Watch the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s March 2017 TV program, which helps our viewers and our nation resist the attacks that are being inflicted upon our nation’s people, environment, and democracy. We can withstand this storm if we stay grounded in the best values that our nation has affirmed since the 1770s – and if we act upon our best values to protect all of our people, our environment, and our democracy.
Furthermore, this kind of grounding can also help us avoid getting stuck in reactive, defensive mode. Grounding in good values can actually empower our-selves to make progress. Most Americans want to make progress for human rights, our environment and democracy. We can help Americans build upon our nation’s best values, set bold goals such as getting big money out of politics and raising the minimum wage to $15, and build grassroots movements to overcome the repression and accomplish our bold goals.
Three guests help us explore this topic. All three are local community members who have worked on a variety of issues and activities consistent with this theme:
• Dr. Karen Johnson has a Ph.D. in Urban Services. She is a founder and key contact person for the Black Alliance of Thurston County. She is an ordained minister, a workplace culture strategist, and a coach for executives. She is perhaps best known for her ability to inspire people and achieve results.
• Mustafa Mohamedali is a native of Kenya in East Africa with family roots in India. He has lived and worked in ten countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He speaks four languages fluently and can get by in four more. He is a licensed professional engineer and certified project manager. He is a board member of the Islamic Center of Olympia and works actively in many interfaith activities, including Interfaith Works of Thurston County and the Jewish-Muslim Listening Group. For this interview, he is speaking as an individual, not on behalf of Olympia’s Islamic community.
• Tyra Lindquist has worked for decades in our local community to work for human rights with special emphasis on helping women and others who have suffered from domestic violence. She and her humane values support a wide variety of other humane and progressive issues and activities. She is highly respected in our community and among people who work on various issues and activities.