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to tell us what you're working on, share your show & tell, vent, whatever you want...
...this is an open thread. Nothing is off topic.
Do you know about the Respectful Revolution Project?
I wrote about this several months ago, but I wanted to write about it again. The Keystone pipeline decision is on all our minds and it's what got me thinking again about the Respectful Revolution. Strangely the XL pipeline has pitted different parts of our Progressive community against each other. On the one hand are environmentalists and activists and on the other hand is Labor. I know the argument being made is if the pipeline isn't built those filthy, toxic Canadian tar sands are still going to be piped via other pipelines and so all that carbon is going to be released anyway. We also all know it's an unsustainable situation to keep burning fossil fuels. How ultimately foolish humans are to keep accelerating a situation that is finite and can't continue and also ruins the planet for our own survival. It is simply nihilistic. There is no other thing to call it.
Well, there are other ways. In Chico, CA you'd be amazed at our local community. It feels so good. When I was ill two years ago, I experienced the full support it. If you're part of this community, there are always others that help. I felt so blessed and humbled. It's astonishing to me that this is amazing yet really shouldn't be. It should be the norm and not the exception.
There are so many wonderful Progressive people in Chico. And there has been a very distinct critical mass that's been achieved. This consciousness has become big enough that it births others into Progressive Community projects. I'll tell you this, even though Chico is surrounded by a "sea of red," it is a super place to be. We are so lucky to have every type of food grown and raised all around us. The farmer's market simply couldn't be better. The town is not too big and really easy to ride a bike to anywhere you need to go (it's flat).
Locally a friend of mine, Wendy Ardell along with Linda Furr and Sandy Fisher started the "Chico Cloth" Project. This came about due to the collapse of buildings in Bangladesh that were sweat shops making our clothes. The idea is to NOT buy new clothes but go to used clothing stores instead to buy clothes or take them and create new clothes out of them. At the same time the project gets people to grow flax locally that will be made into clothing. It is just in it's infancy stage, but I hope it is a total local success. If it is, it will spread. Please read about it here: http://www.newsreview.com/...
A local Chico couple, Gerard Ungerman and Stacey Wear, realized what an amazing community we have and started The Respectful Revolution.
They started documeting stories of the different things folks were doing locally outside of the mainstream. Then they took that concept out into the country at large to do the same...document stories of amazing things folks are doing all across the country that are green and sustainable or create community consciousness and support.
Here is their mission statement: THE RESPECTFUL REVOLUTION IS A NATIONAL, NOT-FOR-PROFIT ADVOCACY PROJECT SEEKING TO DOCUMENT POSITIVE ACTION AND INSPIRE CHANGE.
I hope you find some time to check out some of their work. It's truly inspiring stuff. You can also help support the Respectful Revolution project. Here's their web site: http://www.respectfulrevolution.org/
They also have a youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/...
Of course they have a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/...
Well I'm going to put up one of their short documentaries as an example. It makes me so happy to learn about what people are doing out there.
Is there a Respectful Revolution where you live? Tell me about it.
Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the New Day sunrise cloud
Let's build communities!
Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.• Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney
• Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol
• Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS
• Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem
• Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo
• Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid
• West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba
• Vermont Kossacks: Kosmail 4Freedom
• California Central Coast Kossacks: (San Luis Obispo & Pismo Beach area) Kosmail CentralCoasterNote to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
NEW GROUPS LIST:
• Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]
ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)
I'm so impressed with the Seattle Kossacks, right now. EagleOfFreedom offered to take up the reins of collecting local Kossacks for camaraderie and action. In a very short time he started the group, communicated with me, set the event and got almost a dozen folks to join the ranks in person. Kudos!
So, you Seattle Kossacks, you've got a group now and John Crapper has offered to be an admin of the group. How swell is that?
SEATTLE KOSSACKS! Look for each other in the comments and gather together, invite one another and let's see more folk show up at the next event. AND the next action event.
Once again Kossacks prove they are for real.
L-R: N in Seattle, Regina in a Sears Kit House, bleeding blue, doingbusinessas
L-R: ?, John Crapper, EagleOfFreedom, mlharges
All photos courtesy of mlharges
SFKossacks Welcome Matching Mole and bwren
with a Birding Event Plus Dinner
Last Sunday, matching mole, who flew in from the East Coast, and bwren, who flew in from Seattle, were picked up and chaffeured by the founder of Dawn Chorus, lineatus. She drove them to meet with other SFKossacks and Central Valley Kossacks to do some bird watching in the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area on San Francisco Bay. I'll leave the telling of that story up to lineatus in her Sunday morning series.
I'll be covering the dinner we had that evening to welcome our out-of-towners.
Wow, the standard setters for Daily Kos group organizing just one-upped the bar again! Not only do they meet for socializing, they get themselves on radio shows to advertise the event, they invite local candidates and progressive causes to speak to our Kossacks and then fully cater an event to reward all attendees. Wow. Just wow.
More than 30 Kossacks got together amping up and organizing the Asheville atmosphere for getting out the vote. Here's one photo:
L-R: DKos Asheville Kossacks
LAKossacks at it again, please see diary for food pr0n details.
Wow. Boom! ericlewis0 blew us all away on Sunday. He provided a LIVE BLOG of the NYC event complete with photos and bonafide commentary from the attendees. Amazing!
Photo 1 L-R: In the orange, thankgodforairamerica, ghchaucer2, sidnora, joanbrooker, dave g & kathny Photo 2 L-R: Plf515, Laura Clawson, mets102, son of broccoli, Communitygis, no exit, designthefuture & mattc129
sidnora promises her faithful follow-up diary and she could likely have food pr0n. I hope so. I live for explicit photos of the fries at Spitzer's Corner.
Saturday, February 15th
Los Angeles Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: The Sidewalk Grill
1727 N. Vermont • Los Angeles
ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Los Angeles Kossacks - Saturday, February 15, 2 PM - The Sidewalk Grill, Los Feliz
1. Dave in Northridge
6. Joe Bacon
11. Floja Roja
Little Loner (Who's not so little anymore)
Saturday, February 15th
Boston Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: Midday, TBD
LOCATION: The Barking Crab at Fort Point Landing
88 Sleeper Street • Boston
ORGANIZER: Send GreyHawk a kosmail to attend.
Afterward, a walking trip to the Design Museum Boston to see the free exhibit Green Patriot Posters.
Mexican Kossacks & Democrats Abroad Annual Meeting in Puerto Vallarta
Saturday, Feb. 15, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM: Welcome Reception with Tom Hayden at private home.
Sunday, Feb. 16, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM: Annual Meeting at International Friendship Club - (to include business meeting, address by Tom Hayden, and presentations on Fundraising, Web-Ex training (replaces Calliflower), Get Out the Vote (GOTV), and Communications including Social Media
Monday, Feb. 17, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM: Presentation by Tom Hayden supporting the importance of voting in the 2014 election. Hosted at chapel across from Hacienda San Angel.
Advanced Full Registration: $35 USD (450 pesos) Includes all events if you register before Feb 1st.
Tom Hayden Presentation (Monday only): $12 USD (150 pesos)
To Buy: Email GOTVfromAbroad AT yahoo DOT com with the quantity of tickets needed for either “Full Registration” or “Tom Hayden (Monday only)”. You will receive a PayPal bill and a written notification once your payment has been processed.
ORGANIZER: Send roberb7 kosmail to connect at the event.
Saturday, March 15th
Sacramento/Central Valley Kossacks Demonstrate at "Don't Frack California"
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: California State Capitol
1315 10th St. • Sacramento
Latest diary: Quick re-mention of March 15 statewide "Don't Frack California" demonstrations
1. Anthony Page aka SecondComing
Saturday, April 5th
Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: Noon - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle
ORGANIZER: Send EagleOfFreedom a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Arrive
Saturday, May 3rd
DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up
[Address] • [City]
ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.
Okay. Floor's open.
Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?