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media makers [Jan. 27th, 2006|03:10 pm]
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coldbeansoup
Katrina Media Fellowship for Photographers and Other Media Makers

> The Open Society Institute (OSI) http://www.soros.org/ is pleased
to
> announce a one-time fellowship competition in response to critical
> issues of poverty, racism, and government neglect that were laid bare
> by
> Hurricane Katrina. The Katrina Media Fellowships
> http://www.soros.org/initiatives/justice/focus_areas/katrina will
> support media makers working in photography, print and radio
> journalism,
> and documentary film and video to generate and improve media coverage
> of
> issues exposed by Katrina and to stimulate and sustain a national
> conversation on these issues.
>
>
>
> Applicants may propose projects that expand and deepen the public's
> understanding of race and class inequalities that were brought to
light
> by Katrina's aftermath. Applicants may also propose projects that
> address the government's response to problems caused or illuminated by
> Katrina, the use or misuse of public funds, the role of private
> contractors, the effectiveness of clean-up and rebuilding efforts,
> citizen involvement in these efforts, and lessons learned that should
> inform the handling of future natural and man-made disasters. In
> addition, applicants may propose projects that draw attention to OSI's
> current or past programmatic priorities using Katrina as the frame.
> These priorities include, but are not limited to, access to legal
> services and government assistance, criminal justice reform, improving
> end-of-life care and access to health care, and education reform.
>
>
>
> OSI expects to award 12 to 15 fellowships in mid-May 2006. Fellows
will
> receive between $15,000 and $35,000 to carry out projects in
> photography, print, radio, and documentary film and video production.
> Award amounts will cover a stipend and project expenses and will vary
> depending on the project duration, medium, and costs involved. The
> fellowship term is one year and begins June 15, 2006. OSI will give
> special consideration to applicants who have been displaced from or
are
> residents of the Gulf Region.
>
>
>
> Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 31, 2006.
>
>
>
> For more information and a link to the fellowship guidelines
> http://www.soros.org/initiatives/justice/focus_areas/katrina/
> guidelines
>> , please visit the Katrina Media Fellowship website at:
>
> http://www.soros.org/initiatives/justice/focus_areas/katrina.
>
>
>
> Please distribute to anyone who you feel would be interested.
>
>
>
> Best,
>
>
>
> Yukiko Yamagata
>
> Program Assistant, Documentary Photography Project
>
> Open Society Institute
>
> 400 West 59th Street
>
> New York, NY 10019
>
> (212) 548-0369
>
> (212) 548-4677 fax
>
> yyamagata@sorosny.org
>
>
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another plug [Jul. 3rd, 2005|11:59 pm]
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mamahandle
another good unwelcome guests. talk given by scott ritter in MA, i think. deals with iraq war, future iran war, citizenry, and a call to action for the peace movement. the talk lasts about an hour and a half followed by some good questions.

just a quick suggestion. and, also, i'm curious to know what you think if you do listen. it's show #261 in the archive.
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tee hee hee, my governor made the mistake of writing me back. [Feb. 12th, 2005|06:48 pm]
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mourningicarus
My dear Governor, I do believe you have missed my point. I'm a mother, do you really think that I want babies, even unborn ones, killed needlessly? My daughter is the result of an unplanned pregnancy and abortion was not the choice I could make. However, I'd like to know how you would feel if YOUR body could be mobilized against your will into creating another life. You do not, cannot, will not ever know what this is like. Nor will any of the other men up there in the Capitol making their laws about what women can and cannot do.

Pregnancy takes place literally inside a woman's body. Imagine waking up tomorrow and finding out that a life existed inside you that you had to bear or face consequences. Your oh so ever brilliant conservative response to this is probably, well don't have sex if you don't want a baby. Fine for you to say, you can copulate with every woman in the world and there will never be a baby inside your body.

You cannot control women's bodies. You cannot control women. We will have sex, love it, make babies, abort babies, pierce our genitals, show our breasts in public, embrace each other in loving, passionate, sexual relationships and no law you or any other man will ever make will ever stop us.

It is not because I hate children that I support the right of a woman's choice. It's because I deeply love my daughter and I will not allow her body to be legislated by ignorant, arrogant men.

>From: <georgia.governor@gov.state.ga.us>
>To: <antichrist_of_insects@hotmail.com>
>Subject: Re: FW: Contact the Governor from VICKY SMITH
>Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 10:25:20 -0500
>
>

>Dear Ms. Smith:
>
>Thank you for sharing your concerns with me regarding the question of abortion. I want to know of the issues that matter to you as I seek to serve the State of Georgia on your behalf.
>
>As your Governor, it is essential to me that we protect all innocent life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of abortions has been declining every year after reaching a peak in 1990. It is my fervent hope that the decline will continue until the number of abortions is so small it is almost impossible to track.
>
>Currently in Georgia we have several laws limiting abortions, including a parental notification statute, passed in the late 1980s, that has survived constitutional scrutiny. It requires notification to parents of children under 18 before an abortion can be performed. The minor child can bypass notification only through a juvenile court proceeding. Additionally, there is a feticide statute, providing for life imprisonment for killing a quickened unborn child.
>
>You may also be aware that the Georgia legislature passed a prohibition on the partial-birth abortion procedure in 1997, which was later upheld by the federal district court in Atlanta. The procedure may still be performed to protect the "life or health" of the mother.
>
>Your personal views on this subject are important to me, and I encourage you to make your legislators aware of them as well. I appreciate your contacting me and hope you will not hesitate to do so in the future.
>
> This is the iclose.doc for Word
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My Letter to my Senator, Barack Obama. [Jan. 26th, 2005|09:59 pm]
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themowingdevil
Dear Senator Obama:

It was a pleasure to meet you late last summer. My daughter was holding a Harry Potter book in her hand and you engaged her, which I found, well, engaging.

It also helped that I'm a registered Democrat (though I'm rethinking that) and was quite devoted this last election to do what I could to help get rid of -- yes, get rid of -- the Bush administration, or at least of representatives in Congress that support the administration. And we did. We elected you. Landslide-style.

I'm writing because I expect my representatives, especially when confronted with what this administration is trying to get past the people of this country, to be roadblocks. I expect my representatives -- the people I voted for, donated money to, and count on to ensure that we are being told the truth and that our best interests are being acted upon -- to make a fuss and get in the way and make waves. I expect my representatives to do the reading and do the math and see the forest for the trees. I expect my representatives to put themselves out there with integrity, without compromise.

We're running out of time, Mr. Obama -- anyone who reads and pays any attention at all knows that. Resource wars, ever-increasing intolerance internationally for US policy in the Middle East, the potential looting of Social Security in order to keep the stock market artificially afloat; it's not looking so good right now.

Your vote for confirming Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State -- Ms. Rice! She of "We never thought they'd actually use planes as weapons" fame -- is a slap in the face to your constituents, your supporters who have such great faith in you and the next six years with you as one of our voices in Congress. She's a classic neocon, a brainy wolf in sheep's clothing, and a very real danger to the future of this country. How could you not see that? Senator Durbin, bless him, saw that and voted accordingly.

Again. I expect the Democrats to not give anything - inches, miles, nothing. You're there to get in the way, you know, like those pesky kids in the Mystery Machine always foiling the plans of big villians (you watched Scooby Doo, right?).

What do you think this country will look like in 6 years if this continues? Seriously. Be realistic. I think of my kids (heck, and your kids too) and their future and I feel a bit helpless sometimes.

You, sir, are in a much better position to do something about it than I. Please get to it.

Thanks,

Lisa B-K
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Designers Unite [Jan. 21st, 2005|09:10 am]
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phaedrasdream
This is really cool.
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NOT ONE DAMN DIME DAY [Jan. 18th, 2005|04:12 am]
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mourningicarus
NOT ONE DAMN DIME DAY

Since our leaders don't have the moral courage to speak out against the war in Iraq, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not One Damn Dime Day" in America.

On "Not One Damn Dime Day" those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending.

During "Not One Damn Dime Day" please don't spend money, and don't use your credit card. Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases. Nor toll/cab/bus or train ride money exchanges. Not one damn dime for anything for 24 hours.

On "Not One Damn Dime Day," please boycott Walmart, KMart and Target. Please don't go to the mall or the local convenience store. Please don't buy any fast food (or any groceries at all for that matter).

For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy down. The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that it is their responsibility to stop it.

"Not One Damn Dime Day" is to remind them, too, that they work for the people of the United States of America, not for the international corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporations and funnel cash into American politics.

"Not One Damn Dime Day" is about supporting the troops. The politicians put the troops in harm's way. Now 1,200 brave young Americans and (some estimate) 100,000 Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our troops a plan -- a way to come home.

There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left or right wing agenda to rant about. On "Not One Damn Dime Day" you take action by doing nothing. You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed.

For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.

Please share this as an email with as many people as possible, and please express your opinion at www.NotOneDamnDime.com .
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(no subject) [Jan. 12th, 2005|10:52 am]
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viggie
the lovely miss zorah is being held down by THE MAN in her attempts to raise money for CounterCrisis Northwest so she is asking you to paypal $8 so she can give away tickets to the Vagina Monologues at her law school campus. i do not explain well. go here to get better info!

(x-posted a couple of places.)
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I Am Pro-Choice America [Jan. 11th, 2005|07:54 pm]
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mamacardia
new NARAL campaign:
Show President Bush the Face of America's Pro-Choice Majority
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Thank Barbara Boxer for standing up [Jan. 7th, 2005|11:06 am]
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mamacardia
i've noticed lately that most of the Senators no longer publicize an email address where they can be reached. they mostly seem to use webmail forms that you can only use if you're a constituent, which sucks if you don't happen to live in their state. so i think it's really cool that the Feminist Majority has set up this page. (i was going to write her a paper letter, but this is much easier for us time-strapped mamas. although i'll still be writing one to Stephanie Tubbs Jones.)
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Support for Sen. Boxer in challenging the vote [Jan. 6th, 2005|07:54 am]
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mamacardia
[x-posted in my LJ]

According to NOW, Barbara Boxer is going to stand up today with Rep. Conyers to challenge the Ohio vote. Go Barbara! That is some seriously good news.

But she's going to need support.

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Action Alert
Tell Your Senators to Count Every Vote
January 5, 2005

Please take a minute to urge your senators to stand up with Sen. Barbara Boxer and support Congressional debate on the Ohio vote count.

Did you see Farenheit 9/11? One of the most painful scenes was the footage of Congress in January 2001, when not a single senator -- only one is required -- would join with the many representatives who so eloquently challenged the Florida vote count and demanded a Congressional examination.

Thanks to our friend and leader, Sen. Barbara Boxer, that will not happen in 2004. Thus far, she is the only senator who has agreed to join in the challenge - and of course only one senator is required - but that will make her the target of a nasty smear campaign and she needs our support.

Please send the attached letter to your senators to urge them to join Sen. Boxer - and yes, even if you think they won't do it, send the message anyway. They need to know that their constituents noticed that they did not stand up for the democratic process.

But don't stop there - for many weeks to come, Senator Boxer will be excoriated in Letters to the Editor and on Talk Radio (yes, Rush Limbaugh has already started in on her) and WE MUST RESPOND. Take a minute to write a single paragraph to your local newspaper's editor, or call a radio talk show to praise Sen. Boxer and all of the House members, Democrat and Independent, who took a stand for democracy.

Procedural Background [from the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi]

Several Members have indicated that because of numerous and very serious election irregularities in Ohio in the 2004 Presidential election, they intend to challenge the Ohio ballot when Congress meets in Joint Session on Thursday, January 6, at 1 PM. The point of this challenge is to highlight the urgent need to enact further voting and election reforms so that these irregularities never happen again.

Under the electoral ballot procedure, if a Member of both the House and the Senate challenge a ballot for any state, a separate session is triggered in each body. The issue of whether or not to sustain that challenge is debatable for 2 hours in the House and 2 hours in the Senate, and the debate occurs simultaneously in both bodies.

Some background on the Ohio voting problems

Take action!

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