Sandra Ramirez

Long Beach, CA, United States

About Sandra

Bio

I read, take exams and write response papers for a living.

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Sandra Ramirez
Posted over 2 years ago
Roger Doiron: My subversive (garden) plot
Native Americans have been living off the land for centuries now. People do not garden because people do not love the earth. You have to have a respect and appreciation for our Earth Mother and the animals who live among us. He didn't mention how gardens bring birds, bees, and insects who can help us co-create and sustain our gardens. I grow Mexican Sage in my garden (not edible) but it feeds the hummingbirds naturally. We had the joy of watching two hummingbird mothers create a nest in our garden and watch their babies grow up and fledge the nest. You have to have a love of the earth. Don't create a garden because you're in a panic! Create a garden for the love of the earth. Arrested Development wrote a rap about it in the 90s- "Dig your hands in the dirt- Children play with earth!" Start by planting "Native foods": tomatoes, beans, corn, squash. There's is much to learn from the First People's of this nation. Aho. Mitakuye Oyasin.
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Sandra Ramirez
Posted about 3 years ago
Jessi Arrington: Wearing nothing new
The thing is is that someone made those clothes anyway.. so whether someone buys them or not, they'll end up in the dumpster.. why not recycle in other ways.. like how they make pencils out of jeans. You said, "The poison of New-ness is something that very little women can resist today.." Actually there are a lot of men out there who shop more than I do (that's for sure).. Both genders are guilty of it... Yeah, I've been supporting second hand shops/ yard sales since I was 15. Now I'm more "sweatshop watch" conscious.
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Sandra Ramirez
Posted about 3 years ago
Jessi Arrington: Wearing nothing new
I've purchased many pants for over $10, but I wear them until they're threadbare. I still wear a pair of doc martens (back when they were made in London and not China) that I bought 17 years ago. I'd rather pay more for a pair of pants than buy a cheap pair or used pair that were made in sweatshops. If you find a pair of cheap pants, chances are a young woman was paid 25 cents an hour to make them, was sexually violated in the factory by her manager, and she doesn't have healthcare or basic human rights. Where's the self-respect in buying into that?
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Sandra Ramirez
Posted about 3 years ago
Does Technology save our time or consume our time
You're the reason the Blackberry was invented! considering the work you do. Still, I think for most people it is a time waster. Most people are not "working" or "connecting" in any real sense, they just don't know what to do with themselves. It can also be a huge distraction.
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Sandra Ramirez
Posted about 3 years ago
Improv Everywhere: Gotta share!
yeah I agree. Most people will pass this off as a joke even if they identify with what the improv was saying, or maybe some will read between the satire, recognize themselves and break the habit. Still others may think "do I do that?" *shrug* and keep talking while buying groceries ect.,.. I have never owned a cell phone and I don't have facebook (obviously I'm not a 'neo-luddite'. I'm on this laptop and I have an ipod in my car), even though every one I know has all of the above. Just wondering, why do people answer the phone when they're busy?
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Sandra Ramirez
Posted over 3 years ago
How can we empower kids to reshape the education system? *A TEDActive Education Project Question*
How can we empower the Teachers and Administration to reshape the education system? Empowering the kids is easy, teach them the truth. Teach them history as told by the oppressed and not the oppressor. Let's stop pretending the founding fathers were good men. Let's stop pretending Columbus Day is not an insult to all First Nations People. For the love of God, Goddess, Jesus, Buddha, Sitting Bull, Mohammed, teach children the truth! Teach children how to love and care for plants and animals at an early age as well. Teach children about nature and how to care for the earth and all the elements. Teach children the wisdom of indigenous peoples all over the world. Teach children about the work of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.
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Sandra Ramirez
Posted over 3 years ago
If raising children is one of the most important things we do in society, shouldn't the subject be directly taught in schools?
Mick said, "the social profile of the prison population is definitely skewed disproportionately toward lower income groups." And why is that? Have you read anything on the prison industrial complex? Let's look at the social system that creates poverty before we start attacking the people or parents. It's sad when the wealthy people point fingers at the poor (as though the poor have a choice) when the reality is that there is no wealthy without a poor people!! And it's sad when people equate "good parenting" with having a flat screen tv, all the latest gadgets, or whatever else rich people have... "good parenting" comes from the soul! All I wanted from my parents was the truth and love. And fortunately my revolutionary dad taught me the truth and he was loving and had a sense of humor about it too!
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Sandra Ramirez
Posted over 3 years ago
If raising children is one of the most important things we do in society, shouldn't the subject be directly taught in schools?
Interesting because we just watched the film Alpha Dog in my philosophy class and as a class we discussed one of the themes in the film is the importance of parenting and how faulty parenting can lead to challenged kids. The film is based on the true story of a 15 year old boy kidnapped and murdered by a drug dealer in a middle class white suburban area. This is an extreme case, however even the 15 year old boy ran out on his parents before he was kidnapped, when they didn't know how to talk to him after finding a bong in the house. I say parenting workshops at the local high schools is a nice idea. Can we just get parents to listen to their children? I noticed this family (upper middle class) having dinner, a father and his two sons (ages 8 & 11) and the father didn't say one thing to his children. In these cases, I make up stories like, maybe he's grieving or maybe he's having a bad day or maybe those aren't even his kids. Regardless, there was no communication. Needless to say, watch the film if you want to see a portrayal of middle class suburban parenting in good ol' USA.