Gathering Newsletter No. 19

02/28/2021

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Introduction

By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall

There is this moment of surrender most of us come to in our lives when we are faced with a problem that feels too big for us; when we can no longer escape it or minimize it but we feel helpless to solve it.

In my experience, those moments of surrender are often followed by moments of breakthrough. By acknowledging that I have no ultimate solution, plan or roadmap to guide me, I suddenly became aware of what my next best step is and in taking it I find another waiting beyond it.

We have big problems in our world today but either people aren’t acknowledging them at all or they are minimizing or worsening them by proposing seemingly easy solutions; i.e. thinking we can solve wealth inequality by just raising taxes on the rich or trying to solve misinformation by censoring people or believing that just switching to renewable energy sources will solve the climate crisis.

Our problems are deep and wide and systemic. There is no easy or simple answer and looking for that non existent, all encompassing solution is going to keep us from that moment of surrender and the breakthrough waiting on the other side of it; where we finally see that within each one of us is the knowledge of the next best step we can take for ourselves and each other.

What’s that next step for you? Is it sharing your story or your knowledge to help others become more aware of the problem? Is it becoming more involved in political activism? Maybe it is using your skills or resources to help others through this difficult time? Whatever it is, if there is anything we can do to help you accomplish your goals or amplify your efforts, write me at Victoria@AmplifireProject.com and let’s talk about it.

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As always we appreciate your support and encouragement.


On the Amplifire Project YouTube Channel

Victoria interviewed psychologist Cindy Nye, PhD about our mental health, how we express our emotions and how we can take care of ourselves and each other during the pandemic and going forward.

Ask Jesse is still on hiatus but we shared this clip from Episode 23 where Jesse talks about the business practices of Levi’s as an example of how global capitalism works and its political consequences and also explains to Victoria why boycotts are rarely successful.


Victoria shared her thoughts on how we can individually define what it means for us to be successful on social media in ways besides and beyond “likes”.


On the Amplifire Project Blog

Victoria contributed her show notes for her Talking About Our Emotions with Cindy Nye, PhD video.

Victoria also contributed two poems:
The Center which advises us to take a broader look at what goals we aim for and Reflection which is about our reluctance to look within.

And two articles:
Loving Myself is a Revolutionary Act & a Privilege: a Valentine’s day revelation that not everyone can truly afford to love themselves.

Helping vs. Healing: a personal story that relates to how we prioritize treating symptoms over causes in our healthcare system and beyond.

Kerri Romeo continued to guide us through the curious world of the Wonderland Campaign, inviting us to embrace the unknown in The Calm Before the Madness and making the wild and outlandish suggestion that we could actually celebrate our madness in Are You Mad?


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 recommended articles that were shared with the group over the last two weeks:

After Generations, Lower Sioux Community Gets Ancestral Land Back – CBS Minnesota

“There has been generations of struggle, want for change and need for recognition so that the youth and the generations coming ahead can have their heads up in pride and understand that this land was originally theirs.”


Biden’s Pandemic Strategy is still Trump’s Pandemic Strategy – Michael Oman-Reagan

“In addition to causing many more deaths, a suppression strategy like the one Biden continues to use, has even been shown in countries around the world to be more harmful to the economy than an elimination strategy. It also continues to disproportionately harm already marginalized and vulnerable people who were suffering before the pandemic…”


Feeding Your Demons – Tricycle

“By feeding, not fighting, our demons, we are integrating these energies, rather than rejecting them and attempting to distance ourselves from disowned parts of ourselves, or projecting them onto others.”


US Bombs Syria And Ridiculously Claims Self Defense – Caitlin Johnstone

“Standing against imperialism and American supremacism cuts directly to the heart of our difficulties in this world, which is why so much energy goes into keeping us focused on identity politics and vapid energy sucks which inconvenience the powerful in no way whatsoever.”


Action Items

In an effort to keep this newsletter organized and further promote action items, we have given them their own page. Please visit it often to check for updates.

We also welcome your sharing of your efforts and experiences with taking action on these items and 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 “Featured Tweet“:


Learn more about our growing team of contributors here.

Thank you for listening.

Amplifire Project

Published by amplifireproject

Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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