Community

The Building Community Poster reads: Turn off your TV. Leave your house. Know your neighbors, Look up when you are walking; Greet people; Sit on your stoop; Plant flowers; Use your library; Play together; Buy from local merchants; Share what you have; Help a lost dog; Take children to the park; Garden together; Support neighborhood schools; Fix it even if you didn’t break it; Have pot lucks; Honor elders; Pick up litter; Read storeis aloud; Dance in the street; Talk to the mail carrier; Listen to the birds; Put up a swing; Help carry something heavy; Barter for your goods; Start a tradition; Ask a question; Hire young people for odd jobs; Organize a block party; Bake extra and share; Ask for help when you need it; Open your shades; Sing together; Share your skills; Take back the night; Turn up the music; Turn down the music; Listen before you react to anger; Mediate a conflict; Seek to understand; Learn from new and uncomfortable angles; Know that no one is silent although many are not heard. Work to change this.

Think of no one as “them”; Don’t confuse your comfort with your safety; Talk to strangers; Imagine other cultures through their art, poetry and novels; Listen to music you don’t understand; Dance to it; Act locally; Notice the workings of power & privilege in your culture; Question consumption; Know how your lettuce and coffee are grown: wake up and smell the exploitation; Look for fair trade and union labels; Help build economies from the bottom up; Acquire few needs; Learn a second (or third) language; Visit people, places, and cultures – not tourist attractions; Learn people’s history; Re-define progress; Know physical and political geography; Play games from other cultures; Watch films with subtitles; Know your heritage; Honor everyone’s holidays; Look at the moon and imagine someone else, somewhere else, looking at it too; Read the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Understand the global economy in terms of people, land and water; Don’t confuse money with wealth, or time with money; Have a pen/email pal; Honor indigenous cultures; Judge governance by how well it meets all people’s needs; Be skeptical about what you read; Eat adventurously; Enjoy vegetables, beans and grains in your diet; Choose curiosity over certainty; Know where your water comes from and where your wastes go; Pledge allegiance to the earth: question nationalism; Think South, Central and North – there are many Americans; Assume that many others share your dreams; Know that no one is silent though many are not heard. Work to change this.

Text and images extracted from Northern Sun. Note: Global Living image and text has been modified.

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