Civil Rights - Solutions, Reforms and Strategies
- Know your state and local political representatives.
- Be aware how they vote.
- Attend legislative forums. Listen and ask questions. Look for patterns.
- Network with people and share information. Support/create groups that hold politicians accountable.
- Remember actions are more important than words.
- Understand Progressive Values (read George Lakoff).
- Support/Join/Collaborate with Social Media. Seek out progressive reform groups like Indivisible, QC Progressive Coalition, PACG, Iowa-CCI, etc.
- Focus personal energy and resources for building community resilience:
- Share what you have learned/save time by listening to what others are doing. Spend time discovering what other communities are doing.
- Band together with like minds to form new groups and communities. Discover organizations that give back to the community. Support each other/make new friends. Know that you are not alone and let others know that you are with them.
- Stick together: Keep your eye on the bigger picture. Row in the same direction.
- Know that many small actions add up to something bigger. Be the change you want: Google “Gandhi's 10 Rules for Changing the World.”
Change how you think of your money/wealth
- Change the narrative: how do we democratize capitalism with progressive values?
- If you have wealth, know how to manage it ethically.
- Disinvest in large “too big to fail” banks and move assets locally.
- Micro invest in local sustainable businesses with SLOW MONEY (Google Woody Tasch) and check out our neighbor local group (Iowa Pollinators in Iowa City).
- Use progressive values as guiding principles. Create/support socially-responsible businesses:
- Act Local/Shop Local First (Food Hub, Farmers Market, non-chain retail)
- Support triple P businesses (people, planet, profit)
- Support B-corps (formally recognized in Illinois/not in Iowa) (Google: Benefit Corporations)
- Use software like Buycott to purchase everyday products ethically (Google: Buycott)
- Support economic self-reliance through nontraditional community-based networks that share rather than compete
- Time banks/barter economy (Google: Life Without Money in Detroit’s Survival Economy/Bloomberg)
- Mutual aid societies (Google: Benefit society)
- Local currencies: (Google: BerkShares/New England)
- Further reading: Support the new economy movement
- What Then Must We Do by Gar Alperovitz
- What’s Mine Is Yours by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers
- Deep Economy by Bill McKibbon.
- Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein
- Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawkins
Discover/promote alternatives to traditional jobs and living that build equity and share ownership
- Worker Co-op’s
- Community Land Trusts (Local group S.I.LT. here in Iowa)
- Co-Housing (Google: McCamant & Durrett Architects)