Our Indivisible Revolution Sherwood got its start in February 2017. Maddie and I thought it would be helpful and fun to take a look back at what our group did this past year.
We’ve met nearly every Friday evening at the Sherwood Senior Center. That is persistence! We didn’t just meet for the sake of meeting (though there is value in that by itself). We acted in response to the issues that made our hearts beat quicker. Take a look at these picture links and see for yourself what a small group of committed citizens can do:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead
The group set up a public Facebook page to help keep people informed about what we are doing – here. We still use it to organize ourselves around (along with emails to our list of supporters). Early on, the group also established an identity piece to help keep us on track. We did a pretty good job in 2017 of staying focused and active.
We ended the year with a march in the Sherwood Winter Festival Parade in support of Measure 101 and we will start the year working to get the vote out on this important local health care issue.
I’ll close this post with a couple of final thoughts about being civically engaged, especially in a time like we are currently in. The optimist who thinks the pendulum will swing back and self-correct our political situation and the pessimist who has given up hope of ever changing anything are both wrong and both very much alike. They have both given in to inaction.
Nothing changes without people like you and I deciding to make a few sacrifices in time. Nothing changes without you and I taking risks that our hopes will be dashed or that someone will criticize our effort. The history of progress in this country is full of good people daring to act on that pulse quickening desire to do the right thing.
Our system of government is a messy business. As we act to participate in it, we won’t always get along or get it exactly right – even when we are on the same side! That’s why it is important to not only dare to act for justice but also to do so with kindness and openness and humility. Acting on what our hearts are telling us to and doing so with compassion empower others to feel hope too. Being in community with our neighbors, acting to make our community (local, state or federal) a better place is really, after all, joyful work!
Maddie and I hope 2018 can build off of 2017. If you’ve been active with us before, keep coming back. If you’re new, join us. These are times where each of us have something to offer. Be a light in the darkness and Happy New Year.