Occupy Wall Street; Woes and Words

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copyright © 2011 Betsy L. Angert.  Empathy And Education; BeThink or  BeThink.org

Occupy Wall Street?  I will not.  However, I am there in spirit.  I believe in the cause, the many grounds protesters have posited.  Countless Grievances, One Thread Howard Zinn stated this shared truth ever so succinctly years earlier, “It is not only Iraq that is occupied. America is too.”  Wall Street,Schools, Classrooms, Hospitals, and Banks, these “Occupations” have gone on for far too long. People in Zuccotti Park and at the Chase Manhattan Plaza understand as most Americans do.  The myriad movement reflects the ninety-niners thirst for dignity.  The cravings are deep.  

I  am one with the unemployed, the scholars, skilled, and service workers who only seek a job.  Independent Laborers and Union folks, your pain is mine. Private Industry and public institutions converted to corporate holdings have hurt me as they have you.  I too, have countless tales to tell.  Consultants, your woes are mine.  Gone are the days of companies being loyal to the workforce.  Pensions went with the wind.

401ks have replaced these for some.  More are less fortunate.  The statistics are startling.  What has occurred in the last year is more astounding. States Cut Public Pension Benefits In Massive Funding Shortfall.  Personal dollar deficits, I have known more than a few, as have those who physically Occupy Wall Street.

In spirit, I am you “Occupiers” of Wall Street.  Homeowners, Renters, and those who have lost a place to live, let alone the will to live, I relate. After a score and eleven years, I purchased my first home. I did so during the boom. The cost was great, the interest high.  I thought I could make do.  Times changed and so too did my circumstances.  Nonetheless, I soon discovered the Banks did not care.  Even employees of financial institutions chose not to lend a friendly ear.

I hear you “Occupiers.”  In many ways, on countless occasions, since Middle School, I have stood against the absurdity of Capitalism out of control.  The Military Industrial Complex is as the Privatization craze.  Each permeates and punishes society.  The powerful have used our nations as their playgrounds.  We see it in policies and practices.  Political realities only further the reason for your, my, our rants and rage.

Indeed, Corporate and Civic Complexes have brought about fear and loathing. Conjoined, these have left our nation’s people poorer.  Over and over again, Americans have done as President Eisenhower warned us against.  We did not “peer into society’s future” when we acted on greed and immediate gain.  When we allowed the affluent and those of authority to divest and divert funds necessary for the common good, we — you and I, and our government – did not “avoid the impulse to live only for today.” We plundered “for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow.”

Contrary to Eisenhower’s cautions, Americans “mortgage[d] the material assets of our grandchildren.” We did more than risk the loss of our “political and spiritual heritage.” We successfully vanquished what was ours, a “democracy” thought strong enough “to survive for all generations to come.”  Our country has “become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

The gloom and sense of doom felt by the masses who speak out is one I share, only the words differ.  We did not “avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate.”  That is why I ask for a reality once yearned for.  May we be “a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.”

Rather than “occupy” might we integrate ideas on an American Avenue, two or three; perhaps more.  Let us “Tear Down Wall Streets.” We need not infiltrate, invade, or emulate the ways of Wall Street.  There has been too much of this.  Internationally, monetary and military Industrial complexes “Occupy.”  We do not liberate, as is evidenced by Iraq.  Nor will we bring freedom to Afghanistan or Wall Street. We occupy.  

United States citizens speak of the German occupation of France, or of Europe. After World War II we spoke of Soviet-occupied Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and eastern Europe. It was the Nazis, and the Soviets, who occupied countries. The United States liberates all others from occupation. Indeed, today we are the occupiers.  The number of small, medium and large oversea military installations combined, as documented in the Department of Defense Base Structure Report (BSR) 2003 Report, totals at least 702. Bases, buildings owned and leased, as stated a decade ago . . .”Ongoing additions to the base structure, including in- transfers, are often not officially recorded until well after the decision.”

Indeed, in recent years alone, the number of occupations has grown substantially.  Some may say, we have been occupiers since settlers first colonized this land.  Tim Wise spoke of this “truth” only days ago.  Wise injects linguistics into the debate.   Language, the use and abuse, or might I say manipulation of a message, looms large in our lives.  I think of DoubleSpeak

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. ~ George Orwell. [Author of 1984]

Be it Corporate Doublespeak, political, or philosophical jargon. Euphemisms expand. This land is your land. This land is my land?  What might the natives of this or any other territory think?

Might we reflect on the words, the wisdom, and our adopted ways?  “Occupy” Wall Street.  Instead, may we “Tear Down Wall Streets.” These exist everywhere in our country and outside our borders.  It is mused worldwide we live within an oligarchy.  Government Establishments and Corporate Enterprises, each and either, have been “Occupied” or “Liberated” [you choose] by an ideology that insists control must be granted to the few, the proud, the elite.  

The notion of all, equality, and as a collective, is void. Equality has been marked “canceled” on bills of fare. Fairness is far from our reality, for worldwide, the rich rule.

We see this in our schools. Privatization has long been in progress.  In 1995, the title appeared prominently, Public Schools: Make Them Private. Domination, the deed done, began decades ago in health care.  “Markets” are closed.  Economic and war policies are not “democratic.”  The question is, has democracy ever been in action. Certainly, Main Street attempted to bring social equality about.  However, classlessness has long been a cause never fully realized.

Thus, “Occupy” Wall Street, I rather not, thank you.  Oh, I intend to travel to the location, from New York to New Jersey.  I will stand on the streets and express my serious disco9ntnt.  From Connecticut to California, I will walk, fly, drive . . . I will strive to speak in support of our shared contentions.  North or South, I will be there.  Midwestern missions will be, is as mine.  

Indeed, I even now sit and take vigil.  I “Tear Down Wall Streets.” Still, I desire to do other than was done to me.  I will not “occupy.”  “occupations” are all that I disdain.  I would not wish to repeat the rape that is America’s history.  Violent destructive doings, be these in words, or in deed, are not me!

Thus, I invite you to do other than inhabit an institution or an ideology that had destroyed democracy.   “Democratization” might be nice; however, that word too has come to mean an occupation.  Integrate, perhaps?  Yet, to assimilate by force, or with the use of forceful language, is but an invasion. “Decolonize” what was captured, possibly?  Yet, I ask, can we grant independence to what never was truly ours . . . Wall Street, Schools, Medical Services, Banks?  

I will “Tear Down Wall Streets” regardless of the configuration.   Please join me; expand horizons so that all might see a glorious vision. . Together, we can and will reach beyond the sky.  

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March Forward; March 20



War veterans and resisters say “All Out for March 20th-National March on Washington!”

Dearest Special Beings . . .

If you have yet to see, hear, read, or feel the commitment of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans against the Middle Eastern wars, here is your chance.  If you have not experienced the pain the family and friends of troops feel, now you can.  If you think you can only show your support for soldiers by endorsing the wars, then, please ponder the words of Winter Soldier Michael Prysner.  He and the experienced troops who walk with him wish to ask for your help.  Peruse the passage Prysner presents in this mail.

Please ponder how the wars affect you personally, politically, and even fiscally.  Consider the many communities in this country and abroad deprived of funds, all in an effort to participate in and pay for warfare.  Try to imagine the many lives and limbs lost, not to mention the emotional traumatic stress.  Perhaps, you have already actively considered how our culture has changed, all because we engage in costly battles.  

If you had wanted to speak out, and have not, or if you want to communicate in a manner that might touch the President and Congress, please join our servicemen, woman, kin, and acquaintances in a March Forward.

For details, please read on.  I thank you.


In March of 2003, I was sent to invade Iraq amidst the largest anti-war demonstrations in history, with an equally senseless war already being waged in Afghanistan. Myself, and countless other veterans, went believing the lies spewed by Washington, but saw first hand the criminal and imperial nature of that war, and every war waged by the U.S. Our experiences compelled us to stand up and fight back.

Many of us joined together to form March Forward!, and have been building resistance to these wars, both in and out of the military. This video was made by our members, all of whom are veterans and active duty soldiers, to help us publicize the next step in our struggle to end the wars-the national mass anti-war protests in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco on March 20th, seven years after the brutal invasion of Iraq.

Help us make our voices heard. We need you all behind us on March 20th to stand united against the crimes of this government-but we also need your help in spreading the word. Please circulate the above video to everyone you can, and be a part of the growing movement against the U.S. war machine.

Visit March20.org to learn more about how to get involved.

To learn more about March Forward! please visit MarchForward.org.

In solidarity,

Mike Prysner

MoveOn Obama Budget

copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert.  BeThink.org

The mail arrived.  It was from MoveOn.org.  Overwhelmed with work, I thought to delete it.  I noticed the surname of the sender was the same as a friend of mine.  Only that [cosmic] coincidence led me to open the message and peruse.  I read Daniel Mintz’s words with interest, for he spoke of what I miss in the news.  Mister Mintz did not focus on the folly of a few executives at American International Group, Incorporated (AIG).  The representative  from MoveOn offered what is more real to me, an average American.

As we’ve seen with AIG this week, the powerful don’t give up their special treatment without a fight.  They’re spending millions on lobbyists to quietly kill the provisions that would make them help pay for America’s priorities. 1 And despite all the posturing in Congress over AIG’s bonuses, too many senators are still listening to the banking and insurance lobbyists on the issues that aren’t in the headlines.

So we need to speak louder than the lobbyists . . .

Today’s Washington Post calls it “a populist budget” 2 because it cuts taxes for most Americans while ending unfair tax advantages for the richest among us.  The best part is that it takes all the money we’ll save and invests it in critical national priorities that will help build and strengthen the middle class.

Obama’s budget gives tax breaks to working families instead of CEOs.  And it closes the tax loopholes for special interests that cost us billions, like:

  • The loophole that lets companies take tax breaks for sending jobs overseas.  This will save us more than $200 billion over the next decade. 3
  • The loophole that lets hedge fund managers pay a 15% tax rate on their income, instead of regular income tax like the rest of us.  That will save us more than $20 billion. 4
  • The loophole for big oil companies that gives them huge tax breaks even when they’re posting record profits, saving us more than $30 billion over the next decade. 5
  • The loophole that gives the richest Americans bigger tax breaks for their deductions.  Right now, a teacher who contributes $1,000 to the Red Cross gets a $150 tax break.  A Wall Street executive making the same contribution gets a $350 tax break. 6

Quality references were offered for each claim.  Research for me is more real than rhetoric.  Almost as an automaton might, as I read, I reached for the telephone.  I smiled at the thought that I might respond as directed.  I called my Senator in Washington, District of Columbia.

I was surprised when I heard a ring.  Too often, when I have attempted to connect with this individual Senator I receive a busy signal.  Bill Nelson is frequently busy, but it seems he does not always speak on my behalf.  His record on the issues that are most meaningful to me is as inconsistent as is my ability to speak with someone in his office.  I am; however, thankful that Senator Nelson, is at least closer to my truth than Senator Mel Martinez, of Florida is.

As the phone rang and rang, I wondered, would I only have an opportunity to leave voice mail.  No; a man answered.  He said, “Senator Nelson’s office.”  I shared with the gent as I later did with MoveOn.org.  Now, I offer what was said with any reader who might wish to consider.

In my conversation with Senator Bill Nelson’s office, I shared my name, address, and my serious concern for the constant distractions.  Rather than attend to substance, the need for green jobs, health care for all, quality education provided equally for our children, America cries of a discontent for bonuses.  While the ten percent of the AIG bailout bestowed upon the privileged in additional benefits may be important, for me, it is not the cause for my greater apprehension.  

Tax loopholes, the levees unpaid by the wealthy, the money held back without an approval of the Obama budget, I believe these are far more significant, if we are to create other than the economic crisis we now have.  I reminded the office worker, the last Bush budget proposed was for $3.1 trillion.  That submission did not include the supplemental costs of war we all knew were coming!  In truth, I am fascinated by a fixation that promotes falsehoods.  I think the Obama financial plan is far more restrained than George W. Bush’s expenditure ever were.  

The Senate associate listened, or so I hope.  He was extremely quiet.  He closed the conversation by saying he would pass my message on.  A perceived lack of enthusiasm on the part of the gentleman I spoke with leads me to wonder; can I or we believe much will change.

Please, if you have not already dear reader, as a concerned citizen, would you too call your Senators, Congresspersons, anyone and everyone who might have the power to help pass the Obama budget.  I offer a few ways to locate your Representatives.

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A Critical Moment; Can Hope Survive?



Hope: It Could Happen To You

copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert.  BeThink.org

We had hope.  For some, the dream was fulfilled.  For millions more desperate and devastated by a multiplicity of issues that confront them each a day, a President, a single person cannot make a difference.  MoveOn.org understands that.  Thus, they sent out an appeal, as though that might help.

You may have received the mail.  It appeared in my cyberspace box late last evening.  I was tired.  The day had been long.  I thought to delete what seemed one more correspondence, one more plea, possibly, another request for a contribution.  As a MoveOn member I take delivery of what, at times, seems to be millions of requests for action, reactions, or donations.  With the election over, I trust there is far more work to be done.  Yet, in a moment of personal weakness or just a want for sleep, I went to bed.

The morning came.  I awoke.  Still, I did not return to read the MoveOn mail.  When I did I realized the weight of this written communication.  I was asked to consider as millions were, what are we to do.

We have some important decisions to make together. Our country is at a critical moment: The opportunity for change has never been greater. But there’s a lot that needs to be done and we have to decide where we should focus first. Click below to nominate a big goal for us to focus on next year:

As I traveled through the net neighborhood, what did I behold.  An inquiry.

1. What should MoveOn’s top goal be in 2009? (10 words or less)

I thought and then penned . . .

Let us ensure Barack Obama pursues Progressive peaceful policies!

The next question was a bit of a challenge.

2. Which category is your goal in?

A screen full of options, all separate and, in my mind, definitely equal.  What was I to do.  Throughout the last few years this question has come up.  How do I choose a singular focus?  Are not all aspects of our lives interrelated.  Fortunately, I saw the possibility that might advance an awareness for what is too often defined as  the impossible dream.

I chose from the list of issues, “other”

Then there was the optional response, the one I thought most essential to share.

3. What would you tell other MoveOn members about why this is important?  (Optional) We’ll post your comment on the next page.

If citizens do not actively demonstrate, each and every day, that we crave change, the President will not have the power to transform this country. No matter the issue the public must be motivated to insist that government acts in accordance with our needs and desires. We, the people, must be out on the streets, in the Halls of Congress, on the Hill, vocal in our local communities, inclusive of cyberspace, if policies are to be altered.   Nothing occurs without our consent.  Barack Obama can be a cautious man. Congress is often more concerned with “matters of consequence” and compromise.  Lobbies loom large.  Corporate campaigners know how to garner influence.  We the people must be the power as the Constitution defines.  No President can do what we do not allow through apathy or action.  If we are to MoveOn, we must be the change we wish to see.

I invite you to share your thoughts on MoveOn or here, at BeThink.  I must admit, I think the Political Action website interface could be much improved.  The software, apparently, does not allow for robust interaction.  

If only each of us could see a list of all the nominations rather than click through each thought separately as it appears, then perhaps we could truly be an active community, connected, and able to communicate our concerns.

Perchance, if change is to come within Washington, if transformation is to arrive nationwide, it might better begin with us.  We, the people must practice what we preach.  If the dream is to survive, it must live.  The vision must thrive through us.  [MoveOn, might we truly assess the importance of issues, see the responses and not search for these?]

I thank MoveOn, members of the Political Action organization.  I appreciate the many who share thoughts no matter who you are or where you may be.  I am grateful the encouragement to think beyond the present.  May we each do more than hope.  Let us MoveOn so that the aspiration may be achieved.

60 Minutes with the American People



CBS Video. 60 Minutes 11.16.2008

copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert.  BeThink.org

On Sunday night, November 16, 2008, twelve days after an historic Presidential Election, Americans watched the couple who represents the culmination of their efforts.  Barack and Michelle Obama appeared on 60 Minutes.  Journalist Steve Kroft sat with the President-elect and his partner and pondered all that had occurred and would possibly be.  Television screens flickered.  People felt elated, exhausted, energized, or just excited.  Few knew what would come.  However, most agreed, after the 2008 Presidential Election, everything was different.  

Barack Obama was not yet in the Oval Office.  The Illinois Senator’s promises of transformative policies are still not in place.  The transition team had begun its work.  Yet, until the President-Elect takes office nothing official can be done to bring about the pledge of change.  Only hope reigned eternal.  Nonetheless, the world had turned on its axis.  All were altered by what had occurred the night before.  The evidence was perhaps more obvious in the United States.  

A friend, who lives in Chicago, Barack Obama’s hometown, said, as he drove to work on Wednesday morning, November 5, he could not help but notice sanitation workers wore smiles.  Other commuters were more at ease.  Persons in cars were happy to allow pedestrians the right of way.  People on the road did not pass each other in haste.  Genuinely polite postures were adopted on city streets.  

The mad scramble, the race to nowhere, the need to rush was replaced by a pleasant amble.  People on the streets were authentically more polite.  It seemed to my champion in the Midwest, just as it did to me in the South East, America had done the unexpected, the unprecedented, the unpredictable, and for the most part, people were quite pleased with them selves and with the nation as a whole.

Some were shocked to discover a Black man could rise to power, and become President of the United States.  Others were in awe that the man, Barack Obama had not been scared off.  So many political opponents tried to intimidate him.  Any excuse was used to slam and damn the man some thought was not Presidential material.  Barack Obama was too thin, too fat, he did not associate with the “right” people; nor did he reside in a house that befitted his station.

Scandals were floated and filtered through the airwaves; the Illinois Senator was tied to the Chicago machine.  The constitutional lawyer was called a Socialist, and a Communist.  Those who misread reports in prominent periodicals avowed; the then Presidential hopeful palled around with American terrorists.  

As if all that was not enough, the candidate’s complexion was too dark in color.  Yet, for several, Barack Obama was not Black enough.  Threats, from the first, were heard on the campaign trail.  White supremacists, and those who merely believe themselves superior to African-Americans, attempted to put Senator Obama in what they thought to be, his place.  Racism was perhaps the most recognized reason for a possible retreat.  However, it was the one few wished to publicly broach.  Prejudice was perchance the only issue posed that could not be denied.

All the rumors were proved wrong.  Rants were rarely reasonable.  Rage rolled off Barack’s back.  Anger expressed against the person, Barack Obama was thought without cause.  The individual who asked to be President did not personally revile his rivals.  He did not antagonize his adversaries.  Forever calm, Presidential aspirant Obama held his own.  He captivated a country ready for change.

The person who emerged, Barack Obama, and the average people who endorsed him, helped build an American community so powerful, so full of pride, practical, and persuasive, they were able to elect a President.

That action was the change that transformed America.  A supposed “celebrity” did not move millions to go to the polls.  Eloquent speeches did not cause the country to suspend disbelief.  Citizens of this country did not wait in long lines to cast a ballot for a boy wonder.  Eighty-two year old men and women who had never voted in their lives did not register merely because they saw a man they could believe in.  Hope did not enter hallowed halls and bring people to their knees.

What occurred on November 4, 2008 was the American dream.  Apathy virtually ended.  The people took back their power.  Since Election Day 2008, average Americans anticipate that the man they appointed President would do as they desire.  Common folks began to believe they were as the Constitution of the United States declares, equal.  There was a genuine hope; the government was truly of, by, and for the people.

City laborers did not glow with glee as they reflected upon Barack Obama in the White House.  Bus, train, plane, and subway riders did not rejoice merely because the son of a Kenyan scholar, and a Kansas student would take the oath of office.  Nor did millions dance with delight as they pondered the other prideful parent, Michelle Obama, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  A country did not celebrate Grandmother Robinson’s possible move to Washington District of Columbia.  Few found intense pleasure in the notion that the daughters, Sasha and Malia, and a new dog would romp around the Rose Garden.

Billions beamed throughout the globe for finally, everyday folks, at least in America, achieved the impossible.  Common people created enthusiastic communities that together showed they cared.  Masses knocked on millions of doors.  More made telephone calls.  All asked friends and family to have faith that change could come if we, the people, organized and acted together as one.  

The hope was that if the public believed in them selves, as the Presidential aspirant, Barack Obama requested, common folk would overcome all obstacles.  On November 4, 2008, many realized they had reached heights not attainable in year’s prior.

While Barack and Michelle Obama spoke of how the election had altered their lives, the audience trusted, in truth, what was transformed was not evident on the television screen.  Change came through challenging work.  Citizens accomplished more than they had.  Harden hearts were replaced with a reason to believe again.  On Election Day, the people and the nation were transformed.  

On that special Sunday, more than a week after an extraordinary election, the people’s image of self, and others, were seen in the smiles donned by Broadcaster Steve Kroft, Barack and Michelle Obama, by street sweepers, bus drivers, school teachers, stylists, police persons, fire fighters, doctors, lawyers, nurses, and so many more Americans.  Each grinned as they said to themselves, “Yes we can!”

Myths Move On



Special Election Briefing: 5 Things You Should Know

copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert

MoveOn.org presents this production with a desire to seek donations.  This self-proclaimed “Progressive” organization hopes to advance the Democratic candidate, and look for dollars to do so.  In essence, MoveOn would wish the public to think that if we advocate for Barack Obama then the Party platform will be fulfilled.  As one who does not necessarily see these two entities as equivalent, I offer this audio-visual presentation more as a tool to inform than a request for a contribution.  

Might we muse of misinformation, misinterpretations, misapprehension, and misalliances.  The video mentions many.  However, the perspective is understandably skewed.  Please ponder; Democrats are not divine.  Republicans are not devoid of principles.  People, myself included, protect the points of view they trust to be true.  Frequently, this means, intentionally, humans will focus on the differences.  I am no exception.  Hence, I offer what may be my divergent views.

As one who believes war is not an option, I do not think a shift in troop deployment will bring an end to combat.  Soldiers will not be sent home if a Commander-In-Chief intends to fight a feud in Afghanistan.  I propose the public ponder; potential President Barack Obama posits, more troops are needed in yet another volatile territory.  The Illinois Senator says, American forces should have been in Afghanistan all along.  

The Illinois Senator trusts, terrorists lie in wait in Afghanistan, and America must act.  Just as John McCain asserts, Barack Obama affirms, he “will not hesitate to use military force.”  For the Democratic Presidential candidate, there is a “war we need to win.”  Sadly, his statement does not refer to a nonviolent assault on poverty.  Nor does he genuinely mean to address Universal Health Care.

MoveOn.org encourages Americans to donate to the cause.  They promise, if we work to elect Barack Obama, four years from now, all Americans will have quality Health Care.  What this group of political activists does not speak to is a stark reality for near forty-seven million.  Those who cannot afford adequate coverage now, under the Obama plan, will likely still not be able to pay for an insurance plan.  Nonetheless, MoveOn.org avows, if we are able to place Barack Obama in the Oval office, in less than 1500 days, everyone in our family, and each of our friends, could have [valuable and adequate] medical services.  The operative word is could.  

Please peruse the Health Care proposal Barack Obama puts forth.  Observe, the option to offer universal coverage is absent.  With Barack Obama in the White House, tens of millions of Americans will remain personally responsible for their medical bills.  Without funds to pay for necessary treatment, most will go without.

A clean energy economy will not be created as long as Americans are fed pabulum or petroleum.  We cannot cure an addiction to oil if “leaders” endorse policies that continue to provide the fossil fuels that have destroyed the environment.  A Presidential hopeful intent on compromise does not invite change we can believe in.  An openness to offshore drilling delays an authentic investment in renewable sources for propulsion.  

I believe, if Americans or Presidential aspirants, do not close one door, they will not likely be desperate enough to open another.  

Therefore, as I assess the plans of each of the candidates, I see few distinctions.  I do not perceive that anyone who invests in what is will solve the energy crisis.  Presidential hopeful John McCain, and Senator Obama are willing to sell an anxious public short-range solutions, ones that will ultimately cause greater harm to the planet.  Politicians on the Left and Right pander to an easily appeased populace.  The shared commitment is to the status quo.  This is not change I can believe in.

Perchance, if MoveOn.org did not advance the prescribed media message or secure the myths, I would be willing to support the activist alliance.  At present, I feel frustrated.  I was once hopeful.  There was a time when I believed.  Now, I am mired in misgivings.  

I cannot contribute to what will not bring change.  I will not call myself Progressive in name only.  

When Progressives again prefer global peace, I will return to the Party.  When the presumptive Democratic nominee proclaims an end to perpetual wars I will donate to his or her campaign.  When Universal Single Payer Not for Profit Health Care is endorsed by the political platform that was once mine, I will support the strategy.  When the Left launches policies that preserve the planet, and does not endanger species, MoveOn, I will add my name to your list.  Until Liberals chose to cause no harm to man or beast, I prefer to pour my time and money into a movement that is truly “on” point.  

For now, I perceive the Progressive agenda as one that promotes Party propaganda.  I will not advance the rhetoric.  Nor will I commit to such an unsavory campaign.  The relationship was nice while it lasted.  Now, that your organization asks funds to sponsor a myth, I must move on.

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Netroots Nation 2008; A Dream Realized



Netroots Nation 08 – Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi Keynote

copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert

Welcome Home Netroots Nation attendees.  You may recall, it began with a dream, an impossible hope for a future unforeseen.  It was your wish, his want, her desire, and my aspiration.  Together we were the inspiration.  We imagined greatness would be if we worked together.  The issues of import to us were and continue to be the Environment, Education, Energy, Ethics, Wars in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, and of course Peace.  Health Care, and the fragile nature of medical coverage in the United States, does not escape our gaze.  While we may embrace Free Enterprise, we are not ignorant of the inherent flaws within a system that rewards the rich and punishes the poor.  The Courts, and Congress do not escape our scrutiny.  Those of us who are far from apathetic examine the Executive Branch of government as well.  Indeed, citizens that actively care inquire of and study every subject, deeply.

We, the vibrantly engaged people believe prosperity for all is a real possibility.  Power, we trust does not reside within the halls of Congress, or corporate chambers.  Nor is it found in the Oval Office.  Rather the strength to bring about change is embodied within us..  When we came together and communicated, we created a net that grows from the roots.  As a whole, we are a nation of thinkers, doers, and dynamic.  We are determined to attain the incredible, just as our forefathers intended.  We, the people who participate in endless discussions of what is, could be, would be, and work to ensure that the beauty of America is as was proposed hold dear the original declaration of independent believers  

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The words of our ancestors resonate within us.  Hence, just as the authors of this glorious creed did hundreds of years earlier, we met to discuss what we might do.  Initially, we became acquainted in a community of computers.  Then, we moved closer together in conferences, online and ultimately outside our homes.  We may have met three years earlier at the first Yearly Kos, or two months prior as we passed through an essay.  It matters not when we introduced ourselves to each other.

You gave rise to his verve.  He encouraged her to trust.  She buoyed my beliefs.  Together we, each one of us, energized a nation.  The topics we spoke of titillated, tantalized; others thought these subjects were taboo.  Yet, for us, politics was personal.  Religion was real.  For us, the vocal few, faith is found everywhere, not merely in a house of worship.  

We, the wondrous ones, willing to participate in profundity, cared to discuss what we thought crucial.  Education, the curriculum, what our children learn, and teachers teach, reaches far beyond the classroom.  We yearn for a healthy happy community, just as our forefathers did when they wrote the United States Constitution.

Perchance, that is why we consider the law.  We understand that essential freedoms must be retained.  For us, an awareness exists, if Americans are to be safe and secure, we must be able to express ourselves, particularly in private.  Those of us who talk of the taboos rather than blindly trust concur; we are not able to feel as though our life is our own, if we do not live a liberated life within reason, an inherent right to happiness will not be realized.  Contentment comes when we, within the greater community care for our brethren.

Perhaps, this knowledge prompts us to share stories of our experiences with the health care system.  We have learned to consider the complexity of how, where, if, or when we will receive  treatment.  Chatters in cyberspace also ponder those who are denied a cure.  We, the people within the net neighborhood broach what hurts the hearts of those who do not verbally venture into the realities that preclude a more solid union.

In America, more than a few have died needlessly due to medical glitches and Insurers hitches.  That is the reason, unlike many, we do tell tales of woe.  We acknowledge that those with medical coverage could lose the medical plans that provide a false sense of security, in an instant, indeed, retroactively.  Those within the net neighborhood run, skip, walk, and crawl away from computers to aid the ailing.  Advocates in the blogosphere take action to correct a structure wrought with corruption.  Our desire to delve expands our horizons.  

The common folks from throughout the land, when in cyberspace, chatter of health care and how the notion cannot exist as long as medical coverage is inaccessible or too easy rescinded buy “providers.”

Food for us is more than an ingestible.  Fodder, we realize, has an effect on our bodies, the environment, and our evolution.  A cuisine, when commercially produced, can be a source of contaminants to man and beast, and we are not afraid to say so.  Oh, there is much that those in the worldwide web talk of and take on.  Problems are but a paradigm, and shifts are sustenance.  In the Internet neighborhood, silence is the only enemy.

Those who address the unspeakable, discuss sex.  You, he, she, and I give voice to the words often whispered; physical intimacy is a not a sin and lust does not give birth to closeness.  Out in the open we speak of the significance of marriage, and not just the ceremony or the legal license issued.  It was you, he, she, me, and we, who understood that love is not limited.  Each of us trusted, our gender did not restrict the fondness we feel.  Emotionally, we work to be intelligent and just, fair, people who honor reverent freedoms.  We are Progressives and proud to care for our fellow man.

We know ethics cannot be ethereal if we are to achieve a greater good.  Profound principles are essential if we, the people are to truly unite as one, and this week we did.  In July 2008, in Austin, Texas, bloggers beamed with delight as we entered a new era.  On Thursday, the 17th through Sunday the 20th politicians, pundits, professionals, and people from all walks of life joined forces and followed what was no longer a whimsy.  Careful, thoughtful, honorable change came and united each of us.  Together, we moved forward.  More than two thousand strong showed they are committed to countless  causes.  As a nation rooted in the Net, individually and as a whole, we thrust towards a venerable transformation.  There we were, Americans returned to the roots the founders provided.  

Netroots Nation, we have grown.  Our influence increases.  As long as we continue to believe and act, no matter our differences, we can achieve the excellence envisioned.  Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, let us  all remember . . .

(W)hen a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.  

Let this thought be our guide when next we meet.  Until then, please register for the next Continental Constitutional Cyberspace Conference, Netroots Nation 2009.  Until August 13, 2009, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, may we look forward to our Internet interactions.

A Byte of Information . . .

An Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran

On this the day, the Fourth of July, we celebrate our own Independence.  Citizens revel in our love of freedom and tranquility.  Today, may we take a moment to reflect upon how an unwarranted, or unnecessary war might have a profound effect on our lives and those of all mankind throughout the globe.  

I offer a correspondence intended for the person we hope will be our next President, Senator Barack Obama.  Please ponder the possibilities, and if you choose, I invite you to add your signature. You fellow Americans appreciate your consideration.

By Many Authors

Dear Senator Obama . . .

We the undersigned may have different views on U.S. foreign policy with respect to Iran. We all, however, are deeply concerned about the stories in the press in the past few weeks suggesting that the Bush administration might be considering a military strike on Iran, that it might give a green light to such an attack by Israel, or that it might engage in other acts of war, such as imposing a blockade against Iran.

We welcomed your stand against the war on Iraq in 2002. And we were encouraged by your early campaign statements emphasizing diplomacy over military action against Iran. Today, you have an opportunity to forestall a repeat of the tragic Iraq war. We hope you will use that opportunity.

We agree with the conclusion of Muhammed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, that “A military strike … would be worse than anything possible. It would turn the region into a fireball…” A military attack, he said, “will mean that Iran, if it is not already making nuclear weapons, will launch a crash course to build nuclear weapons with the blessing of all Iranians, even those in the West.” (Reuters, June 20, 2008.)

We don’t know, of course, whether an attack on Iran is in fact being considered, or if there are serious plans to initiate other acts of war, such as a blockade of the country. But we call on you to issue a public statement warning of the grave dangers that any of these actions would entail, and pointing out how inappropriate and undemocratic it would be for the Bush administration to undertake them, or encourage Israel to do so, in its closing months in office.

An attack on Iran would violate the UN Charter’s prohibition against the use or threat of force and the Congress’s authority to declare war. Moreover, the public right to decide should not be foreclosed by last-minute actions of the Bush administration, which will set U.S. policy in stone now.

We were heartened by your earlier comments suggesting that an Obama administration would act on the understanding that genuine security requires a willingness to talk without preconditions (something Iran has offered several times to no avail), and that threats and military action are counterproductive. We hope you will follow through on these commitments once in office, but also that you will speak out now against any acts of war by the Bush administration.

Sincerely,

Please review the list of signatories below or follow the path provided . . . Impressive!!!!!!!!

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Michael Albert ZNet?

Cathy Albisa exec. director, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative?

John W. Amidon U.S. Veterans for Peace?

Stanley Aronowitz Professor of Sociology, Graduate Center, CUNY?

Rosalyn Baxandall Distinguished Teaching Professor, SUNY Old Westbury?

Phyllis Bennis Institute for Policy Studies?

Stephen Eric Bronner Professor (II) of Political Science, Rutgers University?

Charlotte Bunch exec. director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers Univ.?

Noam Chomsky Institute Professor (retired), MIT?

Ray Close retired CIA Middle East specialist; Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity?

Rhonda Copelon Professor of Law, CUNY Law School?

Hamid Dabashi Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia Univ.?

Lawrence Davidson Professor of Middle East History, West Chester Univ.?

Ariel Dorfman author?

Stuart Ewen, Distinguished Professor, Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY?

John Feffer co-director, Foreign Policy in Focus?

Bill Fletcher, Jr. exec. editor, BlackCommentator.com?

Libby Frank Women’s Internat’l League for Peace & Freedom, Philadelphia?

Arthur Goldschmidt Professor emeritus of Middle East History, Penn State Univ.?

Tom Hayden author?

Doug Henwood Left Business Observer?

Doug Ireland journalist?

James E. Jennings exec. director, U.S. Academics for Peace?

Nikki Keddie UCLA (emeritus), historian, Iran specialist?

Janet Kestenberg Amighi v.p., CDR (sponsor of Holocaust child survivor research)?

Rabbi Michael Lerner chair, The Network of Spiritual Progressives; editor, Tikkun mag.?

Mark LeVine Prof. of Modern Middle Eastern History, Culture and Islamic Studies, U. Cal., Irvine?

Manning Marable director, Center for Contemporary Black History, Columbia Univ.?

David McReynolds former chair, War Resisters Internat’l?

Rosalind Petchesky Distinguished Prof. of Poli. Sci., Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY?

Rachel Pfeffer interim exec. director, Jewish Voices for Peace?

Katha Pollitt writer?

Danny Postel No War on Iran Coalition, Chicago?

Matthew Rothschild editor, The Progressive magazine?

Stephen R. Shalom Prof. of Poli.  Sci., William Paterson Univ.?

(Rev.) David Whitten Smith Univ. of St. Thomas, Minnesota (emeritus)?

Meredith Tax writer; president, Women’s WORLD?

Michael J. Thompson editor of Logos?

Chris Toensing editor, Middle East Report?

Cornel West Professor, Princeton University?

Stephen Zunes Professor of Politics, Univ. of San Francisco

I, we, the people thank you for your time, care, and actions.

Boca Peace Corner Participants Cultivate Harmony



MoveOn Iraq War and Recession Report Release – Boca Raton, Florida

© copyright 2008 Betsy L. Angert

“The heights by great men reached and kept

Were not attained by sudden flight,

But they, while their companions slept,

Toiled ever upward through the night.”

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Peace comes upon us without much fanfare.  Most await an announcement or seek a moment of resolve.  However, the message never comes.  In this country, in our local communities, and perchance planet wide, a small number of people acknowledge goodwill is not created in an instant.  It grows.  The transition from warfare to common welfare is invisible.  Tranquility enters; and no one stands triumphantly.  Buglers do not blow their horns.  Twenty-one guns do not salute.  Serenity is a state of being.  This is true for individuals and for the world as a whole.  Harmony, once achieved will be but a hush.   Peace grows as a tree does, from the roots up.

Those who stand at the Boca Peace Corner are among those who understand this.  They experience an evolution every Saturday between noon and one.  That is the time these devoted “gardeners” dedicate to growing an end to war.

The persons who espouse peace at the crossroads of Saint Andrews Boulevard and Glades Road are aware that the process is slow; the progression slower.  They appreciate a shift may not be seen, but it is nevertheless palpable.  Stories from grassroots activists in the Boca Raton area affirm calmness quietly creeps into existence.

The weekly South Florida vigil began with a Mom, or perhaps two.  The shared stories of Cindy Sheehan and Susan Caruso offer insight into how unity evolves.  Each of these mothers can attest to the fact, an intangible such as love [or harmony with our fellow humans] is felt.  The bond between a parent and a child, Casey and Cindy or Susan and her sons, is as imperceptible as growth.

For local Mom, Susan Caruso, in August 2005 she decided to take an active stand against the war in Iraq.  With the stroke of her hand and the click of a mouse, Ms Caruso planted the seed that gave birth to the Boca Peace Corner.  The afternoon was no different than most others.  Susan had read and heard of Cindy Sheehan and the soldier’s Mom’s cries.  Sheehan, an average American mother, was much like Susan.  Each had sons.  Ms Caruso has two male children.  At the time, they were ages 20 and 24.  Cindy Sheehan had a grown child named Casey.  He was 24 years old when he departed from this Earth.  Casey Sheehan passed two weeks after he arrived in Iraq.  The young Army specialist was killed in battle in 2004.

By 2005, Ms Sheehan was frustrated.  Cindy Sheehan read the belatedly released Intelligence reports.  She learned that perhaps, her son did not need to die.  The fallen enlistee’s parent felt a need to speak to the man she believed most responsible for her loss.  Yet, George W. Bush, the Commander-In-Chief, was not willing to meet with this mournful Mom.  Apparently, it mattered not that Casey Sheehan sacrificed his life for his country, for the homeland the Chief Officer also inhabits.  George W. Bush was busy.

After many attempts to arrange a meeting, Casey’s Mom decided she would campout at the President’s ranch in Crawford Texas and wait for him to come to her, or perhaps invite her in.  Mister Bush did neither.

It seemed the nation’s most Senior Officer could not be bothered with niceties while on holiday.  As news of such a circumstance spread throughout the country, Americans began to question the President and his priorities.  MoveOn.org did more than inquire; they requested that common people from every region stand in support of a Casey’s Mom.  

Susan Caruso decided she must do so.  The empathy she felt for Cindy Sheehan was great.  The antipathy for the war may not have been greater; nevertheless, it was intense.  Susan Caruso signed up to sponsor a peace vigil at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Saint Andrews Boulevard.

Ms Caruso expected perhaps thirty people would register for the event.  Instead, some two hundred and fifty individuals appeared for the action.  Cindy Sheehan may have been the invisible hand that nurtured what had been dormant within Susan.

The thoughtful actions of one Mom advanced the desire for peace in another.  The enthusiasm of a local parent provoked others.  Apparently, in Boca Raton, Florida scores of people felt it was time to speak out against the Iraq War.  Perchance, Susan Caruso’s actions were as fertilizer.  Her sponsorship helped to grow what would later be known as the Boca Peace Corner.

The vigil was scheduled to begin at dusk on August 13, 2005.  South Florida residents filled a large field outside the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship building and then, in a desire to be seen by more, they moved to the corner of Saint Andrews Boulevard and Glades Road.

The Liberto family was there that first night.  After, Scott Liberto and his spouse Jill made more than dozen signs.  They packed these into a bag and brought the collection with them each week.  The thought was, if others walked by and wanted to join the political action, they too would have a banner to hold.  The energy and enthusiasm grew as did a movement towards peace.

The foundation for an ever-expansive evolution began on an August evening in 2005, and continues every Saturday in this little local enclave.  

The growth is virtually unseen to those who quickly travel down the street.   However, the grassroots expansion is evident to the early organizers and frequent participants.  In less than three years, more than four hundred electronic mail addresses were collected from fervent persons who, at one time or another, participated in a vigil at the Boca Peace Corner.

Mike Budd and his wife Suzanne, each of whom was present on the first night, continue to attend.  The two occupy the pavement across the street from the larger cluster.  When asked why the couple does not join the crowd, Professor Budd offered, “We are more visible” Mike spoke of how from their place on the opposite corner, they are better able to make eye contact with the people who pass.  Doctor Budd, a Vietnam veteran often adorned in attire that identifies his past combat experience, states that when he and his wife engage the drivers, the interaction is more persuasive.  The pair does not converse with each other while at the intersection.  They focus on the individuals who pass them by in automobiles or on foot.

Mike Budd notes as many of those who have stood on the Boca Peace Corner frequently do, “There has been a change in the responses over time.”  The prospect for peace although not discernible from a distance, is obvious to those who nurture the growth.

Today demonstrators observe people are more tolerant.  Those very few who voice a disagreement with the dissenters wish to know if the individuals who stand in vigil truly support the troops.  Susan Caruso, the first to propose the peace action in Boca Raton definitely does.  Shortly after she gave birth to the local movement her youngest son, Steven enlisted in the Army.  Steven thought it important that he make a sacrifice as other, often less fortunate Americans, do.

For well over a year, Debra Leisten has stood in homage to the soldier she loves.  “My nephew is in the Air Force.  Presently he’s on his 2nd tour in the Middle East.  After he returned from his first tour, he was very disillusioned with the purpose of our military role in Iraq.”  However, Ms Leisten articulates, her nephew, being in the Armed Forces feels he is not “able to voice [his] dissent to the War.”  

Leisten offers, “I wanted to honor our military and provide my nephew with a voice so I went to the Vigil.”  She regretted that she had not known of the enduring event earlier.  Nonetheless, once she discovered the Peace Corner she chose to actively participate each week.

Ms Leisten expressed as all those at the Peace Corner might, “I am so thankful for the opportunity to meet with like-minded people and exercise my constitutional right to free-speech and peaceable assembly.”  Those who attend the Saturday vigils are as Debra expounds, grateful to grow peace.  

Jerry Rabinowitz and Nancy Pawlowski, regular participants at the Peace Corner, realize the power people have when they work in unison to cultivate a movement.  The two were deeply touched by the same seed that spurred Susan Caruso on.  During the Thanksgiving holiday, in 2004, almost a year before the Boca Peace Corner became a reality; the couple was encouraged by their experience at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas.  

Nevertheless, Nancy had, and at times still has reservations that she, or people in any protest, can make a difference.  It is hard to imagine that a few can fertilize true change.  As Nancy reflects on the vigils she states, “I do not think we are personally stopping the war.”

Nancy acknowledges what a little bit of encouragement and information can produce.  Ms Pawlowski “was never politically active until two or three years ago.”  She was inspired to act when she realized how extreme man’s inhumanity to his fellow man might be.  Ms Pawlowski explains, the atrocities at Abu Ghraib prison “really struck me.”  The woman who would not have identified herself as an activist prior to the 2004 revelations apologetically admits, “I did not really do anything about it [my distress].”  More accurately, Nancy did not conspicuously act on her angst.  However, she did as people always do before they move; she ruminated.

As Ms Pawlowski pondered, just as she was mulling over the mayhem done in her name, she received a message from the organization that harvests the seeds of peace, MoveOn.org.  Like Susan Caruso and Debra Leisten, Nancy hesitantly decided she must at least try to make a difference.  Upon reflection, Nancy realized, when she took part in a peaceful demonstration all those years ago, she felt her soul was nourished.

Today, she smiles, and states, much to her surprise, “The people at the Corner affect me.  They keep me coming back.”  Now, when she stands street side she is aware of the fact, there are “some really good people” in this world.  She believes, perchance it is possible to grow peace.

The tale of the Boca Peace Corner is as the lovely legendry allegory of the Chinese Bamboo Tree.  The Chinese Bamboo Tree when planted, watered, and nurtured for an entire growing season does not appear to grow as much as an inch.  During the second year of the seedling’s life, the gardener may again carefully water, fertilize, and nurture what he hopes will become a beautiful bamboo tree.  Yet, the cane plant still does not sprout.  

For four long years, the sun rises, and sets.  The moon enters and exits its standard phases.  The gardener and his family have nothing tangible to show for all of their labor.  Love does not help the sapling along.  No matter the nourishment bestowed upon the kernel meant to give birth to a Chinese bamboo tree, the pip appears dormant.  The gardener fears the seed may have died.  Yet, his hope does not waiver.  He continues to attend to the possible plant.

Then, in the fifth year a miracle occurs.  The Chinese Bamboo Tree seed finally sprouts and the perennial woody plant grows up to eighty feet in just one growing season, or so it would seem.  The roots, just as grassroots efforts in South Florida were reaching out all along.  A firm foundation was born out of sight.

One of the Boca Peace Corner participants understands this to her core.  Betsy L. Angert does as the Budd’s do.  When at the vigil she works to make eye contact with those who pass her.  For more than a year, each Saturday, a well-groomed gentleman, perhaps, in his thirties drives by.  His hair is a little long.  His attire and automobile are as one might think, typical of Progressive.  Betsy believes, from appearances, this man might show his support.  However, after more than a year she accepted he may never acknowledge her presence.  

This quiet man had not extended his digits in a sign of peace.  Nor had he honked his horn.  He rarely, if ever even offered a smile.  Then, three weeks ago, he waved in delight as he turned the corner and once again saw Betsy.  Perchance, that was a sign; if those at the Boca Peace Corner cultivate global harmony, a tranquility tree will grow.

Job Opportunity; Field Organizer for Local Working Families Win Project

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)  in conjunction with Working Families Win

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) is the nation’s most experienced independent advocacy organization whose lobbying philosophy is based on democratic action – motivating our grassroots members to lobby their Senators and Representatives as constituent-advocates.

Working Families Win is ADA’s community-based organizing project.  The program is based on the belief that for working families across the country, the economy is not working.  Good jobs continue to leave our communities and are replaced by lower wage jobs, often without benefits.  Daily living costs are skyrocketing, yet wages for most workers are stagnant at best.  Many of the workers who are suffering the most from the current economy are not meaningfully engaged in the political process.

Americans for Democratic Action believes that when working people are organized to support real alternatives to today’s economic policies, demand that candidates support these alternatives too, and persuade their neighbors that we have a clear choice, real change will occur.

Position: WFW is looking for energetic self-starters to do local issue organizing.  Candidates should have previous organizing experience in issue and/or candidate campaigns and a desire to help support progressive issues.  Local ties a plus.  This is a unique opportunity to play an integral role in a dynamic project.

The position reports directly to the WFW project director and/or the national field coordinator.

Please review the Primary Responsibilities, Professional Requirements, Salary and Benefits below.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Implement WFW field and outreach strategies in target communities, including grassroots lobbying actions, voter education campaigns, candidate “bird-dogging,” voter id, and GOTV
  • Build coalitions among allies and nontraditional constituencies to grow broad community support for the WFW agenda
  • Build, engage, and mobilize a network of activists to advance WFW’s national advocacy campaigns through local organizing efforts.
  • Generate local media coverage on behalf of WFW.
  • Coordinate local and regional activist skills trainings
  • Help develop and execute direct actions in target areas
  • Track and report campaign deliverables.

Professional Requirements

  • Previous organizing experience in electoral, issue and/or legislative campaigns
  • Experience engaging and motivating large numbers of volunteers
  • Experience working collaboratively with other organizations.
  • Enjoy working under pressure and can think quickly on your feet.
  • Work well independently, as part of a geographically dispersed team.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of health care and economic issues
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness and ability, including own transportation, to travel throughout the assigned project region

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary plus health care.

Available immediately through 11/30/08.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Don Kusler at wfwjobs@adaction.org