The Ever-Evolving World Through Her Eyes

Let Us Build the New Economy Let Us Build Community

The economy slides down one of those yellow slip and slides, those slippery slopes people are always talking about. Usually in reference to the once you start you just can’t stop activities like sex, drugs, and tasty food, rarely to our ‘stable’ economy or our government.

I think back to eight years ago, I was fourteen years old and felt terribly robbed that I couldn’t fully participate in the democratic process. Although, Kids Against Pollution, the organization I was National Spokesperson for at the time, was running their Vote 4 Me campaign, which registered people to vote for my generations future. While we were too young to vote others weren’t and we wanted to make sure they were taking into consideration the things we thought were important like the environmental records of each candidate. I remember the night of the election, I passed out around two in the morning not knowing what my future held, and woke to the grim news that the entire country still didn’t. There was a recount and more speculation. I felt sick as I walked the halls of my school, while other middle-schoolers postulated over whom was making out with whom, or what was for lunch; I couldn’t get the election off my mind. The process continued to be hijacked, as our democracy eroded way like a pressure hose to scraps on the ground, the last remnants washed away. As shocked as I was, as scared as I was, I still had no idea what was to come.

Endless cuts in taxes that benefit the already wealthy and privileged, two wars that target minorities on both sides of the fighting, the reversal of twenty years of forward steps on environmental and medical care policies, not to mention the complete overhaul and the re-funelling of money for our national public education system to those oppressive wars. What a record, and that’s the the least of it.

Surprisingly, through it all, I’ve lived comfortably. I guess that’s the key, the gradual decline in the quality of life and civil liberties. Don’t just yank things out of reach, distract them so they just forget until it’s too late.

But it’s not too late. Our economy, yes, is in shambles, global warming is less than stable, and the patriot act looms in the background like George Orwell’s 1984, but we are the one’s we are waiting for.

So let’s stop waiting and start shaping and creating our future. Let us take back the streets that used to be the centers of our communities.

For example, City Repair, the Portland, Oregon’s community based organization, started out by creating a central sustainable community gathering place. Then one evening in their celebration, literally the neighborhood took to the streets and converted their intersection into a public square. Technically this was done illegally, but they soon had the city of Portland on their side, as this was what the community wanted and needed. Now, after twelve years of work, City Repair is a central neighborhood organization that has transformed the way Portland inter-acts with it’s community,

By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower our communities and nurture our local culture.

Or the Power Vote Pledge which seeks to mobilize one million young “climate voters” to elevate the issue of climate change in the 2008 election. This pledge commits young voters to holding our candidates accountable to our vision of a sustainable future, which includes creating millions of green jobs for middle to low income folks, investing in this clean energy economy, cutting global warming pollution, and so much more.

Check out what 350 has been up to, launching a new campaign to invite the new President, whoever that may be, to rejoin the world’s fight against the climate crisis at the UN Climate Negotiations in Poland.

Get involved, find a local community organization that you can give back to and in turn will serve you and your family. Re-claim your civil power and create the future you want to see. Maybe time is scarce, maybe money too but we need you more than ever for when we remain separate, time is scarce and so is money.

When we come together regularly in collective support, we can change this idea of scarcity to a reality of abundance. By realizing our own power to take our future into our hands, we become apart of the decision making process.

We are taught that these activities are too grand for ordinary people, which is why we elect someone else to make those decisions and changes for us, or we wait for someone else another Ghandi, another Alice Paul, another Martin. But those people were ordinary people with a vision and through some catalytic steps started working for the betterment of our community, our world.

We are all connected. We need everyone. Start today.

Sign the Power Vote Pledge and the Invitation to our Presidential Candidates, for starters, and then take this moment to find another way to become locally involved with creating change.


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You were not the only one feel acerbic humours crawling up the throat in the face of our inadequacy to sway the hand of fate during that age, much less the mere mention of our tyrant and his court.

Bread and Circus, while the world starves we heave exasperated sighs concerning obesity all the while enthralled by digital phantasmagoria. No small wonder there were so many “block busters” this past summer.

Yet, I digress, as per my usual.

I signed both.

Comment by Mason McMahon

Beloved Daughter Shadia and Sweet Adopted Son Mason – how I am so honored to have you both in my life – which means Mason – contact me and also I am taking this journey with you, my baby steps and teeth cut in the “60’s”. What I had hoped to give you all by starting then seems to have come to naught, but as you both inspire me I shall keep focused on creating and being the change I wish to see in the world.
Love immi

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