Because of the unprecedented circumstances developing in the wake of the recent Presidential election, the Peace and Justice Center is beginning a series of public conversations to empower and support people who are concerned about what is emerging in Washington. The Trump transition shows characteristics that are historically associated with tyranny. Several national commentators (Robert Reich, Paul Krugman) have initiated a national conversation about this. Two meetings at the Center in February will start this conversation.
Center Advisory Board members, Linda Sartor and Jack Wikse will co-facilitate the first conversation, 7-9 PM at the Center on Wednesday, February 1st on citizen empowerment. How to involve a broad public will be the focus of this meeting-- a deep listening session for those who come. We hope you will be able to join us then, and invite others who are interested.
The second meeting on February 15th will focus on developing a series of public forums, like those the Center sponsored at the beginning of the Iraq war. As we organized to stop the war before it began, we hope to recognize and stop the tyranny before it becomes normalized. This is not simply a matter of the personality of Trump, but has been developing for decades in the U.S. national security state. The development of a transnational capitalist class, the militarization of the police, continuing racism, the privatization of public education, economic exploitation, the attacks on organized labor, immigrant rights and the environment, a cabinet modeled on the Russian oligarchy are interconnected aspects of the attempted consolidation of a tyrannical plutocracy in the Trump transition. These are issues the Center has been organizing around for a generation. We have an opportunity today to widely educate about these interconnections. Please join us.