we remember former president
George H. W. Bush.
He was a remarkable man
who wore many hats
in a lifetime of service to our nation.
You could disagree with his politics,
but you could not question his character.
He called on us all to create a kinder, gentler America.
He urged us to volunteer our time and our talents
to our local communities.
He wanted us to be part of what he called,
"a thousand points of light...
that are spread like stars
throughout the Nation,
Let's take a page from
in our nation's history.
Let's seek to fill our lives
and our country
hopefulness and meaning...
to create a
One of our focus issues at
The Purple Living Room Project
"Guns in America".
several people posted in
our facebook group
about the recent announcement by
TOMS founder, Blake Mycoskie,
that the company would donate
5 million dollars
to causes that are working to end gun violence.
TOMS also started a postcard-writing campaign called,
"End Gun Violence Together".
They developed a web tool that allows anyone who feels
that there should be universal background checks
to quickly send a postcard to Congress.
(You can learn more about it at www.toms.com.)
Over 500,000 cards have been sent already!
According to Mycoskie,
TOMS' customer base is roughly
half Republican and half Democrat.
TOMS is a business committed
to making positive social change
so it is trying to
take action on issues
that unite us all as citizens...
Here is a message from the TOMS website...
It's encouraging to see corporate America thinking purple.
Let's keep moving forward together!
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
As we spend time with
our friends and family
let's remember this wisdom
from President Kennedy.
We can say we are grateful for many things,
but we need to act in way that shows
the truth and depth of our gratitude.
Let's tell each other
how grateful we are for...
Let's show our gratitude through...
our daily interactions,
our acts of kindness,
our commitment to positive action
We are entering a season of gratitude...
We gave thanks this week
to our Veterans
for their service to our nation.
we will join together with
friends and family
to show our gratitude
at Thanksgiving meals
all across the country.
Purple Living Room Project,
we'd just like to say...
Thank you for opening your ears.
Thank you for opening your hearts.
Thank you for trying to find
the purple points
of common ground.
In this season of gratitude,
We have TWO challenges for YOU!
Thanksgiving Challenge #1
Think of someone who has helped you
look at an issue in a new way...
Find a way to THANK that person!
Each time we take the time to listen to one another,
Each time we open our ears to a different perspective,
We take a little step toward healing our nation.
Let's show our gratitude to one another
for taking those steps together!
Thanksgiving Challenge #2
Think of ALL the reasons
you are grateful to be an American...
Freedom of Expression?
What are we grateful for, America?
Let's find out!
We asked this same question LAST year at this time.
We'd like to make this our own
Purple Living Room Project
in the comment section,
with our facebook group,
We'll share your ideas in a
special Thanksgiving Week
post next Wednesday
Meet in the Middle.
The votes have all been cast...
have once again
"We the People"
of the campaign season
well and truly
Each election cycle
brings the promise
of a fresh start...
We have a new cohort of
ready to govern.
Let's hold them accountable.
Let's each do our own part
to bridge the partisan divide...
Let's tell our representatives
we expect them to join us.
Time for us to get
back to work
It’s the time of year when ghosts and ghouls roam our streets.
On Halloween night, it’s all in good fun…
But when the monsters come out again in the morning,
Our political discourse these days seems to unleash
the inner goblin in many Americans.
Distrust and hatred ferment like a potent witches’ brew.
Ghastly thoughts are spewed in comment sections.
Ghoulish memes spread like wildfire.
And sometimes, the monsters are truly terrible....
Acts of violence strike real-life terror in our hearts.
What drives this monstrous frenzy?
We fear for our personal safety.
We fear for our financial security.
We fear for our personal rights.
We fear for our health.
We fear for our planet.
We fear for our families.
We fear for our future.
Political campaigns capitalize on these fears.
The closer we get to Election Day,
the scarier the political messages become.
Let’s remember FDR’s words,
“The only thing we have to fear is...fear itself.”
If we give into our worst fears,
we will be torn apart.
If we understand,
that many of
our fears are
we can work
to find solutions.
how do we chase
the monsters away?
We work together.
We offer light to
in the darkness.
Election Day is right around the corner.
Are you ready?
If you have a mail-in ballot sitting on your table,
fill it out and send it today!
If you’re planning to vote in person,
take a friend with you!
If you have friends who are not planning to vote,
convince them to go to the polls!
let’s remember that as we get closer to
the media messages we see are
intended to stoke the fires of division.
It’s easy to get caught in the flames.
This election cycle…
Let’s support our causes
and our candidates
with all our hearts.
Let’s be grateful that we have
the right to speak our minds
and vote our conscience.
Let’s keep a purple perspective.
Let's remember that...
Win or lose
We’re all in this together.
We're focusing our attention right now the way we
nominate and confirm Supreme Court Justices.
What happens the NEXT time there is an
opening on the Supreme Court?
Will we revisit the same partisan strife?
The same division?
How can we change the system?
Here are some ideas people have suggested so far...
Could we have a system for bi-partisan review of
candidates to make sure the
final nominee will be easily
confirmed with bi-partisan support?
*Reinstate the Supermajority Requirement
Can we reinstate the need for 60 Senate votes for confirmation?
We need the justices who serve on our Supreme Court
to have bi-partisan support.
*Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices
Could we put term limits in place?
The terms could be long...16 years...20 years...
If each presidential term was guaranteed
two supreme court appointments,
some of the stress could be lifted from the system.
*Mandatory time-limit for replacing a vacant seat.
Can we require the Senate to fill
a vacant seat within a set timeframe?
This would help make sure the Supreme Court
nomination and confirmation process
is not influenced by the political calendar.
Do you have other ideas?
The recent Supreme Court confirmation process
should be a wake-up call for our country.
We look to the
We look to the
for respectful discourse.
We look to the
for unifying leadership.
How are we doing?
Seems like we have plenty of room for improvement.
we have two
to help us
At the Purple Living Room Project,
"Guns in America"
has been our focus issue this year.
"Supreme Court Nominations and Confirmations"
as an additional
How do we make sure we don't repeat
the rancorous debacle of the past few weeks
the next time there's an open seat on the Supreme Court?
We can't allow ourselves
as a nation
again and again and again.
There must be a better way forward.
to find a solution
to the problem.
What changes can we make in the system to get
politics out of the Supreme Court confirmation process?
Talk to your friends.
Talk to your neighbors.
Talk to your family.
Talk to your colleagues.
Talk to anyone who is ready to join the conversation!
What are the possible solutions?
Let's wake-up and find them.
Then let's get to work using our tools...
We can use our
our senators we want
We can use our
to make sure
that change finally
The confirmation process for the
Supreme Court nominee
is on pause this week
as the Senate
awaits the findings
of an FBI investigation.
it looks like
no matter what
the investigation finds,
half of the country
is going to be
It feels like an impossible situation.
What can we do about it?
We can TALK to one another.
Is anyone happy with the way this is unfolding?
How can we fix the confirmation process?
How do we change the system
so we don't wind up in this
dysfunctional place again in the future?
We need to trust that our Supreme Court is unbiased.
It's hard to do that when the
confirmation process has become
so politically charged.
What can we do to make sure
Supreme Court nominees have overwhelming
support from both parties?
How do we restore the balance in the system?
What are your thoughts?
"Meet in the Middle" is a Purple Living Room campaign encouraging people from across the political spectrum to meet together each week in order to find common ground. Each middle of the week (WEDNESDAY!) we'll post an update on Purple Living Room Project activities. Share YOUR progress on our Facebook group page or in the comments here. Our goal?