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Awareness Lives! [15 Jul 2006|12:26pm]

Anyone remember Awareness? Well, it's not dead. In fact, it's more alive than ever. I recently changed the formatting, am in the process of revamping the webpage, and the first issue (however small it may be; right now the only article I have is my own) will be published with in the next few days.

Of course, I would LOVE to have the first issue be bigger than my initial thoughts on Apathy in America.

I've changed the format of Awareness from the original "non-bias reporting on important issues" idea. Let's face it, it's been done, and it's really not what Awareness is about. I realized that personal accounts would actually be much more beneficial for both the author and the reader. So, Awareness's original idea has been changed to (something to the effect of) "making people more aware of the challenges facing today's world and the ways in which we can help through personal accounts."

That's right. Have a story you want to tell? Wisdom that you've gathered that you want to share? Articles on any and every topic are welcome. From health to economy to environment to civil rights to the difficulties of owning a coat that makes me look like the cookie monster (I love you, Sasha)-- anything! Want it anonymous? You got it! (Okay, I'll know who you are, but the article will be published anonymously.)

Anyone interested in submitting?

Please help get Awareness back on it's feet! I'm doing it alone if I have to, but I'd rather not.

Questions, comments, suggestions, etc.? Comment here!

Love to you all, peace be with you.

Check out the re-vamped site!

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[01 Jun 2006|03:56pm]

Will delete if not allowed :)

Join Here!
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What you don't know about your cosmetic ingredients can hurt you... [16 May 2006|02:59am]

Hope it's okay to post this here. If not, I will delete it.

Thought it would be important to bring up these scary facts regarding dangerous, toxic chemicals in numerous cosmetic products (among other common household products) that most of us use...

Here are some informative links:

Listing of unsafe and questionable chemical ingredients commonly used in cosmetics

Have your personal care products been assessed for safety?

The dark side of beauty

Not too pretty

Are your beauty products killing you?

Campaign for safe cosmetics

Household toxic tour

Chemical Body Burden
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Get Aware! [28 Jun 2005|03:08pm]

[ mood | excited ]


It's up! Go there! Go there now! Spread the word!!!
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Fight Rape (x-posted) [27 Jun 2005|04:09pm]

Hey all,

I'm the co-chair of a student organization on Ohio State
University's campus working to fight violence against women.
Currently there is a case against the university regarding its
handling of a rape case there. If you want to read more about it,
check this out:

The organization (WARR-Women and Allies Rising in Resistance), has
compiled a list of demands regarding education about/prevention of
violence against women as well as treatment of survivors of VAW by
the university.

The case against the university (Jane Doe vs. The Ohio State
University) is garnering a bit of national attention. There's a
Dateline piece running in the fall, as well as an article in Good
Housekeeping in September.

We're hoping to use this as an oppurtunity to effect change on
college campuses across the nation. Right now I'm looking for
feminist student organizations on college campuses, especially Big
Ten schools. Can anyone help me out in anyway? Are
you now or were you ever part of a feminist student organization? Do
you know someone who is? I would greatly appreciate any help you
could provide.

Ultimately, I'd like to join together with other feminist student
leaders in taking the list of demands to the administrations of as
many schools as possible and continuing direct grassroots activism
relentlessly until they are successfully met.

For Ohioans, as always, WARR meetings are Tuesdays at 7:30.
Contact me at jen.yoder(at)gmail.com if you're interested in

Thanks so much, and, as always, feminist love,
Jennifer Yoder
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OSU facilitates rape-xposted [07 Jun 2005|02:35pm]

OSU facilitates rapeCollapse )
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Update [22 Mar 2005|04:32pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Here's what's been happening as of late:

Awareness is not dead, in fact quite the opposite. Unfortunately, moving back up to college was quite time consuming and my classes have been relentless. However, I finally got a chance to meet (in person) Angela Sheehan (our web designer)! She is an awesome person and I am eternally in her debt for doing this for us. We went over some basics and she's going to experiment with some things. After speaking with her, I decided to hold an informational meeting right here at Bennington College to see if we can't get a few more people on board for Awareness-- let's face it, we need the help.

My friend Wren and I went around today putting up posters on all the dorms and in commons, etc., in hopes of catching some attention. I also included a link back to this community, should anyone be interested. The informational meeting is to be held this Thursday (March 24th) at 1pm. I'm going to explain what Awareness is, what our mission is, our beliefs, etc., and how desperately in need of writers (and possibly another editor or photographers) we are.

I'm not expecting a huge turn out, and even if there is a good number of people, I'm not expecting many of them to jump on board. More people will probably be interested once we have the site up with the first issue. If I can even get one more person, that would be awesome.

Anyhow, I need to think of a better way to quickly explain what Awareness is, because I've had a lot of people asking me lately and I only seem to confuse them more! Suggestions are greatly appreciated.

And if anyone is actually reading this, please feel free to let me know if there's something you think I should include/mention at the meeting.

Hope you're all doing well.

--Natalie Rose

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Women for Women [25 Jan 2005|02:07am]

[ mood | awake ]

Hey all,

My mom had me watch the Oprah show she taped today, good stuff. There's a lot to talk about but I just wanted to share this one thing for now. There's a group called "Women for Women International," check them out here. They do really great work, and as soon as I get some money back in the bank I'm going to sponsor a woman. But, just take a looksie if you can spare five minutes, I would personall really appreciate it.

On another note, I really need everyone who hasn't to sign up at our online forum, http://getaware.proboards40.com, and fill out the member form. If you have not done this by the end of the week I shall have to remove you from the memberlist. It's nothing personal, I just need to know who is really dedicated to this project and who's more of a well wisher.

Jon has already sent me the first draft of his article, thanks Jon, I have to read it over a few more times. I'm hoping to get something up by the end of February, if that's realistic. If not, definately by the end of March. Please consider topics you want to do. Joe is covering Iraq, and I think I'm going to focus on the unrest and abuse going on in Rwanda and the Congo. Has anyone seen Hotel Rwanda, yet, btw? I need to see it still. Maybe I'll even do a little movie review with the article.

Anyhow, that's all for right now. I hope you're all doing well. Peace be with you.

Lots of Love,
Natalie Rose

P.S. I e-mailed Oprah and told her about our project, asking for some advice. I don't know if she'll even ever see it, she must get thousands a day, but any help we can get is worth a shot. She really ought be one of our role models. She's self-made and does absolutely incredible work-- and like us, she seeks to end ignorance and get people invovled.

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BIG NEWS! [18 Jan 2005|10:48pm]

[ mood | ecstatic ]

We have a Web Designer! And she's an Angel! And her name is Angela ;)

Please welcome our Web Designer: Angela Sheehan!

Angela has even offered to let us use some of her webspace until we get off our feet and can afford some space of our own.

Angela, you've made my day!

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Message Board! [18 Jan 2005|10:29pm]

[ mood | happy ]

Woo! I've been trying to recruit people outside of LJ, and since it would be rather presumtious to assume that everyone has an LJ (although, you know they do :p) I've created our very own message board and if things pick up there it might turn out to be our main area of operation! Members of Awareness will be made Mods/Admins automatically (so let me know what you're signing up as) and that way we can keep certain boards closed only to Awareness staff.

So check out our Board!

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Pick a Domain Name! [18 Jan 2005|04:29pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I checked available domain names, and Awareness dot anything is taken-- so here are some of our better choices. Vote! (Only members can vote)

Poll #420319 What should be our Domain name?

Which Domain Name do you like Best?

I don't like any of them...

If you don't like any of the above domain names, what other suggestions for a domain name do you have?

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Further On... [18 Jan 2005|01:21pm]

[ mood | disappointed ]

Well, I can't say that I'm not a bit disappointed. When I started to advertise the group I got a lot more response for membership than I expected and was quite pleased! Then I make the first post and only one person replies. Though of course no one expects a flood of replies to every post, as this community is just starting up and I need specific information from all our members and I get almost none-- I'm a bit disappointed.

Now, either some of you didn't see the post (it happens, sometimes my friend's page gets flooded and I miss important posts) or I didn't make this clearer when I began advertising the community: I am thrilled that Awareness has so many well wishers! However, if you are merely a well wisher you should not be a member of this community. You are more than welcome to watch the community, but membership (and therefore posting access, though anyone can comment) is restricted to people who actually intend to contribute to Awareness on a regular basis. That is, for people who are on board with the publication, plan to write for it regularily, and wish to be involved with the project starting now.

Therefore, if you reply to this post stating that you do wish to be a full member of Awareness and contribute best you can, you shall remain in the community. If you do not reply or inform me you are only a well-wisher, I will remove you from the member list, though you are more than welcome to continue to watch the community.

Moving on to Business...

What we need:
We badly, badly need a Web designer. I am planning to pay for a domain out of my own pocket, but as we are a non-profit organization I cannot offer any money to our prospective web designer. However, our web designer is more than welcome to use the site in their portfolio and of course can plaster their name all over the site (as long as it's tasteful) so employers know who did the site.

We also need to pick a name for our domain. If no one has any input on the matter, I'll simply pick one myself. But I would like input. Awareness is taken for almost all domains, so some variation is probably what we'll have the most luck with. But of course I'll try to get awareness if I can.

What I need:
I need some information for all our members. if you would kindly e-mail me the following information (or you can of course post it in the community if you feel comfortable doing so:
Your LJ Username
Your Name
Your Location
Your E-mail
Your Website
(if applicable)
Your Experience (if any)
Your Strengths (what you can offer to the publication, i.e. writer, photographer, layout, web design, PR, communications, etc.)
Your Desired Area of Focus (i.e. Domestic Violence, Environment, Civil Rights, etc. etc.)
Your Desired Position with the Publication
Possible topic (you want to do) for our first issue
Areas you think need to be covered in our Magazine

For Ambitious Writers and Photographers:
If any of you are feeling especially ambitious and want to get started on your topics, I need everyone to be aware of a few things. Once you've selected a topic for your first article, and let me know what it is, you are more then welcome to get started. For virtually any article you will need to do research. Of course, editorials are welcome, but some background information on the issue will probably be needed. With that in mind, all writers need to keep bibliographies for their research. It does not have to be a formal MFA style bibliography, I just need you to keep track of your sources (perferably in a word or text document you can include with your article). Why? I need to make sure your information is accurate. Especially with statistics. It's not that I don't trust you, it's just that statistics are a dime a dozen and we're going to need a source to quote if we plan on using them. Also, to make sure your information is up to date. Statistics from 1995 may be accruate for 10 years ago, but not today. Of course, it's also to insure no one is making up statistics, or plagerizing for that matter. (Again, I trust you all, but just a precaution. The last thing we need is to get sued because we weren't a little cauious.)

Regarding Photographs. Obviously, we're going to need photographs. However, I know we all sometimes go surfing around google for pictures for avatars and signatures and such things, but we cannot do that here. If we're going to be a publication and we take pictures off of google (1) it'll look very unprofessional and (2) we'll be stepping on copyright infrigments and we don't need to get sued. With that in mind, all our pictures have to be original works of our members and contributors, that way we obviously have permission to use them. If you find some really great picture you want to use, we'll need written permission (e-mail or otherwise) saying we can use it. In the case of needing a picture of say, Tsunami relief, we'll probably have to pay for the rights from another publication or get rights from a very generous benefactor. We'll worry about that more later. So, Photographers will need either a digital camera or a scanner so we can get their pictures online.

What we need to keep in mind:
There are a few things everyone at the publication needs to keep in mind. Our mission is to make people aware of issues and also give them an outlet to address them. Any article you do needs to have at least one way in which someone can "make a difference" regarding the problem at hand. Do not forget. Any research you do, be careful we aren't stepping on any copyright laws. I would also be nice if some people could promote the community and (eventually) the publication in other ways. I'll probably assign that job to someone at some point, volenteers welcome.

Any other issues you can think of, please bring them up. I'm sorry if I'm coming across as gruff, I'm just trying to get the business over and done with. Once that's addressed, we can have fun and start enjoying what it is we are doing.

Thank you all for your time and effort.

--Natalie Rose

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Welcome [12 Jan 2005|02:10pm]

[ mood | determined ]

Welcome members of Awareness!

Though the process of getting Awareness on it's feet is still in the works, every little bit helps! I thank all of you who have come here to join the fight. I personally believe that the pen is mighter than the sword and that knowledge is the greatest tool (and weapon) of all. The key to making our world a better place is and always has been knowledge. If people are ignorant to what is going on around them, they can do nothing to stop it. And, yes, some people choose to be ignorant. But, as a fellow human being I feel it is my duty to spread goodness among my fellow men and women.

Therefore, our mission here is the pursuit and spread of knowledge-- our mission is to make people Aware. Once a person is aware and armed with ways in which to combat the ills in our world, there are no longer any excuses to sit and do nothing.

Now... on to business. Due to the fact that money is required for most things (like publishing a magazine) and since we're not all in the same place, I think it's wise to attempt to start up Awareness online. We can reach so many people online, and if the idea takes off, someday-- who knows what will happen. But let's concentrate on the here and now. First things first.

We need a webdomain. Starting off a webdomain is rather inexpensive to obtain and I'd be more than willing to fork out the $7 or so dollars a month. However, we're also going to need a web designer. I know basic HTML, but we're going to need some more skill than that. My boyfriend, Jonathan, has offered to help out on webdesign, but he's also extremely busy and if we could get someone who'd specially be our webdesign (or several someone's, for that matter) it would be great. If you yourself are interested or you know someone who may be, please let me know. Also, I need the members thoughts on what we should have as our webdomain? Awareness.com, .org, etc. everything is taken. I think something like "getaware.org" might be nice, but I'd like everyone's input!

We need to be specific. I think our best bet, dealing with a topic so vast, is for everyone to have an "area of expertise." Of course you can report on anything you wish, but I think if we each have an area we feel passionate about, it's best. And yes, of course, we can have as many people as wish it on a topic. My topics, for example, will be dealing with domestic and sexual violence. My mother wants to cover environment (but more people are needed for this one too) and also mental disabilities. My friend Danielle has volenteered to be the "liberal vegetarian" on hand! So please, if you know what topics you'd like, let me know! I'll put them on our user information page.

Your thoughts are also going to be greatly appreciated when it comes to what should be constant in every issue. That is, what topics need to be covered continually, while other may be every other issue, etc.

How often are we going to "publish"? I think monthly seems reasonable, but if their are other thought, by all means.

What needs to be present in every article? Aside from reporting on the topic, every article needs to contain suggestions on how people can make a difference. From donating, writing letters, volenteering, etc. We need to provide that information. I think we should also have a continual section dedicated specifically to how people can volenteer and get involved, perhaps focusing on different organizations each issue. My mom found a great website, www.volenteermatch.org, if anyone wants to check it out.

Any other thoughts are greatly appreciated!

Lastly, but not least, I know this entry has been somewhat of a mission statement, but I don't want us all to be uptight or anything! I hope this can be a friendly, amicable environment-- even thought we do have a mission in our minds. I thank you all so much for your time and effort and even just the consideration to be here. You'll never know how much it means to me...

By the way, my name is Natalie Rose. What's yours? :)

EDIT: P.S., Please spread the word to your friends and in other communities where you think it appropriate!

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