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Social media is an easy way to say something, but it’s a difficult way to be heard. Thunderclap is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps users be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, that rises above the noise of your social networks. By boosting the signal at the same time, Thunderclap helps a single person create action and change like never before.

What message are we trying to blast?
Congress is voting on the new Farm Bill on Wednesday, July 10th, and Republicans have drafted a bill that will reduce Food Stamp assistance by $16 BILLION, which would be extremely detrimental to families and to our economy!

While our nation still reels from the economic crisis brought on by Republican fiscal policies that saw millions of jobs being lost, the middle class being decimated, and a nearly unprecedented rise in poverty rates, our elected Representatives in the United States Senate have already voted to reduce funding in the Farm Bill for the only source of sustenance for millions of impoverished Americans.

Trimming back on eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, as food stamps are called, would save $4 billion over the decade. Republicans are pushing to reduce that even more. ...

"Is the benefit going to the right people? Is the money being expended wisely?" questioned Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who has led efforts to change the program, during a recent Senate speech. "Is it encouraging people to look for ways to be productive and be responsible for their families? Or does it create dependency on a series of government programs?"

Senator Sessions, that question is offensive. It's especially offensive when you recognize that a significant number of Americans who rely on Food Stamps to feed their families, are working full-time but are not being paid enough by their employers to survive on. So of course the benefit isn't going to "the right people," or being "spent wisely," because it's going to line the pockets of billionaires and their billion-dollar corporations!
You can read the rest of this post on our site, here.

We have to let our Representatives in the House know our feelings on this critical issue facing families all across America before they vote. That's why we set up a "Thunderclap" that will help us reach thousands of people (maybe even tens of thousands), which we will need to do if we ever hope to change the narrative on this.

We need our legislators to fight for families, not the Sugar Industry, and the only way to get them to do that is to make ourselves heard. And this is an incredible opportunity The Winning Words Project—and by extension, all of us!—has been granted by the Thunderclap folks (it's a new venture and right now Thunderclaps are by invitation and must go through an approval process—we feel so honored that they think our message is worthy of blasting!).

So will you please, please go to our Thunderclap page and click Support, then share through all your social media?

Thank you so very much!

Originally posted to jillwklausen on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 09:23 AM PDT.

Also republished by Income Inequality Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Stop the party of Gut & Spend policies that gut our Earned Benefits programs like Social Security and Medicare and spends on tax breaks for the wealthy elite.

    by jillwklausen on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 09:23:29 AM PDT

  •  Come on you guys, I really, really need your help! (2+ / 0-)
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    aznavy, ParkRanger

    Please go click Support?

    Pretty please?

    Stop the party of Gut & Spend policies that gut our Earned Benefits programs like Social Security and Medicare and spends on tax breaks for the wealthy elite.

    by jillwklausen on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 11:36:51 AM PDT

  •  This is a great idea, but when I clicked (0+ / 0-)

    Thundercloud then support, I was only given Facebook.  I don't do Facebook and have no intentions to, but I did sign up for Twitter and couldn't see that available.

    I have to admit I'm not very saavy with Twitter either! I then went to read the rest of the page about Walmart at Winning Words.  It's very readable and I'm behind you 100%!

    I clicked the Tweet link at the left side of the page and it wouldn't let me sign in.  Then I saw the Tweet link at the bottom of the Walmart page and I clicked that.  Success! I was able to sign in.  The tweet it gave me was too long because it had the full URL so I had to delete the last part of the message about hungry people, but the gist of the message is there. I don't know how to get the shortcut for the URL yet.

    This is a great idea and easy for people to do.  Don't give up if you aren't getting a response.  People just need to find you and figure out what you are doing.  Having everything go out the same time via Thundercloud is an excellent idea. I assume Twitter doesn't allow a way to hold Tweets for a specific time.

    I haven't written diaries, but there was a series for awhile where someone was giving tips about the time of day, titles and other things to get more response.  I just looked for the link and didn't find it, but I know I put it somewhere.  

    I see you're republished by Income Inequality Kos and I would think a group would help establish a base of readers.  Perhaps there is another group that might fit better.

    I would also suggest putting "The Winning Words" as a tag.

    I looked at one of your other diaries and liked it, but now I get what you are doing.  This is an excellent idea!

    A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

    by ParkRanger on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 03:44:25 PM PDT

    •  Wow, what a great reply, ParkRanger! (1+ / 0-)
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      ParkRanger

      I'm so excited that you like what we're doing and have figured out how to join our site! We're still in the building stage so I'm hoping my site designer will make it easier to find in the future.

      I have no idea about the Thunderclap site not letting you "support" the project via twitter. That's weird. I'll send an email and ask if they know anything about it. Thank you for letting me know!

      And a thousand thanks for taking the time to look at our project and to write such a nice reply here! We're really grateful!

      Jill

      Stop the party of Gut & Spend policies that gut our Earned Benefits programs like Social Security and Medicare and spends on tax breaks for the wealthy elite.

      by jillwklausen on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 07:28:45 PM PDT

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      •  I'm spreading the word wherever I can. Obama (0+ / 0-)

        supporters are looking for ways to work together.  You have a good one!

        A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

        by ParkRanger on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 07:59:04 PM PDT

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