Category Archives: Progressive movement

Democracy movement, Jan. 14

quote in email from Good Government PA, 12/27/17:

“When we assert that democracy is possible, of course, we do not mean a perfect democracy — one fully transparent and accountable to all citizens. We agree with William Hastie, America’s first African American federal appellate judge, who noted that democracy is “becoming, rather than being. It can be easily be lost but never is fully won. Its essence is eternal struggle.” — from Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want by Adam Eichen and Francis Moore Lappe.

Relevant event in our area:

The democracy movement needs YOU! Interested in getting more involved in the fight to #endPAcorruption and restore democracy in Pennsylvania? Join us for a day of speakers and organizing to learn how to participate in the struggle.

Main Line Unitarian Church 816 S Valley Forge Rd Devon, Pennsylvania 19333-1825 Hosted by March On Harrisburg and Main Line Unitarian Church .

Speakers:

Adam Eichen – Co-author with Francis Moore Lappe of Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want

Rabbi Michael Pollack – Executive Director of MarchOnHarrisburg

Adam will be giving a sermon during the service from 10-11, and then we will reconvene from 11:30 – 2pm.

Additional organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and MarchOnHarrisburg will be added. MOH has signed onto William J. Barber, II’s Poor People’s Campaign, a 6-week national campaign that will engage in nonviolent civil disobedience simultaneously at 25 State Capitol buildings across the country, intended to launch a “moral revival” in our national political debate.

After our speakers, we will hold a citizen lobbying training and contact our State Representatives for a meeting on our two pieces of anti-corruption, pro-democracy legislation. We will also be providing training and organizational infrastructure on how to participate in the campaign and/or risk arrest during the six weeks of action.

Childcare, and a light lunch, will be provided.

#CallAVote #KIlltheGerrymander
https://www.facebook.com/events/1929050427411586/

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Democracy School = Community Rights Workshop, 10/15/16

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We the People film Sept. 5

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by | September 1, 2016 · 11:54 pm

The Endgame of 2016′s Anti-Establishment Politics

by Robert Reich, 4/25/16

Will Bernie Sanders’s supporters rally behind Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination? Likewise, if Donald Trump is denied the Republican nomination, will his supporters back whoever gets the Republican nod?

If 2008 is any guide, the answer is unambiguously yes to both. About 90 percent of people who backed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries that year ended up supporting Barack Obama in the general election. About the same percent of Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney backers came around to supporting John McCain.

But 2008 may not be a good guide to the 2016 election, whose most conspicuous feature is furious antipathy to the political establishment.

Outsiders and mavericks are often attractive to an American electorate chronically suspicious of political insiders, but the anti-establishment sentiments unleashed this election year of a different magnitude. The Trump and Sanders candidacies are both dramatic repudiations of politics as usual….

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