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An lj-friend-of-an-lj-friend is seeking people to take in several dogs: http://apetslife.livejournal.com/2134068.html.

Please have a look and see if you'd be in a position to help.
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Passing this along:

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kythryne at internet powers, activate!

Okay, people. I need you to take this viral, and fast. We know someone in upstate New York who needs a good custody lawyer ASAP. I'm not at liberty to go into details publicly, but this woman is very afraid that her abusive boyfriend is going to get sole custody of her young child.  She's presently being represented by a public defender who doesn't seem to care about the case, and she has very few resources left at this point. Her next hearing is on Thursday. If you know a good lawyer in New York State who might be willing to take this case for a low fee or pro bono, or at least offer her advice or support, please let me know. If you don't know anyone, please repost this far and wide. As a mother and an abuse survivor, it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach to contemplate a child being left in the hands of an abuser. I can be reached at kythryne@gmail.com if you have any leads or want to help. The internet can work miracles. Let's go.
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My friend Melissa is competing to have a speaking role in Neil Gaiman's upcoming American Gods audiobook. She's in third place, and she's really, really good. Go listen, and if you agree with me, vote for her. (You can vote for her once a day until May 2.)
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Parent types, we just had to toss all our children's Tylenol. Might want to check this recall...

McNeil Consumer Healthcare Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain OTC Infants
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During the election day training this morning, the coordinator told us that campaign analysis points toward Alameda County's vote on Prop 8 deciding the whole state. They wanted to recruit more people to canvas and flyer for No on 8 in Oakland and the rest of the East Bay between now and the election.

I'll be working election day on the west side of San Francisco, but I can't do Oakland between now and then because of childcare constraints.


On the other hand, you Alameda people are already there. If you have the time, please consider helping out -- contact No on 8 in Oakland by calling (415) 252-8132.

[ETA: If you want to re-post this to get the work out to your friends, please do]
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Hey Ilen, and Maggie, and Heather and Jean Anne, at the very least:  A friend pointed this little girl's eighteenth century costume dress out to me this evening. It's gorgeous, and forget Katie - I want it for myself! :)

Are you sure there aren't any 18th century events we can costume for? If I could ever persuade her to wear anything like it, Katie would be lovely in this.

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Hey Californians -

I'm not very eloquent, and I'm trying to write this while a 2 year old uses me as a slide.  Still:

I know we're very focused on the presidential campaign, and I don't disagree about how important it is.  Still, the Chronicle notes today that we're in danger of losing equal marriage rights with Prop 8.  Equality California's internal polls show that "the "yes" side now has a narrow 47 percent to 42 percent lead in the campaign . . . a Field Poll taken last month . . . showed the measure losing, 38 percent to 55 percent among likely voters."    No on 8 efforts been outspent; we're apparently losing ground in response to a massive grassroots campaign and lots of ad time.  (And out of state money, but we are also getting out of state money...)

This can't happen.  We can't lose ground on this.  My friends and yours and all of our children deserve to have the right to marry and to have the legal, financial rights and health care rights that marriage confers on straight couples.  There's no reason they should be second class citizens.  And they should have these rights and protections recognized by the FEDERAL government (which means that California's domestic partnership laws aren't good enough).

So please, please, don't be complacent.  Register and vote against 8.  If you can, give money to Equality California so they can buy ad time.  Talk to your friends if you think they feel threatened by equal marriage rights. 


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James and I met Sunset Sup and Candidate Carmen Chu on the street today, and when I put a word in her ear about reforming the lottery system (so that my daughter's chances of going to one of my top 7 picks in the City are better than 55%) she pointed out that the Board of Supervisors doesn't have ultimate control of that problem.*  The school board does -- so it's pretty vital that we pay attention to those candidates this fall. If you want to know what the current school board candidates think about the school issues, there's a meeting at Lincoln High School on Thursdays at 6:30.

Here's the info, taken from www.planc.org:


Supervisor Sean Elsbernd and Supervisor Carmen Chu invite you to a School Board Candidates Forum, Thursday September 25.

You will have a chance to hear from those running for school board and have the opportunity to ask them questions directly. Information tables will be provided where you can talk further with the candidates and pick up their campaign information

Translation services will be provided and if you would like to bring your kids, we'll provide coloring tools and other fun stuff to play with in the auditorium!

Please join us for what is sure to be an informational evening.

School Board Candidate Forum
Thursday, September 25th
Lincoln High School Auditorium
2162 24th Avenue @ Quintara
6:30-8:30 pm



* To Chu's credit, she said that the Sups have been looking at this problem -- and that they want to find some solution that improves the problem without screwing children in neighborhoods with terrible schools.  So we're all on the same page here, because I don't want those kids hurt, either.  :)


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If I know you and you're not already on the 'friends list,' please drop me an email, and I'll add you.

Sincere apologies to those of you who have been reading without an account -- if you want to set up a free LJ account (and send me that email), I'll very likely add you, too.
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