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Is Evanston, IL ready for real Democracy? FIRST STEP — Peer-to-peer collaboration

On Monday night, Dec. 10, 2018, the Evanston City Council voted 9-0 Monday night to honor the citizens’ referendum to save Harley Clarke by taking imminent demolition off the table. They did this by voting down an appeal of the Preservation Commission’s unanimous rejection of a certificate to demolish. Watching the proceedings via livestream TV, […]

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS: Bad public process at the local level — Harley Clarke

Harley Clarke mansion as public lakefront asset:  Preserve or demolish Posted October 14, 2018   How about a good old-fashioned grassroots community meeting? This is a proposal originally made on: — June 6, 2018: to Design Evanston, Evanston Lakehouse & Gardens (ELHG), Evanston Lighthouse Dunes (ELD). I believe that DE submitted my proposal as part […]

IN CASE OF CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS….Start here: The Great Law of Peace

Updated resources: Dec. 9, 2018, March 21, 2019 Posted September 6, 2018 I agree with those who say that Americans are in a constitutional crisis in 2018. I believe that the most unifying, sanity-inducing, and relief-giving activity that we can do right now is to learn the details of the Great Law of Peace and […]

Inspiration from FARM WOMEN UNITED — Reclaiming the U.S. Constitution: The 2018 Dairy Farm Crisis

Inspiration from FARM WOMEN UNITED — Reclaiming the U.S. Constitution: The 2018 Dairy Farm Crisis Posted July 22, 2018 As a 67-year old lifelong activist, in 2018 I am finding more and more need to refer to the U.S. Constitution, only to find that the Constitution itself is outdated and unclear on many things—including public […]

U.S. Immigration Chaos in 2018: Questions to ask Locally

U.S. Immigration Chaos in 2018: Questions to ask Locally Posted July 18, 2018 This post consists of two emails sent to the City of Evanston Refugee Task Force and other people concerned about fear-mongering, dictatorship, and privatization.  A third section contains some follow-up information.   EMAIL #1:  June 26, 2018 From: Debbie Hillman Subject: Questions […]

“July 4th is really about Monetary Reform”: The 21st Century Money Question

“July 4th is really about Monetary Reform”: The 21st Century Money Question Posted July 5, 2018 This is a sort of guest blog, albeit posthumous, by the late Stephen Zarlenga, founding Director of the American Monetary Institute. The blog is actually a compilation of three July 4th messages by Stephen (2016, 2010, 2009), all of […]

Overcoming U.S. Political Tribalism in 2018: ARE THERE ANY MODELS?

Overcoming U.S. Political Tribalism in 2018:  ARE THERE ANY MODELS? Open Letter to Chris Hayes (MSNBC) and Amy Chua (Yale University) Posted June 18, 2018 Thanks to Chris Hayes (MSNBC All-in) and Amy Chua (Law professor, Yale University) for the nourishing and inspiring podcast on political tribalism. For those who missed it, I recommend giving […]