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On November 4, 2008, we the American people elected Barack Obama as president based on his campaign theme of “Change We Can Believe In.” His campaign was targeted at common people who wanted a real voice in the governing of our nation, which was supported by the national media via outlets such as CNN’s “Impact Your World” among others.
However, more than eight months since President Obama’s inauguration, many of us have still not had an opportunity to be heard despite our numerous attempts. We have used outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and have contacted the media in efforts to make our voices heard and to make a difference in our lives and our nation. Yet the media has been selective in who is heard and who is not: their unwritten policy is that if you are not rich or famous, you have no right to be heard, to make a difference, or to exist.
When someone who is rich and famous, such as a politician, a celebrity, or a corporate executive, has something to say, that person is heard immediately by a wide audience. When we have something to say, we are ignored because we do not have the looks, social status, or connections to be heard.
We have been demoralized by the media’s conscious efforts to suppress our voices and to provide us with hypocritical means for us to make our voices heard, when in fact the media has no desire to enact real change other than blindly supporting the agenda of President Obama.
Current events don’t affect only the rich and famous. Current events affect us. Yet the media continues to promote elitist opinions while ignoring what we have to say. We suffer as the Silenced Majority while the rich and famous elite are given untrammelled influence and power to maintain their status while we are bound in anonymity.
Enough is enough. It’s time for action. I am appealing to you, my fellow Americans, to support me in this cause. I ask that everyone, regardless of political affiliation, join me in making ourselves heard. Tell one, tell all, about this petition, and make the media aware that we will not accept the status quo any longer.
Please sign this petition. The stakes are too high for us to remain silent.
After the death of Michael Jackson I realize that we must do something to prevent abuse of the press that takes advantage of the freedom of expression to transcend all boundaries and publishing false news or manipulated news that may end the career or even the lives of a human being!
The Berkeley Daily Planet has run (and continues to run) articles deemed to be anti semitic which have solicited protests including from local community rabbis, mayors of Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland, assembly members, state senators and 4 Berkeley city council members (see BP issue June 4 - 10)
There are various anime/manga, videogame, cosplay and media conventions around the country, but nothing substantial in East Anglia.
This petition is to gather support for such an event happening in this region, and also in support of the MCM Expo Group and its events.
The MCM Expo group is willing to bring their recently announced Cosplay Roadshow to this region if enough interest is generated.
This petition also serves as information about the fan base level in the region for other events to hopefully happen as well.
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The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative is to promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace.
We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.
I. RESPECT AND CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY OF LIFE
1. Respect Earth and life in all its diversity.
2. Care for the community of life with understanding, compassion, and love.
3. Build democratic societies that are just, participatory, sustainable, and peaceful.
4. Secure Earth's bounty and beauty for present and future generations.
II. ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY
5. Protect and restore the integrity of Earth's ecological systems, with special concern for biological diversity and the natural processes that sustain life.
6. Prevent harm as the best method of environmental protection and, when knowledge is limited, apply a precautionary approach.
7. Adopt patterns of production, consumption, and reproduction that safeguard Earth's regenerative capacities, human rights, and community well-being.
8. Advance the study of ecological sustainability and promote the open exchange and wide application of the knowledge acquired.
III. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
9. Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative.
10. Ensure that economic activities and institutions at all levels promote human development in an equitable and sustainable manner.
11. Affirm gender equality and equity as prerequisites to sustainable development and ensure universal access to education, health care, and economic opportunity.
12. Uphold the right of all, without discrimination, to a natural and social environment supportive of human dignity, bodily health, and spiritual well-being, with special attention to the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities.
IV. DEMOCRACY, NONVIOLENCE, AND PEACE
13. Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency and accountability in governance, inclusive participation in decision making, and access to justice.
14. Integrate into formal education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life.
15. Treat all living beings with respect and consideration.
16. Promote a culture of tolerance, nonviolence, and peace.
Restricting the ways we can distribute and receive information restricts the way we can create new information.
By Andrew C. McCarthy
Let’s try a thought experiment. Say John McCain attended a party at which known racists and terror mongers were in attendance. Say testimonials were given, including a glowing one by McCain for the benefit of the guest of honor ... who happened to be a top apologist for terrorists. Say McCain not only gave a speech but stood by, in tacit approval and solidarity, while other racists and terror mongers gave speeches that reeked of hatred for an American ally and rationalizations of terror attacks.
Now let’s say the Los Angeles Times obtained a videotape of the party.
Question: Is there any chance — any chance — the Times would not release the tape and publish front-page story after story about the gory details, with the usual accompanying chorus of sanctimony from the oped commentariat? Is there any chance, if the Times was the least bit reluctant about publishing (remember, we’re pretending here), that the rest of the mainstream media (y’know, the guys who drove Trent Lott out of his leadership position over a birthday-party toast) would not be screaming for the release of the tape?
Do we really have to ask?
So now, let’s leave thought experiments and return to reality: Why is the Los Angeles Times sitting on a videotape of the 2003 farewell bash in Chicago at which Barack Obama lavished praise on the guest of honor, Rashid Khalidi — former mouthpiece for master terrorist Yasser Arafat?
At the time Khalidi, a PLO adviser turned University of Chicago professor, was headed east to Columbia. There he would take over the University’s Middle East-studies program (which he has since maintained as a bubbling cauldron of anti-Semitism) and assume the professorship endowed in honor of Edward Sayyid, another notorious terror apologist.
The party featured encomiums by many of Khalidi’s allies, colleagues, and friends, including Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, and Bill Ayers, the terrorist turned education professor. It was sponsored by the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), which had been founded by Khalidi and his wife, Mona, formerly a top English translator for Arafat’s press agency.
Is there just a teeny-weenie chance that this was an evening of Israel-bashing Obama would find very difficult to explain? Could it be that the Times, a pillar of the Obamedia, is covering for its guy?
Gateway Pundit reports that the Times has the videotape but is suppressing it.
Back in April, the Times published a gentle story about the fete. Reporter Peter Wallsten avoided, for example, any mention of the inconvenient fact that the revelers included Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, Ayers’s wife and fellow Weatherman terrorist. These self-professed revolutionary Leftists are friendly with both Obama and Khalidi — indeed, researcher Stanley Kurtz has noted that Ayers and Khalidi were “best friends.” (And — small world! — it turns out that the Obamas are extremely close to the Khalidis, who have reportedly babysat the Obama children.)
Nor did the Times report the party was thrown by AAAN. Wallsten does tell us that the AAAN received grants from the Leftist Woods Fund when Obama was on its board — but, besides understating the amount (it was $75,000, not $40,000), the Times mentions neither that Ayers was also on the Woods board at the time nor that AAAN is rabidly anti-Israel. (Though the organization regards Israel as illegitimate and has sought to justify Palestinian terrorism, Wallsten describes the AAAN as “a social service group.”)
Perhaps even more inconveniently, the Times also let slip that it had obtained a videotape of the party.
So why is the Times sitting on the videotape of the Khalidi festivities? Given Obama's (preposterous) claims that he didn’t know Ayers that well and was unfamiliar with Ayers’s views, why didn't the Times report that Ayers and Dohrn were at the bash? Was it not worth mentioning the remarkable coincidence that both Obama and Ayers — the “education reform” allies who barely know each other … except to the extent they together doled out tens of millions of dollars to Leftist agitators, attacked the criminal justice system, and raved about each others books — just happen to be intimate friends of the same anti-American Israel-basher? (Despite having watched the videotape, Wallsten told Gateway Pundit he “did not know” whether Ayers was there.)
Why won’t the Times tell us what was said in the various Khalidi testimonials? On that score, Ayers and Dohrn have always had characteristically noxious views on the Israeli/Palestinian dispute. And, true to form, they have always been quite open about them. There is no reason to believe those views have ever changed. Here, for example, is what they had to say in Prairie Fire, the Weather Underground’s 1974 Communist manifesto (emphasis in original):
Palestinian independence is opposed with reactionary schemes by Jordan, completely opposed with military terror by Israel, and manipulated by the U.S. The U.S.-sponsored notion of stability and status-quo in the Mideast is an attempt to preserve U.S. imperialist control of oil, using zionist power as the cat's paw. The Mideast has become a world focus of struggles over oil resources and control of strategic sea and air routes. Yet the Palestinian struggle is at the heart of other conflicts in the Mideast. Only the Palestinians can determine the solution which reflects the aspirations of the Palestinian people. No "settlements" in the Mideast which exclude the Palestinians will resolve the conflict. Palestinian liberation will not be suppressed.
The U.S. people have been seriously deceived about the Palestinians and Israel. This calls for a campaign to educate and focus attention on the true situation: teach-ins, debates, and open clear support for Palestinian liberation; reading about the Palestinian movement—The Disinherited by Fawaz Turki, Enemy of the Sun; opposing U.S. aid to Israel. Our silence or acceptance of pro-zionist policy is a form of complicity with U.S.-backed aggression and terror, and a betrayal of internationalism.
SELF-DETERMINATION FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE!
U.S. OUT OF THE MIDEAST!
END AID TO ISRAEL!
Barack Obama wouldn’t possibly let something like that pass without a spirited defense of the Israel he tells us he so staunchly supports … would he? I guess to answer that question, we’d have to know what was on the tape.
But who has time for such trifles? After all, isn’t Diana Vreeland about to critique Sarah Palin’s sartorial splendor?
— National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy chairs the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies’s Center for Law & Counterterrorism and is the author of Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad (Encounter Books 2008).
Violent and unprovoked attacks on Indian students are on the rise in Sydney and Melbourne. There have been at least 20 bashings of Indian students in Sydney in the past month, but most went unreported out of fear. There are estimated over 100 attacks on Indian students in the last 12 months, numerous robbings and random bashings on Indian students at night and in daylight, on trains and near their homes, often in western Sydney.
"There's a name for [the racist attacks]: 'curry bashing' ... [as in] 'lets go curry bashing'..."
Bridge to Terabithia was an amazing movie, a fact that I'm sure many can agree on (If you can look past the misleading marketing that is). But the DVD and Blu-ray disc didn't really do the movie justice. While it had some cool extras, there wasn't much to look at.
So I thought I'd create a petition. To ask Walden Media and Disney to release a special edition of the movie, which should include way more clips and footage, as well as the deleted scenes which weren't included on the DVD/Blu-ray.
All in favor, please sign! =)
// Teralian - A Place For Us
Good news are uplifting and inspiring while bad news are demoralizing and paralyzing.
For the benefit of everyone's spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being, we ought to have more good news and less bad news in the media. Please support this petition!
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Thank you, for stopping and checking out the "1 million signatures, 4 HOT music" petition!!! This is the 1st of many "People 4 hot music" petitions.
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The is the latest campaign by fathers' rights group 4MB to force the newspaper most biased towards mothers and most against non-resident fathers the Daily and Sunday Mirrors to treat us more equally.
The only way to make the Mirror listen is by hitting them where is hurts on the balance sheet by not purchasing the Daily or Sunday Mirror and by signing our online petition and encouraging anyone else you know to do the same.
This is something we really can achieve we can make a stand against the media and force them to treat us equally to mums to achieve equal reporting of fathers rights issues would be a significant step forward for the UK fathers rights movement.
Jonathon Ross is a great television presenter, a family man and he does good work for comic relief. He's being tormented and bullied by the media for the littlest things he says.
He can't get away with anything. If you don't like the guy don't watch him or listen to him!!!
I have been amazed at the current web of negativity that the media is spreading and the overall pessimistic response that it is having on society.
There is no denying that there is a lot to feel unhappy about what with the current economic crisis and the knock on effect it is having on households and businesses around the world. Add to that war, famine, disease, poverty, crime, global warming and it’s no surprise that our media outlets are full of doom and gloom.
Despite this, and as one of the UK’s current unemployed, I am trying to remain optimistic and believe that it is only a matter of time before things improve. However, when I switch on the TV, turn up the radio or open a newspaper my optimism is challenged.
I’m not for one moment unsympathetic to those individuals and organisations that are the victims of the stories that fill our headlines. All I am saying is, wouldn’t it make a change if for once the media concentrated on bringing us positive news items rather than negative and took a step forward in inspiring us?
It is for this reason that I have started a campaign to make Wednesday 25 March 2009 Good News Day.
So whether it is news, money, business, sport, showbiz, entertainment, travel or even the weather, I am calling for the media to focus its attention on Wednesday 25 March 2009 and present us just with stories that are true, encouraging and uplifting … stories of those that have survived against the odds … stories of businesses that are doing well … help and advice on how to survive this economic crisis … in other words, positive stories to motivate us.
I appreciate that Good News Day is not going to change the world but it just might make us change how we view it, if only for 24 hours. After all, if we look at our lives close enough haven’t we all got something to be grateful for?
With your help, let’s make Wednesday 25 March 2009 Good News Day!
MTV recently aired an episode called "True Life: I'm a Nuyorican" which featured the stories of three young people living with this cultural identity.
All three individuals chosen reinforced negative and socially damaging stereotypes to this culture as well as other Latino communities.
There was no balance or wholly accurate representation of the Nuyorican community, a term which is derived from the Literary and Artistic Movement begun in the 1970's and continued to present day.
The documentary was discriminatory, negative, myopic and detrimental to the perception of this community.
Babydolls R Delicious have started a Real Women campaign to try to change the way people feel about themselves and what the media and advertising campaigns portray to be normal.
Babydolls R Delicious are trying to promote health and confidence in all men & women and help empower people to make a difference.
Babydolls R Delicious aim to highlight just how many people feel the same way and have a social effect on both the 'Sexy Sells' attitude of major corporations and what is perceived to be 'Sexy' and 'Sold' to the public via mainstream media.
Using real women of all sizes, shapes and looks to model lingerie not just the typical Victorias Secret Models you see on most sites.
Babydoll-Delicious are going to use a number of methods including Real Women modelling Lingerie, Social Networking, Local Media and charity work including Beat (eating disorders) to raise awareness of their campaign and spread the word.
However, the most important link in our campaign is YOU! If you agree with what we are trying to do sign below to show your support and more importantly.........
Tell your friends. You can also see the work we are doing at www.babydollsrdelicious.weebly.com and join our Facebook groups to show support.
Click Hereto add your face to our campaign
Swedish mother Ann-Louise Valette and her two sons Frank Oliver Valette, 11, and Andre Nicholas Valette, 9 have been plastered all over the newspapers as being "abducted". A revealing article states that she was concerned about child sexual abuse that had not been substantiated.
Anyone who has gone through the courts and worked in this area knows that most cases of child sexual abuse are underreported and the chances of getting help to substantiate it in the middle of a family court battle are minimal - The police won't even go near it and child protection passes the buck saying that its family courts area.
Lawyers filter these things because they know legal aid finds protecting children "expensive". The facts are:
False Allegations of child abuse in the family court are as low as 5%
For years the Family Court has been systematically ignoring substantiated child abuse and domestic violence.
Family Violence and Child Sexual abuse are underreported.
Australia is one of the highest rate male dominated police force in the world. Since the "No Fault divorce", it is mainly mothers who are running with their children, Since the shared parenting bill, homicides increased by 14% in 2006.
There is no domestic violence homicide review team in Australia. Most mothers run with their children because of family violence and child abuse.
Update Dec 27:
We have received a request from the fathers family to discontinue this campaign. As it is a matter of public interest, we have included the message, facts and background as to why this petition is running. Our team has ensured this is thorough and accurate with links to reliable sources: http://anonymums.blogspot.com/search/label/Enforced%20Dissappearence
One other point to this, if the fathers family was genuinely concerned about the children's well being, why immediately issue a recovery order that would sever access to vital services such as hospitals, food, clothing and education?
For years football has been the target of journalists with an obvious aim of putting the game down for the benefit of their own preferred sport of choice.
Now is the time we say enough is enough, we are Australians and deserve the same respect and treatment enjoyed by rival sports.
It is fair to criticise when based on FACT but when a clear anti football agenda exists and certain facts are ignored it shows blatant discrimination.
Firstly, rugby league and AFL journalists are in no position to comment on the world game. It should be left to those who are. The likes of Simon Hill, Michael Cockerill and others can comment from a position of truth and no hidden agendas.
TAFE NSW is planning on scrapping their Digital Media courses and replacing them with an IT Diploma that has a few subjects of a similar nature.
Previously, due to an agreement between TAFE NSW (Wagga Wagga) and Charles Sturt University, graduates of the Diploma in Digital Media have been able to articulate directly into the third year of a Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia). This has been largely due to the outstanding quality of work produced by our students, as well as the years of dedication and hard work by the teaching staff.
Thanks to the hasty and ill-thought decision of TAFE NSW, students will no longer be able to take advantage of this agreement. Additionally, students who enrolled in the course at the beginning of this year, under the assumption that they too would be able to go on to university, now find themselves stranded – in any sane situation, that would be considered a breach of contract.
TAFE NSW contends that the course they have instituted in place of Digital Media covers the same subjects and achieves the same outcomes – this is patently false. The new course contains no practical art subjects and has what amounts to a brief overview of animation and design. Students who complete this course will not be able to transfer their skills to university and hope to gain any subject credit. Additionally, the new course will be promoted under the name “IT (Multimedia)”, which has the potential to turn away scores of young people intimidated by academia.
Australia is already far behind the rest of the world when it comes to the arts, music, film and animation – do we really want to work towards making our nation even further behind? There is nothing to say about this pitiful decision, save that it is just not okay. It is tremendously short sighted; it may make sense in the short term, it will certainly improve the TAFE NSW bottom line – but at what cost to the community? How many more young people will leave Wagga Wagga because we don’t value the arts?
Sign this petition and help put pressure on TAFE NSW to reverse this decision immediately. For them to do anything less is tantamount to spitting on the efforts of both past students and the hard working teachers of Digital Media.
During the Summer of 2008, DCPS volunteers were dispatched throughout the city to survey residents on how involved they felt their community to be in public education.
Overwhelmingly, these respondents reported that they heard mostly bad news about their schools. In fact, 68% felt that news outlets mostly reported the bad, while 9% heard mostly good, and 19% heard both equally.
Another, similarly named group takes this data to mean that local news media should stop reporting "negative" news about the school system, presumably because it's bumming them out, or threatening their jobs.
We feel that the reason there's so much bad news about the schools is because there is, in fact, so much bad news to report. D.C. public schools, are, after all, the worst in the nation by several measures. And we feel that reporting on their problems is a public service.
Claims that there's "too much negative" news are silly at best, misguided and deceptive at worst. If your kids are in schools that aren't doing well, wouldn't you want to know that? Wouldn't you want to know why?
But if you were a teacher whose job might be at stake, would you want to see that same news? Probably not.
Think of who's saying there's too much negative news. And judge accordingly.
We think having more information, not less, is better.
An estimated 176 MILLION women and girls worldwide have endometriosis!
"This makes endometriosis more common than AIDS and more common than cancer", as per Ohio State University Medical Center. (Source: http://bit.ly/PyjDP).
Yet for years it has remained largely "under-the-radar". The general public has been largely unaware of it - or misunderstands just how very debilitating it can be. When endometriosis IS mentioned in the media, misleading statements may be made (causing confusion for patients and the public).
We have a duty to educate the public about this life-altering illness by spreading factual information... and by recognizing misinformation and taking steps to address that.
Endometriosis can only be diagnosed via a surgical procedure called a laparoscopy.
Endometriosis awareness is vital! It is equally vital that information disseminated about endometriosis be accurate! In spreading myths and misinformation, endometriosis patients are hurt rather than helped.
Unfortunately, there is NO CURE for endometriosis.
The purpose of this petition is endometriosis awareness. ANYONE who wishes to sign it may do so. Whether you are male or female, young or old... if you wish to show support for the 176 million women and girls living with endometriosis, we'd be honored if you'd sign this online petition. If you wish to do so, you may include a comment when you sign. Please spread the word about this petition to others!
* Please note that I do not endorse any organizations. Patients are encouraged to do thorough research before supporting any organization claiming to help women and girls who have endometriosis.
Please see my blog for more information:
Russell Brand has resigned from his BBC radio show "The Russell Brand Show" His reason for leaving is that he feels that the show is not making people "happy" anymore.
Or though there is one mistake on his and Johnathan Ross's part he still makes us laugh and makes us happy.
The whole thing has been blown greatly out of proportion by the media, as despite the figure being quoted in its thousands, only two complaints were received about the show, both for Ross's use of an expletive.
Since then, the media have stirred up uncalled for and unnecessary amounts of controversy, considering the dialogue used would be water off a ducks back to viewers of many comedy shows e.g. Little Britain.
What's more, listeners were warned about possibly offensive language and content.
The Sony Award winning Russell Brand show originated on BBC 6 Music before moving to take the 21:00-23:00 Saturday slot as Radio 2's showpiece.
It has been one of the most successful of recent times and is certainly one of the funniest and really does brighten up the days of many people, with regular Co-host Matt Morgan, poet laureate Mr Gee and regular guest, Oasis star, Noel Gallagher.
The show has attracted over 400,000 listeners live or even 2 million (depending on which source you believe) and many more via podcast, for which it has dominated the charts on iTunes.
For the show's regular items, Nanacdotes, Pin pin, 'Gay', the jingle race war, Mr Gee's poems and the two hosts, Russell Brand and Matt Morgan, as well as former hosts and friends, Mr Nibbs, Trevor Lock and Christophe the Fish !
Russell's resignation statement: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7698527.stm
Russell, people need you to make them laugh, you said yourself that was the reason you did it and people need you to brighten their days once more.
A revolution in your honour, Russell.
Your loyal fans.
PLEASE REFER THIS PETITION TO ANY OTHER FANS OF THE SHOW YOU KNOW SO WE CAN MAKE AS GOOD OF A GO OF THIS AS POSSIBLE.
A PROTEST IS BEING ORGANISED SATURDAY AT THE DAILY MAIL AND THE BBC, THOUGH STILL IN EARLY DAYS IN TERMS OF ORGANISATION.
FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT:
If you believe Rangers fans and our club are under a sustained and politically motivated attack, from biased MP's and equally divisive media establishments, then please take a moment to sign our petition.
Rangers fans took the unusual step of protesting outside the BBC in Glasgow recently, due to this corporation being duped into a false and utterly appalling tale about the "Famine song".
Compare and contrast the media coverage one week later when other supporters are caught red handed singing songs in support of banned terrorist organisations.
Rangers fans do not ask for favouritism or preferential treatment, but we do demand that we are given parity of esteem. We also demand that Michael Matheson SNP MSP, is disciplined by the Scottish government, for his biased and ludicrous statements on the Hokey Cokey song. Once again, bigots with an agenda attack Rangers fans, for no reason, other than their own prejudices.
Finally, a gaming alternative has arrived on the Internet where anyone can find their favourite console and PCs games and play them on their computer and online. The only problem is: It's only available to users in the united States and Canada.
Does it ever occur to you that when you put GameTap on the Internet, everyone around the world using it will want to play? Where is your determination for bringing games to the masses and your foresight in this franchaise?
Not only should you bring it to other countries, but you should make a bulletin board detailing all the respective release dates and other vital information so we, the Internet community as a whole can play games just as much as the U.S.A. and Canada.
As many of you know, the media coverage of the South Ossetian War was very biased and unbalanced. Due to this many people in the West believe things like “Russian aggression”, “Russian looting”, “Russian forces approaching Tbilisi” and many more things that are simply untrue.
Unfortunately, many people who advice US politicians get their news from the same sources as “average people”. This leads to a cycle in which the elites tell the news what to report, then their advisors watch these reports, and reaffirm the information that was no where near accurate in the first place. With our limited resources, there are very few ways to combat this. However, one way to attempt to right this injustice is to organize a letter writing campaign to both US Congress and Senator Obama’s campaign.
In the past I interned in the US Congress and know how the system works. Letters are read by advisors (Legislative Assistants), who then assign a generic pre-written letter if the member of Congress has a position on the topic, or an “I will keep my eye on the situation that matters to you” if the member does not have a position.
However, if a large number of letters concerning the same topic are received, the letters are treated differently; the member is made aware of the letter campaign, and takes it into account while determining his stand on the issue at hand.
So I believe that one of the best ways to help members of Congress and the Obama campaign better understand the issue, and help bring both sides of the story to the public debate is to organize a letter writing campaign to Democratic members of Congress and Obama (you don’t have to be a Democrat or support Obama – the point is not to help him win, but to help bring the Ossetian side of the story to the public debate in the United States)
So if you agree with the text of the letter, please copy-paste it, sign it, and send it to your member of Congress. Also sign the petition page; if we get enough signatures, we can try to print it as an open letter online or in newspapers.
You can find out who is your Member by entering your zip code on this site:
Your can find out who your Senator is on this site:
and to the Obama campaign:
Thank you for your help in getting the truth out into the public debate, and may the souls of ALL the people lost in this conflict rest in peace!
We have worked so hard in the past. In order for women to gain the natural rights that we deserve, mostly, there is a need to stay grounded. Since the 1800s on down, we have made strides to advance.
Our presence must be heard more due to recent events in the mass media.
J & K Governor Gen, Sinha surveyed condition of pilgrims of Amarnath yatra & found that people have to relax in open tents and therefore he signed a project for constucting permanent shelters for pilgrims and alotted 100 acres (800 cannals) of land to shrine board after passing it in J & K assembly.
The Forest Minister in the Cabinet was from the PDP, a coalition partner in the government. Yet they (the PDP) refused to accept responsibility for the joint decision (of allocating forest land to set up temporary structures for facilities for Hindu pilgrims during the Amarnath Yatra) Then PDP and some Pro-pakistan parties started agitating against decision with anti nationalist slogans and ransacking public property.
The Congress sans PDP minority Govt took decision back and surrendered in front of these anti nationalist and fundamentalist forces. People of Jammu started agitating against this anti national, anti harmony decision with all groups together. Later jammu muslim comunity supported agitation through a press conference. When Omar Abdullah gave statement in parliament that his people will not give an inch of land to pilgrims or shrine board ; emotions n sentiments of jammu people ran high and one of the protesters KULDIP DOGRA commited sucide in front of 500 people.
At 3:00 am next day police took his body after beating his family, AND STARTED cremating HIS BODY BEFORE SUNRISE AT 4:00 AM WHICH IS AGAINST HINDUISUM. one of the family member used local temple loudspeaker and informed people, Anger rose high and people started beating police .Police hit back and violent agitation turned into massive rallies with more than 40,000 people. Police killed 2 protesters days after. Latest opression is that Local Cable TV as well as SMSes have been banned in Jammu.
Most sadly these people are not getting required support from national media against such dictatorship and their lonely battle is still ON.
Are we in danger of talking ourselves into a negative global situation?
Are we already in a recession?
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Chanel 31 is cultural, informed, unique and has helped a lot of young people to be professional.
Recent changes in state legislation have opened an opportunity for Durham to have its own Community Media Center and Public Access Television channel. We are the first major city in North Carolina to take advantage of the new legislative promise to invest and support local media and community technology access and training.
For the last decade, Durham Public Access has been managed by Time Warner Cable because previous laws required them to do so. The result was that the channel did not meet the needs of the community or fulfill its potential as a true accountable, community-driven operation. Durham now has an opportunity to change this dynamic and create a public-access television channel and community media center which would be truly reflective of its culture and diversity.
Public-access television was developed to provide local and diverse content to programming on cable systems. Functioning like a soapbox for communities, programming ranges from local news, events and entertainment, to inspirational, youth-oriented, and educational shows. The need today is even greater with the loss of locally owned and operated television, radio and newspapers due to media conglomeration.
Besides offering space (and a voice) on the cable line up, Community Media Centers provide training, access to equipment and facilities, and serves to build community through the production of media. Nationally, Community Media Centers and Public Access programmers produce 20,000 hours of new programs per week – more new programming than all the broadcast networks combined.
There is no one model for a Public-Access Television and Community Media Center; each reflects the needs of that particular community. However, one thing is consistent - they advocate for and maintain tools for creating media, provide media services and create venues for sharing community voices and showcasing creativity. Through technology, they provide a space to communicate in ways that are not available through traditional outlets.