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04 November 2008 @ 09:09 pm
Wisdom in tolerance  
"I will listen to you, especially when we disagree." - President-Elect Barack Obama

May we all do that a little more.
Current Music: NPR USA Election Coverage
sleet01sleet01 on November 5th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
The question is, what do we do? I've been thinking about it and, embarrassing as it is, I'm much better at doing stuff than at planning the stuff to do. I hope they can keep some of the Obama campaign structure intact so we have somebody to request tasks from.
Kburgunder on November 5th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
I think Michael Franti said it best when I saw him in concert at Marymoor Park a few months ago. He said, no matter who gets elected, the only way we make this country better is by participating (and he wasn't implying voting when he said it). He said it much more eloquently... Bah, I should just record all of his shows. The man always has a ton of good stuff to say.

Basically - what do you care about most and what are you willing to do? If you don't have much time, donate money to local causes you care about. If you don't have much money, volunteer.

I'm starting my second round of ESL tutoring this month.

The things that really matter to me, and note that I make a concerted effort to avoid children's causes or other easy asks because these groups tend to be the best funded:
Adult literacy / ESL (power to the people)
Arts support (indie theatre, art walks, public art)
Public libraries (power to the people)
Women's reproductive rights (power to the women)
Sliding scale medical services
No-kill animal shelters
(off the top of my head ... what are yours?)

If any of these are things you really care about, feel free to email me because I keep a list of local organizations that are involved with these things and every November, a week or two before Thanksgiving, me and a few friends get together and write thank you notes to them and donate money so that they can continue to the work we might not have time to do but fully support.
Kburgunder on November 5th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
p.s. I started volunteering for adult literacy and arts organizations after the last election because I was so pissed about 2nd term Bush that I decided to do as much grass roots stuff as I could to be welcoming to immigrants and refugees and to make sure public art stayed funded. The trick is to not bite off more than you can chew and to forgive yourself for it. Doing a little is ten times more awesome than doing too much briefly and then flaking out.
Kburgunder on November 5th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
"Don't sit idle. Don't sit back and be self-congratulatory. Get out there and find the issues that you want changed and fight for them. Knock on doors. Join organizations. You know it works, now - there's no excuse to go back to lazing around, marveling at how progressive you are." - chiaspod

It wasn't a public post, so I snagged it for ya, but I guess he's pretty much echoing the same sentiment as me. Look, a choir! O:>
Turtleturtlegrrl13 on November 5th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
I read that at the same time he spoke it on tv. It just made it that much more powerful.
Kburgunder on November 5th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
Awesome. :)

I thought, besides standing up to the podium as the first black president-elect, it was the most powerful thing he did tonight.