Remember how fast the Chinese built their coronavirus hospital in Wuhan. Fourteen days, 1000 beds, six acres.
So, again, how do we the people organize ourselves? Can we build our own “Wuhan hospital”?
I recently spoke with Ernestina, who I helped to organize our Sanctuary Movement. She said she felt defeated. I said I felt hopeless. But then there was a light, a thought, the conversation shifted and a plan emerged.
When we were working on Sanctuary, we met every Friday at the Bagelry for hours, for the cost of a cup of coffee. We met with our friend Vivienne. Ernestina led, we implemented. The three of us targeted priorities each week, I wrote down the action items and we executed them.
Ernestina brought together leaders from a great number of organizations and together we got our city to pass a Sanctuary Ordinance and helped the police rewrite specific laws to protect our immigrants.
“We don’t want the government to solve the problem this time. We have the solution already in the combined functions of existing organizations.”
She is right, of course. So there is a glimmer of hope and we are going to talk again next week. It’s a beginning and I have moved from hopelessness to hope. She said we have to have some successes or we feel defeated.
So our answer is to organize, locally, our existing organizations into a cohesive structure, to address the continued fraying, rending and shredding of the fabric of our society.
Nontrivial. Clearly. So much to do, but if each organization can step up to do some part of it… if other cities, towns, neighborhoods…
Such a big order. Hard to know if there is really a way make it happen and not get stuck. The good news is that we did it before in a much smaller way. And we protected a huge number of people.
A tsunami is coming.