Got your attention, eh? So am I pro-looting or anti? Is that a stupid question or what–no, I’m not pro- looting. Having run my own shop and have worked with store owners who actually “put their business in the street,” by putting their trust and life savings out there, no. Yeah, and most of them are not covered for broken windows, have deductibles, etc.
It is often said that events like the COVID19 pandemic open minds to bold ideas previously not accepted. We can see this every day — with both immediate and longer term solutions coming into clearer and clearer focus. We are also learning more about the crisis before the crisis — in the hospitals, nursing homes, working class communities, and especially among oppressed people.
This from The New York Times: Many Americans have demonstrated heroic strength during the coronavirus pandemic, but the society itself has revealed profound weaknesses. Widening gaps in income, wealth and opportunity in the years before the virus hit left everyone more vulnerable to the disease. It undermined the nation’s defenses and weakened its response. Yet the devastation of the pandemic has also created an opportunity to begin to put things right, to ensure that the America that ultimately emerges is more just, more free and less fragile. Through this initiative, Times Opinion is exploring, and seeking to answer, basic questions about what the government owes its citizens, what corporations owe their employees and what we all owe each other. America was ailing long before the coronavirus reached its shores. Now we have the chance to make it better.
NY Times articles on diverse dimensions of the current crisis are listed here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/opinion/america-inequality-coronavirus.html
Are you looking for ways to get more involved in local voter engagement groups? Look no further! We have three great options for you:
Becca Freed, Indivisible Berkeley – They’re working on texting to flip Virginia and canvassing for CD-10.
Andrea MacRae, East Bay Activist Alliance – They work to help elect Democrats all over the US, especially at the state level, particularly in areas that can flip red to blue. The East Bay Activist Alliance is an affiliate of the Sister District Project.
Debbie Raucher: Swing Left – They organize activities for volunteers from the San Francisco East Bay area including Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro and other nearby cities.
Governor Newsom has indicated that he may veto SB1, the legislation that can protect California against Trump’s undermining of environmental protection laws. SB1 passed the Assembly and the Seante. Today’s San Francisco Chronicle has an EDITORIAL urging him to sign. This is a BIG ONE. Please DO IT. You can contact Governor Newsom via https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/ and urge him to sign the bill. The link also gives the Governor’s phone number. You can both call and write.
Beyond contempt: How Liberals Can Communicate Across the Great Divide
Beyond Contempt, by longtime Berkeley activist Erica Etelson, shows us how to communicate respectfully, passionately, and effectively across the political divide without soft-pedaling our beliefs. A must-have guide to productive dialogue that can defuse hostility, build trust, and open hearts and minds in unexpected ways. Find it here: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780865719170