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EDA DECEMBER NEWSLETTER - Let's Get Involved!
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THIS MONTH IN EDA NEWS
•  JOIN THE CONVERSATION: As we redefine economic democracy
•  SAVE THE DATE: 2019 EDA Conference announcement
•  SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE: Co-create the EDA advocacy training program
•  WHAT THE BOARD'S BEEN UP TO: About December meetings
Dear <<First Name>>,

Although the year is coming to a close, EDA is just ramping up. Over the past month we launched five new groups for our members to become involved with (it's not too late to join); have started planning our 3rd annual conference; and our Board has been super busy behind the scenes. 

At a time when our democracy is being challenged, the effects of climate change are leaving scars on the planet and our resources are dwindling, we at EDA are working on exciting solutions-based research to help move us into the future in a more balanced way. Now's the time for EDA members to explore, learn and embark on advocating for economic change. Our future depends on it. 

Read on to see how you can get involved. 
 
– Our Long March to Economic Democracy –
CREATING THE STORY OF EDA
A Christmas decoration sits among the burned ruins of a store in Paradise, California, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. A wildfire called the Camp Fire tore through the Northern California town killing dozens and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) ORG XMIT: CARP109

Growing numbers of people don’t want capitalism anymore, but can’t articulate or even imagine an alternative. In the meantime, rising global temperatures are making it necessary to create a much more decentralized economic system.

EDA is already a significant part of this movement. We are redefining economic democracy by showing that resources must be shared fairly and sustainably during a time of climate change and the economic and social unrest that is resulting.

EDA has begun its long campaign to ensure that the world’s bioregions are managed democratically and self-sufficiently by the people living within them. Our Inquiry Group has embarked on a 75-minute video, an advocacy training program for legislative action and a new website and branding format to tell this story and bring the public along on our journey.

Active members can join one of these teams here:
VIDEO
ADVOCACY
WEBSITE
BRANDING

All Active and Supporting Members are also invited to join the Inquiry Group on Zoom every Monday at 5 pm PT (6 pm MT, 7 pm CT, 8 pm ET).

– SAVE THE DATE –
2019 EDA CONFERENCE
EDA will be hosting its 3rd annual conference
October 3-6, 2019, in Oakland, CA
Our 2019 conference site is at the heart of the San Francisco Bay Watershed, the subject of EDA’s agricultural sustainability research project that was highlighted last June in Philadelphia. Our research team will present an update on this continuing work when we meet in Oakland. Additionally, this year’s conference will launch EDA’s advocacy training program, as we begin inviting the public to join us in this all-important work.

Reserve the dates now, and stay tuned for more information!   
– Journey to the Heart of Transformation –
GROWING OUR ADVOCACY TEAM
Advocacy is a set of targeted actions directed at decision-makers in support of a specific policy issue.

You’re invited to join our dynamic advocacy team weekly meetings on Thursdays 4 pm PT (5 pm MT, 6 pm CT, 7 pm ET). Work has already begun on developing a training manual that can be used for both in-person and podcast trainings, and we’d like your input. EDA’s focus, and that of our advocacy efforts is the equitable sharing and sustainability of food, water and energy in the various bioregions that we inhabit. These trainings will help you see where and how the current system has failed and provide a blueprint for coordinated action that can lead to a system capable of meeting everyone’s basic needs. In particular you will learn to bring your growing expertise on the subject to your region’s local legislators and decision-makers, where you can have the greatest impact for real change.

If you’re already an active member, click the above link to learn more, or to join the group. Otherwise, drop a note to Jacelyn@EconomicDemocractAdvocates.org
 
REPORT FROM THE BOARD
– November Meetings –
Four issues were consistently at the top of our agenda throughout November:
  1. 501(c)(3) Progress. As you probably know, we have been working ever since the summer to create a branch of EDA that is entirely educational in its purpose thus making all donations to it entirely tax deductible. We are happy to report that work is now complete. We call the new branch “Educational Democracy Advocates Foundation” to distinguish it from the 501(c)(4) that was originally formed and still exists for our lobbying efforts.
  2. Development Director Search. This work needs money to be effective, and the Charter specifies the position of “Director of Development” for the person responsible for leading and coordinating the effort to raise the necessary funds. As you have hopefully seen, we have defined a job description, advertised for applicants and hope to be soon able to name our new Director of Development. 
  3. 2019 Conference. EDA seems to be growing one conference at a time. Our first got us going, our second formed the Charter, and a third will launch us into our advocacy work. In November we found the venue (no small step), and planning has already begun for the content.
  4. Inquiry Process. As also explained elsewhere in this newsletter, all members of EDA have been invited to share in the process of writing the story we are here to tell.  While this project is being skillfully led by our Managing Director, the Board has discussed it weekly largely to see how we might best support and contribute to this vital part of our development. 

Through all of this we are gradually building our working relationships. We find ourselves referring often to freedom, equality and cooperation as guiding principles. Applied to our work these translate into power to make things happen, dedication to what is truly for the good of EDA and then working together to make it happen. 

Thank you for being with us in all this.
George Catlin for the Board

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