We hope you find the following videos informative as you continue along your path of determining, via the election in November, who you trust to make decisions in service of our membership in democracy. We believe that any elucidation of the choice creates additional confidence that our practice of democracy can guide us where we have always wanted America to go.

It is our hope in what America can become, always, and the relentless demand for reconciliation to this ideal in our own consciousness which feels at most risk at this moment in time. There are days when I feel like we have lost our way, that somewhere, each of us, and I, am responsible for what America has not yet achieved in its pursuit of opportunity for all and freedom for each.

I feel disappointed, as I watch our public discussions suggest, that as a whole, our society is struggling to live up to its potential in a world that daily tests our confidence in our founding principles. So many Americans are not receiving the opportunity to live the American dream, which, accurately defined, seems more a concept of how to fashion their dreams than a specific prescription for material definitions of success. For those who have found their American dream, it seems that we have asked less of them than their capability implies, having not yet found an effective path for the knowledge they possess to navigate the world to become common knowledge that can be used to forge higher and higher levels of capability for our society and world at large.

In the midst of my disappointment, an idea for what defines this current circumstance has formed. It is that we have allowed presentation to stand in for a direct accounting of the effectiveness of our ideas to the challenges we face. We have espoused the appearance of the possession of an idea in place of our own daily application of it, where we would verify its accuracy to the outcomes of its prescription. We have taken to watching our democracy, rather than being our democracy – partly out of fear, partly out of complacency, but mostly out of the struggles that come with learning, on and about a planet that we have inhabited for many thousands of years, that each day requires us to reassess and apply our principles to a challenge we have not yet faced. 

During my internal discussions with the members of the campaign, we debated the merits of filming and posting a video reading of the letter that I wrote. We believe that a video medium usefully conveys the deeper emotional relationship to the ideas that we possess, and we believe that it adds an additional level of responsibility for me to be honest to and take actions consistent with these principles. Yet, we were concerned that any additional direct action we took, with respect to the letter, could be misconstrued as intentionally using artifice and presentation to direct your attention away from a thorough and reasoned analysis of the actual ideas included in the letter and our belief in their equal applicability to our lives, as well as yours.

We worried that some people might use the posting as an opportunity to cast doubt as to our motives, intent or capability for the office to which we request your consideration. Our own analysis of the production value concluded that it was less than ideal, less than perfect and conveyed less of the intent behind the letter than we had originally hoped. That said, the video was crafted in our very real context today – an imperfect world working to come to grips with the immediate definition of its reality, with businesses closed, a threat of sickness that spares no one from risk and a requirement to work together that has potentially never been more real, or on such a global scale.

In the end, we felt a requirement for the ideas to take primacy and to demonstrate that doing so is how we believe the world achieves progress. It isn’t the final production that defines our path, it is the effort, and the self-analysis, away from the artifice, that defines the future in positive ways. We invite you to evaluate our actions directly where otherwise we could avoid your potential concerns and equally insulate ourselves, internal to our conscience, from accusations of duplicity, hypocrisy or inability to execute effectively on the ideas we espouse. We feel that posting the videos regarding the letter, in their most honest form, was our responsibility to embrace America as we find it today and make the principles that will carry us into tomorrow real for all to examine.

The Letter Q&A

Chris and his team discuss his letter to the American citizens and the world, and his approach to writing it.

8/12/20 Keep Teachers Teaching Plan: Live Webinar

On this webinar, we received and responded to the following questions from our participants:

  1. What is the plan to reopen schools?
  2. Why this approach?
  3. How will it work?
  4. How will it be funded?
  5. How will resources and technology be distributed?
  6. How will teachers be involved?
  7. How will the plan support and train teachers? 
  8. How will students stay engaged?
  9. How will we minimize COVID infections/transmission?
  10. What is the Community Needs Assessment Process?
  11. Why do we need to implement the plan to Keep Teachers Teaching first?
8/22/20 Keep Teachers Teaching Plan: Live Webinar

On this webinar, we received and responded to the following questions from our participants:

  1. How will students get what they need physically, mentally, and socially?
  2. How will parents/students get access to the information and technology they need?
  3. How will we ensure the safety of students who will be participating in virtual learning?
  4. How will students be involved in decisions that affect them?
  5. How will we allow students to do the activities they enjoy?
  6. What is the plan B for K-3rd grade students if young children prove to have higher than expected COVID-19 susceptibility / transmission rates? 
8/24/20 Keep Teachers Teaching Plan: Live Webinar

On this webinar, we received and responded to the following questions from our participants:

  1. Why is it worth it?
  2. What are the costs of education interruptions to students and the future economy?
  3. How much will the plan cost?
  4. How will information flow from communities to community leaders and elected officials?
  5. How do underrepresented community members / groups have a voice in the decision making process?
  6. How do we ensure the mental and social health of students?
The hang out on 9/2/20

The campaign team answered questions from event attendees on any topic.

The hang out on 9/5/20

The campaign team answered questions from event attendees on various topics.