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Demonstrator's Guide: http://www.pagancluster.org/resources/bring.htm
Who owns the
Voting Record by Member of Congress
Voting Record by State Congressional Delegation
shows the money trail
out all about your elected official
Are YOU getting all
the government you pay for?
the Status of a Bill
Find Out How Your Legislator
How to phone your legislator
to write effective letters to government & media
political compass test
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and Volunteer Opportunities
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was the ravings of a
organizes his entire foreign policy around it."
----- Bill Maher.
Less than 3 months
'til the next election!
"...we hold talisman
by which to show
the right of all classes to the ballot,
to remove every obstacle, to answer every objection,
to point out the tyranny of every qualification
to the free exercise of this sacred right."
-----Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Universalist, Feminist
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will be involved in a wide variety of projects including research, site
visits, outreach, website and database maintenance, and administrative
For more information see:
Election Site Shows the Money Trail! l
Find out who bought your civil servant
and for how much $
find out what the plutocrats got for their money:
To check the status of a bill
Go to the Library of Congress' website at http://thomas.loc.gov
This accesses full text of the bill, cosponsors, status, and additional information.
Enter the bill number in the appropriate search box at the top.
- US Senate page of active legislation
to call your Legislator
expect to speak to your actual senator or representative on the phone;
instead you'll most likely speak with a member of his or her staff. When
- Ask to speak with the staff member who handles the issue or bill in
which you have an interest.
- Identify yourself, and identify the issue with which you are concerned.
If it's a specific bill, identify the bill by its S. or H.R. number.
- Briefly state your reason for calling. For instance, "I'd like to
know Representative X's position on H.R. 1100." Or, "I'd like
Senator Y to know that I strongly oppose S. 234 because ______."
- If you would like a reply from your congressperson, let the staff member
- Keep the call short and courteous.
- Remember to thank the staff member for his or her time.
Source: National Resources Defense Council http://www.nrdc.org/action/comm.asp
Political Compass Test
Since readers of this
page are probably political activists, the following test might be fun and
enlightening. It's a lot of questions, but it uses them to show where
you stand politically on the traditional right vs left, socialist vs free market scale, as
well as the authoritarian vs anarchism/libertarianism up down
Plusses are both right and authoritarian.
A minus is left and/or anarchist/libertarian.
Graphs show where certain people like a Hitler, Stalin,or Gandhi would
be. And it being a British test, it shows where you stand in relation to
British leaders. So, for instance, Maggie Thatcher and Ian Duncan
Smith were members of the Conservative party in Britain, and that roughly
translates to a Reagan or a Bush Republican. Tony Blair, Labor leader,
is more comparable to Al Gore or Clinton.
See where you come out! Go to http://www.politicalcompass.org/
Thanks to Rob Lytle, Oklahoma State Chair Pagan Unity Campaign for
passing this information on.
Before you invent the wheel...
UU services of Special
The Web home of the Unitarian
Universalist Assn., an international community of UU congregations, is
at www.uua.org. From there, you
can access an amazing collection of resources for the
empowerment of individuals and small groups. UUs have a lot to teach
Pagans about HOW to actualize our values. The fact that UU values
overlap Pagan values shouldn't be surprising; after all, 23% of UUs
identify their theology as primarily
The UUA also offers over
200 focused list-serves to meet different needs; most are open to anyone.
Over 20,000 different individuals use them. To
view the list of list-serves and subscribe, go to http://www.uua.org/lists.
is a new UU community organizers email list through the UUA:
Also note the new UU Peace/World Community email list through the
When was the last
time you discovered a book that you had needed for a long time, but
didn't know that anyone might have written it? For hard to find books about building community, understanding oppression, and celebrating
diversity, check out the all-new UUA Bookstore on the web -- See best
sellers, new titles, or write reviews of your favorites. You can also
enter item numbers from our print catalog to find items on the web, or
use the search engine to locate titles in your area of interest. Go
to http://www.uua.org/bookstore and be amazed at what's new from the UUA!
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee:
advancing human rights and social justice in the United States and
throughout the world.
| S.T.O.P. campaign to "Stop Torture Permanently"
is concerned that the wave of attacks on human rights defenders and others
involved in key human rights cases in Guatemala may be part of a systematic
campaign to silence those who have spoken out against impunity for human
rights abuses, present and past.
Family member of key witness in Guatemala human rights legal case
Most recently, a key witness in a Guatemala
murder case involving the husband of U.S. activist Jennifer Harbury, has been murdered. Ms. Harbury recently joined the staff
of UUSC as director of its new STOP (Stop Torture Permanently)
To take action against this outrageous attempt to intimidate human
rights defenders in Guatemala, visit http://www.uusc.org/news/alert080904.html.
For more about the STOP Campaign, visit:
UUSC, colleague organizations form Save Darfur Coalition
Public awareness is urgently needed to mobilize members of the
international community to respond to and help end the atrocities
that threaten the lives of 2 million people in Darfur, a western
region of the Sudan. The Sudanese government backed by the
Janjaweed Arab militia, has been accused of carrying out a
systematic and deliberate campaign of terror in which thousands
have been killed or displaced from their homes.
In response, UUSC joined forces with 80 organizations representing
the Sudanese community, faith-based, humanitarian and human rights
agencies in the newly established Save Darfur Coalition.
To learn more about the Save Darfur Coalition, visit:
For updates on the crisis in the Sudan, visit:
Fair trade chocolate bars available through UUSC Coffee Project
UUSC is pleased to announce the addition of fairly traded
chocolate bars to the coffee, tea and cocoa already available
through our partnership with the Fair Trade company Equal
Exchange. By buying fairly traded coffee, tea, cocoa and now
chocolate bars through the UUSC Coffee Project, our members and
supporters can help make a crucial difference in the lives of
small farmers in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
To learn more about the UUSC Coffee Project,
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action to oppose the proposed $674 billion tax cut
that threatens crucial
social services and punishes the poor-working class.
to Continue Opposing War with Iraq
New UU Peace/World Community email list
Serving and Learning from
the Local Native American Community
For opportunities to serve the
local Native American community, see the Unitarian Universalist
section of "Public Pagan Events" in this issue.
UU Service Committee (UUSC)
If you're looking for an interesting summer experience, consider one of the UUSCs workcamps, some of which are based on Indian reservations. The work is
planned and directed by the communities being served, and offers wonderful
opportunities for learning from Tribal people, as well as building bridges. For more
| Leadership School
UUs believe in the Priesthood of ALL
members, and provide for training in leadership skills such as
organizational development, generating change in a religious community,
and the care and feeding of volunteers. I attended Leadership School
towards the end of my years in seminary; in my opinion, if you want to
help rugged individualists collaborate to build community, a week at
leadership school may be better than a year in a seminary. Our regional
Leadership School is held in Beloit, WI every summer and costs the
participant around $500 including room, board, and materials. Two
of the instructors have been Pagans. You MUST
be a member of a UU congregation to attend.
For the Leadership School serving this district, visit
All UU Leadership Schools:
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| Lorna Gilbert
of the UUA forwarded this item:
COMMUNITY ORGANIZING TRAINING
The Direct Action & Research Training Center (DART)
is currently accepting applications among folks interested in social and economic justice issues for their paid, four-month community organizing training
program. The DART Organizers Institute is a combined classroom and field training covering such topics as:
Graduates from the four month DART Organizers Institute have gone onto accept Executive Director and Immigrant Organizing positions throughout the country making between $27 - 34,000 in starting salaries. We continue to train the best of those working to build the power of low-moderate income communities to win victories on important issues in their
community. The DART Center has built coalitions throughout the country that have won important victories on a broad set of justice issues including:
- Education reform in low-performing public schools
- Fair immigration policies
- Police misconduct
- Living Wage campaigns & job training
- Affordable housing, etc
To apply, applicants must send materials (resume and completed application form)
to Ben MacConnell,
the Recruitment Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also call him with questions:
To download our applications or find out more about the DART center, check out our website: www.thedartcenter.org
Tools for Activists
AlterNet -- Rights & Liberties http://www.alternet.org/issues/index.html?IssueAreaID=33
The Constitutional Principle - Separation of
Church and State Website: http://members.tripod.com/~candst/index.html
| Religious Anti-Discrimination Law & Guidelines
Bill of Rights, Amending the Constitution of the United States
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging
the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people
peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a
redress of grievances.
| NON-PROFIT CAREERS
Check out our new set of resource guides for nonprofit job seekers at: http://www.idealist.org/resource_guides
For the latest additions to our Career Center,
Action Without Borders
Action Without Borders connects people, organizations and
resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.
Idealist.org, a project of AWB, is the most comprehensive community of nonprofit and volunteering resources on the Web, with information provided by 32,000 organizations in 165 countries and 20,000 visitors every day.
ERAL reports that a public Pagan leader in Texas recently received hate mail and turned it over to her local police for investigation.
It came in a hand-addressed small envelope with a flag stamp and a partial cancellation stamp. (Neither she nor the police officer could read it.) Inside was a handwritten note with an enclosure. The note read:
"We are through playing Harry Potter pussy
with people like you! This is your future,
(leader's name)! We think you agree it's not
The note was not signed. Enclosed was a small comic from Chick Publications,
P.O. Box 3500 Ontario, Calf. 91761-1019 USA. The front showed the Grim
Reaper with the title of "Hi, There!" and the initials J.T.C. On the back of
the comic in the same writing as the note was:
Get out of Texas!
The recipient is treating this as a mild threat and am taking precautions to ensure documentation of any further incidents if they happen. (For those of you not familiar with Chick Publications, they have regularly published right-winged
Christian propaganda comics portraying Pagans as devil worshippers going to
The Pagan in question has asked that if anyone has received anything similar, please make contact through the Editor, so she can document it. She's probably not the only victim. If anyone receives something in the future, please do NOT throw it away. Record when you received it and file a complaint with either your local police department or the FBI. ERAL is tracking these as well. You can report to the Editor
for forwarding to ERAL.
If you have any other suggestions on how to handle this or suggestions on prepare effective documentation, please pass those on, too.
| Pagan Volunteerism
There has been
some talk recently about the issues of volunteering, especially as
it relates to items such as Bush's Faith-based Initiative, and the
public's perspective that Pagans as a group do not tend to 'help
others' as opposed to the more 'main-stream'
Now volunteering is some thing that I personally really enjoy and
would like to discuss this issue as it relates to those of us that
aren't likely to be found in a church. :) To this end I have
created another group to discuss this issue, as it relates to all
aspects of volunteering, (individuals, groups, fundraising,
planning, opportunities, etc...) Please feel free to join
the list or to advertise it on any other pagan related groups that
you might be part of. Here is the link to