Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Happy International Human Rights Day!

OPC on Radio Ojai!
i wrote a song to celebrate the Unitarian Universalist holiday called Chalica, and it got me invited to appear on Radio Ojai, where i got to plug the Ojai Peace Coalition!

Listen to the song and interview HERE. Thanks again, Lisa!!

Marriage Equality: Invalid8!
Two Equality California-sponsored resolutions will make it official state policy, when they are approved by the Legislature, that Prop 8 should be overturned. Write your legislators now to urge them to support the invalidation of Prop 8 and vote for SR 7 (Leno) and AR 5 (Ammiano). Prop 8 eliminates the fundamental right to marry and allows a slim majority to take away the equal protections of a minority, which violates one of the founding principles of our Constitution. The resolutions state the measure should have been approved by a two-thirds vote in the Legislature before going to voters. Urge your representatives to support these resolutions by taking action HERE.

Today is also "Day Without A Gay", where supporters of marriage equality are organizing to take the day off from work and do community service instead. Can't get off work or hearing about this too late? They've got a page of suggestions of other supportive actions to take!

Some important links:
Equality California
Join The Impact
Courage Campaign's petition to repeal Prop 8

Int'l Human Rights Day!
Today is the 60th anniversary of the UN's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We've come so far, and clearly have so much more to do. Stay connected with the Day's happenings and read the Declaration at the official UN Human Rights Day site!

Green Coalition's "Day Without A Bag"
When you go to the store to shop for groceries on Saturday, Dec. 20, you will be offered a free reusable shopping bag, compliments of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition and its partners. Ojai's first Day Without A Bag is being staged to encourage the use of reusable bags, which will save landfill space, clean up our waterways, and reduce the amount of oil consumed and the amount of global greenhouse gases emitted in the manufacture of throw-away plastic bags.

Partners who helped underwrite the cost of the reusable bags include the City of Ojai, Ojai Certified Farmers' Market, Ken Wright & Sons, Harrison Industries, Consolidated Disposal Services, Water Conservation Technologies Inc., and Showerminder.

The Green Coalition tables offering the bags will be located at Vons, Starr, Rite Aid, Rainbow Bridge and Westridge Markets.

Wanna Work for Obama?
"Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today."
President-Elect Barack Obama

The transition team for the President-Elect is already working hard to enter the White House smoothly and efficiently, and they're using front-edge web technologies and presence to provide transparency and involve the American people in a way never before seen!

Visit Change.gov to learn about the Transition Team's progress and plans, make suggestions to the new administration, and even apply for a job!

(and for fun, check out Super Obama World, a web-based video game featuring our 44th president!)

Website Improvement Survey!
i've received some great feedback about what's important to you in a peace action website.

Well, from eleven of you.

Please take a moment to take the new survey (just four questions!) so you can help me decide what's valuable! There are nearly 400 addresses on this list! Please make your voice heard...i'd love to launch the new Action Blog at the beginning of the new year!

Happy Peacemas!
The HolyDays are upon us, and Peace is always in style! Visit The Official OPC Store and the PeaceHand Store for great holiday goodies that support the Ojai Peace Coalition!

(there's also a giant list of other peace-themed online retailers in the right-side column of this very page!)

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