Weekly Gathering Newsletter No. 7

Week ending 10/31/2020

Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.

Malcom X

Introduction

By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall

This week I convinced my fellow contributor, Jesse Crall, to allow me to edit a thread he posted on Twitter and publish it as an article on the blog. Before he signed off on it he remarked that, “It sounds more brutal when put in an article” and after publishing it a couple of people implied that it sounded angry. Perhaps that was why I was so eager to feature it; because I feel that we are living in a brutal world right now and I am angry about it.

I know I am not alone in feeling angry these days but sometimes I do feel alone in what I am angry about. I see people lashing out at each other in intellectual political arguments that have little to do with the actual issues. I see people lose their temper when someone doesn’t support their candidate or their ideas. I see people blame our problems on one leader, one group of people or one circumstance. I don’t see these things and think, “those people need to manage their anger.” I see them and think, “what a waste of passionate energy”.

And I can’t help but think of the change that could happen if instead of directing that energy at each other, more people would direct it towards challenging the systems of power that are destroying our world.

If you have a tweet thread that you think might make a good article, or if you just need to vent your anger about something, I’m here to listen. Write me at
Victoria@amplifireproject.com


Action Items

An article by independent journalist Elizabeth Lea Vos published today discusses how media silence about Julian Assange’s arrest and imprisonment aids Trump. This silence only makes it more imperative that we as citizens take action.

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.


If you are preparing to vote in person or drop off your ballot on Tuesday, 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.


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 introduced and explained two “Conversations About Anxiety” that she and Lorie Michaels recorded for our You Tube channel.

And in her show notes for Episode 24 of “Ask Jesse” she wrote a fable about a clown who became a king.

For this week’s Wonderland Campaign feature, Kerri wrote about, “Women In Wonderland“, exploring women’s roles throughout history and today.

And Jesse urges us to pay more attention to what politicians do or who it serves in, “A Politics of Lies“.


On the Amplifire Project YouTube Channel

This week Victoria contributed her “Social Media Thoughts” on communicating versus broadcasting:


And Jesse and Victoria talked about how political media outlets engage in “Narrative Management” in Episode 24 of our weekly podcast, “Ask Jesse” .

Here’s a short clip from that episode where Jesse explains how the media fails us when it uses fearful narratives to pursue political agendas:


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 of the Brene Brown quote below and asked, “Can we do this as a collective? Can we stop looking to politicians and corporations to lead us? Do you believe that we have more potential? Do we have the courage?”


Victoria shared the article, The Weapons Industry Doesn’t Care Who’s President by Greg Shupak from The Nation which details how “the occupant of the White House for the next four years will be there thanks in considerable part to people with a stake in Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed’s earnings”.


She also shared a clip from the video below with these words by American Activist, Fred Hampton, “”We don’t think you fight fire with fire best; we think you fight fire with water best. We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism.”


And Jesse shared an episode from his solo podcast on Patreon where he talks about pears, economic systems & what really creates jobs.


On the Amplifire Project Twitter Page

Here’s our “Tweet of the Week“:


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Thank you for listening.

Amplifire Project

Published by amplifireproject

Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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