What's on your New Year's resolution?

| December 17, 2008 - 12:33 pm

Tags: 2009, intern, White House, YP4

It's been a wonderful experience working as an intern for YP4. In the billion other internships I've worked at, I have never seen so dedication or passion concentrated in one office. Thanks for the memories.

Web-savvy intern wanted! Awesome forehead mug warming powers optional.

| December 10, 2008 - 12:07 pm

Tags: blogging, internship, NYC, web design, writing, YP4

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If you are brilliant, know your way around Dreamweaver, can write profound blog posts, and are knowledgeable about the progressive movement, the NYC YP4 office wants to hear from you! We're looking for an intern for the spring 2009 semester!

The Pleasures and Tilitations of Change.gov

| December 8, 2008 - 3:56 pm

Tags: Barack Obama, change.org, public comment

[asset|aid=1060|format=image|formatter=asset|title=obama.jpg|width=287|height=215|align=left|resizable=true]Obama has reiterated several times how he plans on using the web for Americans to have a direct link to the President's administration, to offer feedback on new proposals and legislation, and Change.gov has turned that campaign promise into a quasi-reality. How these ideas will survive the transition to the official White House website is debatable. He is experimenting with expanding e-governance in a way the last administration never attempted.

Prop 8: The Musical

| December 5, 2008 - 11:40 am

Tags: California, gay marriage, musical, prop 8, protest, video

[asset|aid=1032|format=image|formatter=asset|title=ss.jpg|width=300|height=158|align=right|resizable=true]Josh Bolotsky over at Open Left posted a link to a hysterical video about Prop 8. It's not to be missed--Jack Black plays Jesus!

The Unequal Internet

| December 3, 2008 - 1:32 pm

Tags: accessibility, blogging, HTML, WCAG, web design

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I have been fooling around with web design since high school and after running several websites, successfully crashing and burning less as time went on, I've been advising several nonprofit organizations on an incredibly important aspect of web design that is often missed in

India's 9/11: Growing up in a world defined by terror

| December 1, 2008 - 11:40 am

Tags: 9/11, India, Mumbai, religious extremism, terrorism

[asset|aid=1027|format=image|formatter=asset|title=30giri.xlarge1.jpg|width=279|height=161|align=left|resizable=true]"This was not terror — not as Indians understood it. This was war. The killers stormed the streets of Mumbai, India’s financial capital, with machine guns and bags of grenades. They did not strike with the terrorist’s fleeting anonymity. Their work was fastidiously deliberate. It went into a second day, then a third. They took time to ask your nationality and vocation. Then they spared you, or herded you elsewhere, or shot you in the back of your skull." --NYT

Get an Internship, Save the World!

| November 26, 2008 - 3:52 pm

Tags: college, internships, jobs

Always wanted to see the internal workings of organizations that make the world a little bit better every day? If you want to get hands-on experience working for a nonprofit organization, now is the time to strike!

That Certain Feeling

| November 17, 2008 - 10:53 am

Tags: African-American, Barack Obama, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Election 2008, NYT, writers, writing

I had an interesting conversation with my professor, Ellery Washington and the rest of the small narrative essays class where we talked about how we reacted to news of the election outcome. All of us are writers and are therefore used to constantly analyzing the world around us, seeking the threads that can be twisted together to make compelling stories.

Loans + Impending Graduation + Bad Economy = Doom, Woe

The news about Obama winning the elections has quickly been replaced with a series of scary headlines:

"Unemployment Rate at 14-Year High After Big October Losses" --NYT

"Wolves at the door: Financial mess and gathering recession dominate Barack Obama's agenda" --Economist

"US Carmakers Said to Seek $50 Billion in US Loans" --Bloomberg

College student voters and their experiences with voter fraud, intimidation, and misdirection

| November 5, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Tags: ballots, college, college students, fraud, pollworker, voter registration, voting

[asset|aid=995|format=image|formatter=asset|title=25687363.JPG|width=306|height=203|align=left|resizable=true]Some polling places ran out of ballots. Others had armed police officers present, a violation of state election rules. Some voters endured hours of waiting, in some places as long as eleven hours, and malfunctioning ballot machines, a few which stubbornly voted for the candidate that the voter did not choose. Pollsworkers ran out of ballots or people who weren't registered by a pollworker voted by sneaking into the voting booth through a side door.