Author Archives: Ben B.
Voter disenfranchisement once again appears to be a pivotal party platform of the naysayer party. via RolllingStone.com Republicans have long tried to drive Democratic voters away from the polls. “I don’t want everybody to vote,” the influential conservative activist Paul Weyrich told a gathering of evangelical leaders in 1980. “As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” But since the 2010 election, thanks to a conservative advocacy group founded by Weyrich, the GOP’s effort to disrupt voting rights has been more widespread and effective than ever. In a systematic campaign orchestrated by the American Legislative Exchange Council – and funded in part by David and Charles Koch, the … More >>
Dear Friends, I have been asked by the Mayor’s office to seek volunteers who might be able to assist 311 operations during the weekend. The city needs volunteers (preferably in four hour shifts) starting at 8:00 am tomorrow morning through Monday. They would be especially grateful to those willing to volunteer for the Sunday shifts. The 311 facility is located on Maiden Lane and Williams Street in Lower Manhattan and the 311 staff will provide training. If you can volunteer, please email Christie Huus at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best, Julie Menin Chairperson Community Board 1
via SparkAction Have you heard about the Young Minds contest? It’s a fabulous opportunity that I know many of you are eligible for – and doing the sort of awesome, world-changing work needed to win! The Young Minds competition gives you the chance to win a spot to the crazy cool invite-only Google Zeitgeist Americas 2011 in Arizona this September. If you are between 18 and 24 and are trying to improve your community and the world, all you have to do is submit a 1-minute video to enter. Sounds awesome, right? If you’re like me and too old to apply (sigh), we would love your help in spreading the word. If you’ve got questions or would like a social … More >>
Attention Leaders in Washington, remember, most Americans agree on the solution to the debt crisis – it includes increasing revenues!