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My Peekskill — # 24 Creative People for a Better Tomorrow

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Make Art!

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There’s a creative people salon in Peekskill every first Monday. I didn’t know but now I do. I went this week and I’m glad I did. It was two hours of good people doing good work. The recent election has focused a lot of good people’s attention on what can be called anti-fascism. For: Civil rights, human rights, equality, justice. Against: Trumpism, misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, plutocracy, kleptocracy, Anti-etc., etc., etc.

The recent election has focused a lot of creative people’s attention. Creative people are in a unique position: what they love most and do best is also one of the strongest forces to entice ordinary people to ground themselves in their own best natures.

Since, in times like these, “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” the fight is not exactly against Trump, but for the conversion of good people from people who do nothing to people who do something. It’s gonna be a whole lot of different somethings. That fight is a cultural, emotional, political, personal fight. Exactly the arenas in which creative people shine the brightest. Creative people will take a leading role in this good fight. At first we won’t quite know what to do or how to do it. But we’ll learn and we’re already working. It’s a process. And it’s good to know the process, right here in Peekskill, has already begun.

Creative people got all kinds of reasons ...

Creative people got all kinds of reasons …

This Friday’s installment of Idea Bin is going to be big, huge. It will include ideas from Monday night, from me and others. And a bunch of items from my own personal big, huge Idea Bin.

First Monday Salons are organized by Carla Rae Johnson. I was going to list participants, but I haven’t asked them. If you were there, either physically or in spirit, and you’re okay with being publicly acknowledged, let me know. I met Maureen Winzig, President of the Peekskill Arts Alliance on the streets of downtown right after I finished this! She was absolutely there Monday night.

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