What follows is a letter signed by 59 scholars, artists, writers, and physicians (including me) who disagree with the motivation and spirit of the New York Times Magazine’s “Defending Your Dinner” contest. Please spread this letter far and wide. We very much hope it will be published.
Editor, The New York Times Magazine
We are a diverse group of scholars, researchers, and artists from such disciplines as philosophy, women’s studies, sociology, law, political theory, psychology, and literary studies, writing to take sharp issue with the Magazine’s decision to run a “Defending Your Dinner” contest. Continue Reading…
Do you work for SSCS? Or are you just a big fan? :) (I'm not trying to be rude or anything, I'm just super curious!!!)
There are only a handful that get paid by SSCS. Everyone else volunteers. I support them above all other orgs. I volunteer of my own volition to share their message with everyone possible. I am in no official capacity a part of their org, although I do a lot for them online and have even been contacted by them asking me to do a piece on my site CyberWhaleWarrior.com.
Target Your Audience. Let’s assume that you have an issue in your own town, city or county and you have started a petition. You will want to alert the locals and get them involved. While you would like for the whole world to sign your petition, most campaigns have a geographical focal point. Besides, a few hundred locals can have more influence than a few thousand signatures globally. People don’t like trash in their own back yard and neither can they ignore it.
Whether you are on Facebook or Twitter you would start in the same fashion. In fact, you should have an account with both of them if you really want to have a significant impact.
Find the Chamber of Commerce
List everyone nearby whom your chamber follows
It sounds simple but can be a long and tedious process. I can assure you, however, that it will pay off in the end.
On Facebook you can find many locals by starting with the chamber and then branching out. You may want to find companies, businesses and organisations that are relevant to your cause. Examples: Local Humane Society, Recycling services, churches, etc. For each one you find, you will find many more followers.
It would be best if you start a page that pertains to your cause. Engage in conversation with others on various pages in hopes that they will eventually come to your page and sign your petition. You could, of course, just post your petition and run but you will eventually get your hand slapped by Facebook and you may even get banned. That’s why I recommend you use Twitter as your primary tool. You will reach more people and you will also have less work to do in Twitter world.
Once you have compiled a list of at least 200 members on Twitter, go to Paper.li and start your own local publication. It’s free, easy and fun. Name your new online newspaper and get it ready for publishing by going to the Content section.
What you should include:
Your Twitter list
Local hashtags —- If you live in Dallas, one of the tags would be #Dallas
rss feed to your blog
For starters, schedule the paper to be published once a day. Also, make certain that the promotion feature is active. which will enable Paper.li to tweet your paper out every time it hits the web.
One of the really cool features of your new online newspaper is that it will automatically mention some of the top contributors. People in your list, who share links, will appear in your paper along with the link they shared. They will be appreciative for being included in your digital media and will usually thank you. You will also gain many readers and subscribers.
Promote your paper on your blog, Facebook, Tumblr, Google plus and everywhere else you can. I also go to my own papers occasionally and address people whom where not mentioned in the initial post. For example: @WorldSeaParks featured in The Cyber Whale Warriors Daily http://paper.li/MrHolise/cyber-whale-warriors-6
After a couple of weeks, your paper will be gaining popularity but you should never stop adding people to its list. Pay attention to those who ReTweet local issues and those who follow the local businesses. Check their profile to see if it gives their location. Add them to your list. The more people who are included in your list, the more readers and subscribers you will have.
You should also watch the tweets in your list. You may find a special hashtag. One example of this is that Cincinnati uses the #Cincy tag. Seaworld San Antonio and their followers used to use the #SWSA tag until I infiltrated it with anti-captivity links. Oops! We are the ninety-nine percent; therefore, this is our internet. We are the media and unethical establishments such as Seaworld, Miami Seaquarium, Marineland and Georgia Aquarium are not allowed to have their own hashtags because we will not tolerate it. If they attempt to utilize one we will gladly take it away from them after we have slapped their hands with a little cyber activism.
Now that your paper is doing well, you can drop an article into it whenever you like. By using the “+ Paper.li” button, you can schedule any link, picture, video and/or petition to appear in the very next publication. You may say, “Hey! I need this done now and I want everyone in the world to sign it!” Well, just imagine how easy it would be if you already had all of this set up. Better yet, imagine how convenient it would be if you were part of an activist group wherein there was a paper for every town, city, state and issue. That is exactly why I created CyberWhaleWarrior.com and Cyber Whale Warriors on Facebook.
Get your paper going and submit it here in the comments below or on my Facebook page. If it is for a good cause, I will post it and share it. You should also make sure to hang out on my Facebook page because that’s where we will congregate for discussion and brainstorming.
It is important that we have a local paper in every town, city and/or county. You must take on this responsibility and appoint yourself the people’s media for your area. In time, we will be more effective than the mainstream media. We will be the official media.
Children Plead w/ OR @GovKitz n WA @GovGregoire 2 Stop Killing Sea Lions
"I want to live in a world where animals are protected and not slaughtered senselessly … where dolphins, whales, seals are not held in captivity and used for entertainment … I want Sea World to close … I am hoping this can happen in my lifetime. If these kids have their way, it just might … " ~ Angela Casey
Angela Casey is a third grade school teacher at Lafayette Elementary in San Francisco, California. Being neighbors to the Pacific ocean, she and her students are heavily engaged in maritime education. They discuss the plight of our seas and the issues that pertain to its inhabitants: ranging from pollution, family values of dolphins and orcas to the unethical practice of marine mammal captivity.
As a class project, the children were doing reports on their favorite marine animals —- several of which were sea lions —- when she heard about the travesty of the sea lions who visit Bonneville Dam. Angela said:
"I learned of the Bonneville Sea Lions last month via Save Misty, and have been making my own calls, writing emails, signing petitions, feeling sad & helpless. Not only is this happening in Taiji, the Faroes, etc., but now it is happening on my doorstep!"
Humans have taken so many Chinook salmon from the Columbia River, that they have become endangered. Instead of calling a halt to the excessive fishing, they decided to eliminate the competition: sea lions.
"In San Francisco, we love our sea lions. They have been a tourist attraction at Pier 39 in Fisherman’s wharf since the 80’s. We have the Marine Mammal Center that rescues and rehabilitates sea lions … only to have them swim up to the Columbia to be branded, trapped and killed for eating. Thus, the kids know these animals."
Angela Casey said that she now has 131 pictures, some of which were downloaded from the Save Misty the Dolphin’s page, How Kids Can Help Save the Bonneville Sea Lions. Many of the drawings have letters on the back of them wherein the children are asking that the sea lions’ lives be spared. She said that she also has more than forty separate letters, as well.
"I saw the post last weekend about getting kids to color the pic. I discussed the situation with the students and they wanted to help. I thought we’d send off those pictures to Oregon and Washington, and that would be it.
"Then, the students wanted to present to the second grades…other teachers noticed what we were doing and asked them to present to their class. At that point, I decided to invite all teachers so my kids have been going around and presenting all week to K-4th grades. It just sort of snowballed. We still have more classes to present to and if all participate, I could expect at least 100 more drawings.
"Cat Jones from Sea Lion Defense Brigade contacted me and asked if the kids could name the branded sea lions. She sent us photos and they named them (you can see that image on the SLDB fb page). We now use the pics of our named sea lions in our presentations.
"The kids have been offering their solutions to the problem: “‘Let the sea lions be, and stop fishing … or fish less.’
"I"m trying to document everything they are saying, as it is very powerful and brings me to tears. I even made a mom tear up when I told her all of that, and that her son … sitting at his desk, drawing his sea lion, hearing the positive response from all of the online communities, said: ‘Ms. Casey, I really think this is going to make a difference!’
"At the beginning of the year, many of my students felt they didn’t know what to do to help the ocean. We shared how we felt yesterday and they feel "Happy" and that they are ‘doing something good.’ One dynamic 8-year-old said, ‘I feel I can change the world!’ Kids usually feel pretty powerless in our society and adults usually don’t help this with all of our rules and impositions, ‘Do this, don’t do that, you can’t … ’ These kids are empowered and inspired and they are inspiring others … including me! I’m amazed, in awe and extremely proud of my students."
All animals, including the sea lions of Bonneville Dam, have something in common with children —- they are among the voiceless. In an attempt to give these wonderful creatures a voice, the boys and girls of Lafayette Elementary are speaking out. Let’s see to it that their pleas are heard!
Tell your children, your nieces, nephews and neighbors about this Taiji of the USA and send them to How Kids Can Help Save the Bonneville Sea Lions. Write a letter to your children’s teachers and principals telling them how they can get on board this train of compassion. Let’s show the killers of the California sea lions that we won’t tolerate this crap in our own back yard!
On TweetDeck, I conducted a search for “SeaWorld.” The tweets I discovered varied. Some were sharing photos and memories of a trip to the mammal prisons. Some where talking about their upcoming trips to $eaWorld while others were checking in there. I sent the tweets mostly from my @WorldSeaParks account. Here is what they looked like.
My favorite discoveries are of the young people who say that they want to go to SlaveWorld or that their parents might take them there in the future. These are the easiest to dissuade and I have done so in the past. I have literally turned people away from wanting to attend a marine mammal circus. This strategy works!
Unfortunately, I am only one person. Every moment that passes by, wherein I am not monitoring the constant stream of comments, I am missing the opportunity to make a difference. That’s where you come in.
There are many of us who spend our free on our computers doing what we do best —- cyber activism. Some of us spend every evening being Cyber Whale Warriors for marine life throughout the world. Our time online and our evenings, however, may differ from others. In other words, while we are asleep there are people on the other side of the world tackling the same issues that we do. This is fantastic! We may sleep but our causes never do. ‘There is always someone posting, sharing and tweeting in an effort to make the world a better place.
So what’s the problem? Why can’t we combine our efforts? I’ll tell you why. It’s because we do not have a hub wherein we can organize ourselves. Well that is exactly why I created CyberWhaleWarrior.com. As a part of the Cyber Whale Warrior community, we can report our shortcomings and our victories. We can claim out time slots and see which times are left open. We can even brainstorm to come up with new and better projects.
What I shared with you here about the $eaworld strategy is only one of many. There are many ways to tackle many different causes and these techniques work. If you are actually winning over individuals to your cause —- if you are literally making real people into activists —- then, by all means, disregard my rally for aid. On the other hand, if you want to make a real difference and you are sick of sharing the same old material with the same old group of people again and again, then you may want to volunteer as a Cyber Whale Warrior. If you want to learn my secrets and be a part of our elite group, then click on the Volunteer to find out how.
“If you make your best effort to be kinder, nurture compassion, make the world a better place, then you can say ‘At least I’ve done my best’.” ~ Dalai Lama
Branded, hazed and killed for eating fish: the tragic life of sea lion C779
By Sandy McElhaney
Woodbridge Animal Advocacy Examiner
His name was “C779”. At least that was the name that was seared into his flesh by a hot branding iron on April 9, 2008. He was a California sea lion living on the Columbia River. Like other California sea lions, he had a dog-like face, was incredibly intelligent and he vocalized by barking. Following a 12 month gestation period, he was born to a mother and a father. He nursed anywhere from six months to a year. In the wild, he would have lived about 17 years — had he not been put to death on April 12, 2012 by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officials for the crime of eating endangered salmon at the Bonneville Dam.
C779, along with many of his brethren, caught the attention of state and federal wildlife agents because he had the audacity to eat fish! Fishing, especially salmon fishing, is a big multi-million dollar business in Oregon. While sport, commercial and tribal fishermen are encouraged to partake in the netting of salmon — even endangered salmon, the prized catch is off-limits for sea lions.
“Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.”—Genesis 1:29-30