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Announcements for December 8, 2010
[Ed. note:Last week our server, RiseUp, reported that a “spamhaus block” had been placed on their site, and they had been unable to get it removed until last Tuesday, leaving them with a huge backlog of undelivered mail. Consequently, although I had gotten the CoastNet announcements out by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, many of the announcements were outdated before you got them on Friday.
RiseUp is a great international volunteer service providing free listservs to nonprofit organizations. Let’s hope they do not continue to have interference with their efforts to provide good service.
Responding to crisis with our feet on the ground
In times of crisis and media hype, clarity can be hard to find. How do we stay grounded when the news is so chaotic? Yet it is in the midst of crisis that we need to shake off the chaos and emerge in our communities as clear-eyed guides.
When I heard about the recent sting operation against Mohamed Osman Mohamud for trying to plan a bombing in Portland, I worked hard to see with those clear eyes. I started wondering, is Mohamud a dangerous sleeper cell terrorist waiting for the opportunity to strike? Or is he a misguided youth who happens to also be Somali and who fell into a bad FBI entrapment plan? What is right and wrong when it comes to our families’ security? Or our civil rights?
If the world gives you lemons, make lemonade. Awful events like these are opportunities to practice courage, clarity and unity. These are the things we need to nurture our democracy back to life.