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A fair society is better for everyone.

A fair voting system needs to be part of that.

Purple was used by the women's suffrage movement in the UK.

A fair democracy is worth the fight.

If you're in the UK, can you make it to demonstrate tomorrow (Sat 8 May) for voting reform?

http://www.takebackparliament.com/

Sat 8 May 2010, 2pm, Trafalgar Square and elsewhere around the UK.
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Last night, I dreamed of naturally patterned black, white, purple and green suffragette kittens.

For those of us eligible to vote in the UK today ... my feeling is that it's valuable to exercise and preserve the right to vote. This time, if there is a hung parliament, and negotiations, our broken electoral system may finally be improved.

Properly completed postal ballot envelopes can also be delivered to polling stations today.

I feel that not voting actually plays into the hands of the least honest politicians - it reduces the vote against them, and they feel entitled to utterly ignore non-voters.
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I'm hoping this will be passed around to anyone UK-based who likes Internet access ...

Eligible individuals need to register themselves to vote by this Tue 20 Apr 2010 for the UK General Election on Thu 6 May 2010.

You can register here: http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register_to_vote.aspx

and see details of the Digital Economy Act and the 47 MPs who voted against it here: http://blog.planetjamie.co.uk/blog/?p=1302
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http://www.boingboing.net/2010/03/30/libdems-wont-support.html

"the UK Liberal Democrats have unequivocally withdrawn support for the Digital Rights Bill, a sweeping, 24,000+ word bill that the Labour government are trying to push through Parliament with only a few hours' debate."

"There's no time in the 'wash-up' for any significant modification. Possibly very minor stuff but otherwise it's a take it or leave it exercise on the entire bill."
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http://www.scmagazineuk.com/open-rights-group-demonstrates-against-the-digital-economy-bill-as-parliament-confirms-date-for-second-reading/article/166471/

Around 300 people attended a demonstration last night at parliament against the proposed Digital Economy Bill.

Organised by the Open Rights Group (ORG), speakers included MPs and attendees wore black tape on their mouths in a demonstration of censorship. The speakers were unanimous in their appreciation of those who showed up, and the demonstration occurred just hours before the announcement that the Digital Economy Bill's second reading will be on the 6th April ...
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Vote for a Change rally
A mix of music, poetry and putting politicians on the spot.
Thu 9 July 2009
6.30 - 8.30pm
Methodist Central Hall (opposite Parliament)
Westminster, London, UK

Find out more: http://www.voteforachange.co.uk/ or http://www.makemyvotecount.org.uk/rallyforachange

"The full details of MPs outside earnings will soon be publicly revealed for the first time. Already over the weekend several high profile MPs (with large parliamentary majorities and lucrative employment beyond Westminster) have announced they won't stand again at the next election - a sign of how damaging these new revelations will likely be."

Coaches from some cities (Oxford, Leicester)and possibly others depending on demand. See http://tinyurl.com/mvdfhk for transport details.

See also Early Day Motion 1681 - "That this House supports the call for a referendum regarding a more proportional voting system for elections to the House of Commons."
http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=38868&SESSION=899 (and http://tinyurl.com/mo6oo2)
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Displaced New Orleans registered voters are still eligible to vote in their home parish if they have not registered elsewhere. There are elections on 22 April.

Eligible New Orleans voters can request absentee ballots until April 18 to vote in the primary election. Call the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Division at 1-800-883-2805 or visit its website at http://www.sec.state.la.us/elections/elect-before.htm for more information about voting.

Please help to spread the word by forwarding this information.

(via[livejournal.com profile] rosefox)
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http://sideshow.me.uk/ssep05.htm#09151157

"76% of Americans say they want an independent investigation of what went wrong in the government response to Hurricane Katrina, but when Hillary Clinton proposed setting one up, the Republicans killed it on a party-line vote."

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/9/1/24329/18916

"Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster, but the flood wasn't. ... The money to prepare for something like this years in advance went to Iraq, and the National Guard to clean up after it went to Iraq too. The flood is "man-made."

... Katrina is just what the hurricane is called for short. Its real name was "global [climate change]"

I do not like to feel powerless against this. I want to do whatever I can to make a difference. Red Cross donations after the fact are not enough because they do nothing for the next Katrina (aka Global [Climate Change])."

http://www.dailygranola.com

"The purpose of this site is to provide at least one small lifestyle change per day that liberals can make to support the liberal agenda."

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"However, even non-liberals might find themselves agreeing with some of the ideas posted on the site. Debate is encouraged, but trolls will be banned."

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