We are writing to share our December hope. Turns out that the pundits and pollsters were way off in their predictions as to how Americans would vote. How did this happen? As Bernard Shaw said, “The biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Remember the “generation gap” of the 1960s? Today, we are suffering a communication gap.
We must now acknowledge an America that is sharply divided by ideology, life experience and polarizing rhetoric. Making assumptions, demonizing and labeling each other are “cop outs,” used to avoid the hard work and the pain of understanding and empathizing with another’s point of view. Author Andrew Boyd says that, “Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others.” Aristotle put it even more simply, “To perceive is to suffer.”
We at Midpen believe it is time to rise to meet the times ahead. As a grassroots community media center, we are uniquely positioned to provide a platform and the tools for community dialog about tough topics like racism, poverty, immigration and the environment. We have three community and two government TV channels, a regional channel, our webstreams, plus 26 years of experience. What if our entire community used these tools?
Our mission is to eradicate the digital divide, to give a voice to the voiceless, so that all may have a place at the negotiating table. By fostering engagement, we build bridges of change that inspire others to change. We are all immigrants, we are all Americans and we are all in this life together. Because of our mission, we have a mandate to work harder than ever for social justice through the democratization of media.
We invite you to share our December hope. A new year is about to start and together, sharing our resources, we can use the tools of media to heal through hearing, to love through listening, and to seek to understand and to be understood. And that’s when the magic happens. Problems that seemed insurmountable can be solved together.
Won’t you join us in 2017 in exploring new pathways to community dialog? Please visit us during one of our bimonthly orientations, check out our workshops and volunteer opportunities or drop in for a visit. With gratitude and hope, we thank you for your support in the past and in the future.
As you watch this Midpen promotional video created by Doug Kreitz, please consider ways to deepen your connection to us. Your time, your talent and your treasure combine to keep the lights on in the building and the fire burning in our hearts as we, as a community, dedicate ourselves to sharing our stories and speaking our truths. To make a tax-deductible contribution please follow this link to our website and click on the donate button.
With deep appreciation and best wishes,