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By Arianna Schindle, 2008 YP4 Fellow & 2012 Alumni Board Member
The US labor movement and our country’s social safety net remain hanging from a thread. As the month of love nears its end, it will take new campaigns and visions to create a movement that can heal my broken heart.
Well, my fellow YP4 fellows, I've been doing a lot of experience/searching/thinking about which types of activism I am best suited for.
I've been fortunate enough to join some of the YP4 staff here at the Netroots Nation Conference in Austin, Texas. One of the goals I shared with other YP4 attendees was connecting with other leaders in the progressive movement who have used the blogsphere as a means of pushing our respective social concerns, particularly racial/gender/economic justice. While my main passion lies in healthcare reform and inequalities in health, based on my personal experience and academic/civil work, I recognize the need to learn about other areas, including the environment, workers' rights, access to affordable higher education, and how they affect our nation's health.
Back when I was at this year's Take Back America conference with the YP4 Internship Program, I met some swell folks from the National Housing Institute (NHI), which publishes the community development magazine Shelterforce. The magazine has launched a new blog called "Rooflines," and yours truly is blogging for it.
Last Wednesday I was approached by a friend and fellow WSAC member about how to set up a new Web site for the project that she is working on. Since neither of us had any idea how long it would take for Technology Services to set up a folder on the school’s server, and the site needed to be up and running within a week, I just bought a domain name and set the site up on an independent server.
A general student strike has been called on UMass Amherst's campus. Organizers have been phonebanking all week to shore up support for the strike.
They also have a thorough and well-organized online presence. As of this writing, their Facebook event has more than 1,700 people "attending," though some are students at other universities.
Having just put the finishing touches on a case study for YP4's forthcoming Little Black Book on online organizing, I have online organizing strategy on the brain even more than usual. Here's my take on what they're doing well with this site.
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Earlier this month, Megan Williams, a 20-year-old black woman, was sexually abused, stabbed and tortured by six white people while repeatedly being called a racial slur.
Not In Our Town is working to facilitate an organized community response.
Here's what you can do to help.
You may remember Shawn Dixon as a former YP4 program associate and author of the YP4 Blog column "Café con Leche."
Well, these days he's famous on the Internet. Yesterday Wired magazine profiled Shawn's successful efforts to get John Edwards to come to his tiny hometown, drawing attention to issues that face rural Americans.
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