If we had forgotten the shock and the fervor of the first few weeks after the election, or if fatigue and the slow creep of normalization had desensitized us a bit to our alarming circumstances, the firing of James Comey came as a wake up call. Not only do we have the blatant attempt in Congress to take over 800 billion dollars out of Medicaid over the next 10 years while cutting taxes for the rich by a similar amount, but the man in the White House feels totally free to fire the person in charge of investigating his campaign just as the investigation is gathering steam. On top of all of that, the Russian foreign minister and our own Secretary of State sneer at American journalists before entering a closed-door meeting attended only by the Russian press. It is surreal, and yet we can’t abstain from confronting it, or we will lose what is left of our democracy.
Regarding our efforts to fight back, until a few weeks ago, LCI was running hard on a structure which hadn’t yet evolved enough to be able to handle the load for the long-term. The three big events in April (Tax Day, Earth Day and Climate March) put non-stop demands on our volunteers. Roles had not been fully defined, communications flow was imperfect, and certain functions were seriously understaffed. As a result, there were some glitches, and some overwork and resulting exhaustion. I’m happy to say that we’re coming out of that now, and able to (1) reach out to people with whom we have inadvertently lost connection, and (2) start work on some long-term projects of importance, such as regular letter-writing and voter registration.
We’re very aware that it has been a long time since we met in February. We made a serious attempt to organize a general meeting on a weekend in May, and ran into vastly more complications than we had expected. We are instead going to have a general meeting on a weeknight before the end of the month, and then follow up with more topical meetings over the course of the summer. We look forward to building a vibrant, active community, and to responding effectively to this historic challenge to democracy.
If you want to volunteer for a committee, please feel free to get in touch with me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have made efforts to connect with us in the past and not received a satisfactory response, please don’t read anything into that, and try again. We need help. We are all volunteers, many of whom are juggling jobs and other responsibilities, and most of us are not experts in political organizing. We want to include you, and we could very much use your insights and your camaraderie in these challenging times.
Yours in solidarity,
Steering Committee Chair