On Tuesday, citizens of the United States unexpectedly elected Donald Trump as President. So now what, after the Presidential election? Trump has promised to undo the Obama legacy and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate might facilitate this.
We have a country that is bitterly divided and polarized between those who think that too many people are slackers who don’t want to work hard and just rely on government handouts and those who blame special interests of the wealthy, elite and corporations for income inequality, violence, disregard for the earth and all kinds of injustices.
Progressives often lose the opportunity to put forward a whole new way of thinking about how to organize our society and how to address the most serious problems we face (among them the destruction of the environment, the materialism and selfishness generated by the ethos of global capitalism, the racism and sexism and xenophobia and bullying that manifested in the 2016 election cycle, the poverty and homelessness and the residual and get stuck in arguing in the most narrow terms.
The goal of the strategy conference is “to find a discourse that transcends the assumption that people only care about economic entitlements and political rights–to address the deepest psychological and spiritual needs that liberals and progressives often ignore.” If we work together we can move our country toward greater social and economic justice, environmental sanity, end racism, sexism, homophobia—and promote a world of love and generosity.
The paradox, of course, is that most people on the left are there precisely because they want a world of love, kindness, generosity and caring for others. But when they get into the public arena, they rarely talk in these value terms, and instead try to show that they are “just as tough” and pragmatic as the media pundits expect them to be.
“Join us for an inspirational, dynamic, and joyous weekend where the Tikkun community to strategize what’s next for liberals and progressives following the results of the November election, and how can we bring into the liberal and progressive movements a new level of psychological and spiritual sophistication to counter the continuing growth of fascistic and racist tendencies that surfaced in the 2016 election.”
Tikkun, started as the intellectual voice of Jewish progressives but is now also interfaith and secular-humanist-and-atheist welcoming, and a leading voice in support of the human rights of Palestinians and seeking a world of love and justice, replacing the search for homeland security through strategy of domination with a strategy of generosity and a Global Marshall Plan, and challenging the globalization of selfishness and materialism that has been the inevitable outgrowth of the competitive economic marketplace.
Network of Spiritual Progressives grew out of the Tikkun Community that formed around the creation of the Tikkun Magazine. NSP “recognizes that our well-being depends on the well-being of everyone else on the planet and the well-being of the Earth. We seek a world in which all of life is shaped by peace, fairness, environmental sanity, love, care for one another, care for the Earth, generosity, compassion, respect for diversity and differences, and celebration of the miraculous universe shape.”
Tikkun Magazine will also be celebrating their 30th anniversary and on November 12-13th will be giving the Tikkun Award to some awesome leaders, activists, artists, and intellectuals.
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Check out the map that Eliza Byard @EByard tweeted with the comment: “This is how the future voted. This is what people 18-25 said in casting their votes. We must keep this flame alight and nurture this vision.”