Are you bothered by patriarchy, racism, classism, homophobia, corporatism and the destruction of our planet? Were you excited about the recent reclamation of the City Council from conservatives? Only to be confused by Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, Focus on the Family trailers and billboards promoting Islamaphobic lecture series? You aren’t alone. For those of us that are fighting to make the world a better place, the struggle against injustice can feel exhausting.
Recognizing that we must continue to reject all forms of human rights abuses, to struggle for the development of a democratic society and the strengthening of a civil society, local progressives will gather at nYne Bar & Bistro on Feb. 13th at 9 p.m. There will be no cover charge for DJ Teej. Come to where social justice meets your social life.
There is no agenda for the evening. It is said, “The people that play together, stay together.” Let us heed this advice and build power in our community through friendship and good times.
Laura Stembridge is a graduate of Gonzaga University where she earned a degree in English Literature with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies.
The US is a representative republic, not a democracy. For an example of a “democratic society” study the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (North Korea.) That’s a democracy. Progressivism is just another name for Socialism. It is anathema to the Constitution of the United States.
I agree with you that the U.S. is a representative republic. However, I also believe that facets of a democratic society must be incorporated in order to have a republic that is actually represented. As it stands now, politicians are negating necessary conversation with their constituents about the issues that affect them. Which should always elicit a call to action to educated, respectful, engaged citizens who remind them that they stand for people who are supposed to be represented equally.
As for the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea, they claim socialist ideals but are very clearly a dictatorship controlled by the tyranny of Kim Jong-un.
Progressivism might be associated with Socialism, but the two carry different connotations and applications. And neither ventures are “dedicated to evil, and thus accursed” to the Constitution of the United States, as you suggest with your reference to anathema. Frankly though, while I’m normally one to engage in a good debate about socially constructed labels, you prove the point of the brief regarding the necessity for an event with no misconstrued labeling. This is a gathering of like-minded individuals — who care about conscientiously engaging the workings of the society they live in — and who want a night to relax, recharge, enjoy music, and other people’s company. Which is certainly in line with the Constitution of the United States.