Friday, February 27, 2009
I think with any redevelopment there will be some gentrification - new people moving in, and often with higher incomes. But can that be done in a way that enhances the health of already existing residents? That will be a challenge.
On the drive to Santa Fe I had an interesting discussion about building power and influencing policy. Mainly with someone trying to figure it out from a non-profit perspective. I think we need to use that but also go beyond it. We need really strong working-class, and social justice organizations. Republicans will obviously bring us mostly unhealthy policies. And the Clintonian neo-liberal policies aren't much better. So thinking about supporting and creating movements that go to deeper and structural changes as opposed to minor reforms will be key.
Going from activism to organizing to being in power. That's what I think Vicente Navarro brings to light in his writings and it is what has re-encouraged me to work with La Raza Unida.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Thanks for the comments from out of state. Good to have people checking this out from Pomona! (My home town) and from Las Vegas. Very nice.
So I think if we all got a dollar raise - $40 a week gross - each working person would have between $35 on the high end, and $13 on the low end, to spend. And a majority of people would spend it. This would create income tax, sales tax, and new spending. Likely it would get us more than much of the unstimulating package. Some things like Universal Health Care and full employment are a way off, but we gotta try.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Listened to the Obama speech last night. I still think that pushing up wages would do more than all of the unstimulating stimulus tax break baloney.
Monday, February 23, 2009
I realize that the health and mental health system we have comes from a very individualized perspective and holistic means whole person, but not whole environment. It is like when school counselors get criticized for treating the student and then sending them back to a bad environment. Our health systems operate very much in that perspective.
Hopefully at some piont I cfan get all my stuff reorganized. Until then, it just feels like a roller coaster. Sometimes fun, sometimes a pain.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
There is so much going on. A stimulus package that leaves working-class folks behind in so many ways; Lots of bills I'm trying to follow in the legislature; and of course, fun family stuff.
I'll keep doing my best to post. Life is challenging, but I'm planning on continuing to move forward. Hopefully I'll get to catch up on sleep.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Feb 13, 2009
Mostly I just remember how important it is to keep going and not let the world get you down. There are things outside of my control and if I believed in the standard individualistic tripe I'd feel like a failure. But I can't control what other people do, think, or even interpret of my actions.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
You could tell by the turnout at the end how many people respect and care for Lorenzo.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
All hai-ton (hi tone) y todo!
Monday, February 02, 2009
Tomorrow I go up to State legislature and hopefully figure out getting something done.