On the last day of the month (thanks to WAY too much snow the week before) we met to discuss how we’ll proceed from here. A large number of new members and guests added to a lively discussion of the things that need to be either protected or fixed, and the things that we can do about those.
Since these were notes about a discussion, here’s an expansion from the shorthand:
THINGS TO PROTECT OR FIX
(and yes, we know the list is bigger than we are)
Women’s Health Rights – A new member related how she never knew a grandmother due to her death after a medically necessary but unsafe abortion. She vowed to do everything possible to keep that from happening to somebody else.
Climate Change / Global Warming – all present realize how the increasing temperature on Earth will make our water more scarce and our winters more unbearable.
ACA / Medicare – Since we can expect no single payer system from this Congress, Administration or Supreme Court, what we have now must be defended to the best of our ability.
Social Security – The blatant LIE that Social Security impacts our national economy or debt balance endangers our senior citizens and our disabled. Its defense is essential.
Immigration and Racial Justice – The hatred and bigotry spawned recently by this Administration and its cronies should be countered to preserve the American way of life and our international reputation. Law enforcement and the Border Patrol alike must be better administered and trained.
Public Education – In order to properly welcome and include immigrants and help disadvantaged families to raise the next generation from reduced opportunity, the institution and quality of our public education must be preserved and enhanced.
Diversity and LGBT rights – we recognize that our country is stronger when we accept our differences and work together. The false sense of division and opposition between groups can not continue if we are to thrive.
Honest News – The singular and powerful influence of our national media has yet to accept the responsibility and burden of presenting facts and content rather than sensationalism and controversy. We need to do better nationally.
Corporate Control / Military-Industrial Complex / Living Wage – a fascist state leaves few choices for those not wielding the power of a corporation. In order for all to share the benefits of our country’s wealth, we can’t allow such a situation to exist.
Prevent Armed Conflict – We recognize that we are, as George Carlin stated so well, “An Oil Company with an Army” and we’re committed to use our sense and strength to stop fighting others – including the tactic of placing many more women in positions of power.
Infrastructure maintenance and expansion – As our population increases, an infrastructure to accommodate it must be properly repaired and sensibly planned.
Environmental Protection – We recognize that we only have one planet, and that abuse of it in one area changes life everywhere else, either immediately or eventually. We must do all possible to prevent our Earth’s destruction both slowly and quickly.
WHAT TO DO? WHAT TO DO?
As the time flew past, we were able to start our list of actions, but we’ll need more minds and hands to begin to make the change we need.
Support Planned Parenthood
Hold the Media Accountable
Defeat Citizens United
Standardized Electoral College
File a lawsuit against Donald J. Trump
But NONE of this will happen without help – and honestly, there is far too much grey hair in our club. Talk to your friends, the children of your friends. Discuss what can be done with anybody you talk to – then invite them to help. We’ll get a loudspeaker and hold rallies in parking lots if we get too many people!