Welcome to Progressive Graffiti. It’s an information website for people who want to keep up with today’s exciting Progressive Movement. A bit of dog literature is thrown in to massage the imagination and to provide some comic relief from our worldly cares.
When I began the blog in 2013, I called it Aware & Fair. For the first time in my life, I seriously reflected upon politics. (The “aware” part.) I determined to be objective. (The “fair” part.) As I learned about politics and activism, I curated works gleaned from independent news media — whatever I wanted to save and remember. Most of those posts have been deleted; the site’s current focus is on developing progressive resources. But two huge problems loomed from my earlier studies. 1) Money in politics, and 2) Climate Change.
One afternoon, while contemplating our climate crisis, my emotional detachment cracked. I was stabbed by grief. Then, it was like a voice in my head said: Write about Chester. I took it as a self-prescription for managing peace of mind. We all need to take care of ourselves, so we can continue demanding work, like saving democracy and the planet. Chester is my soothing balm. Maybe he can help you, too.
The original Chester was a small, scruffy, alpha dog. A sturdy Bichon mix. His mustache fur poked out in all directions. His front legs were shorter than his back legs, and the light shone through his long, untamed curls of fur, as though it radiated from his core. He was very cute as he swaggered bounded about. When he trotted, the subtle up-and-down movement of his fur created an illusion that his feet didn’t touch the ground. Chester reminded me of the down-to-earth, rugged statesman Teddy Roosevelt. Chester was courageous, witty, idealistic, and wise. He is the inspiration behind The Chester Chronicles.
The fictional Chester is an exemplary Progressive, with a capital “P.” He’s concerned with the common good and wants everyone to be happy. He is especially fond of Bernie Sanders. I will be writing more about him.
Welcome to JoAnnChateau.com. This is where dogs are considered people, instead of corporations.
…of the people, by the people, and for the people~ Abraham Lincoln