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If you’re at all wondering how to talk to your legislator, this would be of interest to you..

AMSA’s AIDS Advocacy Network and Health Policy Action Committee invite your chapter to join our skill-building webinar:

"How to Run a Successful Lobby Visit"
facilitated by Kaytee Riek, Campaign Manager at SumOfUs
Thursday, October 18th, 8pm EST - 9:30pm EST (aka TOMORROW)

Be informed in how to take a better part in the democratic process! 

Anyone can join, provided there are enough spots! 

Sesame Workshop’s Statement Regarding Political Campaigns

This was released today on Sesame Street’s page. 

Sesame Street has been a proud partner of PBS for 43 years, and is dependent on PBS to distribute our commercial-free educational programming to all children in the United States. Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational organization. We do not comment on campaigns, but we’re happy we can all agree that everyone likes Big Bird.

Tee hee. I can totally agree to that. 

Refreshing my birddogging skills.

Currently on a conf call with my friend from HealthGAP, Paul Davis (I’ve rallied and birddogged with him back in the 2008 election) and a whole bunch of other newbies! Yeaaah new activists! He’s taking a hiatus from his work in Kenya to work on all this crazy stuff. Back in the day, he’s protested with freaking Rachel Maddow. So I guess I know her by proxy. Yeaah! :) Go AMSA! 

Oh the memories…  

Yup. that’s me. Letting our voice be heard. 

Getting tied up in “red tape” in front of the white house.

Getting arrested. Apparently they don’t like that. Even if you’re a doctor.
Being a blur of activity… Ninjas don’t get seen.  

Biden Repeats $1BN NHSC promise… (and recorded by me in the corner there) 
I unfortunately wasn’t assigned to Obama. Other people had that privilege.  

Easiest Way to Register to Vote


Please signal boost widely!

This is the easiest way to register to vote in the U.S. that I’ve found.

If you don’t have access to a printer or a car (like me), you can go to this website ( - translations in English or in Spanish), fill out your information, and they will mail you the printed forms AND a stamped envelope addressed to your county clerk’s office. All you have to do is pop it in the mail box once you receive them and you’re registered.

You can also sign up to do an absentee ballot/vote by mail so you don’t need to find transportation (or take the time off work) on election day.

It’s definitely legit because I just received and sent off the forms today. I’m not affiliated with the site in any way, I’m just excited to find such a great resource.

Please share the site on facebook, tumblr, twitter, and tell your friends and family about it.

(Source: obscenepromqueen)

You Know That TED Talk You Weren’t Supposed To See? Here It Is. (by WatchExtraVideo)

Nick Hanauer, self-described “super-rich” entrepreneur, gave a pretty compelling TED Talk about how the middle class—not the super-rich—are the real job creators. But TED, which has released over 100 different political videos in the past, thought this one was too partisan and chose not to release it. 


If you’ve got student loans, you’re going to want to watch this video. 

President Obama just took two major steps to make life easier for people with student loans, and there’s a good chance you or someone you know will benefit from them really soon. After you’ve watched, tweet/re-blog/Facebook it to get out the good word.

Was that really that hard? Nice job. So far, loans from the government are approaching 1 trillion dollars. Any work we can do to help mitigate that can help. This is pretty huge. Maybe we can bring back economic hardship deferment? :-D

Last year, American companies posted their biggest profits ever, and bonuses for bank and hedge fund executives not only reached record highs, but grew faster than corporate revenue. Meanwhile, almost one in 10 Americans is unemployed, and 15 percent live at or below the poverty level.

As a progressive activist who has marched against many wars, I try to avoid militant rhetoric. But only “class warfare” accurately describes a situation in which 400 people control more wealth than the poorest 150 million Americans combined. If “class warfare” isn’t the richest of the rich fighting tooth and nail against unions and any tax increases while record numbers of people lose their homes, what is?

President Obama shouldn’t be afraid of a little class warfare - Washington Post, 9/23/11

- This article offers solid historical analysis of the economic situation, and some interesting guidance for creating social change.

(via harmreduction)

South Dakota Moves To Legalize Killing Abortion Providers

here is your daily WTF???? 

Worst. Bill. Ever. 

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Phil Jensen, a committed foe of abortion rights, alters the state’s legal definition of justifiable homicide by adding language stating that a homicide is permissible if committed by a person “while resisting an attempt to harm” that person’s unborn child or the unborn child of that person’s spouse, partner, parent, or child.”

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