The political discourse in this country is palpable. Hell, the monster has a life of it's own and is showing its gnashing, foamy teeth. There is mudslinging, accusations, and threats being hurled about, shutting down all hope for a real conversation, let alone a clear answer.
A few of us bloggers have been talking about the need for a bipartisan space for weeks; a place where people, regardless of party affiliation, can DISCUSS the issues, have real conversation in a safe place, and maybe even come up with some solutions to what ills our communities. In an intimate session with Joanne Bamberger this weekend, we discussed this idea further. We discussed that the country, the states, and even our own neighborhoods have been forced into inertia by the angry rhetoric that has usurped the discussion. Everyone in that session, regardless of party affiliation, wanted to move away from the anger to have actual discussion and move towards action. We all found it necessary for the health of our country. We left the session with a lot of ideas and renewed hope that this might actually be possible.
Then. last night, I saw a tweet from the brilliant and talented Jane Devin. She is someone who makes me think and inspires me on a regular basis. She said, " I wish we could have a one-day moratorium on angry speech. It's so divisive, and it works against understanding." Within a few tweets, and some wonderful support, she launched a full blown effort.
And there it was. One Day, No Hate will be observed on Oct. 6th. On this day, we pledge to let go of all the angry speech and actually try to understand each other. On this day, we listen. On this day, we break down the barriers that separate us and respect our differences.
It is just one day. We all know that so much more is needed. But it is a wonderful start. It is a needed start.
Politics are important. They infuse our lives in every way. It isn't just about the national stage. Politics concerning our own communities are just as, if not more important. Politics such as whether we have clean water to drink, if open space is maintained, if we have a competent school board needs to be discussed in addition to the big, hot topics. We need not shy away from the discussion any longer for fear of getting attacked. These things matter. We should feel free to discuss them. We should feel free to ask others their opinions and get a response that is real and lacks a snarky edge. We should be free move from healthy conversation to the action that will make a difference. Within the next few weeks, I will be launching a new blog (tentatively called The Work Session.... but I welcome suggestions) that creates such a space. I want people of all interests, of all backgrounds, of all political persuasions to come here and feel free to participate in the discussion. If you know of anyone who would be interested in such a blog or would be willing to contribute, please feel free to write me at email@example.com.
Until then, please join us in the One Day, No Hate (#1day0hate) effort on Oct. 6th. I look forward to a day free from hateful speech.
Crossposted at Down to Earth Mama.
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