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Our work is just beginning as we cast our vote

“We are very fond of blaming the poor for destroying the environment. But often it is the powerful, including governments, that are responsible.” Wangari Maathai

Dear All – I would like to offer the article below from Truthout as reflection on election day. The article looks at the intersections between environment, hunger, and women – unpacking the complexity that stands behind poverty in our globalized world.
I offer this on the day of elections as a reminder to each of us that our work is just beginning when we cast our vote, whoever is elected into the White House faces a world of complex challenges and urgent needs and we face that world with them.  Democracy at its best I think calls us out of ourselves into a communal reality where our decisions are made not for ourselves but for the good of the whole. Democracy at its fullest has no room at the table for poverty, for each would have their needs met.

When we exercise the right to political participation that right is linked to the well being of the whole for it is dependent upon that well being. In essence it is linked to poverty, war, racism, environmental destruction, sexism – anything that threatens the well being of the whole is a threat to democracy. So when we vote, we are not just casting one ballot into the sea of ballots to determine leadership – we are casting light onto every issue that blocks, impedes, or threatens a table open for all. This is our shared power and responsibility, our inheritance for everyone who has struggled to deepen the democracy that began over 200 hundred years ago.

Blessings on your trip to the ballot box if you choose to go and blessings on all the tomorrows that we greet as a community….Peace Liz

http://www.truthout.org/110308WA

Turning a page in our cultural imagination

I offer the article linked below as a reflection in our last week before the
election. We have spent close to two years now on the campaign trail
listening to different visions of what our future should look like and
what the needs are of our nation and world at this time. It has been a
long road and we may find ourselves weary of the talk, gossip and
hype that surround the campaign trail. It can be difficult to remember
amongst all the blitz that we are poised to make a historic decision
as a country and to enact the fundamental human right of political
participation.

This article was a good reminder to me that wherever I may stand on
issues or on candidates this race in particular bears the historic
mark of having a woman, an African American, and a torture survivor
being granted the political space and possibility of becoming the next
leader of our nation. A page in our cultural imagination and social
history has been turned, at a time when so much of our domestic sphere
is shadowed by fears of war, economic collapse, and environmental
destruction this is a heartening reminder. We are moving forward, ever
so slowly, toward a table more open and welcome than before.
http://www.newsweek.com/id/165660

Much Peace Liz

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