Inclusive Democracy ? (name TBD)
Discarded name: " Minoriity Rights"
When I orginally wrote this DAUK was preparing for a 'Candle light vigil for Charlottesville' in Parliament Square. The 2016 election has activated a lot of identities; some with tragic consequences. American citizens, who identify as Democrats and live in the United Kingdom ,is a subset of a subset. We aspire for this group to be welcoming to work on Policy issues that might be too specific to originate with other places/spaces. However we hope it to be a vehicle where we may shed light & collaborate on issues that will often intersect with other PAN groups: State level issues being prominent.
Robert Plant & myself are the co-leads on this group, and felt that the name ‘Minority rights’ seemed to suggest, unnecessarily ,exclusivity. Perhaps based on a ethnic minority. With DAUK being an incomplete microcosm of the US population as a whole- of course we need “allies”.
“Most of us are simultaneously in some privileged and some targeted positions--you might be a cis woman of color, or a white man with a physical disability… what we don’t want is for [DAUK /PAN] to be get divided into dominant-group allies and subordinate-group people-who-need-help. This framework reduces complicated relationships and social positions to a simplistic and inaccurate static binary” 1
Possible projects ;- Input & participation requested
- Duplin County North Carolina- where Industrial Pig farms spray liquid fecal matter in rural poor neighborhoods that are predominately Black/Hispanic
- Police Accountability in Minneapolis- an unarmed [Blond] Australian woman was shot to death by police after making a 911 call
- Military service and the transgender community
- Environmental issues- affecting the urban poor- Flint water crisis
You may see a theme in these issues- but, also the bigger picture where we would hopefully join up with larger groups that work on environmental/health/education issues and the State focused teams
Tentative names for our group: Inclusive democracy ,Affinity Activism