Posted on June 25th, 2012 by Craig Newmark
The CFPB does stuff like protecting regular people from predatory financial institutions. That's like home loaners who'll make loans to people who can't pay the bills, or payday loaners who deceive military families.
Days ago, they announced a program which shows you what complaints people have made against banks and whether or not the banks made it right.
They're now acting to protect military families regarding iffy home loans.
Next step: they're announcing "CFPB Design+Technology Fellows" where smart software people can help the CFPB do an even better job.
I've been quietly working with CFPB folks including Liz Warren and Holly Petraeus, stuff like customer service tech. They're for real, getting stuff done.
So, if you really want to make a difference, here's a really good way to do that.
Posted on June 7th, 2012 by Craig Newmark
Hey, folks I think there's been some big news recently, both regarding Voto Latino and Florida specifically.
A good friend of mine, Maria Teresa Kumar, Co-Founder and President of Voto Latino and actress America Ferrera began a new media, grassroots campaign called America4America. The campaign's main message "Don't Let Anyone Scare You" is geared toward Latino Voters. The campaign is doing good stuff educating young folks about issues like voter ID laws and immigration.
Some people seem to think that voter profiling only hurts groups that are usually targeted by the bad guy's (anti-voter) rules. America4America.com will have info and tools working to mobilize Latino voters. It's also part of some work to unite good orgs like, Voto Latino, the League of Women Voters (LWV), the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Election Protection Coalition (EPC), the union-affiliated Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and others that plan to work on voter protection. These folks are just trying to defend Americans and Founding Father values; it's basic patriotism.
America4America says that,
In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has a plan to purge up to 180,000 voters from the rolls. One voter, 91-year old World War II vet Bill Internicola, is a victim of the effort. If we don't take action now, he won't be the last.
Other bad stuff is happening in Florida, like what's happening with voter disenfranchisement across the country, but there's some good stuff, too:
Last week (Thursday May 31), in a case brought by the Brennan Center, a federal judge blocked key provisions of a Florida law regulating groups doing good work, like organizing voter-registration drives. This wasn't just a victory for Florida, folks, but for voter protection groups across the country.
The law, before it was blocked, forced groups like the League of Women Voters of Florida to shut down their drives to register voters. The decision to block key provisions of this law marks the first time a federal court has blocked one of these restrictive voting laws that's been passed by nearly 20 states since last year. These new laws have hit a wall of judicial and public opposition.
This week, LWV and Rock the Vote announced that they'll resume voter registration in Florida.
Other states need to start following suit. What I learned in high school civics class is that an attack on voting rights is virtually the same as an attack on the country. We need to work together to protect our voting rights and our country.
Posted on June 6th, 2012 by Craig Newmark
Hey, this here is some real innovation reaching out to homeless veterans, sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the JBJ Soul Foundation Chairman, and Jon Bon Jovi. (I think the latter is a rocker, right?)
It's about Project REACH (Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless) and five finalists have just been announced.
I'll be helping judge those finalists, and the results will be announced during the Health Data Initiative Forum in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS).
One out of every six men and women in our nation’s homeless shelters are Veterans, and Veterans are 50 percent more likely to fall into homelessness compared to other Americans.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki said “To achieve our goal to end Veteran homelessness, it is vitally important that we capitalize on innovative ideas from the public and private sector. The developer community has responded quickly and creatively to harness technology to meet the needs of homeless Veterans and their providers.”
Posted on May 31st, 2012 by Craig Newmark
Okay, my fiance asked me why I only did my normal level of support for veterans and military families on Memorial Day.
My blurt was that "for me, every day's Memorial Day."
Some days more than others, like at conferences on 7 June and also 17 June.
Seriously, though, as a nerd, I want to get stuff done, all the time, not just on special occasions.
photo thanks to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Memorial Day 2012
Posted on May 15th, 2012 by craigconnects
Hey, I figure that sometimes people doing good stuff want me to spread the updates to my networks in social media, starting with Facebook and Twitter.
I tell 'em to email me the links to their posts, and maybe they should do so for all their supporters. Just send us the links with a few words as to what they're talking about.
That means we can click on those links, and that brings up their posts in a browser. From there, we just click on Share or Retweet. Just two clicks, and the original post is sent throughout our networks.
Here's how to send the link to a specific post:
If you post something to Facebook (I have highlighted the screenshots in orange for the purposes of this blog post):
And want to share that post by way of linking to it directly (vs. clicking the "Share" button), you can click on the grey time stamp that is located on the post (highlighted in orange below):
and once you click on that, it will take the post to a new window. In this window, you can either copy and paste the URL in the address bar, or right click the time stamp and click "Copy Link Location" from the drop-down menu, and then paste it wherever you'd like:
Copy and paste the link anywhere you want now: Email, blog posts, Pinterest, etc.
You post a tweet to your profile page and then you click on the tweet from your profile page, click on "Expand":
then click on "Details" which is next to the time stamp in grey:
and it will take you to the individual tweet which you can then either copy and paste the direct link from the URL (see below), or you can right click the text that says "Embed This Tweet", and there's an option to "Copy Link Location" in the drop-down menu. Both work, so it depends on your preference.
There you go, folks. Now you can share your posts across all networks.