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07/06/10

Social Media 101 for activists

Social Media 101 for activists

Seven ways to change the world with Twitter and Facebook.
By Ambreen Ali
Congress.org

Imagine the reaction if someone stood on a chair at a cocktail party and began shouting opinions and asking for money.

That's precisely what many activist groups do on social networks, Deanna Zandt argues.

The author of "Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking" faults organizations for treating Twitter and Facebook like broadcasting venues instead of places to have a conversation.

"You're sharing and participating and working with each other," she said.

Facebook is full of groups for one cause or another, but few of their followers actually do something. How can activists move people beyond so-called slacktivism?

Zandt offers seven tips on using social media to make a real difference.

1. Share your story. Perhaps the biggest benefit of using social networks is that they allow you to share personal stories with others, Zandt said. Compelling narratives have always been an important way to pull people into a cause. Twitter and Facebook just enhance how that works.

"Any kind of organizing, whether it be door knocking or phone banking, starts with stories," she said. "Stories create empathy, and empathy is a building block of any kind of social change movement regardless of whether someone's politics are left or right."

2. Cultivate relationships. Zandt put her theories to test while writing the book by asking friends and family to donate to the "Feed Deanna" fund. The money went to pay for the author's living expenses while she penned the social media guide.

She sent e-mails to 500 people that yielded $6,000 in cash and a handful of unique offers like $100 a month in pizza from the local restaurant and a free eye exam. What she learned applies to activist groups that often find themselves pinched for funds.

"The biggest takeaway is that fundraising is all about relationships," Zandt said, noting that she knew almost every donor personally. "You need to build your community before you need them. I couldn't have just made 500 friends in a day and then asked them for money."

3. Be personable. Robotic tweets that read like a press release won't get you anywhere. Casual prose and a human touch are the expectations on these social sites.

"You should be using the tone of voice that you would with a coworker you don't know well. Think about having a conversation with someone rather than broadcasting something," Zandt said.

4. Meet people where they are. Not all the people who would be drawn to your cause are on Twitter. Even those that are may not use it in the way you think.

Zandt gave the example of a student-led immigration protest several years ago that used MySpace to build its base. The social networking site is popular with teenagers, so it made sense for organizers to start there.

The protest was planned on a school day, and students were going to walk out of their classrooms in protest. Knowing that the students wouldn't have access to MySpace in school, activists collected their phone numbers ahead of time and texted them.

The concept, called last-mile organizing, means "understanding the community you're trying to reach and figuring out what the appropriate technology is for them," Zandt said. Many people don't use the internet regularly at all, she added, emphasizing the importance of continuing traditional activism.

5. Treat social media like a tool. No technology can take the place of traditional organizing tactics like knocking on a door, holding a protest, or meeting with a lawmaker.

"Those are still tools in the toolbox. This is an additional tool that people can use," Zandt said.

It's important to use the tool when it's best fit. Social media may not be the place to negotiate with a fellow activist group, for example, but it can help bring people together in a crisis.

When books about feminism and gay rights mysteriously disappeared from Amazon.com's search results last year, authors turned to Twitter to share what they were seeing. Pretty soon, the subject "Amazon Fail" was one of the most popular trending topics on the site, and mainstream media sites took notice.

Amazon had to react in a matter of days. Before social media, Zandt said the publisher could have pushed the issue aside or waited weeks before doing something about it.

"Maybe activists would have written to Amazon. But along the line, a number of gatekeepers would have had to approve that this was a valid story to tell," she said.

6. Don't chase the numbers. Not every cause requires a million followers. It's more important to have a dedicated group of activists who are willing to share your information with others and help out than to have tons of followers who don't really care all that much about what you do.

Parents in Florida demonstrated that when they started voicing their frustrations with the public school system through social media sites. They joined together on Facebook, eventually landed a meeting with school officials and had their concerns addressed.

"Eight thousand people may not be a lot for the Red Cross," Zandt said, "but it's a fantastic number for Palm Beach County parents who are putting pressure on a school system."

7. Reward people who help. Activists often struggle with getting their Facebook fans and Twitter followers to actually do something. One way to address that is by giving people easy-to-accomplish tasks and rewarding them publicly for completing them.

The Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that uses technology to make government more accessible, used social networks to collect data on lawmakers who hire family members. They uploaded a tool and instructions asking people to look up one member of Congress and report back what they found.

Within two days, the group had data on every member.

"One of the smart things they did is that after you hit submit, they told you, 'While you were working on your lawmaker, four others were submitted.' It was a very subtle clue that you were part of something," Zandt said.

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OBAMA NATION

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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

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Independence from Modern Tyranny
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POLICE STATE NEWS

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Police back down over spy cameras - an amazing result in Birmingham
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The militarization of The Police Force in USA
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Don't kid yourself, it's a Police State
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Felony Charge for Writing to a Senator
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Spy cameras may turn from streets to sidewalks
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Detroit police probe own gang unit
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America is riddled with politically motivated surveillance
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Biometric ATM gives cash via 'finger vein' scan
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Man sues RCMP over alleged beating
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DUMBING DOWN AMERICANS

26% of U.S. don't know who we declared independence from
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ECONOMIC NEWS

State authorities bust $8 million mortgage fraud ring
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State and Local Gov't Workers' Job Security Fades
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Schwarzenegger puts 200,000 workers on $7.25 per hour
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7.9 million jobs lost, many forever
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With the US trapped in depression, this really is starting to feel like 1932
http://bit.ly/bS4MaN

How China's New Generation Of Workers Won't Accept Slave Labor
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State workers in I.E. dread impending pay cut
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VA state funds drying up for subdivision streets
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First day of Honolulu's city furloughs
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HEALTH NEWS

Bedbugs Expand Their Horizons Beyond the Bedroom
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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Enhanced driver's licence not so popular with Canadians
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hackers poison 4th of July search results to sell scareware
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Zoo to bring dead animals back to life, 'Jurassic Park'-style
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Schoolboys Nick Webber and Ryan Thomas 'ran £8m online fraud network'
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Tenth of UK PCs compromised by hackers
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07/02/10

Celebrating Independence This Year?

Our founding fathers who risked, life limb and property in order to create a new nation would be sickened by what we call Independence Day.

The Fourth of July is used as a time to get drunk, watch communist made colors explode in the air and distract us from what we should really be doing.

Spending quality time with family should be a top priority and many people use the fourth to do just that, but face it, this holiday is just a shadow of what it once had meant to those who sacrificed all so that we could get away from the tyranny of King George.

Today, we are becoming a nanny state and in some places outright police state like conditions. How many of the founding fathers would have tolerated random id checks? How many of the founding fathers would have tolerated a national id card, income tax, taxes on taxes, gun control laws, free speech zones, the patriot act, the federal reserve, monitoring of all forms of communication, suppression of free speech and intrusion into our religions? The list goes on and on.

Spend time with your family and when the celebrations are over, get to work to help liberty minded candidates get into office. Now since many are unemployed and have some free time on their hands, this could be a great way to use it towards something worth doing.

STAND UP, SPEAK UP, LIVE FREE


GOA Attorney Testifies Against Kagan Before Sen. Schumer's Committee

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://gunowners.org

Friday, July 2, 2010

On Thursday, Gun Owners of America had the important opportunity to testify concerning the Second Amendment views of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

William J. Olson, counsel of record on amicus briefs for GOA in both the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court cases, testified at the hearing that Kagan has demonstrated "visceral hostility" to the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Moreover, Olson demonstrated that Elena Kagan's view of rights is tied in directly to her view of Judicial Supremacy, that is, that our rights "are whatever a majority of the Supreme Court rules at a particular time in a particular case."

But under that philosophy, Olson said, "what the Court grants, the Court may take away."

So what's the bottom line? "f Ms. Kagan does not know whether our inalienable rights to defend ourselves from criminals and tyrants comes from God -- as the Declaration of Independence states -- or from government, she cannot be trusted to protect our God-given right to self-preservation," Olson concluded.

Click here for video of Mr. Olson's testimony.

GOA will have much more to say about the nomination of Elena Kagan in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, have a happy, and safe, Fourth of July weekend.

Sincerely,
The GOA Team

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How did Chris Jones die, and does anyone care?
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Brogdon: Restore freedom
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GRNC Joins Suit Against North Carolina Gun Ban
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ECONOMIC NEWS

Schwarzenegger orders min wage for state workers
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Fannie-Freddie Bailout Could Cost Taxpayers $1 Trillion
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New CBO report paints ugly picture
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Pelosi: Unemployment Checks Fastest Way to Create Jobs
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Pending home sales plunge record 30 percent
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The recovery seems to be losing its pop
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Detroit 3 see auto sales drop by more than 10%
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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

An elected Texas Republican will help repeal Real ID
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NC DMV Helping to Move State Into Police State
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OBAMA CARE

Feds ask for dismissal of Va.'s suit against health care reform
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HEALTH NEWS

Scientists Admit Chemtrails Are Creating Artificial Clouds
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Dangerous new pesticide coming to the produce aisle
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Seventy million expired flu vaccines about to be incinerated as waste
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U.S. chicken McNuggets 'contain SILLY PUTTY chemical'
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IMMIGRATION NEWS

Brewer: 'Disturbing' That Feds Spend More on Mexico Than Border Guard
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They are not 'immigrants,' Mr. President!
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Feds arrest Texas ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT shootings suspect in NC
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Illegal alien arrested for multiple burglaries, sexual assault of 10-year-old girl
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Sheriff Joe raids another business, illegal aliens found hiding in dumpsters
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Gay U.S. citizens seek to claim residency for foreign spouses
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RECALL NEWS

Toyota considering another recall; engines may stall
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hackers poison 4th of July search results to sell scareware
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Computer hackers and how they work
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Legislative website being repaired after hack Infected with a Virus
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Internet hackers breach payment system website of Resort at Squaw Creek's management company
http://bit.ly/9TmM1w

More DMV employees charged with taking bribes, giving licenses to illegal aliens
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Hacker threat to new signature
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06/30/10

URGENT: Congress set to deform America's financial sector

The House and Senate are expected to vote on the final version of the fraudulent "financial reform" bill this week.

We need to defeat this bad bill, HR 4173, which is a whopping 2,319 pages long.

To achieve REAL financial reform we need to pass Ron Paul's Free Competition in Currency Act instead. Please send a letter to Congress pushing for both of these outcomes.

You may borrow from or copy the following sample letter for this purpose . . .

In addition to supporting the "Free Competition in Currency Act" please vote NO on the big Obama-Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, HR 4173. Ron Paul's currency bill addresses the root causes of the financial crisis, while the regulation bill does not.

The financial crisis was caused by . . .

* The Federal Reserve keeping interest rates artificially low
* The Federal Reserve inflating the money supply to satisfy Congress's deficit spending
* Government policies encouraging or forcing financial institutions to issue credit to undeserving people

Together, these policies caused the sub-prime mortgage crisis and the mal-investment of easy money. The result was the Great Recession.

What does the Obama-Dodd-Frank bill do to address these problems?

NOTHING!

Instead, it sets up a "Consumer Protection" agency whose regulations will conflict with other regulatory agencies.

* Congress wants to continue the policy of pressuring lenders to continue lending to borrowers with bad credit
* And then when those borrowers default, financial institutions will be blamed for "predatory lending"
* And I won't be surprised if some of these institutions are bailed out at the same time that they are being scapegoated

Worse, the Obama-Dodd-Frank bill will create armies of new regulators determined to harass Main Street businesses who did nothing to cause the crisis!

Even the one good aspect of the bill, an audit of the Federal Reserve, was severely weakened in the conference committee.

But the main problem with this bill is that it increases the power of the very people who helped create the crisis. Consider these insights . . . http://www.aei.org/outlook/100968

* Donald L. Kohn, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board: "Many central bankers and economists, myself included, were a little complacent coming into the crisis. We thought we knew enough about the basic structure of markets and the economy. . . . The reality is that we didn't understand the economy as well as we thought we did. Central bankers, along with other policymakers, . . . failed to foresee or prevent a financial crisis."
* Economist Arnold Kling: "The regulators made the same cognitive errors as the regulated."

Politicians and regulators do not know any more about the economy than the businesses and consumers they regulate. But Congress can do much more damage than any business can . . .

* You have vast powers to create laws and regulations that impact the entire economy -- no business or consumer can do that
* You suffer no personal consequence equal to the vast size of the mistakes you make, plus . . .
* You have a disturbing tendency to bailout big businesses and special interest groups to protect them from the consequences of their mistakes

At the heart of the problem is the fact that government is a monopoly. And the solution is for you to restore my freedom to choose. Ending the Federal Reserve's monopoly control over what I use for money is a good place to start . . .

* Americans are essentially forced to use just one currency unit, the dollar
* The dollar's value is NOT determined by the free market, but by the Federal Reserve Board
* This monopoly control by the Fed causes wild price fluctuations and mal-investments in a complex economy

Ron Paul's Free Competition in Currency Act provides the real financial reform we need. It repeals the legal tender law and allows other forms of money to compete.

* Individuals and businesses could negotiate their own terms of purchase, using any form of money they mutually agree on
* The open competition will force the Federal Reserve to stop inflating, thereby ending the booms and busts caused by the Federal Reserve's policies
* Power and choice will be in the hands of the consumer

I insist that you oppose the Obama-Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, HR 4173. Instead, Support the Free Competition in Currency Act!

END LETTER

You can send your letter through DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.

We also urge you to tell your friends. Share this on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/downsizedc

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org

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FINANCIAL REFORM
URGENT: Congress set to deform America’s financial sector
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Financial Reform in Congress: A Disorderly Failure
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OIL SPILL 2010

BP controls access to medical care for Gulf Oil clean-up workers
http://bit.ly/cSONP4

Costner cleanup device gets high marks from BP
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CLEAR Water Tests Positive for Oil, Officials Only Doing Visual Assessments
http://bit.ly/be1wx8

Video: BP Turning Beaches Into Hazardous Dumps?
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US accepts international assistance for Gulf spill
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Oil spill visits get partisan
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BP worker found dead of natural causes
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OBAMA NATION

Obama's coffee house loophole
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Obama risks all on flip of a COIN
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Obama's Twitter Account HACKED, Hacker says He Meant Well
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POLICE STATE NEWS

Rights group ACLU plans to sue over US 'no-fly' list
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G20: never forget
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This is what a police state looks like!
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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Democrats appease Sen. Scott Brown
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AZ lawmaker who questioned 9/11/01 seeks governor's seat, challenging Brewer
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Kagan Declines To Say Gov't Has No Power to Tell Americans What To Eat
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Rationing us to Death: The Real Green Agenda!
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Federal Judges Sitting On Critical Cases Is Inexcusable
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Who Will Pay - Wall Street Or Main Street?
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Nullify, Repeal, and Vote them out!
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Fighting for Constitutional Government in America
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May Be 50 Undercover Russian Couples In US
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7 Potential Economic Effects Of A War With Iran
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ECONOMIC NEWS

25 Signs That Almost Everyone Is Expecting An Economic Collapse In 2010
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Dem Congressman: Dow Jones Will Plummet 1,000-2,000 if Financial Regulation Isn't Passed
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Consumer Confidence Collapses Massively In June
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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Woman Denied DL Over Missing Marriage License
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Biased State DMV Destroys Naturalization Papers and Other ID, Class Claims
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Lesbian's DC marriage collides with Tennessee's DMV over name change
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HEALTH NEWS

Medically-Caused Deaths In America
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IMMIGRATION NEWS

Banks Financing Mexico Gangs Admitted in Wells Fargo Deal
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Whites in state 'below the replacement' level
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CHRISTIANITY NEWS

Grad's grievance goes to higher court
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A 'muzzle' on pro-family groups
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HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA

Wis. Supreme Court upholds 'gay marriage' ban
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OUR COURT SYSTEM

Judge frees mom jailed for keeping son from rapist dad
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hackers vandalise 200 web sites, cripple 150
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Hackers Steal $465,000 from Escrow Firm
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Instant Messenger Programs Targeted By Hackers
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Hackers access Maine student information
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Hackers Target Non-PC Devices
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06/28/10

BYE BYE BYRDIE

While Anne Margaret may miss Birdie. A great deal of Americans will not shed a tear for his passing. It will end decades of a man who belonged to the KKK and participated in their hateful ways.

Perhaps this will open the doors to prevent more unborn children for dying. Robert Bryd was called a champion of civil rights unless of course you happened to be black or an unborn child.

I sure hope that he was able to ask God to forgive him and repent of his sins before he passed. Even the thief on the cross was able to see the kingdom of heaven so there is always hope.

Our next hope is that pro abortionist Elena Kagan does not get confirmed as the next supreme court justice. Someone who has no experience as a judge or even an attorney and is blatantly biased has no place on the highest court of the land. Remember, justice is supposed to be blind without bias. Kagan is far from it.

STAND UP, SPEAK UP, LIVE FREE


IN THE NEWS

BYE BYE BIRDIE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t3cBTb3xPc

Special Election To Replace Byrd Will Be In 2012
http://bit.ly/bkCz78

Robert Byrd, the KKK, the Second Amendment Ruling
http://bit.ly/bEzbLN

Pro-Abortion Senator Robert Byrd Dies; Death Affects Election, Pro-Abortion Kagan Hearings www.lifenews.com/state5212.html

Weekend at Birdy's? www.livefreeradio.net/index.php/byrdie-watch-2010-what-happened-to-senat

MADE IN CHINA

Dallas store sells U.S. flag with 61 stars
http://bit.ly/bpKs5p

CENSUS 2010

Two Census Bureau managers fired for creating at least 10,000 bogus questionnaires
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OBAMA NATION

Health Care Law: Can Obama Administration Meet the Deadlines?
http://bit.ly/d1d4Fg

Obama's immigration gamble
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Obama's approval rating at all-time low
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Obama calls for bank tax as next step in reform
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LTC Lakin Waives Preliminary Hearing, Case To Now Proceed Directly To General Court Martial
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DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICANS

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POLICE STATE NEWS

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Is the U.S. a Fascist Police-State?
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Police State Spying Powers Increase under Obama, Napolitano
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Lawsuit likely over "baby DNA" being secretly stored in military database
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U.S. government panel now pushing "vaccinations for all!" No exceptions…
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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

White House seeks comment on trusted ID plan
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OIL SPILL 2010

Oil washes onto Mississippi coast for first time
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Storm could push oil inland, delay new BP fix
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BP Defends CEO Hayward; Storm Alex Looms
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The Real Truth About BP and What is Happening in the Gulf
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BP burning sea turtles alive
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G20 NEWS

Banks told to hoard in case of crisis: G20 hammers out deal to avoid future bail-outs
http://bit.ly/9YCOCM

G20 Summit cops get police-state powers
http://bit.ly/b8G9i9

Intimidation in the security zone
http://bit.ly/bSIite

'Secret' law lets police arrest for failing to show ID near summit
http://bit.ly/8Z2l7w

Peaceful Protesters Attacked, Arrested While Cop-Car Arsonists Left Alone
http://bit.ly/9flj3J

The Toronto G20 Riot Fraud: Undercover Police engaged in Purposeful Provocation
http://bit.ly/9D5MRa

Corralled for 4 hours, crowd dispersed by G20 police
http://bit.ly/d3KtZl

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Parasite threatens Afghan opium production: UN
http://bit.ly/axL0gn

Homeschoolers alarmed by Kagan nomination
http://bit.ly/cNHIZQ

Supreme Court: Gun rights, Vatican sex-abuse
http://bit.ly/d9BAN5

Alito: Decision 'a serious setback for freedom of expression'
http://bit.ly/dwS5ED

States Must Honor Gun Rights, U.S. High Court Says
http://bit.ly/9lvng7

Court strikes Chicago handgun ban
http://bit.ly/armYC4

How many Americans are targeted for assassination?
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ECONOMIC NEWS

The Third Depression
http://nyti.ms/d7nEKa

Huge tent city takes root in Hawaii
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Taxes coming for $1 trillion in commercial real estate
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06/24/10

Keep Up the Pressure to Kill a Dangerous Bill

Downsize DC MAY be on the verge of another victory, but it's up to you to keep up the pressure.

You see, last November, a Senate committee unanimously approved a poisonous "food safety" bill, S.510.

Seven months later, however, the bill still hasn't reached the Senate floor.

Why?

Because of you!

DC Downsizers and a broad coalition of farm activists objected to the draconian regulations that would destroy small farms and the organic food industry.

In response, Sen. Jon Tester proposed some amendments that would exempt family farms and small food processors. Other Senators have proposed other amendments, and Majority Leader Harry Reid is facing division within his own party on the bill.

It's possible that Sen. Reid won't bring S.510 to the floor at all this year. This would be ideal.

It's also possible that the Senate will debate the bill sometime in the coming weeks, so let's be prepared . . .

* tell Congress you oppose this dangerous food "safety" bill
* and at the very least, insist on Sen. Tester's amendments

Please send your message using DownsizeDC.org's Freedom to Farm campaign.

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

In general, I oppose federal "safety" regulations. Our food supply would be safer if the free market and the states supplied the regulations.

* Private trade associations and certification boards will compete to win consumer confidence in the safety and reliability of their products
* Firms that sell liability insurance would have flexible, site-specific safety requirements instead of one-size-fits-all regulations
* Consumers would be more likely to purchase from local growers and sellers that they know and trust
* States could learn from each other the most effective government regulations, if any are needed

In principle, then, I believe you should oppose S.510 and work to repeal most of the federal laws and regulations on the books.

I also demand that you make the bill "less bad" by insisting on the inclusion of Sen. Tester's amendments. These amendments would exempt . . . http://tester.senate.gov/Newsroom/pr_041410_foodsafety.cfm

* Producers that add value to food through processing and whose adjusted gross income is less than $500,000 per year;
* Producers who sell their food directly to market (such as farmers’ markets).

Please support other amendments that would make the bill less burdensome for farmers and small processors. There will never be a 100% guarantee that all food will always be safe, but . . .

* recent food-borne illness outbreaks have not been caused by family farms and other small businesses
* if outbreaks were to occur, the number of victims will be small and the effects will be localized

In contrast, excessive fees and regulations could wipe out many small farms and businesses. This would make our food LESS safe because no amount of regulation or inspection will prevent every outbreak, and outbreaks in the corporate food chain will have far more victims and more widespread effects.

We do not need more federal regulation. We would be safer if we had more freedom.

END LETTER

You can send your letter using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.

And we encourage you to share this message with your friends. Retweet it.

Thanks for being a DC Downsizer!

James Wilson
Assistant Communications Director
DownsizeDC.org

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