Assembly. NPPMA held a memorial rally for the following paratransit riders and persosn with disabilities (PWD's) who have passed away--some are former directors and officers of IMPRUVE or its parent company BNICEH:
  • Omar Basheer (former presidnet, vice pres, BNICEH)
  • Alyce Battle  (former vice president, treasurer, BNICEH)
  • Tracey Berry
  • Wilber Derry
  • Edith Gould
  • Ora Harris (former vice president, secy BNICEH, member of IMPRUVE)
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Kimberly Rabb
  • et al

Dr. Maat demands Fix Paratransit Now 
Congress, Obama administration US DOT all focus on high speed rail & highway infrastructure
while leaving paratransit riders at the mercy of the Transit Gestapo


Timothy Hyanes and Tony Lowe lend support at NPMMA rally
Union Station, Chicago 



Timothy Haynes is all thumbs up, encouraging IMPRUVE
not to be silent about Transit Eugenics


Tom Babbington signs landmark  
Declaration of Transit  Freedom and Justice
declaring the rights of paratransit riders to
Safe, Affordable, Accessible Paratransit Service
with Comparable Service to  Fixed Route buses and trains
and calling for a  Green Paratransit run by riders and a
Congressional Transit Summit on Paratransit with
IMPRUVE, NPPMA, FTA,  Congressional Transportation Committees,
Subcommittees, and Paratransit Riders Seated at the Table


Paratransit Advocates from IMPRUVE  take a photo break 
while fellow advocates work both ends and inside of Union Station  for signatures on Declaration of Transit Freedom and Justice and singing of "The Paratransit is My Transit" at Union Station, Chicago 
L to R:  JoanneTillis, Patricia Baxter, Cecelia Jackson, Ayo Maat
Timothy Haynes, front


Next NPPMA Teleconference hosted by Ernie Martinez,
South Florida Center for Independent Living,  is
Wed. June 15 at 2 pm CDT 800-204-5502 PIN 938460
Ernie's  cell: 305-776-5573

Info Dr. Maat, IMPRUVE and NPPMA
773-416-7366

Post your paratransit news, threats of fare increases, service cuts, policy that violates ADA, Transit Equity
Request Congressional Transit Summit in your region

Join Green Think Tank for the Disability Community on LinkedIn.com or comment here with your request to join

Request Powerpoint Presentation on
Green Paratransit or Soular Car Project 

Download Declaration of Transit Freedom and Justice
Sign, Comment, Get signatures and send to IMPRUVE
Attn:  Maat 6951 N. Sheridan Rd Chicago IL 60626-3527
 
Request news on Charles Idol who rescued PWD's
at Clyde's 700-7th St NW Washington DC
on Friday May 27, 2011

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Green Think Tank Joins Discussion of Disaster, Sexual Violence and Why Green Makes More Sense Now Than Ever



How do we justify supporting an administration that on the one hand seems arrogant and absorbed in the agenda of the wealthy, warring against those who are disabled or low income and living at the same income for the past 3 years;
 neglectful of issues and reparations for those who are of the race considered Black, Moorish, Afrikan, Nubian, Kemetic, or Hebrew; non-supportive of clean air, green policies, and nanotechnology; anti-paratransit or unwilling to transform transit eugenics to transit justice for paratransit riders, and disconnected from the little people with the big hearts and high hopes—those voters whose energy, enthusiasm for change, and $5 contributions placed President Obama in office—that is how do we support politics and media spins above spiritual discernment and right leadership?

What can we do? Nature seems to be raging out of control alongside poverty, unemployment, hunger, and the trials of living beneath Justice and the Law established without beginning or end, consideration of location, age, gender, or income.

Is it right to support this President whom some will discover may go down in real history, not the fabricated annals of political figureheads and Tea Party “diss” sheets or presidential hopefuls, or the rants and raves of disappointed and impatient voters, as the greatest American president in world history, all prejudices aside?

Send Light.
Seems so simple. It is.

What is difficult is to think that we are still victims enslaved to poverty, unemployment, mental degradation, ill will, separation from Light and the Creator.

Never underestimate or discount what a few en-Lightened people working with purpose, perseverance, Principle, compassion, Love and determined Spirit can do when united and single-Minded.

Can we stop crime?--absolutely. Reverse hunger? Stop sodomy and rape behind, inside and outside the walls? Why not? Do we think that we are less than the early healers, light workers (or light bearers), and ones who with their wisdom accumulated great power and wealth to prosper and feed the people? Are we on facebook just to criticize and leave it at that without healing the situations or adding to the good? If so, then we have left our work undone and things will remain unchanged or only temporarily solved until we take our stand for what is right and selfless, no matter how radical it seems to those who hide in fear behind guns, laws to limit the people’s power and cut essential services, false teachers and ruthless leaders.

We should be tired of rehearsing for the role of leadership, prosperity, success or healing, yet getting on the stage only to give a performance of mediocrity, fear, bitterness, anger, ill will, or perpetual illness and impoverished thinking. We are better than that. We are stars unbound to any universe of darkness. We say laugh off the problems of the world. Humor in its place can be healing, but out of place and used to tease, is deafening to the ears of those who are too fragile in their emotions to deduce and discern the unreal or comedy from reality.

We worship leaders who are false gods to a race starved of Love, Wisdom, Truth, Justice and Light. We buy products founded on greed and quick profit whose claims of help and healing fall by the weight of their deception. Yet, we are surrounded by a few men and women who are known to the universe by the Light they share, so many of them ordinary to the human eye, extraordinary to the spiritual eye. And they are found everywhere—in prisons, jails, shelters, mental facilities, hospitals, schools, research institutes, nonprofit foundations, on park benches, in your neighborhood, and sometimes in your own family--the strange ones you might say, but those who see recognize them every time. The hidden avatars. The unknown and uncelebrated sentinels of mankind and life abundant in grace. We are blessed not because of some religious edict or mantra, but because of the way we are made. We seldom realize our greatness, because we focus on our shortcomings and out of place thoughts that we recover from the trash.

What more can be said for the greatest beings on this planet (the real men -male and female, who under all circumstances (war, rape, racism, murder, poverty, hunger, corruption, imbalance in the wealth, destruction of natural resources, climate change, lies, criticism, mistakes and pressure) still Love and still give of their Light to mankind) than that we must be grateful for those among us or each one who holds the balance of Light, Love and Justice for the planet and stand ready to carve perfection out of what seems imperfection, and order out of chaos. Why sit and wait for the fall of a people, race, city, state, nation or a world when we have been equipped with the Mind of God to renew our thinking and transform this world? No Nobel Peace Prize necessary--just do it! We must. The universe is open to the thinkers, the innovators, the ones who need no tsunami to rise or who having experienced one, or had their crisis behind the walls or in the community, are transformed. No going back. Move forward. Ase. The power that we are given or re-discover when we focus more on who or what we are, what our purpose is, what spiritual gifts we are endowed with, who the Most High is and what we are as His heirs can take the original man and the human race a long way. Too often we all get caught up in these human vessels and forget that we are here to be separate from the melee, to keep crime in check that we may come out of the fields of toil in suffering and victimization to heal the sick, raise the hope and rise to new levels of demonstration despite all obstacles, criticism and barriers.

There are green opportunities for and within the disability community; and opportunities to heal mentally from holding onto anger, fear, and failure to forgive those we blame. 

There are also old ways of healing that have become popular again as healthcare costs spiral out of control and disasters require quick thinking, quick action and healing resources outside of medical facilities.

Allow me to share this interview and discussion of barefoot medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine - TCM) with Dr. Frank Yurasek, M.D. who turned to TCM  and Dr. Ayo Maat, conducted  in 2009 by Michael at WLUW from the Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park.

http://westsideinteractivetraininginstitute.blogspot.com/2010/09/sharing-extending-modern-ancienct-best_6217.html

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Green Think Tank, Disability Community, Transit Advocate and Public Support for IMPRUVE

The Green Think Tank for the Disability Community requests the support nationwide of all who work in disability, nanotechnology, nanofabrication, transit, paratransiting, rehab engineering, all STEM subjects, community organizing for the National Memorial Rally of IMPRUVE Peoples Movement Assembly in Washington D.C. May 23-27, 2011

Teleconference call is Thursday April 13, 2011 at 2 pm CDT at Rondee Comment or email greenthinktank@comcast.net or contact Dr. Maat to get invited to the call for the DC trip.

You are referred for further details to March 1, 2011 post on this site

The rally is being conducted in memorial to these disability and paratransit advocates who passed in transition from 2010-2011, three of whom served on the board of directors of IMPRUVE or its parent company BNICEH:


- Omar Basheer (passed July 2010) former president and vice president,
BNICEH; supported IMPRUVE events, fundraisers;
could not ride MV paratransit provider vehicles in
Zone 3 Chicago

- Alyce Battle (passed Dec. 2010) former vice president and secy, IMPRUVE
proctor, BNICEH ATOD programs at Probation Challenge
paratransit advocate, Zone 3 Chicago (had difficulty
riding in MV vehicles)

- Tracey Berry (passed April 2010) paratransit advocate Zone 1 Chicago

- Ora Harris (passed March 17, 2011) former vice president and secy,
BNICEH; IMPRUVE member, paratransit advocate, Zone 3
Chicago (had difficulty riding in MV vehicles)

You are invited to submit and carry posters of the paratransit riders in your city, county or state who have passed into transition.

Main goals of rally:

. Call attention to the plight of paratransit riders nationally

. Deliver Declaration of Transit Freedom and Justice to the Obama
administration, U.S. Access Board, Federal Transit Administration(FTA),
Dept. of Justice, (DOJ), Congress, AAPD (American Association of
People with Disabilities), and U.S. Secy of Transportation

. Garner Support to Establish a Green Paratransit first in Chicago that
can be replicated in cities across thae nation, then internationally

. Sing The Paratransit Is My Transit song in tribute to paratransit
riders who have passed and those who remain


email: impruve2@yahoo.com

greenthinktank@comcast.net

Find us also as groups on LinkedIn.com under Green Paratransit Think Tank and Green Think Tank for the Disability Community
and IMPRUVE Paratransit Minuteman Campaign is on care2.com

Photo Remembrances of Those We are Memorializing May 23-27, 2011 will be posted later