We are all working to continue to recover from the shock of this past week. Still, certain strategies that many of us began putting into place some time ago continue to have value. One strategy is working to build inclusive cultural structures that can reframe our ways of thinking as a culture (clearly long term work), such as using the Holocene Calendar.
Adapting to the needs of the moment, however, are also clearly important, and more vicerally compelling as well. To that end, many of us are standing, like the Sargents from Herland, together with the most vulnerable, ready to calmly, even grimly, but non-violently, face down those who would threaten or do harm. Like those Sargents, we stand with the discipline that Dr. King and Gandhi taught, of non-violent resistance. Those who wear a #SafetyPin are pledging to stand with all of our fellow human beings under threat.
But we need intermediate strategies, between the short-term reaction of the #SafetyPin movement, and the long-term, evolving toward inclusive cultural change. I would suggest that one mid-range strategy to work for is Instant Run-off Voting (IRV), also known as Ranked Choice Voting, such as the state of Maine recently adopted.
A second mid-term to long-term strategy is to study and share Non-Violent Communication (NVC) while working toward better jobs (especially via worker’s cooperatives and unions/labor activism) for ALL races and classes.
Finally, my personal Dream-term (very long-term) goal is to see both single payer health care and a Universal Basic Income, such as Dr. King called for over 40 years ago. These would allow every person, of any creed, color, class, etc, to reach his or her full potential as a human being. That is, after all, the real American Dream, isn’t it?