In January, 2011, a hundred fifty souls began meeting at the Collected Works Bookstore in downtown Santa Fe to attend a seven-week lecture series entitled “Democracy at the Crossroads and The Evolution of Civilization” delivered by Craig Barnes. These talks were based on four books and had as their intention to create the foundation for a new American story, one that would more truthfully represent the reasons for our successes and our prospects for our future. Four cornerstone books were offered as the basis for these discussions, the overarching purpose of which was “to put the civil back into civilization.” Those books were Bruce Lipton’s The Biology of Belief, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett’s The Spirit Level, Robert Reich’s Aftershock, and Barnes’s own Democracy at the Crossroads.
When the series was over, we had discovered together that a continuing cry in the history of democracy and the struggle for human dignity was uttered in 1898 by Dr. Jose Rizal when, in his battle for independence in the Philippines, he cried out, “We are people here!” Over and over, whether in that revolution in the Philippines, or 20th century revolutions in Latin America and Asia, or the Women’s Rights movement, or in the Civil Rights Movement in the American south, and even in today’s struggle against corporate plutocracy, the cry is the same: “We are people here.”
Our name points to our Constitution. After all, we are people here; we are the ones identified in the preamble to the constitution that begins, “We The People” and today these people are once again on the move, searching for their true identity and their true future that is neither based in conquest, nor in greed, neither in isolation nor in dominance but in working, alive in our diversity, united in our intention to revive democracy.
When the Collected Works series was over in March, 2011, participants were ready to put principles of nonviolence, civility, integrity and compassion into practice first sorting ourselves out by interests. We began searching for “the weakest link” on which to focus our energy
In the Fall of 2012 we identified the Global Banking Industry as the major root cause of much of the misery and inequality in our world. We quickly realized that our “weakest link” was right here in New Mexico and the best place for us to intervene was with educating, advocating and legislating for public banking.
Craig Barnes speaks about our evolution in the following video at a WeArePeopleHere! Town Hall Meeting, October 23, 2012.
Craig Barnes on U.S. Plutocracy & Financial Corruption — WeArePeopleHere! Town Hall Meeting, October 23, 2012