Hawaiian protesters started a school on Mauna Kea to teach local culture to the next generation

Presley Keʻalaanuhea Ah Mook Sang, a Hawaiian language instructor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, said she first came up with the idea to start a community-led school or “teach-in” after witnessing the crowd swell in that first week from hundreds of protesters to thousands.

…The classes at the community-run Puuhonua o Puuhuluhulu University focus on topics including indigenous rights, history and a variety of other subjects taught through a Hawaiian perspective.

….The school quickly grew to a daily schedule of four one-hour blocks with five concurrent classes.

…”The morning is more indigenous peoples and native rights and towards afternoon is more Mauna-focused,” Ah Mook Sang said. 

…Since 1968, the University of Hawaii has been leasing the land at the summit of Mauna Kea. The area is on “crown lands,” land that belonged to the Hawaiian kingdom before it was overthrown in 1893 and is now managed by the state with the intended purpose of benefiting Hawaiians. The crown lands are still debated, as many Hawaiian groups believe they were illegally stolen. The university has been accused several times over the years of mismanaging the land, including in the ‘90s when the Sierra Club filed a complaint about the trash from the observatories.

Puniwai said teaching at Puuhuluhulu is a way to show she doesn’t condone her employer’s actions and to show her support for the protest.

…As for Ah Mook Sang, she’s hoping to keep the spirit of Puuhuluhulu alive and maybe see it expand to the other islands, where there’s already interest in forming branches of the community-led school.

Hawaiian protesters started a school on Mauna Kea to teach local culture to the next generation

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Philadelphia CEO’s offer to wipe out $22k in lunch debt rejected by district that threatened to send children to foster care over money owed

A Philadelphia businessman said the head of a Pennsylvania school board rejected his offers to wipe out lunch debt for all students in a district that warned parents behind on their lunch bills that it could land their children in foster care.

“You can be sent to Dependency Court for neglecting your child’s right to food,” he wrote. “The result may be your child being taken from your home and placed in foster care.”

When Todd Carmichael, chief executive and co-founder of Philadelphia-based La Colombe Coffee, caught wind of the issue he offered to pay off every cent – but he was rejected by school board President Joseph Mazur earlier this week.

Philadelphia CEO’s offer to wipe out $22k in lunch debt rejected by district that threatened to send children to foster care over money owed – New York Daily News

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SNAP Benefits: 3 Million Could Lose Food Stamp Benefits

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in announcing the proposed rule, published in the Federal Register. His agency estimates the change would likely save $2.5 billion a year.

But proponents of the current system say it helps low-income families who work but have huge child care, housing and other expenses that leave them with insufficient money to buy food. States now have the flexibility to not cut off benefits as soon as a family’s gross income exceeds a certain level, but to more slowly phase out the food aid. The current program also automatically qualifies 265,000 schoolchildren for free lunches. Under the administration’s proposal, those children would have to apply separately to continue to get those meals.

SNAP Benefits: Trump Administration Wants To Change Who Qualifies : NPR

There is no amount of spin about saving money and so-called integrity that can change cold, stark facts. The facts are that Trump wants to pull the rug out from under people struggling to feed their families and put obstacles in the way of feeding hungry school children.

Scranton-area late lunch bills, foster care: Philadelphia CEO denied

The president of a Pennsylvania school board whose district had warned parents behind on lunch bills that their children could end up in foster care has rejected a CEO’s offer to cover the cost, the businessman said Tuesday. 

Todd Carmichael, chief executive and co-founder of Philadelphia-based La Colombe Coffee, said he offered to give Wyoming Valley West School District $22,000 to wipe out bills that generated the recent warning letter to parents.

 Scranton-area late lunch bills, foster care: Philadelphia CEO denied

The Scranton School Board made clear that, for them. is not about the money, it’s about harassing parents and flexing power that is not theirs to wield.