Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Pagan Voting Project - Updates

Like it? There are 20 different kinds. (Our thanks to Abby Willowroot, of Willowroot Designs, for letting us use this image of The Goddess of Liberty).

We are about to gear up again to work on the Pagan Voting Project. This is a non-partisan, non-profit effort designed to:

1. Register voters via our website
2. Provide non-partisian voting & election information
3. Help other groups register voters - nationwide - at their various events
4. Encourage the Earthwise community to vote.

The PVP dates from August of 99. We will be spend this spring and summer working with our web designers to update the PVP site. We are also working to raise funds to buy the $2,000 worth of proprietary software that would enable us to register voters directly, on-line in all 50 states. (Currently, we send would-be voters to a link at another site, and it would be far more effective to register them at our own page.)

Changes Planned:

1. Update the 20+ graphics/banners.

Make them smaller and cleaner for easier placement as links on web pages

2. Pick 2 - 6 of the best designs, and put them on t-shirts, bags, etc. My personal favorites are:
Your cat wants you to vote
Lighting a candle is not enough. Vote!
Goddess Bless America
Apathy is so mundane. Vote!

Selling t-shirts, etc. will help fund this campaign and get the world out about PVP.

Since we do not have the funds to print these items ourselves, we will probably work through CafePress or Zazzle. (1)

3. Update/rewrite the website as needed

4. Reconsider our Sponsorship format.

5. Open Paypal account to take donations for said project.
Note: We all have jobs and families, and we do this work as volunteers, so we will do what we can, when we can.
100% of all funds raised to directly to this project for advertising, etc., and we publish our budget every year.

If you wish to register voters at any of your events, let us know. We would be happy to help in any way we can.


Off the Shelf:

America (The Book) - Teacher's Edition - A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction presented by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The Book Walmart didn't want you to read.

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast

100% of all money made from book sales via this website go to support non-profit efforts by FCE, such as the Pagan Voting Project, the Spiral Steps Support Groups, The Gaia's Guardian's Project, and the Earthwise Networking Project. Information on all these projects is available at


(1) This is a difficult decision to make. Our good friends at The Witches Voice will not officially support any effort or group (even a non-profit) that sells items for any reason. That is their choice, and we can see why they feel it has to be this way. They have supported our work at FCE for over 10 years now, and there are no hard feelings whatsoever about their position. But unlike Vox, we do not receive enough sponsorship donations to do the work we have in mind. (And by the way, please support The Witches' Voice, they offer the best designed, the most useful, and the most positive Pagan site on the Internet. Wren and Fritz have done this work using their own funds, and all of their free time for many years, and they deserve our support. I shudder to think what the Pagan Net would be like without them. But I digress...) Selling t-shirts seems to be our best way to reach our goal. So, while we love and honor the folks at Witches' Voice, we will have to do without their official seal of approval if the Council votes to sell these shirts. That vote is pending.

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