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  •  You misunderstand me (2+ / 0-)
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    mrkvica, Laconic Lib

    The point is that you can rail against how horrible white progressives are all you want but that won't get anyone anywhere.   The people who have the answers to solve this aren't the people who aren't coming, it is that people who aren't.  White people can stare in the mirror all they want but it won't get improve the situation on jot

    Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

    by Mindful Nature on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:22:14 PM PDT

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    •  Oh. (0+ / 0-)

      So you are saying that if we wanted to make sure that minorities found the conference interesting, we'd want to add activities that are popular with minorities, but that white people know less about what makes them tick than they do themselves? That sorta makes sense.

      But minorities are not monolithic. I'm not sure that a black woman has any more insight into the psyche of a Latino male than a white person does. So I'm not sure I agree with your premise.

      •  That's a good point (2+ / 0-)
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        CaliSista, mwm341

        But the Latina activist would have a far better answer to what appeals to other latina activists than I would.  And I think understanding what truly motivates her decision not to spend the time and money to attend is going to happen better from her asking herself than from me trying to imagine it

        As I alluded to before, it takes a lot of people asking a lot of questions and listening to a lot of answers

        Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

        by Mindful Nature on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:34:21 PM PDT

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        •  Then maybe, for example (2+ / 0-)
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          CaliSista, mrkvica

          ...I'm just thinking out loud here...

          Even though there is concern among POC's (and that's pretty much what we're talking about when talking of minorities) about climate change, perhaps we may want to make sure (and someone may need to do this study) as to how climate change affects POC communities?

          •  Ask Pacific islanders. Or Inuit. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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            •  Well, yes... (2+ / 0-)
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              dance you monster, skohayes

              we're getting to a big part of the problem here.

              Yes, Pacific Islanders or Inuit WOULD be very concerned about something like that, obviously.

              I was thinking of big city environments (usually populated by blacks and many different types of Hispanics)...although I started to add something to my comment about POC's in rural environments

              •  Argues for a NN in the Mississippi delta,... (2+ / 0-)
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                Chitown Kev, skohayes

                ...or maybe in the Dakotas, if you want to address fracking's impact.  Actually, both places would address a lot more than just environmental issues.  Connect to the activists who already are there barely holding on, and let them guide things.

                •  That's actually a good idea (1+ / 0-)
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                  Chitown Kev

                  People always have wanted a Netroots Nation held in New Orleans, but the NN board has certain standards that must be met, chief among them, union supporting businesses. NO has no union hotels or convention centers.
                  Next year is in Detroit, which I'm really looking forward to.

                  “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

                  by skohayes on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 03:38:23 PM PDT

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          •  Most environmental issues (1+ / 0-)
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            Chitown Kev

            Hit poor and underprivileged communities disproportionately regardless of the society and the issue.  Water quality, air quality, climate change, they'll all be like that.  There is a huge amount of research on environmental racism in the siting of air pollution sources for example. Two of the bigger climate change impacts are on health and food prices, both of which poorer communities are less able to deal with. Although raising POC incomes and political power can help, experience suggests tht isn't the whole story

            Now, how that observation translates into making NN14 more appealing I am not sure

            Touch all that arises with a spirit of compassion. An activist seeks to change opinion.

            by Mindful Nature on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 01:13:55 PM PDT

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      •  Well It's Netroots Not Just dKos, no? (4+ / 0-)

        Are there any minority blogs that could contribute some leadership ensuring speakers and topics that would make the event a better draw for minorities?

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:36:40 PM PDT

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