Non-affiliated community conversation

Non-affiliated community conversation

Postby davidhazen » Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:07 pm

EMPOWERING THE 99%
Do you feel the earth shifting under your feet?
* Are you seeing more home foreclosures, and more people on the streets?
* Do you fear losing your job or your retirement savings?
* Is health care becoming more expensive for you, even though you feel it is really a basic human right?
* Are job opportunities dwindling for college graduates, attempting to service ever-increasing student loans?
* Does it seem to you that our political and economic systems are not really serving us now?
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Please join us!
We will be hosting a gathering dedicated to re-visioning the power of our community— an evening of
creative and facilitated exploration into the viable actions that are possible for individuals and larger groups.
Thursday, January 19th, 6–8:30 pm,
First United Methodist Church (1376 Olive Street, in Eugene)
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These following facts may demonstrate why our economic and political systems are ineffective for the 99%:
• The wealthiest 1% of the population earns 25% of the nation’s income, and owns 40% of its wealth.
• From 1980-2010, American wages increased 4 times more for the wealthiest 10% than the other 90%.
• For the last seven quarters, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has increased, while job growth has decreased.
• $$Big Banks now maintain excess reserves of 1.6 trillion dollars —over 5 times the reserve amount of just
three years ago!— while simultaneously developing highly-restrictive lending practices that limit both
consumers and businesses.
• The money spent by presidential contenders in the last four election cycles has increased over 400% (to almost
$1,750,000,000) with the estimate for the 2012 race far exceeding that— leaving us with “the best democracy
money can buy!” (See: http://www.opensecrets.org/bigpicture)
Many of us feel angry and frustrated, but can’t (or would prefer not to) occupy real estate. We can see how power exerted
over the political system by "big money interests" has limited our ability to participate meaningfully in the creation of a
better, cleaner and more fair world. So it is really up to each and every one of us to do what we can... to take the first step.
For example:
• The citizens of Vermont recently compelled their legislators to declare Health Care a basic human
right, and are now enacting a single-payer system.
• Many of us have marched or helped at the Occupy site.
• North Dakota has demonstrated a successful State Bank model that many Oregonians have begun
to work towards, moving our money out of Wall Street and into Main Street.
• Individual members of our own group have moved bank accounts to local credit unions, switched to
Salmon Nation (eco-friendly) credit cards, and completed holiday shopping at locally-owned businesses.
About Us
We are ordinary folks —responsible and accountable citizens of Lane County (working class, students, union workers,
small business owners, teachers, middle management executives, and retirees)— who, like many of you, have been
inspired by the attention and energy created by the Occupy movement. Realizing that the time has come to work together
for better solutions to our social and political challenges, we are determined to identify and support the most positive,
productive actions for creating greater economic fairness in our country and bio-region.
Mel Bankoff • Brad Averill • Bill Klupenger • Mark Hurwit • Mike Barnes • Jashua Frankel • Mary Wagner
---- a small group of like-minded friends/activists/citizens in
sympathetic resonance with the global and local Occupy movement. We are trying to do our small part to
take it to the next step by bringing together many others who, while not prepared to camp out in the park,
also feel outrage at the corruption and unfairness that have taken hold in our political and economic systems.

We will be placing a full-page ad in the Register Guard, and calling for a meeting where citizens of all
stripes may come together to speak out, brainstorm solutions and take actual steps to improve our lives, here
in community with others. To that end, we are asking anyone in support of this action to donate $10-25 to
help pay for the ad. We hope that you will not only help
us meet our budget, but also come to the event itself on the evening of January 19th.

Thanks for everything you are doing, in thought and deed, to bring this world, and our community, back into
a better balance. As they say, "it takes a village." Thanks for being part of mine.
--- Checks should be made out to the non-profit: "ISEE" (Institute for Sustainability, Education and Ecology).
You can hand or mail them to me at: 2310 Wilson Drive Eugene Or. 97405
Please include a small note if you need to receive a tax-deductible receipt for your donation. And thanks
again for supporting the good fight. 2012 is going to be a good year!
*** Please let us know if you are willing to participate and it would be great to have your check in by Jan. 8th so we can determine the size of the Ad
Please pass this on to your friends In Solidarity Mel
A thousand-mile journey begins with the first step...
David Hazen
Imagineer, Eugene City of Peace
Skype: david.hazen
innercom [at] peak.org

541-520-6621
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Re: Non-affiliated community conversation

Postby LarryLeverone » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:20 am

Sounds wonderful. I'll be there.
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Re: Non-affiliated community conversation

Postby davidhazen » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:50 pm

Tax-deductible donations toward the cost of the full-page ad in the Register Guard would be very helpful :mrgreen:
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