is a call for Post-Election Forums by the activists in our communities
around the country. This Presidential Campaign has presented an
opportunity for activist work that is almost unprecedented in recent
decades. We have an opportunity to set our own agenda.
campaign has activated huge numbers of people of all ages (and all
races), like never before. We can't stop now. It is not over on
Election Day, in fact, it is when the real work begins.
Dean, in 2004, showed what could be done with that energy of those
coming of age and awareness of their place in society - but it was
a narrowly defined constituency.
Obama's candidacy fulfilled the promise of Dean, by appealing to
a much wider audience. The energy unleashed by Obama had legs; it
stayed up through the nomination, and no matter what happens on
Election Day, it will be an historic occasion.
the next day, the real work begins. It is up to us to decide what
the agenda of the country is going to look like. So this is a call
to all of our communities to gather your activists and write your
group of activists in New York are convening a post-election forum
the first Saturday after Election Day, on November 8th. There will
be three panels assessing the impact of the election on our communities:
state/local; national and international. But the point of the forum
is to come out with action-steps. To that end we have scheduled
a follow-up meeting for the following Saturday. We don't want to
meet and then stop.
of the purposes of the forum is to gather people who would be interested
in working on a platform for a People's Convention in Summer 2009.
We will be building a platform to be presented to the candidates
running for city-wide, borough-wide, and local offices. The 2009
election cycle in New York City includes the Mayor, 36 of 51 City
Council seats; as well as Comptroller, Public Advocate, etc.
is time we focused on the real needs of our communities, and one
of the real needs is a sense of empowerment, a sense that Yes We
Can! We don't want to wait around to see what others do and then
react. We want to decide what is going to be decided.
is time we did more than complain; more than march, more than protest;
more than be mad. It is time we don't get caught up in irrelevant
issues like who slept with whom (unless it really is relevant),
and where they went to church.
of the issues affecting the African-American communities are the
same or similar: housing; criminal injustice; social services, health
care, etc. It would be great if there were other forums - that we
could connect - that we could make a national agenda.
do you say?
BlackCommentator.com Guest Commentator, Jessica
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