1. Now Is The Time To Ask What Can I Do?

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    Please don’t get overwhelmed by that question. When JFK first posited it in 1960, the implication seemed to be that you/I/we needed to do something pretty big to help our country. I’m thinking a bit smaller. First, it’s important to acknowledge that things are not so hot in the U.S....
  2. Where Do You Fit In: Protester Or Community Builder?

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    I was a participant in the Women’s Movement in the 70’s and have remained involved in social, environmental and economic change efforts since then. Although, I may not be an expert on social movements, I have formed an opinion on their process based on my experience. In a nutshell, I...
  3. The Power of Hope is Real for You & for Society

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    by Jan Roberts  The power of hope IS real. Hope is the belief that circumstances will get better. It’s not a wish for things to get better — it’s the actual belief, the knowledge that things will get better, no matter how big or small. Hope has the amazing power...
  4. The Women’s March Leads Me To The Earth Charter

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      Over one million people participated in the Women’s March in DC  and approximately three million more marched in 600 cities around the country on behalf of women’s rights, human rights, Black Lives Matter, climate change, immigration and diversity, democracy and more. I experienced a Déjà vu when I took...
  5. Remaining Sane in These Times

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     Where do I pick up the gauntlet and fight? There are so many battles.  There are not only presidential cabinet nominees that seem, for the most part, interested in eradicating the agencies they are supposed to be serving but it’s also getting impossible to keep up with the presidential directives. For...
  6. Road Trip Through Civil Rights History

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    As I hit the road for a weeklong trip to visit the civil rights museums in the southeast, I wasn’t sure why I was doing it even though I did know that I was deeply concerned about the surge in hate crimes after the presidential election.  It seems obvious now...
  7. Democracy Labs Are Brewing a New Economy

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     Democracy Labs are brewing the New Economy in several states. For instance, experiments are taking place to use a new metric for economic success and performance that gives a broader picture of sustainability and growth.  Vermont became the first state to pass a law introducing Genuine Progress Indicators (GPI), which...

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