Weekly Gathering Newsletter No. 5

Week ending 10/17/2020

It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.

Thomas Paine


By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall

This week I wrote about “Picking My Battles” on social media. I didn’t mention one fairly common battle that others try to draw me into, one that does not necessarily express disagreement with the information I have posted but questions my wisdom in sharing it. By now I expect the familiar refrains of: “This isn’t important now.” or, “So, what’s your solution, then?”

I don’t accept these arguments and hope you don’t either. And just so you know: The truth is always important and you don’t have to have a solution to tell the truth about a problem.

Your truth matters and always deserves to be heard.

If you would like to share your truth or perspective here, or have a question or a comment about our platforms, feel free to write to me at Victoria@amplifireproject.com

On the Amplifire Project Blog

“Picking My Battles” as mentioned above, is Victoria’s story of what draws her ire on social media and why.

Victoria also contributed her show notes and thoughts on, “The Pursuit of Happiness” for Episode 22 of “Ask Jesse“.

And Kerri continued her Wonderland Campaign series with a tale of a race where everyone wins in, “A Prize of Our Own“.

On the Amplifire Project YouTube Channel

This week on our You Tube Channel, Jesse Crall discussed with Victoria how the pursuit of wealth and power is counter to “The Pursuit of Happiness” in Episode 22 of our weekly podcast, “Ask Jesse” .

Here’s a short clip from that episode where Jesse explains how NAFTA has decimated communities and why the political media establishment doesn’t talk about it.:

Clip from Episode 22

On the Amplifire Project Facebook Group

We hope you have or will join our community at facebook.com/groups/AmplifireProject and please feel free to share content to and from this public group. Here’s some of what was shared this past week:

Jesse shared some compelling ideas by writer Benjamin Studebaker about “The Left’s Nationalism Dilemma.”

Victoria shared Caitlin Johnstone’s piece about the recent censorship efforts of social media, which asks us to, “Imagine If MSM Consistently Applied The Evidentiary Standards It’s Applying To Hunter Biden’s Emails“.

And Kerri shared this video which clearly explains the intertwined issues of environmental, economic and social justice:

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.

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 above 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

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Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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