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(no subject) [Mar. 26th, 2006|10:26 pm]

Activist Pen-pals
Its been a long day. I feel ya. It seems like you are the ONLY person working for social change in your conservative town and/or campus. What you need right now is a great mix tape or a letter from a pen-pal who shares the same struggles or has experienced a community where what you are fighting for actually exist. Enter in ‘Activist Pen-pals’. I know that if I had received a letter from a stranger after only 5 people came to my feminist meeting, it would have made my night a little better. It takes sooo much strength to be a southern activist, because at times you feel so isolated. The thing is we don’t have to be so isolated! We can connect with people in the south and outside of the south who also hope to see a day where all forms of oppression have been defeated.
Here is my idea: Tell me what you think!
I’m putting out the word to activist outside the south that we need some pen-pals. We need people to send us some rad mix tapes, crafts, stories, inspirational words etc. They can’t expect us to return the favor, because we have very busy lives (though if you have the time please send yur new friend a letter).
Are you in?
All I need from you is the following:
(1) Yur name (real or fake)
(2) Address/p.o. box
(3) Type of activism (if you have multiple include all)
This is a new type of pen-pal relationship!
I will email you and inform you that you have been matched up with someone. If they do not send you something in at least a month and a half LET ME KNOW! After that I will let you and yur pen-pal have fun!
Let me know if you have any questions/concerns/comments or if you want to sign up!!
Dana rae
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(no subject) [Mar. 11th, 2006|04:54 pm]

Hello all
Here is the thing:
I left Mississippi
I came to Seattle to pick up some organizing skills to continue my activism in the south.
I fuckin burnt myself out in Mississippi.
I have been SOO tempted to just stay here in 'blue state' heaven.
But reality and gloria steinem pinched me back into reality.
I'm coming home!

Here is the thing:
Its time to create a radical community in Mississippi.
I'm ready!
I have written a rough draft of various ideas/programs/activities that I think would rock in MS.
i need yur help

1. Read through and let me know what you think! Feel free to challenge me on my ideas, as well as, add onto them! What has worked in yur community etc.

2. Join me in Mississippi

* I want to add onto this and stress how dedicated I am to creating a bigger radical community. I am putting college under my mother's lack of approval belt and dedicating my life to this. We have to make Mississippi a safe/fun/free place for EVERYONE to live. Its time people saw what a queer community can look like, its about damn time for some bike lanes, how about sex education or an info shop..
So. If you need me to inspire you some more let me know! But honestly if really care about ending oppression you will join me in this idea and fight!
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(no subject) [Dec. 5th, 2005|09:47 pm]

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March in/for New Orleans [Dec. 6th, 2005|03:00 pm]

ATTENTION: Activists in Louisiana and Mississippi

Rally at the Convention Center and March over the Crescent City
Connection bridge to Gretna's Oakridge Mall

Monday, Nov. 7 Rally at 10:00 AM, March to follow

New Orleans Convention Center, 900 Convention Boulevard, New Orleans

Bring signs with you, especially homemade signs and the NOW rounds
that say "Stop Racism NOW."

***In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, New Orleans authorities
instructed people to evacuate the city by crossing the Crescent City
Connection Bridge into the city of Gretna. Hundreds of Katrina
survivors, mostly African American, attempted to take this route and
were met by armed Gretna police who had reportedly been ordered by the
police chief to seal off the bridge, denying safe passage to evacuees.
According to eyewitnesses, police officers fired shots in the
direction of the crowd and held some at gunpoint.

On Monday, Nov. 7, we will join together with community activists and
citizens displaced by Katrina and cross the very bridge that desperate
evacuees were prevented from crossing. In doing so, we will send a
message to the police that their actions were unacceptable and
inexcusable, and that people are willing to stand up against racism.

People who were already living in poverty in New Orleans before
Katrina have been met with indifference by our government. They
deserve better - they deserve jobs, housing and a role in the
reconstruction of their homes and communities.

We will march for freedom and civil rights on Nov. 7, 2005. And we
will keep marching until election day Nov. 7, 2006.
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LJer gets a visit from the secert service [Nov. 2nd, 2004|08:34 pm]
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(no subject) [Oct. 18th, 2004|10:41 pm]
If women shut their purses and didn't shop for a day, would the economy
suffer? The idea gets tested on Oct. 19 by "85 Broads", a networking group
founded in 1999 by Janet Hanson, who worked for Goldman Sachs- headquartered
at 85 Broad St.

Business Week has learned that "85 Broads" is asking its 4,000-plus members
in 450 companies, colleges, and B-schools not to spend that day. Hanson says
the "buycottt" will show the gap between women's purchasing power and their
under representation in boardrooms and executive suites.

Members plan to spread the word to friends and to women on college campuses.
Women control $3.3 trillion in yearly consumer spending, 44% of national
spending- a sum that isn't just symbolic.

According to Business Week, the U.S. economy has become increasingly

Did you know that women in the U.S.:

1) Control $3.3 TRILLION in annual consumer spending?
2) Make 62% of all car purchases?
3) Take more than 50% of all business trips?
4) Control over 50% of the personal wealth in this country?


According to Catalyst, only 6 CEO's in the Fortune 500 are women,12.4% are
board directors, and 5.2% are among the top earners in the country.

On TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19th, we invite you to leave your checkbook and credit
cards at home as a symbolic gesture that we no longer "buy" the glacial pace
of change for working women in America. Instead of shopping, go for a walk
in the park, write a letter to a friend, enjoy a museum, or help someone in


Consider my calendar marked and my friends told.
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Environmental Activism in Southern LA [Jul. 11th, 2004|07:22 am]
I heard this on the radio this morning, and being as it is a local effort to perserve and restore wetlands in my area, I thought I would share the link with you all.
CloseMRGO.org is the web address.
Just a little back ground, the MRGO is a 76 mile long 76-mile long man-made navigation channel connecting the Gulf of Mexico to the Port of New Orleans' Inner Harbor Navigation Canal in eastern New Orleans. Construction was originally authorized by Congress in the River and Harbor Act of 1956 and completed in 1965. The MRGO is a shorter route to New Orleans than the Mississippi River. The MRGO provides deep-draft, ocean-going vessels with access to the Port of New Orleans' Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) wharves. Deep-draft ships cannot get to the inner harbor from the Mississippi River because they cannot fit through the existing Industrial Canal Lock, which is 31.5 feet deep and 75 feet wide.

Basically in order to maintain this outlet cost the city millions of dollars a year, and it is devasting the regional wetlands. In addition to the environmental concern of the outlet, it is also a diaster waiting to happen, carving away at the natural wetland that protect the area from storm surges from Hurricans. The next big Hurricane to hit the New Orleans area will in effect decimate the area, and this outlet happens to be one of the main routes to ruin, channeling in flood water to overtake the area.

Please help the ccmrgo Organizaion in writing letters to congress to close this pricey environmental disater. There are letters provided on their website that you can print out and send to Congress.
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Another Letter to Clarion Ledger. Lets see if it makes it in. [Jun. 29th, 2004|02:31 pm]

One problem hindering our ‘war’ is a refusal to account for the other side’s motives. Perhaps we fear that if we did, we would have to question our own.
Those Southerners who still think of the Civil War should understand this.
Many believe the North simply wanted to destroy the Southern economy, covering the war with emancipationist rhetoric, and saying that the South would be better off after being completely destroyed. We are still living in that shadow.
The destruction of slavery is the most positive act in our nation’s history, but there is a downside. The North, motivated by money and power and not concern for the enslaved, did not set up a proper system to educate and empower those who lived for hundreds of years in bondage with no education or family structure.
Our current ‘race’ relations would be better off if we accepted the effects of slavery, and the era immediately following; share cropping and Jim Crow.
To parallel the Civil War, we would do better now to recognize that while it is good that Hussein is out of power, a war fought for economic ends is a war against the American poor (who are over-represented in low levels of the military), and the common Iraqi people for the sake of the powerful who stand to make money. Will we let history repeat?
Bin Laden understands us better than we understand him. He should, since we trained and armed him to fight the Soviets. Many feel that the US is carrying out worldwide policies to destroy Islam, through our engulfing economy, culture and military.
Our government billed Bin Laden’s network as ‘freedom fighters’ while killing the Soviets. They still see themselves as such while killing Americans.
According to Bin Laden, “The American imposes himself on everyone. Americans accuse our children in Palestine of being terrorists . . . At the same time, Americans defend a country, the state of the Jews, that has a policy to destroy the future of these children . . . Everywhere else they (US) went where Muslims lived, all they did was kill children and occupy Muslim land."
Bin Laden sees American expansion, American support for Isreal, America’s middle east oil interests, and the ‘wars’ against Iraq and terrorism as a war against Allah and Allah’s people.
His army is among those who have seen their families slaughtered in Palestine and Iraq.
The only way to fight terrorism would be for our Government to fundamentally change. If our policies were truly based on a concern for people living under oppression, this would be evident. Currently, it is about money and greed, with shallow attempts to make it look differently. We must prove to Islam that we care about freedom more than money. Sadly, they are too smart to believe our current lies.
I am not exalting Bin Laden or terrorist activity, but recognize that we would do better to understand the reasons behind such action. A hatred of our freedom just doesn’t cut it.
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Federal Marriage Amendment in Clarion Ledger [May. 28th, 2004|04:19 pm]

A letter caught my eye today, so I will promptly respond to it now. Send in one as well! Feel free to rely heavily on whatever I wrote.
The new letter, to which I will respond this evening is about the Federal Marriage Amendment. Here's the letter. My response is forthcoming...feel free to write your own reply as well!
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Hattiesburg American Watch: Prison Torture [May. 28th, 2004|01:49 pm]

[music |Letter after Letter...]

I found the following letter in Yowyowsarton's LJ about how prison abuse isn't all that bad. It's from theHattiesburg American I decided to respond as follows.
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