The Pomona Project

Note: What’s below is an unedited first draft, rushed out to be ready for any response I might receive from Pomona College this 8th of April, 2014. It was written to the beat of http://www.zapkolik.com/video/bryan-ferry-carrickfergus-552525 …being a loving lyrical gesture with a sense of collective deadlines.

The Pomona Project
by Oxman

“Shadows hold their breath” — Emily Dickinson

There’s a lot riding on my outreach to http://www.pomona.edu/about/ today, my unsolicited proposal that members of the institution’s Politics Department discuss TOSCA with me… leisurely… with ample heartbeats set aside for obligatory, in-depth Q&A.

TOSCA, as in Transforming Our State with Citizen Action… along the lines of what Saul Alinksy recommended OR vis-à-vis any approach which suits the purposes of the Pomona faculty. http://oxtogrind.org/archive/1540 …which leads to http://oxtogrind.org/archive/1413 is a decent intro to the “plan for action” for California that I’ve been advocating for some time now. That said, I pray that I won’t lose any interest prematurely with my odd writing style*… or because of seeming to be at odds with accepted attitudes at Pomona. I’m not attached to the particular proposal, and I’m quite flexible, the bottom line being that something fresh be attempted in solidarity.

*For the most part, all posts on the archived site were originally written for particular people and purposes long ago.

I’ve already reached out to a visiting professor at Pomona in the Sociology Department to no avail. Haven’t heard a word back on my missive of about a week ago. Perhaps she’s traveling, don’t really know. But there’s no confirmation of receipt to date. Got really excited about her work which was published in Censored 2014, the publication which comes out annually courtesy of Sonoma State and Project Censored and Seven Stories Press. [Discussion of this dynamic should be highly instructive for anyone interested in making inroads via politics today; see the previous post perhaps.]

No matter. “Fail. Fail again. Fail again better.”

I truly believe that I can serve as an asset for the purposes of Pomona College. An unprecedented volunteer… with a possible donation of a singular Politics Library to boot, a collection of volumes and other materials put together over a period of forty years in academia and during worldwide travels.

But, also, my gesture here is quite self-serving. I have a beautiful home schooled teenager whose horizons I’d like to broaden. Details on that sweetheart upon request, but the fact is I am greatly motivated to be the proactive citizen I’m trying to be because I fancy that a hard rain is about to fall, and my youngest will benefit by being a part of — truly bonded with — a larger community than he is at present.

I’m a great believer in dreams. And, inexplicably, I had a dream last night which brought up Claremont. When I cleared my head over early morning coffee, I followed a hunch onto the PC campus.

“Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.”

The Walter Lippman quote above is cited in http://www.pomona.edu/academics/. Spot on, yes.

I can only add that when all people act alike, no one acts very much.

Here’s to the hope that the sweet souls at Pomona College will see fit to deal with the apathy, resignation, cynicism, ignorance, habit and atomization which prevail today… in solidarity with me.

For those dynamics are our primary challenges if we’re interested in the fate of our electoral arena for the future.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=leon+russell+hard+rain’s+gonna+fal l&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=48F6B7F183EB7746B4AF48F6B7F183EB7746B4AF

Addendum:

Interested students at Pomona could be part of the gubernatorial coalition recommended. Ditto for their loved ones, faculty members… or anyone they respect. I’m looking for putting together a tentative list for 2014 post haste… before the semester ends… before a window of opportunity (which will not come again) closes. All as per what the Pomona faculty deems ideal for the students. [I emailed all the people listed at http://www.pomona.edu/academics/departments/politics/index.aspx this morning.] Signing off for now at 11am PST.

Update: Shortly after signing off I received one email from a faculty member on leave. Around NOON I responded to her prompt, positive missive, asking for her to help me connect with others presently on campus. Told her too to read this posting (which none of her colleagues her privy to yet), AND noted that I intended to add what’s directly below.

Tara Krishna is currently completing her final year at Pomona College, where she is studying sociology and public policy analysis with a focus on biology. Tara is interested in the impact of globalization on environmental justice, collective action, media responsibility, and public health.

The above italicized description was taken from Project Censored credits which followed the article Tara co-authored with Nicki Lisa Cole, the visiting Pomona faculty member referenced in my article.

We are documenting ourselves to death in lieu of taking meaningful action on the macroscopic scale necessary now. I LOVED Nicki’s and Tara’s piece on Apple, BUT BUT BUT… it is time to take the “collective action” Tara is interested in. We have deadlines associated with many collective crises, and I should be able to serve as an asset… once people at Pomona decide what’s in their interests.

Update as of 9am PST, 9TH OF APRIL
: ALTHOUGH I WROTE TO AN ADDITIONAL TWENTY-FIVE PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH POMONA… I’VE STILL RECEIVED NO RESPONSE ASIDE FROM THAT TELEGRAPHIC ONE FROM SOMEONE ‘ON LEAVE’… WHO THEN PROCEEDED TO DROP OFF THE FACE OF THE PLANET. This won’t make me into a quietist, but it certainly is new food for thought.