Weekly Gathering Newsletter No. 4

Week ending 10/10/2020

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.

Jim Morrison


By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall

With everything that happened in political and world news this past week, it may seem odd to some that I chose to talk about an interview that legendary rock star and poet Jim Morrison did in 1970 with my fellow Amplifire Project contributor, Jesse Crall for our “Ask Jesse” podcast. Yet, for a few reasons it was the perfect choice for me; It was something that I’d been wanting to discuss with Jesse, it helped illustrate a historical context for our current times and, most of all, it lifted our minds from the chaotic mire of the daily news cycle.

A popular quote, attributed to Einstein, goes, “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” 

I’d like to think that Amplifire Project is a place to go to experience a different level of thinking; to dig deeper to the issues beneath the issues, to climb higher to see a broader view of our world and how we all fit into it, and to imagine ourselves walking in someone else’s shoes as we listen to their stories.

If you have a story, a question or a comment to share, feel free to write to me at Victoria@amplifireproject.com

On the Amplifire Project Blog

To Those Dealing With Trauma, Unseen is a moving piece written by our newest contributor, teacher and mom, Katie Elizabeth.

In Victoria’s show notes for Ask Jesse Episode 21: Mr Mojo Risin in 2020, she told the story of how Jim Morrison influenced her life.

And Kerri Romeo continued The Wonderland Campaign Series, leading us out of the pool of tears, toward the shores of understanding in Curious As A Cat.

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 21 of our weekly podcast, “Ask Jesse” or that you will soon to hear the discussion Victoria talked about in the introduction to this newsletter.

Here’s a short clip from that episode where Victoria asks Jesse if we are in part responsible for not taking more control and getting involved in politically shaping our destinies as Jim Morrison seemed to be advising in 1970:

Clip from Episode 20

Victoria also created a “Faves – Ask Jesse” playlist where you can find videos they’ve referenced in their podcast or show notes, including the Morrison interview referenced above.

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:

Jesse shared an important article entitled America, the panic room by Thomas Frank which speaks about “The panic, fear, ranting and scolding” in today’s political media messaging and how it “has reached unbearable levels.”

“As A Woman” By Mindy Isser is a profound article that Victoria shared, which asks, “How can anyone care about women when they don’t seem to care so much about unemployment, rent increases, evictions, or student debt?”

And Kerri shared this insightful video where Julia Galef examines the motivations behind the “sodlier” and “scout” mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information:

On the Amplifire Project Twitter Page

Here’s our “Tweet of the Week“:

Action Items

Voting can be confusing for youth during the best of times but especially now, during a pandemic. Please reach out to the young people you know to make sure they have a plan for voting and offer assistance should they need it. Covenant House put together a voter registration guide to make sure that all young citizens practice their right to vote come this year that you can share on social media.

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.

To learn more about this issue, Jesse Crall recommends listening to this TrueAnon podcast for a rundown of the Assange case that goes into the broad strokes and then the details.

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.

Help Us Grow

Amplifire Project is committed to connecting individuals from a broad spectrum of experiences around issues promoting peace, compassion and the humanity we all share. If you enjoyed all or any of the content gathered here, we encourage you to share it on your social media platforms and, if you’re not already, we welcome you to join any and all of our platforms as mentioned below or linked in our header.

We are also looking to welcome new members to our community of contributors for this blog or our YouTube channel who are willing to freely offer written, audio and/or visual content in exchange for regular promotion on our platforms. Please review our content and see our guidelines and submission info. on the Share Your Story Page.

Learn more about our growing team of contributors here.

Thank you for listening.

Amplifire Project

Published by amplifireproject

Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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