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KIRSTEINFINEART is honored to present the “Black Lives Matter Collection” in memory of the life of Louisville native Breonna Taylor.
❤❤10% OF ALL PROFITS FROM THE BLACK LIVES MATTER COLLECTION ON KIRSTEINFINEART GO TO THE BREONNA TAYLOR UOFL NURSING SCHOLARSHIP FUND. READ MORE ABOUT BREONNA TAYLOR AND THIS SCHOLARSHIP HONORING HER LIFE BELOW
Artist of the Mural: Damon Thompson
New Breonna Taylor Law Will Ban No-Knock Warrants in Louisville, Ky.
The Louisville Metro Council voted unanimously to ban no-knock search warrants after the police shot Ms. Taylor dead in her home in March.
To honor the memory of the EMT from Louisville, the UofL Health Board of Directors is creating a nursing scholarship in the name of Breonna Taylor.
The Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund in Nursing will be a four-year renewable award. In choosing the recipient, preference would be granted to Black female who is a Kentucky resident. It will cover full tuition and fees. The fund is created with 100% participation by the UofL Health board members. It was announced today by members of the University of Louisville Black Student Union.
Taylor, who would have turned 27 today, was an emergency room technician at UofL Health-Medical Center East. She was killed in March by police officers serving a “no-knock” warrant at her home.
“Breonna was a member of our UofL Health family,” said UofL Health CEO Tom Miller. “We grieve her loss, but we are hopeful her legacy can inspire meaningful change. This scholarship is part of an overall commitment to ensure diversity in our workforce and develop ongoing plans to eliminate racial inequality in health care.”
UofL Health is a nonprofit health provider affiliated with University of Louisville. It is governed by an 11-member board.
UofL President Neeli Bendapudi said having unanimous participation from the board members in establishing the fund shows that Taylor’s life, while cut tragically short, continues to make a community impact.
“While I didn’t know Breonna, I have learned that she was a wonderful person and a health care hero,” Dr. Bendapudi said. “Our hope is that this scholarship will provide the opportunity for another phenomenal young Black woman to follow in Breonna’s footsteps.”
“I am so appreciative that the University of Louisville, in partnership with the Black Student Union, will honor Breonna’s life through the creation of the Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship,” said Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer. “Breonna is smiling down knowing that there will be a path for students to pursue nursing degrees without accumulating student loan debt. Thank you to the university and its students for ensuring that Bre’s legacy will continue for generations to come.”
Anyone interested in supporting the Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund can visit give.louisville.edu/breonna-taylor
A mural of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by Damon Thomas can be seen on the side of renowned sculpture artist Ed Hamilton’s building at 543 S. Shelby Street in Louisville. June 11, 2020MATT STONE/COURIER JOURNAL
❤ Why follow an ocean of bland white face masks? Speak your truth with your own beautifully designed statement face mask.
When I first began seeing the COVID19 sweeping across the globe, I noticed that country after country showed oceans of people wearing uniform white masks (when they weren’t practicing social distancing or in quarantine). I was kind of curious as to what kind of face parafernalia our people of the U.S.A. would come up with. I just knew Americans would come up with everything from outrageous to hilarious, and they surely have. This is not to say that I am not also deeply aware of the suffering and strife involved in the COVID19 Pandemic which is truly sad indeed. But American originality and thinking outside the box has not failed us in this situation.
True to form, our resourceful Americans came up with every kind of face contraption you could imagine. I saw a post on Facebook where someone had taken photos of all the hilarious mask get-ups people around in our country had assembled for themselves. There was the photo of someone strapping an athletic shoe to their face, their nose and mouth pressed into the shoe interior and the outer tread of the shoe sole facing the menacing virus.
Then in another post I saw someone with an umbrella strapped to their shoulders and a large transparent plastic bag draped from it’s opened coverage. Or there’s the one of a birthday party hat strapped to the face, point out to the world and round hat rim covering the mouth and nose.
So I began to wonder what other kinds of innovations would emerge in mask design here in the U.S.A. And of course I wanted to try the challenge myself, which you can see displayed in my new mask collection.
The first part people don’t like about wearing a mask is that it covers their mouth and nose. While the purpose of the mask requires this, I resolved to have my masks make a statement of uplifting hope to allow people to voice their statement and to provide a counterbalance to all the fear and despair many are feeling at this time.
I chose flowers as emblems of the feminine goddesses of love, peace, nature and beauty. These designs are all taken from flowers from my yard this Spring. The Iris were planted last Fall when a dear friend of mine retired from professional Iris gardening and gave me my choice of bulbs from her great Iris collection. I can’t wait for the next bloom so I can photograph it and create another mask design. I am also making other items as well as you can see on KIRSTEINFINEART.
And I also wanted the mask to make a statement. That way, even though the mouth is covered, you are still showing your voice.
This special collection of KIRSTEINFINEART face masks comes in a variety of statement designs on your choice of cotton, lycra or spandex. or other These dust-proof masks will protect you from dust, bacteria, pollution, allergies, cold, viral flu, fog and danger, industrial emission, vehicle exhaust, passive smoking, etc.
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Any questions for me? Any kind of mask you’d like to see? Maybe a different flower? Or color? Let me know in the comments below!
Kentucky State Capital Building, Teacher Unity, standing with my friend and fellow Franklin County Teacher Kristy Standifer.
This week Kentucky Teachers stood together making their voices heard regarding bills in our Legislature affecting the future of Education in Kentucky. I was there at the Capital Building in Kentucky along with five other teachers from my district, Franklin County. Here is a brief synopsis of the issues concerning us at this time as they were developing.
Photo courtesy of State Representative Chris Harris
The latest update from Adam Hyatt, Franklin Co. Public School teacher at Capital Thurs. March 7 with KEA Franklin County Teachers:
Below is a description of the major issues before the legislature that may be of interest to you. Feel free to pass this along.
There has been very little movement on bills in the state House of Representatives today, but I wanted to provide some information since many are likely wondering what is going on with this legislative session. This email is not intended to elicit support or opposition, just to inform folks on the policies impacting education that could be passed before the end of the session. There are three items of particular interest to us as educators.
The first is the policy change presented in HB 525. This bill proposes to change the makeup of the teachers pension oversight board. The current board is made up of four appointees by the governor and seven members who are elected by active and retired teachers. This bill proposes change the way those seven members of the board are chosen. Under the proposed bill, these seven members will be chosen by the members of six different organizations: KEA (one active, one retired), KY School Board Assoc, Jefferson County Teachers Assoc, KY Assoc of School Adminsitrators, KY Retired Teachers Assoc, and KY Assoc of Professional Educators. The concerns over this change center on the increased representation of administrators on the board, as well as a seat being given to KAPE, an organization that represents roughly 2% of teachers in KY.
The second policy deals with the creation of tax credits for those who make donations for private school scholarships. This bill is currently presented in the form of HB 205 and SB 118, but the language of the bill may be added to another bill through amendment. The concern over this bill is that it will reduce tax revenue to the general fund and serve as an equivalency to tuition vouchers, which are specifically forbidden by the state constitution. The legislature has stated a desire to simplify the tax code by eliminating existing tax credits, and this bill would add another credit to the state tax code.
The third issue before the legislature that impacts us regards the increased power of superintendents in the selection of principals. There are several different proposals that address this, so the specific bill number is not essential. Under the proposal, final approval of hiring a school principal would be in the hands of the district superintendent, not the SBDM council of that school. If passes this would decrease the voice and influence of teachers and parents in the selection of their principal.
I hope this information is helpful to everyone and provides the basics on the issues of concern to us as educators.
Tell your legislators to support public education funding and oppose HB 205 and SB 118. Courtesy The Action Network.
A tradition at Kirsteinfineart provides support to encourage women to speak their truth and stand up for their convictions. Here is our most recent collection to support teachers in speaking out on today’s major Education issues.