Take him down Part 3

Birdman is organizing in Florida. He has joined the local Democratic party in Tampa. That is great. Florida is the best place to organize. It is a swing state, it is multi-cultural, it is perhaps the best place in the world for alternative energy to take root.

There are affinity groups forming here in Western Massachusetts. They plan on  taking action where they can and link up with other groups. As we build our strength, the consciousness will spread in obvious and mysterious ways.  We can change the culture in which politics operates.  After all, we have the moral high ground.

Earth Day is on April 22. Those that believe in science and facts and climate change as a real threat, are marching in Washington and elsewhere to bring the point home.  I am going to Washington for the march. I hope you all find a way to plug in.

Be well.

 

Take him down. Part 2

In talking to my brother today he said he has not been politically active before, but now he thinks that has to change. Below is my response.
Although I have not been that active in recent years I have in the past. But the march this week was different. Their were throngs of people their and the mood was not festive, nor depressing. It was determined. And they were of all ages and that is a big deal. It brought tears to my eyes.
I feel if we don’t show up and try to stop this we have let down every generation that has come before us and even more so those that are coming after us. Fascism is on the rise and we know, if unchecked, where it goes.

How to take him down. Part 1

 

This is my inaugural post after a long hiatus on Inauguration Day.  A day where my brother is sitting shiva. That is what Jewish people do when they are in mourning. I will watch none of the events. I can’t bear it.  

We are in trouble. Real trouble. And we have to act like a vector, and change the way this is going.  

So the march in Washington and all over this country is just one thing, and important thing, the first of many.

Here are some facts for you given in a time where facts aren’t popular. Of all voters who cast a ballot in the general election, 25 percent were black, Hispanic, Asian, or a member of another minority group. But those voters were 42 percent of those who didn’t vote. Drilling down a little further, black voters made up 11 percent of voters who cast a ballot and 19 percent who didn’t. This disparity really hurt Clinton because black voters (by 82 percentage points) and Hispanic voters (by 40 percentage points) overwhelmingly favored her, while white voters went for Trump by a 16-point margin in the SurveyMonkey poll

Young people between the ages of 18 -29 were twice as likely to not vote as people in the older classification. Hilary won that demographic by 30 points. (These figures come from fivethirtyeight.com)

Here is my first idea on how to bring him and what he stands for down: We should stay out of the argument that goes nowhere with those who disagree with us. It only feeds their anger.  Instead, we should engage with those who agree with us, but who don’t do anything, and get them involved. That is where our organizing should start. Most of all, get them to vote starting in 2018. Young people and minority people especially. We must get them to understand the issues and what is at stake, and then get them to vote while we have a semblance of a democracy to participate in.

Maybe see you on the streets?

Terry

Zen poetry – sort of – 1

Running down the forested trail

I look up to admire the path ahead

Stepping on acorns

I look down again.