Gathering Newsletter No. 21

03/29/2021

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.”

Alice Waters

Introduction

By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall

Our Alice, Kerri Romeo and I recently joined our friend Mary Hollywood on her At The Crossroads podcast to talk about how Amplifire Project has evolved over the past year as well as The Wonderland Campaign and the discussion group we are forming around it.

Being asked questions about this project helped me to clarify my goals and intentions for it, not just for others, but also to myself and it reminded me of just how much asking questions and being curious about others is a part of active listening.

We all want to be heard but sometimes we don’t even hear ourselves until someone else takes an interest in us.

Realizing this has helped me define a goal to make Amplifire Project a place that encourages and facilitates more community interaction. Towards that end, I will now include a, “Gather With Us” section in this newsletter in the place of the “Help Us Grow” section. I hope it will make you realize just how much we are interested in you, dear readers, and make it easier for you to provide your feedback and participate in this project.

I also decided to replace our Facebook group recap with a section for “Recommendations” of various content outside of Amplifire Project that has been recommended by members of our community through a variety of channels.

As always if you have any questions, concerns or just need someone to listen, you can write me at Victoria@AmplifireProject.com.


Gather With Us

Our contributor, Lorie Michaels is going to begin offering a free, weekly Zoom event to guide others through the practice of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or Tapping. The first meeting will be this Thursday, April 1st at 7:30 PM ET/ 4:30 PM PT.

Learn more at Lorie’s Website NamasteHealing.org and/or click here to register.


We have not set an official date to officially begin the Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group yet but we invite you sign up to join the mailing list on the Wonderland Campaign landing page to receive a recap of our first unofficial meeting and to stay informed.


Another great way to interact with us is through our Facebook Group. Recently I posed the question to the left and would love to know your answer. If you’re not already a member, join and leave your comment on the post or feel free to leave a comment here or email me to provide your answer instead


You can also participate in our Ask Jesse podcast by submitting a political question for Jesse Crall to answer during our recordings by emailing it to AskJesse@AmplifireProject.com


And we continue to invite you to Share Your Story with us or Contact Us if you have your own project or event that you would like us to help amplify.


On the Amplifire Project YouTube Channel

As mentioned above, Mary Hollywood resumed her At The Crossroads Podcast by interviewing our Alice, Kerri Romeo and Victoria to discuss this project in general and the Wonderland Campaign specifically:


New episodes of Ask Jesse are now posted every Saturday.

In Episode 35, Victoria asks Jesse why most Americans are unaware of or slow to learn the truth about our wars and foreign policy and how most mainstream media outlets and politicians only tell or tolerate as much of the truth as suits their agenda.

In this clip, Jesse talks about how voices of dissent are being indirectly censored out of mainstream political media and how this doesn’t bode well for the future of journalism in our country:

In Episode 36, Victoria asks Jesse some what if questions about our political past, present and future in a discussion that covers repeated patterns, paths not taken and what could be.

What if Lincoln hadn’t been shot? What if Thomas Paine’s economic theories had been more universally accepted in his day? What can the opposition to equality in our history tell us about our struggles now? Jesse shares his thoughts in this clip:


On the Amplifire Project Blog

Victoria contributed her show notes for Ask Jesse Episode 35: The Whole Truth and Ask Jesse Episode 36: What If

She also wrote a poem for the new season, entitled Something New

And contributed an article about the connection between United States imperialism and the violence in this country in Violence Here, There & Everywhere

For the Wonderland Campaign series, Kerri followed Alice in her adventures with royalty, exploring the “equality of feeling” in “Crooked Crowns“…

And questioning the fairness of a game in which the winners make the rules in Game Changers.


Recommendations

Recommended by Kerri on our Facebook Group:
Telling Is Listening: Ursula K. Le Guin on the Magic of Real Human Conversation on brainpickings.org

“Listening is not a reaction, it is a connection. Listening to a conversation or a story, we don’t so much respond as join in — become part of the action.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination


In case you missed it, Jesse and Victoria have both recommended this documentary on Afghanistan by Abby Martin and The Empire Files multiple times: Afghanistan War Exposed: An Imperial Conspiracy (Full Documentary)


Also recommended by Victoria:

Congress, in a Five-Hour Hearing, Demands Tech CEOs Censor the Internet Even More Aggressively by Glenn Greenwald

“the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that the state violates the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee when they coerce private actors to censor for them — exactly the tyrannical goal to which these hearings are singularly devoted.”

Master List Of Official Russia Claims That Proved To Be Bogus by Matt Taibbi

“we have to learn to separate real stories about foreign intelligence operations with posturing used to target domestic actors while suppressing criticism of domestic politicians. It’s only happened about a hundred times in the last five years — maybe it’s time to start asking for proof in these episodes?”


On the Amplifire Project Twitter Page

Here’s our “Featured Tweet“:


Action Items

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


Tell USDA: Help get more food to food banks!

Food banks will lose up to 40 percent of the food they receive from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – a dramatic decrease of about 500 million nutritious meals food banks provide nationwide. During a time when we’re facing public health and economic crises, and when more families than ever need help finding their next meal, food banks can’t afford to lose any food.

Click here to access the form at Feeding America and Tell the USDA: Don’t let a single person who needs help putting food on the table go hungry – help get more food support to food banks. Your personal comment to the note below is required to make sure the USDA reviews it. They must read and record every unique comment they receive!


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.


One last note for this time: we edited our Contributors page to include a link to each contributor’s content.

Thank you for listening.

Amplifire Project

Published by amplifireproject

Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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