Monday, July 04, 2011

Freedom is not FREE

Last night I watched a documentary showing how African Americans have fought and died in every major conflict from the mid 1700s through the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They fought for freedom, despite the fact they they enjoyed so little of the rights of freedom in America.

In the past six years I've written about the price of freedom and the sacrifices citizens need to make to have the future we want. You can read all of these under the HERO tag. Here are a few headlines.

Feb. 8, 2006 - "the difficulty of success does not relieve one of the obligation to try"

May 29, 2006 - "Where does the courage come from to fight the un-winnable fight?"

Sept 11, 2006 - "Remembering 9/11 - How much sacrifice is enough?"

Oct 8, 2008 - "What sacrifice will our next President ask from Americans?"

Aug 5, 2009 - "Our promise: Do all we can to assure inner-city youth are in jobs and starting by age 25"

March 4, 2010 - "What Level of Commitment?"

March 14, 2011 - "Hero. George C. Marshall"

All of these articles have a common theme. The freedom and future we all want comes with a huge price. We need to innovate ways to involve more people in the work that needs to be done and the sacrifices that need to be made--not just the men and women in our Armed Forces.

I'm re-starting the Tutor/Mentor Connection in the next few months. I have no board of directors, no source of funding, a huge mountain of decisions that need to be made. The main T/MC web library is not working. The maps need to be updated with 2010 census info but I've no money, or source of income, to do this. It's a huge challenge.

Yet in the 35 years since I began leading a tutor/mentor program I've touched the lives of thousands of youth and adults in Chicago and around the world. Charles Cameron is one. He's hosting forums on Social Edge to help me rebuild the T/MC.

If I can just find a way to reconnect with the people I've touched or reached out to over all these years I can find the talent, manpower, dollars and other resources needed to not only create a new organizational structure for the T/MC, but to make it much stronger than in the past.

Here's an article I wrote in October 2009 titled "Nobel Prize. Earn it."

We can do this if we can find a way to create this BIG REUNION over the next few months. Email me at if you want to help.

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