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Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

Posted by:ogt4ever.
Time:10:45 am.
here are some website that some of you might be interested in...






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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Posted by:ogt4ever.
Time:7:50 pm.
i have to say it cuz it needs to be said. we need a message for the people if we gonna shift things our way this coming election, we need to show why they should choose democrats, & not just why they should not choose republicans. in 94, the republicans had the contract with america, now in 06, we need something we can say to the people, something that will make them think they should choose us & not just because the other guys are not that great. if anyone has any suggestions for a message that can appeal to masses & let the public know where we stand, here is how to contact the Democratic National Committee -

Mailing Address:

Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Main Phone Number:

(For questions about contributions, please call 877-336-7200)

E-Mail: the way to e-mail is on this web page - http://www.democrats.org/page/s/contact
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Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

Subject:Tsunami victims (Cross posted sorry for those who get this in triplicate or duplicate)
Posted by:quirkyfemme.
Time:12:46 am.
Mood: pensive.
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I gacked this from azfactor's comment section. These organizations are helping the victim effort and I strongly encourage you all to donate some money. Im also wondering if the red cross will be requiring any blood. I think type O people should donate regardless.

People may be making posts about God being angry, cruel, random or whatever, but the notion of inaction at a time like this when many of us are sharing a mostly wealthy holiday season worsens the helplessness that we all feel at this moment. Lets dole out the support in spades.
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Monday, November 29th, 2004

Posted by:quirkyfemme.
Time:9:48 am.

This is from my school's newspaper by an aquaintance of mine. I find this article extremely insightful. It answers some of the questions that plague us about this election and liberalism in general.

I'll be writing more once my finals are over.
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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Subject:Time to Invest in the Campus Left
Posted by:polexa.
Time:2:47 am.
Time to Invest in the Campus Left
By Ben Waxman

For the first time in my life, I feel a sense of solidarity with conservative evangelical Christians. Us college-aged youth are being blamed for contributing to the defeat of the Democratic Party during this year’s presidential election. Allegedly, young people failed to show up on Election Day.

But in several closely contested battleground states, the youth vote made all the difference. According to the Associated Press, 64 percent of voters aged 18-29 went to the polls in Pennsylvania. They selected John Kerry by a margin of nearly 20 percentage points. The same is true for several other blue-going battleground states, such as Minnesota and Wisconsin. No other age group overwhelmingly rejected the conservative policies of George W. Bush as reliably as youth.

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crossposted to polexa
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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Subject:A quick update
Posted by:ladyvorkosigan.
Time:7:47 am.
I'm swamped with midterms and papers and haven't been as active in crystallizing this community as I would have liked; hopefully the pace of things will calm down in a couple of weeks and I can get back to it.

I'd like to plug two other communities that are doing similar things. be_bold is very active and has come up with a great system of cabinet watchdogs (I volunteered for Homeland Security). There are still plenty of cabinet positions open if you have the time and energy to keep an eagle eye on them. The other is novadem, which has expressed interest in creating an alliance of possessive groups.

violaswamp had a great idea, which is tracking media bias. This isn't a niche I've seen many other groups pursue. Would people be interested in setting up a media watchdog system similar to be_bold's cabinet watchdogs? It might be very revealing to keep track of how, for example, Iraqi civilian deaths are addressed or not addressed.
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Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Subject:An opportunity for activism
Posted by:ladyvorkosigan.
Time:8:00 am.
This is just egregious. The Texas Board of Education approved health textbooks after requiring the publishers to change phrases like "married partners" to "husband and wife," claiming it was in violation of a new law banning civil unions.

Censorship, homophobia, brainwashing of children . . . where do we start?
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Sunday, November 7th, 2004

Subject:The Democrats Needed and Need a Religious/Spiritual Left
Posted by:polexa.
Time:10:44 pm.
I got this essay in an email a few days ago... just food for thought.
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Saturday, November 6th, 2004

Subject:Linkage and the Parking Ramp
Posted by:awelkin.
Time:3:44 am.
Mood: satisfied.
I thought that you might like to know about a couple of other political communities that have sprung up among the fine folks on my friend's list: take_one_step, moderated by writethestars and twentyfourhours, and be_bold, moderated by scieppan and myself.

Also, you might consider occasionally visiting the kicky and political DailyKOS, at


It's sort of a nice blending of political and social commentary, pointed out to me by my friend Eliot.


You know, if there's a silver lining in the election, it's this: rather than hearing about people rolling over and feeling sorry for themselves, EVERYWHERE, RL and virtual life, I'm seeing this kind of call to activism. We've just got to follow through. Honestly, I'm jazzed by everyone's interest and willingness to work. I'm feeling very energized, much like those early endorphine filled days at the Quill!


And finally, a story.

After my Japanese practice conversation today, I drove my car out of the mall parking ramp where I usually put it. The parking attendant, a young man trying to stay warm in the chilly weather, was wearing a John Kerry for President stocking cap.

I said, "Are you going to keep wearing that hat?"

"Yes," he said, not sure how he should answer. "Until they pry it off my cold dead body. Which, with the way things have turned out, may be soon."

I took my change from him. I swallowed. "You know, I bought some Kerry gear before the election. Thought if he lost, I could wear it to war protests."

He untensed. "Yeah," he smiled.

I gave him a thumbs up. "Keep the faith," I said.

"Thanks," he said, as I drove away.

We are everywhere.

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Thursday, November 4th, 2004

Subject:The Welcome Post
Posted by:ladyvorkosigan.
Time:12:38 pm.
After the election, I proposed creating a community where we could, in whatever small or large ways we come up with, channel our frustration and political will towards productive ends. There seemed to be a fair amount of interest, so here it is - Off-year Activist, because there's no reason for us all to forget about issues of importance till the next election comes up.

So what's this community for? That's not something I want to define entirely, because I think there's a lot of useful directions we can go in, and I also think we shouldn't limit ourselves to just one yet (if at all). I figured this would be a good place to explore ideas and throw a lot of things out there that may or may not work out. And I also thought it would be a good place to play around with ideas that seem small and that normally don't seem worth the bother, because there's enough of us that those sorts of actions can accumulate into something really worthwhile.

I should make a note on politics for anyone who stumbled across this and doesn't already know. I created this for people who are dissatisfied with George W. Bush's presidency, with the way the war in Iraq is being fought, with the way our government has lately been abusing the rights and liberties of people at home and abroad (the Patriot Act and Guantanimo, for starters), with attacks on freedom of speech and the seperation of church and state, and with publicly accepted discrimination such as we saw when eleven states approved a ban of gay marriage. I don't have a problem with dissent, and if you disagree with me on some of that, that's great. But I created this for activism, not debate. Intelligent discussion and hammering out of positions has its place; trolling and disagreement for the sake of disagreement (or to convince members how wrong they are) does not. At the moment, membership and posting access are unrestricted and I'd prefer to keep it that way, but won't hesitate to change it if needed.

So a lot of people have been floating suggestions the last couple days about ways to make a difference, and I thought I'd start off this community by listing some of them here. Discussion and suggestions are great and maybe we can keep an updated list archived in the community memories:

* Classic, and maybe even cliched, we can write letters to our representatives in Congress (federal and local) and to our local papers. This has been stereotyped as the activity of the old and crotchety, which just means it's up to us to represent the opinions of the somewhat younger and crotchety. Here's a nice quote from a letter sent to Sars at Tomato Nation:

"Also, try and learn how a bill is passed in your state, when the legislative cycle starts in your state (when do local legislators turn in their bill ideas for the next session, et cetera), and which legislators represent your particular area. You would be amazed at how many state legislators and their assistants are receptive to hearing ideas that could potentially become new bills, as long as you're positive and have facts to support your ideas. National and state legislators hear so little from their constituents that studies have shown if five to six people contact a legislator regarding an issue, they will probably make it a "hot button" issue in need of further investigation.

* Even less time consuming, the ACLU website allows you to send free faxes to your representatives.

* If we're just writing letters to the San Francisco Chronicle (my local paper), however, we're preaching to the choir. Let's seek out publications where reasonable and articulate differences of opinions are needed. Does Fox News have viewer call-in segments?

* Essay writing. I know that most of the people who responded to my initial query of interest about this community are both brilliantly articulate and beautiful writers. Would it be possible to start a site where we archive and propogate political commentary? Something that we can publicize on a wider level than most livejournals? Something where we can put formalized versions of the ranting we do in our Live Journals on a day to day basis? The more I think about it, the more I like this idea, because it provides us with a lot of possibilities. On the other hand, I know little to nothing (closer to nothing, actually) about the technical and practical parts about keeping up a website, or about the financial costs involved. I'd be happy to be content mistress, though, but given that I couldn't even come up with a decent color scheme for this LiveJournal (and believe me, I spent a good hour trying) it would be foolhardy for me to take responsibility for technical tasks. While I'm at it, if anyone does want to design an exciting layout for this livejournal, you'd have my eternal gratitude and I'd totally spring for the paid account (which you need for custom layouts, right?).

* If a website doesn't work, however, there's no reason we can't write those formalized rants into essays and post them on our livejournals or send them to submissions accepting web magazines or newspaper op-ed pages.

* What about organizing small-scale fundraisers and devoting the money to a cause we determine? For instance, one idea featured on Tomato Nation recently was called a "Night In" party. You invite people over for a night of, say, board games, and ask them to bring a dish to share and the money they'd spend on a night out. Even if ten people bring five dollars there's a donation that'd be worth something to somebody. I bet we could think of Internet variations too.

So there are some ideas to get everyone started. I'm looking forward to reading the discussion!
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Friday, November 5th, 2004

Subject:we're coming
Posted by:polexa.
Time:8:33 pm.
so this post on a Salon blog started out as a generic recitation of the well known poem by Martin Niemöller
they first came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me —
and by that time no one was left to speak up.
(no assurances for accuracy of the poem... just copying the version in the post)

You can read the rest of the thing if you want - it's an Oklahoman talking about the passage of the anti-gay marriage/civil-union/anything with two wo/men amendment. What struck me the most, however, was his closing. I'd just like to put my own emphasis on it here.

I'm not waiting for them to come for me. I'm coming for them.
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Thursday, November 4th, 2004

Subject:The Only People with the Right to Vote in Ohio Are People Who Can Afford to Take the Entire Day Off
Posted by:polexa.
Time:10:48 pm.
reposted from queerbychoice

"Longest lines in the nation, last night, right here. Two voting machines, over a thousand people.

The emails sent to us early yesterday were saying two hours in line. The news is now saying, vaguely, 'more than four hours in line.' I am here to tell you: most people I knew waited seven or more.

Me, I stood ten hours in line."

That is a quote from this entry by gamesiplay, a student at Kenyon College in OHIO.



crossposted to my journal

PS Katie just backdate your entry so it's the first one :-)
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