How to Build Global Community

Think of no one as "them" Don't confuse your comfort with your safety Talk to strangers Imagine other cultures through their art, poetry and novels Listen to music you don't understand Dance to it Act locally Notice the workings of power and privilege in your culture Question consumption Know how your lettuce and coffee are grown: wake up and smell the exploitation Look for fair trade and union labels Help build economies from the bottom up Acquire few needs Learn a second (or third) language Visit people, places and cultures - not tourist attractions Learn people's history Redefine progress Know physical & political geography Play games from other cultures Watch films with subtitles Know your heritage Honor everyone's holidays Look at the moon and imagine someone else, somewhere else, looking at it too Read the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights Understand the global economy in terms of people, land and water Know where your bank banks Never believe you have a right to anyone else's resources Refuse to wear corporate logos; defy corporate domination Question military/corporate connections Don't confuse money with wealth, or time with money Have a pen/email pal Honor indigenous cultures Judge governance by how well it meets all people's needs Be skeptical about what you read Eat adventurously Enjoy vegetables, beans, and grains in your diet Choose curiosity over certainty Know where your water comes from and where your wastes go Pledge allegiance to the earth: question nationalism Think South, Central and North - there are many Americans Assume that many others share your dreams Know that no one is silent though many are not heard - Work to change this

- A special thanks to Jonathan who gave this postcard to me.