Monday, January 9, 2017 is no real special day.
New Year’s 2017 has already happened and if you live anywhere in the US, and for that matter, the world, January 20 has yet to happen. That day of course is the Inauguration of the 45th President of the US. In my memory, and it is kind of long, there never has been so much concern, anxiety, and for many fear of what may happen on January 21st and for the next 4 years following the Inauguration of a President. Of course, if you live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, or have been dialed in to that weekend’s activities, you know on the 21st, the 150,000 strong Women’s March on Washington will occur.
I think I can safely say what we do know is that on January 22, 2017, our country and all of us Americans will wake up and decide how individually and collectively we will participate in the next four years of being a citizen of the United States.
However, lest I forget, Monday, January 9 is the day that Pamlico Rose Institute of Sustainable Communities (PRISC) began is outreach for its 2017 program and projects to advance our mission of growing community by preserving history by starting to send out notice of its program to various media, government, non-profits/foundations and private corporations.
In a turbulent social and cultural environment characterizing much of our country today, growing and strengthening communities and developing shared and common identity for all community residents can start to bring people together and heal the ruptured divisions we’re currently experiencing.
PRISC staff and its BoD feel that it is at the level of community where we can begin to build, or perhaps rebuild a foundation of trust, a sense of shared identity through an appreciation and preservation of local history, and perhaps as important, develop meaningful ways for all residents to grow and take part in the community. Addressing the plight of today’s veterans reentering and successfully transitioning back into our communities is one of PRISC’s primary goals and one way we chose to help build and fortify that sense of community. So, on January 22, 2017, those of us who are part of PRISC will have already chosen the path of building and sustaining community as a means to bring the country closer together. Please check out who we are and our mission and how we mean to go about building that community, literally one historic brick or plank at a time.