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Since we received news of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, there have been multiple diaries on the recent and recommended lists, including diaries bybevenroDEUX and TexMex.

The focus of these diaries has been to share information on the disaster itself (news, numbers, statistics) along with tried-and-true ways to help the victims (ShelterBox).

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This just breaking from The Brooklyn Paper:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s move to shut off the city’s subway system overnight on Monday ahead of an anticipated blizzard came as a surprise to transit workers and runs against common sense, because the trains need to move as part of keeping the tracks clear and will be running all night anyway, according to a transit insider. The governor’s 6 pm announcement that subway and bus service would be halted completely at 11 pm blindsided the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Incident Command Center, where workers first heard about it on the news, said the source, who lacks authorization to speak about internal matters and asked to remain anonymous.
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Big news tonight from New York:  Sheldon Silver, longtime New York State Assembly Speaker, is slated to be arrested on corruption charges on Thursday, according to the New York Times.

It's late so I'm just going to posted a few paragraphs from the article below.

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Lots of you don't recognize my name but I can assure you that I've been around here a long, long, long time.  Maybe an old-timer or two can jump in to vet my work.

I'll make this quick since time is of the essence to capture the moment.

I'm  launching a crowdfunding campaign to bring long-term community and political organizing training to the citizens of Ferguson. The final decision as to how funds will be applied will be decided with local leaders, politicians non-profits, etc., but I am thinking of bringing in (or bringing participants to) something like the New Organizing Institute or Wellstone Action.  

I have two basic requests for this community:

1) I'd love to consult with some St. Louis (or other MO?) kossacks re: community leaders and organizations other than those I have already identified this week

2) I'd like to form a small team to help with the campaign, which is entirely online and can be handled from anywhere with internet, and would only require an hour or two per week for the next six weeks.

If you can perhaps help with either of the above, please post in the comments or contact me via kosmail.

Also, please cross-post freely in other diaries or series on DailyKos.

Thanks!

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Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:15 PM PST

Just for Grins (Irresistible Video)

by mindoca

I am a longtime kossack who is not around much anymore, but I ran across this today and thought it would be fun to share on DailyKos.  If you're not in the mood to smile, better not to watch.  If you enjoy it, pass it on.  



Do it, man.  Do it for the children. -- @IAmKidPresident

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There's a great diary on the rec list tonight, recounting zizi's first-ever experience canvassing, which (s)he did yesterday when (s)he traveled with a group of OFA volunteers from Kentucky to Ohio.  

It's always incredibly gratifying and motivating to see new volunteers join the progressive ranks each election season, and to discover that their individual contributions in the field are not only meaningful, but  play a  critical role in the path to victory.

I have been on Daily Kos since 2003, and in the past have used this platform to help motivate and train field volunteers in a variety of ways.  

There were times when I -- and several extremely knowledgeable and incredibly talented action-oriented kossacks -- used to post weekly action roundups and encourage commenters and readers to report on their election volunteering.  

I've also been part of a group that has used this blog to conduct distributed phonebanks, which are phonebanks that use online tools and invite callers to use a designated diary to celebrate, joke, laugh, share, etc., as if they were all in the same room together.  

I have also run a mentoring program, matching new volunteers with experienced kossacks and/or connecting them to resources and volunteer opportunities with candidates, organizations, etc. in their hometowns.  

And finally, I used to drop in on action-related diaries to comment or lend a hand with field-related topics.

In 2010, I began to run live-blog training sessions for kossacks, with a particular emphasis on field and GOTV.  

In honor of zizi's first canvassing experience yesterday, I've decided to resurrect the idea tonight and see if there's any interest in this kind of effort on Daily Kos...

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I'll make this quick.  

For the last few months, family issues have made it impossible for me to commit to being at NN12.  Now, it appears that I may have a shot at getting away for a few days, so I am wondering:

1) Is anyone driving from NYC or vicinity on Wednesday/Thursday?  If timing works, I am happy to share driving and gas.

2) Is anyone looking for a roommate?  I'd have to room with a non-smoker and prefer to room with another woman.  I am a known quantity around these parts (have been around since 2003 and been to many NNs) so no stranger danger for you, IMHO.  Hopefully, someone who knows me will chime in and vouch for me :-)

Thanks and please feel free to link or re-post in community diaries, etc.

Update:  I should clarify that I don't have a room, so I actually need a room, which presumably would come with a roommate.

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The 112th Congress' assault on abortion has been broadly and deeply covered on Daily Kos. We are all aware that the Republican-controlled House is determined to overturn a woman's right to choose, if not in one fell swoop, then by continuing to chip away at exisitng legislation.

The latest assault on reproductive rights, however, has taken a particulary incredulous turn. As early as this week, the House is scheduled to vote on the elimination of funding for Title X. For those of you who don't know about Title X, it is a federal program that provides funding for family planning services.

Got that? Family planning -- of all kinds. Not abortion necessarily but contraception, counseling and other family planning programs.

And there is more, of course.

Many of the clinics and facilities that provide family planning services also provide general and specialized gynecological and reproductive health services to women. Services like annual exams, pap smears, and testing for HIV. And as you would probably expect, many of the women who avail themselves of these services don't have health insurance, are economcially at the margins, and are members of communities that are painfully underserved. For many of these women, an annual visit to a facility participating in Title X is the only health exam, of any type, that they receive during the year.

So the push to eliminate this funding will affect not just abortion counseling and services, and not just family planning counseling and services. It will affect access to basic health services for woman.

The biggest and most respected provider of these serivces is Planned Parenthood. And last week, I received the following e-mail from them:

Dear Mindoca,

This week, anti-choice House leadership is forcing a vote on the most dangerous legislative assault on women's health in Planned Parenthood's 95-year history.

That's not an exaggeration, it is a simple fact — and if they succeed, the consequences for women will be catastrophic. We need everyone who cares about women's health to join together to oppose this attack on Planned Parenthood and those we serve. Tell your representative to vote NO.

Title X, our nation's family planning program, provides funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care. Anti-choice House leadership wants to completely eliminate this crucial funding — particularly for Planned Parenthood. That would cut off millions of women from care they have no other way to afford, leaving them at risk of sickness and death.

Click here to take action.

This attack on family planning funding is not an isolated incident. It's part of a coordinated campaign meant to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers and deny women access to basic health care.

We can't afford to let them get away with it. Speak out now — make it clear to Congress that the services that doctors, nurses, and other medical staff provide in Planned Parenthood health centers are too important to be turned into just another political issue. If we don't stand together now, these attacks will surely continue, and women everywhere will pay a terrible price.

The new House leadership campaigned on a promise to focus on jobs and the economy. Now that they're in power, they are instead focused on relentlessly attacking Planned Parenthood and the women, men, and teens who rely on us. They've shown where their priorities lie: destroying Planned Parenthood and eliminating access to reproductive health care — even at the cost of denying women medical services that could save their lives.

Don't let them do it. Click here to tell your representative to vote "NO" on any attempt to cut off women from their only source of primary care.

It's up to us to make sure local health centers have the resources they need to care for the people who rely on them every day. It's up to us to make it clear that we will not stand for these outrageous attacks on Planned Parenthood health centers or any effort to undermine access to lifesaving care. Speak out now — tell your representative to protect Title X funding and stand up for women's health.

Thank you for standing with us and helping to protect Planned Parenthood and the women, men, and teens our health centers serve.

 Sincerely,

Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

This is an issue that cuts across age lines and across gender lines. It affects children, men and women, and it affects patient populations in both rural and urban settings. Perhaps most importantly, it cuts across party lines to a very large degree. Denying basic health care to women -- denying annual exams and pap smears -- is not a goal shared by most Indpendents or most Repbulicans.

This is an excellent opportunity to especially reach out to family and friends across the aisle and ask for their support on an issue that goes directly to our common aspirations and values. Please take the time to call your representatives -- especially if they are Republican -- and let them know what you expect from them on this heinous legislation. And please circulate this call to action widely, and implore everyone you know to do the same. It is imperative that the Republicans supporting this legislation hear from their constituents of every stripe, and come to understand that this kind of assault on our daughters, mothers, sisters and wives is unacceptable to all of us.

Please comment below if you are taking action and let us know what you plan to do. It will inspire others to act and will allow us to measure the impact of this call to action.

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Earlier this week, jlms qkw, a beloved member of this community asked for our help.

In her diary, Collision of Personal and Professional:  I Need Your Help, she said:

It's 29 days until November 2.  And I am sitting out these mid-terms.  (Keep reading.)

Early voting is underway in seven states now, and more soon.

We have to save the Supreme Court.  No more Roberts or Alitos.  

We have to help the Senate in order to save the Supreme Court.

More and better Dems in the US House, State Governor's Mansions, State Houses, and anywhere else will only help us all.  

I need your help - because I need to sit out these mid-terms.

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This is an experiment.

I have been on Daily Kos since 2003, and in the past have used this platform to help motivate and train field volunteers in a variety of ways.  

There were times when I -- and several extremely knowledgeable and incredibly talented action-oriented kossacks -- used to post weekly action roundups and encourage commenters and readers to report on their election volunteering.  

I've also been part of a group that has used this blog to conduct distributed phonebanks, which are phonebanks that use online tools and invite callers to use a designated diary to celebrate, joke, laugh, share, etc., as if they were all in the same room together.  

I have also run a mentoring program, matching new volunteers with experienced kossacks and/or connecting them to resources and volunteer opportunities with candidates, organizations, etc. in their hometowns.  

And finally, I often drop in on action-related diaries to comment or lend a hand with field-related topics.

But tonight, we're going to try something new.  

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I first posted a couple of diaries about this contest last week. The original diary was also cross-posted at Native American Netroots and graciously front-paged by navajo.

The Native American Leadership Program (NALP) is now #2 among hundreds of ideas competing in its category.  When I posted on Saturday, it was #6. When I first posted, it was #18.

This is such an easy ask, especially for bloggers.  Just click, and click, and click -- until September 30.  But for some reason, this diary has never gotten the attention that it deserves.

So I am hoping that someone reading tonight will not only sign up to vote, but also step up and help to post 1 -2 diaries per day until voting ends on September 30. Our very own wunderkind, Populista, who will be welcoming y'all to his hometown next year for Netroots Nation, has already signed up to help his hometown organization go for the gold.  If you'd like to join him in that effort, please comment below or feel free to steal my code and text and make it your own at any time.

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I first posted a couple of diaries about this contest last week. The original diary was also cross-posted at Native American Netroots and graciously front-paged by navajo.

The Native American Leadership Program (NALP) is now #6 among hundreds of ideas competing in its category.  When I first posted, it was #18.

This is such an easy ask, especially for bloggers.  Just click, and click, and click -- until September 30.  But for some reason, this diary has never gotten the attention that it deserves.

So I am hoping that folks reading tonight will not only sign up to vote, but also step up and help to post 1 -2 diaries per day until voting ends on September 30. Our very own wunderkind, Populista, who will be welcoming y'all to his hometown next year for Netroots Nation, has already signed up to help his hometown organization go for the gold.  If you'd like to join him in that effort, please comment below or feel free to steal my code and text and make it your own at any time.

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