Weekly Gathering Newsletter No. 6

Week ending 10/24/2020

My theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.

Tom Seaver

Introduction

By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall

The year 2020 may now and forever be infamous for events that seemed to be anomalous and unforeseen when they occurred, but upon closer inspection were revealed as the consequences of consistent human behavior, or misbehavior, over centuries.

Big events, good and bad, often seem to come out of nowhere but are usually the culmination of smaller actions performed repeatedly throughout time.

So while it seems now that we have big problems in this country and our world that require big solutions, perhaps if each one of us took on some small, positive action consistently, it may have a big result in the long run.

However, to do that we may have to let go of outcomes and trust in our abilities, values, instincts and inner guidance.

That is what I aim to do with Amplifire Project, with the help of my fellow contributors. I can’t know or even concern myself with the results of the efforts I make here. I only know that I look forward each week to sharing my own thoughts and ideas and I’m so grateful for those who do the same; for our inspirational Alice, Kerri Romeo who gifts me with her wonder-full weekly installments of The Wonderland Campaign to publish every Wednesday; for my brilliant friend, Jesse Crall, who takes time out of his busy schedule to share his knowledge with me each week for our Ask Jesse podcast; and to all of our other contributors and supporters who generously give their time, talents and efforts to this project.

While I don’t know exactly what they will be, I know that only good things can grow from such consistently good efforts by such consistently good people.

If you would like to contribute your own efforts to this project or have a project of your own we may be able to help amplify, feel free to write to me at Victoria@amplifireproject.com


Action Items

If you haven’t gotten your mail in ballot yet or are preparing to vote in person, you may want to look up your sample ballot at Ballotpedia, to see what ballot measures you may need to inform yourself about.

We request for anyone in California to please vote NO on Prop 22 as it’s imperative to labor rights & breaking down corporate power that 22 fail. You can find more information on this page on the California Labor Federation site.


This week Rep. Justin Amash added his support for Tulsi Gabbard’s proposed legislation to drop the charges against Julian Assange and Edward Snowden as well as a bill to reform the Espionage Act and give whistleblowers greater protection.

Please 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.

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.


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.


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

Victoria contributed her poem, Circle.

And in her show notes for Episode 22 of “Ask Jesse” she shares her two biggest complaints of both politics and capitalism.

In this week’s Wonderland Campaign installment, Myth or Legend, Kerri reflects on what we could and should learn from the extinction of the Dodo bird.


On the Amplifire Project YouTube Channel

Creative contributor Lori Michaels recorded our animating director, Michael Harrington offering some words to help us to hold space for others in these tough times for what we hope will be the first of many “Moments with Michael” videos:


Kerri’s Faves” is a new playlist that compiles all the great videos she shares in her Wonderland Campaign series or in our Facebook Group each week:

Kerri’s Faves

Victoria contributed her “Social Media Thoughts” on misinformation:


And Jesse Crall discussed the subject of capitalism with Victoria in Episode 23 of our weekly podcast, “Ask Jesse” .

Here’s a short clip from that episode where Jesse explains how important it is to understand how economics drives all of our other policy issues:


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:

Kerri shared the image below and asked, “Whose story is not being heard today?”


Victoria shared the article, “The Social Dilemma? Nope. Just Silicon Valley propaganda” by Yasha Levine which outlines the dilemma with the Netflix documentary, “The Social Dilemma”.


Jesse shared this video from the Jewish Voice for Peace page where 19 year old Israeli conscientious objector Hallel Rabin answers the question, “Why are you refusing to enlist [in the Israeli army]?”


Our Facebook Group member Victoria Godfrey-Zeller shared a piece from her blog Voting For Kids about the election for Misssouri Secretary of State and the difficult process of voting in her state.


And Michael shared a link to the website for The Down Ballot Disruption Project whose mission is to equip young people across the country with the skills, resources, and support they need to elect progressive leaders in their communities.


On the Amplifire Project Twitter Page

Here’s our “Tweet of the Week“:


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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