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A Few Web Reviews for Activists

I have reviewed a few sites activists may enjoy -
ARTS AND CRAFTS FOR ACTIVISTS - Art
SNIGGLE.NET - Activism
FACTCHECK.ORG - Politics
NATIONAL LOW INCOME HOUSING COALITION - Poverty
Sniggle.net, The Culture Jammers' Encyclopedia...
Sniggle.net, The Culture Jammers' Encyclopedia...
ARTS AND CRAFTS FOR ACTIVISTS - Art
SNIGGLE.NET - Activism
FACTCHECK.ORG - Politics
NATIONAL LOW INCOME HOUSING COALITION - Poverty

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ARTS AND CRAFTS FOR ACTIVISTS - 3 stars *** (Rated 2/10/04)
 http://www.falloutshelternews.com/ArtsAndCrafts.html

Their homepage says, "Not sure how to create an overpass banner that won't be mistaken for... dirty laundry? Having trouble sticking that "Impeach Bush" sign to a telephone pole? Does the head keep falling off your Bush effigy? This is the page for you." Claiming to "pick up where Martha Stewart left off," these fun hipsters offer practical advice on utilitarian activities, such as Banner Making, Bumper Sticker Distribution, Multiple Glue Recipes, Big Puppets, Micropamphletting, Decorating Surveillance Cameras, and more!

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SNIGGLE.NET, The Culture Jammer's Encyclopedia - 4 stars *** (Rated 3/21/04)
www.sniggle.net

Sniggle is a culture jammers playground. There you will find a wide variety of topics to inspire you towards action for fun and protest. They have a section on Hactivism, as well as sections on Pseudosciense, Anarchaeology, Art Forgeries, Billboard Liberation, Jammer Banners, Organized Nonsense, God Hoaxes, Fake Fraternities, Cryptozoology, Literary Forgeries, Commerce Jamming, Imposters, Campus Pranks, and more! They have articles on arming the homeless and the Barbie Liberation Organization...this place is worth an afternoon, or more, of your time.

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FACTCHECK.ORG - 3 stars *** (Rated 2/10/04)

The Annenberg Institute's Political Fact Check website at www.FactCheck.org, starts off by quoting the late Senator Moynihan, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts." The lead stories nitpick apart news headlines, with fine tuning. Such as when Kerry announced he has "led the fight" in key legislative battles, this site announced the fact that few bills bear his name. The facts regarding Bush being a deserter or not, as quipped by Michael Moore, are posted with some of the blanks filled in. And there are the no-brainers, that still warrant fact checking, such as the President claiming that he has cut the growth of discretionary spending. As Moynihan implies, the President can have the OPINION that he has cut discretionary spending, but the FACTS show the growth rate has actually multiplied. The site is a bit sparse as it just was put up in December 2003. It hosts an archive of Dec 2003 and Jan 2004 headline news stories they debunked, and I would assume in the election months to come, this should be a very important tool for the common voter, and journalist alike. Political Fact Checker is a positive tool that is available to the public for free. LET'S USE IT!

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NATIONAL LOW INCOME HOUSING COALITION
 http://www.nlihc.org, 3 Star Rating *** (Rated 4/3/04)

The NLIHC, run out of WA DC, claims it is "dedicated solely to ending America's affordable housing crisis," which is a damned huge task. I, personally, do not think that can be accomplished without abolishing land ownership, capitalism, and inherited wealth. But doing SOMETHING, is better than NOTHING, so I applaud this organization for trying! The organization addresses the central issues of Preservation, Production, Public Housing, Vouchers, and "Housing Plus Services" by committee. These committees consider the cross-cutting issues of fair housing, homelessness, rural housing and choice of tenancy in their deliberations. Their site is a bit outdated in some areas, such as listing the goals of 2002, rather than 2004, on their homepage. Their self-proclaimed goals are improved general public knowledge of low income issues to gain support for low income housing policies, getting the federal government to address this as a priority issue, decreasing loss of federally assisted housing, increasing federal investment in low income housing, and involving low income people towards self advocacy on affordable housing issues. Enacting legislation for low income housing is a priority for this group. The NLIHC's programs are divided into 4 categories; public education, organizing, research, and public advocacy.

The crowning jewel of this website is its ( http://www.nlihc.org/resources/links.htm)Resources Page. They have the most extensive list of housing rights resources that I have yet to see in one place. The page goes on for miles. They list National and Local Housing Rights Organizations, Advocacy and Policy Organizations, Government Sites of Interest, Banking and Housing Finance Organizations, Data Sources, Publications and Periodicals, and more! If you are doing any research or activism about low income housing, this resource page is a very good place to start.

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For more web reviews by Kirsten Anderberg, go to her Web Reviews Page (www.kirstenanderberg.com)

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