Tell Obama To Uphold Human Rights

November 11, 2008 at 6:24 pm (injustice, neat things, politics)

Dan of Revolutionary Act and Fitness for the Occasion has started a petition to urge Obama to uphold human rights:

Dear President Elect Barack Obama,

We enthusiastically supported your run for our nation’s highest office. We have elected and put our trust in you. One of the cornerstone’s of the campaign was the respect for the rule of law and human rights that has been missing during George W Bush’s terms of office.

We the undersigned ask that you make certain the rule of law, civil rights and human rights form the rock your administration rests on.

Torture, Domestic Spying and Indefinite Detention are incompatible with the campaign of hope and change we were all a part of.

Read more about why Dan started the petition here. And please tell Obama that the Americans who elected him won’t stand for such illegal, unethical practices.

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Five Links That Are Actually Important, 11/9/08

November 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm (injustice, LGBT, politics, racism, sexism)

1. Prop 8 passes.

2. A ton of links on Prop 8 and “The Rush to Blame the Brown People” at Alas.

3. “Nation Finally Shitty Enough To Make Social Progress.”

4. The Netherlands drafts bill that would force “unfit” mothers to take contraception.

5. The new administration’s non-discriminatory employment policy.

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Change.gov

November 7, 2008 at 2:44 pm (amazing things, LGBT, politics)

I’m sort of confused about what this means. It’s a site launched by the office of President-Elect Barack Obama (!), where you can read about our soon-to-be administration’s agenda and policies, share your experience of the election and campaign, and, most startlingly, submit your ideas about how we should deal with the myriad challenges we face.

I feel dizzy, almost giddy. It’s starting to sink in. I live in a republic! The US government is my government! Oh my God!

And I know it’s trivial, but I was so grateful that Obama mentioned gay people in is speech — included us in the list along with people of different races and people with and without disabilities, where we damn well belong.* Included us with respect, and without being asked to. That was an amazing moment for me.

If you missed the speech, you can watch it here.

(Look, I know Obama is a moderate. I’m sure there will be disappointments in addition to joys. But for now, I want to revel in this. I was eleven when George W. Bush took office — I cannot remember having a government of which I was consciously aware that was not utterly abhorrent to me, that was not overtly hostile to my rights, my very existence. So if Obama’s administration can even manage to be decent, I’m likely to be very glad, at least until the shock of it wears off.)

* And where many other folks who weren’t mentioned damn well belong, too.

Cross-posted at Revolutionary Act.

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Yes We Did!

November 5, 2008 at 1:10 pm (amazing things, politics)

For the first time in my life, I am proud to be an American.

More later.

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Last Minute Voter Tips

November 3, 2008 at 8:00 pm (politics) (, )

Daisy has offered her reminder to vote tomorrow, for those in the U.S. who can and have not yet. I’ve posted some information about how to improve the likelihood of a positive and effective voting experience at Revolutionary Act. Make your way over there if you plan to vote tomorrow! Make sure you’re prepared!

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Here We Go (Or, VOTE)

November 3, 2008 at 7:00 pm (politics)

US readers: this goes without saying, but, for the sake of our species, I desperately hope you, your families, your friends and your lovers will all be voting tomorrow if you haven’t voted already. Don’t forget to vote for justice on all the various propositions in your state, county and city! And don’t forget to check the boxes for all the best state and local officials.

Emily and I have both cast out ballots already. I’m trying to stay calm and, in a regression to my childhood education in Judaism, frequently invoking G-d. I pray for the best possible outcome. I pray for justice. I pray to survive.

Not one but two classes are requiring me to do documentary projects about the election, so I will be both taping and photographing the small group of friends I will join in front of a TV screen tomorrow. Whatever happens, I will have a record. I do take some small comfort in that.

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Two Campaign/Election Themed Videos

October 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm (frightening things, movies/video/clips, neat things, politics) (, , , , )

The first is via Alas, A Blog, and is very cute.

Couldn’t catch most of the lyrics, but I’m sure it’s going to be stuck in my head for weeks regardless.

The second video, via Boing Boing, is an eerie and telling montage of the three presidential debates.

Did watching the 2nd and 3rd debates give you a feeling of déjà vu? This montage of synced-up footage from all three presidential debates confirms our deep-seated belief that every debate was exactly the same.

Watch it here.

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Five Links That Are Actually Important, 10/27/08

October 27, 2008 at 12:54 pm (injustice, politics) (, )

1. On white people whispering the word “black.”

2. “So when white men endorse white men, that’s called…?”

3. Early voter suppression.

4. U.S. Government refusing passports to those birthed with the help of midwives.

5. “Black White Whatever” and “John McCain: That One Bigot.”

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Five Links That are Actually Important, 10/11/08

October 11, 2008 at 11:05 am (injustice, LGBT, politics)

1. An intriguing new project: the Farmer-Veteran Coalition.

2. Right-wing terrorism in the U.S.

3. The Myth of Democracy (Or: Why To Vote For Obama) — Jeff on the realities of the US governmental system.

4. It’s official: Palin abused power.

5. Connecticut Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage.

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Who should undecided voters support, and, most importantly, why?

October 3, 2008 at 1:10 pm (politics)

I just posted another discussion question over at Revolutionary Act:

In the upcoming US Presidential election, who should undecided voters support, and, most importantly, why? What’s the critical issue that sets your favored candidate apart, and why should uncommitted voters care?

Head over there to share your answers.

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