”It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong,
something the best people have always done.” Harriet Beecher Stowe
Introduction to website www.ProgressiveValues.org:
We the people must transform democracy based on universal values of
truth, wisdom, empathy, justice and inclusion
not lies, ignorance, hate, fear, exclusion
What kind of country and world do we want to create for our children and grandchildren? We are at a trajectory moment in history – actually, a tipping point in civilization – when we must accept our responsibility as citizens and learn the truth about our history, face today’s reality head on, make choices about the future and take action . Our increasingly fragile democracy — and our world — is at stake.
Conservatives and progressives have deeply contrasting ideas of right and wrong. These worldviews are drastically at odds and affect every facet of democracy. Much of the time citizens hold different understandings of even the basic facts related to the topics we are debating. Citizens must understand how the political system and parties have changed, learn the critical implications of these culture wars, choose sides and fight for our grand children’s future.
I believe ordinary American citizens will mount a massive grass roots movement to stop right wing extremists from destroying America. The current incredible outpouring of citizen action to affirm that everybody matters, that all people have value, confirms this belief.
I believe millions of Americans will make citizen participation in democracy an integral part of their lives, taking power away from oligarchs and religious extremists. We can make America again be government of the people, by the people and for the people!
The mission of this website is to help restore American democracy through long term systemic change so that it works for we, the people, instead of only the rich and powerful. The goal is to help citizens know what democracy is supposed to be, to understand that right wing extremists have perverted democracy to benefit the rich and to become committed to, and prepared for, participation in the electoral process. The objective is to develop a cohesive, accessible narrative that helps citizens understand and advocate for progressive values at the authentic core of American democracy.
With audacious faith, Phyllis Stenerson — editor/curator of ProgressiveValues.org
“We must move forward in the days ahead with audacious faith. The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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