Archive for February, 2009

Sally Mahé’s Community Blog

Dear friends,

I wanted to lead off this blog with a value I care most about – that we, ordinary people have it in us to change the world for the better. Not only in the USA but throughout the world people are saying, yes, I’ll step up and lend a hand. I see a need and will reach out to meet it. I’ll help create a common good for all. Recent experience with Barack Obama’s, “Yes We Can” campaign, seeing millions of people who flocked to Chicago on November 5 and even more millions of people who braved the freezing cold in Washington DC on January 21 to celebrate President’s Obama’s Inauguration, signal that indeed, we the people, are eager.

Look around and find these folks yourself. Citizens in Sarasota, Florida petitioned the mayor to proclaim an Interfaith Peace Day for their city; folks in Henderson County, North Carolina established a Peace Academy to teach townspeople how to deal with difference constructively; tough young men from West Bengal India were inspired to give blood to their local hospital and received acknowledgment as honored men; thousands of ordinary citizens in Brazil successfully pressured their government for a reduction in arms sales. The list is endless…

Paul Hawken in his book, Blessed Unrest, estimates over 1 million non-profit organizations are now focused on creating a more just and healthy planet. Imagine the number of individuals and groups involved in these pursuits today.  It’s not new that ordinary people, citizens of every country, are initiating changes. What is new is that they are beginning to understand their collective power and enjoy their growing competence to use this power effectively both individually and together.

In his book, The People, Yes! Carl Sandburg hinted at this emerging wisdom many years ago:

“The people,” said a farmer’s wife in a Minnesota country store while her husband was buying a post hole digger, “The people”, she went on, “will stick around and last along time. The people run the works, only they don’t know it yet – you wait and see.”

If you are one of these folks, please comment and share your ideas and actions. This site is about learning and sharing how people everywhere are doing democracy day by day, not just having it!

In peace,

Sally Mahé

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Below is a short video about a wonderful organization that I work with. It is called URI – United Religions Initiative. Enjoy the video. To learn more, please go to www.uri.org