Oak Park Trustee and Takeout 25 Founder Ravi Parakkat stands near Sugar Fixé Pâtisserie in downtown Oak Park, Illinois. Takeout 25 began in Oak Park, Illinois as a tangible way for individuals to show their support for local restaurants. It has since inspired similar initiatives nationwide. (Photo courtesy of Ravi Parakkat.)

When indoor dining temporarily ended in Oak Park last fall during the Chicago, Illinois suburb’s second wave of COVID-19, some residents took to social media to share their opinions on the balance between public health and small business survival.

Peter Pula

Sixteen ways to progressive democracy where we live and work
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The pandemic gives us reason to move forward rather than delay.

I would like to see us pivot rather than postpone. Deepening democracy, liberating our strengths, and cultivating peace and abundance amidst trying times … this is what I’d like to see happen in 2021 …

Peter Pula

What’s next for all of us is at the intersection between big and small, system and life world, institution and citizen
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For the nations that got on it from the start, the COVID-19 first phase is spent. That means that it is done. Even though money seems to have grown on trees, even those magic money trees seem to have a limit to their yield. Even if the powers that be could keep going to the magic garden of money trees, they are signalling that they too are contemplating the possibility that if all the leaves are plucked the tree will stop giving altogether.

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