Our Lady of Soccorso
STATE OF THINGS - BETWEEN LEGISLATIVE TERMS
October 30th 2006 @ 6:15 pm

1.  Carondelet High School, training center for activism.
2.  Casa de Esperanza, training for social unrest.
3.  Pre-School:  Education or Frankenstein’s playground?
4.  Stockton Schools and condoms.
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1.  Carondelet, owned and operated by the St. Joseph of Orange Nuns is a High School for girls located in Concord, CA. St. James Marien Dyer is the current Principle. 
This school was written up in the local newspaper for its requirement that its graduating class perform community service hours.  The students have performed such services as traveling to Sacramento to lobby for educational support, helped feed the homeless in Oakland and a variety of other “corporal works of mercy.”

I called the Nun in charge of this program to ask if they had a student who could perform some volunteer hours by typing up a research library index for us and sorting it ini numerical order.  
I was informed that they could not provide that service for us “because we were a political organization” and if they did “help us out” they would have to help Planned Parenthood, also.”  No amount of discussion would alter this Nun’s perception of our Right to Life organization.
 
Now, A) we are not a political organization. B) There is no rule that says they would have to provide a service to Planned Parenthood if they provided one for us.
C) A look at the high school’s web site reveals the great extent to which the school itself is a beehive of political activism.  The school has developed a Social Justice Forum for the students entitled the Fontbonne Forum. It is a training ground for developing the minds of these young students toward social activism which is political activism put into action.
If anyone has a student in this school I suggest that they examine their daughter’s school and social club activities very closely.
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2.  St. Mark’s Catholic Parish in Richmond, Ca. has invited Planned Parenthood into its midst to “educate” the young people regarding sexuality, drug and teen pregnancy. (Contra Costa Times, 10-25-06, front page).
 
St. Mark’s Parish, located in what is referred to as The Iron Triangle of Richmond, is pastored by Father Ramiro Florez, a native of Mexico, ordained by former Oakland Diocese Bishop, John Cummins.  Fr. Flores began his priestly duties as parochial vicar at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Concord, but since he had difficulty with the english language was soon transferred to St. Mark’s where his flock is mainly Latino.
 
There is information on the internet about Fr. Flores which can be goggled.
In the past I have written about a pseudo religious group called CCISCO - Contra Costa Interfaith Community Sponsoring Organization.  CCISCO is very active in Fr. Flores Parish training the Latino youth for political activism and street and political protests. The Catholic Voice, newspaper of the Oakland Diocese has featured CCISCO and St. Mark’s training programs in several articles. 

 CCISCO along with a new branch of activism that calls itself Casa de Esperanza (literally house of hope) is also very active in this parish. It was Casa’s outreach organizer who hosted this PP program which spoke to about 20 children aged 14-17 (some of whom were rather reluctant to be there, so the article said)  This 4 hour event was funded by a $5,000. grant from the California Family Health Council and designed by a “half-dozen teens in the audience.”  The CFHC, with  a branch in Berkeley, Ca. is a non-profit family planning organization which, according to its parent branch in Los Angeles, apparently endorses Phil Angelides for Governor. (How they get away with doing that as a non-profit I don’t know. Certainly a pro life organization could not get away with saying vote for Tom McClintock for Attorney General because he’s pro life).
 
One of the events pared each teen with someone famous for a date. Then each youth drew a card which stated “what type of sexual encounter they just had with their celebrity and declared that they had just contracted a particular type of sexual disease.”
 
Please pray for the youth of St. Mark’s parish. They are being seduced into a lifestyle and leftist leaning pathway that has little to do with salvation or education.
Fr. Flores, in one article, is shown leading a ceremony for local Latino laborers, which included a memorial to the “Martyrs of Chicago.”

The Martyrs of Chicago were a group of 8 anarchists who on May 3, 1886, during a labor protest helped create a riot in the Haymarket sector of Chicago, setting off an explosive which killed one policeman, maimed 3 and injured several bystanders. www.zmag.org/Sustainers/content/2006-06/28trigona.cfm
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Preschool: Part lab, part opportunity

By Carrie Peyton Dahlberg - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PDT Monday, October 23, 2006
Imagine taking your child to a preschool that could scan each little brain, take blood samples, administer psychological tests or do genetic testing to help decide which teaching techniques best suit each youngster.
That school will open next year in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, a shared vision of university neuroscientists, educators and activists who’ve long labored to revitalize the sometimes distressed community.
Part enrichment program and part living lab, the school’s goals range from research to social justice.
 
“Our mission is to eradicate the inequalities of public education,” said former basketball star Kevin Johnson, whose St. Hope organization wants the preschool to complement its K-12 charter schools.

“These young kids in our community are competing against families and students in affluent communities. If you get behind even 1,000 words in vocabulary, it’s very hard to catch up,” Johnson said.

Organizers hope their still-unnamed school — a three-way partnership of St. Hope, the UC Davis School of Education and the university’s M.I.N.D. Institute, which investigates neurodevelopmental disorders — will be profoundly appealing to families.

“Who knows in five or 10 years what kind of powerful research is going to come out of this,” Levine (Director of Research) said. “Can we help kids with their motivation? Can we help them with their attention? Can we help them work in teams and do decision making? These are all skills kids need.”
He envisions a school that could set a national model for how to prepare teachers to work most effectively with every child.
Johnson believes the trust that St. Hope has built in Oak Park over nearly 20 years will reassure parents that “some of the negative things that have happened in research will not happen here.”
 
The message of reassurance will come from all levels.
“I hope that parents will be able to ask questions and feel comfortable and not feel like it’s a bunch of university folks looking at their kids like lab rats,” Hendren said.
As part of that process, Hendren said, parents will always be asked before their youngsters are involved in any new testing. They’ll also be fully briefed from the start about the school’s research aims.

Similar practices — plus a parent committee that screens all research plans — have worked well for decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said Maggie Connolly, director of child care at the school’s well-known Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.

While the idea of research-based child care may repel some parents, it seems to attract many who are drawn by opportunities for special assessments and new insights into their children, Connolly said.
 
In Sacramento, the new school is taking shape on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Oak Park, as workers remodel the sunny set of rooms where Johnson started St. Hope’s first youth programs.

The new bathrooms are tot-scaled. The paint is fresh, in deep greens and blues chosen because they’re potentially less jarring for kids with autism than vivid primary colors.
And each classroom is equipped with its own observation area, where unseen researchers or cameras can peer through special two-way mirrors.

The school’s founding director, Cristin Fiorelli, an engine of enthusiasm who sees early education as “the civil rights fight of our time,” isn’t sure yet how much youngsters will be told about the observation rooms.

The school hopes to enroll 92 youngsters, ranging in age from 2 1/2 or 3 to 5. There will be two teachers for every 16 to 18 kids, guiding them from playground to nap time, with lots of stops in between at activity stations rich with blocks, sand, art supplies and more.

Families who want to know more can contact Fiorelli, either by calling St. Hope at (916) 649-7900 or e-mailing her at cfiorelli@sthope.org.

(Ed. Note:  There is mention in this article of a program at the University of  No. Carolina, called the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.  I have written about this program before - The Abecedarian Project. This project claims to be able to manipulate the brain’s development through very early childhood access to scientific examination and manipulation.  It is widely criticized by scientific and educational experts. It is also the program which attracted Rob Reiner and his creation of the First Five pre-school program. You will note that this November’s ballot has an initiative, Prop 86  which will increase sales tax on tobacco to fund programs like this.
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Article published Oct 17, 2006
Health educator uses loophole to give kids condoms
(excerpts from a newspaper article seen online)

“Most kids know about sex. Some learn about it in the classroom, where state and school district rules have adults keeping keen watch on what’s being taught. In San Joaquin County, condoms aren’t available on school grounds, because many parents say distributing contraceptives is like giving kids the OK to have sex.

Delta Health Care, however, has found a way around the rule.

Dawn Keithley, health educator and outreach coordinator for Delta, said part of her job is making sure teens have access to the information and contraception they need. When she’s at a school talking with kids, no condoms change hands.
 
But when the final school bell rings, Keithley simply walks to a nearby business, a big, pink bag full of condoms in tow. One by one, teens in the know make their way across the street to get contraception forbidden on campus.

Sometimes, Keithley will inform teens on MySpace.com that she will be at a local concert with “the big, pink bag.” Word travels quickly among teens who would otherwise not purchase condoms out of embarrassment or fear their parents would learn they’re sexually active. The health educator is unabashed about what she does and doesn’t see it as breaking school rules.

“It’s part of my job in outreach,” she says, “to go places where kids are and give them what they need.”

There is no age limit in California on condom sales.

California Education Code requires schools to begin lessons on abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy prevention in seventh grade. At least once in middle school and once in high school, all students must learn about HIV/AIDS risk and prevention.

Providing contraceptive devices is not part of the state requirement, nor is it directly in defiance of the Education Code. Schools in Stockton and Lodi, however, prohibit condom distribution on school grounds.

“Staff are not carrying contraceptives to give to students,” said Odie Douglas, Associate Superintendent for Lodi Unified School District. “It’s against our practice. That’s not something we’re doing at all.”

Delta, which recently announced it would close its Stockton clinic, has education centers at Stagg and Edison high schools. There Delta staff supplement regular sex-education classes by giving presentations on self-esteem, communication and how to refuse partners who may be pressuring them into having sex.
That kind of instruction is in accordance with Stockton Unified School District board policy, facilitator Deanna Staggs said.

“It’s taking it beyond anatomy and physiology,” Staggs added. “The schools teach them how the body works; we take that a step further by giving them decision-making skills.”

Ruben Alvarez Sr. said he’s not sure he would want condoms available in school bathrooms or where kids could simply take them. He would be open, however, to a qualified adult, counselor or licensed nurse distributing them in an educational environment.

Contact reporter Sara Cardine at (209) 546-8269 or scardine@recordnet.com

-Camille
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Take away God, all respect for civil laws, all regard for even the most necessary institutions disappears; justice is scouted; the very liberty that belongs to the law of nature is trodden underfoot; and men go so far as to destroy the very structure of the family, which is the first and firmest foundation of the social structure.
- St. Pius X, Jucunda Sane, March 12, 1904