The Register of Copyrights has two jobs: registering copyrightable works and providing information on copyright law to the government. The office is situated in Congress, not in the Executive Branch. Yet, there is pending legislation that would make the position of the Register of Copyrights subject to presidential appointment and Senate confirmation, as opposed to an … Continue reading The Register of Copyrights
Today, I participated in the last monthly meeting of the year for the Climate Coalition of Somerville. So much to touch base on, from so many groups, from a renewed Fossil Free Somerville's divestment campaign to urban forest advocacy. It was nice to not talk about zoning and buildings for the first time in awhile.
I joined a task force for pedestrian and transit advocacy last month. Today, I joined their first meeting. I spent the meeting listening, mostly, so catch-up on the scope of the task force and it's activities. Probably something I need to stay involved with.
Yesterday, I wrote to my state Senator, advocating for Ranked Choice Voting. Today, I attended a mock election held by Voter Choice Massachusetts and heard their latest pitch. (We voted on beer at brewery, naturally.) A key talking point: Maine's 2nd Congressional District. Maine enacted ranked choice voting a year ago and it's already had … Continue reading Ranked Choice Voting beer election
I've become a supporter of ranked choice voting, the system under which you vote for your top choice, as usual, along with your #2, #3, etc. If no one gets a majority, the bottom vote getter is eliminated and his or her #2 votes get added to the tally. And so on, until someone gets … Continue reading Ranked Choice voting advocacy
Today, I made a recurring donation to Indivisible Somerville, through an ActBlue page setup by the national Indivisible organization. Seems like an oversight that I hadn't started this donation sooner. The organization runs lean but it still needs a little bit of capital. And it was helpful to see the financials at our meeting last … Continue reading Indivisible
Today, I attended a viewing party for 24 Hours of Reality, with the Climate Reality Project's Boston Metro chapter. Today, I also tweeted at seven progressive House leaders to encourage them to support the Green New Deal resolution, as part of a Sunrise campaign.
A new Congress takes over in January. One of the exciting new developments is the energy that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is applying to demand a “Green New Deal.” What's that? At its heart is a draft resolution for the House to create a special committee to pump out legislation that would transition the … Continue reading Green New Deal
Indivisible Somerville's offshoot, the Institute for Social Engagement, launched its signature initiative in time for the mid-terms last month. Called Vote Remote, the initiative pulled together a website that was a one-stop shop for voter registration and absentee ballots. You'd have thought it would be simple, but election laws and processes are actually quite varied … Continue reading Vote Remote
You may recall the Triple Decker Ecology exhibit I attended a few weeks ago, at the Somerville Museum, when we hosted our climate social. It was a fascinating visioning of Somerville adapting to climate change. Well, the same artist, David Buckley Borden, had another exhibit called Hemlock Hospice. This installation took over Harvard Forest and … Continue reading Hemlock Hospice