Chris Hedges warns of the power of the corporate state, analyzes why the Democrats are gettng what they deserve, and calls for a new kind of movement that abandons electoral politics entirely. "The democratic system, and the liberal institutions which once made piecemeal reform possible, is dead." Hedges' position, while based on considerable evidence, seems too bleak for us at Tikkun, yet it speaks to an important set of truths that must accompany any serious political strategy in the period ahead. Unfortunately, Hedges does not embrace the Global Marshall Plan, the Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, or any other such measure capable of articulating a progressive positive vision. His article appears on Truth Dig Sept. 13: www.truthdig.com/report/page2/do_not_pity_the_democrats_20100913/
Feel free to reprint this outline of how to do a July 4 celebration or to send it to your friends -- just let them know it came from Tikkun's educational outreach arm, the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives. Also feel free to rewrite parts, add, subtract, and make this your own!!!
If, by chance, you happen to be in the Bay Area, note the following:
Interdependence Day Celebration
|When:||Sunday, July 04 2010 @ 01:00 PM - - 04:00PM|
|Where:|| Strawberry Creek |
1260 Allston Way, Between Bancroft Way
|Description:||Vegetarian Food only please. We eat first-- from 1-2:30. At 2:30 we will begin a program of music and ideas, sharing our celebration of all that is good in America, while affirming our interdependence with the planet and all the people and animals and plant life on it, as well as independence from the corporate powers that are currently dominating American society and destroying the life-support systems of the planet. Bring poems, songs, stories to share! Admission Cost: one large delicious vegetarian dish big enough to share with at least 10-12 others plus something to drink. To help us determine how many people will be coming and what we need in the way of supplies: RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by the morning of July 2nd. Bring children. Bring musical instruments. Bring Friends. No fireworks or explosives of any kind please.|
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