Saving Democracy: Author Presentation and Community Discussion
R.W. (Bob) Passi will be in Grand Rapids to discuss his new book, Saving Democracy, The 2016 Presidential Election: An American Watershed. The book presents his perspective on what is happening to our democracy and what can by done to remedy the situation. Passi says “Saving Democracy is based on a deep belief in democracy, a faith in the basic goodness of ordinary people and in their infinite creativity and resilience.”
He hopes this book will help to energize a unified grassroots citizen movement to demonstrate the overwhelming numbers of people who are no longer willing to function in an oligarchic system which defines life in economic terms and who want to return this country to a true democracy.
Passi has a background in education, program and personal development. He has done presentations in the public and private sectors throughout the Midwest as well as on the East and West coasts. He has spent a decade facilitating discussion groups in the Great Decisions program and is adept at identifying issues, clarifying them and finding workable solutions.
This event is co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Area Earth Circle and the Itasca Progressive Caucus. The Earth Circle is a grassroots environmental organization whose mission is to educate, raise awareness and inspire action; the Itasca Progressive Caucus is part of a movement that believes in an interdependent world that respects and upholds human rights, democratic processes, economic justice, peaceful resolutions to conflicts and environmental preservation and protection.
The presentation and discussion will be held at the Grand Rapids Public Library on Saturday, 7/21, at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to all. Copies of Saving Democracy will be available for purchase. For further information visit www.bobpassi.com or call Vicki Andrews at 259-4254.
2018 01 Common Sense
Enjoy the first issue for 2018.
The Second Coming – William Butler Yeats
Not Our Grandfather’s Democracy by Valerie Conner
What in the World is Next? By Barb Anderson
It is Not Child’s Play by Valerie Conner
Events and Resources of Interest
A Year of Trump: How Much More Can We Take? By Vicki Andrews
Calendar of Events
2017: An American Watershed by Bob Passi
This issue of Common Sense II ends 2017 and welcomes 2018. Here is the contents:
The Missing Conversation on Tax Changes by Jack Pick
Healthcare’s Connection to All Parts of Our Lives by Barb Anderson
Investing in Democracy By Bob Passi
Democracy First: Rebuilding Our Heritage by Bob Passi
Cultural Change by Valerie Conner
Calendar of Events
Just Imagine: A World Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another by Vicki Andrews
The Dignity of Minimum Wage by Valerie Conner
A Holiday Message by Bob Passi
Winding Down 2017 by Valerie Conner
What Are the Risks of an Abandoned Oil Pipeline?
Enjoy reading the latest issue–Climate For Change–of Common Sense II
“Extreme Storms Explained” by Eric Grimsrud
“The Environment” by Bob Passi
“Solita, Daughter of the Sun, Visits the Earth – A Fable for Our Time” by Vicki Andrews
Page 3 Calendar of Events
“The Environment For All Healthcare?” By Barb Anderson
“Penny Poll at the Fair”
“Democracy Convention 2017” by Vicki Andrews
“Ghosts or Not?” by Valerie Conner
Enjoy reading the latest issue of Common Sense II
Taxes, Trump, and Tyranny
Taxes = User Fee by Bob Passi
I’m Scared. Are You? by Vicki Andrews
How Important is the Truth by Barb Anderson
Fire Away by Bob Passi
The Price of Peace by Barb Anderson
Team USA by Val Conner
Raging Grannies: Needed Now More Than Ever! by Vicki Andrews
Healthcare Providing Tax Breaks by Barb Anderson
Calendar of Events
February 20, Presidents’ Day, the lastest issue of Common Sense II was released. The articles are: PTSD: Post Trump Stress Disorder by Bob Passi, Declare Victory and Leave by David Alban, Sign up for Worldview Intelligence Training—contact V. Andrews, Life Without the ACA by Barb Anderson, In Defense of the Affordable Care Act by Nancy Rudd, A Minnesota Health Plan by Barb Anderson, Join the Dandelion Insurrection! by Vicki Andrews, Treating Our Ailing Healthcare System by Valerie Conner, and Healthcare in Trump Land by Patrick C. West.
For years the Health Care Committee of Itasca Progressive Caucus has worked for and promoted a single-payer health care plan. All of the conditions they want are in the health care bill that has been proposed by MN Senator John Marty. Unfortunately, by consensus, activists at the state level do not foresee its passage unless the DFL regains control of both the House and the Senate.
Check out the update on the Health Care Committee’s webpage.