“After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall
This week I attended two of our community gatherings; Lorie Michael’s weekly community tapping group and the Wonderland Campaign Discussion group.
Though these meetings were different in many ways, they had a similar magic to them; that magic that happens when people gather together and tell their stories. I came away from both with so much more knowledge about others, myself and the world in which we live and felt both lifted and grounded by the connections that were made or strengthened through these experiences.
I’m so grateful for the people who showed up to these gatherings and were so generous in sharing their stories. Believe me, I know the courage it takes to not only show up and share your own story but to bear witness to other people’s stories with an open mind and heart. At the same time, I am reminded of the quote by mythologist, Joseph Campbell: “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
If you treasure human connection, showing up for a community gathering is certainly worth the courage it takes to do so.
If you want more information about our community gatherings or want to share your ideas for expanding our community, please feel free to write me at Victoria@AmplifireProject.com.
Gather With Us
The next Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group meeting is Saturday, April 17th at 3 PM ET. Click here for more information and to register.
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
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To begin our Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group meeting, Kerri read her post, “Into The Rabbit Hole” aloud for us and we shared it here:
New episodes of Ask Jesse are now posted every Saturday.
Episode 37 began with Victoria asking Jesse his take on Biden’s Infrastructure plan which lead to a discussion of our economics and class divisions and then went even deeper to touch on a sense of isolation and alienation in today’s culture
In this clip, Jesse discusses how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s speeches toward the end of his life condemned the capitalist objectives, imperialism and militarism that still drive the politics of “humanitarian intervention” today:
In Episode 38, Victoria asks Jesse if a letter from congressional Democrats will convince Biden to take action to help end the blockade that is causing mass starvation in Yemen, Jesse breaks down the economic reasons for the U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia and more.
In this clip, Jesse breaks down the ugly but important truth behind the U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia:
In a new “Social Media Thoughts” video, Victoria shared a favorite quote by Carl Jung: and related it to her experiences on social media and how we can use it as a tool for self awareness:
On the Amplifire Project Blog
In her show notes for Ask Jesse Episode 37, Victoria talks about how her anger can be useful but it is her love and compassion that she must ultimately allow to guide her.
She also suggests reading Jesse’s piece, Yemen and the Truth for a more complete understanding of America’s support for Saudi Arabia’s genocide in Yemen.
She also contributed a poem, entitled The Circle Dance
For the Wonderland Campaign series, Kerri gently challenges our perceptions of time, tradition and healing in Timeless Wounds.
And she speaks up for the animals in Wonderland and everywhere in Animal Queendom.
On our Facebook Group, Victoria recommended the book: “You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters” by Kate Murphy.
She also recommends these articles:
Michael blessed us with this wonderful music video:
If you have an article, book, video or anything you would like to recommend, please share it on our Facebook Group.
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Sign the petition for President Biden to take decisive action and tell Saudi Arabia it must stop using starvation as a weapon of war and lift its blockade on Yemen now.
The Yemeni Liberation Movement is a grassroots, volunteer-led organization working to mobilize our communities for an end to the Yemen war, and bring liberation and sovereignty to all of Yemen. Please consider donating to help hunger strikers fight against this genocide.
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