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Downing Street Update – June 3

Things over at Big Brass Alliance continue to pick up steam. I’m still getting my inbox filled with bloggers signing up for our Alliance page and listserv — we should top 300 members today. I’m also working on some additional back-end features for the effort, which we’ll announce if I can figure out whether I can handle all of the workload.

What’s cooking, via Shakes Sis:

Today’s media contacts are:

(A) ABC Nightline. email:

(B) NBC News. email: phone: 212-664-4971 fax: 212-664-4426

(C) Wall Street Journal. email: phone: 212-416-2000 fax: 212-416-2658

* If you post on the topic today, make sure you contact Joe at The Heretik and Charles at Freiheit und Wissen, who are doing Big Brass Blogswaming aggregation.

* The Big Brass Alliance made Wikipedia, which is pretty cool.

* And this is my favorite item of the day:

The Backbone Campaign (which seems an appropriate match for the Big Brass Alliance), a a grassroots effort to embolden citizens and elected officials to stand up for progressive values, says:

Please join us in sending Spine postcards to your Senators and members of Congress to let them know they should join the Inquiry into the Downing Street Minutes/Memo. You can click here to download a pdf file that can be printed on cardstock or other paper and sent to you members of Congress. This version of the pdf file refers directly to the Downing Street Minutes/Memo issue.


Setting up activism channels like BBA, and maintaining the Blend (and doing a FT day job) are a lot to juggle, but building community is worth it. Shakes Sis is doing the main contact work and writing and does a whiz-bang job at that. She finally put up an Amazon “Click to Give” button on her site:

And, at the suggestion of some kind (and optimistic) people, I’ve added a tip jar to the lefthand menu, because I am broker than a broke thing with lots of little broke bits all over it.

Please recognize her good work if you can! She’s done the editorial heavy lifting for the Alliance, for which I am grateful.

I’ve put up a Paypal button here on the Blend. Fortunately I’m not completely broke (though the savings are depleted because of that hardwood floor project — can you believe that we’re still dealing with that rotten home improvement store about a partial refund we’re entitled to)?!

So it’s really just a tip jar if you like what I do and are so inclined; it’s not a big fundraising campaign. I’ll be happy if the contents of the jar covers the hosting costs for this blog and B3.

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