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Dec 2, 2023Liked by Simon Rosenberg

Thank you, Simon, for alerting us to these influential media venues. I was aware of The Meidas Touch Network and The Lincoln Project, but not the others.

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Dec 2, 2023Liked by Simon Rosenberg

Said this before - but it bears repeating. It's refreshing to see someone with active optimism out there (while of course acknowledging the work cut out for us). Certain other publications (on Substack & elsewhere) seem to pump out nothing but gloom & doom pieces (The Bulwark comes to mind - don't get me wrong - I'm glad they sound the alarm - but they seem to do little else lately) that I fear are more debilitating than motivating. In my experience the more intense, stone faced and serious one is - the more it turns people off. Since I've been reading Hopium I actually feel more inspired & motivated & less inclined to hide under the covers. Keep up the good work !

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Sounds like the campaign is listening to you and they should!

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I, like Simon, am relatively optimistic about 2024. However, I have significant concerns about the DNC's Reach program and Share Banking. (I have told the organizers of Reach training this). Here is my issue. Look at your contacts in your phone. Look at those you interact with on social media. We are all activists. We self-select to interact with people who hold our beliefs and support our causes. I could (and do) share information from the DNC. My closest contacts are already aware of the information I am sharing. I may get a few likes. I hardly ever get any "push back" because my social circle supports Biden/Harris and dem policies. I am concerned that we will only be talking to each other. In my opinion, the only people who will bother to attend the training and utilize the tools the DNC is putting out are exactly the people who don't need the training and don't need to share the information. I have been using Reach and sharing for over a month. These are my views. I am open to hearing other viewpoints! Be well. Tami

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Dec 2, 2023Liked by Simon Rosenberg

Hi Simon: I thought this thread by David Roberts at Volts about the "vibes war" was interesting and worth thinking about: https://x.com/drvolts/status/1730721498900652332?s=20 Will Bunch at the Philly Inquirer thought so too: https://x.com/Will_Bunch/status/1730937207970463795?s=20

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Dear Friends,

Thanks for all you do.Sorry if my post is tangential. I have been focused on the 16 day Nov 25 to Dec 10 sixteen day Canadian Campaign to raise awareness of how bad violence against women is for our collective health, happiness and wealth.

This Thursday I hosted a tiny local Lets Wage Peace event to honour Vivian Silver. I have admired and studied the work of all those who teach non violence for decades. I joined Canadian Friends of Peace Now after the last war in Gaza. Sadly I discovered Vivian Silver after her murder.

I feel that she was an amazing leader. The more I discover about her the more I feel that she was on the the truly great. I am now trying to share information about extraordinary people whose work are NOT given the attention they so richly deserve.

My passions include champions of democracy, ecological literacy and restoration, democracy, diversity, inclusion, non-violence, tolerance and trauma healing.

So now I am following the work of the staff at the Pocket Project who provide support to those attending COPS28. I find their approach deeply healing and refreshing.

I have cried often since October 8 2023. Clearly as one very ordinary elderly woman there is not all that much that I can do to Be the Change we so desperately need to see in our times. What I can do is to use my considerable life experience, medical and research knowledge to seek out and amplify voices of hope.

It takes wisdom to balance facing extremely painful suffering of human beings , animals and entire ecosystems and to also fight for hope and a path forward. I subscribe to the work of Heather Cox Richardson since July 2022 for this very reason.

This year I discovered your Hopium Chronicles and I am grateful.

The Pocket Project was recommended to me some years ago , when I was expressing my deep distress that Canadian politicians all members of the Liberal party which I have supported for decades were travelling to COPS with the message that "Our oil is clean. "

I understand that transitioning from a colonial extractive economy that has made some Canadians extremely wealthy and that for a time provided many Canadians, including myself and my family with a great quality of life is NOT easy.

You and some readers may enjoy checking into The Pocket Project.

https://summit.pocketproject.org/

https://summit.pocketproject.org/

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Dec 2, 2023Liked by Simon Rosenberg

I'm reading

"On Disinformation: How to Fight for Truth

and Protect Democracy" by Lee McIntyre

Ten ways everyone helps stop disinformation in its tracks are in Chapter 6 "How to Win the War on Truth" as long as we all do everything we can.

Confront the liars. Be a truth teller. Resist polarization. Realize the zombie foot soldiers are victims too. Tune out the BS that there's nothing you can do. Don't fall for false solutions that take 30 years to do. It's false to claim good information stops bad information, it does not. Engage in political activism. Know you are not alone. Keep learning more how disinformation works.

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Dec 2, 2023Liked by Simon Rosenberg

Also worth mentioning The New Evangelicals who are a progressive Christian media project effectively countering the Christian Nationalist media machine. Probably the only one so far with the reach needed, doing excellent work. They are scaling up this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1wjdDqEHO0&t=784s

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Hi Simon, Longtime reader & twitter follower, first time commenter. Thank you for your grounded optimism. I admit, things like the Robert Kagan piece (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/11/30/trump-dictator-2024-election-robert-kagan/) have me scared at times. I know it's worst case (and it's important to face & recognize the worst case) but I wonder what you think about the right way to get louder as it seems like the good guys keep winning, and also the paths for the bad guys to win keep getting clearer & more prominent? Keep giving to voter registration orgs & independent media? Meet more neighbors & form more friendships? It's hard to believe that it's enough sometimes.

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Dec 2, 2023·edited Dec 3, 2023Liked by Simon Rosenberg

On your recommendation, Simon -- I made time in my busy schedule to watch the MeidasTouch video.

My favorite Biden lines came about 6:10 minutes into a 7:40 second clip:

"...the idea that someone making a billion dollars a year pays 8, 8 1/2 percent -- it's outrageous, and they're defending these things.

We are the most prosperous nation in the world; our economy is stronger than any other nation in the world AND we have more freedom -- until this group [MAGA Republicans] came along.

What's at stake now is freedom, not just freedom of choice...we've got to stand up for our freedoms."

But, and this is a BIG 'but' -- given the opportunity to interview Biden on how he's delivering for the American people in a 7:40 minute clip, a total of 3(!) minutes -- nearly a half of the clip -- was spent highlighting/repeating/amplifying/platforming the MAGA Repub who happens to represent the district where the world's LARGEST wind turbine factory is now sited. No mention of how many direct jobs, construction jobs, or how much each turbine will reduce in GHG emission to fight climate change, or to free us from dependence on fossil fuels, and oil state dictators like Putin.

In a nutshell, this is one of the biggest issues we have as a family -- we spend FAR, far too much time talking about them. As a very, very wise woman once said: "If Democrats had written the origin story of David, it would have been a biography of Goliath."

Here's some sound advice on how we can ALL be better about telling our story.

1) First, by talking about our shared democratic values

2) Then by calling out the villains and their motivation, and...

3) Finally, we must always, always end with how together, we have and can (again) realize those shared values!

i.e., we have to spend more time talking about us, rather than our MAGA opposition -- the media does that enough already, both their own networks and the so-called 'liberal, MSM' ones.

https://www.volts.wtf/p/volts-podcast-how-the-left-can-suck#details

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Dec 2, 2023Liked by Simon Rosenberg

Thanks for sharing the video from earlier this year with Ben, Tara, Joe and David - it's fantastic. Would love to see you do more of them in the coming year and air across all your platforms!

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Dinner-table observation: celebratory takes on the economy -- which might be helpful for suburban GenXers -- can seem tone-deaf to young voters who see much of their cohort with low-paying work, high rents, and no prospects of home ownership. So maybe combine "good news" about GNP, inflation, and employment stats with clarity about why things still aren't great for these folks, what Dems specifically want to do about it, and why Republicans are in the way.

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Dec 2, 2023Liked by Simon Rosenberg

After Trump was elected I kept flailing about for groups and organizations doing good political work. Here are several I found outside of the Substack community. Mom’s Rising. Faithful America. Friends Committee on National Legislation. Mormon Women for Ethical Government. The Humanist Society. Lots more out there I’m sure.

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It is very helpful and encouraging to see the several ways in which people are being engaged. It is extremely important, but it leaves me with a burning question: how are communities of color being engaged in this? There is concern that the coalition put together for Biden's 2020 victory relied upon communities of color, but to a degree it has come apart. High expectations have possibly rendered Biden's accomplishments less meaningful, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is also a problem. Seeing 4 white media innovators was inspiring, but it is essential that we understand what is being experienced among the diverse groups within Black and Brown communities.

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Dec 2, 2023Liked by Simon Rosenberg

I got the Biden- Harris invite but sorry to say I deleted it without reading so will dig it out of my trash folder NOW😄

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Thank you for sharing this video Simon and introducing us to these Democracy Warriors! Just regular citizens wanting to get information out to other regular citizens! They are getting it done!!

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