Dear Fellow Community Organizers,
A few years ago, many of us came together at Portland's First Unitarian Church to call for a "People's Budget." Our idea was to combine our voices into a unified whole in order to make ourselves heard. That event is documented on our People's Budget Project wiki here:
Since that time, with a great deal of hard work, we've made important advances — including winning paid sick leave in Portland, and calls for a $15 per hour minimum wage from city and (Multnomah) county officials.
In the bigger picture, however, working people and our communities are still losing ground. Affordable housing is scarce or non-existent. Our paychecks fail to keep up with rising costs. Most seriously of all — ongoing climate destabilization threatens to undo even our most modest gains.
Growth-oriented capitalism has ceased to function rationally. This was made abundantly clear in the 2008 financial meltdown. Additionally, our energy squandering, hyper-consumerist culture is quickly transforming our planet from a livable world to an overheated toxic waste dump.
To ward off our own self-destruction, whole industries must wither and die; the fossil fuels industry is the most obvious example. We must also rid ourselves our culture's hyper-consumerism.
But working people still need to make a living. This is why we must fight for a new economic paradigm that provides full and meaningful employment to people working to build healthy communities on a living planet.
So how do we do that? How do we come together to we create a big enough voice to affect the kinds of changes we really can't do without? This will be the topic of our next "Confronting Climate Change" discussion on Tuesday, February 24th.
You are invited to participate. I hope to see you there.
What: Confronting Climate Change
When: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 • 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Place: Central Library • Downtown Portland
Address: 801 SW 10th Ave. (U.S. Bank Room - Main Floor)
With warm regards,
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[re-posted on PIMC] 2.23.15