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I waited in line to get a photo with Elizabeth Warren and was kicked out because I didnt have a book. I couldn’t afford it but thought I could get a photo since they were letting people with books take photos with her. When I was kicked out I said I couldn’t afford it and was almost out of the hall when an older man handed me a book and told me to go get a photo.

So here are my photos, including me pointing out how her book is close to what I spend each week on food and that I was kicked out of line for being too poor to afford it. I was also able to tell her to fight a bill that is being pushed by obesity alliance coalition to have Medicaid cover weight loss surgery and diet pills. It has financial ties to the makers of lap band, Allergan, and the director is the former policy director of glaxosmithkline. I’m kind of weepy but I told her I need access to food not weight loss.

Full disclosure - When I heard about the bill last month the spokesperson specifically talked about medicaid. I was yelled at by a PR person on twitter who is helping to push the bill and mentioned that they are actually looking to expand medicare. Regardless, my thoughts about the bill are the same. Research has shown that people 65+ who lose weight are at higher risk of death than people who stay “overweight” and “obese.” Fatter people are also more likely to survive hospitalization if they do have illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, COPD, etc.

Folks, I was nominated for a Netroots Nation scholarship to attend this year’s conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The competition is stiff and I need your vote.  

So what’s Netroots Nation?

The big picture: We amplify progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate. Through our annual convention and other events, we strengthen the community, inspire action and serve as an incubator for ideas that challenge the status quo and ultimately affect change in the public sphere.

The big event: The seventh annual gathering of the Netroots will be held June 7–10 in Providence, RI. Netroots Nation 2012 will include 70 panels, 30 training sessions, inspiring keynotes (Keith Olbermann is our first confirmed speaker), film screenings and other engaging sessions designed to educate, stimulate and inspire the nation’s next generation of progressive leaders.

Each year, thousands of bloggers, newsmakers, social justice advocates, labor and organizational leaders, grassroots organizers and online activists come together to make new connections, hone their organizing skills, share best practices and build stronger relationships with others working on the issues they care most about. And each year, some of the brightest minds in progressive politics come to Netroots Nation to speak with—and hear from—our community.

I’ve wanted to attend this event since it started. I would appreciate your vote. There’s others who have hundreds of votes already. As of 11:25 PM MST, I had over 8600 followers. If just 10% of folks following me vote, I would be incredibly grateful. If you enjoy what you read here, please, I ask you cast a vote for me.

Click on the link above to vote, or click here.

Thank you again, and please pass this along to your readers!

Cheers,

Meg

Water Is a Human Right: Call for End to Detroit Water Shutoffs

Despite being surrounded by the largest collection of freshwater lakes in the world, thousands of Detroit residents—most of them low-income people of color—are finding themselves without access to fresh water because of actions by the city’s water department that advocates say are in violation of Detroiters’ human rights.

In March, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD)announced an effortto collect more than $119 million in delinquent payments from more than 150,000 customers in an effort to reduce the department’s $5.7 billion debt load—which it acquired after the city, and then its water and sewage bonds,were downgradedby multiple major credit agencies. As part of that plan, in April and May the department shut off water service at a total of 7,556 locations. In June, the department redoubled those efforts, shutting off service at 7,210 locations in one month alone.

Community advocates have spoken out against these tactics, and have organized to protest policies that they say are denying residents a basic human right to water.

Read the rest of my report for rhrealitycheck

Photo: Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

“I think the fear of a lot of transgender people is that we recognize that we’re very close to accomplishing the tent poles of our community’s work,” she commented. “I think a lot of trans people are beginning to feel like, when those issues are off the table, most of the rest of the issues are our issues. Are our allies — whether they be movement allies and organizations, political allies, people in elected office — are they going to move on to the next big thing? Are we going to be left in the lurch here? I think those are legitimate fears. I’m doing a lot of thinking these days about what the movement looks like after marriage equality. It would be really, really interesting to ask some people who may be considering a run for the big job, ‘What do you think? What are the big issues that impact LGBT people? What are you going to be doing for LGBT people once marriage equality is something in the history books?’"

Have you voted for me yet?

Because you should. Netroots Nation is holding a scholarship contest to pay for registration for the conference in Detroit this summer. Being able to go to conferences and network with other activists is incredibly important to talking about fat politics outside of fat community. Sadly, since my work isn’t paid and I do all of this on a volunteer basis I’m unable to afford the $350 registration fee.

You can help get me there by voting for me. <-Click the link and vote.

If you are outside of the US use the zipcode 48202 or google to find another one!

If you won’t do it for me do it for my mom’s puppy Snickers.

What's up CSpan?

Slept in this morning for some much needed extra rest.  Got up, poured a cup of coffee and then turned on the TV, hoping to catch some of NetRoots Nation while making out my weekend to do list. 

But no Netroots Nation coverage on CSpan or CSpan2?  Hours and hours of coverage of the Republican Leadership Conference, but nothing for liberals/progressives, though CSpan has covered it in the past.  I may have missed some coverage during the past two days - but can’t believe that even in the late night or early hours CSpan is showing none of it.  I guess it could be on CSpan3, which I don’t get.

Luckily I do get Free Speech TV and they are covering it, so I set the machine up to record all their coverage.  But still more evidence that the media is not liberal.

Now I need to spend a little time trying to get CurrentTV added back to my package - for some reason Direct TV is no longer giving it to me, though I have not changed my package.  Now that Keith Olbermann will be there, I need to get it back.

I won a scholarship to Netroots Nation!

Thank you to all who voted for me, and a huge thank you to Michael Shay of hummingbirdminds for nominating me!

The scholarship will cover everything but travel. If you’d like to donate to offset my costs in traveling to Rhode Island, please use the widget on the sidebar. It’s much appreciated. 

However, I wouldn’t have won this scholarship without your votes, nor would I be attending. So…..

I’m stoked to attend this year’s conference. If you’d like to go, here’s the info!

Thanks again!

– Meg

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I don’t want to bore you with my whole life story but here is the really short version.  I run a labor union and political blog that help push for progressive policies like Raising the Minimum Wage, Healthcare for All, Paid Sick Days, and the freedom to organize and form unions.  I am also a Progressive Democrat that uses my network to fight against the attacks on Women’s health and reproductive rights, attacks on my friends in the LGBTQ community (#MarriageEquality), and fighting for immigrants and refugees who are chasing their own American Dream. 

Lest year I went to Netroots Nation and along with Mark Ruffalo and 4,000 others we marched and protested the water shutoffs in the City of Detroit. We used our convention to bring attention to a problem issue. This year we are going to Arizona and we plan to have protest actions on the Arizona anti-immigration laws.  

I need your help to get there!

Help send me to Netroots Nation. Take 30 seconds and #VoteForMatt. 

Vote here: http://nn15.democracyforamerica.com/applicants/1063 

I THANK YOU for your vote!

Please reblog for all of your friends too. You can even take one of these pictures a repost with the link if you want. 

Don't forget to vote!

Send Cognitive Dissonance to Netroots Nation!

Yes, I’m still posting because I need folks to keep voting. If you’ve voted, please share! This scholarship is super competitive.

I’m in second place, but I know you all can push me to first. If you enjoy what I post here, please vote! If you’re my pal, cast a vote por favor :)

Thanks to those who’ve already done so! Here’s the link.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here’s the scoop.

Thanks for all your support thus far! I’m wicked excited!