After reading the notes from the recent discussion, I think we
need to address a couple of very basic issues at the very outset
of revitalizing SftP.
(1) The dire need to popularize basic scientific ideas and
facts- especially in the US. Since the inception of SftP, the US
citizenry have been so dumbed down that the religious right (in
all its denominations) and the uber-rich rulingclass has
successfully infused myths and antiscience notions into tens of
millions of folks' understanding of the world.
(2) Coupled with this are the persistent virulent racism and
sexism policies that are normalized within US and European
cultures, economics and politics. Of course, these negative
attributes have spilled over to Africa, Asia and Latin America
and also must be eradicated there. But, it is the US and Europe
where they get their material fuel to fester and expand like a
toxic global fog.
We cannot have a viable renewal of SftP without realizing that
the organization must have- at its very inception -a significant
number of Black. Latino and Asian SftP participants. Afterall,
we are the obvious majority of Humanity on Earth! And its mostly
our children who will inherit the outcomes of the success or
failure of our struggle to bring about Science for the People.
Hence, I believe that a conscious and concerted effort is needed
to recruit at
least a third
of our "Re-Founders" from
Black, Latino and Asian science-interested/science
worker/science educator folk.
I know it's a very hard challenge! But, if we go about doing the
same thing we did back in the 70s and 80s, progressive science
and technology will- once again -be stultified. this may mean a
much slower roll out of SftP V.2. But, it would be much more
representative of the world we are trying to save from global
dystopia or extinction.
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Sent: Jun 6, 2015 1:05 PM
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Subject: Re: SftP Revitalization call - Sunday June 7 at 5PM
EST/4PM CST/2PM PST
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the Science for the People Revitalization group will
have its next conference call tomorrow, Sunday, June 7th
at 5PM EST/4PM CST/2PM PST.
Geredien asked me to circulate some notes from a recent
discussion she had with Dr. Levins - see attached.
this call, we will discuss ideas for bringing new people
into our efforts to revitalize SftP and other next
steps. It would great if someone who attended the May
21-23 symposium for Dr. Richard Levins could report back
about the event. Please reply with any other agenda
items or ideas for the call.
number and meeting ID are:
Host ID: 6522
group has a conference call the first Sunday of every
month at 5PM EST/4PM CST/2PM PST.
you are interested in further participation in the SftP
revival, please reply to this email with your contact