Thursday, March 08, 2007

Read this before you sign, mmmmkay?

This is a busy busy week and I don't have a whole lot of time, but I saw a good post that I wanted to share.

Off to the right there I do have a link to the list for an open records march. I'm not trying to be mean or anything here, but I think a lot of people signing this don't understand what it is. It's not a petition for open records, it's more to get a head count for people who would be interested and available to attend a march if one were announced.

So by all means if you fall into the interested and available category sign, but please understand the purpose of it. And if you do happen to fall into the interested and available category, there is a very powerful visual over at BB Church's blog that made an impact on me and made me think. Take a peek and a read. Also I liked the idea of bypassing WDC in favor of a state legislator's annual meeting. Five months be a little close to effectively plan a showing, but that just means more time 'till next year... or the year after... or the year after that. As an adoptee, I'm all too familiar with the damn waiting, but also I'd rather do something right than do something fast.

I'm not saying the idea to march at WDC is a bad idea, I'm just asking the people who sign to understand what it is they are signing. As of this morning there are 223 signatures. Does that really mean that there are 223 bodies available to hop on a plane or make a car ride to wherever if this shindig comes to being? I'd hope so, but I'd just like to be sure.

2 complaints from ingrates:

Marley Greiner April 30, 2009 at 9:28 AM  

What purpose does a march in WDC serve?

Equal access is a state, not a national issue. Courts have repeateadly thrown cases back to the states. It's states, not the federal government (that Zeus) that issue bcs. BB's pictorial says it all. Ten years ago we had a little demo in WDC at NCFA.
We shut it down at noon. A bevy of cops showed up This was not a march on Washington, but an opoportunistic event. A pool of people from AAC joined us--much against AAC's wishes. In fact, AAC "ordered" it's board not to attend and to make sure they didn't, threw an "emergency board meeting at the same time.

The following day Joe Soll threw his annual "march on Washington" at the Mall. It was ridiculous. I talked later to a couple people who attended--or rather tried to. They couldn't find it. I heard later that less than 20 attended.

40-50 people in a small space off of Dupont Circle. 20 people in the Mall.

A march on WDC useless. Even if a couple thousand people showed up, its useless. I've been to those small demos. They might make somebody feel good, but they are a dime a dozen and mean nothing. Energy should be channeled into something that might help bring change.

Ungrateful Little Bastard April 30, 2009 at 10:24 AM  

Well there's a few things.

First off I think I wrote this more than 2 years ago when I couldn't coherently explain the difference between a contact veto or a disclose veto or a contact preference form if you held a gun to my head, so to me at the time a march on DC sounded like a good idea.

And actually I still think DC is a good idea if it's tied to another event and not as a stand alone thing. Especially and most importantly to me if the people attending learn something and take momentum they gained by being around others and get to work with their own local assemblyperson and senator.

I mean you can say any event is useless if after people go home and do nothing. I've heard criticism of the adoption conferences as a useless waste of time and money. So yeah, if all someone does is go to a conference or a rally once a year and spends the other 12 months sitting on their ass bemoaning their fate that would be useless. But if they take the energy from the event and run with it once they get home, I don't think it matters what number show.

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