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NY State Senator Klein to meet with No Impact Man about making NYC streets livable

No Impact Man, noimpactman.typepad.com
Thanks to the efforts of all you readers who responded to yesterday's open letter to Senator Klein, he, Paul Steely White of Transportation Alternatives, and I will be meeting to discuss policy options that could help make the streets of New York City more livable, more sustainable and safer for cyclists.

This is great proof of the strength of participative democracy. You make a difference. Hundreds of you called the Senator's office or emailed him, supporting my request to meet. We can change the world as long as we try.

And try we did...
See New York state senator Jeff Klein impacts No-Impact Man with cusswords for background-SO
(19 September 2008)



A Speech for the Next President

Chris Davis , PowrTalk, Discovery Channel
Here's a little speech we worked up for the next President to deliver at 8 p.m. eastern standard time on his first day in office. Say something good and we'll tuck it into the final draft which publishes before the election. We're told this speech could go viral, and with a few tweaks, be delivered by the next President. So, if you want to touch history, if you want a piece of the first democratically crafted presidential speech ever, jump in. (Like the democratically crafted movie "Snakes," only without the flop part). This speech could well be the marker for the dawn of the New Energy Order.

If you have thoughts on what this speech should say, how it should be written, please comment.

"Good evening, America. It is unusual for the President to launch a major initiative on Day One, but these are unusual times. Our energy situation, in fact our nation's future, is precarious. We are dangerously dependent on oil. By importing two thirds of the stuff, we are fomenting the greatest transfer of wealth in history, and thus are mortgaging our children's future. Our electrical grid is brittle and outdated. Our energy use impacts the planet we depend on for sustenance. This crisis did not happen in a day (we've been talking about it since President Eisenhower) but it has become clear to all in recent years that we are in crisis...
What would you want to hear?-SO
(21 September 2008)



Self-doubts paralyze activists

Susan Greene, Denver Post
Mark Cohen is in a funk.

It was the Sunday before the Democratic National Convention during an anti-war rally the veteran activist had spent 18 months organizing. From the steps of the state Capitol, he was discouraged to see only a few hundred protesters.

Cohen — co-founder of the group Recreate 68 — had cut his teeth decrying the Vietnam War and always believed in the power of taking to the streets.

Now he's not so sure...
(19 September 2008)

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