Saturday, June 30, 2018
- Build relationships with your representatives by meeting with them or their staff members before the start of each legislative session.
- Submit a "wish list" of legislation and key provisions with talking points
- Track progress of bills of interest through Committee hearings and votes by subscribing to Legislative Alerts on the appropriate House or Senate website
- Urge Committee chairs and Senate or House leadership to place bills of interest you support on agendas of committees to which they have been referred
- Contact your representatives with your message of support or opposition prior to Committee hearings and votes on the Chamber floor
Friday, June 29, 2018
In order to create space for such type of conversation, we need to abandon certain expectations:1) Give up the expectation that you are going to convince the other person2) Give up the expectation that any conversation will be logical3) Give up the belief that if we are totally open, the other person is also going to be open to us.The core principles of this ability to talk across the political divide requires:1) respect of the other person2) curiosity3) being open4) knowing that sometimes people want to defend themselves, become aware if that is what you are doing also.5) there is a common good, and we have to believe that we may find a common good with others different than us.Skills encouraged to use through the conversations (tone setting skills):1) let the other person know that you want to understand him/her2) ask permission from the other person ("Can I ask you this question?") show them you want to understand him/her3) Acknowledge where you are coming from, let the other person know where you are coming from.4) Offer something critical of your own side (be self-critical openly)Listening skills:1) make sure that you paraphrase properly what the other person said.2) ask honest questions of understanding, show you want to be able to understand.3) listen for the values that are underlying to his/her sharing, so that you can become more aware of where he/she is coming from, to avoid assuming the wrong thing, listen for the hidden message.Speaking skills:1) use the "I" statements more often than truth statements. Example" This is how I see it - vs - this is how it is …2) use expressions such us: "I am concerned about…." Instead of being definitive as if you knew what an outcome of something is, or you hold all the truth. Share what you are concerned about.3) Mention when you find something you can agree on.4) If you feel very strongly about something, feel free to say: "This is my life experience" - instead of "this is how it is…"5) When a conversation is difficult, stay focussed on the situation and what you want to share.6) Do not use hooks (to manipulate answers), and do not answer to hooks.7) Do not use provocative statements, and avoid answering to provocative statements8) Agree to disagree.Narrative power analysis:Understanding each other's assumptions, values and life journey to date. How to build trust and uphold transparency?Exercise: Ask the following 7 questions1) What life experience has motivated you to be the person you are today?2) Who has formed your belief system? We are curious, we are not preaching somebody, we are showing real interest in that person3) What have been your strengths and weaknesses?4) What difficulties have you had to endure to become the person you are today?5) What has been your personal experience that shows you that trust is good?6) How have you created social change?7) What did you learn from the person in your group?Recommended book: The Righteous MindNeddy
The more beautiful world our hearts know is possible
- Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness
- Greater joy, equanimity, purpose, balance
- Women's choice - family planning
- Happiness is a choice -- find joy!
- People of many religions have expected and prayed for a time when we would have peace on Earth. We are in that transition, a new stage in the evolution of life on Earth
- In a more beautiful world the governments would be accountable to the people. Corporations would work not for shareholders but for Earth and all its inhabitants.
- Music and the arts -- Joni Mitchell's Down to You, Michael Jackson Man in the Mirror
- We have to go through the process, do the work, learn from mistakes
- African Americans have been going through the process so long, they're feeling there's no point any more. Reengage for 2018 and 2020 elections.
- We are one human family, one Earth community with a common destiny
- Peace is the wholeness of right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth and the larger whole of which all are a part.
Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life,
the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for
justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.
Read the Earth Charter
Hannah wants to talk about our personal journey with Climate Justice. How we can take it back to our communities. Restoring faith in the context of voting. Crystal says that faith must be restored in the voting process. Even though blacks loved Obama they did not feel that Obama represented who they were. Obama had to put up with being disrespected. Crystal thinks he did the right thing. He did speak up on the Trayvon Martin posters. Elizabeth says that the Black community did not feel that they put him in office. Crystal thinks restoring has a lot to do with healing. There is no faith in the black community in the judicial system, the voting system. Change came and went, and now there is no faith in the process. Crystal votes regularly, but now she feels it is crucial for people to vote.
The popular vote versus electoral college votes was not understood in the community. People say, "If this happened with Al Gore why didn't Obama do something about that?"
Reports stating that "Your neighborhood has been targeted for falsifying police reports, increasing arrests, etc" have left the community with no faith in law enforcement. Citizen police review board has marked everything as "unfounded." Then the government says, "there wasn't anything toxic about the arsenic." Gentrification is directly affecting the minority community and there's no way to take a breath. The community is being blamed. Crystal ran for City Council and lost, but there were 4 black women ran. Crystal is now running for Mosquito Control. She may have to move if she gets it. And doesn't want to move.
Jan: after Hurricane Irma mosquito control was very present in the communities in Miami. Mosquito Control is really important in areas with standing water.
Running for office: you have to be in the community doing things to show that you care.
There is a voter pride T shirt that looks good. MLK, Easter and 4th of July would be great times to sell T shirts like that.
Hannah: people mostly knock on the same set of doors because they know they vote, but they should knock on all doors. 7,000 out of 40,000 people voted for Mayor in Dunbar.
Crystal: we need to be engaged all year round, personal relationships, you have to put in the work, the community has started to listen but haven't yet come out to vote, how do you convince people to vote when it's so difficult to get things done with the government
The community needs more wins.
Community Forum Foundation: empowering the community, strengthen programs that are already in place. Starting a Know the Law for the youth in the community. Kids WANT to be empowered.
What would help people vote? They need a win.
Dunbar possible community wins: transparency from the police department, cleanup the sludge, Lee County school board with people of color on the board, removing Robert E. Lee statues
How do you get the community leaders to work together, especially in the church leadership?
There's no sense of us
How do we take care of those who serve, when people don't want to help
How do we really hear our communities needs?
Recorded by Jan and Hannah
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- Amanda Young
- Maria Sgambati
- John Heimberg
- Joyce Johnson
- Timothy Kirby
- Kim Wells
- Hannah Holland
- Houston R. Cypress
Participants:Lanny Smith, Elizabeth Taggart, Karen Arrington, Crystal Johnson
Discussions Highlights:Have an event in the neighborhood where they gather in the street; serve food; have a speaker. Encourage people to vote knowledgeably. Get groups involved such as Community Weatherization Coalition, Environmental Ambassadors, County Extension Service, and neighborhood association, and have joint planning meetings. Have kids take photos of litter and of clean neighborhoods, and have a display of these for families. Beautify the neighborhood by planting flowers etc so people take more pride. Get high school students involved and give gift cards when they do cleanup or other work, and possibly community service points for school. Start a program in the elementary school the kids attend and involve school personnel in the planning, such as the science teachers and science coordinator for the County. Start an Environmental Club of children in the neighborhood. Send memos such as "Please Don't Litter" on e-mails. Start a community garden. Get kids involved in 4-H. Ask people "What do you want in your community?" Put up displays to educate, such as how to dispose of cooking oil safely, how to recycle, how to compost, etc.
Next Steps or Ideas for Action: Meet with neighborhood group and also meet with school authorities to plan action steps for working with children. Meet with neighborhood group and other groups to plan other actions.
Participant: Bev Ward
Discussion Highlights: 1,000 Year Planning Model; seven generations thinking; replacing the "master narrative" and giving future generations new stories of how people came together; overcoming single hero myths with stories of shared leadership, wisdom, courage and effort; teaching how to talk to each other and how to play together; redefining success, freedom and independence with more emphasis on "vir bien" - living well in simple, satisfying ways; redesign of cultural givens such as driving to the gas station; creating families and communities that provide "mobile stability" for children; "playing ball on running water"; extend the adoption of early childhood technologies for raising self-disciplined, connected children such as "Conscious Discipline"; the need for reducing and healing the trauma that will occur.
Action Step: Initiate asset mapping of our faith communities. I
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Participants:Holley Rauen, Dona Knapp, Shannon Larsen
Discussions Highlights:This is already a movement. Ecuador has written the language into their constitution.New Zealand and India have give rivers rights
Next Steps or Ideas for Action:Start in FL with Army Corps of Engineers. Learn about Children's Trust lawsuit. Every living creature has the same God given right to exist, thrive and regenerate. We will post more soon with links to successes.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Participants: Only me, myself and I are working on this, so it's a party of three!
Discussions Highlights: The blog really looks simple, but with nothing in it, you can not get any sense of what it's all about or how it will work. Thus adding this sample helps to get things focused a bit and give me, and you, an idea of how it will work.
Next Steps or Ideas for Action: My next steps are about moving this around a bit, adding some space and filling out the sidebar with other features we want to see.