Hi folks. New BlueNC member here. Quickie bio: born and raised in NC, live on the SE Coast in Thom Goolsby's district, more's the pity. For seven years or so, I've written and wrangled content for the History Commons, where I've learned that information is indeed power. Before my arrival, we helped the Jersey Girls force the creation of the 9/11 commission (they provided the activism, we helped with the info), and some of our members have testified before Congress. Our members have produced at least two books and I'm writing a third as we speak. Taught for 21 years. Currently underemployed. Adore my wife and my houseful of cats.
That's done, whew! Now, I proposed a project for the Daily Kos that is delineated here:
I'm hoping some of you guys will help. Quick summation: I'm proposing a frequently updated Web site that will serve as a "one-stop" source of information about all the crazy boo-yah that McCrory and the NC Legislature is trying, often successfully, to shove down our throats. I've looked pretty extensively on the Web, and there is a ton of info out there, but I don't see a quick and easy info repository.
Want to know about the legislature's attempt to throw out gun permits? Who proposed it? Where is it in the legislative process? Bill #? Click click boom, got it, ready to use it in blog posts, letters to the editor, signs for Moral Monday, radio interviews, you name it. Voting restrictions? Repealing the Racial Justice Act? Taxing hybrid cars? A couple of clicks, a quick scan, and you're off to do something productive, armed with the information you need.
What I really need is a few volunteers to help write content. It would be short, info-dense snippets, with links for further info. I've designed the site and will maintain it as long as necessary -- long enough to help chase McCrory and his droids back into the private sector. James Protzman has already given me permission to use photos from the BlueNC site (thanks, James!), but I'm hoping that some readers will pitch in with content, a little or a lot, as you like. It's all good.
I'm not big on activism for myself. The last time I protested anything was at Harold Covington's house in Raleigh, and some of you know how long ago he was a factor in NC politics. What I do is research and information provision. If information is armament, then I provide the ammo. You snag it and decide what to do with it. (Maybe BlueNC could link to it, when it gets done? We can always ask.)
If you're interested in helping out, drop me a note in the comments to this blog. I'd very much appreciate it.
Thanks for reading.