Weekly Gathering Newsletter No. 16

Week ending 01/09/2021

“The supreme task is to organize and unite people so that their anger becomes a transforming force.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Introduction

By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall

I read the above quote during the latest episode of Ask Jesse and lamented the fact that we no longer have leaders that want to unite us but seek instead to divide us for their own gain. I also talked about how no one is really naming their anger.

After recording the episode I got kind of swept up in my own anger and didn’t take the time to name it until I sat down to listen to that episode again and heard myself talking about it. It was then that I remembered that anger is a secondary emotion. I remind my Twitter followers of this once in awhile and share this image of the “anger iceberg”:

I think I might need more than a few minutes to figure out exactly what is lurking beneath the waterline of my current anger iceberg. However, it got me thinking about another exchange I had with a friend on Twitter where I said that America needs group therapy. And then I had this vision where instead of storming the Capitol, the “Capitol Mob” convened on the floor to have their own public hearing where they took turns naming their anger and the emotions behind it, telling their stories as our representatives and their fellow citizens listened attentively and offered support.

If that sounds far fetched to you, watch this video I came across on Facebook where teacher Donna Angelou talks about a transformative experience she had with her student Jamal and consider the difference that asking questions, holding space and deep listening had in that situation.

Can you imagine how different the world might be if every student had a teacher like Donna in their life? Or what if we all took it upon ourselves to be a little more like Donna and instead of reacting to someone’s display of anger, got curious and held space for them to explore their own iceberg while honoring them with our listening?

Now that I think of it, I think part of my frustration is that I can see that vision so clearly and yet I also keep falling into the trap of reacting to people’s reactions rather than inviting them to go beyond them sometimes.

Yet, one of the many things I love about working on Amplifire Project is that it always reminds me that this is why I am here. To share my story and to invite you to share yours.

So what are you angry about these days? What emotions do you sense are lurking beneath the water line of your iceberg? I’m holding space for you and willing to listen if you want to write me at Victoria@AmplifireProject.com


2021 Goals

We did not reach our goal of having 100 Subscribers to our YouTube channel by the end of 2020 (we only got to 52) but with your help maybe we can get there by the end of this month? It is free to subscribe. If you have already subscribed, please consider sharing the channel or our videos with friends and asking them to do the same.

We would also really like to see our Facebook Group become more of a community so don’t be shy about joining and introducing yourself or sharing your thoughts on one of the posts there or sharing your own post.

And don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter where we hope you will generously share our content as well.

As always we appreciate your support and encouragement.


On the Amplifire Project Blog

In her show notes for “Ask Jesse” Episode 32“, Victoria discusses one of her least favorite phrases, “Now is not the time for this!” in addition to providing additional resources for the topics she and Jesse talked about.

Victoria also wrote a poem to express her feelings on what it means, and doeasn’t mean for a politician to be a Champion of the people.

For this week’s Wonderland Campaign feature, Kerri explores the connection between our thoughts, our dreams and our politics in Dream Weavers.

From the Blog Archives, revisit this important piece where Jesse Crall takes a long look at America’s arms deals to Saudi Arabia & support for genocide in Yemen: Yemen & The Truth


On the Amplifire Project YouTube Channel

In Ask Jesse Episode 32, Jesse tells Victoria why he is more concerned with the reaction the the Capitol Hill Riot than he is the actual event and they discuss how the media and our current culture seems to divide and distract us from any unifying focus.

Here’s a short clip of Jesse talking on the day after the Capitol Hill riot about how the reaction was equally if not more disturbing than the riot itself. His words ring even more true now:

And you can also learn more on the topics Jesse discusses through watching videos on our Faves – Ask Jesse playlist.

Here’s a clip where Jesse explains how it is possible to push lawmakers more left:


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 video on Groupthink with her caption: We need the independent thinkers now more than ever…


Victoria shared this article by Glenn Greenwald on how “the harms from authoritarian ‘solutions’ are often greater than the threats they are ostensibly designed to combat.”: Violence in the Capitol, Dangers in the Aftermath


Michael commemorated the anniversary of the birth of Author J.R.R. Tolkien (January 3, 1892) with this and other quotes:

“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing…
this shadow. Even darkness must pass.”

The Two Towers

Action Items

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 the newest items with you each week here.


Please share this tweet or photo on social media!


From Christine Assange, Mother of courageous whistleblower, journalist Julian Assange: My journalist son Julian is alone, sick & suffering from prolonged persecution, solitary confinement & psychological torture in freezing cold, Covid infected UKs Belmarsh max security prison. He’d like to hear from those fighting to free him.

Instructions: https://writejulian.com

To read more about Julian Assange and why his case is so important to us all read: The Kafkaesque Imprisonment of Julian Assange Exposes U.S. Myths About Freedom and Tyranny by Gleen Greenwald


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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