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Just Because You’ve Been Provided With A Phone Booth Does Not Mean You’ve Been Given A Way To Effectively Communicate

Just because you have been provided with a phone booth, does not mean you’ve really been provided with a place to talk and communicate.

Take for example the phone booth you see above that is located in Cincinnati’s Burnet Woods Park. I took this picture last February.

Beyond the fact this phone booth is most likely filthy and quite possibly out-of-order, it is also stuck behind the snow in the freezing cold.

There are today more forums to express ourselves than ever before.

Yet the responsibility to effectively communicate remains with us as individuals. We are all individuals with the ability and obligation to communicate our values in way that gives our individual lives greater purpose and meaning.

Many forums exist, but we need to understand that these forums may be controlled by others who have no genuine interest in allowing us to connect with each other in ways that can better our collective lives.

We need to understand that these forums provided by others may in essence be out-of-order in that there is nobody truly listening on the other end.

If the phone booth we wanted to use is out-of-order, or if it in not accessible because it is stuck behind snow on a cold day, there are still many ways  we can effectively communicate.

We can write a letter. We can talk to each other in person. We can allow our actions to set the example. These are ways we can communicate that do not depend on a working or accessible phone booth.

We have the ability to donate money, to run for office ourselves, to start a blog, to volunteer for causes and candidates that we support.

Other may provide tools of communication that are of varying use for us to be effective citizens.

Yet in the end it is up to us to make the best possible use of these toools, and, most importantly, it is up to us to make the best use of our abilities.

(Picture copyright Neil Aquino.)

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mean Rachel And TPA Bloggers Leading The Fight On Texas Rep. Aaron Pena’s Shameful Betrayal Of His Constituents

Texas political blogger Rachel Farris has been leading the charge to draw attention to the sorry behavior of party-switching Texas State Representative Aaron Pena.

Ms. Farris, who writes the blog Mean Rachel, initiated “Call Out Aaron Pena Day.” The intent of this event was to encourage people to block Mr. Pena’s twitter feed, defriend him on Facebook, and, for those who gave Mr. Pena when he was running as a Democrat just last month, to ask for a return of campaign donations.

The Houston Chronicle wrote about Call Out Aaron Pena Day.

Ms. Farris also contends, correctly, that Mr. Pena should resign and run to win his seat as a Republican.

Mr. Pena is from Edinburg, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. This district Mr. Pena claims to represent is strongly Democratic.

Things Mr. Pena will now support as a Republican, such as drastic cuts in social services and often harsh views towards persons not of Anglo origin, will not be of service to the people of Mr. Pena’s district  who thought they were electing a Democrat.

Please visit Mean Rachel and follow her ongoing efforts to bring Mr. Pena to account.

Mean Rachel is a member of the Texas Progressive Alliance. The blog you are reading and many others are also TPA members. These bloggers took a leading role in call Out Aaron Pena Day.

TPA bloggers will be working hard in the months to come to be a center of opposition to the far-right Texas Legislature.

We all have the ability to take action, to fight back, and to make preogress.

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment