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Beautiful Black girl
Who caused your self-hate?
Not being able to relate
to no one but the same?

Too busy teaching
Couldn’t imagine your hurt,
lack of self-worth

Leading by example
must be conscious
must be deliberate
Shouldn’t be left up to chance,
a lottery we can’t afford to enter.

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You talked with me,
You listened to me,
You laughed with me,
You praised me,
You wined and dined me,
You took care of me,
You protected me,
You held me,
You made love to me…

…in less than a day
yet it felt like forever.

I love you.

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IDEA#347: Require School Employees to Live in the Districts They Serve

For at least economic and community building purposes, if the thought ever occurred to you to require teachers to live in the districts in which they teach, here’s the reason why that can’t happen:

18A:26-1.1. Residence requirements prohibited
    No board of education of any school district shall require any teaching staff member to reside within the school district within which he is employed.
 L.1967, c.271.

A debate will ensue, of course. But something to point out: This law was passed somewhere near the end of 1967, or at least after July. What happened in July 1967? The Newark Rebellion. Which part of its aftermath was a dramatic shift in the demographics of the public schools to majority Black. White families fled, and someone felt the need to make sure no teachers were stuck here either.

Laws and policies are created in response to a society’s values. What are our values? What’s important to us? How do our current laws and policies reflect these values?

Too bad no chapter law from 1967 is readily available on the NJ Legislature’s website. More research is needed…


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Out of Body

Who’s that girl?
Who’s that girl?
Who’s that girl?
Out of body.

I don’t remember
what I did last night,
what I said at the mic.

you hugged
you kissed
you smiled
you stared
you applauded…
someone who really wasn’t there.

Whose eyes are these
glaring back at me?
Don’t know if I’ll ever
see what you see.

I want to though.

How dynamic would that be?
If I could
See my whole self?
Embrace my whole self?
Love my whole self?
BE my whole self?

Damn! Yeah, that would be phenomenal–
phenomenally me…

But first, I’d have to go
out of body.

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How many does it take

to start a revolution?

a mutiny?

a rebellion?

an uprising?

…a recount???


Don’t sign my name on the dotted line

or cut no check for me!

Pressed a thousand times over,

yet the type is set

the pages numbered

the booklets folded

and the sunshine yellow cover stamped: 2012-2015.


How many does it take?

just 1

each and every 1 of us

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No Apologies

I don’t apologize.

Why should I?

For requesting

…a smaller class size?

…a positive quality of life?

…living with no strife?


I don’t apologize.

Why should I?

For standing on principle?

For thinking beyond self?

For struggling against those with wealth?


I don’t apologize.

Why should I?

For wanting to make a change?

For knowing my union history?

For being able to think critically?


I’ll never apologize.

Still think I’m a lie?