so. I am thinking of this… “yelling louder.” My hub is the musician, not me but… maybe there’s some metaphor… can we not just increase the volume (“yell louder”) but also adjust the balance, the bass/treble, the equalizer (ha)? So I have this one little idea that has been hatching for a while now, but it is still embryonic. Im asking for your input & feedback, and also I am not a lone wolf type at all, I prefer team style…. I don’t have “ego” in this (much), please feel free to tell me it just sucks…lol.
My proposal is basically this:
A new weekly series (yes at the orange) to follow (piggyback) the Valtin Crew’s new Sunday Round Up Series…. Mine to be an ACTION Diary (sorta).
This would be (I wouldnt call it this for real! Im being tongue in cheek here) Torture Lite, ya know, cliff notes… maybe Torture/Justice Action Notes? I don’t know what to call it yet. Maybe Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday… The Dog is already doing a new Monday Letter campaign, so this could also link his and complement it or just merge with his even.
Placeholder…. It should serve a dual purpose as a placeholder for the future when things actually DO start to heat up. (Yes I said when not if). Because we know its gonna be a long haul.
So… I know, I know… if I suggest it that just means I’m volunteering to go on and do it ..haha ..thats fine, I want to, but I admit that I’m not quite “there” yet so if I do it, I’d need help…if you even like the idea. I was joking w someone recently that I have not written anything more complex than a grocery list in several years. I’m a bit rusty, d’oih.
Also… Im happy to take ownership of this and get it going but its part of my scheme to engage The Choir (you’ll see below) and invite people to take turns hosting it, participate, contribute.
Below I will outline some of my ideas for the structure and content of it. First let me address the why and the who behind this idea.
Valtin Crew (Valtin + MBlades + PDND) just started their new Sunday series. You people frikkin ROCK and the faithful always read and comment enthusiastically, but… these d’s tend to be very heavy… they are GREAT, don’t get me wrong, but they are difficult reading (emotionally) and deep. I think of myself only a few weeks ago, I can’t really remember but I pretty sure I did not read those types of diaries in great depth until recently (6 weeks or so?) Now I do of course but at first I didn’t…. too hard.
I want to do something that will reach out to the marginal folks, people like me where I was at two months ago.
Buhdy’s ds do a superb job of rabble rousing and you have a following to be sure … heh… I love to read the comments in all these d’s and there is a definite “Choir”. That is great too.
So… the stereo blend… I am thinking this…my… series to be more of… a teaser or something… I am thinking of the people who…are “low hanging fruit”?… either, okay…
#1 = they are really just too busy (mentally or literally), or caught up in the Crisis Du Jour (economy)… or
#2 = there are those who resist, its just too damn ugly (although they agree with us)
And I also want to appeal to #3 folks, which is what I call The Choir… they are active commenters and they WANT to, well, do something. (includes/describes me too actually). Give them a voice.
Right at this time there really isn’t a whole helluva a lot to actually do, beyond sign DD petition and maybe write letters. These people need to engage, to feel “heard” and be involved. So my series idea has a few things built into it that try to address or accommodate that. Inviting them to co-host is a big one.
So. There are the goals….
Keep/increase visibility of the issue overall;
Make a placeholder for a future ACTION spot;
Entice marginal folks to jump in;
Engage The Choir folks and give them a way to contribute;
Give Lady Lib something to do, focus, and be productive. !
So here’s the concept for the format…
# a STATEMENT that exemplifies or highlights the whole motive…. maybe a Quote of the Week.
# Also, maybe a select “Top Comment” from a valtin or budhy rec list Diary commenter (from The Choir folk who don’t do their own d’s on the subject, there are many).
# LINK to the SundayNight Valtin Series
#BY THE NUMBERS:
# days since Exec Order signed to close gitmo = xyz
# detainees released since that date? = xyz
# total in gitmo; # released; # indicted charged convicted… you get my drift
MIDDLE SECTION ???
*Torture Diary Rescues (just this past week) (from The Choir if any)
*Media Pick of the week…i.e. maybe a Turley on Maddow video clip… etc … or maybe just a song or something, idk, something in the pop culture kind of realm, Im iffy on this one.
*Detainee Spotlight i.e. humanize the victims, make them real, along the lines, psychic-ly, of the IGTNT d’s (need link)
**Website of the Week… a different one each week, from (obvious ones like) ACLU to (more obscure) xxx, full range (plenty to choose from) i.e.
Religious campaign against torture
**Resource / reference of the week spotlight i.e emptywheels’ timeline link
(something factual, not so much OpEd or Analysis)
. Sign the DD Petition
.ACTION Alerts, urgent
.ACTION any time choices, suggestions
.Join the FB group
.LINK to Dog’s Monday’s Letter Campaign d’s