MoveOn.org (“Democracy In Action”) sent me the following announcement, which I thought might be of interest to some of you, because it deals with developing a sustainable economy with stable jobs. Sounds pretty idealistic, yeah: But so did democracy in the beginning, don’t you think?
If you’re the “joining” type, and you and a dozen of your best friends are free on March 28, why not attend this event and then post a report back to the rest of us on what you find out? You might be for it, or against it, but you don’t know till you go check it out! You can RSVP at the > MoveOn.Org < web site.
The e-mail that I received says,
“We’re launching Power Up America, a new grassroots campaign for a new energy economy. And we’re kicking off the campaign in Saint Louis on Saturday, Mar. 28, 2009, at 3:00 PM. You can learn about the campaign, meet other MoveOn members, and find out how to get involved. Will you join us?”
Additional information in the e-mail says,
Dear MoveOn member,
The fate of President Obama’s plan to rebuild the economy isn’t going to be decided in Washington, D.C. It’ll be decided in communities like Saint Louis all across the country.
A core part of Obama’s economic plan is creating millions of good, green jobs and repowering America with clean energy. But Congress is afraid to cross Big Oil and Big Coal, which are spending millions opposing the president’s proposals.
So we’re launching a new grassroots campaign for a new energy economy, called Power Up America. We’ll work together locally to show our senators and representatives how we can transform the economy, create jobs that can’t be outsourced, and fight the climate crisis.
“We’re kicking off the campaign in Saint Louis on Saturday, Mar. 28, 2009, at 3:00 PM. You can learn about the campaign, meet other MoveOn members, and find out how to get involved. “
Here’s the agenda for these events:
- Meet neighbors who are passionate about working together on this campaign.
- Watch a short video about the opportunity to transform America with green jobs and clean energy.
- Start a drive to build support among local small-business owners so we can show Congress the breadth and depth of our support.
- Plan for a wave of local organizing to get the attention of senators and representatives when they’re home from Washington for a congressional recess next month.
- Brainstorm strategies for how to tailor the campaign to your community.”
- BONUS: If you check out the > MoveOn Web site < you also can throw virtual tomatos at AIG, if you’re tired of throwing your tax dollars at them.
Editor’s Note: I have been through several economic downtowns in my worklife over the decades, and I know we will come out of this, but one thing we all need to understand is that what will bring us out of this is creating a whole different paradigm, and without that kind of change, we either will get stuck here, or be right back here in short order. Maybe MoveOn.org has something important to say about that new paradigm?
Image of the “big blue marble” courtesy of NASA
Image of Sustainable Development Diagram by Johann Dreo, courtesy of Western Kentucky University