The outreach to bloggers we’re doing is starting to have an impact … here’s our current list of endorsements:
I’m pretty sure these are listed in chronological order …
The list is shorter than some other ideas but the quality is incredibly high, surprisingly diverse, and with a great mix of original Get FISA Right organizers,* people who are just starting to step forward, our longtime partner SaysMe, and some folks I don’t even know. There are at least two endorsements by other ideators in the final round: DreamACTivst, whose Pass the DREAM Act – Support Higher Education for All Students is in 13th place, and Bob Fertik of Democrats.com, whose Appoint a Special Prosecutor for the Crimes of the Bush Administration is in 26th.**
We’ve also gotten some links in other posts that haven’t made endorsements on change.org, for example in Michael Connery’s endorsement list on Future Majority. And that includes Catherine Cadden of the Center for Nonviolent Communication, one of the submitters of Bridging the Empathy Gap – Yes We Can! (currently in 15th place), who shared a great story relating the two ideas in NVC and social change:
On Feb. 11, 2003, I spoke at a city council meeting in the town of San Anselmo, CA, where they were debating whether or not to oppose the Patriot Act. In the middle of my speech, I turned to the policeman guarding the door and put myself in his shoes, “I imagine this is hardest for you. I can’t imagine what it would be like for you to enforce the law of the Patriot Act when you have not been considered directly how it will affect your life.” I saw two councilmen begin to shake their heads in agreement. The police officer smiled. That was a moment of empathy. A simple understanding between humans seeing each other as human, not as the uniforms or roles they perform. The town of San Anselmo made a resolution to oppose the Patriot Act and it became a civil liberties safety zone.
Well said. And there are a lot of other great posts out there with different perspectives on FISA and civil liberties as well …
Speaking of which, if you see a post about Get FISA Right, please leave a note in the comments (see the first comment for an example). Not only is it interesting to see what people are saying about us, along with the rest of our history and press coverage, it’s valuable information for our ongoing activism. Thanks!
And even bigger thanks to those who have endorsed and/or blogged about us, and are helping with the blogger outreach. Please keep up the good work!
* trivia note: the version of our June 29 open letter to Obama posted on Reality Catcher is the one that caught fire on digg
** we’re discussing whether or not Get FISA Right should endorse Bob’s special prosecutor idea and will be voting on this starting on Monday. Feedback welcome!