Ideas for the online revolution.

Broadband Map for the United States

The National Broadband Map has some neat maps. For instance the speed test one shows that real speeds are slower than advertised ones in my area (but surprisingly in some areas they are actually slower than real speed).

How General Assemblies in the Occupy Movement use Representative Democracy

As the Occupy Movement is re-examining the role of the General Assembly it is important to ask what kind of democracy do we want in our movements?

Up until now the Occupy Movement has used General Assemblies as a primary method for making main decisions. While General Assemblies can make movements more democratic it is a misconception that they are examples of participatory democracy. In fact they largely follow the representative democracy model (and representative and participatory democracy aren't always as far away from each other as people think).

France Presidential Election 2012 Map Round 1

This is a pretty amazing high resolution map of the French 2012 Presidential Election results

Implementing LGTBQ Nondiscrimination at the University of Notre Dame

I founded the Notre Dame Progressive Student Alliance in 1998.

For the past twenty-five years the Notre Dame community has campaigned for non-discrimination for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff every two years. We have petitioned, won every single student and faculty government vote, got national media, rallied, worn t-shirts, hunger struck and yet we have never won.

I think the administration no longer seriously considers the issue. (They did consider it in 1995-1997 - when they had a taskforce on the nondiscrimination clause whose conclusion they rejected.)

Occupy Your Block - Building Local Power Organizations

The Problem
The Occupy Movement is in a serious decline. Occupy Philadelphia turnout is down to a fifth (or less) of its regular attendance for key events like General Assemblies, occupations (ex. the Independence Mall 6 month anniversary), and protests. For instance, our General Assemblies will have twenty people instead of over a hundred. Several of the working groups are very successful, but in general the level of participation has fallen dramatically.

Santorum hurt by Republican Delegate Selection Systems

The US presidential nomination and election system is profoundly undemocratic. The primary problem is money aka corporate power or capitalism.

The primary/caucus process varies greatly by state and the differences are HUGE. Delegates can be directly chosen by the primary, or there can be a process which requires a county convention followed by a state convention. Delegates can be bound (required to vote for a candidate) or completely unbound.

The Democratic nomination process is more democratic than the Republican one as it makes greater use of proportional voting.

Occupy Philadelphia - Dissecting Capitalism Series

Occupy Philadelphia is having a ten-part series on Dissecting Capitalism. It is organized by the Education and Training committee.

Buying a House - Maps and Data

Zillow.com is an incredible website for anyone who is considering buying a house in the US, a renter who wants to understand the rental market, or just wants to know how much their house might be worth.

A realtor will have access to a database that includes more information (notably a more detailed history of the listings and sales for a property), but Zillow still has an amazing level of detail.

Changing Racial Demographics on Your Block: A Map

There is an amazing website Urban Research Maps that lets you see how racial demographics have changed on a block level over the past ten years - between the 2000 and 2010 census.

It has data for only part of the United States, but this data includes PA, NY and several other major states.

My neighborhood in 2000




Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy - December 2011 Volume 1

A first edition of a new publication about the Occupy Movement: Occupy Theory

Read it!

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