Besides hearing Michelle Obama, the best part of my Monday was attending a meeting sponsored by the Network of Spiritual Progressives. They were presenting The Global Marshall Plan, a proposal for the G-8 nations to end poverty and war around the world within 20 years.
Sound far fetched? It sounds real good to me.
In fact, I thought they presented a compelling argument that this idea would be a compelling political platform. I think it's an idea that would resonate with lots of young people.
However, they're going to have a hard time engaging young people in their movement. Why? Watch the videos.
Here's Rabbi Michael Lerner:
And here's the Rev. Tony Campolo:
Isn't it clear that Rabbi Lerner really has no clue about why more young people aren't there? When I suggest that they need to involve young people in leadership, he responds by saying that the event was open to everyone.
And Rev. Campolo's attack on rap music is the most classic faux pas any activist can make if they want to engage young people. I mean, writing off a whole genre of music and art?
And why do people always ask me about college students when they talk about young people? It's easier to engage college students than it is to get people in their post-collegiate years.
I really hope that North Carolinians will understand the importance of a spiritual progressive movement. Perhaps we can help make The Global Marshall Plan a reality. To date, no members of our congressional delegation are among the 20+ House members who have co-sponsored the bill.