Weekly Gathering Newsletter No. 8

Week ending 11/7/2020

When the world becomes a massive mess with nobody at the helm, it’s time for artists to make their mark.

Joni Mitchell


By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall

Unlike many people in the world, I didn’t feel much like celebrating yesterday (Saturday Nov. 7). When you dedicate much of your time to learning how what Dr. King identified as the three evils of society (racism, materialism, and militarism) in 1967 are still plaguing us and threatening life on earth today, it’s hard to muster up enthusiasm for a more civilized version of the same.

However, I also spend much of my time enjoying music and when I realized it was also the birthday of one my favorite artists, Joni Mitchell, I did find some things to celebrate.

Not only was it an occasion to celebrate Joni’s prolific and masterful body of work and it’s profound influence on me but also her creativity, resiliency and strength.

In a recent interview with Cameron Crowe, Mitchell notes how she came back from polio as a child and is now determined to fully recover from the aneurysm she suffered in 2015, accurately describing herself as a fighter,

That strength and determination has been evident throughout her life and career and has contributed to many of her creative achievements. In his biography of her, Reckless Daughter, author David Yaffe suggests that one likely reason Joni started using her signature open guitar tunings was that they made playing easier on her hands, which were weakened by the polio.

Thinking of this, I am reminded of the Zen Buddhist saying, “The obstacle is the path.” and how it is our limitations that often help us realize our most unique potential.

It is this reminder that brings me two things I crave more than celebration – peace and faith. Peace with my own view of the world and faith that my willingness to see the obstacles within it will put me on the path I’m meant to be on.

If you have a story about someone who inspires you or how an obstacle led you to your path, I’m here to listen. Write me at Victoria@amplifireproject.com

Action Items

Now that the election is over, we hope that more will get involved in protecting the freedom of the press by supporting Tulsi Gabbard’s bills to protect brave whistleblowers and drop the charges against Edward Snowden and Christine Assange’s son, Julian.

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.

Join CODEPINK in their campaign to demand President-elect Biden be a president fulfill his campaign promise to end the war in Yemen. Call on Biden to be a President for Peace: https://www.codepink.org/bidentenpointsforpeace

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 discussed how she thinks we would all “be happier in a world where masculine and feminine energies were more balanced and equally valued.” and shared a video of her performing her original song. “Like A Man” in her “Postcards from the Patriarchy“.

And in her show notes for Episode 25 of “Ask Jesse” she talks about the profound friendships that have gotten her through the disappointments of this campaign season.

For this week’s Wonderland Campaign feature, Kerri inspired us by explaining how powerful it is when we tell our stories in “True Tales“.

On the Amplifire Project YouTube Channel

This week Lorie Michaels hosted Dr. Cindy Nye who generously offered to share her beautiful open heart meditation with us because, as she says, “the more open hearts we have, the better.” Find more videos with Cindy on her channel.

And Jesse and Victoria talked about the presidential election and how it and politics in general have been dividing us in Episode 25 of our weekly podcast, “Ask Jesse” .

Here’s a short clip from that episode where Jesse answers a listener question about the Electoral College:

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 below image quote with her caption:

Celebrating those who aren’t going to sleep
The ones who don’t always hold the popular opinion
The ones who maintain their integrity
The ones who are standing up for the voiceless and for those who don’t even know they aren’t being represented
The ones who have nothing to gain but a better world for ALL of us
They are the changemakers
Celebrating and thankful for them

Jesse reminded us that “Joe Biden promises to sustain an ‘ironclad commitment’ to Israel” and shared this heartbreaking article about how “Israeli forces demolished the entire Bedouin community of Khirbet Humsah in the northern Jordan Valley, leaving 41 Palestinian children homeless just as winter storms spread through the West Bank.”: Under cover of US elections, Israel wipes entire Palestinian community off the map

Victoria shared this poem from Revolutionary Letters by Diane di Prima (August 6, 1934 – October 25, 2020). She was an American poet, known for her association with the Beat movement.

She also recommended reading this tribute: What We Can Learn From Diane Di Prima

And shared this short but important film by Amanda Zackem of American Canary featuring author and journalist, Chris Hedges:

On the Amplifire Project Twitter Page

Here’s our “Tweet of the Week“:

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Thank you for listening.

Amplifire Project

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Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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