The purpose of this list is to gather personal stories of the value of social programs, to highlight their value to real people, and to give true-life argument in the current deficit debates showing the bulk of deficit reduction should come at the expense of defense, security agencies, and budgetary items somehow not part of official accounting. It's wished that they could be used to break the current 'compromise' that will automatically be implemented with the coming new year mandating across-the-board reductions that leave few exceptions, even if rightly valuable socially.
See http://www.fcnl.org for some overview.
These stories aren't meant to argue with statistical references, fanciful accounting and rhetorical tools, or to facilitate discussion within the site. It's the wish that they be stories of success, how even the exceptions to cuts have enriched and improved one's life. Stories of Social Security, Medicaid, Medicaid, the Small Business Administration, the VA, educational programs and grants, Head Start, unemployment and disability programs, welfare and food stamps; there are no exceptions here to stories of improvement and value to the social fabric placed in common words. Do you volunteer services to allay deficiencies you see in what's available? Tell about it. And stories may also be sad, as a loss or diminishment of programs may mean the loss of a chance to improve and enrich, loss of homes and jobs that without programs of support may mean disintegration of families, neighborhoods, and communities; difficulties finding jobs, or business loss attributable to deterioration of current local economic conditions.
This collection, though, will have each submission moderated. Hypertext links to an outside source will not be allowed anywhere in the submission and will cause immediate rejection. Do not use the personal names of others. Rants will not be tolerated, and the attributes of individual social programs will not be discussed. Submissions will not be editorial in nature and accepted. The list owner is sole judge of acceptability of submissions and/or members.
It's wished that stories be accompanied by a first name, city, and state for sorting purposes only. One may choose 'anonymous' and be respected. Each submission, the original and other information such as submission email address will intentionally be lost through the moderation process. It is not the intent of the owner to edit for acceptability at moderation. Please be assured that one can be honest and have no fear.
Riseup was chosen specifically because it is a secure site protecting personal information. List membership, if one chooses, is subject to Riseup's terms. No member list will be visible to casual users or members. No hardcopies of membership is intended. Riseup, along with the owner, will have access to a member list through their respective functions as host and moderator. It's not necessary to be or become a member to submit or view these stories. To casually view the stories, one must have a list account with Riseup or become a member of this list. Go to https://lists.riseup.net and follow the instructions. The name of the list you would wish to view and/or join is 'socialstories'. Submit through email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's also envisioned that the duration of this list be short. Once its purpose is fulfilled or seems negated through events it will be deleted in its entirety. Any content posted and/or evidence of membership existing on the list site and will be permanently lost with the end of the list's existence. The owner, and/or Riseup as host, are sole judge of when the list will expire.
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Time is short. Please keep your stories short, a single page or less, as there is little time to edit out information at moderation as well as read the content for conformance. Disk space is also limited at the host. Plain text is preferred, without formatting. Please keep stories personal, of what you know, have seen, has happened to you or your family, acquaintances, and community. Help conserve the time available so that time can be used to help us. It is the intent that this collection be exposed to those who will make the decisions regarding public allocations, a stop in a journey to know how society feels without philosophical expansion: just the truth from us as a greater part of the collective.
And, finally, I, as sole owner and moderator, with sole list privileges, will give my name and email. Use it for contact and questions. I'm simply one concerned. I expose myself to generate trust and good faith.
Robert Schneider, Vancouver, WA