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Concerned about where the country is heading? You're not alone. Join others who care about what's happening to democracy, equality, human rights, social justice, sustainability, and other important topics. It's ok if you've never been to a protest, march, or town hall -- start here. You really can make a difference.

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Upcoming events (5)

Calling for Change in Tampa Bay

Online event

Join the Human Rights Campaign as we make phone calls (from home) for pro-equality candidates in Tampa Bay! *It's okay if you can't make if for the entire event; it would be great to have you there, even if it's only for a half hour!* Between now and November, the HRC will be working diligently to ensure that pro-equality candidates are elected into offices throughout the Gulf Coast, the Sunshine State, and in the White House, and we need your help! We cannot let progressive seats go to regressive politicians this November! The HRC has endorsed these awesome Tampa Bay pro-equality candidates for the 2020 election: - Congressman Charlie Crist, who has proudly represented Tampa's 13th Congressional District since 2016. - Congresswoman Kathy Castor, who in 2012, became the first woman to be elected to US Congress from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, and she has served the residents of District 14 ever since. - Representative Margaret Good, who is running to represent District 16 in the US Congress, has been an advocate for equality statewide as she as she has represented District 72 in the Florida State House. - Representative Jennifer Webb, who is running for re-election to the Florida State House, who has been a champion for equality since her first day in office, representing the residents of District 69, made history as the first LGBTQ+ woman to hold her seat in Tallahassee. Help mobilize equality voters by calling our neighbors in Tampa Bay to advocate for the election of progressive, pro-equality candidates (like Representatives Good and Webb) in Florida and nationwide! Don't worry if this is your first time - you'll be trained on how to make calls when you arrive. Find this event on Mobilize America: https://www.mobilize.us/hrc/event/314640/

Citizen Assembly – deliberative, participative democracy (Introductory Meeting)

Philosophy – Social Issues – Economics – Environment – Foreign Policy Welcome to the Democratic rEvolution! * Our process is tremendously effective, but it is new, different, and requires patience and discipline. Please read this whole description. ** If this is your first meeting, do not be more than 15 minutes late (so we can filter out trolls). This is a session of real citizen democracy. We take turns presenting various ideas to one another for how to improve our society, and we solicit the support of other citizens for our ideas. However, what makes this extraordinary is our technology. In our Citizen Assemblies we use the Egora networking platform, “The Worldwide Stock-Market of Ideas”. Egora enables everyone to 1) develop their own political philosophy out of various ideas, 2) determine which ideas are most strongly supported by the people, and 3) use a simple algorithm to find the true representatives of the public will (and elect them into public office). Video presentation of Egora: https://youtu.be/db5nIJVQ-3U Keep in mind that this event is part of a much larger process – it is a continuing series of events. You can jump in at any point, but consider your first meeting as preparation for the next meeting. Once you are familiar with how we work, we will be more than happy to have you take the lead on a topic of your choice. (FYI, we usually start with the Universal Basic Income as an introductory topic, with speakers for and against.) Lastly, our meetings are always open to everyone from around the world. As it turns out, we––the people––are all on the same team, and we are stronger when working together! ;-) *Citizen Assembly Opening Notes* 1) We maintain the right to freedom of speech. This does not include hate speech or threats of violence. Time limits may be imposed. Be ready to hear opposing opinions. 2) Be mindful of everyone’s time. You will have more than one chance to speak. We take turns speaking one person at a time. We do not interrupt, except for quick interjections, and we let each other finish speaking. Raise your hand to be recognized to speak. 3) Focus on advancing your best ideas, not on winning every argument. Be strategic. We encourage side conversations in the chat to settle points not relevant to the group. Use the chat! 4) Make connections with other participants. This meeting is a part of an ongoing process, which continues outside of the official meetings. Connect with people to prepare for the next meeting. 5) We are here to do politics, not to talk about politicians doing politics. This is a citizen lobbying session, not a citizen commenting session. 6) Criticism is cheap; what we want is better ideas. An imperfect idea always beats no idea. If you think your idea is worth saying but not worth your time to write it down in advance, it is not worth our time to listen to it either. 7) As individuals we are partial; as a group we are impartial. We are here to develop our own philosophies and to assist one another in doing so. We never vote on any ideas as a group because the measurement of support is done with Egora (Egora-ILP.org). 8) We follow a specific format. We present an idea; we gauge the agreement with that idea; we gauge the support for that idea within Egora; we allow for clarification and dissent; we make time for solicitation of support for that idea; we move on to the next idea. 9) This community is what you make it. You have the power here, and you have the responsibility that comes with that power. If you don’t like the topics, that is your fault. Bring us better ideas. Speak up! 10) We need leaders. We need people who will take charge and organize more meetings. You can promote those meetings here, including breakout sessions. We have many opportunities for you to apply and develop your leadership skills. We will help you. We are here to empower one another! 11) Help us grow. The most important part of promoting democracy is practicing it yourself regularly...

Citizen Assembly – deliberative, participative democracy (Introductory Meeting)

Philosophy – Social Issues – Economics – Environment – Foreign Policy Welcome to the Democratic rEvolution! * Our process is tremendously effective, but it is new, different, and requires patience and discipline. Please read this whole description. ** If this is your first meeting, do not be more than 15 minutes late (so we can filter out trolls). This is a session of real citizen democracy. We take turns presenting various ideas to one another for how to improve our society, and we solicit the support of other citizens for our ideas. However, what makes this extraordinary is our technology. In our Citizen Assemblies we use the Egora networking platform, “The Worldwide Stock-Market of Ideas”. Egora enables everyone to 1) develop their own political philosophy out of various ideas, 2) determine which ideas are most strongly supported by the people, and 3) use a simple algorithm to find the true representatives of the public will (and elect them into public office). Video presentation of Egora: https://youtu.be/db5nIJVQ-3U Keep in mind that this event is part of a much larger process – it is a continuing series of events. You can jump in at any point, but consider your first meeting as preparation for the next meeting. Once you are familiar with how we work, we will be more than happy to have you take the lead on a topic of your choice. (FYI, we usually start with the Universal Basic Income as an introductory topic, with speakers for and against.) Lastly, our meetings are always open to everyone from around the world. As it turns out, we––the people––are all on the same team, and we are stronger when working together! ;-) *Citizen Assembly Opening Notes* 1) We maintain the right to freedom of speech. This does not include hate speech or threats of violence. Time limits may be imposed. Be ready to hear opposing opinions. 2) Be mindful of everyone’s time. You will have more than one chance to speak. We take turns speaking one person at a time. We do not interrupt, except for quick interjections, and we let each other finish speaking. Raise your hand to be recognized to speak. 3) Focus on advancing your best ideas, not on winning every argument. Be strategic. We encourage side conversations in the chat to settle points not relevant to the group. Use the chat! 4) Make connections with other participants. This meeting is a part of an ongoing process, which continues outside of the official meetings. Connect with people to prepare for the next meeting. 5) We are here to do politics, not to talk about politicians doing politics. This is a citizen lobbying session, not a citizen commenting session. 6) Criticism is cheap; what we want is better ideas. An imperfect idea always beats no idea. If you think your idea is worth saying but not worth your time to write it down in advance, it is not worth our time to listen to it either. 7) As individuals we are partial; as a group we are impartial. We are here to develop our own philosophies and to assist one another in doing so. We never vote on any ideas as a group because the measurement of support is done with Egora (Egora-ILP.org). 8) We follow a specific format. We present an idea; we gauge the agreement with that idea; we gauge the support for that idea within Egora; we allow for clarification and dissent; we make time for solicitation of support for that idea; we move on to the next idea. 9) This community is what you make it. You have the power here, and you have the responsibility that comes with that power. If you don’t like the topics, that is your fault. Bring us better ideas. Speak up! 10) We need leaders. We need people who will take charge and organize more meetings. You can promote those meetings here, including breakout sessions. We have many opportunities for you to apply and develop your leadership skills. We will help you. We are here to empower one another! 11) Help us grow. The most important part of promoting democracy is practicing it yourself regularly...

Citizen Assembly – deliberative, participative democracy (Introductory Meeting)

Philosophy – Social Issues – Economics – Environment – Foreign Policy Welcome to the Democratic rEvolution! * Our process is tremendously effective, but it is new, different, and requires patience and discipline. Please read this whole description. ** If this is your first meeting, do not be more than 15 minutes late (so we can filter out trolls). This is a session of real citizen democracy. We take turns presenting various ideas to one another for how to improve our society, and we solicit the support of other citizens for our ideas. However, what makes this extraordinary is our technology. In our Citizen Assemblies we use the Egora networking platform, “The Worldwide Stock-Market of Ideas”. Egora enables everyone to 1) develop their own political philosophy out of various ideas, 2) determine which ideas are most strongly supported by the people, and 3) use a simple algorithm to find the true representatives of the public will (and elect them into public office). Video presentation of Egora: https://youtu.be/db5nIJVQ-3U Keep in mind that this event is part of a much larger process – it is a continuing series of events. You can jump in at any point, but consider your first meeting as preparation for the next meeting. Once you are familiar with how we work, we will be more than happy to have you take the lead on a topic of your choice. (FYI, we usually start with the Universal Basic Income as an introductory topic, with speakers for and against.) Lastly, our meetings are always open to everyone from around the world. As it turns out, we––the people––are all on the same team, and we are stronger when working together! ;-) *Citizen Assembly Opening Notes* 1) We maintain the right to freedom of speech. This does not include hate speech or threats of violence. Time limits may be imposed. Be ready to hear opposing opinions. 2) Be mindful of everyone’s time. You will have more than one chance to speak. We take turns speaking one person at a time. We do not interrupt, except for quick interjections, and we let each other finish speaking. Raise your hand to be recognized to speak. 3) Focus on advancing your best ideas, not on winning every argument. Be strategic. We encourage side conversations in the chat to settle points not relevant to the group. Use the chat! 4) Make connections with other participants. This meeting is a part of an ongoing process, which continues outside of the official meetings. Connect with people to prepare for the next meeting. 5) We are here to do politics, not to talk about politicians doing politics. This is a citizen lobbying session, not a citizen commenting session. 6) Criticism is cheap; what we want is better ideas. An imperfect idea always beats no idea. If you think your idea is worth saying but not worth your time to write it down in advance, it is not worth our time to listen to it either. 7) As individuals we are partial; as a group we are impartial. We are here to develop our own philosophies and to assist one another in doing so. We never vote on any ideas as a group because the measurement of support is done with Egora (Egora-ILP.org). 8) We follow a specific format. We present an idea; we gauge the agreement with that idea; we gauge the support for that idea within Egora; we allow for clarification and dissent; we make time for solicitation of support for that idea; we move on to the next idea. 9) This community is what you make it. You have the power here, and you have the responsibility that comes with that power. If you don’t like the topics, that is your fault. Bring us better ideas. Speak up! 10) We need leaders. We need people who will take charge and organize more meetings. You can promote those meetings here, including breakout sessions. We have many opportunities for you to apply and develop your leadership skills. We will help you. We are here to empower one another! 11) Help us grow. The most important part of promoting democracy is practicing it yourself regularly...

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