Canvassing, talking with everyone you know and a lot of people you don’t yet know about the candidates, the elections, and what is important to both of you is the most effective means of winning elections and actually getting to the issues. Even the little things like wearing a Lisa Brown T-shirt to the grocery or to a concert in the park (Want one? Call Eileen 509-939-9108) and smiling at everyone whose eye you catch has a ripple effect. Tack on some extra buttons and offer one to anyone who engages you.
Humanists, liberals, scientists, educators, mainstream Christians, Muslims, Jews, and ivory town intellectuals have been quiet long enough. We’ve sat in our armchairs with our books, read the polls, and shaken our heads in despair. It is time to buzz. It’s time for us to throw off that old dictum that one should not talk politics in “polite company.” Damn it. We ARE polite company and it is well past time to talk!
From “The Importance of Smiling” an email sent Thursday July 18, 2018 by Jerry LeClaire, Eastern Washington Indivisible Group. He sends out an email “most weekdays” with a short topical post, upcoming activist event opportunities and links to resources and information. Contact Jerry if you wish to receive his emails: email@example.com
What’s the Next Step? Subscribe to the Black Lens News, write an article in the Black Lens News, follow 4comculture.com. 4comculture has been posting events and things you can do. Become media literate and savvy. When your politicians hold town hall meetings show up. This past week there were two. If you weren’t there, here they are:
- Maria Cantwell’s Town Hall meeting: https://www.facebook.com/senatorcantwell/videos/1987392528204307/
- Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Town Hall meeting: https://www.facebook.com/ksps/videos/vb.60581587193/10154911576702194/?type=2&theater
Here are nine of the 20 people who showed up at Washington United Black Agenda Spokane.
If you want to see who showed up at the town hall meetings, photos are posted at 4comculture.
75% of the constituents waved red cards in disapproval of her answers. Others protested and carried signs outside.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Town Hall Video:
Maria Cantwell Town Hall Video:
Who Showed Up at Maria Cantwell’s Town Hall?
As you view photographs of activities here in Spokane on 4comculture.com you may notice that there are very few people of color or affected classes.
WHY? Let us know in the Contacts / Comments form below.
What will you pledge your support for Truth in Science?
Will you support local resistance in your community?
Will you support the Veterans for Peace and Raging Grannies in their protest against shipping coal through Spokane? A hearing for their trial is coming up May 19. They are bringing expert witness to testify to the dangers and need funds to pay their expenses. Contact Nancy Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are now three First Thursday Coffee and Discussion groups meeting this Thursday March 1.
- Original Group 10:00 am Rocket Market 726 E 43rd
- First Thursday Evening at 6:30 pm Rocket Market 726 E 43rd
- Perry Street discussion usually held at The Shop at 10:00 am but this week being held at the organizer’s home so they can write letters to legislators as well as share resources and updates on what is happening. If you are interested in this group message Susan Hales on Facebook.
Possible discussion topics:
- President Trump’s State of the Union speech
- Youth Incarceration
- 13th The Movie
- Black Lunch Table
- Oscars: Moonlight/Hidden Figures/Fences
- Local Actions
- …….And anything else you have on your mind
What’s your burning issue? What are you doing about it? There are lots of opportunities locally and nationally to make your voice heard and be part of making positive change. Scroll down to check out some options.