This is a copy of what I sent my state representative in Congress, regarding “The Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act” (H.R. 2914)

I support H.R. 2914: Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act because… I believe I can be a source of inspiration and wonder and growth to children through teaching art to them, though I must do so in after school programs because I lack a degree. Yet I have a life time of being immersed in art, in teaching in a variety of settings that didn’t require a degree, and have also successfully raised 5 very creative children. I so much want to give, help, provide, and also to rise above the meager income that must support myself and my adult disabled son who cannot support himself. Please support this very important bill.

From an article written by Marian Wright Edelman, who founded The Children’s Defense Fund; “Each part of Rep. Schakowsky’s bold proposal would create real jobs immediately that would benefit children, their parents, and their communities. This critical initiative would create a Neighborhood Heroes Corps and a Child Care Corps to provide support for early childhood, elementary and secondary educational services—the most strategic and cost effective investments our nation can make to lift children out of poverty and to ensure an adequately educated workforce for the future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 230,000 education jobs have been lost since 2008.”

She further states; “…750,000 new jobs the bill would create through the Community Corps. This group of workers, like the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps, would address community blight, including foreclosure and disaster-affected areas, rural conservation work, recycling, and reclamation of reusable materials, among many other projects.”

“…the Park Improvement Corps, which would create 100,000 jobs in conservation projects on public lands for youth 16 to 25 years old, and the Student Jobs Corps which would create 250,000 part-time, work study jobs for eligible college students. The Neighborhood Heroes Corps would provide a chance for states to hire 40,000 police officers and 12,000 firefighters. The Health Corps would provide grants to hire at least 40,000 health care providers including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and health care workers to expand access in underserved rural and urban areas. All of this will cost money, of course, but it’s an investment we cannot afford not to make.

Here’s Edelman’s article: —– **Pictures of my knitting–from 2 recent projects.