Saturday, August 6, 2016

Open Letter to Bernie Sanders (from a poor person)

Dear Bernie Sanders,
    In my near 40 years on this planet, your run for presidency was the first time I had felt hope for our future as a nation. For the first time in my life I dutifully donated monthly to your campaign; which is not easy for someone who lives on about ten thousand dollars a year. Growing up a poor person one becomes aware and then numb to the fact that things won't get better, that elected officials see you as worthless, that you are punished by the system for the simple luck of being born poor. 
     You changed that for me. For once I had hope that someone was listening. Someone was willing to step up and demand a change. That education, health care, job security, and peace of mind should not be a privilege, but a right for all Americans. That overinflated health care, real estate, and college educations are tools to keep poor Americans in their place with no hope to ever break free from an institutionalized economic slavery. 
     And just when we needed you most, you abandoned us and became a puppet for the very people who have exploited us and actively worked to derail the revolution you started. I am embarrassed for donating what little I had to your campaign, I am embarrassed for joining your rallies,  and most of all I am embarrassed for allowing myself to believe in something I have known my whole life to be true: No one in government cares about us beyond what they can take away from us. And nothing will change for us, unless it gets worse.
     In many ways what you have done is worse than the politicians who came before you. To be given hope only for it to be snatched away and thrown back in our face is much worse than not having hope to begin with. In some ways it may be a blessing, for I will never allow myself to become a pawn again for a politician.  
    The expected life span for someone in my economic demographic is around 60; much less than privileged Americans. I have lived nearly two thirds of my life already. It is just a fact that poor people know. We will live shorter, more stressful lives than someone of your standing. It isn't fair of course, but there is nothing we can do about it. You allowed me to believe that while this might not change for me, it could change for the millions of Americans who will be born after I am gone. 
   For this, I cannot forgive you. Lower income Americans have to struggle every day of their lives with no hope of refuge. To give millions of Americans hope only to switch sides and try to connivence them to support the very corrupt system you once swore to defeat is deplorable. 
The only hope 50 million of us can have is by demanding change. Real change. Not one side or the other of the same coin. Not one of  two choices that clearly have no reason to help those at the bottom. But a change for equality. For freedom from economic slavery. Not millionaires and billionaires that represent 1%. It is time for a change Bernie, and you are standing in the way.
    
Very Truly,
John King
Founder of The Electric Church of the Tambourine.

Friday, March 11, 2016

POWER TO THE POOR!

There is a war being waged, it's called the war at home. It's a war against you, and it's being waged by elected officials. When the mayor of Louisville says he will veto any minimum wage increase over $9/hr he is solidifying laws meant to keep the poor locked in economic slavery. When the governor of Kentucky says he will dismantle Affordable Health Care and cut funding to public education he is actively trying keep poor Kentuckians bound to a difficult life without access to basic rights or a way to escape poverty. The time is now to stand up and fight for your basic freedoms! The time is now to say No More! The time Is now to say POWER TO THE POOR!
Our house band, The Gallery Singers At The Electric Church At The Tambourine have printed up shirts with 'POWER TO THE POOR' on the front, and the Electric Church logo on the back as a way to show support during these difficult times. Find them here and help spread the message

Sunday, October 25, 2015

November 5th Meeting

We are excited to announce our first meeting on Thursday November 5th in Louisville Ky at the Haymarket Whiskey Bar at 8 pm. Music provided by The Gallery Singers, and at 10pm a screening of V for Vendetta! The event is free and there will be food, and prizes as well as a V for Vendetta costume contest! Please join us and meet other like minded people of the Electric Church!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Sinking Ship on Fire

What would you do if you were standing on the shore watching a burning ship filled with passengers sink slowly into the ocean? Would you watch from the safety of land as all the passengers slipped under the waves or would you swim like hell to the ship and try to save at least one?

What would you be thinking if, instead, you were a passenger on the ship watching the people on the shore line as you slowly sank into the ocean?

 This hypothetical scenario can explain the Electric Church of the Tambourine’s principles in several ways. We believe our society is like a sinking ship, with too much power and money in the hands of a few, leading our society to ruin, while those at the bottom are like the passengers on a ship, hopeless to escape.
Here at the Electric Church we cannot just stand idly by and watch those in suffering sink further into ruin. It is easy to also feel like a hopeless bystander on the shore not sure how to help. We believe through community we can make a lasting change for the better.