Short interview with Sen. Whitehouse in which he extolls the virtues of Netroots Nation, appreciates the value of the Occupy Movement, and talks about his efforts to keep funding for wellness and health. He also talks about his phone conversation with President Obama following the Buffet Rule vote in the Senate, and how the fight is not over to change our tax policies to support the middle class.
I finally got to say ‘hi’ to Pam Spaulding, tireless blogmistress of Pam’s House Blend. Also heard Jessica Valenti speak and show her film, ‘The Purity Myth’. I saw Autumn Sandeen, who writes for the Blend.
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth gave a rousing call to action on cutting carbon emissions, making a point echoed by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse– that we have passed a point in atmospheric carbon that will change future climate.
Occupy Providence set up with banners on the sidewalk across the street, a strong reminder to keep it real. We are accountable to one another, and there is a lot of work to do.
Netroots Nation is going fabulously. I am talking with Sheldon Whitehouse’s office and will be doing a short interview with him while he is at Netroots. If you have any questions you want me to ask, please suggest them in the comments. Keep it short and polite!
I attended a panel this morning entitled “Beyond Occupy: What Does a New Economic System Look Like?” The answers included an economy focused on happiness rather than growth. This idea was suggested by Colin Mutchler, who likened America’s devotion to “growth, growth, growth” to the formation of cancer. Others on the panel were more inclined to answer that the new economy needs to focus on job growth and recognizing and valuing work that is currently undervalued or not valued at all, such as caring for the elderly and small children. The panel leader, Jenifer Fernandez Ancona, suggested that we need to begin developing “Progressive Capitalism” so that as progressives we are not dismissed as being anti-capitalist, since many of us are not.
Had lunch sponsored by Windmade, a consortium of wind, environment, and business organizations. The message there was about how to respond to the misinformation anti-wind campaigns out there. We have written about the increase in wind power here on Kmareka, and we have had comments from some anti-winders, so this was good to know about. I will begin aggregating news about the wind industry and doing more to respond to the anti-wind rhetoric.
Wow, Facebook says that Pam Spaulding, founder and tireless author of Pam’s House Blend, is in Providence. I’m gonna get her autograph.
Our friends from Occupy Providence have promised to be there, tomorrow starts four days of networking for net addicts.
What’s better, for a Rhode Islander, than a national conference you can get to by RIPTA? I must have done something good in a former life.
I only wish I didn’t have to sleep.