Looking for Meaningful Work (Pt2)

Dear Friends,

In every great struggle humanity has undertaken, the march towards progress has included both successes and setbacks. And the struggle to protect and save the Earth’s ecological system is no exception. 

Today, I am as optimistic and resolved as ever that we will solve the climate crisis. Our collective efforts are dependent not on politics or ideology — or elections — but on our commitment to each other, to the health of our planet and to a sustainable future for all.

We must – and will – continue to find hope and joy in our work that will define humanity for generations.

Last night President-elect Trump said he wanted to be a president for all Americans. In that spirit, I hope that he will work with the overwhelming majority of us who believe that the climate crisis is the greatest threat we face as a nation.

I wish him well in these efforts and intend to do everything I can to work with him and his administration to ensure that our nation remains a leader in the global effort to meet this challenge. Moreover, there is reason to believe that it is not naive or Pollyannaish to hope for more than what we fear.

We have already made great strides to solve the climate crisis all around the world. The work that has been done by civil society, businesses, investors, and governments at all levels will continue to be driven by the fact that solutions to the climate crisis are not just vital to our planet, but are vital to our economy. The market forces driving the transition to a sustainable economy simply will not be slowed.

Less than a year ago, when the historic Paris Agreement was reached, we knew that our journey was only beginning. We knew this work would not be easy – indeed, more would be required. Now we know that our work must be redoubled. Today, without regard to last night’s outcome, we must turn our focus to making the promises of the Paris Agreement a reality by embracing the forces that are already working to grow our economy and transform our energy future.

A sustainable future is in sight – but we cannot take it for granted. We must fight for the future we all believe in. Now, more than ever, our planet needs us — and I’m inspired by the knowledge that we’ll take the path forward together. 

Al Gore
Founder and Chairman
The Climate Reality Project



About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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8 Responses to Looking for Meaningful Work (Pt2)

  1. eslkevin says:

    Kevin —


    A Message from Charlotte Vaughan Coyle

    Coffee Party USA

    Secretary, Board of Directors

    I’m one of the newest members on the Coffee Party USA Board of Directors, but in the few months I’ve been doing this, I’ve found it suits me well. The goals, issues and values of the Coffee Party line up with my own in numerous ways and I’m happy to be a part of an organization that is working hard to foster respectful, reasonable, responsible citizen involvement.

    As a retired Christian minister who loves ecumenical and interfaith conversations and collaborations, engaging people from widely different experiences has spurred my own spiritual growth. Now, in the Coffee Party, I continue to grow in my ability to converse and collaborate with people across the social and political spectrum. This Coffee Party Board is an inspiring group made up of competent individuals.

    The reason I’m writing you and telling you about my role in Coffee Party is because we will be looking for more Directors for the Coffee Party Board soon. If you can relate to any of my experience of wanting to work together with an eclectic mix of invigorating, passionate people, I hope you will consider running for a position on the Board.

    In order to even be considered, all applicants must be official members of Coffee Party USA by January 1, 2017. Then members must also become involved as volunteers in one of many of our work groups. Getting started as a member and as a volunteer will introduce you more deeply to Coffee Party’s philosophy and practice. These stepping stones may well motivate you to take the next step in 2017 and put your hat in the ring for a place on the Board of Directors. It’s a win-win situation. Coffee Party benefits from your involvement and you benefit from being an active participant in this impressive movement.

    Follow these links to learn more about Coffee Party USA, our values, goals and issues.



    Follow this link to learn how to become a member.


    Follow this link to learn more about how to volunteer.


    Follow this link to learn more about the Coffee Party Board of Directors.


    If you care about this nation as I do, then actively aligning with Coffee Party USA may be an excellent, practical way for you to work together with us for the good of America.

    Thanks for listening.


    Charlotte Vaughan Coyle

    Secretary, Board of Directors

    Work Group Chair for the Newsroom and the Coffee Party Facebook page

    Bobby Rodrigo

  2. eslkevin says:

    Dear friends,

    Many hearts are broken today. Not because of the loss of an election, but for the loss of hope that the darkness of fear and xenophobia—rampant and dangerous throughout many parts of world—would not prevail in the United States. But it did.

    Now, more than ever, we need each other. We must tend to our wounded hearts.

    But we must also focus, even more sharply than before, on our commitment to the deeply held principles and values that are now so relentlessly under siege—justice, equality, and human rights.

    We continue to stand by these principles as we stand with those who are gripped with fear over what the election results could mean for them and their families. We must show them that they are not alone.

    Today we have reached out to every one of our partners around the world who have been watching the election and now its result, with fear and frankly, as have many of us here, with bewilderment.

    We are assuring them that we—and all of our members, friends, supporters, and allies—have never been more committed to them and to the values that are at the heart of everything that we do.

    We also recognize that to have any chance of success we need everyone—everyone—on deck of the ship of hope and action that while listing, is anything but defeated.

    It is important to remember that we who are privileged to be part of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee stand on the shoulders of extraordinary champions of human rights and human dignity. They have shown us that while there may be suffering and even unfathomable setbacks along this path – hope and the thirst for justice have extraordinary power. With your support, we will continue to unleash this power in the fight for the rights, dignity, and quality of life of the most marginalized.

    We will soon be in touch about the next steps in the fight for justice, dignity, and hope. As we do, we want you to know how much your support and friendship mean and how deeply grateful we are.

    While our hearts are broken, we simply cannot allow our spirits to be.
    We cannot afford to shrink or even pause from the task before us.
    That task is now more difficult, but it could not be clearer.

    With hope and in solidarity,

    Hon. Tom Andrews
    President and CEO
    Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

  3. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kevin,

    As President of the Constitutional Accountability Center, I frequently give speeches extolling “We the People” and our arc of constitutional progress, in which we took our founding charter on a constitutional journey that with each generation made our country more just and more free. We amended our Constitution to remove the stain of slavery and bring those of us who were excluded at our nation’s birth – women, people of color, the poor – into the new promise of equal citizenship, even as the realities of systemic racism and sexism and economic inequality kept those promises from being a reality for far too many. I have dedicated my life to the values of equality, justice, inclusion, and hope that our amended Constitution represents. Today is tough for me, as I’m sure it is for many of you. It is hard not to feel that the results from yesterday represent a repudiation of the values we cherish. But however the political winds blow day to day, our Constitution endures.

    We will pick ourselves up and fight with everything we’ve got to ensure that bigotry and intolerance are not allowed to be put into law and the protections of our Constitution are preserved. We can do this together. Our mission as constitutional progressives is more important than ever, and we need your support to keep up the good fight.


    Elizabeth B. Wydra
    Constitutional Accountability Center

  4. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kevin,

    It’s only been a few hours since the polls closed, but you’ve probably heard people express an immense range of emotions over the election results.

    One thing we haven’t heard: indifference.

    And that is actually great news. It means Americans of all stripes care about this country and feel a stake in where it’s headed. Though this election has been divisive, we need to remember that there is more that brings us together than separates us.

    During POGO’s 35 years, we’ve been through nine presidential elections. We know that the day after an election is just as important as the days leading up to it.

    The TV trucks, pundits, and pollsters may be packing up and heading home. But our work towards a more effective federal government remains as important as ever.

    I want to support POGO in holding the government accountable →

    American voters have clearly sent a message that Washington needs to change the way it does business.

    We know the public wants a government that works for them. That’s why, prior to the election, we had already been in touch with both presidential transition teams to let them know what we believe are the most important first steps the new administration needs to take to restore public confidence in government. We are also preparing our to-do list for the new Congress.

    I want you to know that POGO is your eyes and ears in Washington, working to make sure the public demand for a more open, ethical, and effective government becomes a reality.

    With great thanks for your partnership,

    Danielle Brian signature
    Danielle Brian
    Executive Director

  5. eslkevin says:

    Dear Friends,
    Like many of you, today finds me speechless.
    There’s no sugar-coating it, last night was a devastating loss for progressives. The next President has promised to bring back torture, kill innocent families, shut America’s doors to those fleeing violence, and dismantle the historic Iran deal. And now he’ll have majorities in both the House and the Senate to help him do all that and more. There are dark days ahead.
    But as the old saying goes, don’t mourn, organize!
    We’ve now got a simple choice. We can throw up our hands and quit, or we can commit to work harder than ever to fight for progressive values. Well, I can tell you right now, we’re not going anywhere.
    Win Without War has always been here to fight for you in Washington, no matter who is in office. We began our fight, 14 years ago, under a reckless Republican President with large majorities in Congress. The fights ahead will be hard, damn hard, but we’re going to fight for you each and every time. And that’s why, we need your help right now.
    We’ve told you before that we’re trying to build something bigger and better to fight for progressive solutions on foreign policy and national security. And now we need to be even bigger and better than we ever imagined. Together, we can build the movement we need to fight, and ultimately to win. But that building has to start right now.
    Please help build the movement we need with a donation today.
    And take 2 minutes to ask 3 friends to join our movement for peace and progressive values today.
    It’s easy to feel defeated today, and there’s no mistaking how terrible these results are for progressives. But now, the only question left, is where do we go from here. We hope you’ll join us in building the movement we need for the battles ahead.
    Thank you for working for peace,
    Stephen, Amy, Mariam and the Win Without War team
    P.S. People across the country are gathering together for vigils tonight, to support each other and to reaffirm our commitment to working for justice across movements. To find the path forward, we need each other. We aren’t giving up. Please go here to find a vigil near you. Or, go here to host one.

  6. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kevin,
    Like so many of you, I’m heartbroken by what happened last night. I never imagined I’d be forced to write this email.
    My 2-year-old son — his name is Desmond — woke up around 2:00am, less than an hour before they called the election for Donald Trump. Des has been sick the last few days and not sleeping well. When he cried out, I put the TV on mute and went into his room, picked him up and sat down in the rocking chair.
    I don’t know how long we rocked back and forth, but I know I held him tight. As Des settled back to sleep, snoring softly on my shoulder, I found myself whispering: I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.
    Here’s what I’m not sorry for: We gave everything we had to stop Trump’s ascent to the U.S. presidency, to stop him from gaining control of thousands of nuclear weapons.
    Our work didn’t stop Trump, but it did light the spark of the greatest resistance to a nuclear armed future in decades. I can’t express how grateful I am to you, for being that spark.
    Here is the thing I want you to know right now, on this very dark day:
    None of us signed up to stop nuclear warfare to protect a hateful planet, but rather a loving one.

    We do this work because we believe, every one of us, that this world is worth fighting for. That we’re all worth fighting for — that we’re in this together.

    And we will give everything we have to protect our immigrant neighbors, our LGBTQ neighbors, our Muslim neighbors, our black and brown neighbors, and all the women in our lives. Everyone Trump targeted is in our hearts and will be at the core of our actions and solidarity. We’re all fighting to defend the same vision, and we won’t win if we don’t show up for each other.
    Surely, we must stop Trump from lighting the world on fire. But we must also stop Trump from assaulting our black and brown neighbors, from tearing families apart, from punishing women for choosing her body’s destiny. We must stop him for wreaking havoc on our climate and endangering future generations. And we’ve got to dig deeper than Trump — and root out the forces of oppression and hatred that made him possible.
    And we will. We will press on. We will keep Trump’s finger off the red button. And we will dig in deep to defend our neighbors and a planet that is most worthy of our hopes and dreams.
    We have more to come — thoughts and strategies for how to confront this new reality. But for now, we want you to know: You’re not alone.
    With conviction and resolve,
    PS: Our friends at MoveOn are inviting people to join peaceful vigils across the U.S. tonight. You can also start one if there isn’t one near you. See you tonight, as powerful lights in the darkness.

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  7. eslkevin says:

    Dear supporter,
    If you woke to the feeling that something just isn’t right today, you are not alone. The US elected a man who built his campaign for the White House on anti-immigrant rhetoric, racism, sexism, and out-right bullying. What is clear now is that our work to organize workers and transform our society is more critical than ever. It’s going to be a long, hard-fought four years. But I believe the Food Chain Workers Alliance is perfectly positioned for this fight.

    Will you help us build the movement we need for the long haul? Become a monthly donor to the Alliance.

    Our struggle will not be easy, but we will use every resource at our disposal to defend workers’ rights and to transform the food system that is making us sick and destroying our environment. The good news is that average people ARE fed up with the system, and we should see our common ground in building together towards a future with an economy that works for us all and that doesn’t devastate our natural resources.

    Together we will fight every step of the way to defend the gains that the labor movement has won. Together we will move forward into the unknown and prevail!

    Please consider a monthly contribution today as a demonstration of our collective commitment to worker justice in this most challenging time.

    In Solidarity,

    Joann and Jose

    Copyright © 2016 Food Chain Workers Alliance, All rights reserved.

  8. eslkevin says:

    Dear Kevin,

    If the tumultuous 2016 election has taught us anything, it’s that AAUW values and voices are needed now more than ever. We need to fight for change at all levels of government, industry, and academia. We need equal educational opportunities, equal pay for equal work, and workplaces free of discrimination. We need your strongest support today to make sure women’s priorities are not forgotten. Are you with us?
    Breaking glass ceilings is our business

    AAUW is strategically positioned to be on the ground and in the halls of power, inspiring real action. We’ll work with the Trump administration and elected leaders of both parties at every level on issues impacting women and girls. It won’t be easy, and we need your help to do it. Will you please give a tax-deductible gift today to help AAUW keep these issues front and center with a new president and a new Congress?

    AAUW, as always, will come to the table as a research-based critic and a respected ally to the White House and the administration’s work on women’s issues. We have a 135-year history as a nonpartisan organization working to advance gender equity and speaking truth to power. We’ve played a critical role in setting the agenda for city councils, statehouses, Congress, the White House, and even the United Nations. But we can’t do it without your help.

    Your support for AAUW will help break through barriers for women in government, in the workplace, and on campus. I hope you will donate today to empower female leaders in all fields. Thanks, as always, for your support.



    Lisa M. Maatz
    AAUW Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy

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