No 261 Posted by fw, August 26, 2011
Yesterday I received the following email from Jamie Biggar of Lead Now with this invitation –
“We need your help. We’re writing to ask you to sign up to host or attend a gathering for Turning Point. Turning Point is a week of cross-Canada gatherings that will bring generations of Canadians together into small groups to organize for change, and send a message to Ottawa.” http://www.leadnow.ca/en/turning-point
“Please pass on this invitation to anyone you think would be interested. Thank you so much.”
Accordingly, I ask you to please read Jamie’s email below and give serious consideration to joining this Turning Point movement. LET’S DO THIS! Thank you.
Here’s Jamie’s complete message —
Aug 25, 2011
This is a moment when we deeply wish we were sitting down with you and talking face to face. This is a moment when we can choose to step up and create a new beginning for Canada.
For us, this moment goes beyond any one party. This is about taking responsibility. The time is calling for us all to be ambitious in our goals, and humble in our recognition that we can only get there by working together. We feel inspired to step up in a way that is beyond anything that we, as a community, have attempted before.
We need your help. We’re writing to ask you to sign up to host or attend a gathering for Turning Point. Turning Point is a week of cross-Canada gatherings that will bring generations of Canadians together into small groups to organize for change, and send a message to Ottawa.
Like so many people across this country, we were surprised by the depth of the grief we felt when we heard Jack had passed away.
And then, as we struggled through tears, we were surprised for a second time that day. We read his letter. We witnessed and experienced the collective mourning. We felt the inspiration in his call for action, and saw it spread across the country. We were moved by his parting message of love, hope and optimism:
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”
We know two things. In our bones, we know that our country is heading in the wrong direction. Our government is becoming less democratic, less caring and less responsible. And, in our hearts, we know that millions of Canadians want to step up for change. (And, let us remember: a majority of voters cast their ballots for change in the last election.)
We believe we can achieve this change by working together to make each other’s voices stronger, by speaking honestly and often with our government and media, and by reaching out to our fellow Canadians about the future we know that we can create together.
This is a time for organizing, and we need your help. Sign up to host or attend a Turning Point gathering. A gathering can include anywhere from two to two-hundred people, and even if you’ve never done this kind of thing before we’ll give you the tools to make it easy to host: http://www.leadnow.ca/en/turning-point
This is not about instant gratification. We are going to need to invest our time, our love, and our resources. The road will be long. Let’s travel it together.
Please pass on this invitation to anyone you think would be interested. Thank you so much.
Turning Point is a week of gatherings all across Canada that will bring generations of Canadians together into small groups to organize for practical action and send a message to Ottawa. It’s time to step up with love, hope and optimism. Be part of it!
With hope and respect,
Jamie, Tria, Matthew, Adam, Emma and Ryan on behalf of the Leadnow.ca team
Leadnow.ca is an independent community that brings generations of Canadians together for progress through democracy. Our community launched before the federal election by facilitating a process that brought thousands of Canadians together to create the Declaration for Change. Then we helped turn the vote mobs into a national movement to rally the youth vote and tell politicians they needed to sit up and listen. After the election, over 8,000 Canadians joined us to tell Prime Minister Harper that he won a majority of seats, but he does not have a majority of support. We told him that we would build a movement to hold him accountable, build support for democratic reform, and achieve progress on the major challenges facing our society at all levels of government. Now it’s time to step up, get organized, and act.
Support the Leadnow.ca community! You can donate online at:http://www.leadnow.ca/en/donate