Week ending 12/05/2020
Black people need some peace, white people need some peace, and we’re gonna have to fight, we’re gonna have to struggle, we’re gonna have to struggle relentlessly to bring about some peace, because the people that we’re asking for peace, they’re a bunch of megalomaniac warmongers and they don’t even understand what peace means.Fred Hampton
By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall
This was a slow week for Amplifire Project’s platforms, not because it was a slow week in the world (if only) but because, among other reasons, many of us are feeling overwhelmed by all that is going on in the world and our lives these days.
I am fortunate in that my biggest challenge these days is helping others to share their struggles, experience or knowledge and promoting it among those who I hope will hear them.
In both endeavors, the obstacle for most people is just finding enough time and space to tune out the demands and stresses of everyday life and tune into our own inner voice or the voices of others.
This is something I encourage others to do, whether you contribute or subscribe to this blog or not. And sometimes I even remember to take my own advice; to curl up in a comfortable chair with a cat or two and my journal and write – just to sort out my own thoughts if not for Amplifire or some other project – and I am always grateful when some wisdom or guidance emerges from it.
For example, these words that I tweeted came to me while writing earlier today:
If you fit the above description, I hope you believe me when I say I’m here to listen. Write me at Victoria@AmplifireProject.com
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In her show notes for Episode 29 of “Ask Jesse” Victoria talks more about being heard, listening and forming alliances even when you disagree with people as well as sharing further resources for the issues of diversity and unity and other things she and Jesse talked about.
From the Blog Archives, here’s a beautiful poem by Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931): On Children
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Does having women of color in the high offices of our government make it diverse? Does refusing to consider dissenting opinions make a movement unified? How do we honor diversity and achieve unity? Jesse and Victoria discuss this and more in Episode 29 of our weekly podcast, “Ask Jesse” .
Here’s a short clip from that episode where Jesse explains the difference between the goals of a Centrist agenda like Biden’s and a more leftist or progressive policy agenda:
In honor of the anniversary of the late Jim Morrison’s Birthday coming up on Tuesday, December 8th – we thought we would share this interview with Jim from the Faves – Ask Jesse playlist:
Listen to Jesse and Victoria discuss what Morrison talks about in this interview and how it relates to more current realities in this Episode 21 of “Ask Jesse”
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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 reminder:
Victoria shared this article from 2019 as we marked another anniversary of the assassination of Fred Hampton, the 21-year-old chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party: Police Murdered Fred Hampton. His Activism Lives On.
Victoria also shared this look back at the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
And Jesse shared one of his “favorite pieces from the last year, by Thomas Frank on the history of American populism, healthcare and how our political class completely misunderstands (often intentionally) the relationship between our citizens & “experts.”: It’s the healthcare system, stupid
In an effort to keep this newsletter organized and further promote action items, we have given them their own page. We will just be sharing a couple of the newer items with you each week here.
Write a letter to protect the Arctic Refuge! Letters must be mailed by Thursday Dec. 10th. Find more information here: https://act.sierraclub.org/actions/National?actionId=AR0301730&id=70131000001Lp1FAAS&utm_campaign
Please visit bailoutthepeople.com and follow Kitty on Twitter (tweet below) to learn how to support ongoing efforts to get Congress to provide people with the Direct Cash Relief that is desperately needed by many right now and essential to our recovery from the Covid crisis.
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
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