Ask Jesse Episode 16: Skepticism & Fatigue

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Show Notes by Victoria Lynn Hall

I want to say first and foremost that in no way was this episode meant to be a condemnation or discouragement of the extraordinary and admirable efforts of the Movement for a People’s Party or anyone involved in it. I want nothing more than for them to succeed at all they wish to accomplish and encourage anyone who feels moved to do so to get involved by visiting

And, it is with major FOMO that I have decided not to become seriously involved with that effort at this time.

However, I do think we need to be honest with ourselves and each other about what a challenge it is to create change in politics today. In fact, I think you have to be an optimist to even believe it is possible. For the record I am and I do.

I believe that change and good things can and will happen but that we can’t always control when or how they will happen. What we do have control over is the choices we make and I believe that we should make them with our whole hearts (gratitude to Jesse for reminding me of that in his own way toward the end of this episode). I don’t think we ever regret doing that, even when it doesn’t lead to the exact outcome that we wanted.

For example, I don’t regret one tireless moment I spent working as a grassroots volunteer for the Marianne Williamson for President Campaign even though she suspended that campaign before the Iowa Caucus. That was not the outcome I wanted but, along with the lessons I learned and the friendships I made from it, I will cherish that experience for the rest of my life.

At the same time, between that and some of the efforts I’ve made to support progressive down ballot candidates, I do think I am a bit fatigued and not ready to put my whole heart into anything more than this podcast and Amplifire Project in general for a little while. That could change tomorrow, of course, but for now I know I’m doing exactly what I’m meant to be doing and that’s enough.

Jesse and I talked in this episode about contributing to local organizations in your area to help people during our current economic crisis. You can find your local food bank through the Feeding America Network by clicking here

Project Angel Food, originally founded in 1989 by Marianne Williamson, cooks and delivers over 600,000 nutritious meals each year, free of charge, to the homes of men, women, and children affected by life-threatening illnesses in the Los Angeles area. Learn more about volunteering or donating at

The Wall Street backed charity that Jesse couldn’t remember the name of in this episode is called the Robin Hood Foundation. Clearly, charities that have this kind of corporate support don’t require donations from the average citizen.

Jesse also mentioned in this episode his continued concern over the U.S. Sanctions on Syria, please read his article here to learn why we all should share that concern and how we can act on it.

He also talked about his continued focus on Afghanistan and suspicions raised by the still unproven Russian “bountygate” scandal. We discussed this at length in Episode 8: The Last Time We Talk About Russia (the title of which was very wishful thinking on my part.)

Watch the full episode below or on YouTube where you can subscribe to all of our video content. We would also like to thank Kim D. for contributing her fabulous song, “Corporation Coup” for use as a theme for our videos, you can find the full recording of this song at:

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Jesse Crall

A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

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Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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