Weekly Gathering Newsletter No. 11

Week ending 11/28/2020

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.

John F. Kennedy


By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall

Plenty of people say and even believe they stand for peace and are accepted and even celebrated by the status quo.

It is when you start standing against war that you become smeared, vilified, persecuted or worse.

History has shown us this pattern again and again and yet we keep on repeating it, like we are repeating it now.

Today, anyone who challenges the military industrial complex is relegated to the fringes and/or labeled as some kind of foreign operative or new age hippie or, ironically, “a conspiracy theorist.” Meanwhile, mainstream media lauds people who have openly profited from their involvement in violence and war as “Superheroes” and “Nice” Guys.

Seeing this pattern playing itself out in the world today just as it has throughout history is disheartening to say the least. And yet, there is hope in that continuity as well; hope in the fact that while the light of peace has often been overshadowed by the darkness of war, its flame remains unextinguished.

What do you see as an obstacle to peace in your life, your community or our world today? Leave a comment or write me at Victoria@amplifireproject.com

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On the Amplifire Project Blog

Lorie Michaels introduces a video recording of a chat she had with three fellow moms and activists about the education challenges they encountering in 2020 in Covid Schooling: How some families are coping

In her show notes for Episode 28 of “Ask Jesse” Victoria talks about how the media influences our views of who “the good guys” and “the bad guys” are in politics as well as providing further resources for educating oneself about Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks.

For this week’s Wonderland Campaign feature, Kerri explores what it means to be a grown up in today’s society in “Forever Old, Forever Young“.

And Victoria shared a poem about a question she gets asked a lot: How is it helpful?

On the Amplifire Project YouTube Channel

As mentioned above, this week’s Conversations with Lorie features a chat with fellow moms, Kim, Lori and Mary about how they are dealing with education challenges during Covid and beyond.

And Victoria asked Jesse about Biden’s Cabinet picks, the misleading way the media is portraying them and what they mean for our foreign policy and economy going forward in Episode 28 of our weekly podcast, “Ask Jesse” .

Here’s a short clip from that episode where Jesse shares some important perspective on the backgrounds of Secretary of State and likely Secretary of Defense choices, Antony Blinken and Michelle Flournoy as well as Treasury Secretary pick Janet Yellen.

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 this image, asking: Is this how it is supposed to be?

Victoria shared this interview with conscientious objector Hillel Rabin who spent 56 days in military prison for refusing to serve in the Israel Defense Force: ‘Refusing to serve in the army is my small act of making change’

Victoria also shared this story about an indigenous group that is fighting for sovereignty and survival: Why Native Americans Have Been Protesting For A Month In The Heart Of The Hamptons

And Jesse shared this essential read by Joshua Wilkey of This Appalachia Life: My Mother Wasn’t Trash

Action Items

As Jesse Crall pointed out in his post, “Yemen and the Truth“, the war in Yemen is an abject travesty that has resulted in Nearly 24 million people—including 12.3 million children—being in need humanitarian assistance and protection.  If you feel so inclined, please consider a donation to Save the Children’s efforts in Yemen: https://www.savethechildren.org/us/where-we-work/yemen

Sign and send the petition to President-elect Biden and the Senate: You must appoint an Administration that will immediately address the issues of the nation, not corporate interests.

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.

On the Amplifire Project Twitter Page

Here’s our “Tweet of the Week“:

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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