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Monday, September 12th, 2005
4:42 pm
[fickle_goddess]
Call Schwarzenegger TODAY.
Gov. Schwarzenegger's office is accepting calls from anywhere regarding their marriage equality bill. It passed both houses of their legislature, but needs the Governer's approval. It's all automated, so you don't have to talk to anyone.

Follow these directions:
1. Call the Governor: 916-445-2841 (This number is listed at www.governor.ca.gov)
2. Push: 2 (voice your opinion on legislation)
3. Push: 1 (gender-neutral marriage bill - Senate Bill 849)
4. And push: 1 to support marriage equality

PLEASE, IF YOU EVER REPOSTED ANYTHING IN YOUR JOURNAL, REPOST THIS.

Poll #569249 Letter-worthy?

Do you think that this issue is worth writing a letter to him?

Yes, if someone else writes it, I'll sign.
2(100.0%)
Yes, and I'll write it.
0(0.0%)
Yes, but I wouldn't sign it.
0(0.0%)
No, not that important.
0(0.0%)
No, but if a letter is written anyway, I'll sign.
0(0.0%)
Other (I'll explain in a comment)
0(0.0%)
Friday, July 22nd, 2005
11:10 am
[pikachumaniac]
Administrators
IV. Administrators – Who Are We?


“Please don’t tell my mother I am in Congress; she thinks I am a prostitute and I would hate to disappoint her.”
~ Pat Schroeder


Who we are… from the mouth of the horse! Or however that quote is supposed to go. Honestly, I’m not really sure, but that’s because I’m a bit of a scatterbrain. Or really more than a scatterbrain.

Pikachumaniac (PM… and not PMS, damn it!):
Hi everyone! I’m PM, and technically the creator of this entire enterprise (read: mess). I’m a student at UC Berkeley, and my interests primarily lie with environmental issues. I think I’m a registered member of the Democratic party, although after the entire voting registration mess, I really can’t be sure anymore. Anywho, when I’m not ranting and raving about politics/schoolwork, I enjoy anime, fanfiction and fanart, fantasy novels, and my PS2.

Anime Girl Sasami (ag_sasami):
Yoho! I'm Sasami, and I am the Supreme Dictator! *maniacal laughter* Joking...just a friendly moderator. *^^ I'm a student in the Honors College at Arizona State University, and I am an undeclared (but personally decided) Biology major. Registered, uber liberal Christian Democrat (which seems an important note after this last election nonsense. Christians can be Democrats too!!!). I'm a hopeless romantic with an anime/manga obsession, an obnoxiously optimistic view of bad things, and an odd taste for editing papers and stories.

Fickle Goddess:
Fickle Goddess is a politically-aware, outspoken, opinionated college-student who believes in luck, equality, free speech and human rights. She considers the Democrats too centrist, the Republicans too right-wing and is worried by the fact that America seems to be a two-party state, which is why she's here! Fickle Goddess, single-handedly saving the day with irreverent, witty comments. Or just amusing people. Whichever works.

Neko-chan:

Yo. I’m Neko-chan, probably the most easy going out of all of the (crazy) mods. I don’t belong to any political party (NON-PARTISANS UNITE~! :D), but that’s because I think the best way to vote is to decide on what you feel is right, not what someone is telling you is right. When not ranting and raving with PM(s), I write, watch anime, read books and manga, and listen to my pretty bois~ <3 (Important Note: Neko-chan is a really big fan of J-rock).

If you are interested in being an administrator, please send an e-mail to the community account to make an interview appointment. You may request to speak to someone in particular, or whoever is available or more convenient will be assigned. This is nothing formal – we just need to make sure that you have time for this, that you understand everything you will need to do, and that you’re not an FBI agent in disguise. Just kidding!

(Note: Currently no administrator positions are being offered.)


“The important thing is to do the most with the time you have here. Make a difference with that time. That’s what it’s about.”
~ Elvis Stojko
11:09 am
[pikachumaniac]
Letter Writing
III. Letter Writing


“My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers.”
~ Jimmy Carter


There will be two types of letters.

Format A
These will be the longer letters written by a volunteer on a chosen topic. If no one volunteers to write it, an administrator will hopefully do so, although of course it will be better for the people who are most interested in the topic to write. However, this will work by the community choosing a topic every two weeks or so. Information will be pooled together and discussed, and the person writing the letter will base it on said information and whatever information they may already know.
Once the letter has been written, it will be sent to an administrator and proofed. Once proofed, it will be put up for others to read, and they will be free to add information. If there are additions that are very dividing, they will be voted upon before being added.
After this, the letter will be posted for those who wish to sign their name. They will have two days to do so before the letter will be sent by an administrator.

Writing Format A Letters:
For those who end up writing these letters, please use some discretion. Do not curse, do not make threats, do not insult. If you use personal stories, get permission first and realize that these stories will potentially be exposed to many people. Also, attempt to back up information with valid sources, especially if such information is controversial. If it is well-known information, then there is no need for this, but if it’s a little known fact, attempt to get a source.

Proofing Format A Letters:
With these types of letters, we (as in the 'overworked' administrators) will be attempting to get rid of all possible inflammatory remarks, or toning it down. All cursing will be immediately deleted, for example. They will also be proofed for grammar, spelling, and other more traditional problems.

Format B
This format is for spur of the moment letters, especially for people who discover a sudden pressing issue and desire to write about it. These letters may be sent to the community e-mail account, and will be proofed. Then, depending on what the writer wants, it will either be put up in an entry for one day for people to sign, or will be immediately sent. These letters will have less room for debate, but are more for sudden events that need to be hurried through the process so that they reach representatives before their importance has died out.


“I haven’t the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.”
~ David Sedaris, Naked
11:08 am
[pikachumaniac]
The Obligatory Rules - Behavior
II. The Obligatory Rules – Behavior


“The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of any thing, it is very likely to be my good behavior.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”


1. This is not a bashing community. While many of us most likely do not appreciate the person who is currently in office, please make an attempt not to call him an idiot (no matter how well-deserved), sociopath, devil incarnate, or the many other juicy names that we can come up with very, very quickly.
2. We are all people with our own opinions, and so there is a great deal of room for controversy in an operation like this. Opinions and beliefs will differ, and tempers will be flared. But despite that, please act in a mature and responsible manner. After all, the point of this is to allow people to express their opinions. That is what this community is about. Do not judge people because of what they believe in or who they are, and do not try to deliberately anger others.
3. If you are having problems with someone, please contact an administrator, including the person’s name and what the problem is. Do not do this if you are merely angry at the person for something they said – use discretion and act responsibly.
4. If you have information that is very controversial, attempt to back it up with a valid source. This will help establish the legitimacy of your argument.


Nancy Astor: If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee.
Winston Churchill: And if I were your husband I would drink it.
11:04 am
[pikachumaniac]
Introduction
I. Introduction


“What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter.”
~ Terry Pratchett, Going Postal


Hello, and welcome to the community.

The purpose of this community is to communicate our views and opinions to the president, senators, and representatives, preferably in a manner that will not land us all on an FBI watch list. It is also a forum for discussion on current policies, or a showcase for interesting news articles/stories that may or may not pertain to the current administration, but does have some significance to modern politics.

In order to let our views be known to the government, letters will be composed every month, written by a volunteer on specific topics. Points will be drawn from both the volunteer’s personal knowledge and information volunteered by members, as well as any debates on the topic. These topics can range from the environment to abortion to gay marriage, for example. It will then be proofread by an administrator, and if approved, will then go out to the community for further suggestions. Once finished, those who agree with the letter can sign, and it will then be e-mailed to as many senators and representatives as possible, as well as sent through snail mail to the president. Answers, if any, will then be posted.

While it is fully acknowledged that nothing may come out of this, and very cynically so, this is really an opportunity to try and get something done, and perhaps to educate others on topics that are important to us on a more individual level.

Membership is open to anyone. If joining, please introduce yourself in an entry, along with the following information:
- what you want to be called
- state or country you are from/current residence in (optional)
- topics you are interested in

Also, in order to avoid problems and possible confusion, please acquaint yourself with the various introductory entries. You can find them in the first day’s entries, as well as within the memories.

Thanks, and enjoy your stay! :)


“Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?”
~ Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience”
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