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In the intro, Hamilton wrote

“It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.”

And, he expected Americans, common man in the street, to read it! Its ok to communicate complex ideas to each other, really it is…

So I was talking over ideas with my friend John, and he asked me to make a list of all the ones I’ve been thinking of, or trying to start, recently. And it was a long list! Here it is, and should anyone reading this be crazy enough to want to join forces feel free to give me a ring
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local/remote/general/political
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– helping HEPAC in Nogales see http://friendsofhepac.org. Just set up the shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HEPACooperativa need to promote it. Recruit volunteers (maybe on volunteermatch.org) to help manage their websites. sponsor kid at tech school there to mentor others in coder dojo. invite people in Tucson to visit/go on a water drop for No More Deaths (same organizer)

– helping Amani daycare volunteering with my kids there with refugee kids. follow up with dept of health and human services who are giving them a hard time. organize other volunteers to build a community garden there. remember to bring more folders for the kids.

– work on implementing the concept of helping communities in the course of campaigns and not only after winning elections. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/30/1685561/-Campaigns-Even-Long-Shots-Can-Create-Change-Now May commission with my neice Hannah some T-shirts promoting local candidates who need exposure, will give or give for donation these shirts to people who can then volunteer/donate blood while wearing them. Also maybe make that garden, above. Maybe use local Tucson volunteer site to recruit more (not sure if has to be non-political there). Maybe offer to campaign coordinators to train their volunteers.

– walk my neighborhood for the Ground Game. invite people to LD9 meeting and/or house party. fix up room so we can have house party

– offer to speak to one or more groups about ground game and political community organizing.

– asked Gunnar if he wants to partner on an app, ‘greenatu’ (terrible name), basically it lets me very quickly say into my phone or press one button, “talk to shanna” or “talk to friends” and it sets me ‘green’ for talking to a specific person or group of people. If they use the app also, and also are ‘green’ in my direction, it either automatically connects us or lets me know a list of the people who are ‘green at me’. This is good for very busy people who have short windows of time to connect, instead of always scheduling phone calls, just turn green at a specific group when you have time to talk, and talk opportunistically to whoever is available. I think it would be good for optimizing time but it would have to be marketed in order to be successful, because its the kind of app that is more valuable the more people use it. This would be for-profit but probably a B corp if I have any say so and it would help political organizers too. If Gunnar is interested may try to get investors.

– after greenatu add stackfor, easy way to save things to show specific person in person. then myapi, ways I want to interact with others, match up. then mindthreads, the organizer thing.

– with creativetucson.org, ‘Hot Seat’ idea (have a candidate simultaneously questioned by one stakeholder from each side of the spectrum. Ping pong, should be funny and insightful, I hope). Email the current candidates and see if they want to do it (already have studio & camera resources) Have already run by the creative staff, they like.

– with creativeTucson.org, ‘Reverse Roles’ idea where a thoughtful person from each side plays each other and discusses some practical issue, they have to act as each other (hopefully not too satirically!) Shanna who does improv very enthusiastic about this one.

– organize more volunteer citizen journalists to get started, kickoff is Sept 18 at this webinar https://www.solutionsjournalism.org/hub/get-trained at 9AM PST I have one volunteer committed to this and want to get 3-4 more.

– eventually finish porting btucson.com to graphql/react interface and maybe have some citizen journalists write there, show connections and relationships between things

– work with LocalFirst to get together a group to do local inventory search so people can more easily find local products, buy local online, local gift cards.

– learn and do more physical making, planting

– ** online not started yet ** – Raise the Voices – maybe raise funds thru crowdpac, basically amplify voice of anyone imprisoned or killed for political reasons

– with Al, work on TheAngryHandicap.com blog site with articles from his life/thoughts; he’s done one thanking former pres bush sr

with civ.works https://civ.works/
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– Local Event Calendars: improve the event scraping and use our interface to make a good local Tucson calendar once George opens up the Freemium version (i wrote the original scraper, george’s team has improved and integrated it into civ.works)

– Making Laws on Github: look at laws at http://represent.us/ and http://publicleadershipinstitute.org/model-bills/ see if anyone local is interested in pushing one or more of these forward in Arizona, if they want to modify put it on Github and try to get people into the process of public modification of bill text. Also try more controversial policy docs/laws like compromises on abortion, maybe a community works citizenship path.

– did – got volunteers at http://volunteermatch.org, George just trained the first two today on a Zoom session, they have started work on Slack since I talked to you!

with crowdpac
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(I already have a whole list of these, but on my other computer, will paste later. this actually should be my main area of focus.)

myself/readers
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– finish writing very detailed take on Freakonomics answering flawed arguments and presenting a different view. for my neice Sarah who asked me to read that book, but will also share publicly.

– write regularly for different audiences. I write for a progressive audience here https://www.dailykos.com/user/wordmonkey/history but want to find a place to engage a moderate/conservative audience. Maybe medium. Maybe my own blog and link things.

– some of the articles: write about applying DBT principles and psychology to politics/diplomacy; about open source principles to laws and society. also best practices articles. Prison reform! Interview experts/stakeholders on any of the above projects.

– continue the FB order of the teaspoon page with one small thing a day

that’s all, I think. Feel free to share all/parts with friends if you want.

So I signed a petition today at dailyKos, asking congress to prevent Trump from having the authority to start a nuclear war. And I thought, well, petitions aren’t very effective and I don’t know if this will do any good. But at least, if there is a nuclear war and we are all gonna die, at least I know I signed a petition….

hm.

I did get a bunch of people at the peace fair today to agree to make phone calls against that SB1142 bill. Now back to aligning voter files to enable our communities product. Would it have made any difference if I just went hiking? But then there was Anna Maria with the families of those killed by the border patrol. I think I’m glad I went. Fighting back is a funny thing.

I love this quote – this is one of my core values and love hearing Hilary say it. She may be personally ambitious – so shoot her – but I believe that she works hard and cares about stuff, including women and kids. She meets with a lot of people in scary situations personally, and I bet that really does affect her.

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/6/21/1541020/-Trump-s-total-policy-vacuousness-gives-Hillary-space-to-connect-with-average-Americans

I really like these quotes from his debate with Douglass: “This they said and this they meant (the equality of those certain unalienable rights). They did not mean to assert the obvious untruth, that all were then actually enjoying that equality, nor yet, that they were about to confer it immediately upon them. In fact they had no power to confer such a boon. They meant simply to declare the right, so that the enforcement of it might follow as fast as circumstances should permit. They meant to set up a standard maxim for free society, which should be familiar to all, and revered by all; constantly looked to, constantly labored for, and even though never perfectly attained, constantly approximated….the assertion that “all men are created equal” was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain; and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.” — quoted in Stephen Prothero’s The American Bible p.80

I think this is a key point, that declaring what is right or just describing an idea has power even though the writer doesn’t have the ability to enforce or implement it, and may not in their lifetime.

Just found P2PU – Peer to Peer University – on a list at reddit of online learning resources

This looks really cool. The ones I’m most excited about so far are

BOINC for citizen scientists

tools for content curation

From 1773 to 2011, leaking incriminating documents into the public eye has been a powerful mechanism to galvanize revolutions.

Nothing quite like reading in black and white the recommendation for “abridgement of what are called English liberties”.

Benjamin Franklin leaked Royal Governor Hutchinson’s letters to the press back in 1773, triggering the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution. (Franklin was actually trying to focus anger on a local governor instead of Britain – but once the truth is out, people act on it in their own way. After this affair and the British response to it Franklin gave up on reconciliation with England and became a revolutionary himself.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutchinson_Letters_Affair

The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin by Cheryl Harness is available in the Pima County Library – its a children’s book but with some excellent information. I learn most things by reading books to my kids!

Article originally posted to bTucson.com under Politics and Government

Most companies are legally required to be selfish. That is, to put shareholder value over all other considerations including worker health, dangers to consumers, damage to the environment, or anything else.

Enter the “B Corp” – a kind of company that can legally pay attention to what most of us call values. Arizona doesn’t yet recognize “B” Corps, but five states now do: Maryland, Vermont, Virginia, New Jersey and now New York.

Arizona? What does your legislator say?

see http://bcorporation.net

New law fosters benefit corporations

Background reading: The Corporation by Joel Bakan, available at the library.

Originally published at bTucson.com/193476

2011-06-20 The Huffington Post ran a hard-hitting article Jun 17:Did Arizona Education Chief Huppenthal Commit a Felony in Growing Ethnic Studies Scandal?

Read it for yourself – the Tucson Weekly has posted a full PDF of the ethnic studies audit online

The audit appears to be a thorough review including unannounced classroom observations, student interviews and curriculum analysis.  The audit firm, Cambium Learning, was chosen by Huppenthal’s department to conduct the audit.  

read more at bTucson.com under Schools

The cool thing about citizen journalism is you get to talk to really neat people.
I talked to Randy Parraz, who led the Pearce recall effort, back in June. His voice was a little raspy after talking to thousands of voters, and the day after turning in the petitions he sounded a little tired, but took time to talk to me bright and early and explain how this turnaround came about.

So this was a big day for Arizona?

read more at Tucson Politics and Government