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16
Jan
09

Please help Kori!

kori I’m shamelessly using this blog in the hopes that you can help my family:

My 7yo cousin Kori, whose family is very low-income and lives in public housing in South Boston, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.  She has been in treatment for some time, and her short-term prognosis is good.  Long-term, her disease is pretty deadly.  Her family is acting strong but they are definitely struggling.

If you can spare even a dime, please consider making a small donation to help with Kori’s treatment. You can learn more about Kori here, and help with her treatment here.  (There is also the option to contribute instead to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for those not comfortable with donating directly to an unknown family.)

The power of the internet to raise awareness and funds is powerful.  I cannot thank you enough for keeping my family in your thoughts and for any help you can provide for Kori.

I am collecting funds through Friday, January 23.

14
Jan
09

More Hillary Clinton Love

My handful of readers are probably already soaking up the Clinton praise at Shakesville.  Here’s a round-up of pro-Clinton posts at my new joint, Change.org.

From the End Human Trafficking blog:

Hillary Clinton Gets Trafficking!

From the Stop Genocide blog:

Hillary’s Hearings: Who Knew Power Could be so Smart?

Team Hillary: Darfur and the Clinton Confirmation Hearings

From the Peace in the Middle East blog:

Clinton Addresses Palestinian Suffering

11
Jan
09

Netroots Nation Yes We Can! Inaugural Party

I just decided to go with a friend.  Wow.  I feel like I’m going inside!!

Hilarious.  🙂

09
Jan
09

Support the Lilly Ledbetter and Paycheck Fairness Acts

All the details and links to contact your reps are up at my place at Change.org.  Don’t miss the extremely depressing wage gap calculator, provided in my comment there at 9:51 a.m.  Ack.  (Links to bill content summaries are also in comments.)

Here’s a post I wrote last night about unequal pay and unequal work.  Here’s some AP coverage of the House bills introduced this morning.

Support equal pay and end wage discrimination!!

08
Jan
09

Out With the Old…

…people, that is.

In People’s 2009 “Yearbook” – first “celeb” story – Barack Obama/The Obama family.  Second “celeb” story – Sarah Palin.

Senator Hillary Clinton?  18 million cracks?  What?  Who? Wasn’t she on some reality show about working women?

As for Gramps McCain, who wants to read about the elderly???? Gross.  Unless it’s Helen Mirren’s surprisingly perky cleavage, of course.

07
Jan
09

That Settles It.

I must be middle-aged.  I just got a postcard from my health insurance reminding me how I’m covered for their mastectomy services!

07
Jan
09

More Madoff “Aftershock”

Waiting for me in my e-mail inbox, from Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinharz:

Let me outline for you the current challenges. While some saw signs of an impending global financial crisis last year, no one could have predicted the intensity of the recession, or the Madoff debacle, and the major blow it would deal to philanthropy. The Madoff aftershock produced a second wave of financial crisis felt acutely in Boston’s major not-for-profit institutions, as well as many other cities in the United States and abroad. While it was a relief to report that the university never invested money with Bernard Madoff, sadly, some of Brandeis’s most staunch and generous supporters suffered major losses. It is very hard to calculate the immediate and long-term effects on the university’s fundraising results.

I’ve never been a big nor frequent donor to Brandeis – and I won’t exactly be passing on windfall profits to them this year either.  However, I can step up the frequency a bit, with some small donations here and there.  Maybe it will help some undergrad buy that extra book she needs…or some beers to take the edge off during this crisis.  Assuming she’s a senior in college, of course…