Year End Message From MoveOn.org
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Promoting Progressive/Liberal Ideals and Change in American Politics.
"Merry Crisis-Mess and a Happy No Fear! Shouldn’t anyone who has been paying attention be ready to consider the state of our country and world as a crisis? And with so much incompetence, corruption, ill health (physical/psychological, social, economic, etc.), hatreds, wars and goofy weather, mess is a most accurate description. But, you might wonder, what is there to be merry about? Wisdom knows a crisis-mess presents a challenge, and to one inspired to meet the challenge there is the potential for self-fulfillment. Is there anything better than that? Furthermore we have all witnessed, whether in our own experience or through stories, how people in a crisis can come together like a family would, and how people have risen above petty selfishness to perform heroic deeds.
So, do you recognize that we have a crisis situation, and do you long to take up the challenge of doing what you can toward getting us through it and correcting that which has precipitated it? If so, Merry Crisis-Mess to you!
One final point is that this mess is the result of what we have been thinking, wanting, and the behaviors that express these. Hence, our task is to begin our fearless, merry questioning of it all. Experiment with the uncommon, the inappropriate, and the blasphemous. This will require getting used to (merrily) being thought of as naive, foolish, and crazy. Happy No Fear!"
12-20-08 -Ron Greenstein
The goal of the International Fiber Collaborative is to provide an opportunity for people who enjoy working with crafts, whether professional artists, hobbyists or students to come together from all over the world to express their concerns about their countries extreme dependency on oil for energy. Those who participate will crochet, knit, stitch, patch, or collage 3 foot square fiber panels that will express each participants concern about this topic. Your panel need not contain an image or be a literal portrayal of your idea. Simply by designing and creating a panel of any colors and any fiber technique and participating in this project you are, in the larger picture, expressing your concern about this important subject to the rest of the world. In April 2008, they will be sewn together to completely cover an abandoned gas station in central New York State.