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Progressive Living

There is no doubt that we live in highly polarizing political and economic times in the United States. We are realizing that the labels of being associated with being a Democrat or Republican are losing value, quality, and relevance. The outcome and candidates of the previous election were an example that establishment political labels are ripe for an update. The Republican party loses more and more touch with the basic humility and restraint that it claims to have in governance and federalism. And the Democrats refuse to move the party towards a cohesive and collective national progressive agenda as they are too concerned about losing Independents.
 
Politics will need to be driven by greater problem-solving and less gridlock, wisdom and less partisans, and a commitment to enriching and nourishing people and places at city, state, and national levels. The recent book The Clean Money Revolution by visionary business leader Joel Solomon, argues that healing the divide is about "putting purpose beyond self-interest" with a decentralized, distributive, and progressive approach to our political and economic systems that pledges to divest from extractive and exploitative financial systems. His fervor for progressive thinking is a service to citizens in general as well as political and business leaders worldwide. Solomon advocates for a society that moves beyond the danger of self-disempowerment and shows "care by acting on our values, ethics, and morals."  

He preaches a future where we become billionaires of good deeds for people and planet.

And though we can't change the world from the screens of our phones, direct contact with people and places will fuel the grassroots edge-walkers we can be as global citizens. He further suggests the importance of consuming lightly and to waste little and of not piling money but spreading it. So be even more generous with your time, energy, and resources. These principles of the future will take inner skill, vision, and strategy that will challenge us to move past "emotionally sedentary and spiritually passive" lives.

But what does a progressive agenda look like?

Joel Solomon has outlined it for us all to present and demand of our leaders to adopt. Give them the people's voice!

  • Fair Taxation
  • Gender, race, class, and sexual preference equality
  • Global Carbon Pricing
  • Elimination of fossil fuel subsidies 
  • Legal ownership of pollution and externalities
  • Life cycle manufacturing responsibility 
  • Money out of politics
  • Proportional representation voting
  • De-growth prosperity
  • Slowing population growth
  • Minimum guaranteed income
  • Just social safety net
  • Housing as a human right
  • Prison and drug law reform
  • Gun control and demilitarization
  • Quality public health care and education
  • Reparations for colonialism and slavery
  • Transitions to renewable energy
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Green living and buildings
  • Soil restoration and carbon capture
  • Guaranteed income, health care, and education
  • Zero waste
  • War and weapons industry reduction
  • Steady state economy transition

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About The Author

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

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