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February 25, 2011

When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen…

ohmyadon:

THIS.

I’m slowly but surely trying to snatch my pen back away from other people. And stories like what happened in Egypt & what is happening in Libya & other parts of the Middle East— they’re good examples of this quote.

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abudai:
INFORM PEOPLE – Write op-eds and letters to the editor to your local newspapers. Blog about it. Use twitter, include #Libya hashtag.  SUPPORT NEWS MEDIA THAT IS DOING COVERAGE OF LIBYA – CLICK CLICK CLICK on news articles! And comment on them! And share them on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr. This is how news media thrives. It’s a sad reality, but clicks and comments encourage editors to cover a stort more. Tweet “Thanks” to Anderson Cooper, AlJazeera, etc. Send them thank you letters. SIGN THESE PETITIONS: BP, Pull out of Libya now! (Change.org); Sanctions to stop Libya crackdowns (Change.org); Send help to Libya! (PetitionOnline) GO TO LOCAL SOLIDARITY PROTESTS – The Libyan people think no one outside cares about them. Sending them photos and videos of supporters would bring up morale. If there are no protests planned for your city, plan one! Stage one in your University’s free speech zones!  DISSEMINATE ONLINE RESOURCES – There is a lot of helpful, crowd-sourced material online right now. Like this crowd-sourced list of the dead. Or this number for free unmonitored Internet. Or even these instructions on how to control bleeding of a woundMIRROR VIDEOS – Many videos are being taken down- especially Facebook videos. If you know how to, mirror the video, & upload it yourself.  TRANSLATE – If you know Arabic, help translate things like tweets, videos, audio, etc. The more people this information is accessible to, the better. (Added note- if you use TweetDeck, there’s a translate function already built in. Click the flowery-looking button on the bottom right-hand corner of the profile image of the tweet you want to translate, then go to “Tweet” & pick “translate” from the drop-down. It may not translate to image perfectly, but you should be able to figure it out well enough. Then copy & paste the tweet [if you try to retweet it, it will retweet in its original language].) CONTACT YOUR LOCAL STATESMEN AND WOMEN – Tell them you want the U.S. to acknowledge what’s happening in Libya. Tell them you want them to call for the resignation of Gaddafi. Tell them you want them to send aid to Libya. Tell them to support freedom. Tell them to support democracy. Tell them to freaking CONDEMN THIS MASSACRE. Look here and here. SEND AID – Muslims Without Borders is organizing a medical convoy from Alexandria, Egypt to Libya. Send them money “earmarked” for Libya.   (add to this list) 
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