This date – Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – has been designated by several organizations as a “National Day of Action” regarding the future of the Internet. A large number of websites and companies have planned a protest against the attempts by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to undercut the current Internet freedom we enjoy. The issue is what most of us know as “net neutrality”. (more…)
We introduced Guisepe Spadafora, the Tea Man, several months ago. Guisepe and his traveling Tea Bus continue to spread hope, to lend a hand and to spur community organization in several western U.S. states. If you are not familiar with his work, take a look at his website or the videos and news coverage of his endeavor (which has been on-going for more than a decade!).
Guisepe is putting together his plans for summer 2017 and would like our input as noted below.
- I want to know where we should visit, whom we should see, and where we should serve tea.
- Second, I am looking for a place to call home base for the summer in Colorado. Where can Edna, myself, and Ally plug into that wants good company, a handy man, and a community organizer?
- Thirdly, I am looking for a good project or two to plug into for a month or two. I would love to help fix or build anything, especially if it has to do with small-scale, mobile, off-grid, low-cost, DIY, eco-friendly, and reclaimed projects.
Guisepe is the kind of person who infuses the phrase “we, the people” with real, tangible meaning. Thank you, Guisepe!
If you really want to help us become Us, explore Guisepe’s story. Take it as a model of personal initiative in the name of us all. If nothing else, you might simply find the inspiration that sparks an idea of change for yourself.
How are you feeling these days? Are you depressed, weary, feeling lost, even hopeless? Are you feeling as if every other day you finch at the seemingly uncanny events erupting in Washington, DC? Perhaps you believe the mainstream media’s coverage of DC events beleaguers and distracts from a crusade to rid the country of “neo-liberal” political machinations designed not to help, but to dominate. Perhaps you are feeling that sometime in the future–certainly not now–that the country we call “land of the free” will feel that way again?
If you are feeling something—anything—take a look at a May 22 video by Robert Reich. Mr. Reich offers encouragement, admonition, challenge, information and clarification. You might agree or not. Let his words be a catalyst for you to form your own opinion and decide what you want to do about it.
If you agree, please do not take this as a feel good moment, to sit back, comfortable in your complacency. Take up the challenge to act in accordance with your current opinion.
If you do not agree, please do not just utter your usual epithets against those “others”. Rather, understand that Mr. Reich genuinely seeks Good for us all. That he, taking the phrase “We, the People” very seriously, asks us to think about how (if) we care for one another and how we might insure that our government does the same.
If you feel somethings…do somethings!
Robert Reich is an American political commentator, professor, and author. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. If you find this video interesting, you might want to check out Professor Reich’s YouTube channel for frequent videos of this kind, posted under the name ResistancE is FertilE.
In a previous post, seekingGood highlighted the need for more investigative journalism. ProPublica has voiced a similar concern. As the first online site to receive the Pulitzer Prize— ProPublica is known for the depth and thoroughness of its stories. However, the articles posted by ProPublic can be challenging for the average reader. Enter Vox. As reported by ProPublica, Vox, a news and opinion website noted for its explanatory journalism, has teamed up with ProPublica to provide visual access to their material. This might help clarify the message of more complicate stories. Sharing resources and research, the ProPublica-Vox collaboration can only be a good thing for investigative journalism and, ultimately, for us.
We have not referenced Jennifer Hofmann’s activist site for a while. She is still at it, going strong with her action lists posted weekly. If you want to do something to shape the country and the world toward your definition of Good, check out her list and blog.
For example, here is just one of the postings from Jen’s April 30th list:
I believe in a government led by qualified, trustworthy representatives.
Action: Advocate for a special commission to investigate 45-Russia ties.
Newly-confirmed Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein can approve a special prosecutor or commission, but has previously hedged on this action. Speak up.
Call: Dept. of Justice comment line 202-353-1555
Postcard: USDoJ, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001
Script: I am among the 58% of Americans who want an independent commission to investigate Trump-Russia ties. Trust in the four current investigations is compromised, and the Attorney General’s credibility is tarnished. Only an independent commission or special prosecutor will restore confidence.
[Note: “45” refers to the 45th President of the United States]
Jen posts other such actions on her site as well. There are links to express gratitude (for elected officials who have been doing a “good job”, for instance). There are also suggestions for actions to maintain good psychological and physical health in these uncertain times.
Most of all, Jen’s lists—by their very existence—are encouragements to stand up and be counted. Her lists stand as weekly reminders that we all are members of the group “We, the People” and that we all—that is ALL: red or blue, Republican, Democrat, liberal, conservative, Libertarian, Anarchist, other—we all should express ourselves as the natural exercise of free people in promotion of a free society.
Make a call. Write a letter. Offer encouragement to another. Read a good book—and tell someone about it. Do whatever you think other people should be doing or what you would want them to do relative to you. Celebrate your freedom!