Thursday, December 28, 2006
Hey everyone! I’m blogging from bed today. My throat hates me apparently! But the good news is I’m getting pampered, and that I love! I haven’t eaten soup and toast in bed in quite a long time! I feel like a kid again! I’ve got a survival kit here as well that consists of my laptop, a bottle of water, a bottle of Advil, a hand-made get well card from my little girl, the first season of QAF (thanks to my good friend!), The Mole 1 & 2 and all 5 remotes (I never know which one to use!). I’m all set for the night!
I wasn’t even going to post today but then I went on the AC360 website to see if voting had begun for the Keeping Them Honest contest. Normally, I wouldn’t have been too concerned with the contest since it kind of makes me feel like a slug for not being active in my community this year, but I read Brian’s comments at TVNewser and decided to investigate further. Brian believes that 360 has cheapened the KTH brand name by turning it into a contest. Normally I would have balked at this too. But really it’s a stroke of genius, IMO! The contest really serves two purposes. Yes, it pushes the Keeping Them Honest brand name and AC360 gets more attention. But, it also rewards people for their commitment to their communities. These aren’t light-weight stories that have been submitted. These four people have worked hard to bring about legislative changes in their communities.
For example, Richard Bernstein, a blind lawyer from Michigan fought to reform the public transportation system in Detroit to be more accommodating to its disabled passengers. Tanya Harris took on Mayor Ray Nagin and New Orleans officials in order to save the Lower Ninth Ward. She got certain deadlines delayed and made the city fix water and electricity lines so that potable water and electricity could be restored to the Lower Ninth Ward in order for citizens to return to their beloved community. Filmmaker Ian Inaba started the organization called Video the Vote in order to document voting irregularities going on in some key communities. His organization was present to keep the voting honest during the 2006 mid-term elections. And 14 year old Sidnee Mercer has worked with the TSA to reshape the way baggage screeners handle medicines to ensure passengers' medicines are not damaged during security screenings.
I’m glad that AC360 has decided to bring stories like these to the forefront because all four individuals have helped shape public policy. Why is this idea genius? Besides the fact that people should be recognized for their efforts, these stories may inspire others to take a more aggressive role in their community. And that my friends, is so important in today’s society!
Please take a moment to go to the Keeping Them Honest 2006 website and watch all four videos. Their stories are truly inspiring. I must confess, I had a very hard time picking just one person to vote for!
Have a peaceful evening and I’ll see you all tomorrow!
(Keeping Them Honest screencap courtesy of JLD1119)
Posted by Sheryn at 4:49 PM