Week ending 10/3/2020
There are people in the world so hungry, that God can not appear to them except in the form of bread.Mahatma Gandhi
By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall
Our animating director, Michael Harrington, posted the above quote by Mahatma Gandhi on our Facebook Group this week to commemorate the anniversary of his birth on October 2nd.
In a different Facebook group I had posted information on how food insecurity is on the rise with the pandemic and how people can help but it got little attention and was quickly overtaken by what I feel were less productive but far more popular topics relating to our sitting president. I decided to speak up and respectfully pointed out how this group seemed to be inordinately focused on the election and not as interested in other important topics that required more action and attention. It led to a good discussion for the most part but a couple people insisted that this was as it should be, that “getting rid of Trump was The Most Important Thing.”
I don’t agree with that and I’m sure the people struggling to feed their families don’t either. So while I do believe that we all get to decide what is most important for us as individuals, what is important for Amplifire Project exists before and beyond the election and that is to inspire community among and between generations and encourage thoughtful and peaceful activism around world issues.
In that spirit, we are starting this week’s newsletter with a new section entitled, “Action Items”.
As Victoria stated above, hunger is growing in the wake of the Covid 19 Pandemic. It is estimated that in 2020 more than 54 million people may face hunger because of coronavirus. FeedingAmerica.org is a great resource for learning more about the problem and how you can help or get help if you need it. Their Find Your Local Food Bank search page is a convenient way to find organizations in your own community.
In his piece “Awareness & Syria“, our contributing writer, Jesse Crall shared information and concerns about the Caesar Act sanctions currently imposed by the U.S. government against Syria and how we should be urging congress to put a stop to them. As he stated, these sanctions will lead to significant harm to a population already decimated by civil war and poverty. Please take action by contacting your representatives and by sharing this post with others.
Another issue that doesn’t seem to be getting nearly enough attention is the possible extradition of Julian Assange to the United States, where he could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for charges that include publishing and providing journalists with information that served the public interest.
Tulsi Gabbard introduced three pieces of legislation to Congress recently for Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. One resolution each to drop the charges against them, as well as a bill to reform the Espionage Act and give whistleblowers greater protection.
We hope you will contact your representatives and ask them to support the following:
H.Res.1175 to drop charges against Julian Assange.
H.Res.1162 to drop charges against Edward Snowden.
And H.R.8452, The Protect Brave Whistleblowers Act, to reform the Espionage Act to protect future whistleblowers.
Thanks to Nicole Alexander Fisher, former Deputy Policy Coordinator for Gabbard, who provided this detailed information on Twitter.
We would welcome your sharing of your efforts and experiences with taking action on these items. We also invite you to submit your own action items for consideration of being published in this newsletter. Please send all correspondence to Victoria@amplifireproject.com
You can also post your action items on our moderated Facebook Group.
On the Amplifire Project Blog
We had three new posts on the blog this week:
Victoria Lynn Hall contributed her poem, “Messy“
Victoria also wrote about listening to our hearts and each other instead of cable news in her show notes for Ask Jesse Episode 20: Becoming The Enemy.
Our Alice, Kerri Romeo continued The Wonderland Campaign Series by posing some essential questions that we may be forgetting to ask ourselves and each other right now, in her piece Tears or Fears.
On the Amplifire Project YouTube Channel
If you’re subscribed to our You Tube Channel, we hope you have had a chance to check out Episode 20 of our weekly podcast, “Ask Jesse”. Jesse provided some reasonable explanations about why someone might feel compelled to vote for either Trump or Biden.
Here’s a short sample clip from that episode where Jesse explains how extreme narratives that politicians and the media promote are designed to divide us:
Victoria gave us a quick tour of all the Amplifire Project platforms in this video:
Victoria also offered more of her “Social Media Thoughts” videos, one on the importance of Active Listening:
And another where she talks about her experience with Insults on social media:
On the Amplifire Project Facebook Group
If you are a member of our community at facebook.com/groups/AmplifireProject, you may have seen some of the following in addition to our other content:
Michael shared an article on How to show compassion for a leader who lacks it himself.
Jesse shared another moving tribute to scholar, Stephen F, Cohen about how he Kept The Faith.
Group member Victoria Godfrey-Zeller shared Voter Resources from The Children’s Defense Fund to help us make sure that our votes for every level in on behalf of children as well as ourselves.
And Victoria shared this video of a talk given by a young girl about the importance of including children in political discussions:
On the Amplifire Project Twitter Page
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