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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:59 AM

PROUD TO BE A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER! :)


You may remember my post from 10 days ago asking you to sign and share a petition for FEMA Reservists (the on-call, first responders for FEMA) to get health benefits: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021669323

Well, 10 days later, interviews with The Washington Post and other outlets, 107,000+ signatures, IT'S BASICALLY A DONE DEAL!!!!!



I'm especially proud of Wishadoo! being described as "a grassroots community organizing website."

This community organizer is now working on a community project to SUPPORT good businesses...businesses of integrity, unlike the others we're seeing and seething about in the last few weeks...and will post a bit later this morning, asking for your help.

Bless our FEMA Reservists and other first responders (including Occupy Sandy!!!), bless those in harm's way from Sandy and other disasters. I've never been more proud to be called a community organizer!!! Lots more work to be done, but thanks to everyone who signed and shared for contributing to this victory!

FORWARD!!!

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Part-time emergency employees deployed to assist in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts have won federal health benefits, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday.

The Office of Personnel Management is issuing an interim final rule, obtained by Government Executive, to expand the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to part-time workers with FEMA, known as reservists. The rule takes effect immediately.

The announcement comes after an online petition requesting the benefits received nearly 100,000 signatures in the 10 days since it was launched.

A May Government Accountability Office report found that reservists, who make up 57 percent of FEMA’s workforce, do not receive any federal health benefits. When many of these reservists -- also known as disaster assistance employees -- were deployed in support of Sandy relief, Dena Patrick decided to take action.

The disaster assistance employees serve two-year appointments and are paid only when deployed.

Patrick -- founder of Wishadoo!, a grass-roots community organizing website -- thought FEMA employees who have been on the front lines in areas devastated by Sandy -- knocking on doors, delivering mobile homes and supervising the disbursement of more than $250 million in grants to those affected by the storm -- had earned their benefits and launched a campaign on their behalf.

http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/11/part-time-fema-workers-now-eligible-health-care-benefits/59421/?oref=dropdown


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Reply PROUD TO BE A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER! :) (Original post)
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 OP
randome Nov 2012 #1
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #2
mmonk Nov 2012 #3
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #4
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2012 #5
roody Nov 2012 #6
DonRedwood Nov 2012 #7
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #9
Dark n Stormy Knight Nov 2012 #8
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #10
Dark n Stormy Knight Nov 2012 #11
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #12
Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 #13
chalky Nov 2012 #14
freemay20 Nov 2012 #15

Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:19 AM

1. Careful! Being a community organizer is a known 'gateway' position to higher office!

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Response to randome (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:36 AM

2. ;) n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:42 AM

3. And I'm proud to know one.

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Response to mmonk (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:07 AM

4. Thank you, my friend.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:17 AM

5. Well done!

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:38 PM

6. Knr

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:05 PM

7. "a grassroots community organizing website."

shouldn't that be "an onegrassroots community organizing website?"

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Response to DonRedwood (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:43 PM

9. Ha! LOL

Hadn't thought of that!



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:18 PM

8. Congrats! That's a job well done. I wonder if my dad heard about this. I'll have to let him know. He

works for FEMA now. He isn't a reservist, but will soon become one.

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:45 PM

10. Thanks so much. It ended up being addressed...

without any FEMA people stepping forward publicly. My friend was willing to come forward to be the face of it but then -- voila -- they changed the policy!

We're all still rather stunned that it happened so fast and relatively easily.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:57 PM

11. No, thank you. To be honest, I was stunned. At first I really was doubtful that it could be true.

I just sent my dad the link to the article. Since he expects to become a reservist (I don't really know what the difference between what he does now and whether reservist is a step up or a step down), he will reap the rewards of your efforts. So, thanks again.

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:04 PM

12. I was stunned, too! LOL

But the FEMA employees, upon reading the interim ruling, were THRILLED! I was just getting started, and was ready to fight for whatever was equitable, but the details met with their satisfaction completely, from what I've been told.

Soooooo..........this was me yesterday, jumping up and down, clapping, saying "Hercules"!


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So glad I could be of service in some way.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:13 PM

13. K&R

 

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:28 AM

14. K&R!

n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:31 AM

15. K&R n/t

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