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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

I have a burning sensation
Every day I wonder how it can get worse, and God always answers with an ironic laugh.

Today, four of our six Democratic Representatives in the U.S. House voted in favor of a Constitutional amendment banning flag-burning. For the record, here are our Reps and their votes:
John Barrow, 12th, D, yea
Sanford D. Bishop Jr., 2nd, D, yea
Nathan Deal, 10th, R, yea
Phil Gingrey, 11th, R, yea
Jack Kingston, 1st, R, yea
John Lewis, 5th, D, n/v
John Linder, 7th, R, yea
Jim Marshall, 3rd, D, yea
Cynthia McKinney, 4th, D, nay
Charlie Norwood, 9th, R, yea
Tom Price, 6th, R, yea
David Scott, 13th, D, yea
Lynn Westmoreland, 8th, R, yea


It should also be noted that Hillary Clinton is "studying the issue."

I can't believe we're mocking Iran's political system while attempting to deify a very important but nonetheless inanimate (and frequently manufactured overseas) piece of cloth.
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posted by Aerodad at 6/22/2005 11:06:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Speak out
An opportunity for some letter writing was passed along by another local Dem. If you've given some serious thought to this issue (let's not just add to the cacophony here, folks), do take a few minutes to craft a good note:

Hi gang,
As we discussed again last Tuesday evening, it is critical that we Democrats remain a continuing part of the public political dialogue - and not just at election time every two years! I continue to be pleased to see many of you in the AJC letters to the editor on a variety of issues, and have seen several particularly this last 2-3 weeks. Kudos!

Action Item: In case you haven't seen it, the AJC has put out a request for readers to write about the dilemma of the war in Iraq, asking "What should we do?" With all the concerns of the continuing war, the newspaper is calling on readers to write about how to resolve the conflict. A collection of responses will be published the week of June 27-31, so send letters this week.

You are a bunch of sharp writers; put your brain around this one. E-mail responses of no more than 300 words to letters@ajc.com, include the city where you live and contact phone number.

And I'm sure some of you will include those pesky Downing Street memos/minutes....

later,
Linda Edmonds
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posted by Aerodad at 6/21/2005 01:53:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Friday, June 17, 2005

Job Announcement at Georgians for Choice
Some news passed along from President Kim:

Georgians for Choice Position Announcement:

Member Services Coordinator

Georgians for Choice, the statewide coalition for women's freedom, is devoted to women's access to the full range of reproductive health services and reproductive justice for all women. We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic, detail-oriented Member Services Coordinator who will contribute to the atmosphere of service for and collaboration between member organizations.

Georgians for Choice is committed to reproductive rights as a fundamental human right. We recognize that the history and structure of our society is one in which low-income women, young women, rural women and women of color have the most barriers when accessing reproductive health care. The issue of choice is an issue of racial, social and economic justice. We invite applicants who are sensitive to interlocking oppressions and would like to work on this front to improve the lives of women.

Georgians for Choice is a small office in which everyone's contribution counts. We are looking for an independent self-starter who will work well with a team devoted to actual social change. The opinions and actions of the Member Services Coordinator will shape our work, help our member organizations, and enrich the reproductive freedom movement in Georgia. As the second staff person, the Member Services Coordinator will be integral in taking GfC to the next level.

The Member Services Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.

Job Details:

Maintain positive relationships with member organizations, including recruitment and retention
Facilitate GfC's Organizing programs such as the Access Project, the Religious Coalition of Georgians for Choice, and the Organizing Committee (conferences, marches, workshops, and lobbying activities)
Coordinate Information Clearinghouse projects such as the newsletter, listserves and library
Manage the intern and volunteer program including recruitment and leadership development
Coordinate Georgians for Choice Political Committee programs and provide fundraising support
Assist with fundraising activities including grantwriting, direct mail, special events, Georgia Shares, and individual participation in the Ally Program
Support administrative functions of the office including database and financial management
Assist with overall functioning and growth of the organization including increase statewide presence

Qualifications:

Knowledge in and experience with the reproductive justice movement
Ability to work effectively in a coalition environment
2-3 years experience organizing in the women's, anti-poverty, civil rights, queer, human rights, youth, social justice, or other progressive movement (at the campus, community or organizational level)
Demonstrated leadership and facilitation skills
Fundraising experience preferred
Public speaking, writing, office and organizational skills a must
Familiarity with our member organizations is beneficial
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

Full-time position: salary 23K - 25K depending on experience, excellent benefits, some evenings and weekends. Some travel is required. Application Deadline: July 1, 2005.



To apply, please send your cover letter, resume,
a
writing sample and 3 references to Errin Vuley, GfC,
P.O. Box 8551, Atlanta, GA 31106. Do not apply
via
email or fax. If you would like more information about
GfC, go to www.georgiansforchoice.org. No phone
calls please.
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posted by Aerodad at 6/17/2005 03:05:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Events in June
Howdy folks,
We're having some issues with our web host, so these haven't made it onto the Events page yet. There are some upcoming events you might be interested in:

NEXT FCDP BUSINESS MEETING
Cancelled


The Fulton County Democratic Party meeting for June 15 has been cancelled. Next meeting July 20th, location TBA.

Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials
Begins 06.23.05

GABEO will hold its Annual Summer Convention from June 23 - 26, 2005 at Savannah State University. The theme of this year's convention will be "Saving the Voting Rights Act!" For more information, including registration forms, please see the GABEO website.

Georgia's WIN List Candidate Training
Begins 06.24.05


EMILY's List has again teamed up with Georgia's WIN List to offer terrific and FREE training for pro-choice Democratic women planning to run for office in Georgia. Training sessions will be held on June 24th and 25th at the Wyndham Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center in Peachtree City, Georgia. This training is open to women interested in running for any office in Georgia -- federal, state, or local--or even those who are only curious about running. For more information, please see the Georgia's WIN List website.
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posted by Aerodad at 6/14/2005 01:00:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

We want YOU!
Web designer? PHP geek? Down with SQL?

Talk to me!

Your local Young Democrats have a rather ambitious website project in mind to track the progress of our elected representatives on the legislative issues most important to us. But to make it as useful (and fancy!) as possible, we need someone with a more robust internet skill-set than your simple-bloggin' HTML-style Communications Chair.

Please email me if you'd like to help us make some crazy drop-down menus and sort some databases.
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posted by Aerodad at 6/14/2005 01:22:00 AM 0 comments links to this post

Monday, June 13, 2005

Georgians for Choice Internships
Georgians for Choice is committed to reproductive rights as a fundamental human right. We recognize that the history and structure of our society is one in which low-income women, young women, rural women and women of color have the hardest time accessing reproductive health care. The issue of choice is an issue of racial, social and economic justice. We invite interns who understand interlocking oppressions and would like to work on this front to improve the lives of women.

Georgians for Choice is a small office in which everyone’s contribution counts. Project-oriented internships use strategic planning to accomplish goals and objectives. At the completion of the internship, interns have something to show for their time. We are looking for independent self-starters who work well with a team devoted to actual social change. Interns’ opinions and actions shape our work, help our member organizations, and enrich the pro-choice movement in Georgia.

Read more about it...
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posted by Aerodad at 6/13/2005 04:32:00 PM 0 comments links to this post

 

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