Re: [owcp] Going public v. working within the system
- Jan Williams
> There seems to be two camps in this group: one that favors workingKevin,
> within the system and another that favors going public. I
> personally think that's great. One course of action doesn't
> preclude the other, and trying to effect change on two fronts may be
> the most effective strategy in the long run.
> As I mentioned to Jan, why not invite your media contacts to join
> this group? That will give the investigative journalists a flavor
> for our group, the obstacles that we face individually and together,
> etc. If they see a story here, I'm sure that they will go with it.
> I hesitate to say that I prefer one course of action over the other,
> but I am more comfortable working within the system. I don't want
> to deal with the executive branch any more than possible, but I'm
> prepared to inform the legislative branch of our plight and ask for
> assistance with OWCP.
> A question for those of you who want to go public: Would you be
> willing to look at the letter that I drafted, give me some brief
> feedback, and tell me if you'd be willing to sign it? Thank you.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Nancy" <fourdirect@...> wrote:
>> Dear All (especially Kevin),
>> I am thrilled that you are so energetic and still optimistic and
> we should continue in this vein
>> for now. But, having worked my butt off in the 1980's for change
> and really not getting anywhere,
>> I just feel that the most efficient use of energy is to get this
> out in a public forum. I'd love
>> to get it all on 60 Minutes and when I feel better I will pursue
> what I can in that way. I just
>> can't and don't want to work with the system anymore (except to
> get my bills paid). I guess I am
>> jaded and worn out but still not beaten by them.
>> I did have a woman at NBC who came to ME a couple of years ago and
> wanted to air a piece but she
>> needed some numbers and people beside myself. That was part of the
> reason I wanted to connect and
>> see who else is out here. I think we have numbers and heartrending
> stories and good people who
>> still believe in goodness and moving ahead with our lives.
>> I'm not saying that trying to get systemic change isn't good, I'm
> just weary.
>> Heidi, did you make your New England move? If you're ever
> interested we can phone chat at some
>> point about life as we had planed a year ago. My home email is:
> fourdirect@... if you are
>> Anyway gang, I'll keep doing what I'm doing.
>> Best to all,
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Please send me a copy of the letter. I'm sure I'll agree and sign it.