Re: Minorities more likely to do TIME

Judy Olsen (wholepie@speakeasy.org)
Mon, 15 Feb 1999 16:14:43 -0800


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Hi Mike,
I don't know where you got the idea that I or any other progressive
thinks that we can only do something passive like sitting at home
waiting for the revolution or voting.  Here in Seattle, a group of
progressives (from many different areas like Food Not Bombs, organized
labor, The Greens, Socialists, Labor Party members, feminists,
gays/lesbians, homeless, etc.) have gotten together and are going to run
our own candidate(s) for the City Council and/or actively support
someone who is already running.  Right now, the Seattle City Council has
a majority of conservatives on it.  This year one or two conservatives
won't run again.  Our goal is to get a majority of progressives on the
City Council.  By the way, the three progressives on the Council today
were elected last year, and THEY DID NOT LIE about where they were
coming from!

The Seattle Progressive Coalition was dreamed up some months ago by one
person--Curt Firestone.  He believed that if all of the progressives
from every little organization came together and put aside their minor
differences, then progressives could become one mean fighting machine.
At the first meeting last December, 50 progressives showed up.  At the
second meeting in January, 75 progressives showed up.  I missed a minor
meeting this month because I was sick and just forgot about it, but I
heard that the Socialists (all two of them) dropped out because the SPC
voted against supporting the overthrow of capitalism.

I swear the SPC is the first group I have joined in a long time that has
renewed my hope in the system.  And it is so simple to do, too.  Get
together with 5 to 10 of your progressive friends and decide on when,
where, etc. of the first meeting.  Define progressive.  Write up your
vision, the mission, and a values statement.  The SPC's first values
statement was:  FOR  public education, FOR electoral reform, FOR civil
rights, affirmative action and police oversight, FOR labor, FOR tenants'
rights, low-income housing, abolishing homelessness, FOR universal
health care, FOR equitable, non-poluting, effective transportation, FOR
environmental justice and environmental protection, against violence
towards women and children, AGAINST corporate welfare and
commercialization of public property, FOR information equity.

The best thing about SPC is that we have super excellent meeting
moderators!!  They do not allow one person or one point of view to hog
the meeting.  The meetings are not slow or dull.  You actually look
forward to attending the meetings.

Our next regular meeting is March 27.  Anitra Freeman of this list is
making a gorgeous web page for the SPC.  Unfortunately my Netscape
Navigator went kapluey last Wednesday, and I lost all of my saved email
messages, so I can't tell you where it is on the web.  Just keep
watching for Anitra's announcements.

For the whole damn pie,
Judy
Seattle

Mike Steindel wrote:

> Hi Judy I know what your saying is true...but I just see no other
> course
> of action other than voting. Maybe boycotts of companies that support
> certain candidates might be useful also. Low Power FM radio stations
> may
> become a reality so we will have access to our airwaves to get the
> word
> out....That is gonna be a fight also. As certain members in congress
> are
> in the pocket of BIG MEDIA....but to just sit at home waiting for a
> revolution or laying down because your convinced you have no chance
> accomplishes nothing...We have no other recourse than voting. I firmly
> believe we have a good system that can work for all of us....We just
> have greedy men running it that need to be removed...Take Care Judy as
> always your posts are very stimulating.....mike
>
>
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Hi Mike,
I don't know where you got the idea that I or any other progressive thinks that we can only do something passive like sitting at home waiting for the revolution or voting.  Here in Seattle, a group of progressives (from many different areas like Food Not Bombs, organized labor, The Greens, Socialists, Labor Party members, feminists, gays/lesbians, homeless, etc.) have gotten together and are going to run our own candidate(s) for the City Council and/or actively support someone who is already running.  Right now, the Seattle City Council has a majority of conservatives on it.  This year one or two conservatives won't run again.  Our goal is to get a majority of progressives on the City Council.  By the way, the three progressives on the Council today were elected last year, and THEY DID NOT LIE about where they were coming from!

The Seattle Progressive Coalition was dreamed up some months ago by one person--Curt Firestone.  He believed that if all of the progressives from every little organization came together and put aside their minor differences, then progressives could become one mean fighting machine.  At the first meeting last December, 50 progressives showed up.  At the second meeting in January, 75 progressives showed up.  I missed a minor meeting this month because I was sick and just forgot about it, but I heard that the Socialists (all two of them) dropped out because the SPC voted against supporting the overthrow of capitalism.

I swear the SPC is the first group I have joined in a long time that has renewed my hope in the system.  And it is so simple to do, too.  Get together with 5 to 10 of your progressive friends and decide on when, where, etc. of the first meeting.  Define progressive.  Write up your vision, the mission, and a values statement.  The SPC's first values statement was:  FOR  public education, FOR electoral reform, FOR civil rights, affirmative action and police oversight, FOR labor, FOR tenants' rights, low-income housing, abolishing homelessness, FOR universal health care, FOR equitable, non-poluting, effective transportation, FOR environmental justice and environmental protection, against violence towards women and children, AGAINST corporate welfare and commercialization of public property, FOR information equity.

The best thing about SPC is that we have super excellent meeting moderators!!  They do not allow one person or one point of view to hog the meeting.  The meetings are not slow or dull.  You actually look forward to attending the meetings.

Our next regular meeting is March 27.  Anitra Freeman of this list is making a gorgeous web page for the SPC.  Unfortunately my Netscape Navigator went kapluey last Wednesday, and I lost all of my saved email messages, so I can't tell you where it is on the web.  Just keep watching for Anitra's announcements.

For the whole damn pie,
Judy
Seattle

Mike Steindel wrote:

Hi Judy I know what your saying is true...but I just see no other course
of action other than voting. Maybe boycotts of companies that support
certain candidates might be useful also. Low Power FM radio stations may
become a reality so we will have access to our airwaves to get the word
out....That is gonna be a fight also. As certain members in congress are
in the pocket of BIG MEDIA....but to just sit at home waiting for a
revolution or laying down because your convinced you have no chance
accomplishes nothing...We have no other recourse than voting. I firmly
believe we have a good system that can work for all of us....We just
have greedy men running it that need to be removed...Take Care Judy as
always your posts are very stimulating.....mike


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