FASP @ NYU & The Sexton Plan

“Am I wrong, Papi, does it do any good to have a great healthcare plan in place in a place like Taiwan if the air there makes the place uninhabitable?” — the author’s twelve-year-old

“You must change your life.” — Rilke

I received an email recently from a rep of the FASP group in New York City. Below is an excerpt with comments off the top of my head in BOLDFACE CAPS. This is kind of an open letter to one and all… written in about 10′. http://nyufasp.com/ is something my new buddy Adam and others I send here should check out. http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/11/09/my-life-under-medicare-for-all/ is something that can be embraced to everyone’s benefit much sooner than you might imagine; that or something comparable. Again, the various pleas, proposals from all realms can be incorporated into the TONY/TOSCA framework. And should. Yesterday; there’s what I consider an interesting tentative list — Oakland-centered — provided on the previous post.

As for what FASP is doing, we are working in several realms:
BEFORE EVEN READING WHAT’S BELOW, I IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT THAT THE GROUP WOULD BENEFIT BY — SIMULTANEOUSLY — TACKLING LARGER ISSUES… AS THEY GO ABOUT DEALING WITH WHAT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEIR FACES ON AND AROUND THE NYU CAMPUS. INDIAN POINT CAME TO MIND. THE INCREASING DISPARITY BETWEEN RICH AND POOR IN NYC REARED ITS UGLY HEAD. THE FACT THAT IF ONE MADE USE OF THE POPULATION DENSITY OF NYC ONE COULD FIT THE ENTIRE WORLD’S POPULATION INTO THE STATE OF TEXAS WAS ANOTHER THOUGHT… AS I CONTEMPLATED HOW SILLY IT WAS FOR DIFFERENT PRESTIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS TO TOUT NYC AS OUR GREENEST URBAN CENTER. AND SO ON AND SO ON AD INFINITUM. I SUBMIT THAT WHATEVER ISSUES ANY GROUP IS DEALING WITH IN LITTLE LOCAL CORNERS — LIKE THE WELL-INTENTIONED FASP PEOPLE… ACTIVISTS NEED TO SECURE SIGNIFICANT REINS OF POWER; IN NY AND CALIFORNIA THAT MEANS SHOOTING FOR THE GUBERNATORIAL OFFICES WITH UNAFFILIATED, NON-POLITICIAN CITIZENS TAKING OVER AS PER PREVIOUS POSTS ON THIS ARCHIVED SITE.

1. Fostering debate within NYU about faculty governance, transparency, and the future of the school:
- meeting with members and convening meetings for faculty to talk to one another
- organizing faculty members towards a vote of no-confidence in the NYU administration
- getting tenants of Washington Square Village and Silver Towers to talk to one another about the effects of the plan THE TONY PROJECT — SEE http://oxtogrind.org/archive/1103 — WOULD HELP FASP MAKE INROADS AS PER THE EXPRESSED INTERESTS ABOVE.

2. Coalition building:
-working with community groups that are fighting over-development, gentrification, etc.
-meeting with village residents one-on-one to hear their concerns and get their ideas
THE ABILITY OF FASP TO RECRUIT AND ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION WOULD BE AIDED IMMEASURABLY BY SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF TONY.

3. Consciousness-Raising:
-Our petition (on SignOn.com) has over 850 signatures
-Discussing consequences of the plan in the media, on college discussion boards, on blogs, in interviews, and in our literature (for example, Mark Crispin Miller’s recent interview in the Vanishing City blog got the word out to hundreds if not thousands of people; we got a huge increase in the numbers of people contacting us)
-Writing materials to spread to all faculty and allies
I’M VERY MUCH IN TOUCH WITH MARK KRISPIN MILLER, AND I EAGERLY LOOK FORWARD TO OUR NEXT COMMUNICATION. THE THING IS, NO ONE HAS TO WAIT FOR ANYONE RESPECTING TONY. NO ONE SHOULD. NECESSARY URGENCY ON ADDRESSING THE BIG PICTURE MUST BE HONORED; WE CANNOT PROCEED AT THE PACE OF AN ARTHRITIC SNAIL. ALL ACTIVIST QUARTERS ARE PLAGUED BY THE UNSPOKEN NOTION THAT MOVEMENT CAN FORGE AHEAD AT THE PACE OF THE 30s OR 60s OF THE PAST CENTURY OR PREVIOUS CENTURIES. IN FACT, WE HAVE DEADLINES THAT DEMAND THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WHATEVER SEEDS WE THINK WE’RE PLANTING FOR FUTURE ACTION WILL NOT — MANY OF THEM, TOO MANY — BLOOM IN TIME. SO THAT ANY ADVANCES WE MIGHT MAKE IMMEDIATELY BY FOLLOWING AN OBSOLETE PACE WILL BE WASHED AWAY BY THE HORRID MOMENTUM IN OTHER QUARTERS… WHICH WE ARE EXPECTING SOMEONE ELSE TO DEAL WITH. CONCERNING ISSUES WHICH NO ONE IS DEALING WITH EFFECTIVELY ON A MACROSCOPIC SCALE. FASP PEOPLE — I HUMBLY SUBMIT — MUST DEEPLY CONSIDER TAKING ACTION WHICH WILL GIVE THEM THE GUBERNATORIAL REINS OF POWER IN NY. HOW TO ACCOMPLISH THAT I CAN ANSWER IN CONFIDENCE, IN PRIVATE. AND THAT IS ANOTHER DISCUSSION REGARDLESS. HERE, ALL ONE NEED CONSIDER IS WHAT HAS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED, AND AT WHAT PACE. WHICH MEANS THE READER MUST BE PREPARED TO TELL ME OR THEMSELVES AND THEIR COLLEAGUES WHAT DEADLINES THEY FACE COLLECTIVELY ASIDE FROM THE OBVIOUS ONES ON CAMPUS.

4. Events:
Our most recent events were 9/19, when FASP members flyered an alumni event and the artist collective “The Illuminator” projected graphic images (such as “NYU: Too Big to Fail?” on NYU buildings, and 10/10, a fantastic Benefit Concert in the Village with incredible NYC artists performing and speaking out on the issue. INCREDIBLE NYC ARTISTS? WHOAA!!! WE REALLY DO NEED TO ENGAGE IN LEISURELY DIALOGUE ABOUT TONY, FASP PEOPLE, WITH AMPLE TIME SET ASIDE FOR IN-DEPTH Q&A. IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO SUCH SOULS, IF YOU’VE GENERATED INTEREST AMONG ANY HIGH PROFILE PEOPLE IN THAT REALM… WELL, I’D SAY — TO BORROW A PHRASE I FIRST CAME ACROSS IN LAS VEGAS — WE HAVE A LOCK ON THIS TONY THING.

5. Legal Activism:
-Pursuing our lawsuit against the City, which includes research and working with our co-plaintiffs, 10 other community groups and 11 individuals. PUT A LAWYER OR TWO INTO THE GUBERNATORIAL COALITION MIX THAT TONY HAS AS ITS VERY SPINE, AND I’D SAY THAT YOU’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE ANY LEGAL COSTS WHATSOEVER, OR THAT THEY’D BE SO MINIMAL THAT I COULD PERSONALLY TAKE CARE OF SUCH COSTS ON MY OWN… AS WE PROCEED IN SOLIDARITY… ADDRESSING THE BIGGER PICTURE… FOR US ALL. REMEMBER, I’ IMAGINING A CALIFORNIA COUNTERPART TAKING PLACE IN THE FORM OF TOSCA AS TONY SENDS RIPPLES NATIONWIDE. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO SOLVE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT NYC PROBLEMS WITHOUT DEALING WITH LOTS OF ISSUES WHICH CAN BE CHARACTERIZED AS ‘CROSS THE BOARD CRISES, YES?

6. Fundraising - so that we can do all of the above activities. TONY WILL OPERATE ON A ZERO BUDGET WHILST GENERATING REVENUE FOR FASP PURPOSES EFFORTLESSLY.

THANKS FOR YOUR KIND CONSIDERATION.

BLESSINGS IN SOLIDARITY,
YOUR OX

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NOTE FOR ADAM: Please keep in mind that the logic — the absolute sense — of your plea, the clear common sense embedded in Ralph Nader’s incessant articles on Single Payer and the like are bootless cries. Necessary, but insufficient when put out there on their own. Meaning, that like with the signatures being collected on behalf of the FASP agenda… a supplement is needed. Articles and petitions are obsolete forms for moving the public to necessary action when employed as the primary or exclusive means for doing so. To clarify, when I signed the Georgia petition to save Troy Davis’ life over a year ago along with the Pope, Jimmy Carter, Angela Davis, Desmond Tutu, conservative Georgia politicians and a million others, I did so gladly. BUT BUT BUT… I never signed with the notion that that John Hancock and the million other signatures would be sufficient on their own. I got involved in supplementary action. I failed to save Troy, and he moved from Death Row to oblivion courtesy of the unkind state and the merciless state of our society. Still, the point holds. If you or anyone from the FASP group had been Guv of Georgia at the time, I’m guessing that Troy’s innocent life would have been spared. And that’s a noteworthy point that’s at least co-equal with the injustice concerning healthcare which is the spine of your recent article, yes?