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Jeffrey S Farrah
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Oakland Community College Faculty : Political and Policy Sciences (American Government, International Relations, Globalization and the Environment, State and Urban Politics, Global Politics of Food)----Urban Agenda and the Student Political Issues Convention related projects. Check out my teaching portal: https://sites.google.com/site/occgovernmentandpolitics/
Oakland Community College Faculty : Political and Policy Sciences (American Government, International Relations, Globalization and the Environment, State and Urban Politics, Global Politics of Food)----Urban Agenda and the Student Political Issues Convention related projects. Check out my teaching portal: https://sites.google.com/site/occgovernmentandpolitics/

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The Birwood Wall, built by a developer in 1940 to change the red zone (no federally guaranteed mortgages) to a green zone, so that middle-class white families could move into the development. The federal government would code areas red if African-American or Jewish people lived in the area, regardless of the actual wealth of the people, in effect legitimating segregation patterns in Metropolitan Detroit that still persist today.

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Marching with thousands in 2013 to advance Dr. Kings message from 1963 in Detroit- Kelly and Chloe in background while I rested to take the picture! A very empowering March- glad one of my kids got to experience it too!!✌🏻️
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A cool acoustic jam at the public library to kick off the summer reading program- Matt Parmenter (violin) and James Hanks (vocals, guitar, harp, flute, percussion) with acoustic guitar (me) [there might actually be someone else that is cut out of the picture]- Libraries Rock
From I think 2014 (could have been 2013?)
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So close: yet another 5-4 decision by a divided Supreme Court. Good news (actually the case revealed horrible news), but more evidence on the import of the presidential electoral cycle in the USA (hello 2016). 

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Fascinating visual look at inequality- useful teaching tools for the classroom and beyond.

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Finally the 2013-14 Academic year is over!  I look forward to the next academic year (2014-2015), where I will be focusing on revising my classes, working on student learning and assessment, working with my discipline to strengthen student learning and civic engagement at my educational institution (Oakland Community College), and doing lots of other cool stuff (especially a civic literacy project that tries to break down the artificial geopolitical boundaries between Wayne and Oakland counties and get students talking, mobilizing, and pressuring their political leaders to produce socially responsible public policy).  The world is in a radical phase right now, but there are lots of real-world issues that can be used in the classroom to teach politics in meaningful ways so that students and educators can all learn the importance of engaging in political life, and working to bend that moral arc of the universe a bit more towards justice.  Have fun everyone!!
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Nice guitar to win-

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Legislative history of Veterans Day via the national government...

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Very rough draft- Mainly Yamaha MM-6 and Epiphone Guitar (and Voice).  Recorded with DAW (Harmonicdog) on an iphone!  Audiobus, Apogee Jam (to connect guitar and synth to iphone), JamUp (for guitar and vocals), ThumbJam.   Wrote the lyrics after Zimmerman verdict came in not guilty, and needed to vent big time.
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