The people have spoken and the name chosen by popular vote for a new activist group is Grass Roots Over Washington (GROW)!
One moment to quickly explain something about PlanetPOV and activism. PlanetPOV was envisioned to be a citizens’ think tank, a place for people to come together to discuss meaningful issues and collaborate to take action as they chose.
However, no member should ever feel obligated to participate in any particular initiative that’s not up their alley nor hesitate to create a new initiative at any time, even one with an opposing perspective to another.
The bottom line is that we would like The Planet to be a marketplace of ideas. At this point in history, Progressive activism is so needed. It is invited and encouraged to be created by one and all.
With that said, to those interested in this initiative, the next steps would seem to be:
a. Discussion of and vote to approve a Mission Statement
b. Discussion of and vote to approve the scope, strategies and activities of the group.
c. Discussion of and vote to approve the first protest.
To continue onward, here is a proposed Mission Statement, drafted by Cher. I took the liberty of a small revision, replacing “Main Street” with “grass roots Americans” to reflect and reference the name of the group:
“We are a group of citizens united to ensure the continuation of democracy, which is imperiled by the corporate takeover of our government.
We stand united against the corrupting power of corporate money – money that mutes our voices.
We insist that the voice of grass roots Americans be heard.
Our mission is to unite our country against the threat to our nation – the rise of corporate influence and the consolidation of the media.
We urge all Americans of any political party to join us in this one goal: “A government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Please vote below:
From previous discussions, there seems to be consensus that GROW’s focus should be aimed at addressing the corporate domination of our democracy, media and economy.
There have been discussions on what the group should focus on, such as protesting and actively trying to address the SCOTUS decision allowing corporations to openly buy elections. Should that be the main or sole focus? Should there be additional corporate power issues as well, equal or secondary in importance?
There have been suggestions about creating YouTube videos and focusing on conceiving and performing media-savvy, eye catching and amusing protests to encourage media coverage to get the word out. What are your thoughts on that? Are there other approaches that should be implemented additionally or instead?
Your thoughts, ideas and feedback on what the specific aims and protests should be of this group would be invaluable, please feel free to share them below.