Sunday, August 31, 2014

So Much Trouble In The World (Again)

It's both true and overwhelming. The amount of activity scattered across the globe related to peace, justice and sustainability is as mind blowing now as it's ever been. Sometimes it feels like the train of bad news will never stop. One of the most important things you can do is to take a breath and make sure you're as good as you individually can be to check in with local, regional and global happenings. It's not the first time I've offered this thought, and while it may come off as selfish, self preservation is important to all who wish to play a contributing role in this world. Those who are forced to confront lived oppression every moment or every day must do just that-fight for their dignity and well being daily. If you do not live that reality hopefully you're in solidarity to play a supporting role.

Once "WE" are feeling ready to be activated, progress for people and the planet continues to be a matter of eduction, organization and action. I continue to support the work of democracy as a useful place to plug into what's going on in the world.

Over the past few weeks, from the continuing war between Israel and Palestine, to the domestic turmoil and injustice in Ferguson, Missouri, it feels like the train of oppression, brutality and violence just keeps building momentum.Don't let it crush you. Don't let it consume you. That's what the systems wants-for you to be so self interested that you don't care about anyone but yourself or your immediate family. The trick is to find your own health and balance, and when you do, then look outward, respectfully.

As we approach Labor Day let us remember now and always the work of great people like Cesar Chavez, and how activists and organizers have changed labor relations for the betterment of all people, not just themselves. Work within the labor-justice movement and in all walks of life remains troubled. Just remember to take that breath for yourself. Look to your immediate family, friends and local community to offer support. Slowly branch out from there and then get activated, allowing yourself to go where your drawn the most. The topics page from Democracy Now is a good place to go when you're ready to tap back in, and just keep in mind when you're ready, there's an issue and a movement that's ready for you and whatever unique gifts you bring to the table.
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