Posted on May 29, 2009 by Juan Sky
I can’t lie – I was pretty pissed off when I first heard of the Albuquerque Public Schools cheese sandwich debacle a few months ago.
Growing up in Southeastern New Mexico as a child in a low-income family, I know how it feels to have to eat a free lunch and be scorned by other students for not being able to pay for it. Yet, APS took it to a whole other level when it began punishing students because their parents didn’t pay their lunch tab.
Yet, now we just learned from APS Superintendent Winston Brooks that the district had money to cover the lunch debt all along. In fact, the $140,000 lunch debt reported by the district seems rather insignificant when compared to the $16 million that APS just “discovered.”
But this is not to say that that the lunch debt is the biggest issue here. It just automatically came to mind because this “discovery” of money could have led to many APS children eating healthier and not being degraded as a result of eating the “poor kids” lunch.
Let’s face it…
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Posted on March 30, 2009 by Juan Sky
What does this statement even mean? Mainly it’s talking of how Hispanics, Native-Americans, and African-Americans across the country are getting reacquainted with their roots in the soil.
I’m sure that most people of color are aware of these roots, but they have other issues (getting a good education, finding a good job, surviving in this crazy world) to worry about, than to think about organic farming and working on sustainability and conservation. Yet what I’m going to be saying by the end of this is that this green thing that many of us have been ignoring is one of the simple answers to help improve our lives and our communities.
My first major act of environmentalism was also an act of survival.
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