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The weather`s hot already meaning that it`s summer time! You woke up late and your hand's permanently glued to the remote control. It works for a couple of days, but now that's over....and you're bored. What are you going to do between now and that amazing vacation of yours? How do you stay active in the progressive movement when the summer sun is just telling you to go out there and have fun? These are the questions that I have asked myself as well. No worries though, here's a couple of things you can do to stay in the game:
1. Think small. - Do you have an overwhelmingly big vision that you want to get started but don't know how to? Do you want to have results by the end of the year or the start of next but simply don't know where to begin? Think small and start now. Make a few phone calls to organizations or people that you think share your dream. Make a list of groups you can collaborate with so that once the summer is over and everybody else is ready to work, you'll have people that are ready to work with you. A couple of phone calls or letters a day can really make all the difference.
...I did not know about the second one.
Oh wait. You haven't heard about the second part of that question, right? So how in the world are you supposed to be informed about it? It definitely did not hit the airwaves from where I'm from. Have you heard the fact that Gov. Kulongoski of Orgeon has just signed legislature allowing a Domestic Partner Law for his state? Well, perhaps you have or perhaps you haven't, but I know that I did not get that news from flipping the channels on my television.
But you know what I'm quite sure of though? I'm pretty sure that everybody has read about why Paris might spend a couple nights in a not so luxurious setting. You probably have a lot more details than I do. She claims that she was misinformed about what she can and cannot do with her suspended license. That's a great first step. Blame someone else right? I'll be optimistic here and pretend that it really was his fault for not knowing the state or the conditions that she has to abide by when it's her very own license that's suspended. Fine, it's his fault. But then the question of "Why was she caught?" comes up. There has to be a reason why she was pulled over in the first place, right? Surely the police officer did not have a device capable of seeing through the car, her purse and wallet to reveal that her license is suspended.
Last Monday, I had the opportunity to see Laurie David and Sheryl Crow for free as Southern Methodist University was the first stop of the Stop Global Warming College Tour and even now, I cannot think of a better investment of my Monday night that going to that. The 90 minute event was free for all students, but of course if you wanted great seats then you showed up earlier than others. But honestly, whether you were in the front row or in the nosebleed section as they say, the message still remains the same - We need to stop global warming.
So many facts were said as the night progressed and frankly, they're really depressing. One study revealed that at the rate we're going, we're already guaranteed an increase of 2 degrees Celsius every year. Well, what would that feel like? Let's just say that the difference between 2 degrees Celsius is analogous to the difference between a popsicle in your freezer and a puddle of water on the street. Got it?