By Victoria Lynn Hall
This episode was a contrast to Episode 2: Progressives Vs Establishment which we did a little over a year ago but I wouldn’t say we were necessarily wrong about what we thought or were feeling then about the state of electoral politics. There were some very competent and compassionate candidates that were worthy of support then and there are now as well.
What has changed for me the most is my expectations and my knowledge of just how challenging an undertaking running for office against establishment candidates is. Like I said in the episode, I don’t want to discourage anyone from supporting them, In fact, my hope is that the right candidates get more support, not less.
And for the record, the time I spent volunteering and/or supporting political campaigns during the last election season was one of the most rewarding, educational and transformational times in my life. If you have never volunteered for a campaign, I highly recommend it and I imagine I may feel moved to do so again at some point in the future (maybe for Jesse Crall someday). However, for many reasons, my heart just wouldn’t be in it this time around.
As I explained at the top of this episode, any money I have to donate at this time is going to mutual aid or charitable endeavors and of course my volunteer time is now devoted to Amplifire Project. Others are focusing their volunteer efforts on specific causes and helping their communities. There are so many ways to help others and be involved in making change in the world today, see our Action Items page for just a few of them.
If you do decide you want to support or donate to a candidate, make sure you thoroughly research them and their platform first and know that they don’t accept donations from corporations if you want them to fully represent the needs of the people in our communities.
In this episode Jesse referred to this article on the subject of “salting the workplace”: The Rank and File Pipedream – the bellows.
He also mentioned a pollster that he couldn’t remember the name of at the time: David Shor
I mentioned a recent Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group meeting in which we talked about people who attempt the impossible politically. Click here to read my recap of that meeting.
I also mentioned this article by Caitlin Johnstone that I reblogged: Caitlin Johnstone: How To Sabotage The Pro-Palestine Movement
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A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.