Update, 8 a.m. Monday: voting closed. 1480 points. Thanks all for the help!
info on Obamiconizing yourself on Facebook in the comments!
Man, you’d think they’d give us the weekend off so we could focus on service … but noooooo, the voting in change.gov’s Citizen’s Briefing Book closes Sunday. It’s similar to Ideas for Change: vote for the ideas you’d like Obama to see. The difference is that Citizen’s Briefing book is run by the Obama administration.*
Our idea is Get FISA Right, repeal the PATRIOT Act, and restore our civil liberties, submitted by John Joseph Bachir. Please vote.
And even though everybody’s burned out after Ideas for Change, please spend a few moments helping to promote it. It’s a great chance to see how effective low-effort short-term outreach can be, and good practice for getting the word out quickly in the future. We’re currently at 200 points, and while we’re very unlikely to make it into the top 10 starting this late,** we can still make a decent showing.
Here are some very easy things you can do:
Facebook: sign up for the event here, and then reply to the thread on our Facebook page. * new * Then change your image to an Obamicon of you with Get FISA Right — see Thomas Nephew’s description here.
change.gov: each idea has comments, so get involved in the discussion. First of all, on our idea: if people do a search on FISA and PATRIOT Act they’re most likely to look at the ones with most comments first, and it might as well be us 🙂 Secondly, get involved on other good ideas related to FISA, the PATRIOT Act, wiretapping and civil liberties. For an example, check out my comment on OppressedCitizen‘s excellent Restore the Constitution (also included in a comment below). Thanks to Victor for the suggestion on Facebook!
Twitter: Tweet away! See our twitter page for examples.
email: followup with the people you told about Ideas for Change, letting them know about our top-10 finish … and tell them about the idea on change.gov as well. Make sure to include the URL! The full URL is http://citizensbriefingbook.change.gov/ideas/viewIdea.apexp?id=0878000000053yl … a shorter one is http://tinyurl.com/72thzv.
blogs: blog about it (perhaps using a catchy title like “Get FISA Right on change.gov!” ). Feel free to cut-and-paste shamelessly from this post, and please link back here if you do! If you haven’t already mentioned our to-10 finish in Ideas for Change, now would be a good time — Frank Greve and David Coffey’s Progressives offer Obama their top 10 ideas for change in the Miami Herald is a good article to point them to.
comments: and mention it in comments on blogs and news articles. Make sure to include a link to the idea, and mention the deadline.
Other suggestions welcome!
There are a lot of excellent ideas on change.gov, including several on accountability (1, 2, 3) that point in similar directions to the one we endorsed in Ideas for Change. At least a couple of other change.org Get FISA Right endorsers are backing ideas on change.gov too, including the DREAM Activists , the Bridging the empathy gap folks, and Michael Connery of Future Majority. Please check them out as well!
Yeah, I know it’s the weekend, but it’ll only take a couple of minutes to follow the links and do all the things I listed on this page. So please get involved!
** The overall leader (legalization of course) is over 80,000 points, it currently takes about 45000 to get into the top 10. (Each vote counts for 10 points, so the numbers aren’t really as big as they look, but still.) Disclosure of ET contact is at 13000, and I can only imagine the ribbing my friends will give me if we don’t catch them …