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Most people engaged in progressive politics despair at the difficulty of convincing Joe Average to get involved, to take action against oppression. We all seem to want the same things...income and wealth equality, racial equality, women’s rights, fair and decent pay, safe cities and communities, a healthy planet...the list goes on and on. Getting people on board with the message should be easy because, even if our lists are in different orders of importance, we know that the bottom line is human rights, peace, and respect.
We are hampered in our fight because so many have become so desperate and enraged. The channels of disinformation are so overpowering that they honestly don’t know whom to believe. So, these people—our friends, neighbors, community members, colleagues—choose to vote for politicians who are enacting legislation that will have negative impacts on their lives. Or they’re not voting, claiming that all politicians are the same.
We see this happen, and as activists, we are frustrated. We keep having to fight for the same issues. We gain ground on one hand and lose it on the other. We despair because we are unable to get people to fight for their own rights. Their sense of powerlessness holds us all back and is dooming us to more of the same.
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MEDICARE FOR ALL MARCH AND RALLY!
July 29, 2017
Where: From The Hemisfair Pavilion, we will walk around the block and end @ 757 Cesar Chavez
Starting at 10:00 AM
The time to act is NOW!
We can’t sit and watch from the sidelines as special interests buy our elections and overcharge us for healthcare.
Let’s all stand together and demand MEDICARE FOR ALL!
Facebook: Medicare4allSaTx / San Antonio Healthcare Now – Coalition / March4Medicare
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(This entry is adapted, with minor modifications, from the Harris County Green Party's Issues blog.)
The new Harris County Green Party website has a bit of a learning curve to it, both for those who maintain it and those who follow it. One of the things we HCGP apparatchiks have to learn is recognizing opportunities to post information about community events when they arise. Two such events have come to this author's attention in recent days, and they are happening very soon.
In particular, you can attend an event this Saturday morning, 1 July, with Rep. Al Green on the subject of protecting Medicaid from the threatened cuts. Green will appear at the Crowne Plaza Hotel near NRG Park from 10:30 am until noon. If you can't make it to that, try the town hall next Saturday morning (8 July) at the IBEW offices on the North Loop, hosted by a coalition of progressive groups.
Reflections of a New State Co-chair
Our Annual State Meeting has come and gone. Of the three meetings I’ve attended this one was, by far, the most collegial and productive. We had participation from far flung areas of the state: El Paso, Houston, DFW and central Texas. We had discussions that helped resolve long standing issues. We formed ad hoc caucuses to help resolve those differences. We agreed to disagree on the membership dues issue, but suggested local experimentation could be done. We reaffirmed our commitment to our values. We enjoyed each other’s company and made new friendships. We left as re-energized comrades in solidarity.
We still face hard struggles in this coming year. We all are wondering about ballot access and how we can organize to get it done in 2018. Some of us wonder if maybe we should sit out 2018 and wait until 2020 when straight party voting will be no more. Maybe we should use the time to concentrate on local races and use them to build the party. Some of us would renew efforts on fundraising. Many of us want to grow the party into new areas of our state. All of us want the Green Party of Texas to continue to grow so our values can be realized.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that the Texas Railroad Commission issued an Order of Withdrawal on behalf of Bluestone Energy. The application for an injection well to be built met with public pressure and the corporatists pulled back.
A few weeks ago, we (Tarrant County Greens) published two articles on this subject, asking for public pressure to be brought upon the RR Commission to deny Bluestone's request.
Because of the great work of Ranjana Bhandari and Liveable Arlington, success has been achieved.
Thank you, Greens, for your support as well. Because of public awareness of this intrusion upon our environment, it was turned back. Pressure made the difference!
See this article for reference
And, this one.