How Progressives Can Make a Difference Locally

“[O]ur democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted. All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into the task of rebuilding our democratic institutions. … [F]or all our outward differences, we all share the same proud title:  Citizen. Ultimately, that’s what our democracy demands. It needs you. Not just when there’s an election, not just when your own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. … If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Persevere.”
— President Barack Obama, Farewell Speech, January 10, 2017

This blog will provide information about the many ways in which progressives in Connecticut can make a difference, with a focus on local and state activities. At first the focus will be on Greater New Haven, but it will expand to include the entire state.

Things may not look very hopeful right now, but we can deal with our anger and fears in many ways other than public protest against the federal government and contacting our  representatives in Washington. In fact, with a federal government controlled by those who do not share the views and values of those attracted to this blog, there is an even greater urgency to make a difference at the state and local levels, in activism, in government, in the nonprofit world, and in direct personal and group action in the community.

Locally, we can act more positively than reactively, putting our values on display, setting good examples for our families, friends, and communities, and ultimately trying to change our country’s politics at every level, creating a counterculture that’s less about how we live than about how we can improve the way our democracy works to solve the difficult problems that face us.

This nonprofit blog (that is, with no ad revenues) will provide and share information and ideas that will help progressives decide how to devote themselves not only to causes, but also to processes, such as government oversight and participation in alternative institutions.

You are welcome to comment on blog posts, to let me know about local opportunities for action, and to send in your own blog posts. But please keep your comments relevant to the particular post and your posts relevant to the focus of the blog. And keep in mind that this is a positive blog, whose goal is to help people get involved in service and activism; the only negative contributions should involve obstacles to particular activities, and even here it is most important to consider how to deal with or get around the obstacles.