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To: Political-activists & want-to-be's, home, taking care of others or themselves. Reconnect now!
Us! AGAIN "SAVING THE WORLD!" [on <ThisCouldHappen.com>]
Did you know baby-boomers have double the suicide rate "expected" for our age bracket?* And, so do our valiant Veterans.**Could it be some of us miss being the successful activists (Veterans, hear "fighters"), world-improvers and just plain rabble-rousers we once were? We were amazing -- Civil rights, women's power. People-of-color power with Voting Rights Act, 1965; We created the EPA (1972), our activists helped create FOIA, 1967, we reinvigorated the FEC, 1974, when FPPC in CA was created for honesty-in-elections; this then went national. AND, our yelling ended the Viet Nam war in 1973!
There's no argument our generation inspired the world's best rock music ever!
So, it's no wonder -- as you remember using your "umph!" to help with causes, to spotlight injustices and speak truth to power (and to fight for the USA!) -- you need a way to stay connected to some excitement, as your personal world narrows due to problems, disability or age, or temporarily closes off some activities. You’re SIGNING the PETITION TO HELP CREATE <ThisCouldHappen.com>, a democratically-run website for the EMPOWERMENT of HOME-BOUND ACTIVISTS.
We all need friends who can empathize with our situations.
There are WOUNDED VETERANS (many with PTSD), too, who might need this; Women Vets have a shocking rate of suicide that can't go on!
Well, can you still use a phone? Do you have any computer ability? Could you hand-write letters to legislators? You keep up with the news, so could you do research? How about reading and summarizing books or just telling someone else about the book's thesis?
Or, perhaps you miss seeing your name in print! You, my friend, are needed!
Can you technically help group make social network connections?
AT FIRST, the website would provide two choices of campaigns to work on: (1.) For transparency of money in politics -- The CA Disclose Act, AB700, needs many of the above activities done. Its language is already part of the Platform of the State Democratic Party. When it's passed, Public Funding of Elections. And (2.) "As the planet lurches way past 400 parts per million (350 was "safe") concentration of CO2,"*** our skills could be game-changing for the powerful coalition of environmentally-involved, nation-wide groups: DFA (anti-fracking section), Progressive Democrats of America, (http://PDAcommunity.org) 350.org and the Sierra Club! We'll influence "Organize for Action" (Barack Obama's group) to do the right things. The CA legislature is our powerful ally and CA research universities, the best. But, so much coordination is needed -- We at home can watch each hearing, then explain, thru social media, the main facts.
Do you know someone who would benefit from joining <ThisCouldHappen.com>?
If it's you (or a loved-one) who cannot, right now, get out much, won't you SIGN THE PETITION TO MAKE THE WEBSITE GO? and, call me. 916 451-2045. You'll be contacted (and can, then, opt-out or continue) to start working and socializing around our country's great needs! You'll again create hope and friendships among those of us still hoping to "SAVE THE WORLD!"
Why is this important?
Recent articles like this from the Washington Post's Dominic Basulto, Innovations: "Why an aging population may be good for innovation" praise this group's effectiveness.
*"Baby-boomers" have double the suicide rate "expected" for our age-bracket and the world cannot afford to lose our contributions. Baby-boomers are of different ages depending on source and many of other ages identify with "hip" young idealism. Activists of any age (and music genre!) are most welcome and needed. Use the image of Robert Redford in Sneakers; Robert Redford is a real activist!
Injured VETERANS of any age have faced wars, threats, depressions and just plain dark times, but never before has man-kind faced that, in several ways, he was already cooking the grenade. (A phrase meaning, pin-pulled, counting to four before throwing.) Consider my two big activist-causes: 1. Disclosure: Our Democracy is drowning in "Citizens-United-money" (just google that to learn). And 2. the environment: 400 ppm C02 in the atmosphere, etc. Just to begin to name why boomers need to help prevent the BOOM!
Of course, there's much more, like: Hungry, homeless kids in the USA and Third-World or animal abuse due to world-wide corporate farming. ThisCouldHappen.com will need you! Don't feel useless, there are friends for you to work with. But, we would first develop the special ways people-in-bed or stuck at home can productively work. Skype and U-tube are fun tools we could exploit to our benefit. And true to our theme of 60's activism-revisited, there will be a musical component. More on that. We'll start with a choice of two projects to help. As we grow, some participants will work on others.
Starting up, ThisCouldHappen.com, is offering just a choice of Honesty in Elections (like the CA Disclose Act, AB700) to be followed by Public Financing of Elections! AND, 2. Improving the Environment with renewables and no fossil fuels. We're connecting major groups with local government and universities to make a member for the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network of Northern CA, right now. (See my recent training and YouTube videos you'll have access to, here!)
Those staying-at-home include WAR-INJURED of all ages. Care-givers for sick or dying parents... For all categories, "life-sustaining" medicines often give us unbearably long periods of disability to face, which isolate. I live with pain, daily, from a long-ago car accident, but have three college degrees that would go to waste if I didn't help out.
Self-esteem rises when we can feel that we help.
We Democrats traditionally rely on volunteers, but the Democratic Party has never faced a richer opposition or one more recklessly destructive of democratic principles and Mother Earth. We cannot afford to lose the help of valuable activists. Or to discriminate by ignoring accessibility rights for the injured.
I am one person ideal to begin this kind of connecting-place. A past organizer, for four years, for a Democratic, Platform-Level cause, The CA Disclose Act, AB700 (CA Clean Money Campaign), I was already a lifelong, part-time activist, having started with Tom E Hayden in the 70's, Campaign for Economic Democracy.
My masters degree and my own accident-shortened career were in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and I have taken gerontology classes, too. BA's were in English (Ivy League) and Journalism. I would love to continue, life-long, helping our causes by organizing volunteers who'd otherwise be lost to us, when we can least afford to lose anyone!
* "Suicide Rate For People In Their 50s Has DOUBLED" by Bernard Pliers, DAILY KOS, Thurs. May 02, 2013; AND SacBee, "Grim Rise…" Apr 22, 2013.
** June 8, 2015 Suicide rates..Veterans..female Staggering. By Alan Aarembo
***Bill McKibben, May 14, 2013, PDA letter
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