The Backbone Community Solar Project (“Backbone CSP”) is a local laboratory project of the Backbone Campaign. Today, we are deeply proud to announce that the Backbone Community Solar Project is ready for investors! Here is a bit of the story of the journey we have taken and basic information on the project.
On Friday, November 22, 12:00 PM
First, thank you for not getting stupid-drunk and smoking crack in public like Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford. Sometimes I get so caught up with the “half-empty” perspective that I forget to be thankful for the full half of the glass. You are each wonderful public servants and you’re working hard to make our shared City the best it can be in very challenging times. Thank you.
Today is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. I heard a couple of articles on NPR this morning that got me thinking of using Lincolns as vehicles instead of Fords.
One piece of radio reporting covered the correlation between commute time and political involvement (http://www.npr.org/2013/11/
Another story marked the anniversary of President Lincoln’s address (http://www.npr.org/blogs/
You now must grapple with leading a city that is in the throes of economic divisions. The gap between rich and poor keeps growing, and the poor are losing their civil grasp. They are checking out, politically, and withdrawing from civic engagement. I’m sure if we were to conduct an electoral audit to determine the demographic profile behind the 30% of registered voters who bothered to mail in their ballots in the last City election, there would be clear evidence of over-representation of the wealthy and under-representation of the impoverished. This troubling trend spells disaster in the near future as we face mounting challenges due to global warming, peak oil, and crashing economies.
What can be done?
Here are a couple of ideas:
- Granny YANA (You Are Not Alone) Spots or Community Conservation Centers – devote dormant publicly-owned space to physical centers where human connections between neighbors can be fostered and a conduit for non-profits can forge linkages to provide volunteered advice, goods, and services from those with excess resources to those in need.
- Bus Passes – Give City employees free bus passes to reward their service, to cut congestion in downtown, to reduce single-occupancy-vehicle use, to cut air pollution, to role model public transit use for hesitant friends/family/neighbors of bus pass holders, and to encourage repeat human interaction amongst riders.
And here’s an interesting side note to conclude – I spoke to a Buddhist friend who told me that YANA is a word that means “vehicle” or “means of transportation” (http://www.buddhism-guide.
My bet is that Honest Abe would love it. He’s dead, while you’re alive and leading us now. I hope you will “get on the bus” and adopt these ideas to proactively and constructively connect the dots. Human connection is a stronger and more resilient currency than those government-issued federal reserve notes, and it behooves us to nurture community.
On a national day of action against the corporate dominance of 90% of everything we see, read, or hear in the United States, one lone reporter questions a handful of well-informed young activists at an action filmed in Tucson, Arizona.
Provided by Al Loneprotestor
Proposal : Form a clown squad regarding city council to point out absurdity of their actions.
Recently Wikileaks offered a reward for the text of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). A people’s hero must have stepped forward because today Wikileaks released the full text of the chapter on Intellectual Property Rights. Click here to see their report (http://popularresistance.us2.
In less than a month, on December 3 (http://popularresistance.us2.
The Occupy Tucson General Discussion Group is going over the Ten Strategic Objectives from the 2013 National Gathering in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in order to help guide us in working on our own Strategic Goals, and also to add to the historic record. We have created a process whereby you can join us in both endeavors. What are your priorities and interests regarding the Ten Strategic Goals? What information (web pages, articles, experts, etc.) can you provide us about these issues? If you have your own topic which is not included in the list of 10, you can also input and comment on it. To provide your feedback on the list of Ten Strategic Goals from the 2013 National Gathering in Kalamazoo, continue reading.
Through the General Discussion Group, Occupy Tucson is going over the Ten Strategic Objectives from the 2013 National Gathering in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We are looking at them in order to help guide us in working on our Strategic Goals, and also to add to the historic record.
To both ends, Occupy Tucson has created a process whereby you can join us in both endeavors. What are your priorities and interests regarding the Ten Strategic Goals? What information (web pages, articles, experts, etc.) can you provide to help us all learn more about these issues? If you have your own topic which is not included in the list of 10, you can also input and comment on it.
See the list of visions collected at the 2012 National Gathering in Philadelphia here. To see the list of Ten Strategic Goals from the 2013 National Gathering in Kalamazoo, and provide your feedback, go to What Do You Think?