Monday, April 22, 2013

May 4-5, 2013 TransparencyCamp unconference for open government

Details: About - TransparencyCamp:

  • TransparencyCamp is an "unconference" for opengov, an event where, every year hundreds of people gather to share their knowledge about how to use new technologies and policies to make our government really work for the people—and to help people work smarter with our government.
    • As an "unconference," TransparencyCamp emphasizes the important contributions that each and every attendee brings with them into the sessions, workshops and conversations that are a part of this event. In fact, attendees (yes, all of them) are engaged in the process of making the schedule for the conference (AKA “the wall”) with the organizers and are encouraged to step up and lead sessions themselves.

    "Save our Earth," a poem

    Save Our Earth
    by David Weller

    green ecology
    healthy, clean environment
    losing the battle

    stocks, bonds and money
    out of touch with our main street
    absence of the soul

    mountains now topless
    streams, rivers now sewage pipes
    unwelcome to seas

    rain still comes and goes
    but their intensity woes
    detract from living

    is it drought we want
    or floods and wind damages?
    carbon makes the score

    does it matter if
    you are left, right, center when
    there's too much carbon?

    "I don't know for sure."
    "I have my heart set on no."
    That's disappointing.

    leadership reminds
    constituents importance
    there's too much carbon

    we are its steward
    return to nature and we
    return to living

    sunshine, breeze, rain, waves
    come into my life today
    energy God made

    make peace with the Earth
    nature gives more than you think
    it's ours, we're steward

    Sunday, April 21, 2013

    "Reform," a poem

    by David Weller

    what is it, but
    news from the outside
    who listen, too,
    those alike abide
    where but not here,
    yet is always aside
    when for the den's
    vipers inside,
    how, they know,
    is beside their pride,
    why as they try
    against the red denied

    Friday, April 19, 2013

    October 18-21, 2013 Power Shift 2013 for youth leaders on the climate

    Details: Power Shift 2013 -- October 18-21 -- Pittsburgh, PA:

    • This fall, 10,000+ youth leaders will converge to fight for our future.
    • Together we'll build the movement to fight fracking, divest from fossil fuels, build a clean energy future, and stop the climate crisis.
      • Join us and be the first to get more details!

        PublicStuff is a program that aids citizens' requests with their city officials

        Details: PublicStuff builds a civic network that connects government and citizens:

        • We [PublicStuff] offer the most efficient, cost effective way for city officials to communicate with their citizens, and guarantee citizens’ requests go to the right city official. We pride ourselves on providing instant access to government with the ability to confirm you’ve been heard and to track the progress of your request.
          • Our Citizen Engagement Management Tools enable city representatives to view issues and resolution data by geographic boundaries, date ranges, residents and department to improve their digital communications outreach to residents.

          "Citizens vote," a poem

          Citizens vote
          by David Weller

          political corruption is...
          gaming the system for...
          special interests of...
          ideology and business so...
          quid pro quo or...
          freedom for money for...
          those interests vote as...
          an investment return thereby...
          corrupting legislation for it's...
          not in the public interest so...
          at election time vote...
          for only ethical candidates as...
          it's the citizen thing to do

          Wednesday, April 17, 2013

          Download the free Occupy Organizer Guide handbook

          Details: InterOccupy | Organizer Guide:

          • Occupy The Economy in collaboration with Occupy Love has put together a guide to help anyone organize and plan actions this spring. It is a nice summary of why we think it will be important to recommit to camping and raising public awareness about these issues. We hope many of you will check it out and join us in building a new economic paradigm that works for everyone.
            • Download the handbook.

            Tuesday, April 16, 2013

            May, 2013 Global Square International month of action

            Details: Call Global May 2013 | GlobalSquare:

            • A [international] group of activists have been meeting lately, in order to organize actions starting on the 1st of May (MayDay) like demonstrations, assemblies, workshops, conferences, flashmobs and open spaces in the squares of our ciites.
              • We think that it would be just great to take this opportunity to get connected through these actions all over the planet and to work together building this Global May 2013.

              Saturday, April 13, 2013

              PeopleCount gives you an issue profile to share with your state and federal representatives

              PeopleCount | About:

              • is a non-partisan organization that empowers the public to communicate constructively by taking stands on political issues influencing the country today and seeing the collective results. Through each political profile on, users are given a voice to provide relevant and timely solutions to government issues, including some that are not yet in the mainstream news.
                • With, you can create your unique political profile on issues such as climate change and renewable energy. Each profile is a set of questions asking for your positions or beliefs about issues or legislation. A short while after a profile appears, the collective opinions will automatically be shared with you and your elected officials.
                  • is also open to state and federal representatives, allowing our leaders to be accountable and see where their constituents stand on issues.

         aims to have all of your own candidates' info on one page

                  Goals |

                  • Goals:
                    • 1) Establish in the nearest possible future a reliable, comprehensive United States candidate database, that anyone can freely integrate into their own website.
                      • This database would enable websites to show you every candidate for every election you are eligible to vote in, all on a single page.
                        • 2) Help create and participate in a federated opinion sharing platform (OSP) network.
                          • In order to make OSP federation possible, OSPs like OpenCongress, POPVOX, ISideWith, LoveGov, and the proposed platform would need to agree to identical open standards, which ensure our data is transferable and cross-compatible.
                            • For information on how you can help achieve a candidate database and establish a federated OSP network, please visit

                            Thursday, April 11, 2013

                            Thunderclap allows a single message to be mass-shared on the internet


                            • 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 people 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.
                              • The beauty of Thunderclap is that it sets the goalposts—one message, one number, one date. It's a common threshold you and your supporters work toward together. It's a tangible way to measure awareness.

                              Monday, April 15, 2013 Global Day of Action Against Military Spending

                              April 15: Third Annual Global Day of Action Against Military Spending

                              • On 15 April 2013, people all over the world will again come together for the third Global Day of Action on Military Spending. We urge you to join us.
                                • It is a traditional time for awareness-raising actions on how much of the US budget is spent on its defense and supporting war overseas while it is cutting back on taxpayers’ social services. And given the ongoing budget crisis, there could be a lot of potential media coverage.

                                CISPA bill to be voted on soon. Help support an ad.

                                Help Stop CISPA and Government Overreach | American Civil Liberties Union

                                • 50,000 ACLU supporters signed a petition opposing CISPA and its far-reaching consequences for our online privacy. Now, we're taking their message straight to the White House and Capitol Hill with a full-page advertisement in Politico.
                                  • Chip in to help us defeat CISPA.

                                  Wednesday, April 10, 2013

                                  Thursday, May 30, 2013 Demos Transforming America Awards and Gala 2013

                                  Gala 2013 | Demos:

                                  • Every year, Demos gathers with our friends, partners, and allies to reflect on our accomplishments and re-commit ourselves to the important work ahead: generating new ideas, the research to support them, and the actions to realize them to help all Americans benefit in our economy and participate fully in our democracy. Demos will be holding this year's Transforming America Awards and Gala on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6:00-9:00pm at Capitale in New York City. 
                                    • This celebration also gives us the opportunity to honor a select group of individuals whose work challenges our country to live up to the true meaning of democracy: a place where all Americans have an equal voice and an equal chance.


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