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The Next System Project

By Jim Carey

Monday Occupy SMA looks at The Next System Project: a multi­year initiative aimed at thinking boldly about what is required to deal with the systemic challenges the US faces in coming decades.

Occupy SMA Meeting and Film: The Next System Project
Mon, Feb 22, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15

The Next System Project believes that by defining issues systemically, we can begin to move the political conversation beyond current limits with the aim of sparking a debate about the need for a radically different, just economic system. Despite the scale of the difficulties, cautious optimism is warranted. There are real alternatives locally and globally. Arising from the unforgiving logic of dead ends, the steadily building array of promising new proposals and alternative institutions and experiments, together with an explosion of ideas and new activism, offer a powerful basis for hope.

Occupy SMA will show four short videos on the major problems we face as a society. Our focus will be on the systemic racism that has existed in the US and continues in its various forms: slavery, lynching, police abuse, redlining, social stratification, public schools, prisons, economic disparity−just a few of the issues that become apparent to anyone with eyes to see. Recent vocalized negative attitudes about “Black Lives Matter” protests bring to mind Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail in 1963:

“I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

Our discussion on racism will include an inspiring video of Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, one of the most articulate spokesman for the struggle against racism. The videos take 39 minutes with plenty of time for discussion. Join us. It’s free.


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