Giving Thanks to Citizens and Grass-Roots Progressives
Thursday 25 November 2010
This Thanksgiving, even progressive Americans can find plenty of progress for which we can be grateful.
Let's start with the Girl Scouts of
Sometimes, however, the collective mouth of the American public must roar in order to be heard -- and to make things right. Thankfully, this is what happened after it was reported in October that the organization was seeking new bids for the manufacture of uniforms and sashes worn by the 2.4 million girls who're members of GSA. For years, this work has been done by a small, family-owned business in
Say what? Girl Scouts of
Well, there's "value," but then there are values. Which was GSA choosing ... and which was it teaching the girls? ''
This question was at the heart of the public uproar that instantly erupted from members, parents and volunteers. If you want ethically compromised value, they roared, go to Wal-mart -- but we came to the Girl Scouts for values.
It took only two days for headquarters to get the message. The bid request was quickly modified to require a
See, speaking out matters. So keep roaring.
But there's more to be thankful for, especially after that exhilarating election. Of course, even a car wreck can be exhilarating.
Still, we can see plenty of populist political progress popping up. Rather than looking to
Even though media mavens don't cover it, grass-roots progressives are forging surprising coalitions in such places as Iowa, Houston, Syracuse, central Missouri, New Haven, Ohio and Rhode Island. All across the country, people are producing new solutions and structural changes that add up to real hope for shared prosperity in
Take a big one that
Another effort helps you mount your own personal rebellion against the big banksters by withdrawing your money from them. After all, it is your money, so why let the bastards have it? Go to www.MoveYourMoney.info to get how-to steps for transferring your funds into credit unions, community banks and socially responsible investment firms.
The point here is that real change is up to us, not to Obama or the Democratic Party. They are not the progressive movement, we are. And you can find action right where you live to start putting progress back in "progressive."
National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current
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