Minutes for March 2019 Meeting and Agenda for April 2019 Meeting

Agenda for Monthly Progressive Business Meeting
4/29/19
7-9pm
24 Mill St., Newark, OH
Subject to Change

• Introduction (5 Mins. 7:00-7:05)
• Labor Education/Working Families First (10 Mins. 7:05-7:15)
• Local Activism (5 Mins. 7:15-7:20)
• Open Discussion (If Desired) (100 Mins. 7:20-9:00)
• Adjourn (9:00)
Minutes for Progressive Meeting
3/25/19

• Meeting was broadcast via a LIVE Facebook video.
• We discussed the ongoing plans for a Labor Paper/Pamphlet/Newsletter. Noted that we want it to be nonpartisan since working class issues know no political party. Even so, it should not refrain from pointing out when politicians and parties stray from fighting for working people. We highlighted that the Democratic Party – if it is smart – could benefit from supporting this effort by helping to educate people on labor and helping to boost the power thereof. Want it to be known that we are unquestionably pro-Union. Related to this, we discussed the seeming inevitability about automation, how unbridle automation threatens the economy, how employers use it as a scare tactic, and how it could be used to our collective benefit. It was pointed out that the labor paper can help educate on this as well (while also highlighting the role of outsourcing and insourcing). We discussed how it would be helpful to collaborate with the Think Tank, the Freedom School, Working Families First, and Labor.
• Related to the Labor issue and the role of Working Families First, we dipped into the local politics surrounding the needle exchange – specifically, the recent cowardly vote by the County Board of Health in banning such – and the dominant issue of rising homelessness in the area (stemming from last week’s City Council meeting wherein public support was on display for compassion). It was pointed out the labor paper can help educate here as well. We discussed how the homeless have a desperate need for beds and showers. There are between 500-800 homeless in the area with a study by HUD and Newark City Schools estimating 300 homeless children. Possible locations for homeless to stay: abandoned fire stations, empty schools, the abandoned “Knights Inn”, or even the abandoned “Basket”.
• In our open discussion, we continued our thoughtful review of what socialism is and what it isn’t as well as how we confront the conservative uptick in attacks on the same.

February 2019 Business Meeting Minutes and Tentative Agenda for March 2019 Meeting

Agenda for Monthly Progressive Business Meeting
3/25/19
7-9pm
24 Mill St., Newark, OH
Subject to Change

• Introduction (5 Mins. 7:00-7:05)
• Labor (5 Mins. 7:05-7:10)
• City-Based Activism (5 Mins. 7:10-7:15)
• Working Families First (5 Mins. 7:15-7:20)
• Open Discussion (If Desired) (100 Mins. 7:20-9:00)
• Adjourn (9:00)
Minutes for Progressive Meeting
2/25/19

• Meeting was broadcast via a LIVE Facebook video.
• We discussed matters pertaining to Labor. Noted that the Summer of Labor – except for the Democracy Day event – will be suspended until 2020 at the earliest. Revisiting the need for a Labor paper. We briefly talked about the Freedom School showing “Dark Money” the previous Thursday and how it was well attended with around 50 people. Our discussion branched off into how the proposed tax rates by Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez can help to effectively create a maximum income and how a living wage of $15 an hour should be attached to inflation. We mentioned how workers were essential for the production of wealth, and this then extended into a renewed discussion about socialism and what it really is. We again highlighted the fact that the Local Party has new leadership and will hopefully now be more amenable to progressive ideas.
• We highlighted the current state of local races in Newark, citing the competition for Council and the Mayor’s office.
• We addressed “Working Families First” and how creating this network database can also serve as a launching pad for the aforementioned labor paper – which can start out as a newsletter -, noting that we need to work with the platform’s founder and secure more postcards for distribution.

January 2019 Meeting Minutes and Tentative Agenda for February Meeting

Agenda for Monthly Progressive Business Meeting

2/25/19

7-9pm

24 Mill St., Newark, OH

Subject to Change

 

  • Introduction (5 Mins. 7:00-7:05)
  • Labor (5 Mins. 7:05-7:10)
  • City-Based Activism (5 Mins. 7:10-7:15)
  • Working Families First (5 Mins. 7:15-7:20)
  • Open Discussion (If Desired) (100 Mins. 7:20-9:00)
  • Adjourn (9:00)

 

 

Minutes for Progressive Meeting

1/28/19

 

  • Meeting was broadcast via a LIVE Facebook video.
  • We discussed the Summer of Labor plans. All pre-scheduled events – except for Democracy Day 2019 – have been cancelled. The focus will now shift towards trying to build local interest in these events for future summers, we will also be aiming to inspire themed letters to the editor campaigns each month, and in early promotion of Democracy Day.
  • There are a number of important local elections this year which will allow us to promote the issues affecting the working class, and as part of this it will be the goal to help build the network envisioned by the founding Progressive champion behind Working Families First. Working Families First could be beneficial and a conduit for applying pressure on policymakers without influence from the parties. Part of this initiative involves canvassing and handing people business cards and postcards which they can fill out and return to the circulator.
  • With new Democratic Party leadership locally, we have a renewed opportunity to pressure the party to support working class/progressive causes. One such cause is the promotion of a “nonpartisan” labor paper which could (should) emerge as the product of a partnership from left-leaning parties, organized labor, and like-minded organizations. The goals of this paper could include: stimulating issue discussion, education about actions of elected and unelected public officials, issue advocacy, daily letter to the editor section, provide regular advice on how to organize in the workplace, open a discussion on cooperative businesses and similar workplace experiments where the employees all own a piece of their place of employment, keeping the working class informed about local business practices, can be distributed (at least, initially) as a newsletter and in online format, and it ought to provide a section featuring facts about the history of labor.
  • Under Open Discussion, we touched on a wide array of issues from abortion and State Senator Hottinger to the presidential race and the issue of wealth inequality.

Election 2018: An Opportunity to Regroup

By Daniel Crawford

The following represents the opinion of Progressive member Daniel Crawford alone and does not represent the view of the larger Licking County Progressives.

The time has come for a change in leadership across the board. In Licking County the Democratic Party Chair has already announced her intention to resign, which is the most appropriate thing for every party chair who failed to deliver a victory against the Republicans over the past two election cycles. Yet, we presently hear nothing from the Ohio Democratic Party pertinent to Chairman David Pepper’s future. Pepper not only presided over the loss of Cordray’s Gubernatorial Campaign this year and Hillary Clinton’s campaign in Ohio two years ago, but the only partisan statewide campaign to succeed under his watch was that of Senator Sherrod Brown. If we don’t want Ohio to become a de facto “red state” in perpetuity then it is imperative that new leadership is swept in wherever said leadership failed to stop the Republicans.

What we need to do is have a serious and deeply introspective conversation about the status of the party, how we got to this pathetic state of affairs, and what we need to do in order to actually win elections. From the Progressive perspective the answers to all of our questions are quite clear: we lost the working class and we MUST reconnect with them again. The next leaders of the Democratic Party at every level absolutely must recognize the origins of the party’s failures to convince the working class that voting for the “blue team” is in their best interest. Here in Ohio, Senator Sherrod Brown represents a path forward.

No, Senator Brown is not perfect, but he has an established reputation of fighting on behalf of the working class on key issues, with special emphasis on trade and outsourcing. He won despite having a far more progressive voting record than most of his Senate colleagues, despite his outspoken recent opposition to the highly controversial and conservative-galvanizing nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and despite the fact that he had to run in a state which handed Trump its electoral votes by the biggest margin of any presidential candidate in decades. If Democrats want to win in Ohio (and places like Ohio) again, then a renewed focus on the checkbook issues that working people care about is essential. Moreover, the party leadership ought to more fully coordinate with organized labor to both craft better policy proposals and messages as well as to help strengthen the presence and clout of unions (there will be more on this in the weeks and months to come).

Furthermore, in connecting with the working class more directly, we should do as much to educate them about the origins of their conditions as we do to help address the challenges presented thereby. Helping to encourage and support organizing in the workplace is a crucially active part of addressing the condition, but we must connect the dots for a citizenry who’ve forgotten or been kept blind to why they suffer at all. In this respect, the party – in connection with labor – ought to help create and circulate a network of labor newspapers in print and online to counter the anti-worker narrative propagated by corporate America. Supported, promoted, and complemented with regular, smaller informative literature – such as leaflets, postcards, posters, electronic ads, etc. -, we ought to point out that there is, in fact, a class war raging on and that the Republican Party has long spearheaded the assault on the working class and democracy on behalf of the wealthy.

Another key set of changes which is long overdue is that the party must come together and soundly reject corporate PAC money and reject any temptation to interfere in primary campaigns. New ideas and voices are vital to the future of any organization and attempting to silence dissenting views serves to hinder further growth; especially when said dissent emanates from the supposed base of the Democratic Party. By reaching out to and embracing those whose critique make us reflect on our failures, we improve our condition and perfect our approach. The path to victory for progressivism is in front of us, but we have to recognize the steps that must be taken in order to seize said path.

Let this election as well as 2016 be teachable moments lest we revisit this nightmare in 2020 and beyond.

Onward.

Minutes from October 2018 Meeting and Tentative Agenda for January 2019 Meeting

Agenda for Monthly Progressive Business Meeting

1/28/19

7-9pm

24 Mill St., Newark, OH

Subject to Change

 

  • Introduction (5 Mins. 7:00-7:05)
  • Summer of Labor (5 Mins. 7:05-7:10)
  • City-Based Activism (5 Mins. 7:10-7:15)
  • Working Families First (5 Mins. 7:15-7:20)
  • Open Discussion (If Desired) (100 Mins. 7:20-9:00)
  • Adjourn (9:00)

 

 

Minutes for Progressive Meeting

10/2/18

 

  • We had our first LIVE meeting (video available here).
  • We reviewed our 2nd Annual Democracy Day, noted where we thought it went well, and how we may do better next time around.
  • We had a brief discussion – stemming from the reference made to it at the Democracy Day event – on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and what it means for the future.
  • We highlighted a few local-based activist points: Daniel’s upcoming remarks before Newark City Council pertaining to the Gazebo on the 7th anniversary of the 99% of Newark and East Central Ohio’s founding (October 15th). Recent anonymous letters have been forwarded to Daniel and each have come with some important questions for officeholders, also noted the upcoming prayer vigil – as led by the Public Transportation Advocates (a spinoff movement inspired by the Freedom School of Licking County) – advocating for public transportation on Sunday, October 14th, and we addressed the potential local impacts of the recent decision by Amazon to raise the pay for their workers.
  • We addressed the continuing need to help generate a discussion amongst the local working class via the Working Families First Initiative: organizing and starting conversations, dealing with apathy, and using examples of how collective power can generate change.
  • We reviewed the upcoming Midterms, looked at the County and State Races and pondered a series of endorsements for local candidates. We decided to leave that vote up to those following the page, since there were so few of us in attendance at the physical meeting.
  • Under open discussion, we noted the need to move our meeting time. The location that we use is convenient for one of our longtime members, as she is disabled. However, a conflict in scheduling has emerged. So, we have tentatively decided on meeting every 4th Monday at the same time and place, except we will no longer be meeting in November and December due to the holiday season.

Minutes for the September 2018 Meeting and Tentative Agenda for October’s Meeting

Agenda for Monthly Progressive Business Meeting

10/2/18

7-9pm

24 Mill St., Newark, OH

Subject to Change

 

  • Introduction (5 Mins. 7:00-7:05)
  • Summer of Labor (5 Mins. 7:05-7:10)
  • City-Based Activism (5 Mins. 7:10-7:15)
  • Working Families First (5 Mins. 7:15-7:20)
  • Midterms (5 Mins. 7:20-7:25)
  • Open Discussion (If Desired) (95 Mins. 7:25-9:00)
  • Adjourn (9:00)

 

 

Minutes for Progressive Meeting

9/4/18

 

  • We discussed plans for Democracy Day: noted that there have been some trouble getting word out through the newspaper but will try to get something on the community bulletin board via the website and try to get a letter to the editor in by the Sunday prior, planning on having pizza, ice, glasses/cups, water, and soft drinks, will look at the major issue of the day (Supreme Court nomination) and how the increasingly partisan process surrounding such came to be partisan through the influence of money in politics, possibly planning to swing by Council meeting as a group, including some postcards from Working Families First, promoting the notion that this is a call to organize and that the solution to labor’s problems is a global labor movement, and celebrating the power of democracy.
  • We highlighted the importance of helping Working Families First gain momentum as the effort has not had enough help getting the word out.
  • We briefly discussed the upcoming introduction of live-streaming our meetings to through the Licking County Progressives facebook page with the help/acquisition of a tablet.
  • Finally, it was noted that the Freedom School of Licking County will begin the 2018-2019 film series season with a theme centered on labor.

August 7th Meeting Minutes and Tentative Agenda for September 4th

Agenda for Monthly Progressive Business Meeting
9/4/18
7-9pm
24 Mill St., Newark, OH
Subject to Change

• Introduction (5 Mins. 7:00-7:05)
• Summer of Labor Update (5 Mins. 7:05-7:10)
• City-Based Activism (5 Mins. 7:10-7:15)
• Working Families First (5 Mins. 7:15-7:20)
• Live Meetings (5 Mins. 7:20-7:25)
• Open Discussion (If Desired) (95 Mins. 7:25-9:00)
• Adjourn (9:00)
Minutes for Progressive Meeting
8/7/18

• We discussed how some of our members are continuing to do their best to engage in local politics through activism and in attending local government meetings. Noted the importance of our continued participation.
• We noted that local progressives who are frustrated with the direction of local politics – or politics in general – should seriously consider running for a central committee seat in the Democratic Party to steer the party in a more progressive direction.
• We discussed how utilizing the Working Families First Initiative can be very helpful in spreading the word about progressivism and helping citizens connect the political dots between the fight against social angst and the need to improve/save our democracy.
• We pondered the future of our group – which has existed since October 2011 with the founding of the “99% of Newark and East Central Ohio” -, and considered whether the lack of consistent attendance by fellow progressives suggests that it is time for this phase (the physical meeting phase) needs to be folded. Attending members did not want to see that happen and insisted that we keep meeting monthly where we have met since 2014.
• We discussed trying to show “Dark Money” (something which has since been discussed and approved by the Freedom School of Licking County for their labor film series), but under the “99%” subgroup.
• Before we adjourned, we discussed the possibility of having future meetings using “Facebook Live” so as to permit those not physically present to still “attend”/participate.

Final Agenda for August 7th, 2018 Meeting

Agenda for Monthly Progressive Business Meeting
8/7/18
7-9pm
24 Mill St., Newark, OH

Subject to Change
• Introduction (5 Mins. 7:00-7:05)
• Summer of Labor Update (5 Mins. 7:05-7:10)
• City-Based Activism (5 Mins. 7:10-7:15)
• Working Families First (5 Mins. 7:15-7:20)
• Our Future (5 Mins. 7:20-7:25)
• Open Discussion (If Desired) (95 Mins. 7:25-9:00)
• Adjourn (9:00)

A Comment on the Special Election for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District

By Daniel Crawford

The following represents the opinion of Progressive member Daniel Crawford alone and does not represent the view of the larger Licking County Progressives. As noted in past published statements and meeting minutes, the Licking County Progressives currently does not endorse federal or statewide candidates. Any and all endorsements will be offered following an “ask” by local candidates and following a vote of the participating members.

Danny O’Connor is ready and willing to serve in the United States Congress, and the same can be said of Joe Manchik and Troy Balderson. The question here is “why?” Why is each of these candidates ready to serve and to whom will they answer? In the special election to finish Former Congressman Pat Tiberi’s unexpired term, early voting is upon us. Aside of the attack ads financed by wealthy conservatives, the Republican Party, and the like we have very little to base our opinion about any of these candidates. Unless you’ve been deeply involved in the parties from the outset of the primary campaigns, you are not likely to know much more today than you would have a year ago on where these people stand.

Television coverage has been largely limited to the aforementioned attack ads with a smidge of positive ads by Balderson or O’Connor. Balderson’s positive ad or two makes references to him being a decent person and O’Connor’s highlights him as a guy willing to work with anyone and who can empathize with families struggling, especially with health scares (since his mother survived breast cancer). Manchik hasn’t even appeared on the media’s radar for a variety of reasons, but largely because he is not a member of either major party. In social media, you will see a ads from the major party candidates – mostly for O’Connor, it seems (though, this could be the result of filters I have created for myself over time by following left-leaning pages and the like) -, but even those tend to skip the details which would be helpful in guiding the working class voter at the ballot box.

I suggest that anyone reading this ought to pay a quick visit to each candidate’s website (you can google them, as they aren’t hard to find). When you review where each man stands on the issues, this is the impression you get:

1) Balderson likes the tax cuts (which have overwhelmingly helped the rich, as usual), wants to build the wall, pledges to “support Trump”, claims that he wants to help the “working class” by protecting them from “illegals”, boasts his support for extremist positions on abortion, opposes seemingly any concrete action on gun violence, gloats that he opposed Governor Kasich’s acceptance of Medicaid in Ohio through the Affordable Care Act and declares that he is intent on seeing the healthcare law repealed, and – laughably – conveys his support for what would be a fiscally and economically disastrous balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
2) Manchik supports Medicare for all, ending needless wars, a living wage, reinstating Glass-Steagall, getting the money out of politics, taking solid action to thwart gun violence, and strongly supports public education up through at least a debt-free experience in a four year public college. This is not a complete list of where he stands on issues, but it is a highlight and what you typically expect from progressives.
3) O’Connor plays it safe on his website; a little too safe. On the issues he mentions almost no specifics as to what he would like Congress to do. He merely offers comforting words about compromise, his life experience, and vague pledges to expand health coverage, help create jobs, and taking a stand against privatizing the safety net. To his credit, he explicitly endorses renewable energy, Automatic Voter Registration, and increased financial aid.

Now, from a purely-progressive perspective, it would appear that Manchik is the ideal candidate. The problem here isn’t with Manchik’s progressive positions, but with the reality of the political duopoly that he correctly and repeatedly condemns in public and through his website. Ours is a system rigged by the two parties through manipulating what was intended to be a nonpartisan structure for the purpose of shutting out alternative voices of dissent. In a first-past-the-post design such as ours where the candidate with at least a plurality of the vote wins, it is near impossible for any candidate to succeed while lacking a solid ground game, a formidable coalition of support extending beyond their “base”, and the financial resources to spread to word.

With respect to Manchik as a candidate, there are some things which he says that may render him unelectable regardless of the party banner he flies. At one point on his website, he asserts that President Obama committed “treason” in his decision to bomb Syria and assails former Speaker Boehner as well as Former Congressman Tiberi as “evil”. While there is plenty about which to harshly ridicule each one of these politicians, labeling someone as a “traitor” or “evil” is going a bit far without concrete proof. The challenge for Manchik here is that one can not expect to be effective in Congress if everyone who disagrees with you is seen as coming from the bowels of hell. Not only that, but the standard for treason is laid out pretty explicitly in the Constitution and it is not clear how President Obama ever met those standards, let alone in his conduct with respect to Syria. Still, this is an unfortunate distraction from the other very important positions espoused by Mr. Manchik.

Troy Balderson is reprehensible to his core as a prospective representative for the people of ANY district in this country. His blind devotion to the Trump agenda indicates that he will continue and even exacerbate the subversion of Congress, the system of checks and balances, and the rule of law to President Trump’s will. He is almost gleeful in his advocacy against expanded Medicaid for the poor here in Ohio and throughout the nation and is unapologetic in his blatant use of racist and xenophobic rhetoric to divide and conquer the working class whilst doing the bidding of the oligarchs. Balderson is EXACTLY the type of politician that we must defeat this year; both in the August Special Election and in the November General Election.

That final point brings me to Mr. O’Connor. This is where I have to give my “full disclosure” notice. During the primary campaign, I worked on the very unorthodox campaign for my good friend – and Danny O’Connor’s most vocal and controversial opponent – John Peters. Regardless of what Mr. Peters and Mr. O’Connor said or thought about each other I NEVER ruled out the possibility of supporting O’Connor after the primary. However, there were a few areas of concern which emerged out of this experience, and those concerns largely circle around the key questions of “why is Danny running?” and “who will Danny serve?” On paper, Danny is running because he wants to serve us, and that seems perfectly fine.

What has troubled me, though, is that Mr. O’Connor jumped into the race after having just won an election for County Recorder just over a year before announcing this bid. On top of that, when he was asked – yes, by my friend, John – about why he was initially not going to participate in what was then the only scheduled debate amongst the Democratic candidates, his response was that he had a fundraiser he had to attend (to his credit, he did wind up participating in same said debate). Then, the Franklin County Democratic Party inappropriately intervened in the primary by endorsing Mr. O’Connor over the other six candidates; a number of whom also lived in Franklin County. Mr. O’Connor lack of boldness on vital issues leaves me in a predicament of sorts, for the very least that he could do is tell us what he would prefer Congress to do instead of using this pathetically weak language intent on appeasing certain voters that he will never win over.

I’m not saying any of this as a declaration that I will not vote for Mr. O’Connor. Don’t get me wrong, I want to vote for Mr. Manchik and absolutely would if we had a nonpartisan and/or ranked-choice system wherein I could cast my preferred vote for Manchik and then my safe second vote for Mr. O’Connor. Sadly, we are denied such an open and truly representative democratic system here in Ohio and in most parts of this country. Instead, what we have is a single vote which must be cast with the bigger picture of our corrupt system in mind. In that corrupted political design we have to carefully make our decision, and my decisions have to be based on campaign viability.

My unresolved questions about O’Connor’s motives hinder my ability to enthusiastically advocate for his election. I have no present assurances from any of his ads, literature, internet communications, or other available information that he will not prove to be another sell-out to the oligarchs for his own selfish interests while throwing the working class to the proverbial wolves. It is my hope that he will reach out to me soon to discuss my concerns – and address some specific policy positions – before either election. I want to feel energized by this campaign and excited to promote him to a resounding victory over Balderson, but I need something more concrete from him.

Back to Manchik for a second, I want to vote for him – as I noted before -, but his campaign has demonstrated no ability to break through the numerous obstacles put in place by our establishment politics. If it weren’t for me directly participating in politics I would have no clue as to who Manchik is, and that is the case for most voters going into this vote. This is an indicator of Mr. Manchik’s electoral lack of viability. For the sake of my kids, I can not justify a vote for someone who has no realistic path to victory given such an ineffective performance at reaching out to the voters. I have no doubt that Manchik would be a true and fervent fighter for the working class and for peace if he were to be elected, but his chances of winning are as probable as a house cat beating a tiger in a catfight.

So, yes, I will vote for Danny O’Connor to represent us in Congress and will encourage my loved ones to follow suit, but I will do so devoid of the excitement which I feel like we need to win this election outright and to restore the power of the people. As mentioned before, O’Connor and his campaign have a chance to make me a solid believer and even a passionate volunteer, but the clock is ticking. We have to do more than win. We have to win for the people. Otherwise, we will remain on our current path of self-destruction.

Onward.

We Need Your Help

Due to a lack of interest in helping to facilitate a march for transportation, the scheduled event for July 31st, 2018 has been cancelled. It’s not something that we had advertised, just an event that was brought up in passing in recent discussions. An email was sent about a week or two ago to those of you on the direct email list asking for help to organize this event, but no one responded in enough time to sufficiently begin planning. More events are already being planned (for this year and next), so please look out for that information.

Public events are difficult to organize, and it is even harder to get people to participate. Still, if we hope to make a difference – for progressive change – then we must be prepared to do more than simply “liking” and commenting on social media. A number of you are out there and involved in numerous causes, and that is admirable (KEEP IT UP!), yet, there are far too many who follow the messages of this organization without directly getting involved in some way. The question which must be asked is “why?”

You may be working 40+ hours a week. Your work hours may be inconvenient for political activism. Childcare needs might be a factor. Health issues may be disabling your involvement. It also may be the case that you – as noted before – are overwhelmed with other activism. All of those are justifiable reasons for not getting engaged fully, but there may be some way that you can lend a hand.

If you can’t attend meetings or at least participate in organized events, offer to help promote these things in whatever spare time you may have. Obviously, you can always spend your free time composing letters to the editor, writing, messaging, or calling loved ones as well as our elected officials. There is always something that you can do. Not sure what to do? Just ask for advice and we will be sure to send you a list of possible tasks.

As for those of you whose only excuse is that you want to spend your free time at home relaxing, the question must be reiterated: why?! Why is it more important for you to relax than to be out there demanding progressive change? Are you not concerned about the future of this country? Don’t you care about the assault on everything we progressives have accomplished? There is a very real ideological war raging – against our values and against democracy itself – and you are sitting there in front of your computer or television and/or holding that damn phone in front of your face instead of getting up and resolving to do anything in your power to make a difference? Why?!

Don’t you know that your vote isn’t enough? No wonder why so many of our peers consistently say they don’t vote because “it doesn’t change anything”. In fact, the problem is that too many of us who do vote just go back to our daily lives and do nothing to demand that our representatives take action. That – the lack of consistent and persistent activism – is the self-fulfilling prophecy which enables the nonvoters to claim that voting doesn’t matter!

There are numerous activists trying their best to make a difference, but we can’t do this all alone. No, not anymore. This is a serious, all-hands-on-deck, emergency and you – yes, YOU – are a citizen ON CALL for DUTY. There’s no excuse for your lack of interest in activism in this day and age unless you are childless, have no surviving loved ones, and care only about yourself. Even then, it is STILL in your best interest to do something.

THE VERY LEAST you can do is to help spread the word on the various causes you see shared by the Licking County Progressives and the numerous like-minded organizations. However, if you have nothing which significantly prevents your participation, doing the LEAST is inexcusable. The point is that we need you to do more than bitch about politics amongst coworkers and loved ones, and if you don’t really care then we need you to start caring.

Pay attention to what is going on at the local, state, national, and international stages. At every single level our values are under siege by the forces of greed, fascism, and injustice. If you are a progressive you MUST be determined to help in a concrete way and there is no better time than now for you to start.

With love,

Daniel – Licking County Progressives