How to make a difference
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Op-ed columnist Georgie Ann Geyer asks a very important question: How can we be a grateful nation when civic voices are dominated by recrimination and retribution, with accusations of evil and denial of evidence? And what can we, the exhausted and demoralized majority in the much-maligned center, possibly do?
We often see these voices of recrimination and retribution in the Public Forum. In order to move forward, we need to find effective ways to participate in the democratic process. One way I have found to make a difference is to be part of the Greenville Advocacy Team. We are networking with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a 75-year-old peace and justice, lobbying group.
They taught us an effective and positive way to lobby. Our goal in 2018 was to prevent war with North Korea and advocate for diplomacy. We have met with Congressman Walter Jones and met with staffers in Congressman G.K. Butterfield and Sen. Burr’s offices. We believe we can best influence policy by building relationships of integrity with our elected officials and their staff.
We are open to new members. If you are interested, join us at our next meeting on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 131 Oakmont Drive, Greenville.