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Where “First Five Years Fund” and the Manic Push for ever more: Universal Preschool/EARLY Head Start meets the National Fatherhood Initiative’s purposes within TANF. A closer look at perhaps WHY the NGA (incl. former California – Republican – Gov. Pete Wilson) was so excited about all this in the 1990s. See also Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological THEORY of Human Development @ Cornell, and (along with Yale Child Study Center), its influence on the field of Child Development [Orig. Oct 2016; Now, Feb. 2018]

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#BLOGGING CONTEXT (>February 25, 2018) SECTION:

(This section is approximately the top half of this 12,500-word post; it also covers some current headline issues, with images, which overlap with this subject matter.  Word-count seems to include captions to images also; and there are many!

The bottom half, which is so marked, reflects my writing and research as of October, 2016, effectively a snapshot in time, and includes my flagging certain nonprofits, and practices refined and obtained from conferences to “Build Healthy Places Network,” and others.  This time, at the very last moment before publishing, seeking only to replace expired links (and the photos which went with them), I discovered that the same nonprofit (Youth Uprising, Inc.) I’d flagged then became the focus of a local civil grand jury the following year (summer 2017).  Build Healthy Places Network got my attention through two of its individuals (Doug Jutte, Lisa Chamberlain) presenting at a “Purpose Built Communities” conference in 2015, which Youth UpRising leadership had attended. Their focus is overcoming “silos” cross-sector collaboration (i.e., centralization) of public resources, specifically “Community Development” and “Health Sectors” — but involving the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.  Get used to this concept — it’s here, well-funded, and seems well-organized.  And watch out!

ABOUT THAT: Youth UpRising, Inc., was also getting into affordable housing and charter schools, but when it came to the affordable housing, kept it “in-house” and served as fiscal agent.  There’s been plenty of news since (Blog “Great School Voices,” see also the “About” on that blogger Dirk Tillotsen (I just signed up to follow), but I overall on the news of this particular situation, don’t see many posting specific EIN#s to show the tax returns, or recommendations any member of the public go look them up, and look up California’s unique practice of requiring charitable trusts that receive government grants to identify from EXACTLY which sources they came, on their “RRFs.”)

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(Image gallery above):  You’ll also see below that in October 2016, I’d noticed the Youth Uprising’s director participation in a 2015 conference labeled “Purpose-Built Communities” and noticed then that “Castlemont Renaissance” didn’t seem to have a business entity listing: why not was discovered only in the subsequent news on the grand jury report — there wasn’t one.  It’d been operated with YU as its fiscal agent (shown in body of post, below).  Nevertheless, that didn’t stop its website from having described it as having an Executive Director and Board Members, which was where I made the connection to “Purpose Built Communities.” Complex, colorful, people-filled websites with catchy logos and slogans BUT NO SELF-REVELATION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE NAME IS A LEGITIMATE, REGISTERED BUSINESS ENTITY, WHEN THE FOCUS IS PUBLIC FUNDED INSTITUTIONS AND TRANSFORMING THEM, IS COMMONPLACE, BUT IT’S A PROBLEM! IT OBSCURING PUBLIC FINANCING TRANSPARENCY. IT ALSO INDICATES POTENTIAL SIGNIFICANT DIVERSIONS OF THOSE FUNDS, AND POSSIBLE TAX EVASION (FRAUD) FOR INVOLVED PRIVATE PARTIES. After just exploring the website, scouring it for any reference to its own financials (none found!) I then tried “990finder” and found a private foundation started in just 2012 (no 2016 return found yet!) which showed the Warren Buffett and “C F Foundation” initial donors, related entities and focus on real estate development, with related entities (A shopping center and holding company) and the practice of providing development loans for other places. …So the person in Oakland was simply following the “holistic model” and plenty of County and/or School Board personnel went along with it…

Meanwhile, “Build Healthy Places Network” (or “BHPN”) which I researched for an hour or so after publishing this post, to determine whether it was a registered organization or a project of some other organization and if so, which one, turns out to be a project of  Public Health Institute (“PHI”) of Oakland (See HERE, which however calls a person whose name I’d marked (alongside one other) in the Oct. 2016 post) is called “Executive Director,” implying some separate business entity BHPN actually exists.  In California at least, it doesn’t)… Meanwhile PHI’s  charitable trust status is labeled, unusually, not “Current” or “Delinquent” but “Incomplete Reporting” — and the $100-million-dollar revenues (some years) entity’s “Details” page is littered with letters from the Dept. of Justice (Office of Attorney General, which regulates the charities) asking it to kindly send in the missing reports — and (other letters) do so completely and accurately, with the required fees, or get suspended.  Unfortunately, this one may be as a charity, around since 1960s and well-embedded in the health services delivery system (some, globally), considered “too big to fail” no matter what.  (Searchable by name or EIN# 941646278, at this “Verification” Statewide database access page).

I’m posting three images here; one from PHI and two from the ‘Build Healthy Places” “About” website, my heavy annotations are recent.

The post-publication expanded tan section/s above may be moved to a follow-up post.  {{2/28/2018}}

For every post (so far, the count is 751), there are one or more posts in draft.  I sometimes remember material researched and put assembled, written up in a post, as having been published, then am reminded, belatedly while referencing in a subsequent one years later, yes it was written, but no, it wasn’t actually published

For example, this post, “Where “First Five Years Fund” and the Manic Push for ever more: Universal Preschool/EARLY Head Start meets the National Fatherhood Initiative’s purposes within TANF. A closer look at perhaps WHY the NGA (incl. former California – Republican – Gov. Pete Wilson) was so excited about all this in the 1990s. See also Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological THEORY of Human Development @ Cornell, and (along with Yale Child Study Center), its influence on the field of Child Development”  I see was first written around the time of our most recent U.S. Presidential Election in Fall (mid-October) 2016, but didn’t make it out of draft status then.

Around mid-February, 2018, I discovered (ironically, in a Winter 2016 publication on a Fall 2015 “Family Transitions” conference in Maryland) some key connections between the two women leading the “Centers” (one, a nonprofit, the other, apparently not a distinct entity, but housed in a public university, “UBaltimore” School of Law) which stated they’d both studied under a Dr. Urie Bronfenbrenner. Notice that both (I believe) individuals were also active on a state-level child custody decision-making committee, which the conference as convened, in part, to talk about. A state legislator was there… (Next image has been posted at least twice previously):

How reviewing “Families in Transitions” came up:  

Recently, I’d been talking (posting) on the sentence “FamiliesChange” as a chosen web domain exported from the (Canadian charity) “Justice Education Society of BC” into the U.S. as part of its international outreach operations, and directly as to California Courts websites, and indirectly through sponsored (primarily by Legal Services Corporation grants to statewide nonprofit legal aid associations), through statewide legal aid entities in, so far: Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine. Next two images:

As previously posted..  When I checked [Connecticut’s] state judicial website first, no visible direct link [to the CT.FamiliesChange.org page] — but a search (already knowing the search term, “Families Change” produced one announcement, over a year ago). Image, my comment in yellow typo: “LCS” should be “LSC” for Legal Services Corporation (a US Congressionally-created funding resource for state-level legal aid associations, to increase access to (civil) justice for the poor.

From the Canadian charity (Justice Education Society of BC) website describing “Families Change” and some of its USA activities, as previously posted..

Not to mention other website development (though not involving “FamiliesChange” website) into a suburb? of Cleveland Ohio, Garfield Heights Municipal Court.  Which municipal court comes, as far as family matters (and DV) are concerned underneath Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court which I found running mandatory parent-education courses (a special Rule 34, “Divorce Seminar” had been created to run the programming in June, 1994), only court-approved ones, naturally.  One court-approved divorce seminar provided by an entity with no identifiable business IDentity in Ohio, but BY “Beech Brook” (a “behavioral health agency” with a focus on foster and adoptive families, $45/parent) and the other (meant for parents forced to take the course outside of Ohio, or Spanish-speaking) run by a known AFCC professional, whose books (with co-author) are being promoted actively through FamiliesChange website in California, and elsewhere.  (Children in Between, formerly “Children in the Middle On-Line” provided by The Center for Divorce Education).

(Below, two images with maps show Ohio within the US (near Lake Erie/Great Lakes), Cuyahoga County within Ohio, and Garfield Heights within that county – as previously posted. For more info see “Missing Link” post, 2/10/2018 and “FamiliesChange the Sentence” post, 2/14/2018. Full titles with links at the end of this section).


Cuyahoga County within Ohio; Ohio within the USA (note near the Great Lakes)..

Garfield Heights (contains a Municipal Court whose website had design help from Canadian Charity JES of BC, per them).




The strands and networking activity within and around family /”divorce” courts and — for at least one of the two people whose “centers” co-sponsored a 2015 “Family Transitions” conference I blogged recently — connections,** along with  consistent loyalty to promote (the AFCC’s basic protocol, languages, and strategic goals and ways to reach them, i.e., from centers within law schools) which these two individuals represent are significant.

**Jan. 30, 2018 Note from the Managing Editor at Family Court Review  (FCR) indicating 20 junior staff members (also students) have been selected to work alongside the editorial staff.  One of the many benefits of publishing from a private university’s law school.

However the current editor-in-chief is Barbara Babb.  Jan. 30, 2018 message, jointly with Robert E. Emery (also presenting — see image — at the above Family Transitions conference), honoring recently deceased leadership, Professor Herbie J. DiFonzo.  From the link, click on her name; she’s editor in chief. This is a position of significant influence, and a recent (FY2015) search for editor in chief made it quite clear that though jointly-published with a private university, FCR is indeed the voice of AFCC and is to reflect its memberships’ interests and concerns, and work closely with the board, although (technically speaking) the editor-in-chief is still independent of them.  See also from the AFCC website (Rob’t E. Emery is apparently “Social Science Editor” although this links to an announcement of the search for one. Right sidebar shows Family Court Review leadership (3 individuals named).

Even if they weren’t, I still believe this draft should still be published on two counts, that is,  on both:

Count (1), the Education Transformation Trademarked & Networked Nonprofits (or, “Nonprofit Networks“) (ETTNNs, a recently coined term — mine) which I was blogging late 2016-mid 2017, but is still relevant, and

Count (2), the ongoing, and frequently successful attempts to saturate family court proceedings with force-fed parenting or other psychoeducational, behavioral modification, attitude adjustment or just plain indoctrination courses, typically trademarked — which create corresponding income streams for some, and expenses for others), with recent overt indicators (for those who pay attention to certain court websites) of taking family court operations and business enterprises internationally, especially with the United States’ (the lower 48’s contiguous) northern, and Alaska’s southeastern North American neighbor, CANADA.

These two types of causes are following similar practices under different names, thereby (exponentially) increasing the number of untrackable, large, small, intermediary, statewide, regional, national (umbrella) and “et cetera” kinds of tax-exempt corporations (501©3s, nonprofits, whatever else they may be called) MOST of which if not directly taking government contributions, or contracts, or in the case of some, BOTH, are also operating within or around (with intent to “surround”) public institutions already supported by the public while, ironically, often studying how to unburden the “low-income” populations which are both as members of the workforce and as having taxes deducted from their wages and the other many ways employees contribute to the fiscal resources of public institutions (a.k.a. governments, that is, government entities…).

That is, in addition to the virtual “shadow” government as represented by networked organizations which by their very names include they represent one or another public function, as I took much time laying out (as I recall) throughout 2017 — the NGA, NCSC, NCSL, NASMHD,  the ICMA (City/County Managers’ Association AND its retirement (institutional investment manager) organization), and many more, and that’s only taking into account those whose membership is limited to those holding public office.   The “N” in those titles representing the word “National” but the “I” in ICMA, “International.”  As I’m referencing this now, I also remember another “International” one, “ICLEI” whose origins seem to be from outside the USA (Canada, specifically), and which acronym would be in a post title.

FamilyCourtMatters.org Search for my posts labeled or about “ICLEI” brings up two. (The search function on top right, or replace the search string in the url here to change it).  Here’s a search (on this blog) for posts labeled or about “ICMA.” For more on what I referred to in as a virtual “shadow” government (not quite sure whether quotes are even needed; it’s so established by now), search one of the above acronyms, or see the “Footnote” to this post which deals with the long middle section of its title, and references the page:

Do you Know Your NGA?  Post-PRWORA, 1998 Stealth, Coordinated Expansion/Diversion of Welfare Funds based on Sociological, Quasi-Religious Ideology on the Ideal Family Structure (the offspring of The 1965 Moynihan Report), Facilitated by (A) At least 39 of the Nation’s Governors and (B) as Coached by Wade Horn ℅ The National Fatherhood Initiative (Page Added 9/2016) [<==with a shortlink, courtesy “tinyurl.com” (Yes, that huge title is just one link — and thanks to tinyurl,  the URL, at least, is small enough to tweet, about 29 characters):]

Image #1 of 2 from my Sep. 2016, updated Apr. 2017 post, “Do You Know Your…?” with minor annotations.

Image #2 of 2 from my Sep. 2016, updated Apr. 2017 post, “Do You Know Your…?” with minor annotations.

Two screenprints here show how it starts and also summarize some of my concerns at that time regarding public/private control of public education (and family courts, “human development,” the courts, etc.) and the difficulty of having conversations on censored subject matter many people are simply unaware of, which hasn’t prevented extreme partisan ship based on hot-issue (gun control, for example, or how to handle (prosecute, or treat?) domestic violence, etc.  For more, see bottom of this post and/or that one.


… So I went looking for my earlier post on Urie Bronfenbrenner and the Center at Cornell; found one, and another, this one, in draft.

First, I added an extended “Preview” tying some of the backgrounds of Cornell and the “College of Human Ecology” which I feel reflect some of the essential characteristics, over the decades (some, since the 1860s), of still elitist views to exploit access to the public to develop theories on how best “we” should be managed.

That took a while, and after about a day’s work on this, I decided to addressing it separately,  in part because of enough expired (since only Oct. 2016!) links in this post as previously written; and in part because it should be broken into smaller segments, not expanded with a background designed to add some depth and historical development to the situation.

. . . . [Material added, then deleted and temporarily parked at (Post title with shortlink, as started 2/17/2018, elsewhere):Ecology (Colleges of), Psychology, and Cornell. Why The History of the American University System Still Matters. (shortlink ending “-8F5”)   Subtitle: Some Historic Problems — Design Flaws, or Inherent Design Genius, depending one’s perspective, with The American University System]. . . . .

Because this situation is in transit, the connective tissue — just like in any transit system — isn’t fully in place. There may be some dead-ends in the narrative until it’s finalized… (: //LGH Feb. 17, 2018.

APA Distinguished Scientific Award for the Application of Psychology (shared in 2003 by Ceci + Loftus). Referenced and linked, but this image not previously posted. Ceci (Cornell) also associated with (the late; d. 2005) Bronfenbrenner

As described above. Award series started in 1973 and had few women; Elizabeth J. Loftus was only the fourth. 2017 Awardee is a woman, but 2015 is Michael E. Lamb, (<==link commending Richard Warshak’s “Divorce Poison” along other promos referencing “parental alienation.”  I’ll also image separately here)… well known (by some of us dealing with custody courts after DV) in fatherhood/fathers rights circles.

A section on Communities In Schools (an education transformation network started apparently in 1977 and gone national now) was also removed, developed, and has just been published, Feb. 23, 2018….  It has some material on the Bronfenbrenner and colleagues’ at Cornell, or on similar projects overlapping with family court concerns (such as the “malleability of human memory, i.e., reliability of child witnesses of their own sexual abuse, a field well-developed and rewarded with honors by another man who worked (apparently alongside or with) Bronfenbrenner at Cornell, and shared an award with Elizabeth J. Loftus (now at U.C. Irvine).  Another (2015? recipient of the same award was Michael E. Lamb).

From this website (adjusted/scrolled down to show Michael Lamb’s testimonial for Warshak’s “Divorce Poison,” about parental alienation, a malignant form of child abuse, etc.). As it says, Warshak is indeed “Psychologist & Author,” particularly author..

Images added from the APA Distinguished Scientific Applications for Psychology award, granted in 2015 to Michael E. Lamb, reflecting, or at least indicating where he’s coming from and whom approves (book testimonial for “Divorce Poison” by Warshak).  As the APA thinks this individual (M.E. Lamb) is apparently a good spokesman for scientific applications for psychology and outside indicators show he’s well within the “parental alienation” // AFCC propaganda rhetoric, it’s fair to take this also as possibly reflecting the APA’s position itself.  I say this not based on just single “factoids.” (See nearby image annotated in pink, blue, and yellow.  The pink top border color is mine, arbitrary, and the annotations reflect my being talkative on the topic, having recently looked closer at Warshak’s background as well as that of one of his mentors(?) and much senior co-author, John Santrock, who also provides right side-bar approvals.)

Meanwhile, which by now is NOT news to people reading this blog, there has been a major school shooting in Florida, resulting in other information added to my most recent post, Communities in Schools… Go find those tax returns!. I then took a look at the Broward County Public School System (vs. county) ways of disclosing their own financials, and urged readers to get a better grip on what is a school district, and what lines of work it is in. //LGH 2-24-2018.

Related posts to the BLOGGING CONTEXT (>Feb. 25, 2018) SECTION include (but aren’t limited to):

**Little did I know while working on that, that Valentine’s Day was anything but happy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, within the Broward County {Florida} Public Schools (School District) and per Wikipedia the only high school in Parkland. It has a low poverty rate.  It’s in a large school district; the only larger one in Florida apparently being in nearby Miami and yet somehow here — not some inner city, urban impoverished neighborhood, becomes the one with the latest school and a large massacre…(Bulleted list of several news articles on it below).

What is going on in such schools?  What does this say about U.S. practice of concentrating masses of students DAILY, MOST of the DAY,  in public schools, and massive investments in the real estate, administration, staffing, maintenance, insurance, upkeep and expansion in general?  I think, much!

Parkland (Wikipedia) is within the Greater Miami area, but itself not that large by population and known (see city name) for its zoning protecting the environment.  It also seems to be majority white, and median household income, fairly substantial (as reported fully 8 years ago, in 2010) (nearby image in blue borders):

(Alphabetical List of FL counties from FL DMV. Broward County School District is the second largest in FL, nearby Miami’s is first, acc. to an (outdated, but Wiki’s latest) 2008 listing of largest in the nation.)

Where is Broward County? DMV Florida Map Shows.  What about Parkman? It’s within the Miami metropolitan area, only much smaller in size.

(CNN)When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school

[<== From that link:  (CNN)The Florida deputy who waited outside as a gunman targeted staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17, was twice nominated as the School Resource Deputy of the Year and won the award in 2014, personnel records obtained by CNN show. | para. break | Deputy Scot Peterson resigned following his suspension Thursday, after being accused of doing nothing to stop last week’s massacre. An internal investigation is pending].

What these Coral Springs officers observed — though not their feelings about it — will be released in a report, likely next week. Sources cautioned that tapes are currently being reviewed and official accounts could ultimately differ from recollections of officers on the scene. | para. break |  The resentment among Coral Springs officials toward Broward County officials about what they perceived to be a dereliction of duty may have reached a boiling point at a vigil the night of February 15, where, in front of dozens of others, Coral Springs City Manager Mike Goodrum confronted Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. A source familiar with the conversation tells CNN that Goodrum was upset that the Broward deputies had remained outside the school while kids inside could have been bleeding out, among other reasons….

(As previously posted) Bottom half of “Budget Resources Center” page (see window frame top margin)– which these aren’t, particularly, delivers the goods with little to no explanation of what goods they are…[Left Column presents UNaudited reports..]

Who knows much, if anything, about the operations of any local school district?  That’s why I took time to reference Broward County’s in last week’s post (“Communities In Schools”), located their 250+-page CAFR, and annotated some excerpts.  First image references some ‘FAQs” as answered by the district, the next references money raised specifically to increase Safety (and other things) in the district, approved by voters back in 2014… The images here with dark-orange backgrounds refer to this public school system which had a recent massacre, on Valentine’s Day…

BCPS website, from its “FAQs” pages; notice reference to Innovation Zones and how the district is funded // municipal taxes distributed district-wide.

BCPS Financial Statement reference to funding for S.M.A.R.T section (the “statements” are the financials; the accompany “MD&A” and “Notes to The Financial Statements” are an integral part of any such statements), these dated  Year Ending Sep. 30, 2017 — less than a half year ago; and having been published only November, 2017.. Notice the emphasis on “SMART” investments in the nearby image.In the acronym S.M.A.R.T – the “S” stands for “Safety…” : It appears that in 2014, the County voters approved $800M General Obligation Bonds, and the district added $190M, for use over a five-year period (which five years, not mentioned) — which means, nearly $1 Billion was specially ADDED to existing funding resources (including the District’s ability to tax) for:

Safety, Music & Art, Athletics, Renovation & Technology.

District Bonds for S.M.A.R.T. shown on recent (FYE Sep 30, 2017) BCPS “SAFR” (click image and read labeling to see). Inside first annotation — blue oval. Pls. read the rest however…

This page from Broward County Public Schools Superintendent’s Report (“SAFR,” which is also unaudited) FYE 9/30/2017, describes various components of the district as well as (first paragraph) clearly identifying it as “primary government” and authorized under state law. There is also a separate (but considered “component unit”) Corporation for purchasing and leasing facilities, a separate (blended but still “component” unit), the Broward County Education Foundation a separate nonprofit (see details) and, typically, a vehicle for pooled investment funds, the “FTEIF” charaterized as LIKE one regulated under the SEC; and elsewhere described as a trust under “common law” in Florida.



Re my earlier post, here, that is (context):

In Fall 2016, I’d also been looking extensively at the First Five Years Fund, i.e., Education Transformation of the PUBLIC systems through networked PRIVATE organizations, and how very international this was getting.

ANYHOW, without much further restructuring or setting the context, I’m going to publish what was put together about a year and a third ago  [Now: Mid-Feb. 2018; then: Mid-Oct. 2016].

THIS ENDS the “BLOGGING CONTEXT (>Feb. 25, 2018) SECTION).

WHAT FOLLOWS was originally inspired/written October, 2016, except (1) where I may have replaced some expired links or logos (primarily to CastlemontRenaissance.org),##**## and, having reviewed some tax returns for one of the main topics, the 2005ff 501©3 “Youth Uprising” in Oakland, California, posted some more (with some explanations), and possibly some style changes (for example, in long quotes) for more consistency.

**##.  Update, and change of plan for this post on learning immediately in searching for replacement links for expired “logos,” and noting below my failure at the time, to locate any entity labeled “Castlemont Renaissance”:

About 8 months after I wrote, but mistakenly did NOT finish publishing this post,Youth Uprising and its leadership was the subject  of a civil grand jury over its handling of, in a nutshell, public funds.

Rather than spend more time and possibly further lengthen this post (2/27/2018, that’s 12,300 words exactly, as I write), I’m linking to a news coverage of a summary report from the grand jury, (<==frm SFChronicle) and “Oakland: Grand jury calls for audit of youth violence prevention group (East Bay Times) (both, June, 2017), and posting three images of the former from “pressreader.com” (a sign-up-for-free, or limited number of views service), and two of the latter (to show the related building). Therefore, what you read after this paragraph and the next five images, I researched and wrote in October, 2016, and only reformatted now to compact [decrease font-size] some of the quotes.  It shows my awareness about 1 ½ years ago of the trends.  I believe that people, local citizens, who understand the pitfalls of the public/private partnerships and blending agency funding into single projects, is a fiscally risky proposition.  I’ve written several comments into the first article’s images.  

#3 of 3, “Pressreader.com” SF Chronicle article June 23, 2017

#1 of 3, “Pressreader.com” SF Chronicle article June 23, 2017

#2 of 3, “Pressreader.com” SF Chronicle article June 23, 2017

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#1 of 2, East Bay Times June 23 2017, Grand jury calls for audit of popular youth violence prevention nonprofit

#2 of 2, East Bay Times June 23 2017, Grand jury calls for audit of popular youth violence prevention nonprofit

Anyone reading (that is, who might have been tracking) the single Youth Uprising, Inc.’s tax returns over time (instead of retroactively as I did in Fall 2016, eleven years after it broke ground on the new real estate) might have picked up on some of the oddities.  

This has been a long, and hard, post to get out since deciding to this season, and if its information is new, appreciated, or had an impact on the viewers, I would appreciate a comment, a reblog, or any social media references to it.  Its information remains timely because many of these organizations still exist, and plenty more like them do, and are evolving (being formed, or status-revoked but continuing to solicit on the websites) at any point in time.

Look for the patterns, and make a note of specific particularly influential organizations (or federal / state departments) behind the networks and the “Systems Change” (“Transformation / Improvement”) principles under which the networks are recommended and promoted. That’s essentially what I do, with the “drill-downs” as much as time and energies (including to annotate and post them) allow.


Other versions of the same title:

What’s this First Five Years Fund and the MANIC drive for universal preschool,* home visitation,and birth-to-five programming (at least for the future working classes) got to do with the family courts and divorce/custody matters, and marriage/fatherhood programming?

*(and in general the push by public/private partnerships = major elite wealth power bloc in the US) to insert more — and more — and yet more —  adults, “experts” into the lives of  as many children under 5 years old, as early as possible (shortly after labor and delivery — or sometimes, before birth)?  Do these people raise their children the same way?

It’s truly not possible to inject enough sarcasm into a description of the overall development of these fields, and propagation of them upon, first, anyone low-income, then, almost anyone except those behind the push for pushing everyone ELSE’s kids into failing, substandard, and standardizing systems — while leaving intact the elite, prep-school, Ivy-League Feeders and expensive K-12 systems intended to raise future global citizens who won’t be so burdened by, say, a concern for laws, the Bill of Rights (as expressed within the US Constitution and its Amendments) (notice that giving women the vote wasn’t amount the first Ten Amendments)…


For example:

The NYU Steinhardt – Early Childhood Education showing variety of  degree (B.A., M.A., PhD) programs from Birth to Age 2, and related certifications.  This “ECE” is under their Department of Teaching and Learning” and the (very) fine print at the bottom of the page reads “Applied Psychology” which of course, this is.  Parents and family of course are important too, but most especially so is “early childhood education”

NYU Steinhardt’s Early Childhood Education programs will prepare you to create quality care for all children. You’ll develop your teaching practice as a reflective practitioner and teacher researcher, with a commitment to social justice for young children and their families.

Children are at the center of our curricula. We see children as competent persons actively engaged in making meaning in multiple contexts. We recognize the importance of parents and families in nurturing young children, and the need for educators to develop reciprocal relationships with families. Our programs actively advocate for institutional changes that value early childhood education as a vital part of a child’s educational experiences.

 “ECE” in this context means the professional educators are involved, ensuring a steady stream of children on which to practice and develop research and more theories about learning from, as well as engage in working for “social justice.”

The New School for Social ResearchCenter for Attachment Research (long, descriptive page of a program at this progressive school in NYC).  First few paragraphs reference connection with a “Chelsea after-school I have a Dream program” for children now in middle school.

This website came up in post context when I found the originator of “I have a Dream Foundation” was also (at 1985 NYT Article on the same program targeted at keeping sixth graders in school through — a multimillionaire industrialist– suddenly deciding to reward them with college tuition if they didn’t drop out), the multimillionaire industrialist (Eugene M. Lang) was said to be on the Board of Trustees of this school.

Notice the general descriptions, terms, activities, and that this is in the field of psychology although the discussion is about early education contexts for children:

The Center for Attachment Research (CAR) was established in 2004 with the arrival of Miriam Steele and Howard Steele to the Department of Psychology at The New School for Social Research. The center is engaged in the application of attachment theory to clinical and developmental research questions concerning child, parent, and family development. CAR initiatives involve New School for Social Research, Parsons, Lang, and other New School students and faculty, as well as ongoing collaborations with senior consultants and colleagues in New York and internationally.

The Center for Attachment Research is currently engaged in a range of projects. The primary project, supported by funding from—and affiliation with—colleague Anne Murphy at the Early Child Care Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is an examination of the effectiveness of a Group Attachment Based Intervention (GABI) provided to vulnerable parents. The immediate goal of the intervention is to enhance parental sensitivity, improve parents’ mental health, and promote children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development, diminishing child behavior problems. Increasing attention is being given to enhancing the child-mother, and child-father, attachment relationship to lower risks of child maltreatment. This study is actively recruiting families to engage in interventions as well to serve as comparisons to families involved in interventions.

Another area of work at CAR is the study and assessment of children’s understanding of emotion and their theory of mind. The study relies on a measurement tool developed by the Steeles: the “Affect Task” a cartoon-based assessment of children’s ability to recognize and understand emotion, including sequential and mixed emotions. With the help of a team of master’s and doctoral students, data has been collected from school-age children in New York and the tri-state area. This aspect of CAR work is closely connected with the Chelsea I Have a Dream after-school program where a cohort of children now in middle school have been followed longitudinally since 2005, supporting the children’s learning and contributing to the advancement of child development knowledge

Meanwhile, there is a major connection between the childhood development specialists and human developmental specialists. . . .

  • [My sarcastic, but I believe still accurate, summary==>] (population management and control, including of breeding and subsequent education) for the domesticated humans by the undomesticated and “above-the-law” ones, self-appointed and inter-generational masters with the “next-layer down” class of professionals intended to be satisfied with a social status of managing still those lower than them on the human corporate/economic pyramid, and in preservation of their connection with those at whose table they eat, and to focus on their (paid-for) “superiority” to those they are hired to keep from troubling the elites with their complaints about injustice, hunger, homelessness and increasing disrespect for this population’s right to maintain private connections with their own offspring — by “private” meaning, with the parents’ intent there be indeed some privacy involved in which healthy mother/children or father/children biological bonds can develop apart from the socialization, industrialization (preparation for their niche on the economic playing field), and indoctrination classrooms.

. . .  to similar kinds of child-development / psychological professionals among the fauna and flora (in-home and peripheral, that is, referral services involved) of family courts across the country.  There is a close connection between the fields of education (a large part of which rests on educational theories) and psychology, and both sectors operate closely with the power structures of government entities and both public and private universities.

Both sectors incessantly demand access to HUGE sections (“chunks”) of the US (and overseas) population on which to practice, while (closer examination shows) their studies and pilot studies (research and demos) are often not on such a wide sector before the decision is made to “go national” with it.

Instead of having actual communities anymore, the communities are to be moved into the public schools,(and/or housing projects) with a primary indicator of schools as places where parents (in general) ARE NOT — the parents are instead to be at the corporations.

When the parents come home (if they are lucky enough not to be working two jobs to make ends meet), they can dedicate yet further time to volunteer and emotionally psychologically and with their little private time, further validating the schools in which their children are being raised, but apparently most of the day every day is just not enough time to educate children in group situations, or to properly monitor they day in/day out….

Meanwhile, their children in some schools, apparently, are instead of in “cradle-to-career” pipelines in (other types of nonprofit, nationally-organized nonprofits declare — and Luzerne County (PA) Kids-for-Cash scandal seems to indicate, they have their point in declaring it — in “School-to-Prison pipelines.”  For which, more coordinated diversionary services (Models for Change, Juvenile Delinquency Alternatives Initiative, etc.) are called into play.

There’s CRADLE TO CAREER PIPELINE, framed as a positive; (Basic Model:  Communities in Schools, public/private partnerships with lead agencies, and networking in the public/private sector to build consensus)  and then there’s also the same solution, oddly (with overlap in some of the lead foundations involved), for FIXING the (negative) SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE.


Example:  YouthUprising.

In Oakland, California, Youth Uprising (formed in 2005)

In Oakland, California, Youth Uprising (formed in 2005) “gave birth to” Castlemont Renaissance, with a different board of directors but naming a related “founder.”

Where We Came From

In 2005, Youth UpRising opened the doors to a  25,000 square foot, state of the art facility in Castlemont.

Over the ensuing 10 years, YU has served over 13,000 young people with a range of programs including Arts & Expression, Health and Wellness, Career and Education and Civic Engagement.

Now Youth UpRising is giving birth to Castlemont Renaissance which will impact the larger ecosystem in which YU’s young people and their families live.


However that logo was obtained from “Castlemont Renaissance,” which I found looking up the ($250K+/year Primary Officer (Exec Director) of Youth UpRising, Olis Simmons.  (Only other officer paid in one tax return I showed was the CFO, earning about 1/5th of Ms. Simmons’ salary):

The bio of Ms. Simmons on this site shows what other businesses she has been starting and explains, probably, the connection between Castlemont Renaissance’s Board of Directors (Fred Blackwell, leader of The San Francisco Foundation (“TSFF” – major community tax-exempt in the area) and an Angela Glover-Blackwell on the board of at least some of the tax returns I saw of Youth UpRising (below).  The name “Glover” in this area also associated with another  County Supervisor and I also noticed on the Board of Youth UpRising a Nate Miley, another County Supervisor.

So, we are basically looking at local political leadership on a nonprofit calling forth more resources into the school systems.

Meanwhile, here’s the declaration with (Youth UpRising’s Board of Directors as referenced at Castlemont Renaissance, notice the mention of “Cradle-to-Career,” and Ms. Simmons as “Founding President & CEO, while not being listed (on the web page at least) as the Board of Directors of “Castlemont Renaissance.”

FYI, what I’m looking for here in part is also WHO OWNS that 25,000 S.F. state of the art facility, as Youth UpRising’s tax returns make it clear IT does not, and do not reference any “related” organization.

Youth UpRising is a nonprofit which is functioning by a more than 2:1 ratio on government grants, frequently running into deficits annually (corrected by simply more grants the next year, not the best business practice overall).  Instead of the people it served being completely on handouts and dependent, now we have instead a nonprofit seeking to expand public and community services  — using this “facility” I guess (near a high school or on its campus, I DNK which) for the revolving door, with the nonprofit (staffed with unpaid political leadership (current or former — I’d have to check) on the board of directors. In this context, “surely” no one owes anyone else any political favors?   The organization itself seems to be on major handouts.

From “Castlemont Renaissance” web page:

Olis Simmons, Founding President & CEO, from CastlemontRenaissance.org/About viewed Oct. 2016

Olis Simmons, Founding President & CEO, from CastlemontRenaissance.org/About viewed Oct. 2016

Olis Simmons is a noted visionary executive known for advancing innovative systems change efforts and building comprehensive programs to transform people and place. Simmons has more than two decades of senior level experience in the public and nonprofit sectors where she has conceptualized and managed large-scale initiatives, policy campaigns, collaboratives, and multi-year ventures, representing hundreds of millions of dollars in diverse resources.

Simmons is currently launching Castlemont Renaissance, a community transformation hub, charged with raising money and deploying resources to create a vibrant and healthy Castlemont Community in East Oakland.

Simmons is also the founder of Castlemont Community Transformation Schools (CCTS), a cradle-to-career continuum designed to regenerate a robust community school environment with the District and hold students as primary drivers of neighborhood revitalization.

Simmons served as the founding President & CEO of Youth UpRising (YU), a celebrated community transformation enginecommitted to making one of our nation’s most disinvested communities healthy and economically robust.

Who controls the wealth?  Well, as to YouthUpRising (running in the deficit, typically), as CEO, Ms. Simmons was well-paid.  Judging by the Salaries figures on Page 1 / number of “employees”  no one else was, and no significant assets were acquired.  As to controlling that nonprofit, by virtue of it being a nonprofit, the board of directors did, however, it is made clear that most are working only 1 hour week, probably because they hold other (as in civil servant) jobs.

A key innovation is her work to gear public and private dollars towards wealth-building rather than service delivery. This move from spending to investment is designed to stimulate both individual and collective growth while fostering improvements in education, housing, community assets and career opportunities. Simmons’ goal of catalyzing change while ensuring the community preserves its cultural nuances and maintains control over its destiny is the new face of community economic development.

Over the course of ten years, Simmons has cultivated key partnerships within the City of Oakland, Alameda County, Local and National Foundations, print and online media and community members. Simmons develops and manages a $10 million annual cash and in-kind budget to support youth leadership toward community transformation

So, Castlemont Renaissance Board of Directors, per website:

Board of Directors

Fred Blackwell, The San Francisco Foundation – Chair

Orson Aguilar, The Greenlining Institute

Carol Naughton, Purpose Built Communities

John Protopappas, Madison Park Financial


Purpose Built Communities, probably an “Inc,” definitely a Conference, even if Castlemont Renaissance isn’t yet.  On the “Blog” we see that in October 2015, Ms. Simmons was attending a “Purpose Built Communities” conference in Fort Worth (presumably Texas), along with someone from Oakland Housing Development Authority and others.  Notice a pattern here?

This post, now, exactly (as of yesterday as I write this) ONE year old on the blog, has a single comment only, which perhaps speaks to “popular demand” for this type of programming.  The Networking takes place along the nonprofit/foundation-sponsored sector — BUT the public officials are obviously flown to and fro as well.  Would their expense accounts also reflect this?

(Since there’s so much to quote from this organization I just learned about TODAY, I’m switching to a more condensed font in the following quotes from “Castlemont Renaissance” with a side-note that, it would not seem to have incorporated yet, or have been around long enough to display financial accountability through an EIN# and, in California, the required Charity Registration for this type of organization. YET, the donate page shows it has the same address as “Youth Uprising,” which is “8711 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland,…”

http://www.castlemontrenaissance.org/blog/:

Reflections from The Purpose Built Communities Conference in Ft. Worth

Castlemont Renaissance is one of the newest network members of Purpose Built Communities which held its sixth annual conference last week in Ft. Worth.  As always with these kinds of events, there was much to absorb, but here were my three big gets:

[[2015 – 6 annual conferences = formed in 2010?  Interesting.]]

1.        Racial Equity is a Critical Lens: …Throughout the conference there were a number of opportunities to consider the complexity and profound impact of race on our work.  In the opening session, Films of Social Consequence, we watched a segment of the documentary, The Central Park Five, reminding us all of the horrific wrongful convictions that were fueled by racial bias in the judicial and media systems.  That evening, Rev. Jeffrey Brown’s compelling stories of faith-based leadership in the Boston Miracle highlighted the power of cultural relevancy and systems working in partnership.  The session, How Do We Move Toward Racial Equity, featuring Glenn Harris of the Center for Social Inclusion, made clear the insidious nature of racial bias and outlined a path forward for understanding and dismantling it in our collective interest.  The Green Street session used a powerful film and discussion to clarify the harsh realities disenfranchised Blacks face in building businesses that meet community needs.  Finally, Patrick Sharkey’s Stuck in Place presentation illustrated how Blacks are both more likely to live in poor neighborhoods over generations and to fall into poverty from the middle class.  At each of these sessions, I looked around the room and saw people of all backgrounds reconsider their thinking on this hardest of topics.  It was powerful.

2.       Use Data to Advance the Work

Unlike some other sites, Castlemont Renaissance is not formed or held by a group of relatively affluent business people, so I thought I was alone in the struggle to raise funds.  But of course we are ALL fighting for resources to advance our work, and the data presented in so many sessions is critical.  For instance, Doug Jutte and Lisa Chamberlain* shared the emerging body of data on trauma’s impact on health and how environmental factors are drivers in life expectancy. …

Originally writing this (2016) I picked up on the spelling “Chamberlin,” however it’s “Chamberlain.”  I finally caught and corrected the 7 misspellings it only 3/3/2018, being busy getting the post out between now and then.  Building Healthy Places Network “Panelist bio” (taken today) gives the profile (“over 18 months old” noted on the web page):

Lisa Chamberlain “Building Healthy Places Network,” Network Commons Panelist Bio (found by name search at main site, see top left corner, over photo). Image taken 3/3/2018.

RE:  “Doug Jutte and Lisa Chamberlain shared” Notice this is emphasizing the personal, presenters, not the presenting organization, in the context of (pardon me, but to quote the Children’s Defense Fund motto), The Sea is so Wide and my Boat is So Small:

(from ChildrensDefense.org, whose Year 2013 assets were $21M; Founding ca. 1973, policy, Mission statement, asserting its speaks independently for ALL children of America, including in trademarked phrases:

(from ChildrensDefense.org, whose Year 2013 assets were $21M; Founding ca. 1973, policy, Mission statement, asserting its speaks independently for ALL children of America, including in trademarked phrases: “The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Clicking on “Doug Jutte and Lisa Chamberlain Shared about the “emerging body of data on trauma’s impact on health” (this body of data has been around a very long time, although certainly it will continue being studied)” we find yet another, similar phrase and program backed by ANYTHING but small boats.  Take a look:

Doug Jutte and Lisa Chamberlain = Website for :BUILD HEALTHY PLACES (perhaps saying this in the other context might reveal how Building Purpose-Driven Communities isn’t exactly an original idea, either, and lead potential (not that it seems there have been many on this site — at least not many making comments that are published) readers to understand just how nationally coordinated these movements are, and the public/private coordinated power bloc behind them.

With a little US History, it’s not too hard to realize we are dealing with Alinsky (Rules for Radicals) and PICO Networks (a takeoff of this organizing strategy appropriated by a Jesuit priest as — it turns out — also in Oakland many years ago) for a national movement to go find some local leaders, EXTRACT them for specialized training in (whatever the culture or political movement is) and then inject them back into local community power positions, is to saturate the communities with the outside-in (NOT Grassroots!) “transformative” ideas.



BRIEF REMINDER OF WHAT “PICO” REPRESENTS AS AN ACTIVIST, “TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES”  MODEL.  IF YOU MAY BE UNFAMILIAR, KNOW THAT IT’S UNLIKELY THAT MAJOR DEVELOPERS AND LONG-TERM (IN-POWER) COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS AND POLITICAL LEADERS ARE NOT.
 

THIS “PICO” mini-section EXAMPLE IS BY WAY OF BACKDROP FOR THE FAILURE (ABOVE) OF ONE COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION “ENTITY” (IF IT IS EVEN THAT YET — CASTLEMONT RENAISSANCE) IN ITS BLOG BY CEO OF EARLIER 501©3, HAVING FOCUSED ON “RELATIONSHIPS” AND THE PERSONAL, TO SHOW THE FISCAL OR ORGANIZATIONAL SIZE — OR EVEN IDENTITY — OF THE BUSINESS (NOT-FOR-PROFIT) OR INITIATIVE THESE PRESENTERS REPRESENTED. (again, re: Doug Jutte and Lisa Chamberlain)

DELIBERATELY OBSCURING THE MUCH MORE INFORMATIVE BUSINESS ENTITY, + BACKERS, THE PRESENTERS SPOKE FOR AT THE CONFERENCE, IS PART OF A TACTIC.  IT’S PROMOTING “EACH ONE REACH ONE” STYLE RELATIONSHIPS ABOVE ACTUAL COMMON GROUND (WITH THE PUBLIC — NOT JUST THOSE IN THE MOVEMENT)  WITH THE PUBLIC AS EITHER CITIZENS, OR AS TAXPAYERS.

No question, the “warm and fuzzy and emotional identification” connection above the “presenting the facts for neutral consideration OF the facts with a view towards the overall public good” (as opposed to good as defined by the movement in question) is a tactic, and it has history and background of generations of leadership in the same (PICO is not the only, but a significant one):

Whereas PICO focuses on organizing model based on faith-based organizations in a community, it seems that “Youth UpRising” (much more recent development of an older idea) is going for the schools as the institution for “Place” or access to the people (here, youth //students), and a steering nonprofit as the local lead.  Take a look at the PICO organizing model from its website:

Notice “Build Power Relationships with Officials” at the bottom, but (bottom left) it seems to start with “DEVELOP LEADERS” — so the question should be, WHO is developing the leaders?

PICO network is also listed as project under (as I recall) “Other ministries” in the California Province of the Jesuit Order.  PICO lists its “Federation Locations” by State here — there are 18 (!) listed in California, 2 in New York, most states have at most 1 or 2, and some states have none.  There’s also an “international” (showing Oakland, CA address), for Rwanda and Central America.

PICO is a fast-growing network, with affiliates in 17 states and in Central America and Rwanda. While PICO organizations are rooted in local communities, affiliates actively work together to impact state and national level policy. PICO has an office in Washington, D.C. to facilitate national campaigns.

PICO affiliates are independent non-profit organizationsmade up of religious congregations, schools and neighborhood institutions. Each institution in a PICO affiliate pays membership dues and organizes its own local organizing committee made up of volunteer community leaders.

Search for an [sic] federation in your state:

Or, as it shows in the FIRST paragraph here, the interest is in democracy (not a republic, as this country was organized) and “Values and Relationships” — versus (as opposed to) common issues, such as housing or education:

In PICO’s congregation-community model, congregations of all denominations and faiths serve as the institutional base for community organizations. Rather than bring people together simply based on common issues like housing or education, the faith-based or broad-based organizing model makes values and relationships the glue that holds organizations together.

PICO builds community organizations based on religious congregations, schools and community centers,*** which are often the only stable civic gathering places in many neighborhoods. As a result PICO federations are able to engage thousands of people and sustain long-term campaigns to bring about systematic change at all levels of government.

PICO helps congregations identify and solve local neighborhood issues before addressing broader issues at a city, state or national level. As a result PICO federations are deeply rooted in local communities.

PICO provides intensive leadership training that teaches people how to use the tools of democracy to improve their communities. As a result PICO federations are led by ordinary people who have learned to successfully use the levers of power to bring resources and political attention to their communities.  [continued here]

**If “by “schools is meant local public schools, then what do all three places have in common?  Religious congregations, schools and community centers” — if not they are all tax-exempt, and religious institutions, in a beyond-normal way (i.e., no requirement for the main institution to file IRS returns and reveal to the public its complete financials).  Community Centers are often on public real estate and programs funded by the public are in there, and rarely organized “for-profit. Though ALL of the above would seem to require some real estate (buildings) in which to meet.

What they have in common is their tax-exemption.  They operated in the tax-exempt sector, and by virtue of this the discussion of tax-exempt (attracting both resources and people) versus low-income individuals trapped in certain communities AND the associated neighborhood schools, transportation systems (functional or dys- etc.)  (whose personal resources, not operating in that sector themselves, are being drained to support the above three sectors through which they then must appeal for system change.

It’s just that there, the ideas are trending towards keeping those in power still in power through “INVESTMENTS” in redeveloping deteriorated infrastructure by partnering with government (as funder), nonprofits (as lead local coordinators), and enough people for it to SEEM like a locally-driven initiative to deter critics or closer scrutiny.  This is REDEVELOPMENT of neighborhoods by the same power structures, as far as sectors (government/for-profit which pour profits into NON-profits, do you get the concept yet?), as let these projects and ghettoes develop in the first place.

Again, the website for these two individuals is actually “BuildHealthyPlaces.org

Doug Jutte and Lisa Chamberlain).  Click through to see, and you CAN see at a glance there’s hardly anything “small” about it or its backers!

Judging by the map (on home page) so far they have three places:  West Coast — San Francisco Bay Area; MidWest – Denver (Home to a lot of similar public-purpose organizations with national aspirations, such as Center for Policy Research, or the National Alliance (or “Coalition”) Against Domestic Violence, and others), and NYC

“By joining forces, community developers and health professionals can have a more powerful impact.

“Our Mission is to catalyze and support collaboration across the health and community development sectors, together working to improve low-income communities and the lives of people living in them.”

The “Build Healthy Places Network” website is actually a little sloppy (it has a cheap, thrown-together” look, featuring as some do smiling photos of “Our Team,” and below that, eventually (in light-gray font and NOT much detail) revealing their reasoning/analysis, at least that which wasn’t already clear in the idea of consolidation of power between “community developers” and “health professionals” — already public-financed fields, significant ones (consider “CDBG” Community Development Block Grants” from the 1960, HUD, local housing authorities, etc. — now consider the hospital/medical/insurance industries and enterprises — often the wealthiest employers in an area…”Health Professionals” includes doctors and others….

Below the photos we see that the real problem was “silos” and the obvious solution is to consolidate two major realms of power into one leadership:

The Problem: Sectors Working in Silos

The nearly one-fifth of Americans who live in low-income communities have fewer opportunities to achieve healthy and rewarding lives. Many of the root causes of poverty and poor health are the same, and the community development and health sectors have worked for decades to address these challenges. However, these two sectors have often worked separately, even when serving the same places and people.

And, there are no other sectors involved?  Such as, for example, sectors addressing domestic violence and the family courts, or white-collar crime involved in the real estate sector (a major wealth-producing field, would you not say?), or, say, issues with savings & loan bailouts (1980s), BIG bank bailouts (“too big to fail,”), housing bubble  (2008), or, say, that in 1996 the US Congress opted for Block Grants to the States and set up an infrastructure encouraging yet more nonprofits to form up and drain public resources into behavioral modification propagation regarding, well, family values (including who should be head of the family — not the mothers, as well as naturally abstinence education, etc…).

Certainly the failure to properly improve the lives of low-income Americans had NOTHING to do with “HUD having been run like a sewer” (and lost $59B of revenues, somewhere in its financial reports), or ANYTHING to do with corruption and “fees for friends” in high places, or states stockpiling millions of dollars of allegedly “undistributable child support” already collected, instead of getting it to intended recipients (I have some in the sidebar widget on this, I believe, or did formerly – may have moved it to a summary post labeled “Sidebars.”).

And it had nothing to with real estate developers setting up what turned out to be inner-city “projects” and these slumlords having major public office and political clout, as seems to have happened within Chicago (See “Rezko,”).

These are some issues I ran into researching for this blog.

I learned that real estate valuations (assessment of values) helped create the ghettoes originally (study of neighborhood developments in Chicago which, literally, came with looking up the founder of a specific corporation found to be most active in Minnesota). I also know that even in this supposedly progressive area (within the SF Bay Area, just outside Oakland/Berkeley), there were local ZONING ordinances as late as the 1950s preventing sale of real estate / housing to African-Americans.

These communities are just outside Oakland and Berkeley, and didn’t want, apparently, the migration of darker-skinned people into their nice, rural communities, from which people could live and have their higher-quality schools (and lower rents) but still commute (by rail or car) into the East Bay or even San Francisco/San Mateo or further for a very high-paying job.

Here’s the “History Page” acknowledging the inspiration (and two VERY big-guys) behind “Build Healthy Places” (as presented at “Purpose-Driven Communities” conference 2015 to Ms. Olis Simmons of Oakland’s Youth UpRising, but described on “Castlemont Renaissance” blog:

The Network builds on the work of the Healthy Communities Initiative and RWJF’s Commission to Build a Healthier America. We were founded in recognition that a national network connecting sectors and promoting and enabling cross-sector collaboration was critical for ensuring that all people have the opportunity to live healthy and rewarding lives.

Just one little question — did “all people” elect these cross-sector collaborations to represent them? Federal Reserve Banks & the Tax-exempt family-controlled intergenerational transmission of wealth from RWJF’s Johnson & Johnson (market, pharmaceuticals, among others) private foundation with a primary focus on the health arena. I have some posts on this in the latter end of 2014; it was involved in also pushing “Unified Family Courts.”

Built on the Federal Reserve System’s Healthy Communities Initiative
Our work builds on the Healthy Communities Initiative, a multi-year effort led by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to deepen cross-sector collaboration. This of of conferences at regional Federal Reserve Banks around the country bring leaders from across sectors together to examine how where people live, learn, work and play affects health. Over 20 Healthy Communities conferences have been convened around the country since 2010.

Informed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America
Our work is guided by the 2014 recommendations of the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America, which called for action to “support and speed the integration of finance, health and community development to revitalize neighborhoods and improve health.”

Do I need to FURTHER spell it out that “Building” “Communities” and “Healthy” or “Healthier” are all part of the buzz-words and sound-bytes used to justify the speeding of “integration of finance, health and community development” in a public/private way by those already holding control of major income-producing assets — and looking for some more to partnership/invest in?

And that such words become titles of nonprofits which promote conferences and, through websites, advertise the common purpose of those investors — not necessarily of those communities or the people living in them, when compared to potential other solutions to poverty, isolation, controlled real estate and lousy schools + crime and violence in neighborhoods??


NO, it was just those two sectors not having previously worked in unison — but NOW they have “seen the light” and want to cooperate, to improve the lives of low-income people (of course…).

 

[image filename:] Castlemont Renaissance (cf YouthUprising,PurposeBuiltCommunities, TheSF Foundtn’s 2015 34MM Invstmt in Oakland) WaybackMachine Image 2018Mar3.

{{The Internet Archive does “Wayback machine” whose crawlers take snapshots of websites over time.  Looking at those archives, I took a snapshot (screenprint), making the above “snapshot of a snapshot”…mine, taken 3/3/2018}}.The image (replaced during Feb./March 3, 2018 polishing of this 2016 post) was taken from (I believe) an Aug. 2016 archived webshot.  Only 17 snapshots of this website (from Internet Archive crawlers) were taken between Jan. 2016 and July? 2017. Oddly, looking for it as a charity — Castlemont Renaissance is an UNregistered charity still listed at the California OAG/RCT website, and still an active corp., address 8711 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA.}}

Want to Donate to Castlemont Renaissance?  Doesn’t sound like they have their fiscal structure set up now (or want to expose it), however “call this number” to Donate anyhow:

Thank you for your interest in donating to Castlemont Renaissance.

Online donation capability is coming soon, but in the meantime we still need your support.  Contributions of any size help us reach and activate more members of the Castlemont community and fuel our work in the neighborhood. Please contact Sharon Brown at 510-777-9909 to find out how to make a contribution.

CASTLEMONT RENAISSANCE, 8711 MACARTHUR BLVD, OAKLAND, CA, 94605 

510-777-9909 INFO@CASTLEMONTRENAISSANCE.ORG


Backing up to the Earlier Organization, “YU”

For example, in a recent post, I referenced the nonprofit (Oakland, California area) “Youth Uprising” and its source of government funding from EIGHT different agencies — plus known private donations of $1 million in a single year from a private foundation (see top sticky post on this blog, details towards the bottom, I DNR from which one — the California Endowment, or California Healthcare Foundation, possibly — with the theory that personal change => systems change => transformation => community development, or as expressed on the website:

Theory of Change

We believe that if we provide youth with relevant services and programs, meaningful engagement with caring adults, and opportunities to practice leadership—they will become change agents and contributors to a healthy, thriving community.

This formula for change maintains that healthy, involved people can influence policy and ultimately create healthier, safer, and economically robust communities. It recognizes that youth are inherently resilient and that risk can be reduced with the right set of supports, services and opportunities.

A look at the tax returns (here’s Fiscal Year 2011, ending June 2012) shows some “anomalies” such as claiming a 25,000 s.f. transformation center, but no real estate under “assets.”  Most expenses are going to “Salaries” and this year, with revenues of $3.5+M, it overspent by more than $1.5M, that is, the revenues went straight to salaries, and with also “Other Expenses” led to a major deficit that year…).   Program purpose stated on the tax return (this year and most years):

“Youth UpRising (YU) is a 25,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art transformation center in the heart of East Oakland dedicated to community transformation empowered by youth leadership.”

youthuprising-ein203321544-yr2011-form-990-page-1-only-showing-209-employees-38-receipts-and-15m-deficits-in-its-sixth-year-operation-plus-reference-to-25000sf-transformatn-center

<==Fiscal Year 2012, it’s $6M+ receipts…ein2013321544-calentity262515-youth-uprisings-RRF-for-ye2013-6m-revs-16m-assets-eight-8-govt-agencies-funding-3pp (This, for a prior “Youth Uprising” year shows around $6M receipts, and (Click on the link (not image) above and PageDown to see) revenues came from EIGHT different public (government) agencies at different levels (City, State, County, Federal).  The group was only formed, its tax returns say, in 2005.


Is YouthUprising somehow claiming title to property within existing public high schools (certainly much of the programming occurs there)?  Anyhow, the theme is the systems change has to be targeted at youth attending poor public schools in dangerous or poor neighborhoods.

The public is already funding those schools AND the real estate in which the classes occur, and over time also funded/funds the debt involved originally in building them.  When new tax-free bonds for more schools are issued, the public also is asked to compensate for no interest payments on those bonds.

Meanwhile, it looks like YouthUprising Leadership and other Oakland Politicians (like former mayor, Jean Quan) are attending Ford-Foundation-sponsored forums  (“The Just City: A Ford Forum on Metropolitan Opportunity”) with other mayors, journalists, and political heavyweights, such as the Mayor of Atlanta or, the blue-blooded (<==Wikipedia link, look at the lineage and the private school education in NJ, then Manhattan, and even her college education (Wheaton College, apparently in Massachusetts), the Manhattan and Massachusetts schools having a tradition of strong, suffragette feminism (and one of the schools not having admitted men until 1988!),   Christine Todd Whitman, so far the only woman (and she’s Republican, too), to have been elected Governor of New Jersey  (1994-2001).

There is a history to be found in these fields.

<> Psychologists, and the field of psychology, behavioral analysis and modification — not just lawyers — are central to the justification for both the family courts and for womb-to-tomb (or at least cradle-to-career) education targeted towards helping the distressed, high-conflict, or disadvantaged families.    <> TANF (Social Security Act-based, or “PRWORA” referring to the 1996 revision of the Social Security Act first passed in 1934) HMRF (Healthy Marriage Responsible Fatherhood) funds and programming is administered by HHS which also administers the significant Head Start programs.   Other “Federal Designer-Family” (my term) funding also supports several professions or fields of practice  towards which psychologists naturally gravitate (understandably as a stream of court-ordered consumption of services is involved), such as supervised visitation, parent education, and mediation, or parent coordination to resolve contested custody matters.

Ironically, the fields of childhood development (as a professional specialty) and promotion of (responsible) fatherhood blend, in part from the source of revenues administered by the US Department of HHS, and in part because early fathers’ rights movement of the 1980s and 1990s  emphasized integrating the programming into already Head Start (<=timeline) and “Early Head Start” policy.

Head Start just recently passed its 50th anniversary as part of LBJ’s “War on Poverty.”  The Office of Head Start under “ACF” under HHS manages those grants, targeted at low-income families. The goal is “promoting school readiness” but the means is referrals to other social services also:

OHS manages grant funding and oversees local agencies providing Head Start services. Head Start promotes school readiness of children under 5 from low-income families through education, health, social and other services.

[Source: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ohs, accessed when I clicked on the OHS logo]


Who can get HS grants?  Almost anyone (type of organization), with less restriction on Early Head Start applicants than on regular.  What this website does NOT kindly offer viewers is where to look up former grants, grantees, amounts, and award title, although that database declares itself to have been available providing accountability since 1995.

I’m feeling generous today (obviously Office of Head Start  administrative site, or whoever takes responsibility for web page design, habitually has not been — few pages on the system, even those announcing recent HHS (for example), marriage/fatherhood grantees, include any link to this database, or even hint at its existence), so, again (it’s referenced all over this blog) here it is:  http://TAGGS.HHS.govUser beware — many internal consistency and accuracy issues, but at least it’s a START on looking at prior grantees, and seeing some comparison of amounts spent among them, or by program.  Why would not a website talking about Head Start Grants want users (or the general public who might land on this page as I did, looking up the CFDA for Head Start, which I didn’t have memorized) to look at previous recipients?

Head Start grants are awarded directly to public or private non-profit organizations, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies within a community that wish to compete for funds. The same categories of organizations are eligible to apply for Early Head Start, except that applicants need not be from the community they will be serving.

Find Office of Head Start (OHS) available funding opportunities on the ACF Funding Opportunity Announcements website, by searching Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number 93.600 on Grants.govVisit disclaimer page, or by using the map tool below.



Just a sampler, I ran a search on TAGGS.hhs.gov/SearchAdv, and to limit the size, chose:  CFDA 93600, NY only and Year 2015 only, choosing which report columns to display from the bottom of the search page.  Results shortlink here:  sorted by largest installment (i.e., “Sum of Actions”), but this sort doesn’t show all installments that year for the grantees which show at the top; so click on sort by grantee to get a better idea.   Also be aware that the link I provided (the site self-generates then shortens to a “tinyurl.com”) has a disclaimer:  it saves search specs — not search results.  If the data changes meanwhile, the results on clicking it later may also change.

HOWEVER as of today, we have 243 Distinct Award results totalling $608,415,622.   The top three recipients (by largest chunk of award action), was New York City Child Development Agency (DUNS# 834510187, two awards of over $64.5M each), obviously representing a government entity; Accelero, Inc. (DUNS# 143313984) obviously representing a private company, and only a look-up would say whether for-profit or not-for profit.  It’s in Manhattan and this “chunk” was $34M.  The third was COMMUNITY ACTION ORGANIZATION OF ERIE COUNTY, INC (EIN# 074026477, Principal Invetigator Phyllis McBride, in Buffalo) doing both Head Start and Early Head Start, for $22.4M.



Although I don’t see this in the Head Start literature, at Cornell’s “Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research” we learn that Cornell says Urie Bronfenbenner (see academic background),  Cornell/Harvard/UMichigan developmental psychologist (and educator — it goes together) Congressional testimonies and theories helped jumpstart Head Start, and influenced generations of leaders  in the field of child development.  Please note the use of the word “experiments” in the next quote, and that among his formative influences (his father) to be applied to low-income children (en masse, through Head Start) — and now in general “early childhood education” (as well as universal preschool) is being pushed for ALL — was the point of reference “developmentally disabled.”  As a young man  who’d just earned his PhD, , the context was military during time of World War II, and within a few years of the war’s end, back to teaching at Cornell.

Born in Moscow, Russia in 1917, Urie Bronfenbrenner came to the United States at the age of 6. His father worked as a neuropathologist with developmentally disabled people at Letchworth Village in Rockland County, where Urie witnessed his father’s concern about the impact of depleted social contexts. After graduating from high school in Haverstraw, N.Y., Urie received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1938, where he completed a double major in psychology and in music. He then completed a masters degree in education from Harvard (1940) followed by a doctorate from the University of Michigan in developmental psychology (1942). The day after receiving his doctorate he was inducted into the Army, where he served as a psychologist in a variety of assignments in the Air Corps, the Office of Strategic Services, and the Army Medical Corps. Following demobilization and a two-year stint as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, he joined the Cornell faculty in 1948.

Urie’s Ecological Systems Theory proposed that human development unfolds in a nested set of systems, involving cultural, social, economic, and political elements, not merely psychological ones. These systems and their interactions can nurture or stifle optimal development. Policies and programs can play a major role in shaping these systems –thus potentially promoting human health and well-being. This perspective transformed the study of human development. Among other influences, it encouraged more developmental scientists to examine both naturally occurring and deliberately designed experiments in the real world to illuminate the influences of contexts on human development, and particularly on child development.

What years was Pavlov influential, again?  Notice the use of the word “real world” implying the theoretical, artificially constructed one isn’t.  Also contrasting with academia…. I’d also like to point out that the words “scientist” and “psychologists” (the field in question) are not entirely interchangeable or even mutually compatible, as much as psychologists in general may wish them to be, particularly those entranced with the use of “Dr.” before their names on website and in self-reference.  While anyone who has earned a PhD (in anything) could legitimately use that label, it is commonly associated with the medical and a rigorous training before being granted the license to practice, which license can also be revoked for malpractice.


A National Governors’ Association Center for Best Practices “Stateline” communication (1998) summarizing fatherhood programs across the nation, with help from National Fatherhood Initiative and thanks to Wade Horn. It’s a short pdf with just a few footnotes, and note it was intended for distribution at an upcoming meeting of — the nation’s governors..: Click above to see — it references Head Start a number of times.

Also discussed along with the NGA, another major Corporate Fellow of the NGA on a separate page.  That page may not show on my sidebar, but is accessible here as of 9/15/2016:

Do you Know Your NGA?  Post-PRWORA, 1998 Stealth, Coordinated Expansion/Diversion of Welfare Funds based on Sociological, Quasi-Religious Ideology on the Ideal Family Structure (the offspring of The 1965 Moynihan Report), Facilitated by (A) At least 39 of the Nation’s Governors and (B) as Coached by Wade Horn ℅ The National Fatherhood Initiative (Page Added 9/2016) [<==with a shortlink, courtesy “tinyurl.com” (Yes, that huge title is just one link — and thanks to tinyurl,  the URL, at least, is small enough to tweet, about 29 characters):]


Footnote To This Post**” (separates dialogue added in splitting the post from the material above, which was copied from the pre-split Table of Contents 2016) has its own content and just got “birthed,”* “launched” “founded” or  “spearheaded” (or pick another gallant-sounding verb from the private sector about what great work has sprung forth from so-called “prominent thinkers” — and that’s literally a quote, long ago, from “National Fatherhood Initiative’s website”) into a separate from the (mothership) post.

*Perhaps a counterpoint to “penis envy,” I never could figure out why many men’s groups (nonprofits) would be borrowing verbally and conceptually from the opposite gender’s biological prerogative in that we (not the men) conceive, gestate for months (ideally, nine) and go through considerable physical labor, and pain, to give birth and then – at least according to “Nature’s” (personified) plan, also feeding the young ones from within our own breasts most of the time, except in less than natural, extenuating, or medically- or chemically-induced situations in combination with consumer-based marketing that somehow infant formula is better (when in fact, if Mom is well-nourished and not an addict, generally speaking, it’s not).

Is it just to appropriate/commandeer through language the one thing women absolutely, at least at this point in technological development, can do better than men, give birth?

I am a mother, and know personally that nine months’ gestation and some hard labor (and rejoicing in the results) goes with that territory, as well as a life-long responsibility, for which of course many mothers must fight “Big Brother” (the State) backing “noncustodial parent” (fathers) to retain and are, in this century, often losing dramatically, in the so-called family courts, pushing responsible mothers underfoot and apparently sometimes underground to bulldoze new, improved (?) paths for “responsible fatherhood,” whether or not this state of being is ever achieved in individual cases by such bribery — which the means of promotion indeed consist of.  The bribes just come from federal sources through state, through public and private hands and individually, sometimes off the radar and not within plain view of the other parent, to facilitate “increased noncustodial parenting” while publicizing abroad to ALL how single mothers are dangerous to children.

What a mess.  Anyhow, it’s 2016, and I do have updates on the state of this field and the condition of efforts to fix the family court system from those who ought to know better what they represent.


Two follow-up posts are in draft status.  They have good and relevant information, but not in the best presentation yet.  When published, those links will work (even if I may by then have a somewhat different title.  The url [website address] is what directs to the post when clicked on).

Putative Father Registries and Child Welfare Information Gateway (HHS/ACF/CB service) sneaking in Fatherhood Organizations onto its website.(started 10/4/2016)

Thoughts and Updates from the Field, on Hearing of Yet Another Jailed Mother (Red Herrring Alert blogger Dede Evavold in Dakota County MN).

This second one has substantial detailed information, but I am having some challenges controlling PTSD and related narratives over that recent news.  It may be a while before this post is ready for publishing.  The balance between whether to relate this to my own case (or others’), which cases are similarly outrageous, is sometimes hard to judge.  Truth is important to tell, but it’s a betrayal to tell it without passion, but problematic sometimes to tell it in this context with situation-appropriate passion.  I mean, I am indeed outraged at what is happening to mothers, as a sector of society, across the country.

I also know that picking major volatile subject matter is also one way that the controlling powers** to influence public policy and control the structure of communities where WE live and many times the foundations do not.

However, the local, sometimes giant, “Community” foundations take care of the semblance, that is appearance, of representing local interests, as I discussed, for example, in the State of Connecticut, where the Greater New Haven Community Foundation (GNHCF) or [check posts or search for its exact name] in 2015 moved substantial assets to Cayman Island investments — while failing to report $129M (as I recall) in grants on a Schedule I for public consumptionand while granting to an organization which hadn’t filed an annual report OR tax return (and lost its EIN# qualification afterwards) in about 2011 or 2012 (which refers to Greater New Haven Family Alliance).

**[During my Feb. 2018 post review I moved the long parenthetical from the middle of the above sentence to this paragraph. //LGH] (that is, controlling direction and use of public funds AFTER Congress appropriates them, as well as the substantial controlling power represented by networked tax-exempt foundations of $50M, $100M, or sometimes billions of dollars of assets, EACH, and most of the disseminating (distributing) though it’s perhaps only 5% of total assets, still that’s a lot of money, spread in varying amounts across “the landscape” (the country, and other countries)

From what I can tell, this kind of pervasive dishonesty and moving public/private-controlled assets off-shores is the least of many worries facing the USA in the near future, not to mention the accompanying, long-standing public ignorance of how to read government financial returns (and lack of the will to do so, with each other, and consistently) as a counterpoint to major-media-manipulated “talking points” on Republican versus Democrat Presidents, and which one of the next two apparent options, would be worse…

Written by Let's Get Honest

February 27, 2018 at 8:51 pm

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