Hi! I'm Stephen. I have over a decade of experience in criminal justice, civil legal aid, government service delivery, and the role of data/technology in all of that. I've done litigation, research, tech projects, and organizing. Always trying to get better at all of it.
Good organizers are "people who who genuinely believe that ordinary people have high intelligence, people who very deeply respect ordinary people.”
"The next person to talk to that worker will be their manager. Then the next person to talk to that worker will be FOX news." This is why we talk to people three, four, five times, real assessments of commitment. It's so good, wow
"In the mobilizing model, you may be involving people in very large numbers, but the limitation of the mobilizing approach is that you’re only talking to people who agree with you already... What makes organizing different than all other kinds of activism is it puts you in direct contact every day with people who have no shared political values whatsoever."
The homework for this week's meeting includes an interview with Jane McAlevey that is already so incredible, especially her distinction between "mobilizing" and "organizing." https://www.vox.com/podcasts/2020/3/17/21182149/jane-mcalevey-the-ezra-klein-show-labor-organizing
Proton mail, who claim they don't keep IPs, have handed the IPs of climate activists over to the French police. The activists had their homes searched and were arrested.
So the only way Protonmail is secure is if you use a VPN
#looptober number seven: "wednesday"
Bit of a slop! Made with just my voice and the TC Helicon Perform VE. (Caution: swears)
Wow I really did compare the opening polka song of Groundhog Day to Yom Kippur Kol Nidre services, huh
In case it is something you’d be interested in: I am on a podcast today about the movie “Groundhog Day” and its religious significance to me as an ostensibly non-religious / formerly religious person. http://adamglass.org/cinemacredo/2019/02/02/ep-2-groundhog-day-with-stephen-goldmeier/
Just one incredible fact: the rise of streaming entertainment has led to much more unpredictable electrical grid usage, as now people don't just all watch the same shows on the same networks at the same time.
I am now thinking about one of my favorite videos of all time, which makes the analogy between gravitational potential energy and electric potential energy really concrete: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Jx_bJgIFhI
Importantly, the ME/CFS treatment guidelines will inevitably be the standards that Long Covid treatment will be based on. So the deliberate withholding of the new guidelines by a small but powerful clique of doctors (because it debunks the research they've built careers, wealth and knighthoods on) is going to have effects beyond the ~300,000 pwME in the UK.
Interested in almost everything (he/him) (opinions mine, not my employers) (hi)
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