Aug 04 2011
Apr 01 2010
I had an idea the other day, and I’m going to put it together. Basically, I’m creating a map of people all over the nation who are willing to donate something – their home, some food, some time, etc – to resistance to war, big business’ greed, and other injustices. Google Maps makes this surprisingly easy, and although I’m not entirely sure how to do it, I’m sure I’ll figure it out as I go.
All I need now is names. If you’re interested in being listed so that people can contact you if they need some help in your area, please email me at rossmlevin at gmail dot com. What I need is:
What you’re willing to provide
Your contact info (email and phone are preferred, but whatever you want to put is OK)
Your zip code
I don’t want to get too specific, because we all know how snoopy the CIA is 😉
Seriously, though, if this comes together I think it could be a useful tool for activists all over the place. Say you’re traveling to Philadelphia to help out the striking nurses at Temple University and you need a place to stay for a few days – you could check the map and see that, hey, rossl lives near Philadelphia. Then you could call me up and see if it’s all right if you crash at my place for a few days while you’re helping these nurses.
In short, if this works out, it could potentially make organizing these things easier. In a best case scenario, that would mean more action is taken.
Jan 26 2010
Crossposted at Daily Kos
Three weeks ago my own brother robbed me of every cent I had left and kicked me out into the street.
I just landed a job with an up and coming start up Progressive Political organization, but the job does not officially begin to pay until the end of February. I will be working on several of their projects as an opposition researcher, writer and reporter, among other things. This is the break that I have been waiting for. They have provided me with a laptop and cell phone, which is why I am able to write now. This helps a great deal, but it does not replace the money that my brother has stolen from me.
So I turn now to you, dearest friends, who are more family to me than my only flesh and blood, in the hopes that you can help me out until this job starts up for me, because my only brother just stole from me the last few dollars I had to my name.
If you are able to, please make a donation to the link below.
A full explanation and more below the fold.
Dec 23 2009
Just when things are looking about as down for me as they can get, I find the bottom dropping out again. I am currently registered with Cuyahoga Community College for the spring semester, reliant on what financial aid I can get to pay for classes and transportation, as well as food when money allows. I can’t get a job. Often,I must raid the student food bank just to have enough to eat for the week.
This past semester I learned that my financial aid would be cut off because I had reached the maximum number of course credit hours (93), and would have to file an appeal for further financial assistance. I did that, got the paperwork months ago, got it filled out, but was told repeatedly by the financial aid office to wait until December, when grades were due to be posted. So I handed the paperwork in on December 8th, when I was told to, and was informed that it would be two weeks for the process to be completed.
I found out yesterday that the process may take another two weeks or more, partly because of the holidays and partly because FAFSA has decided to take its sweet time. I have until January 6th to make payment arrangements with the campus business office so I can remain registered for courses. If I am not approved, or if I haven’t made payment arrangements by the 6th, I will be dropped from my courses and will receive no money from FAFSA. Payment arrangements must be made with a deposit up front.
This isn’t simply a matter of wanting to remain in school to finish up the required courses to earn my degree. It’s quite literally a matter of survival. Because I can’t get a job (no one will hire me), financial aid is all I have to live on. Without it, I have no money for food, no money to pay for my telephone and Internet connection – I need at least a phone line for prospective employers to get a hold of me, no money for transportation, to say nothing of money for classes and textbooks. Everything depends on the dubious mercy of FAFSA getting around to reviewing my appeal some time after the first of the year.
So I am typing this entry now, at a public library terminal, reduced to begging you for money, food, and any job postings on Cleveland, Ohio’s west side. Bear in mind that the only transportation I now have is my own two feet after the 31st of this month, so it has to be within a reasonable walking distance from where I live.
I am willing to provide my full name and mailing address for those of you able to donate money, food, or both. PayPal locked me out, and I have no other online means of accepting donations. You can reach me by e-mail here: [email protected]
I’m in a pretty dire situation, so anyone able to help out please do so. I’m not too proud to beg, not after more than two straight years of unemployment and existing each and every day under the threat of homelessness and starvation.
Dec 14 2009
Crossposted at Daily Kos
So the bad news is I lost my job. The good news is, well, coming soon, I guess. If anyone knows of quality employment that can be found in NYC, please let me know about it in the comments below.
My little adventure as a Paid Progressive Activist (Fundraising) has come to an end because I didn’t make my quotas.
Our daily quotas were $125 a day or $625 a week. Mind you, we’re standing outside, freezing our asses off while busy NYers scuttle by, bracing themselves against the wind. It is not easy to ask for charitable donations in such conditions. If you make your quota you get paid $375 for the week plus bonuses. If not, you get min. wage. I raised $525 in 5 days, but it broke down to 28 the first day, 10 the second, 425 the 3rd, 5 on the fourth and 20 on the last, so I was dismissed. I raised $525 and will get paid min. wage at 40 hours for the week. It seems a neat little scam, don’t it? You can pay people min. wage then sack them the first week whether they are performing or not. Sucks. At least I’ll get that one pay check though.
Frankly, I am running out of hope for both myself and the political/economic system that is broken beyond repair.
More below the fold.
Nov 18 2009
Crossposted at Daily Kos
Because of extenuating circumstances, I now find myself without housing. I will be leaving NY-19 (upstate NY) and goig back to New York City to be staying with friends for the time being, but I would like to solicit your help.
Problems such as poverty, unemployment and homelessness seem distant and something that doesn’t hit as close to home until they become your problems. With that in mind, I would like to ask for your help in caring for societies less fortunate going into this holiday season, as many of us will nnot be sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner in our own homes with our own families. Many will be going without this Thanksgiving and during the upcoming holiday’s, now more than ever, and I now count myself among them. Therefore, if you can give to the less fortunate, I implore you to do so, but first I ask you to help others even less fortunate than I before I dare to ask you for anything for myself.
Please donate to coalitionforthehomeless.org if you can, anything you can give is very appreciated.
As for myself, I will explain below the fold.
Jul 16 2009
If you want to host a War Crimes Accountability series diary let me know. I will be posting these myself until someone wants me to pass the baton to them or share the load with me. E-mail me at [email protected] if you are interested, or say so in the comments below.
Scroll down in order to contact the White House, The Attorney General’s Office, and Congressional Leadership in order to demand accountability today.
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JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED.
ADD CONTENT HERE!
What ever aspect of the war crimes, cover up and other matters pertaining to the criminality of the Bush/Cheney Administration you feel is appropriate is suitable for this series of diaries, within certain guidelines as will be determined by the
When calling The White House and AG Holder
– Support a Strong, independent Special Prosecutor
When calling Congressional Leadership and your Congressional Representatives
– Support H.Res 383 to investigate Bush/Cheney and their policies
When calling members of the House Rules Committee Chairwoman Lousise Slaughter and House Rules Committee members
– Support a closed rule with no amendments allowed and public hearings in a select House committee to investigate Bush/Cheney and review their national security policies
Do NOT YELL LOUDER while speaking to Congressional staff and Representatives. They do not appreciate being woken up.
Please, call and E-mail yourself if you can too. What else do you have to do? It’s not like you aren’t staring right at the page with the phone numbers and links on it in front of your computer.
Jul 09 2009
I would like to start an ongoing series of diaries that provides new information on the crimes of the Bush/Cheney administration and the need to investigate and prosecute those crimes, but I can not do it alone, and I need someone’s help.
If you have an active account at the Great Orange Boogeyman, that is even better
Investigate and Prosecute Bush/Cheney
Now that Torture News Roundup has been discontinued for the time being I would like to carry on the hard work of Meteor Blades, Valtin and Patriots Daily News Clearinghouse.
This will be an ongoing series of diaries detailing the evidence of criminal behavior engaged in by the Bush/Cheney Administration as well as the need to fully investigate and prosecute the Bush/Cheney Administration. I would like to find two or three other diarists who want to contribute to this series on a rotation so that we can keep others informed on a daily basis. If you wish to contribute please e-mail me at [email protected]
Recently the series Daily Torture News Roundup at Daily Kos was discontinued. I would like to carry on this fight, but I do not want to dairy the subject seven days a week.
If I can find 3 – 6 diarists who will rotate this series with me and crosspost here at Docudharma and on the Daily Kos. We can keep the issue in the news, and this will keep the issue on the forefront of priorities instead of just moving forward and pretending it is not there.
Suggestions for a name of this series are appreciated, or any other help you can provide. Any questions or suggestions are appreciated, and may be asked in the comments below.
Mar 29 2009
This is cross-posted from Big Orange, with no changes. Apologies to the dharmaniacs who hate GOS…
Okay, those of you who know me, know that I am more of a commenter than a diarist. But a story I read today, from yesterday’s NYT, touched me & since Kossacks are so giving (& since this is the biggest forum I go to), I thought it was perfect for a shout-out.
A quick search revealed nothing: if this has been diaried before, I will delete it.
Anyway, there’s a six-year-old girl in New York who needs a bone marrow trasnplant. Details beneath the jump.
Update: Thanks for the promote, buhdy!
Jul 08 2008
UPDATE #3: I was able to connect with tes tonight and wire him the money. I didn’t get to speak with him very long but I know he’s feeling a whole lot better tonight. Thank you everyone! Final total for the Dharmathon was $1050 but with the PayPal and Western Union fees I ended up sending $950. Which is awesome!
As some of you know, a beloved member of this blog, theevolutionarysieve (tes), is in trouble. We hadn’t heard from him in a few months and then he showed up here a few days ago. If you saw this – you know he’s not in a good place.
Last we knew he was moving to the mountains to escape the city and begin preparing for the collapse of society. These were his parting words:
On the road again……..
Thu Apr 17, 2008 at 11:39:42 PDT
I want to thank all of you. You are really wonderful folks. I will always consider this a place where I am welcome and where folks patiently try to understand my slightly deranged mind. I have been going through a bit of change recently and have not been here much, and then only in a fragemented way. My partner and I are in the middle of preparing to leave the bay area. We are moving up into the sierra’s. Near Mammoth Lakes. I have had a some what precarious existence my whole life. I am in a period of it now. I will stop in from time to time. When we have landed and I have set up our satelite dish I will be able to be present again. For the next four or five days I will check in, then I will be traveling to the high country. Blessings on you all. Keep me in your hearts. As you will be in mine. Believe in the power of networks of cooperation bonds. Believe in the good heart. Thanks for being kind to this old crank.
At this point, I don’t know any more of the story than what he has posted here the past few days. Along the way to moving down there they had car trouble and borrowed and spent the last of their money getting their vehicles fixed. They have been camping on National Forest land while he’s working to get money for a place to live. Obnoxious vacationers from LA and SD have invaded their peaceful woods with their campers and ATVs. The forest rangers have chased tes and his girlfriend off the land at gunpoint. They were forced to move to a motel. It sounds like there is no money left to stay there either.
Precarious existence indeed. No time to prepare for collapse. It is happening to him now.
Jan 04 2008
I currently have a bare bones web site/blog called sanchopress.com with which I desperately need help and writers. It is going to be designed to unite the left and the troops/veterans as well as many other features I will explain further along. Why it is bare bones, when it once was not, is a long story and not needed here.
Articles can be written on it now as well as making comments, but that is it for now.I have an excellent web designer who is very busy now and comes highly recommended. She has 87 clients all over the world. She can not start on sanchopress.com for about two weeks.
I am a veteran and my passion and dedication has been trying to help the troops/veterans. I have tried to unite the left and the troops/veterans. I have written diaries about the terrible plight of the troops/veterans and their families. The horrendous treatment and wait times at the Veterans Administration hospitals. I posted many diaries about troops/veterans issues.
Below are some of my troop/veterans diaries tat were posted on DailyKos, Docudharma, Turn Maine Blue and VetVoice.
My diaries had not gotten the left inspired enough to make a big difference in helping the troops. I blame nobody. Maybe they were not good enough diaries or maybe I did not have enough of a reputation established in the left community. With the fact that this method was not working, I knew I had to think of another way to get my goal acheived. I decided on my own blog. I knew I had to have a very good reason for people to come to my blog/site if I started one.
I gave a great deal of thought to the project because there are tons of web sites out there. I HAD to have something different and unique to merge these two groups. Otherwise, why come to mine?
Using my skills from my successful 20+ year career in corporate marketing/sales/management I began to develop what I believed to be a win/win idea that I have not seen anywhere on the web. If someone can show me a site/blog with the veterans/troops working in unison with the left, I would like to take a look at it.
I am also setting SanchoPress as a corporation with paid employees, a second in charge etc. Of course I can not pay anyone until we are successful and begin to receive moneys from donations and from advertisements.
ALL blogs operate on this system of income. There is even a web site showing most blogs income from advertisements only (below). Since I am looking to the future, I must make a plan for this. That is only wise and logical. When we are successful, it WILL happen. Advertisers WILL come and offer money to be on the site.
Eventually I want to pay Editorial Page Contributors (front pagers), Web designers, graphic designers and others who make a substantial contribution to the corporation and cause.
I know many troops on the front lines from my involvement in VetVoice. I know many veterans from the VA where I have health coverage. I know Brian Mcgough who did the rebuttal film to Rush Limbaugh. I even have a chopper pilot of a medi-vac unit who has committed to writing a daily diary each evening about what happened in his day and to contribute it on sanchopress.com (beginning in March).
I know “owners” of veterans wives for change organizations and changes for veterans families organizations. They are on board with this.
I know many others from this war who are now out of the military. I also have gotten to know some members on Dailykos, Docudharma, Turn Maine Blue and VetVoice. I need more than the few I have gotten to know on each blog to help this endeavor work.
I have TBI (like many vets), which caused depressive disorder, mental health issues and I also fractured three vertebrae in the auto accident that caused all these issues. I am disabled. With some similar problems to those returning from combat, I can relate better to them. I have also had nine years to learn to live with my problems and can help some adapt. We all have our cross to bare. I am not complaining. I wouldn’t trade my problems for yours.
I spend a great deal of time on the blogs and the internet. Much of it researching troops/veterans issues. The situation is horrendous. Our military is decimated. They are stretched beyond limits. They are exhausted and weak and have tours that are far too long and stays home that are far too short.
The House subcommittee On Veterans Health estimates that 65% of troops returning from this war will have some degree of brain damage (TBI)!
I finally came up with the idea to get both groups on one site. My vision was to make a newspaper type blog with links to every left blog and every troop/veterans blog. Also every non profit charitable organization and animal rights site and global warming sites, Native American sites, every news feed and more. This idea/vision became sanchopress.com.
A one stop shop with everything a blogger needs in one place and also what the troops/veterans need too. This in no way will hurt blogs like DailyKos or Docudharrma or any of the others including troops/veterans blogs. It will in fact help them. Some coming to sanchopress.com will see sites they didn’t know about and go to different blogs than they have ever visited before.
SanchoPress will have some unique features. When one of the links has a petition going, it will show up in red on the screen so all know. There will be a daily quote, a daily trivia question, a daily unknown fact, a daily Don Quixote picture and several more similar items to at least add a little bit on the lighter side.
If the citizens of the left hear first hand about TBI, PTSD, mental health problems, divorce, spousal abuse, child abuse, homelessness, inadequate medical care, GWS and a troop/veteran suicide rate of 18 per day, they will be more inclined to help.
OUR troops/veterans are in dire need of our help. The military and their structure are not prone to react to soldiers complaints. It will take our voices along with theirs to get things fixed.
We will operate as a team, united, as one group, demanding action and results for both the troops/veterans issues and our issues. The power of this larger group will definitely have more of an impact than each on their own.
They need us to do things to help them, like write senators and congressmen about their poor health care. Ending this war! The 3-6 month wait for mental health problems at VA hospitals. The housing that has been outsourced and many have lead paint and mold problems. Diagnosing soldiers with personality disorder instead of PTSD so they don’t get benefits and are then told to vacate the military housing and base within 10 days (22,000 since the war started). The 200,000 homeless veterans. More and more.
The troops/veterans are beginning to see the right for what they truly are. They know the right vehemently pushed to send them into this useless war. Now, when they and their families are in need, the right has abandoned those they sent there to carry out their dirty deeds.