Weekly Gathering Newsletter No. 9

Week ending 11/14/2020

With compassion one becomes courageous. Compassion brings triumph when attacked; it brings security when maintained.

Tao Te Ching

Introduction

By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall

For much of my life I was told, mostly by people who were making an excuse for being careless with my feelings, that I was “too sensitive.” I was also often told, mostly by well meaning people that have my best interests at heart, that I shouldn’t care so much what other people think of me.

Somewhere along the line the excuse got tangled up in the well meaning advice and gave me the belief that in order to not care what people think of me, I had to stop being so sensitive.

This set me up for failure, hardship and pain because denying my sensitivity was denying so much of what made me who and what I am and blocked my self expression.

It wasn’t until I had no choice but to acknowledge and eventually embrace my sensitivity that I realized that it is my super power and the source of my innate creativity, intelligence and compassion.

And it is that compassion that allows me to not care what others think of me.

These days I am insulted often because of the political information or perspectives I express on social media and while I can’t say it never bothers me, it doesn’t deter me or make me question myself. How I choose to express myself these days has very little to do with me and is more about promoting truth and amplifying other voices. I don’t do this to be right or to gain admiration. I do this because I can’t not do it. I do this because it is how my sensitive soul responds to the call of suffering, violence and injustice in the world. Next to that other people’s opinions of me are mere whispers in the wind. I don’t have to care less to protect myself from them, I just have to remember that there are more important things to care about.

Is there something important that you need to express? I’m here to listen. Write me at Victoria@amplifireproject.com


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On the Amplifire Project Blog

Our newest contributor, Kim D. generously shares her personal experience of being on the opposite side of the political divide with her sibling in “Conversations with the Other Side“.

In her show notes for Episode 26 of “Ask Jesse” Victoria shares some Veteran’s Day tweets of stories she thinks are important for us to hear as well as links to source material and further information.

For this week’s Wonderland Campaign feature, Kerri encourages us to re-examine the value and purpose we assign to work in “Mistaken Identity“.


On the Amplifire Project YouTube Channel

Victoria shared her “Social Media Thoughts” about the labels we use to define ourselves and others on social media and how that keeps us in our own bubble and limits our understanding of each other and our world.


Victoria also shared a video of her original song “Anger is Better than Apathy”.


And Jesse and Victoria discuss the disturbing but important to know realities of poverty and war and how they are interrelated in Episode 26 of our weekly podcast, “Ask Jesse” .

Here’s a short clip from that episode where Jesse answers a listener question about dismantling industrial complexes:


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:

Group member Victoria Godfrey-Zeller shared an article from her Voting For Kids blog with her takeaways from the 2020 Election


Our Animating Director, Michael Harrington inspired us with these quotes by Søren Kierkegaard on the anniversary of his death (Nov. 11, 1855):

“Hope is a passion for the possible.” ― Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling“

“It is so hard to believe because it is so hard to obey.” ― Soren Kierkegaard

“I opened my eyes and saw the real world, and I began to laugh, and I haven’t stopped since.” ― Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life


Kerri inspired us with her thoughtful words accompanying the incredible story of Ruby Bridges from Rare Historical Photos in this post:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmplifireProject/permalink/689803481946976/

Jesse shared this video from 2016 where political analyst, Thomas Frank discusses Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party and “how all the Real Smart Economists said NAFTA”:


Jesse also shared an article by The Grayzone about how Biden’s transition team is filled with war profiteers, Beltway chickenhawks and corporate consultants


On the Amplifire Project Twitter Page

Here’s our “Tweet of the Week“:


Action Items

This week in our Facebook Group, Victoria posted an interview with a Seattle Organizer by The People’s Herald about What Direct Action Looks Like that is worth reading for anyone who is asking themselves, “What do I do?” right now. Here’s a notable quote:

“Stop appraising the quality of what you’re doing, and just be glad that you are doing something, if you have imposter syndrome or if you feel afraid, if you move beyond those feelings, just put yourself in the discomfort of being imperfect and accept that reality.” 

– Red (Organizer & Activist)

If you are interested in becoming a more active citizen when it comes to making your voice heard by the lawmakers who presumably work for us and our communities, you may find this: Citizen Primer from The Peace Alliance a helpful introduction. As it states: “If a corporate lobbyist is speaking to your representative practically every day, it is hardly enough for you to speak to them through the voting booth only every two or four years.”


One way to make your voice heard to your lawmakers now is 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.


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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