Why So Many Negative Posts!

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Texas State University students in October 2015 at Party Politics US pilot kickoff of Chalkboard Conversations party ask questions to make a point.


By Atiba Madyun

My company Party Politics US’ secret group on Facebook, Chalkboard Conversations, had a member from abroad ask why so many negative posts.  The comment was placed on a post about the incident that occurred at a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Starbucks.   The group has over 4,000 members from all walks of life posting and commenting everyday.

It has diverse viewpoints and our members are in over 80 countries.   Members are allowed to discuss, debate even argue the issues, but never allowed to insult the messenger.   Our members speak highly of the platform, many saying it is the only one they are on that the conversation remains civil.

Below is my response to the question about negative posts.  It gets to the core of where we are today and if you want to join our discussions please see how to join read below.

“When this country lives out the true meaning of its creed “that all are endowed with the rights of liberty, freedom and justice” then you’ll see the posts change.

The expression of frustration are heightened when unarmed men, women and children are being killed because of the color of their skin.  The people in this country see that and there are far more people connected to the issues and sickened by the inequality. An idea of equality is preached in our schools, but in our society, it is not lived out in practice.

The negative posts will decrease, when healthcare becomes an inherent right to live…

And unequal pay becomes equal pay for doing the same job, you will see a change.

This country boasts of being the greatest nation in the world.  We invest more into our  military power than in cultivating citizens ability to be creative and innovative.

The posts are a reflection of that.

Our country like many others around the globe are filled with citizens that believe the opportunity our country promises is meted out to a few and denied to the masses.

Further, the structure of this nation has from its inception, denied the right of full citizenship, even to those who were here first.

What you see in the posts are the concerns of many.

There are far too many instances of irresponsible leadership and when that happens the citizens here and abroad should speak out.  We have that right in America and exercise it generously.

America is a form of democracy, yet the president of this great nation is not elected by the majority as we have seen in two of the last five presidential elections.

If our nation is to be a leader in the world and if it is to be a moral compass in this world, it must show in its example the power of human excellence.   All our institutions from government, corporate, small business, nonprofit to faith based must accept that responsibility.  To do this, we must use our power as citizens to exhibit the power of a great moral standard.  Instead, of that moral standard, our government leans on the power of our military and law enforcement to make people do what it says is right, not what is always morally right.  It does so to protect the oligarchs and today, we are under a fascist form of government.

We are better as a nation and the world when we show the power of our example is about fairness and opportunity for all.  And in our right as citizens, we are given the right to express our concerns.”

If you would like to join our online conversations, send me a message or better yet, find me on Facebook Atiba Madyun and I will be happy to add you.

Atiba Madyun is founder and president of Party Politics US that is putting the party before the politics by amplifying and attracting unheard voices using fun, innovative events to create safe spaces to make genuine conversations possible.

Chalkboard Conversation is a platform of Party Politics US, created in 2015.  It’s physical boards capture stories to share that generate conversations.  Today, it has more than 4,000 members.

 

Birthday!

img_2584God is a magnificent Creator and the Earth is a wondrous place. I woke this birthday morning with a text from my first love that read, “Happy Birthday My love. You made us parents on this day. Love you. Enjoy your day!”

My mom’s text put the biggest smile on my face!  Every day is a new day.  The sun shines and the Earth, like a rose, bloom as the sun touches us on land and water.  As we get older, our birthdays come faster and faster while the Earth maintains the same velocity, balanced on her axis.

Today, reading birthday messages, I am uplifted that so many took time to send little me a note.  I’m thankful and grateful for each.  Yesterday my childhood friend, Karin Mayer, who I haven’t seen in more than 30 years, sent a bday message from Australia where they are a day ahead of us!

Today my 44th birthday is a big change from 43.  Over the past year, I lost 40lbs. Can’t believe it and launched my brainchild, Party Politics with a group of amazing people.  They are volunteering their time because they believe in the idea of Party Politics. We are creating opportunities to bring us all together and have fun doing it. 

My weight loss came about because of Amanda Shipe and her wonderful team at Mind Your Body Oasis Yoga Studio & Wellness Center.  They’ve helped me on my journey.  I can only try to simplify the magnifying power that yoga has given me in balance, mindfulness and nutrition. It helped me see clearer, what I hope to achieve in the months and years to come.  Balance is important not just in yoga, or my nutrition, but also in how we think and approach life.

Political conversations are too often one side against the other.  Each debating their cause and views.  I have been criticized at times for being too middle of the road.  Accused of being on the wrong side of an issue.  I admit to being as opinionated as the next person. But more and more, I am trying to see through the eyes of everyone.

That’s been accelerated with Party Politics.  When you see the viewpoints of many written on a chalkboard, on our social media platforms it can soften your heart if you are open to it.  When I see protect my guns and immigration reform on the same board, I smile.  A Republican and a Democrat’s thoughts on our board and yet, no arguing.

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Words written on a board can teach without a debate.  Those things, people are writing that they want the next President to work on, have a life.  We are going to share those stories with the public, elected officials, and media.  On paper, on a chalkboard, on our platforms there they are for everyone to see.  To date, over tens of thousands of entries are in our database.  And we are reaching more everyday.  I can tell you the most popular and the funniest.

We want to tell everyone this story, because it isn’t the voices you normally hear on the campaign trail.  These are the voices often never heard from.  So as we tell this story leading up to the political parties of the summer, we too are going to be hosting parties along the way.

The voices just like the music at a party gets louder, the more people join us.  So, I’m asking if you’ve read this far 😜 to do me a favor. Or grant me a birthday wish. Share with us regardless of your politics, race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin what you want the next US President to work on.  What would be even better is if you take a few more seconds and share why that is important to you.

Like the student who wrote guns has a viewpoint, so does the person who wrote immigration reform and above it, wrote because of my parents.

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Party Politics US is my brainchild but its platforms belongs to you and you can share it farther and wider than our team can.  Together, we can do more, just like our voices can be louder together.  We have an amazing team volunteering their talent to make this happen. You too can join us! 😜

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Our goal is to bring different people, celebrities, elected officials, everyday citizens to the table.  Food is an amazing connector!  That’s what our dinner conversation series soon to launch is about. The chalkboard conversations allow us to share what you and others want the next President to work on.  And there is more in store.

This is just the beginning. We are hosting actual parties and happy hours inviting you and many others to come. The idea is together in festive settings we don’t always know your politics. But most all want to have fun.  This is just the 2016 stuff, after the elections, when the noise of the campaigns are over, we have more in store for you.  This is only the beginning!

So do me a favor. Today, for my birthday, take a second and like on one of Party Politics US Platforms.

We are on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Even SnapChat which I admit to still not fully understanding!  All of our platforms are Party Politics US.  If we want to change the tone, and elevate our causes, we have to find ways to do them together.  We believe, more can be achieved together, especially if we are having fun doing it!

I wish all of you a wonderful day! And thank you for reading this message!

Namaste!

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Are We the Problem…..

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I haven’t blogged in a while, because I have been studying habits and reading your posts on Facebook.   I haven’t posted as many news stories even though some of you might say I post a lot too. 🙂  I still have opinions but realize that some of what we are saying and sharing sometimes creates more division.

Some who see me post, or read might say, I put a lot of thoughts into what I share.  And I do……

Its nice to keep up with what’s going on in people’s lives but more importantly see how people are thinking.  And the more I read, the more I make an effort to stay away from negativity and only read the positive posts.

Some posts are beautiful! Particularly the ones with your children and families move me.

But over the past year, I have recognized that many posts about politics, political parties, racism and discrimination are just as biased and racially charged as the act they seek to condemn.

How much hate there is in the World!  If we remember that hate produces hate until someone injects love into the mix, perhaps we would be more careful about what we post.  More importantly seek to say things in a way to make things better.

I don’t agree with posting things about Bruce Jenner’s sex change, the Kardashians, Beyoncé etc. who make more and more money with each post at the expense of poor and middle class people. Or the show Empire on FOX because it portrays negative stereotypes that feed a monster of money for FOX News that promotes hate and division.

I believe that we could be and do so much better than the negativity that is out there if we stop to recognize how “We” feed the monsters of poverty, division, racial divide and political division that we often condemn.

If the poor and middle class keep supporting wealth in a way that drives poverty creating more outlets for crime, how do we stop the cycle if we don’t recognize the habit?

At some point instead of pointing the finger at others, wouldn’t it be more productive if we decided that our posts and comments, actions and will could do a lot more together to eliminate the social issues and problems that race, economic disparity create.

That could create better avenues to pursue human excellence instead of its polar opposite?

What do you think?

AtibaAtiba Madyun is the President of The Madyun Group (TMG), a Public Affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. and creator of Cognitive Relevance (CR) and Party Politics (PP). Follow on Twitter @atibamadyun or Like Atiba Madyun on Facebook.