First a big thank you to everyone who sent in emails! I was just thrilled with incredible response to our Nautical Craft Challenge! As always, this was such a difficult decision to make.
This month's participants are:
- Abby Henderson
- Angela Di Cicco
- Barbara Wagar
- Debbie Fisher
- Elizabeth Rudder
- Elizabeth Wright
- Jamie Larsen
- Jasmine Ford
- Karen Hanson
- Karen Nofziger
- Kristina MacKeen
- Latrice Murphy
- Marie Otake
- Melinda Wilson
- Michele Kosciolek
- Michele Quam
- Nina Nuernberger
- Samantha Taylor
- Steph Ackerman
Congratulations, ladies! You all will receive an email shortly with further details regarding the challenge!
Hi this is Jenifer here with you today. When it comes to ribbon I am always trying to figure out ways to make more masculine projects for my boys. Well when it comes to the new denim ribbon I think I have found a winner.
This is a very quick and simple project. I took a 14"x14" piece of canvas as my base and marked a ¼” around all of the edges, this will be your seam line. You pin your ribbon along one end and then weave your way along the other end and you get this very cool pattern. The neat thing is that this is all made with the same ribbon, it just looks different on the other side, giving you a nice pattern.
Now that you have it all woven you sew around the edge using a ¼” seam allowance. You now take your other 14"x14" piece of canvas and sew them together leaving an opening on one end. Insert your pillow form and hand stitch the opening and you are good to go.
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my project today, I hope you have enjoyed my quick and easy pillow today, make sure you check back often for a ton of inspiration from this very talented team.
Blog post by: Jenifer Cowles
May Arts Ribbon Used:
- 440 1.5" Denim Ribbon
Other Supplies Used:
- 12×12 pillow form
Life intrudes on the best made plans. Instead of attempting some grand relaunch, which was my hope, when time permits I’m going to upload various incarnations of Philly Future over the years, including article archives, along with a summary historical account and takeaways I learned. Thank you to everyone who worked to make Philly Future what it was. There is much today that eliminated the need for Philly Future, and I’d rather see those efforts grow and reach their potential.
Students Doe are of course disappointed that the Supreme Court did not grant their petition for review. However, they are very proud of what they have accomplished by bringing this action. They have brought to light the fact that the Lower Merion School Board’s redistricting process was driven largely by racial considerations, and that this happened in private, behind closed doors, all while the District was denying that it was going on. They have brought to light the fact that the District has manipulated its own policies on things like school walk zones in a way that disadvantages some of the citizens while bestowing advantages on others. If nothing else, Students Doe and their families are hopeful that these proceedings will cause the District to be more open, transparent, and honest going forward, and that the District will act in the collective best interest of all its students irrespective of their race. The families, and the community that supports them, will now direct their efforts in other ways to realize this goal. They thank everyone in the community who has bravely stood by them throughout this process, and encourage everyone to stay involved and committed to seeking justice for all children.
Students Doe Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in Race-Based School Redistricting Case
After over half a century of litigation, the issue of race-based decision making has returned to the United States Supreme Court in the same context it was originally presented in Brown v. Board of Education. In Brown, African American
students sought relief from the Supreme Court because they were assigned to schools based upon their race. Students Doe, who are nine African American students living in Ardmore, Lower Merion Township, believe that Brown is
now under attack in the Lower Merion School District. Confident that Brown nevertheless remains both good and controlling law, the Students Doe have sought relief from the U.S. Supreme Court. Students Doe are filing a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court today (March 13, 2012), in order to appeal the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit’s decision in Student Doe 1, et. al. v. Lower Merion School District, (Docket No. 10-3824, December 14, 2011).
Students Doe originally sued the Lower Merion School District in federal court regarding the District’s decision to redistrict them away from their neighborhood school, instead busing them to a farther away school. Students Doe
maintain that the District targeted their neighborhood because of its rich racial diversity, and that by denying them the choice to attend their neighborhood school — a choice enjoyed by all of their surrounding neighbors — their 14th Amendment Right to Equal Protection was violated.
The case was originally heard in US District Court in April 2010, after which the Court found after a nine-day trial that there was overwhelming evidence that the Lower Merion School District used racial considerations to determine
which areas of the township were rezoned. Judge Michael Baylson nevertheless found that the need for racial consideration was constitutional in order to address
the “achievement gap,” despite Lower Merion’s repeated and explicit denial that their school redistricting had anything to do with addressing the achievement gap.
Students Doe then appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. After hearing oral arguments and examining the case record, in December, 2011 the Court upheld the decision of the District Court. The Appeals Court found that the District Court erred in its findings of fact that race was a consideration, determining that the decision to bus these students away from their neighborhood
school was not for racial balancing or achievement gap issues. One Judge dissented in part, confirming the lower court’s finding that race was indeed a factor.
Students Doe believe that the Appeals Court’s finding is incorrect. There is overwhelming evidence from the trial record that racial considerations loomed large in the decision making of the District’s administration, consultants, and
members of the sitting school board. The Students are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold their constitutional rights to equal treatment under the law. They are asking that their right to choose to attend their neighborhood high school be restored to them, as it is for other children in their surrounding neighborhoods.