Folks, I’m back, after writing all those articles on “Digital
Divide,” Economic Divide, and lack of resources for the underserved
community. We decided to do something about it, maybe this
is only a small drop in a large pond. We developed a web site
a “dot com”; http://mecresources.com
this site is geared to help You find many resources that You
need in one place. The site is no frill, it has no fancy
graphics; The Mecresources site has Business Resources, Community
Resources, Education Resources, High Tech Resources and Environmental
Resources. The site has something for the Whole Family whether
rich or poor, young or old, the site is color blind and in
many cases bi lingual.
is designed so if You are Low Income and Underserved, there
are links to find inexpensive recycled computers, which is
a start. After You have a computer, where to get a free dialup
ISP or connection to the web. Once You are connected to the
web: Under Education Resources there are several Distance
Learning Courses (courses You can do from a computer on line)
from Kindergarten up to Doctoral Degrees, These sites cover
a whole raft of areas from student to teacher: Under Community
Resources there are several resources listed from Homeless
to Housing, Immigration to the other end of the spectrum:
Under Business Resources how to start a business and what
resources are available to You in Your business, & where
to go from there. If you live in an enterprise community,
what special benefits that You are entitled to, as well as
what tax benefits are available to Your employer. Where to
go to get training. The Community Resource portion spans a
very large area, check it out, from how to lower Your telephone
bill by using Your computer to make long distance calls (ideal
for kids); under High Tech how to reach technical training
resources, both remotely via the Web and locally there are
several courses, plus testing services available. How to learn
HTML, the “dot com” language for producing Your own web pages.
Look at what is happening in San Francisco, dot com companies
are taking over several areas. Your web page may make You
a major player, so learn and take advantage of the new arena.
site is has now joined the battle for Environmental Justice
and is dedicated to fighting Environmental Injustice, Environmental
Racism, and all the things that low income and poor people
fall prey to. We have seen toxic polluters taking advantage
of underserved communities, through gentrification using greedy
developers. We have seen people living in less than third
world conditions suffering and being sick from environmental
illness, very poor health care. We find this deplorable in
a modern city like San Francisco. We have further seen the
lack of economics through red lining, jobs and money slated
for the (Millions of dollars) community only to be hijacked
and used elsewhere. Many Reports on the Environmental Resources
page point this out (HRC Reports, Journalism Reports, Grand
Jury Report), we need to be steadfast and get active in our
support of all people.
summary the Mecresources site is to include You the Community,
in the vast resources of information that is available to
you, and Your Family through the Web. After all if information
leads to knowledge, and knowledge leads to power then We need
to strengthen our Village.
site is ever evolving, Your patience, understanding, and most
important, your suggestions of how to improve this site are
is a simple explanation of how “Mecresources” work. If you
are a member of the following groups Immigrant, Underserved,
or Low income, or possibly all three you are relegated to
a second-class status, usually an Economic Divide. “Mecresources”
is dedicated to leveling the playing field, by putting members
of the afore mentioned groups in contact / communications
with resources that can change that.
instance, a low cost recycled computer $100-$200, can be used
with a free ISP, to connect a user to a grouping of resources
i.e. Education; English as a Second Language through Distance
Learning, or the wealth of online free courses. Business;
how to identify if You live in a Hub Zone, or EZ/EC. With
special benefits or resources for the Residents. How to start
a business, a step by step plan, MESBIC info, CAMEO info,
NCSDC info SBA Info, multi lingual business info, etc. In
other words putting info into the Communities that need it.
Menu driven, on line, through inexpensive computers with menus,
so Residents can take advantage of resources with out having
to go through an intermediate. Making available resources
like free long distance, through the Web lowering the cost
to Residents who can ill afford it. Providing news on line
in many different languages. Providing Distance Learning,
so the whole Family can learn without the dependency of a
weak instructor, or a bad program. The realm of Distance Learning
is from K-12, to technical, to arts, to law, to html, available
in a multitude of languages, it now spans from A-Z. We need
to capitalize on the resources in place, while expanding new
ones. The new structure is teaching some one how to plant
and grow their own life, how to maximize, and utilize the
resources that are currently available. Leading to self-sufficiency,
and breaking the Economic Divide.
take some one from the Community and apply the resources from
the site, let it speak for itself. We are currently locally
shipping a 44’ container of computer equipment a day to South
East Asia, to keep it out of our landfill it is classified
as solid waste, hazardous material.
of these systems are reusable for training our local Community;
I have used them along with training software to do just that.
Now we are at the stage of Distant Learning, which is being
used effectively in Rural America as well as many foreign
countries. This is a golden opportunity to serve Our Communities,
by placing resources in their hands now before the Digital
Divide the Economic Divide grows any larger. Corporate America
still believes education is a purchasable commodity, reflected
by the H1B Program. We have the opportunity to showcase Our
own Low Income, Immigrant, Under Served Communities they need
access to resources!.Lets all pitch in and help.
look at the Community Resource page, how many of those resources
are currently needed in the Underserved target areas?
this site is still evolving Your patience understanding and
most important Your input of how to improve this site will
be much appreciated. A good example of evolvement is
the Flags they are no longer just decoration, they can be
clicked and used to take someone to a location or language
they are familiar with all they need is to recognize a flag/icon
that they are familiar with.
site has a Digital Divide Forum area to leave and place messages;
we shortly will be introducing voice forums where you can
leave audio messages.
would like to thank Wayne Killinger, New California Media
for Their support, understanding, Their help and links to
our goal is a computer in Every Home and the Whole Family
being able to use it, this site is a tool in that battle.
You For Visiting