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June 24, 2005

Reframing Pro-life [The Nation]

[Submitted to The Nation on 06/24/2005]

In Katha Pollitt's "If the Frame Fits...", she takes the idea of "reframing" the pro-choice positioning to task, but ends her article by supporting a reframing of pro-choice to be part of reproductive and maternal rights.  That is, expressing the issue as being part of a more comprehensive, fundamental, moral values based frame, not just choice.

She may disagree with Lakoff's specific way of reframing of the issue but it appears she has really gotten the point of how reframing can change the tenor of the discussion, in this case by casting it as part of a "Culture of Caring for Family" frame shall we say.

Finally, she concludes her article with a reference to paid maternity leave.  The results obtained from paid maternity leave may be laudable, but I doubt it is a good frame because it emphasizes "paying" and uses a fairly clinical word "maternity".  That just doesn't move people because it doesn't reference the positive good to come out of it, but instead emphasizes the mechanism.  The point of reframing is to re-examine our own values and get those into the frame instead, so that we say perhaps "Loving Start", emphasizing the value of a mom getting her baby off to a good, healthy, loving and loved start to life, and so forth.

The landscape isn't fixed, we can move it, just as conservatives moved their frame from anti-abortion, to pro-life, to culture of life -- from a negative frame which made them look harsh, to a positive, to a more broadly encompassing frame.

June 21, 2005

Support Fair Energy

Representative Donna Nelson

Below is a copy of the message you sent.From: William Neuhauser

I am writing you to ask for your support of the Fair Energy Bill, HB 3135 to improve the way power plants are chosen and sited in Oregon.

We should be evaluating the cost effectiveness of each facility, the regional need for electricity, and the long-term energy forecasts, including the effect of conservation and energy efficiency programs. We should prioritize wind, solar, and co-generation projects over fossil-fueled facilities.

Local communities need a say in what plants get constructed in their backyards, especially when those plants violate land use rules that we all benefit from and are required to conform to.

Thank you for your consideration.


William Neuhauser

June 06, 2005

I support reform of the Patriot Act

[Via ACLU]

As your constituent, I urge you to oppose expansion of the PATRIOT Act. The PATRIOT Act is an attack on fundamental American values. It needs to be reformed, not expanded.

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Re: The image war over US detainees [Christian Science Monitor]

[Submitted to the Christian Science Monitor 06/06/2005 Re: The image war over US detainees]

To the Editors:

Amnesty International was right to so graphically  draw attention to the issue of "ghost detainees", "extraordinary rendition" of prisoners to foreign states that use torture, our network of hidden jails, and the no jurisdiction land of Guantanamo Bay.

We have created a gulag, a system for "disappearing" people we suspect are against us.  History teaches us that this kind of power is always abused.  Coupled with the excesses of the so-called "Patriot Act", all the pieces are now in place for someone to take advantage of.

Imagine if Senator Joe McCarthy or President Richard M. Nixon had had these tools available to them.

It is now but a matter of time.

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