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I'm not alone. The Community Quilt Project, run by Sara and Ann and involving the entire Daily Kos community, has 165 quilts for community members (and some friends) in need. In 2010, Meteor Blades wrote This from Sara: "She has shown herself to be a powerful community builder in an almost shamanic way. Her quilts – both the signature quilt fundraising she sewed together for Netroots Nation and the spectacular" love catchers "she made she for 30 members of the DK family in need of healing – are tangible expressions of communal solidarity that go beyond our everyday political world. "

If anything encompasses the strength and diversity of the community, it is the Community Quilt Project, which brings together a community as diverse as a patchwork quilt, diverse people united by love of the land, commitment to decency and progressive values, and resources bundles to provide help and comfort in troubled times.

Every quilt is unique; of the for the first time in 2009 for Othniel (RIP), on the 2020 quilt for J Graham, they are works of art that will be appreciated by their recipients. As Sara wrote: “Without question, it is your words that have made these quilts so appreciated by their recipients. Think of one of these quilts as a giant, snuggly group good-wave card – something that will be kept and cherished more than a pile of cards will ever be. Such a quilt can be held on, cried in, or hung on the wall and read over and over again. This is a very special way for a sick person to wish the good wishes of all of his friends near as they go through their treatments. "

Sara and Ann have been beloved members of the Daily Kos community for years, having been with over the years. was celebrated Honors, credentials, and at Netroots Nation 2013 Flash mobs. One of them Quilts hangs at Daily Kos headquarters in Oakland, and some went to famous people like Harry Reid and Keith Olbermann … but the overwhelming majority was made for community members.

Now that Sara R. is facing her own health problems, the community has come together to create a quilt for her, and to help financially. It's not reciprocity, it's open-hearted generosity – from a widely dispersed but tightly knit community that pays more than lip service. It shows the best of human nature that we help each other on the long journey.

A patchwork of diversity also unites this week's rescue operations with topics that range from very personal to abstract and national. Community Spotlight's Rescue Rangers read every story posted by community writers. When we discover great writing that isn't getting the attention it deserves, we save it to ourselves Group blog and publish a weekly collection every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. – like this one. PST. We look at one author's Community participation to see if they comment on their own stories and comment or recommend other stories as participation builds community. Our rescue priorities and actions were outlined in a previous issue: Community Spotlight: Rescuing your excellent stories for over 14 years.

Eleven saved stories from 1 p.m. PDT MAY 28, UNTIL 1 p.m. PDT JUNE 4, 2021

in the Couchsachragas third rescue for Daily Kos, they explain Why the CDC cards are probably good enough; The answer is that worries about counterfeit cards are really exaggerated. The CDC cards are federal documents, so anyone who forges a card is committing a federal crime with clear penalties that the FBI has already warned the public about. “Once you've forged a government document and forging that government document does harm to others, the FBI can verify both your health records and your identity. To quote Walter Sobchak, you are entering a world of pain. ”Other" verification systems "have their own problems and weaknesses. Mass enforcement itself carries risks, so deterrence is key. Couchsachraga has been a Kossack since 2013. This is her 25th story.

Jakko has ideas too Rebuilding the infrastructure without destroying the climate, Rant # 1. Rant # 1 deals with the basic materials of building, well, everything. Traditionally we have used materials like portland cement, which degrade over time and are exposed to wind, water and sunlight. Portland cement and rebar may have been useful because they were the only building materials affordable at the time, but now we have newer options like geopolymer cements that "can be made from coal fly ash and steel mill slag to purify huge amounts". Nightmares about disposing of toxic waste. The carbon from these processes is already in the atmosphere; no way to untangle this egg, but also no excuse to burn more coal or make more "dirty" steel; when we use up this waste, "pozzolanic" (reactive) volcanic ash will work fine. "Jakko joined in 2018 and has written 14 stories. This is her first rescue.

Although we are mostly aware of the obstacles disabled people face in terms of employment and social access, the basic need is: a place where they can call home. A challenge for many people nowadays, it is even more difficult for people with disabilities to find accommodation. in the Disabled people face greater housing insecurity than ever before, arthorfong shows a well-documented picture of a situation where “disabled people live on the edge of security, 7 million disabled tenants pay a third or more of their income for rent, and live in constant fear of deportation. Black and Hispanic disabled renters suffer disproportionately from the cost burden of rent, and black women are hardest hit. Despite the safeguards of the Fair Housing Act – safeguards aimed at eliminating discrimination – discrimination is widespread and only the best tenant screening services comply with the law. ”As an advocate of“ peaceful nonviolence in numbers, ”Arthorfong has 15 stories released. This is her first rescue.

"Some of my classmates were involved in taking over the main administration building during the so-called revolution in the spring of 1969. I was away that year, to a border kibbutz in occupied Syria. The then President of Harvard University called my" the worst class of all time " # 39; I'm not the worst member of the worst class, but I'm trying. " That year, Harvard Square was empty for graduation, however AliceT4 still managed to make her 50th class reunion unforgettable, as she reports My 50th Harvard reunion. She shares how she made previous populous reunions memorable by reminding the 1971 class of what it means to be "the worst class ever" in the best possible way. AliceT4 is a lifelong activist on social, economic and environmental issues. 16 story writer, this is her first rescue.

The LGBTQ literature Series for Readers and book lovers turns to the personal in LGBTQ Literature: What This Series Means (Or: My Experience With LGBTQ Literature). Chrislove refers to his own life story to explain why "queer representation is paramount in all forms of media, from television to film to literature. Much of the reasons I think representation is so important is that all of them." these media are formative. " Roles in the Development of Young LGBTQ People. "As a child who grew up in a repressive, religious, and rural setting, the lack of role models impacted on Chrislove in ways that, once exposed to wider culture and acceptance , turned his life upside down, yet the trauma persists that leads him to believe that LGBTQ literature can be life-affirming – indeed life-saving – especially for those who grow up believing their orientation is shameful. A proud liberal in red Texas, Chrislove has written 945 stories.

People who change the world are not born, they are made. Such is the story of Alice Paul: Radical Quaker feminist & political strategist. Philly526 tells Paul's biography, the story of a woman who grew up in the Quaker tradition, a tradition of equality between the sexes, and who was radicalized by the suffrage movement in England. Back in the States, Paul and her allies supported the suffrage movement through hardship and brutal repression, which escalated. Ultimately, the government's own harsh treatment of the nonviolent protesters has earned them public support and support for their cause. “Few people have influenced American history as much as Alice Paul,” writes Philly526. In addition to battling to ratify the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave white women the right to vote, Philly526 notes that Paul “also wrote the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in 1923 and spent the rest of her life standing for its ratification struggle to ensure that the US Constitution protects women and men alike. At this point in time, in May 2021, the ERA has yet to be ratified, ”states Philly526, proving that Alice Paul's work is not yet finished. Philly526 has written 21 stories, this is her fourth salvation.

To the Gregg Matson in the Plant the seeds of the future, A garden is not a trendy response to a pandemic or the result of the organic food movement, but a way of life that began as early as the 1960s, with the awareness that food is not an inexhaustible resource but the product of an intimate relationship with the earth and the rhythms of the season. “Gardening was more than an attempt to supplement our food supply. We wanted to know how the system (the system of the earth, not the system of national power structures) worked. Knowledge is power, and power is the key to meaningful change. ”For the author, gardening is a radical challenge to the economic and social pressures of consumption. Gregg Matson, an unrepentant hippie gardener, has written 23 stories. This is his first rescue.

“Though less prominent state high courts may be more important to the daily lives of Americans than federal jurisdiction. This is because the vast majority of law enforcement takes place in state courts, with minimal opportunities for review by federal courts. " Similarly, most civil lawsuits take place in state courts, even if they involve alleged violations of federal law. ”With New York's top court on record, split between regressive and progressive judges while three positions are open, Mahtin Raises the alarm that Andrew Cuomo's recommendations for the appellate courts are alarmingly regressive, and calls for public pressure on Cuomo and the state legislature to appoint judges who don't stifle the progressive legislation citizens want and who passed the legislation itself. Mahtin, who joined Daily Kos in 2019, wrote seven stories, this was her first rescue.

Prominent and longtime Kossack Crashing Vor A regional treasure in mainstreams Bunny Matthews: A recognition. Matthews, a New Orleans cartoonist and satirist with a deep love for his city and an equally deep knowledge of its music, recently passed away. Crashing Vor offers a fitting obituary for a man who "set a standard for cultural commentators: yes, you can laugh, but you would fucking love what you laugh at." From his advocacy of Louisiana music to his cartoon creations Vic and Nat & # 39; ly Broussard, their bar in Ninth Ward and their love for Po & # 39; boys, a strong sensitivity and deep love for his home permeates this homage to a cultural icon and a wish him that he rests in peace. Crashing Vor wrote 270 stories about New Orleans and expressed his own love for the city.

New Kossack and first author Wendell R Stemley explained How infrastructure and racial justice are intertwined, or at least as they should be. In the past, public infrastructure projects were downright racist as they moved highways in black neighborhoods and toxic production and waste sewage near minority communities. Even now, as the government seeks to redress and correct this injustice, federal funds earmarked for minorities or deprived neighborhoods are routinely diverted to affluent areas by state or local officials. "Too often the infrastructure debate in Washington and the media revolves around the total amount of funding. That is important. But for minority communities, the more important debate is not just how much is being spent, but where and how it is being spent." Going forward, the federal government must ensure the funds are spent as intended and must also consider how contractors circumvent federal regulations to exclude minority contractors from bidding pools. This is Wendell R Stemley's first rescue.

Admiral Naismith tears a story out of the headlines and revives an old and famous catchy tune From the song book of Kos: The wreck of the SS Homophobic. Sung to the tune of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and inspired by an exquisite case of karma in action, he writes about how a shipload of homophobes attacked a couple of boaters wearing gay pride flags while relaxing on a lake who circled her, abused her and threatened even worse than

The speed of the boat created a thick cloud of black smoke

And the engine stopped, which wasn't a good sign

A few seconds later the cocked carburetor

Caught fire and the engine exploded!

Come for the karma, stay for the satire. AdmiralNaismith wrote 327 stories, many for Readers and book lovers. This is her 35th salvation.

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