Looking for something to stream? I can’t recommend #CripCamp enough. Bob Mondello on NPR called it “A Raucous Celebration Of A World-Changing Place,” netflix.com/title/81001496
”It's a summer camp for, you know, the handicapped, run by hippies. And somebody said, you know, you'll probably smoke dope with the counselors. And I said, sign me up!” npr.org/2020/03/25/821… #CripCamp
”The wild thing is that this camp — Camp Jened, in the Catskills — changed the world, and nobody knows this story.‘’ — Director @JimLeBrecht npr.org/2020/03/25/821… #CripCamp
“‘Crip Camp’ repeatedly links struggles of disabled to other fights for civil rights. Black Panthers brought hot meals to feed protesters. Ultimately, ‘Crip Camp’ has a universal message: Inspirations in youth can lead to radical, world-changing results.” ”nytimes.com/2020/03/24/mov…

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That work helped inspire how I teach. nytimes.com/1993/02/21/mag…
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How did a sleepy Salvadoran beach town come to be known as ”Bitcoin Beach”?

”An anonymous US donor gave a small local charity $100,000 to be distributed directly to residents of El Zonte with the aim of kickstarting a local bitcoin economy.”

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