I’m recovering from excessive amounts of Pickleball during this holiday week. It’s a real sport and my shoulder is stiff. Yes, I’m one of those people. I also spent some time on Thanksgiving thinking about the holiday itself and ways to enjoy the time off without co-signing on the consumerist, colonization-infused celebration of gluttony. I recently started learning more about the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Known as “Iroquois” in French, this multi-nation peaceful alliance predates European settlement in North America and inspired some of the structure of our democracy. They have a “Thanksgiving address” which they recite at various gatherings, and I think it’s inspiring. I recommend contemplating and sharing it.
Elsewhere in the Baratundeverse, we’re making Season 4 of How To Citizen right now, and you can sign up to join the interview recording sessions online. This week we’ve got Claudia Chwalisz on democracy without elections, Priya Parker on the art of gathering, and Nsé Ufot on new ways to organize for people power.
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