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On behalf of the Somerville Local First Board of Directors, I would like to invite members of the public to join us on Tuesday September 12th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for a candidate meet & greet. This event will be held at Workbar Union (31 Union Square) and light refreshments will be served.

With the Preliminary Elections right around the corner, it is important for us to have an opportunity to talk to those who are vying for leadership positions in our community. Candidates for Mayor, Ward Alderman, Alderman at Large and School Committee have been invited to attend. There will be a short speaking portion beginning at 7:30 p.m. where confirmed candidates will be introduced.

For a complete list of confirmed candidates, please check our Facebook invitation, Follow us on Twitter (@Local1st) or Instagram (@SomervilleLocal1st).

For candidates, this event is not for the faint of heart. Unlike fundraisers, candidates will not be given an opportunity to address the crowd, but rather engage in face to face conversations with attendees throughout the evening. This ain’t your mama’s candidate night ;)

While this event is free to attend, Somerville Local First is asking for a $10 donation to support our work and mission in the City of Somerville. We strive to bring awareness to our locally-owned, independent businesses and artists and encourage everyone to shift their shopping to help sustain our local economy. To ensure space and food, please RSVP by emailing Courtney@SomervilleLocalFirst.org. It is my hope that residents take advantage of this opportunity for conversation with candidates because at the end of the day - all politics is local!

Courtney O’Keefe
Executive Director | Somerville Local First

Outlander Forum -- new community!

Aug. 21st, 2017 09:55 am
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Calling all fans of the Outlander books and/or TV series!

I don't have any clever graphics because I am not a clever-graphics person, but with the season 3 premiere fast approaching (September 10!), I invite all Outlander fans to join [community profile] outlander_forum, a discussion community for fans of the Starz TV adaptation and/or Diana Gabaldon's books. Please note that at this time, this is aiming to be purely a discussion forum, not a forum for fanworks (icons, fanfic, etc.) as there are other venues for that. This might change down the road, but for now, the focus will be on discussing the show, the books, and related issues.

All welcome!

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Freedom of expression is increasingly under threat online and offline. Join [community profile] freedom_of_expression to engage in discussion of relevant news, viewpoints and personal experiences relating to free expression and the impediments it faces.
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3.08 Summary

heist, heist baby )

(Sorry about my summer schedule guys, mod is once again not in a good viewing location, but you should feel free to chat until my return!)
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small batch icons is dedicated to the idea that less is more.

Much like how the restriction of a hundred words can turn a drabble into a work of art, so our theory is that a posting limit of five icons makes the selected images shine.

For icon makers, this makes coding posts way easier. Plus, there's the bonus of getting to share icons more often, hot off the press.

For icon shoppers, it's the ultimate in browsing convenience.

come on by =)

Some wins for minorities!

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:47 pm
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Not everything is the worst! A few good things happened between Tuesday night's rock bottom of US politics and today. Weirdly, good news came to us out of Texas.


Texas courts ruled that some of their gerrymandered districts have to be redrawn because they were inappropriately using race to draw the district lines. One of these districts, currently represented by a Republican, was ruled to be deliberately undermining Hispanic voters. The other district I'm not sure is a win for minorities: the district was ruled to have "illegally used race as the predominant factor in drawing it", but that doesn't actually say that the use of race was discriminatory.

Gerrymandering designed to consolidate the power of conservative voters and minimize the power of liberal voters is a huge, huge obstacle that Democrats need to overcome in order to take control of the House of Representatives. Every victory matters. Even if it's only the one district, good. (Source: x)


Also in Texas (Rs there had a bad day) a transphobic bathroom bill has been blocked. The significance and newsworthiness of this item is self-explanatory. But aside from the simple fact that there have never been any incidents of harassment that these bills claim to be trying to prevent, I appreciate the fact that this article describes a great deal of the economic downsides to passing stupid discriminatory legislation that nobody actually wants.

Texas could have lost about $5.6 billion through 2026 if it had enacted such a measure, said the Texas Association of Business, the state's leading employer grouping. [...] Texas-based energy companies Halliburton and ExxonMobil Global Services, [have] said the bills would make it hard for them to recruit top talent.

Like it or not, many Republicans are capitalists at heart and the only way to make them listen to what real people want is to tug at their purse strings. They don't care about whether or not the thing they're fighting is real, or about human rights, but the economic cost of boycotts can make them bend. That's why North Carolina eventually caved, and it's why states like Texas are balking. (Source: x)
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I can't even believe that we are in this situation right now. I had to rant about it somewhere, so I came back to Dreamwidth for the first time all year. A brief timeline of the US descent into madness:

Saturday: A fucking Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. A young protestor named Heather Heyes is murdered by a white supremacist in an act of vehicular homicide.

Saturday: Every normal human condemns Nazis.

Saturday: Trump eventually argues that 'both sides' have problems, but like, hatred is bad, or whatever.

Sunday: Every normal human goes, "What the fuck does that mean, both sides?! WE ARE TALKING ABOUT NAZIS."
Then it got WORSE. )

Volunteer social tread #70

Aug. 16th, 2017 12:02 am
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I'm enjoying having a working keyboard on my laptop again.

What have you been up to?

Question thread #55

Aug. 15th, 2017 11:58 pm
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It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.

Anyone have local ghost stories?

Aug. 15th, 2017 04:23 pm
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Hey neighbors! I'm in an R&D phase of a podcast I'm working on and am currently collecting stories of people's odd experiences with "ghosts". I approach this topic with a healthy amount of skepticism, but find it fascinating that many people have had unexplained encounters!

If you think you may have had a run-in with a ghosts around town, I would love to hear about it. Feel free to PM me.

Example of a local legend : around the Powder House tower there have been reports of mysterious blue lights and what sounds like a man yelling for his daughter to stop necking with a neighboring farmer (but I've never spoken to anyone who has experienced this personally, just rumors I've seen online).

Thank you!

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UPDATE: This event is a no-go! Many thousands of people expressed interest in counter-protesting, most of the speakers cancelled, and Mayor Walsh released a statement that the event was not welcome here.

I expect there will still be a rally against Nazis and white supremacist terrorism that day, and also there are related things like a "teach-in" (presumably about direct action and safer protesting) referenced in links in comments.

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Some of the same groups that fomented white supremacist hatred and terror in Charlottesville today will be in Boston next Saturday.

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheNewRight/comments/6r4e3h/boston_free_speech_rally_august_19th/
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From the city: https://twitter.com/SomervilleCity/status/897160515134377984

Join us for the Our Ville Stands with Your Ville: Charlottesville Vigil this Wed., 6pm, in Davis Square. More info: http://ow.ly/a3Y030eoWdK


6pm Wednesday, August 16 2017, Davis Square statue plaza

"Free" Speech rally next Saturday

Aug. 12th, 2017 07:51 pm
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UPDATE TO THE UPDATE

Saturday appears to be sunny with a high chance of Nazis. Many more counter-protesters than "free speech" advocates, though. You may be searched for weapons if you go (I am relieved to learn).

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UPDATE: This event is a no-go! Many thousands of people expressed interest in counter-protesting, most of the speakers cancelled, and Mayor Walsh released a statement that the event was not welcome here.

I expect there will still be a rally against Nazis and white supremacist terrorism that day, and also there are related things like a "teach-in" (presumably about direct action and safer protesting) referenced in links in comments.

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Some of the same groups that fomented white supremacist hatred and terror in Charlottesville today will be in Boston next Saturday.

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheNewRight/comments/6r4e3h/boston_free_speech_rally_august_19th/

(I'll be counter-demonstrating at noon, myself. Possibly with a sign saying either "Proud Race Traitor" or "Go back home to 1945" unless I determine it's more likely to get me killed.)