Posting History for Renee
|Ca Dem Convention Meet Up?
Hello. Thanks to a certain Kossack who shall remain nameless I am going to the convention this weekend as a delegate. Who else is going to be there? This is new for me, so I'm going to the ...
This is a big place. There are lots of different kinds of democrats here. There are folks who work to GOTV. There are folks who financially contribute. There are folks who call and write our ...
|Open Letter to my President
Dear President Obama, I hope you will forgive a frank and open-hearted letter. I'm writing it to you because I respect you. I believe you care about us, working class Americans. I respect that ...
|Hope Can Be an 80,000 Word Novel
I have a new friend I really like. She charmed me with a story of how her family was financially struggling and she thought to herself, "I'm going to lift us out of poverty by writing a novel." I'...
|Finding my Place
I woke up this morning at 8am to write. I did some actual prep work before I got out of bed, and then I set about doing everything in my day that wasn’t writing. What I seem to deny in many of my ...
|How to Keep our Children Safe from Sexual Predators
As you might imagine, our prevention strategy for keeping kids safe is pretty complicated by the fact that we don’t want to talk about this topic. First of all, lots of us are survivors of ...
|Empowering Kids: How to Get radKIDS into Your Local School District
For those who don't know, radKIDS is a program which empowers kids to trust their instincts in a variety of self defense scenarios, including stranger abduction and childhood sexual abuse. We train ...
|Empowering Kids to Defend Themselves
My favorite radKIDS drill is this: Ok kids. School is done for the day and you are waiting for a ride home. When the ride gets there, it is a friend of your parents that feels icky to you. Do you ...
|Why I Open Source the News
For me, this story starts out back during the 2002 coup attempt on Hugo Chavez. I was driving and I turned on the radio. I heard the former US Ambassador to Venezuela who had been appointed by Bush ...
|Your iPhone Address Book Fair Game for Developers
Yesterday Arun Thampi who is a developer in Singapore, discovered that the iPhone app Path had uploaded his address book to it's servers without his permission. You can ...
|Using Social Contacts to Effect Change
Since the Occupy Movement got underway I have been talking to people. I've been trying to expose people to my point of view. This is new for me. For lots of years I felt pretty hopeless and out of ...
I can't shut up about this one, and with any luck it will be an internet meme by this time tomorrow. Here's a question: Should the NYTimes use in the title of an editorial a phrase which is ...
|Starting a Massage Business
Hey fellow Kossians, I'm (finally) getting through the divorce misery that has been such a large part of the past few years. I have been a stay at home mom all this time, but I need to start ...
|You Know Who You Are ~Thank You!
Yesterday was a rough day. I'm going through a divorce and I've been a stay at home mom for a long time. I'm working to get my massage business going, but I'm prone to moments of paralyzing self-...
|Updated: Hyde Park Library, LA Conflict Unfolding Now
I got a text about 15 minutes ago from an Occupy Long Beach member that said a group called Youth Justice Coalition has "liberated the abandoned Hyde Park Library at 6527 Crenshaw Blvd. The police ...
|Occupy Long Beach Needs Ustream Monitors!
The City of Long Beach is going after the Occupy group with a demand that they leave the site by 10PM. It's after that now, and the police have just given them the code they are supposedly violating.
|Dark Side of the Law
After seeing a few photoshopped images I did a Google image search on "pepper spray guy". Here are a few of the images my smart assed fellow humans have put together.
|Directly Contacting Sen Akaka on Indian foster care "a Waste of Time"
Because I am completely outraged about the situation in South Dakota that has been diaried ...
|Open Letter to the City of Long Beach
Last night I was dropping someone off in front of Occupy Long Beach. There is a bus cutout in the sidewalk there. It is painted red. People who bring food for the homeless population who lives here ...
|Long Beach CA Needs Your Stories
As part of Occupy Long Beach's media outreach I am collecting stories about your experiences there with the police or city council members. I spoke to a few members of the homeless population in ...
|Occupy Long Beach Arrests
Occupy Long Beach has been occupying the sidewalk next to Lincoln Park since Saturday. We have been told that the city will not allow tents or protesters in the park after 10pm.
|The One Percent vs Occupy Long Beach
Jamie Johnson who is an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, used his family positions to make a documentary about the very percent we are all struggling to continue to bring back into economic ...
|Occupy Long Beach: Where I've Been
This is short and sweet, but I feel like I need to check in with a few people on DK. I have been helping ...
|Working Group in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street
I propose that anyone who has an interest in contributing research to help the OWS group move their vision forward join this working group. If you want to be part of OWS but are too far away to join ...
|Diary for my Mom
"Your father heard about what you are doing on the news today. He says you are trying to overthrow capitalism and make America socialist." This is what my mom said to me when I called her tonight ...
|What to Do About Bullying in California
Do you live in California? Is your kid or a kid you know about being bullied in school? Lots of them are. But in the California state constitution it states that children are entitled to a calm and ...
|What I have learned from BlackKos members
I have learned to stop being afraid of being a racist and to listen to different perspectives. I have learned that when I listen, people welcome my contributions and questions. I have learned that ...
|Trusting the Children
My daughter is 17. She has been stepping into herself lately and many people in our lives are noticing it with pleasure. I was talking to her about that, trying to explain why we are so pleased. ...
|Paternalism and Shouting FIRE
What if the ruling class *does* pay attention to us? Back in the dubya days (and to be honest lately too) I often thought the trouble was that Washington's elites were so far removed from us that ...
|Russell Brand Isn't Only an Actor
He is also a writer. I'm probably the last person to realize this, and you can just keep your disparaging comments to yourself. But go ...
|What WOULD it take to get us in the streets?
I'm just asking. But I'm serious. Shit comes down about healthcare reform or about any number of compromises that have disappointed us liberals. We gnash our teeth and bicker at each other. And I ...
Succeed in school Let the benevolent teachers guide you Follow the rules Make sure you conform to the standard that is set Do your homework It's not that difficult Find a sport to excel in Because ...
Yesterday my new window fan arrived in the mail. Somehow I managed to order one that won't fit my window. Now I could go on a rant of huge proportion on how misleading it is to label a fan 20" when ...
|Action Item: Rally Around Conrad's Budget Proposal
It seems to me that a plan that includes 50% revenue increase is better than a plan that ...
|Mitch McConnell, Incredulous Idiot
Mitch McConnell is simply shocked that our current administration ...
|Raised Christian? Harmed by Christianity? Tell Your Story.
I was prompted by something Commonmass said in his most recent diary .
|A Gay Girl in Damascus Shows How to Confront Bullies
An Out Syrian Lesbian and her father show the world how to handle small minded authoritarian hate. I found this blog ...
|Learning To Make a Buck
I have a vision of using the tools of capitalism to empower working class people. It's a sly vision which pleases me because really I just want to give working class people access to the rules that ...
|Our Model of Public Education is a Problem
I'm not bashing the teachers. Teachers are some of the most decent people I know. They go in to make a difference, and they very often do. They work for small pay and less respect. I'm bashing the ...
|Conformity + Class War = Working Class Suffering
Americans are a deeply conformist society. We are raised to conform in school, where deviating from the norms gets you ostracized and bullied. Many of us don't even realize the damage that has been ...
|Writing to my People about the Fast
Here is the letter I have written about the fast to my people. I'm putting it in a diary to call more attention to the fast, because I respect the people doing it. I'm also hoping to encourage ...
|A Presbyterian Minister Comes out Against Institutional Bigotry
According to Murray Richmond , a Presbyterian minister, here are ...
|My Local Defend the Dream Rally
In all my years of protesting, this was the closest rally to my house yet. It was less than a mile away from my house, and I'm guessing there were 70 people there. I took pictures, met up with ...
|Learning to Live with Failure
I'm in the middle of a divorce I swore I would never get, from a man I love who was my best friend. It has taken me years to get used to this idea, years of desperate struggle. It's the biggest ...
|ACTION: Using Twitter to Call Out Badness
Apparently labor unions are having trouble getting on the Sunday political shows. You guys saw ...
|What's the deal on personal diaries?
Hey everyone, I looked at the FAQ and I'm sure I just missed it, but now that we can do multiple diaries a day, can we just write about anything? Any length requirement? Topic? Thanks for any ...
|Words Hurt. GLBT Taunting has Physiological Impacts.
There's new research from Concordia University that suggests that homophobic bullying has a ...
|How to Start A Movement
Overall, humiliating people who think republicans are smart is only ...
|Learning to Defend Yourself: Trust
One of the things I do to earn money is teach self defense classes for women. After looking at many different self defense offerings, I ended up putting together my own class. I did that based on my ...
|Inspiration from a 15 Year Old Citizen
Tuition fees have tripled for students in London recently. Here's what some of the students have to say about it. Students ...
|Who are your up and coming liberal favorites?
The ones we don't know much about yet? The ones that inspired a little flame of hope? I know that people have been talking about Kamala Harris, but I didn't really know anything about her until I ...
|It's the Citizens, stupid.
I have spent a lot of time for the last few weeks talking to my fellow citizens. I don't think what I have to say will surprise many folks reading DK, but if we don't figure out some way to converse ...
Just for the heck of it, here's a conversation I just had with a well-meaning person I went to high school with. She's not just a person I went to high school with, she is the ...
|Influencing a Child's Sexuality
I was alerted by this news story that I stumbled across that there ...
|Filthy Minded Fundamentalists
According to the fundamentalist Christians, glbt people are only sinning if we choose to act on the desire to have sex with a same sex person. This little bit of acrobatics was ...
|Gay Children Need Our Help
My girlfriend called me this morning, and burst into tears. Another 13 year old has died, a victim of years of bullying. This nation's conscience is being held hostage by people who call ...
|A Little Help for the Accidental Activist?
So I go into my local big chain grocery store today. Yeah, I know it's a local big chain grocery store. It is in walking distance from my house, and the checkers are unionized and they make a decent ...
|The Soda Revolution: the jobs aren't coming back.
War on Error wrote a great diary today. I'm using my diary to talk about his, and about a few other ...
We don't talk much in this country about sexual sovereignty. We say we are against rape, but we don't do much to change the social fabric which encourages women to be victim to it. Since the vast ...
Hi Everyone, I find myself in the middle of a divorce, trying to figure out how to keep a roof over my kids heads. I know that I can't be the only Kossack to have ever found myself in these ...
|Peter Watts Convicted of Obstruction
Last December, Peter Watts was arrested at the US-Canada border crossing. DarkSyde wrote about it here . Because he is a ...
|My girlfriend is made of awesome (Updated)
Update: This diary is FILLED with awesome. I am glowing from all the support and love you guys have shown. We read the comments together last night and well... this kind of support goes a long way ...
|Populism in the eyes of journalists
According to Merriam-Webster online, populism is defined as: 1 : a member of a political party claiming to represent the common people; especially often capitalized : a member of a ...
|ACTION: A Big FU to Lieberman, et al.
Joe Lieberman just doesn't get the hint. We've tried (Ned Lamont) to tell him he's blowing it, and it seems to me that he has enough money to buy a clue, but somehow he keeps throwing us under the ...
|Flack the Democrats, take two
For nearly a year now I've been a person who tries to calm people down. "How bad would it be if McCain/Palin would have won?" I kept asking. "President Obama has only been in office x months." "The ...
|Why I love this community
A year ago we elected Barack Obama to office. Some of us (ugh, okay, me) thought that would make things much better than they had been before. Nearly immediately I realized that I was wrong because ...
|It's Time to Insist on Progressive Healthcare Reform UPDATED
This whole Healthcare Debate is really starting to get to me. On the one hand, I'm seeing the progressive community getting organized and I'm really proud of all we are doing. On the other hand, I'...
|"Left of the left" Caught Obama by Surprise
Quoted in an article in The Washington Post, an anonymous White House advisers is mystified by our behavior.
|What I'm doing to fight for healthcare reform
I'm contacting my people and talking to them today. What's motivating me is a concern that if the public option goes down in flames we will end up being forced through mandate to increase the rolls ...
|My letter to Dianne Feinstein
I went to Senator Feinstein's LA office today as part of the OFA effort to mobilize her support for healthcare reform. It was the first time I have visited an elected official's office. I was ...
|Bandaids for Healthcare Reform Visibility
When 75% of the population is behind healthcare reform and the corporate media is still reporting about the people who are afraid of change I think it's time to step up our efforts at showing the ...
|Keeping the Powder Dry
In a shocking turn of events yesterday, many elected officials affiliated with the democratic party blew up. Pandemonium reigned as investigators attempted to make sense amid all the confusion. ...
|What I Wish All Straight People Knew
I feel like I'm wading into murky waters here, I do not speak for anyone beside myself. I'm speaking from my own experience and from my observations. Even though polling indicates that American ...
|Penn Jillette is damn smart.
He's funny too. And he's skeptical as hell which is probably what happens to you when you are drawn to the carny scene. It's also a really useful tool to carry around with you. He has no trouble ...
|Prop 8 Recall Attempt Against Chief Justice George
Supporters of Prop 8 in California have begun an effort to recall Chief Justice Ronald M. George because of his decision in support of gay California citizens to enjoy the same right to marriage as ...
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