If we work together, we may not move mountains, but we do block pipelines – a more environmentally desirable outcome. Member in 2011 Bill McKibben, Environmentalist from 350.org, wrote: "Um, thanks everyone, “After Transcanada suspended the Keystone pipeline. “In the early days of the Keystone Fight, it was difficult to get someone to pay attention. But when we were writing diaries in Kos, the people were helping spread the word and building the movement … I know that there have always been and always will be cynics about civil movements. But today is not a day for cynicism; It is a day to understand that we too have power. "
In 2018, Daily Kos members rallied in support of Native American voting rights in North Dakota after the Supreme Court approved a Republican-backed electoral identification law. A daily Kos story challenged We're supposed to raise $ 100,000 for the North Dakota Native Vote Project to provide tribal citizens with documents that meet the new voter ID requirements. We exploded stepped into action and flown beyond that original goal to raise over $ 500,000 – enough to help North Dakota Native Vote establish itself as the state's first dedicated native get-out-the-vote organization .
While fundraising is an essential part of creating change, we donate because something fits our interests and an effect seems possible. Promotion calls and donation requests clog our email inboxes, and it's easier to review and delete them all than sort through the myriad of appeals. However, when we understand the problem to be solved, we are more motivated to sign a petition, participate in a project action, or donate to support. For example, a community story about native prairies can increase reader understanding of threats to this ecosystem. Then an email subject line screaming about damage to a prairie by a massive pipeline will get to readers prepared to be concerned rather than shrugging off as one in a hundred such requests.
All of this means that your stories add to our community power, even if they don't require specific action. Their stories offer perspectives that can make a difference. McKibben reminds us: "We have power."
Saved Stories from Friday, October 9, 7 p.m. ET through Friday, October 16, 7 p.m. ET
The Community Spotlight group empowers the community by rescuing your stories to inspire more readers, interactions, and discussions about your ideas. This week's 14 stories include voting news from three nations, words of hope from members in China and Trump Country, and a warning from a fast food worker. The 13 writers include two new members who joined Daily Kos and posted their first stories on the same day, and one author with two stories saved this week. A story that had 30 recommendations and a handful of comments when it was posted in Community Spotlight now has over 600 recommendations and 357 comments.
Dawn Chorus: Birds of the National Bison Range by dizzy thing takes readers on a hike through northwest Montana Bison Range, as the author documents milkweed and breeds monarch butterflies, and a number of birds. By Photos and texts she explores a mosaic of habitat types and related wild animals. This story is part of a regular Sunday series from the Birds and bird watching Group.
Weep endlessly from the fable by The good al is a poem in celebration of the poet Walt Whitman and written in Whitman's style. With lines referring to Whitman's most famous poems, the author prepares an elegy about the tragic circumstances in which America finds itself in this parallel "Out of the Cradle Endless Rocking," Whitman's famous lament over the death of Abraham Lincoln. "They must contain a multitude and dare to imagine a dream."
Ancient America: picture mound by Ojibwa delves into the history of the hills, shaped like real and mythical animals, built by ancient Americans between 600 and 1200 AD. "The picture mounds are undoubtedly interesting cultural features of the landscape, but what do we know about the people who built them? Why did they build them? What significance did they have for the local culture?"
New Zealand go to the polls and Jacinda Ardern is aiming for an important victory by smelly pirate presents a vivid but solid analysis of the problems encountered in the New Zealand elections. This year could be a record one because "Jacinda Ardern and the Labor Party may provide the first majority government in New Zealand's modern electoral history".
The language of the night: writing fantasy by DrLori Explore the reasons why people write Fantasy. “Writers are half the battle; Read the other half. And the conversation takes place in a virtual room, with one side providing the words and vision and the other bringing the imagination that breathes life into the vision. “This is a regular Monday series from the Readers and book lovers Group.
Remember, much of the world is with you by Bluesoul, * is the first story of a new member who grew up in Europe and now works “for an American company as an ex-pat in China”. The author acknowledges the obstacles and fears we face in the United States, as well as the uniqueness of American optimism and our place in the world. "I hope to remind you of what makes your country really great in the eyes of the world and that many of our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time."
Election day in Indonesia by AjiponThe Indonesian member describes the "largest one-day system election of any country in the world" to underline the claim that the right to vote should be easy. Election day is a national holiday, on which everyone can count how votes are counted. “(I) t is not perfect, with a lot of problems to be solved. However, perhaps it could be an inspiration to improve the conduct of elections, even if it means that one of the oldest (democracies) in the world is learning from one of the younger ones. "
Voters who send messages? Hopeful signs from Trump Country by Dorothyinism, * examines the remorse of the 2016 protest voters, reflected in courtyard signs and occasional conversations. In their first story, this new member shares local observations. "My evidence isn't a scientific survey, I don't use a survey method, and I'm not even remotely related to Nate Silver. But if you want a sign, the signs say it."
My grandfather: "You have to be vulnerable, but not fragile" by John Ak describes how his grandfather's rural roadside tomato sales routine went this year. The 30-year tradition includes neighbors waiting for good tomatoes and arguing about his grandfather's liberal political positions. 2020 brought new perspectives that destroyed tradition. "It was a sight to see when my grandfather started … he looked like a crazy combination of auctioneer and ringmaster."
Dear news media, here you make it to America by Munchausen deals with the subject that will not die although it never really had an independent life because it was life sustaining from the start: Hillary's emails. The author says: "The goal here, dear media, is, as you know for sure, that Pompeo Clinton's emails flood the news cycles for the next three weeks so that all scandals, investigations, COVID-19 failures and bad press from Trump are swept away. "They also issue a warning and suggest an alternative approach.
The weight of nonexistence: "The Americans without papers" von erunyauve is considering the desaparecidos – the immigrants in the author's neighborhood who were not seen. Are they really gone? What kind of life do they have? “Those who don't exist, not on paper, not in our conscience… To be undocumented doesn't just mean to be without legal papers. It shouldn't be told. "
You can't take my job: A passionate joke about the fast food trenches by Ninalyn. A shift supervisor at Taco Bell gives 10 reasons why “fAst Food is much more than just turning burgers' and is not a task that anyone can do, as those who oppose a hike in the minimum wage often explain. Long shifts (10 hours a day for the author) in fast-paced, hot work environments are just the beginning of the high demands. "There is no such thing as an 'unskilled workforce,' just undervalued skills."
Early Votes Will Save Our Republic (With Some Analysis) James Wells advocates the value of early voting, strongly favoring Biden, "Get this overwhelming result beyond the brink of fraud before election day begins. The author includes data showing a high percentage of Democratic turnout and warns that we need to send such a strong message that Trump voters “decide before Election Day that the overwhelming verdict on history is known and not through Harassment or even violence can be overcome. ”
Abyss of a realigned Seventh Party system (warning of current events in a historical context) von RWN presents evidence from four historical elections, as "America has redefined the political landscape and our nation … The purpose of this review is to underscore the value of history as a guide to our future. America and its democracy are in fact going through profound changes in composition from generation to generation. "
A night for a cracked bell von Münchhausen is the second story by this author that we saved this week. It contrasts the televised town halls of the two POTUS candidates and, more broadly, the Democratic and Republican parties. Social media "has cunningly cultivated a schism in the collective psyche," claims the author, and the result "has broken the nation into two realities; not mere political realities of opposing ideology or principles, but two realities like repulsive magnets; so split that the concepts of fact and fiction have become meaningless and go down like a twilight sun that writes its will on the carpet. "
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