Thursday, August 28, 2008

DNC, Live Blogging, Coach Potato Style

Reacting to Obama's Speech...Or Just My Stream of Consciousness

I wish folks had a chance to watch commercial-free events like this one more often. I feel like the conversation Obama is having with his constituents is so important. He's bringing the issues into a larger public dialogue - and people are listening and engaging. Unlike some of those Sunday radio addresses...I guess I wish politics kept people interested at this level of engagement all the time - and not just when there is a glitzy event every four years or so. But am I being negative in the midst of this exciting event? Oops! Back to the enthusiasm...

What happens to a raisin in the sun?

"America - we cannot turn back!"

"We must pledge once more to march into the future."

VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA IN '08!


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Live Blogging the DNC...Or, At Least Cable Coverage of the DNC

Conversation From Your Favorite Coach Potato

On Foreign Policy: In terms of improving the standing of the United States in the rest of the world, I strongly believe that Obama is the best possible choice for president. I think his sense of global politics and how the US should behave is right on...You?

"so that American is again our last best hope"

Debatery: Are you looking forward to the presidental debates? I don't know if I am...Debates usually make me want to grind my teeth. As Barack said, "the stakes are too high." And this election has been too drawn out? But I don't diss the democratic process - heck no! I just can't take suspense...

"we all put our country first"

"what has also been lost is our sense of common purpose...and that is what we have to restore"

"I know that there are those who dismiss such ideas as happy talk"

"If you don't have any fresh ideas, you use scare tactics...You make a big election about small things...It feeds into the cynicism that we all have about government"

"I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office...This election has never been about me - it's about YOU"


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Live Blogging the DNC...

Coach Potato Convos...Your Turn to Weigh In

What do folks thing of the priorities Obama outlined and his plan to accomplish these goals? I'm psyched about many of his ideas to make change - universal health care, equal pay for equal work, better energy policy...Your thoughts?


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Live Blogging the DNC...Part 3

Coach Potato Conversations Continued

Bring It On, Barack! I'm loving this speech...I hope it's just a preview of what's to come in future State of the Union addresses...

More Great Points:
  • "I don't think Sen. McCain doesn't care about what's going on in the lives of Americans - I just think he doesn't know."
  • The ownership society = you are on your own
  • "It's time for us to change America - and that's why I'm running for president of the United States."
  • Progress (for Dems) = paying the mortage, saving for college funds, 23 million new jobs under Pres. Clinton, average income up for families
  • Strength of economy (for Dems) = new, small business-honors, economy that honors dignity of work, waitress able to take days off on tips
  • Veterans need to be respected when they return home
  • "What is the American promise?" = Freedom + obligation to treat others with dignity, respect + Fiscally responsible and nationally responsible companies + Government should do what we cannot do for ourselves + Gov't should work for us, not against us - and for all + I am my brother's/sister's keeper
  • Obama Change = Better tax code rewarding smaller businesses, individuals + Cut taxes for 95% of all working families + End dependency on oil from Middle East in 10 years + Create energy policy that is good for environment and easy for Americans to adapt to + Better education for all Americans to compete in global economy + College education for all + Affordable, accessible health care for every American + Paid sick days and better family leave + Change bankruptcy laws to protect pensions + Save social security + Equal pay for equal work so sons and daughters have same opportunities + Close corporate loop holes + Review of federal budget to eliminate bad spending...

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Live Blogging the DNC...In My PJs

Coach Potato Conversations...Continued

Great Points Raised by Obama:
  • We need to think of future generations
  • "America, we are better than the last 8 years...We are a better country than this!"
  • "Enough! This moment...this election is our chance to keep - in the 21st century - the American promise alive."
  • "We love this country too much to let the next 4 years look like the last 8."
  • "Eight is ENOUGH!"
  • Sen. John McCain has voted with Pres. Geo. W. Bush 90% of the time [eek, I say]
  • "I'm not ready to take a 10% chance on change."
  • "Sen. McCain has been anything but independent."



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Live Blogging the DNC (From Afar)

Couch Potato Conversations

So, for all of you sitting at home watching the DNC on the teevees right now - what are you thinking? Share your thoughts, ideas, and opinions in the comments section! I'm live-blogging, so I'll pull them to the top, too...

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Maybe the Cutest Thing I've Seen at the DNC


Babies for Obama!


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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hillary Supporter for Obama

Live Blogging the DNC Speechifying

I'm so impressed by Hillary Clinton's speech tonight. I heart Hillary - and I will heed her advice to jump in and support the Dem party and Barack Obama. Vote Dem in '08! And make sure your friends, family, and community do, too.

The sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits...FOREVER!


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This September, Blog For Woodhull

Woodhull Blog Badge_Medium...Will You?

Okay, okay. So I've always promised to keep my 9-to-5-related postings to a minimum - but I just couldn't resist the urge to tell you about the online action the non-profit I work for will be taking in September 2008. Much like other blog campaigns, or "we blog for..." days, the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership is inviting bloggers to blog about women's leadership and other topics related to the work the Institute does in the month of September. We even have a cool blog badge for the blog leaders who participate to include with their Woodhull-related posts! So, if you believe in women's leadership, join the WE BLOG FOR WOODHULL campaign...Link-love will be shared by the Institute with participating bloggers.

C'mon - encourage a non-profit that's going all Web 2.0 for women's leadership....


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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Non-Profits 2.0

On August 16th, I went through basic training at the Craigslist Foundation's Non-Profit Boot Camp. An annual event on the east and west coast, the goal of this gathering of non-profiteers is to "educate and empower the next generation of nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs, connecting them with valuable industry resources, peers and potential supporters." As a member of that "next generation" who is watching the baby boomers leading in the sector retire, I really enjoyed the opportunity to attend informative sessions and to meet so many people doing great work. On-site, I so wished I had brought my laptop to live-blog the conference. But I did take copious notes - which I will share (late-breaking style) here.

My favorite part of the event was the morning keynote speech delivered by Professor Paul Light of New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. In his address, Light asked what it means to be "non-profit-like" and explored how non-profits are currently perceived and what he hopes they will become.

I cracked up when Light listed the qualities currently associated with non-profits:
  • Incorporated (woot, tax exempt status!)
  • Dependent (on the whims of funders, volunteers)
  • Chaotic (high turnover, unclear leadership, shoestring budgets, and more!)
  • Heroic (the self-sacrificing employee making little pay, but still keeping investment banking hours)
  • Cheap (someoone, somewhere, please get those non-profits some matching furniture and a stapler!)
  • Doubted (71% of the American public thinks charities are wasting money)
  • Stressed out (employee burn out much?)
For me, the point about the stapler really hit home. I mean, my desk is currently furnished with a mini-stapler. Quite adequate...but still.

After going over these often negative attributes, Light then pondered what non-profits would be like if the dedicated individuals in this sector declared "I'M NON-PROFIT-LIKE!" as a point of pride - instead of shorthand for I-wish-we-were-more-like-those-successful-corporations. Light listed these aspirations for what non-profits need to do:
  • Be rigorous - in being transparent about finances and outcomes
  • Be collaborative - by not working for one's cause in isolation
  • Be innovative - new ideas are needed as much as new organizations
  • Be agile - by staying young, fresh, and relevant
  • Be prepared - non-profits should spend wisely, which includes having a reliable infrastructure (the stapler! buy the stapler!)
  • Be independent - by generating revenue that the organization controls-
  • Be just - by paying employees a living wage and by taking proactive steps to prevent burn-out
  • Be audacious - deliver the services necessary while also changing the world that requires those services
  • Be advocates - and change the world
  • Be PROUD
These are definitely qualities that I aspire to in my own work - and I appreciate how succintly and powerfully Professor Light summarized the work that non-profiteers have ahead of them. (And he has several books in which you can read more!)

With so many non-profits out there today and with so much change expected as leaders retire, it is an exciting time to be working in this field. But, as always, non-profit life is also tough. So, dear readers, what would the ideal non-profit 2.0 look like to you?

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Carnival of Feminists No. 63

A Little Friday Fun Reading

Check out the latest Carnival of Feminists!


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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Beware the feminists and their allies!

Another original attack on women's and gender studies.


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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Feminist Blogs, Community Style

Everybody's Doing It!

Trend alert! Now, let's discuss...

What do folks think of the new trend feminist blogs are setting as many move to community blog formats? Feministing lead the way and now Salon has incorporated a community blog/social networking feature as well that Broadsheet is promoting. Further, bloggers like Deborah Siegel over at Girl with Pen are musing about making the move to group blogging. Community blogging seems to be the next wave of cyberfeminism.

As a blogger, I totally understand the benefits of group blogging in a content-driven genre. Keeping a weblog - with daily content, the latest widgets, a presence in the newest networking hotspots, building community among readers - is a bit more work than one person should probably bite off - even if they can devote themselves to blogging full-time. Group blogs offer the benefit of multiple contributors and multiple perspectives. They create go-to sources to find experts in specific areas. Plus, the personalities and their quirky interactions keep us coming back for more as readers. Community blogs offer similar benefits with the boon of empowering readers to become bloggers in their own right (and not just in the comments below the fold) while also keeping a blog community united. They are a great tool for teaching/sharing the power of the blogosphere in creating informed blog citizens actively engaging in public debate.

I think one of the beautiful things about blogging is how fluid the genre is. That which we call a blog...Well, let's just say they come in all shapes and sizes and colors and varieties. But the academic dedicated to the analysis of cyberculture and tracking online activism wonders, Where will community blogs take the blogosphere?


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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What Do Women Want?!


The Center for New Words Wants Politicians to Know

Just had to share this cool new initiative the Center for New Words recently launched...I hope you will follow their lead and let your representatives know what YOU want today!

Tired of being talked about this election season? Done with being represented by skewed polls and stereotypes?

This Is What Women Want is your chance to cut through the spin and tell the media, the candidates and the world exactly what you want this election season. Let’s demonstrate how diverse we are in thought, action, and experience. Let’s uncover what we have in common. Let’s amplify our own and each others’ voices until they cannot be ignored.

This Is What Women Want is a project of the Center for New Words, producers of Women, Action & the Media and many other programs dedicated to developing and amplifying progressive women’s voices.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

This News Brief Is Brought to You By...The Women's Media Center

WMC Daily News Brief: Media Justice, Clinton, Zimbabwe

Are you subscribed to receive the Women's Media Center's "Daily News Brief"? It's a "must-read news source to be fully informed about women's roles in the world." Go get it in your inbox today! And, untuk you do, enjoy this sample...

Long Walk to 'Media Justice' For SA Women
8/8/08
Bizcommunity.com, S. Africa: As South Africa celebrates another Women's Day and Women's Month, the media comes under the microscope, challenged and put to the test by analysts and gender activists who deplore what they call 'unfair', 'sexist' and 'discriminatory' treatment of women by the Fourth-Estate, which is supposed to be the voice of the voiceless and vulnerable groups.

In Wake of Hillary Clinton Bid, Democrats' Platform May Denounce Sexism
8/8/08
LA Times: It's not exactly the language they preferred, but a group of women who had supported Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid is happy with a proposed Democratic Party platform plank that denounces sexism.

Rights Lawyers to Investigate Rape in Zimbabwe

8/7/08
VOA News: AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy group, says it is sending a team of lawyers to Zimbabwe to collect evidence of mass sexual violence, which it says is part of an anti-opposition campaign by supporters of President Robert Mugabe.

ACLU, DGA, AFTRA Gang Up on FCC

8/7/08
Broadcasting & Cable: The American Civil Liberties Union, flanked by unions representing directors and actors, told the Supreme Court the Federal Communications Commission has no business regulating any speech short of outright obscenity.

Roles of Clintons at Convention Start to Clear
8/7/08
NY Times: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Barack Obama are negotiating the delicate question of her role at the Democratic convention in Denver and in the campaign beyond. But at least the convention role of former President Bill Clinton, has been settled with the decision Thursday that he would be speaking at the convention.

McCain, Obama Tiptoe Across Vice Presidential Minefield
8/8/08
LA Times: Obama has heard complaints from women's advocates about possible No. 2 contenders whom they do not see as strong supporters of abortion rights. "That is causing a lot of heartburn" for abortion rights supporters, said Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women.

Official Says New Rules Are Not Anti-Birth Control
8/7/08
AP via Seattle Times: Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt attempted to ease concerns Thursday that the Bush administration is planning to issue new rules that would limit women's access to birth control.

Kosovo Lives: Not Gone with the Wind
8/7/08
BBC News: The Americans evacuated three Slovenian-Serb women from Urosevac in 2004, to save them from Albanian rioters, who then destroyed the house.
But the Nikolic women have refused to join the thousands of other non-Albanians who fled. They argue that K-For failed to defend their property and removed them against their will.

Violence Linked to Rapid Rise of AIDS in Women
8/08/08
Women's eNews: Health officials at a global AIDS conference in Mexico City this week highlighted the growing feminization of the pandemic and its link to gender violence. The U.N. may form a women's agency that advocates say could mount a more effective response.

Lack of Access to Female Condoms Vilified
8/8/08
GlobeandMail.com, CN: Once touted as a key tool in the fight against HIV-AIDS, a way of empowering women whose partners shun traditional condoms, the female condom has largely been forgotten.The fault lies not with the product itself but with set-in-their-ways policy makers, the international aid group Oxfam says in a scathing new report.

Common Treatment For Infertility Ineffective: Study
8/8/08
AFP: A drug taken by millions of women in recent decades to improve the chances of conceiving a child yields the same results as no treatment at all, according to a study published Friday.

Beginning Her Career Purely By Accident

8/8/08
Boston Globe: A young woman from Philadelphia, an amateur musician with career aspirations elsewhere, writes and sings a few songs for personal use. Next thing you know, Melody Gardot is the new sensation in sultry vocal jazz. But inextricably woven into the blossoming of Melody Gardot is the horrific accident that nearly killed her four years ago.

Olympic Outlook: View From the Executive Seat
8/7/08
Wall St. Journal: Anita L. DeFrantz, an Olympic bronze medalist and a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1986, discusses her role in the Olympics over the years and her push to increase the number of women's events on the Olympic program.

Swimmer Inspires Sisters to Shoot for Beijing
8/8/08
NY Times: At a camp for aspiring swimmers at Stanford University in 2000, Dara Torres met Sandra and Danielle Fong, 10 and 8 years old, who dreamed of one day becoming Olympic athletes. Torres gave them the medal she had recently won for breaking the American record in the 50 meters at the Santa Clara International Invitational.


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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Feminist Carnivaling

The 62nd Carnival of Feminists is now available at Rage Against the Manchine!

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