How to Join Our Congress

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What Is YOUR Passion?

If you're reading this, chances are you really care about something in your world that needs improving through public policy formation, i.e. the political process. There are two components to the political process:

  1. Material component: the nuts and bolts of the law, ordinance, rule, code, trade agreement, treaty, etc. The electoral process. The legislative process. The judicial process. The executive process. 
  2. Cognitive component: what has to be in the brains of citizens for the political process to make sense. The cognitive component is that good idea and/or the moral message that inspires us to collaborate.

For example, if you are a Rotarian, you probably joined your local Rotary Club to exercise "Service Above Self" in one of Rotary's Areas of Focus. Rotary's Policy on Politics focuses on the cognitive component and prohibits Rotary Clubs from the material component. The Empathy Surplus Project and its member Caring Citizens' Congress is modeled after Rotary. Two of our founders are Rotarians: Chuck Watts and Anita Lewis. Although we are seeking Rotarian partnerships, you do not have to be a Rotarian to join. We, too, focus on the cognitive component, AND have a material component.

Whatever YOUR area of focus might be, consider the organizational infrastructure we have to offer to implement your policy direction.

How to Join the First Caring Citizens' Congress

We are a 501(c)4 organization focused on building an empathy surplus in our world through respect for and protection and promotion of human rights and human well-being. We are a neighborhood think-and-do media group, modeled after Rotary,committed to building trust for effective governance in our personal spheres of influence with Four Empathic Activities: 

  • We will inwardly digest and use the values of empathy and responsibility for self and others in daily conversation “in order to form a more perfect Union.”
  • We will invest in our peaceable public assemblies and weekly pledge “our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor” to strengthen compassion occupation and identify caring policy directions.
  • We will invite our neighbors and public officials to join us for the sake of freedom and human dignity now and forever.

First, Be Our Guest for Awhile . . .

We gather every week, either physically from several venues, or virtually with BlueJeansThis link describes a typical gathering. 

We gather on Tuesdays:

In eight to 12 weeks your guest status ends and you either join us or not.

Please contact a delegate today.

Screenshot_2015-10-11_13.51.20.jpgThe Credentials Path to Delegate and Adjunct Membership

Effective governance is not something caring citizens can simply delegate to elected representatives. Caring citizens have a significant role in framing the debate into which we want our representatives to enter. Joining a Caring Citizens' Congress puts you into a community of practice, a think-and-do media group focused on building an empathy surplus in your personal spheres of influence. Each step of the credentials process is mentored by one of our delegates to underscore the importance of collaboration. The steps are not necessarily in order.

  1. Add your email to the First Caring Citizens' Congress and let us know you are interested in joining us.
  2. RSVP to one of our calendar events to indicate you would like to be our guest at an event.
  3. Sign the Caring Citizen Declaration. Used at each of our peaceable assemblies to open the meeting, one of our founders created it using the language of the US Declaration of Independence, President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the Occupy Movement, and the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Independence.
  4. Be interviewed with the Caring Citizen Freedom Survey on Healthcare Human Rights by a caring citizen delegate. This survey was developed by the Vermont Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign and used as a relationship building instrument. The responses have been used in civil society testimony at the US State Department during their UPR, Universal Periodic Review. The UPR is a way that member states of the UN evaluate each other on their human rights record.
  5. Join FaceBook. Our work to build an empathy surplus is done with words. Social media helps us do our work.
  6. Join Google+
  7. Join Twitter
  8. Become a Caring Photo Petitioner. 
  9. Establish one's Caring Citizen Delegate recurring dues of $6 / month.
  10. Establish one's Monthly Freedom Investment to our parent organization, Empathy Surplus Project.
  11. Show proof of voter registration, preferably by requesting a walking list of your precinct from your board of elections. Residents of the United States, who are not citizens and legally residing in our country, are inducted as adjunct members, who have all the privileges of delegates except the vote.

Induction Ceremony

Once a caring citizen has completed the credentials path to membership, s/he is inducted into the Caring Citizens' Congress and receives the following documents for their study.

  1. Manual of Procedure
  2. Caring Citizens’ Flashcards
  3. A subscription to YES magazine.

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