Here is the transcript to the article and discussion so far. What do you say...Cascadians and those awakening to Cascadia.
Cascadian Independence and the Greens?
Doug Fir, 11.02.2006 10:38
After nearly two centuries of the Pacific Northwest being manipulated and controlled by Atlantic oriented leaders will the people of the Northwest wake up to American imperialism.
The issue of an independant Cascadia is not on the political table, because of several issues ranging from big east coast money and corporate imperialism to even leading individuals lacking the imagination to see the American Empire balkanized or to break their childhood images of a United States of America.
We all know (even Republicans) that the last few national elections had fraudulent or suspicious elements involved. Many "liberals", Democrats and unfortunately Green party members believe that the corrupt American electorial system can be reformed or saved. Are the issues of Cascadia being truly addressed in Washington DC or Ottawa? The Democrats lack either the collective nerve to challenge the Neo-Cons? The Democrats have also played political tricks on the Greens during national elections. Why do the Greens of Cascadia still support a system that is obviously set up against their potential for political change as well as a system that is destructive to life, liberty and ecological harmony?
Other states have recently began dialogues for secession from the American Empire such as Vermont, Hawai'i and even Arizona. Why not Cascadia? Could passive Greens be enabling the threat of lose of civil liberties, destructive federal forest policies, erosion of public educational institutions, the systematic cutting of the social net, increasing privatization of the commons and more? Could "working within the system" just be a pipedream less likely to successed that the claims that an independent Cascadia are a pipedream? Which is more realistic: a reformed United States of America were war criminals are drag off to the Hague, civil liberties are restored, social nets are provided and ecosystems are protected OR a chance to create a real democracy based on human and environmental rights?
The Vermont Independence Convention... Cascadia next?
Vermont: Most Likely to Secede
Vermont Convention on Indepedence
Should States Consider Secession?
If Arziona can be "free" from the US under martial law _ Why not Cascadia!
TIME FOR SECESSION FROM THE USA
Someone just needs to start the process of open community discussions about forming Cascadia. Invite the "greens" and all interested. Ask good questions and discuss the possiblities openly. Something that does not happen in the present form of "democratic" fascism that controls the US.
Start by forming groups that will model the kind of government or communication style you want to create in Cascadia.
I for one want the "spokes council" model. From the neighorhoods up, create spokes councils that listen to individuals. Next, a member of the spokes council makes up a community wide council. The will of the people is always considered. THe spokescouncil spokes person does not have the right to votes against the neighborhood level spokes council.
Next level: each community does everything they can to grow thier own food, recycle what they use into the things that the community needs. Each community creates jobs that provide for the community first. Schools, healing collectives, care for elderly and children, etc.
Next level: each community council sends a spokes person or two to a all communities council where regional decisions are made based on the will of the people in the communities.
There is always a chance for any community member to be a representative of the community as long as they represent the will of the people.
All resources are kept in the region. Bio-regions are identified and natural resources protected from imperialists armies, scavengers and thieves. People are educated to understand their role in living and supporting a healthy bio-region. We are all taught about our connections to the land, the air, the water, each other.
WE go back to a natural way of healing and do not allow pharmaceutical corporatists to pollute our bodies, our water, our land, our air. We are all taught to raise the plants and food and water and use natural ways that will keep us healthy and heal us when we are sick.
WE learn to communicate in a non-agressive respectful way. WE get from behind our machines in a face-to-face community discussion. WE do not allow oppressors to gain a foothold in our communities. We learn to mediate and communicate in a way that the peace that we search for can begin with us.
Thats all I have to say. I will never give up this vision for Cascadia!