Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Speaking Out

Chuck Currie comes through again with a letter from an ecumenical group of religious leaders to Congress re: budget priorities, and a notice of an "Ecumenical Advocacy Days" conference that will focus on a more "complete vision of moral values." It's March 11-14, and registration is now open.


A group in Pullman, Washington is taking up one of Mrs. Pastor's favorite causes by fighting a new Wal-Mart supercenter there.


Another group, this one is Tucson, has an interesting workshop on what it's like to be the victim of domestic violence. The short version: finding and getting help is a confusing mess, and your decisions could land you in the funeral home.


Howard Dean, good UCC boy that he is, talks about "moral values" in Lexington, Kentucky. The rap on him is that he's supposedly too much of "hot button" in the red states, but we think he's learned from folks like Paul Wellstone and Russ Feingold: voters respect pols who stick by their values, even when those values are politically expedient. And it's hard not to like a guy who can write a column like this (via Nick Lewis :

Howard Dean writes in his latest column:


Letting go of central control is what gives voters real power. When I used the phrase "you have the power" during the campaign, I meant that by working together, Americans could overcome the forces of the right wing and reassume their constitutional role in running the country. What I didn't understand was that "you have the power" was more than that. It didn't apply only to people's ability to change America, it also applied concretely to their ability to make everyday decisions about how they would cause that change.


...The idea of a decentralized campaign terrifies most politicians who have gotten used to putting out ideas and letting others respond. We discovered that the path to power, oddly enough, is to trust others with it.


Here's some speaking out from the other end of the spectrum:




(from the gutless pacifist's new photo blog.)

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