Monday, August 28, 2023

8-28-23 Newsletter


"My friends, let us not forget that we are involved in a serious social revolution.  By and large, American politics is dominated by politicians who build their careers on immoral compromises and ally themselves with open forms of political, economic, and social exploitation.  There are exceptions, of course.  We salute those.  But what political leader can stand up and say, “My party is the party of principles”?  For the party of Kennedy is also the party of Eastland.  The party of Javits is also the party of Goldwater.  Where is our party?  Where is the political party that will make it unnecessary to march on Washington?"
-- John Lewis, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963

"The struggle for civil rights is ongoing." 
Heather Cox Richardson offers context and consequences about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963 in Letters from an AmericanAugust 25, 2023.

19th Amendment, ratified August 26, 1920

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

“Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

" Oregon labor group launches end run around effort to curb political donations, shed light on dark money" 
 The Oregonian, August 21, 2023

"A political nonprofit long led by Oregon’s powerful public employee unions filed two ballot measure proposals last week that contain an end-run strategy aimed at killing a proposal that campaign finance reformers have been working to qualify for the ballot for more than a year to cap contributions and shed light on dark money.

"The two measures that Our Oregon filed to get on the ballot in 2024 would similarly cap the size of political donations, but they would allow unions, business associations and other membership organizations to continue sending hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to candidates."

Register for this COIN Zoom event at
You can listen to the recent town hall on the environment with Senator Ron Wyden, hosted by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. Among the topics are the affordable clean energy plan, including the historic climate investments in the Inflation Reduction Act, and the ongoing work to protect Oregon’s treasures like the Owyhee Canyonlands.
"It is certainly not an easy time to be alive in. Climate change is not a theoretical problem, decades in the future. We need political leaders who can preserve democracy and who want to understand the science, not pervert it ....

"If we want the right leaders in place, we’re going to have to be relentless about vetting and supporting the right candidates in the next elections. We have to make sure we vote and that our votes get counted. This work is about preserving our democratic form of government. It’s also about living in a Republic where the government works to protect its people, not just the interests of a few billionaires who woo Supreme Court justices. The challenges we face have never been more critical. Being aware of them, and facing them head on, is the first step."
-- Joyce Vance, 
Civil Discourse newsletter, August 22, 2023 

Pod Save America and Pod Save the World offer interesting and informed commentary on current events - and often in strong contrast to the usual opinions from the NY Times and the Washington Post. The primary hosts were key figures in the Obama administration and are in their 40s, so it's a younger point of view than what is commonly available. This same group founded Vote Save America to promote civic and political engagement and activism.
"Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star."
--Paul Dirac, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1933
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