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Volume 16/Issue 21

October's Rainbow Awards

Among the thirty-three Rainbow Awards bestowed by Ambush's Rainbow Awards Committee for the month of October (out of 98 submissions), is one site that exemplifies completely what the Rainbow Award is seeking to honor with its proviso: "The Rainbow Award [www.gayamerica.com/awards] is exclusively bestowed upon those Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgenders who have made a contribution to the GLBT Web community through excellence in content, design, creativity, presentation or overall concept of their Web page. All Website submissions must either be in English or have an English version."

The site is called "Invitation to a Beheading--Totally Unzipped" and it has been created by a 25 year old guy who calls himself Arthur and who spent 22 of his years in the Orient, which colors his entire, deeply dense site the directory for which lists 37 subcategories which display this young man's rampant interest in everything from politics to art to health--his is not only a beautifully designed Web site, but it is also steeped in an exhileratingly dry, wry wit found not only in his terse copy but also in his outrageously fey graphics.

Check out "Invitation to a Beheading," and then go to www.gayamerica.com/awards/winners.htm and check out the other 32 Rainbow Award winners. Whether you're "G," "L," "B," "T," or just friendly to the community, you're sure to find a site that'll make you glad to be a friend of Dorothy's at GayAmerica.com, where all Rainbow Award winners are permanently listed according to their specific directories.


Online Petition Campaign
Begins "Million Move-on March"

Censure and Move On, a bipartisan online petition campaign promoting a common ground solution to the current crisis in Washington, recently launched an ambitious effort to collect one million signatures by election day. The campaign, started by a husband and wife team, has already collected more than 100,000 signatures in the first week.

The Censure and Move On petition can be found at www.moveon.org. The petition simply states that "Congress must Immediately Censure President Clinton and Move On to pressing issues facing the country." In addition, the site includes directions for sending campaign E-mail to friends and associates, and directions for becoming more involved in the campaign. Censure and Move On is a 100 percent volunteer campaign.

"We're just looking for a common-sense solution to end this impasse," said Joan Blades, co-founder of the software firm Berkeley Systems. "As Republicans, Democrats and Independents, we don't necessarily agree on everything. But we do agree on one thing-it's high time to move on. And, if Congress and the President can't figure out how to do this, we'll give them a million reasons to try just a bit harder."

Censure and Move On began its initial signature gathering effort on Sept. 22, aiming to collect 10,000 signatures. With 100,000 signatures in the first week, the campaign has already far exceeded expectations. This success spurred the group to increase dramatically its signature goal to one million.

"Frankly, we've been blown away by the response," said Wes Boyd, also a co-founder of Berkeley Systems. "We spent $89.95 on a Web site, and sent out a few dozen E-mails. And now, a week later, we've got 100,000 signatures. However, we are a 100 percent volunteer effort. So, if we are truly going to reach our goal of 1 million signatures, it's essential that campaign supporters continue to spread the word."

The Comments section of the petition has been surprisingly popular. "Enough is enough!" and "Enough already!" compete for the honor of most frequent comment. The campaign has posted the first 100 comments at www.moveon.org/comments.htm. Another surprise is the number of individuals who have volunteered to give time to the campaign. More than eight hundred supporters have offered to help.

"The response from across the country reflects a deep concern for America's future, and expresses a powerful commitment to revitalize democracy through the active participation of its citizens, said Blades. "With more than 100,000 signatures, and with hundreds of people volunteering their time and skills, we hope that politicians in Washington will pay heed and act in the best interests of their constituencies and of our nation.

Censure and Move On is a bipartisan "flash campaign," made possible only through the organizing capabilities of the Internet. Using E-mail and the Web, the campaign aims to translate a broad and deep consensus in the American public into swift action by Congress and the President. The campaign began with an online petition drive to highlight public opinion.

However, if the issue remains unresolved, the campaign intends to promote the issue in this fall's election, and mobilize its supporters to electoral action.

For more information on Censure and Move On, see the online press room at www.moveon.org or E-mail press@moveon.org.


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