i realize now i do not fear death... i fear my daughter will not be free when i die
- From the Twitter of an Iranian medical student
"If it bothers you so much, then why don't you stop watching?" seems to be the question of the last few days from my friends and family who know how invested I have become in the cause of the Iranian people (as I have explained in great detail here) The answer is simple: one day of caring is not enough. We must be the voice for the people of Iran who would otherwise be silenced. They are without reliable news sources, they are without mobile phone calls, text messaging, facebook, twitter, youtube, AIM, Yahoo, Google, and pretty much every other useful outlet for information you can think of. Yet they persist on the streets and on the internet in any way they can. The least we can do, whether we are across continents, oceans, or time zones, is spread their words safely.
My death is irrelevant.Wht is important is that u do not forget my words.We want freedom.i will die 4that
- From the Twitter of a protester in Tehran
Right now, brave men and women in Iran, both young and old, are sacrificing their lives for their voices to be heard. They must fear not only the police, but also the Basij -a force of men loyal to the government who plant themselves among crowds in plain clothes in order to discretely attack protesters and incite chaos.The protesters are peaceful. They mass together in crowds that are reported to grow in size every day. At night they have very few, if any, safe places to stay. Houses with satelite dishes were attacked by the Basij tonight, and during the 50 minutes of Twitter's maintenance, another university was attacked.
140 characters is a novel when you're being shot at.
- From another Iranian Twitter
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
- The most obvious thing to do is stay informed. Keep an eye on reliable sources on Twitter, refresh blogs and news sites that are covering the stories.
- If you are on twitter, retweet information from reliable twitters, but REMOVE THE USERNAME if they are in Iran. People have died because of the lack of responsibility by fellow tweeters and the media in this front. They can be tracked down by the government of Iran.
- Spread the information elsewhere. Repost this article or write your own on Facebook, Myspace, Tumblr, or anywhere else you can think of. If you write your own, make sure you are concise and accurate. Link to your sources for people to learn more.
- Change your location on Twitter to Tehran or Iran, and your time zone to GMT +3:30.
- DO NOT auto-refresh and take down websites, even if you are asked. It slows down the internet for the rest of the people in Iran.
- If you make a proxy DO NOT post it publically, otherwise it is useless. Send it in a direct message to a trusted source.
- DO NOT spam the hash tag #IranElection with useless things to "confuse the government". This does not help at all.
USEFUL SITES TO FURTHER HELP
(REMINDER: DO NOT REPOST PERSONAL TWITTERS OF THOSE INSIDE THE COUNTRY, EVEN IF THEY ARE RELIABLE!)
دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election
- original article by one_hoopy_frood on LJ
i spent the entire day at the repeal proposition 8 decision day protests. sadly, the court did not rule in our favor if you don't know the rest of the story by now, then google it.
the day started with a 930am gathering at the california supreme court building right here in san francisco. at 10am the ruling was read. this was followed by a protest and a sit-in in the middle of van ness avenue where over 100 people were arrested. after this, i headed to the castro where organizers were trying to get people out into the streets. i ran over to joey's to recharge my phone and rest for a second before heading back downtown to city hall for a 5pm rally. that rally was followed by a march past the supreme court building and down market street.
i am exhausted and am a mess of mixed emotions. i am sore because i managed to fuck up my ankle. it didn't help that after i fucked up my ankle, i continued to walk on it for miles. i am praying i'll be ok to ride my bike tomorrow. (it's in a bike locker at a bart station at the moment and i
i will post a flickr link much later tonight or tomorrow.
and... right now i am feeling way too incoherent to write much more, but i may post a more personal note about all of this to my friends-list. we shall see... (and, if you happen to be my friend on facebook, i updated my status and added a few photos throughout the day. check it out (read from the bottom up). i never update facebook that much! but i do like that i have a running inner dialogue of my day archived online. so go facebook... ;)
in other supreme court news (this time national), i am pleased with president obama's nomination of sonia sotomayor to replace justice souter on the supreme court. at this point, the single most important issue (to me) is that the supreme court upholds roe v wade and that choice is protected on a national level. i have faith that sotomayor will deliver just rulings.
i'm off to the civic center area (san francisco) to hear the ruling live. this is history it's happening in my city. i want to be there. and i will.
i'm packing to move soon (more of that forthcoming very soon if you are on my friends list. it's a good move...). i have been collecting indigo girls memorabilia since the late 80s. i'm really trying to get rid of stuff for this move. anyway, i discovered that i have duplicates of many indigo girls memorabilia items. instead of selling everything individually, i listed a few memorabilia "lots" on ebay. considering i paid $15-20 for some individual items in these lots, i am selling this stuff at quite a discount.
i don't want to get rid of my collection, but since these are duplicates, i can justify it. i realized i had duplicates of so so so much, sometimes 3+ copies of random items.
anyway, if you are an indigo girls fan (or an amy ray solo fan too, duh) check out my ebay auctions.
i'm not a janky autograph/memorabilia dealer (in fact, i am not selling anything that was signed because most of my signed memorabilia was personalized to me). i'm a true fan and i want my duplicates to go to other true indigo girls fans. :)
uh, the entire indigo girls catalog (both released and unreleased songs).
same goes for all of amy ray's solo songs.
there are more (black crowes, grateful dead, U2, the coup, etc), but IG and aray solo are the only artists whose entire catalog i know by heart and can quote without thinking.
hell, i know "shame on you" better than amy herself. ;)
so my berkeley photos kind of suck. sorry!
i uploaded a few.
it was a MUCH bettter show! here is the setlist:
love of our lives
fill it up again
power of two
(michelle malone, who was playing across the bay in san francisco, played "tighten up the springs")
ghost of the gang
what are you like
everything in its own time
digging for your dream
get out the map (yes, two emily songs in a row)
shame on you (amy fuck*ed up the first verse for the third time in a row)
prince of darkness
second time around
fleet of hope
romeo & juliet
kid fears (surprisingly, NOT with matt morris. i LOVE when the audience sings the echo and that happened last night!)
closer to fine (w/ matt morris)
heartache for everyone (w/ matt morris)
i seriously didn't write down the sacramento setlist, i was so disappointed after that show. but i am sure joey and i can remember it (with some help). i'll try to get it posted.
i am a MUCH happier indigo girls fan today. berkeley was AWESOME!
INDIGO GIRLS tonight in sacramento! it has been a long time (for me at least). i'm still basking in the afterglow of the dead show. i'm ready for some IG. they have not played the west coast in such a long time and i have not really traveled to see them recently.
as per tradition around here, i will post the setlist and photos. speaking of which, i need to do that for the dead... coming soon!
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