By Glen Hubbard
On Wednesday October 25th, a group of Olympia Indivisible members responded to a call to exchange ideas and to eat some cookies in an informal environment (my home). I am grateful to the participants because I now feel like I belong to a larger, more intimate community of like- minded people. I encourage others to host like events.
"I want to be more active!" was the opening statement last evening. The "sit at home and do the action alerts" is not enough to satisfy the urge to get more done. "Are we going to be marching in the streets on a regular basis?" And so sparked an animated discussion of outrage at environmental issues, equality, and the integrity of candidates. A collection of values could be said of the conversation. Olympia Indivisible has a document titled “Values Agreement” that is available here .
Outrage was heard from a campaign organizer for a Port commissioner about smear tactics and outright theft of campaign signs and physical intimidation. There was no doubt about the passion of the speaker. Several folks present responded, "We can't stand by and let this happen!"
A quiet but eloquent corner of the room brought the discussion to what the Olympia Indivisible chapter is doing relevant to the sentiments and issues being voiced (Lisa Ornstein, who is a simple fiddle player, of course). One of the most successful activities of OI, the Moc staff visits, was discussed and encouragement to participate expressed.
From there, the conversation turned to "what does the term 'progressive' mean to me?"
Notable in retrospect, there was no disagreement in our discussion of "Progressive" ideas, only a rainbow of perspectives. For some a specific issue dominates, some see social dynamics (equality etc) and others character traits. All are dissatisfied with the current state of our political
situation and want a change. A misquote from Charles Darwin: "It is not the strongest of species nor the most intelligent but the one most responsive to change". Though a misquote, I like the idea that not adapting to change will lead to decline.
From Wikipedia: "Progressivism is the support for or advocacy of social reform. As a philosophy, it is based on the idea of Progress, which asserts that advancement in science, technology, economic development, and social organization are vital to the improvement of the human condition." In other words, "responsive to change".
And, that brings up another issue brought in our discussion - education. If the citizens following in our footsteps are not well educated, they will not be prepared to respond to the rapid changes in our world brought on by technology, social media, etc.
And I would add, if we are not satisfied, let's ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES and get to work being part of the change we want to see.